tournament weekend program schedule

There is so much to do and see during Tournament Weekend, we recommend you arrive with a plan. Refer to the Saturday and Sunday tabs in the time table below for events in the Main Areas, which are highlighted on the map with white location markers.

Below the map are the encampment experiences you can expect at this year’s Festival!

For printable pdf versions, scroll to the links at the bottom.

Main Areas

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SATURDAY 9th JULY

SATURDAY - MAIN AREAS (click each event to learn more)

9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
Castle Arena
Castle Arena
Castle Arena
Opening Ceremony
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Opening Ceremony
9:00 am - 9:45 am

The grand opening parade is the only place to see and learn about all of the groups involved in this year's Festival, which spans over 1,000 years of medieval history!

Cannon Fire
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Condottieri
Cannon Fire
10:00 am - 10:30 am

With a booming crack of thunder black powder weapons forever changed the way that battles would be fought. The impact of these weapons was long-reaching: politics, religion, engineering, and the economy all evolved to adapt to these new symbols of power. Join Condottieri and their cannon, Bambino, for a show both educational ... and very loud.

Siege of the Castle
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Presented by Cottereaux
Siege of the Castle
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Presented by Cottereaux

Medieval castles were built to be impenetrable and required not only clever tactics and negotiations, but also mighty war machines. A siege could take many months. Join us to watch the siege of Chinon Castle, as King Henry II mercenaries struggle to wrest the castle from the King’s wayward brother Geoffrey, Count of Nantes.

Birds of Prey
11:15 am - 11:45 am
Birds of Prey
11:15 am - 11:45 am

Witness majestic predators in free flight performing natural aerobatics and learn about the art of falconry, a practice that began four thousand years ago. This "upper-class” sport was the best means of catching prey and putting many delicacies on the tables of aristocratic families. The magnificent sight of the eagle in flight and other graceful birds of prey, such as the falcon and owl, will, without doubt, capture your heart.

Kingdom of Heaven
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Presented by Knights Templar
Kingdom of Heaven
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Presented by Knights Templar

Be transported back to the Holy Land in year of our Lord, 1229. On the 12th of July, Balian Ibelin, Lord of Sidon, held a Round Table and Tournament of the most promising knights of the proudest families in the Kingdom of Jerusalem to celebrate the ascension of Conrad II to the throne. It is hoped that the celebrations might relieve the tensions within the Kingdom. For your enjoyment, you will witness the events of the Round Table of the 12th of July, 1229.

Turkish Ottoman Archery
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Ottoman Archery
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks

Turkish archery is one of the most effective archeries in history. Ottoman Turks used very small composite bows made of hardwood, buffalo horn, sinew, and animal glue. They were reverse curved and finished with exquisite decorations. Turks were very effective with their bow, so much so that their early victories in battle heavily relied on horseback archery. This presentation, in front of the Abbeystowe castle, will demonstrate the many ways and tactics developed and adopted by the Turks.

Firing of the Trebuchet
1:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Cottereaux
Firing of the Trebuchet

See the mighty strength of the largest trebuchet in the southern hemisphere as it is put through its paces and hurls projectiles at the castle of Abbeystowe.

Archery Championship/ Tournament
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Presented by Make Your Own Medieval Experience
Archery Championship/ Tournament
2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Presented by Make Your Own Medieval Experience

Hosted by Make Your Own Medieval Experience, the Archery Tournament is a long-running tradition at the Abbey Medieval Festival. Skilled archers from re-enactment groups are set three challenges: a hunting scenario, a speed round, and the King’s round.

FINALE SHOW: Battle of Hattin
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by Order of the Horse
FINALE SHOW: Battle of Hattin
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by Order of the Horse

Large group performance battle and melee with horses, reenacting the Battle of Hattin, which took place on 4th July 1187, between the Crusader states of the Levant and the forces of the Ayyubid sultan Saladin.

Joust Arena
Joust Arena
Joust Arena
15th Century Joust Tournament
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions
15th Century Joust Tournament
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions

Nothing excites like the thrill of the joust! Knights go head to head at 30kph and clash at the centre of the list! Witness one of three joust times on both Saturday and Sunday! This joust is a round robin format where the jouster accumulate points for each run. The highest scoring 3 jousters will meet up in the final at 3pm Sunday to determine our champion! There will be limited seating for this high demand spectacle! Tickets can only be pre-purchased before the event! Links for the joust sessions will appear on the confirmation page and ticket email after your Festival entry ticket purchase.

