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.