Update 29 June 2:35pm

Given the Qld Premier’s announcement at 11:30am today that South East Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island will go into lockdown from 6pm today until 6pm Friday 2ndJuly, the Board of the Abbey Medieval Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event.

The announcement of the 3-day lockdown by the Queensland Government has impacted on our ability to adequately prepare for the festival.  Those preparations include infrastructure on the site and the travel/setup plans of the reenactors and volunteers.

The festival is the major fundraiser for the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and the decision to cancel it has come at a significant financial cost.  With the health and well being of the community at stake and the government restrictions in place it was the only prudent course of action we could take.

It is a devastating blow to the Museum to have to cancel the Abbey Medieval Festival for a second year.  We were very hopeful that a successful festival this year would put us back on a positive footing.

We will begin processing refunds to ticketholders as soon as possible, please be patient as we work through this. Following last year’s cancellation many of our ticketholders generously donated their ticket purchase to the Museum instead of receiving a refund.  We are grateful of any of this year’s ticketholders that choose to do the same. Any donations made to the Abbey Museum are tax deductible.

We understand that many of our visitors will be disappointed with another year without the Festival and we can assure everyone that our team, volunteers and reenactors have similar feelings.

We will be exploring the future of the festival and other events in the coming months and look forward to your support.

Update 28 June 12:34pm

The Abbey Medieval Festival is closely monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation and will continue to follow health authority directions.

At present, we are planning to move forward with the Festival.  Creating a safe environment for everyone to enjoy The Medieval Festival is our top priority. Attendees of the festival will need to check in using the QR code provided, maintain social distancing of 1.5m outside of your household groups, wear a mask, practise good hand hygiene at all times and follow onsite instructions.

Please check the Queensland Government website and follow the current contact tracing alerts and related public health advice.  If you are not feeling well on the day we ask that you do not attend.

If in the event of cancellation due to COVID-19, all tickets will be refunded. We understand you may have inquiries, however we appreciate your patience and understanding through these uncertain and difficult times.

We will keep you updated as soon as we have any additional information.

Please keep your eye on our website and social media for updates.

Even though you may see sightings of patrons dressed as plague doctors at the festival for a bit of fun, we take our Covid-19 safety very seriously! The health, safety and wellbeing of our patrons, volunteers and team is our top priority and we are committed to delivering a COVID Safe event in 2021.

We are working to ensure that our COVID Safe plan adheres to Queensland and Federal Government legislation surrounding mass gatherings and COVID-19 restrictions. We must all work together for the well-being of our communities, and ask that you please follow all safety protocols throughout the weekend.  Thank you for your support!


What you’ll be doing

  • Stay home if you are unwell or have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell. If you have any symptoms get tested at Queensland testing and fever clinics – coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Stay at home if you have been in a declared hotspot, in close contact with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19 or overseas in the last 14 days.
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times. Please keep a distance of 1.5m from people outside your core social group and avoid any crowded space.
  • Avoid physical greetings i.e. handshakes, kisses and hugs.
  • Practice good hand hygiene, wash your hands with soap and water and use the hand sanitiser stations provided throughout the event precinct.
  • Please practise good hygiene, this includes coughing and sneezing into your elbow, away from others.
  • Follow the instructions of COVID Marshals, Public Safety Officers and signage when on site.
  • If at any point during the event you begin to feel unwell, please immediately advise the closest staff member.
  • Check in at the event on arrival by the signed QR codes using the Check-In Queensland App.
  • COVID Safe messages may be delivered before, during and after events. Listen out for information and follow the directions.

What we’ll be doing

  • COVID-19 Marshals and Public Safety Officers will be present throughout the festival site to keep you safe and to implement COVID-19 Safety measures. All attendees will be required to follow instructions of COVID Marshals and Public Safety Officers.
  • The event site will maintain a high standard of cleaning throughout the festival especially in community utilised areas like toilets and water stations.
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be available throughout the event precinct.
  • Attendee information for contact tracing purposes will be collected, in accordance with Queensland Government requirements.
  • Volunteers will be encouraged to keep COVID Safety top of mind and help you, our attendees remember to keep social distancing.
  • Abbey Medieval Festival will monitor current COVID-19 restrictions posted by Queensland Health and information contained within COVID Plans will be updated to align to any changes (if required).

COVID Safe Plan

A COVID Safe Plan (CSP) will be in place for the event. This plan outlines the safety strategies that will be implemented to manage the risk of COVID-19 Safety strategies that are based on the following principles.

  • Density – ensuring space accommodates 1 person per 2 square metres
  • Distancing – providing adequate space for people to be able to physically distance from one another
  • Contact– providing means for capturing contact details for people attending
  • Plans also describe the management of COVID-19 operational control standards that include:
    • Staff and patron health and wellbeing
    • Hygiene and cleaning
    • Public health education/information
    • Food and beverage service
    • Non-compliance and incident management

More information regarding the event’s COVID Safe plan will be available via our website and social media channels. We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain and ever-changing times. In the event that Queensland’s restrictions change and impact the delivery of this event, we will keep you updated via our website and social media channels.