15th Century Joust Tournament
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions
15th Century Joust Tournament
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions

Nothing excites like the thrill of the joust! Knights go head to head at 30kph and clash at the centre of the list! Witness one of three joust times on both Saturday and Sunday! This joust is a round robin format where the jouster accumulate points for each run. The highest scoring 3 jousters will meet up in the final at 3pm Sunday to determine our champion! There will be limited seating for this high demand spectacle! Tickets can only be pre-purchased before the event! Links for the joust sessions will appear on the confirmation page and ticket email after your Festival entry ticket purchase.

15th Century Joust Tournament
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions
15th Century Joust Tournament
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions

Nothing excites like the thrill of the joust! Knights go head to head at 30kph and clash at the centre of the list! Witness one of three joust times on both Saturday and Sunday! This joust is a round robin format where the jouster accumulate points for each run. The highest scoring 3 jousters will meet up in the final at 3pm Sunday to determine our champion! There will be limited seating for this high demand spectacle! Tickets can only be pre-purchased before the event! Links for the joust sessions will appear on the confirmation page and ticket email after your Festival entry ticket purchase.

The Common
The Common
The Common
Medieval Battle Display
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Team Vultures HMB
Medieval Battle Display
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Amour and swords collide in an epic clash of battle on the field of The Common.

Knattleikr and Viking games
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Presented by Blackpool
Knattleikr and Viking games
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Vikings are rough and tough but that does not stop on the battlefield. Knattleikr (Nat-a-leeker) is a contact ball game with a paddles, scoring goals you must get past your opponents to score between the goal posts. With little known rules, this game is always fun for the family to watch. Other games will involve feats of strength, endurance and some luck, but will always bring a smile to the crowd.

Sworn Swords - 14th Century Militia Combat
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Companie Draco Routiers
Sworn Swords - 14th Century Militia Combat
11:00 am - 11:30 am

A dispute between two men of noble birth. One a knight of great renown and experience; the other a Squire raised to a position of power and influence by his liege lord. The men have determined their grudges can only be settled one way; through martial combat. They have raised their retinues, Men-at-Arms and Militiamen, to fight for their cause and protect their bodies (and egos) in this medieval dispute.

Heroes of the Varangian Guards
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Jorth Gar NVG
Heroes of the Varangian Guards
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Individual warriors from Jorth Gar New Varangian Guard vi for personal fame as they battle each other to see who is the greatest in Heroic Viking Combat.

Renaissance Fencing and Duelling
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Presented by Prima Spada - School of Fencing
Renaissance Fencing and Duelling
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Come and see a demonstration of Renaissance honour and swordplay with Prima Spada School of Fence! Explore a variety of noble weapons and ranks of skill, and witness a duel between two haughty duellists. Showing off their swashbuckling excellence with 16th and 17th Century weapons and combat, the bravos of Prima Spada will delight young and old alike!

Demonstration of Combat and Training
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by New England Medieval Arts Society (NEMAS)
Demonstration of Combat and Training
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

See the art of Combat and Training with this demonstration by New England Medieval Arts Society (NEMAS)

A Deed of Arms - Introduction to Knightly Combat
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Presented by Companie Draco Routiers
A Deed of Arms - Introduction to Knightly Combat
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Medieval Tournaments did not only present jousting, but also showcased Dismounted Knights fighting hand to hand in a melee. This was often depicted as a Deed of Arms, demonstrating the Knights Martial Prowess with Longswords and Poleaxes, as well as Swords and Shields. These Foot Tournaments saw Knights fighting for Glory and Valour, though were also used to settle legal disputes. Trials by Battle were a privilege reserved to nobility as a way to prove their case in situations where the truth could not be determined, and instead left the decision in the hands of God, who would give strength to the man in the right.

Children's Games
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits (OAKS)
Children's Games
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Discover the games and activities enjoyed by children during medieval times.

A Crusading War
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Presented by Knights of the Empire Germanica
A Crusading War
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Illustrating the difference between arms, armour & combat techniques depending on whether a Knight was participating in the brutal Crusading Wars with the Teutonic Order or within the Chivalrous Spectacle of the Tournament.

Dance Workshop
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Presented by Belswagger Morris Dancers
Dance Workshop
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Morris dancing is a colourful form of English folk dance that dates to the 15th century. It is usually accompanied by music. Wearing bell pads on their shins, the energetic dancers clap sticks, swords, or handkerchiefs together as they skip, leap and whirl through their dance.

Dance Workshop
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Presented by Belswagger Morris Dancers
Dance Workshop
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Morris dancing is a colourful form of English folk dance that dates to the 15th century. It is usually accompanied by music. Wearing bell pads on their shins, the energetic dancers clap sticks, swords, or handkerchiefs together as they skip, leap and whirl through their dance.

Medieval Battle Display
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Presented by Team Vultures HMB
Medieval Battle Display
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Amour and swords collide in an epic clash of battle on the field of The Common.

Viking Games
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by Saga Vikings Group
Viking Games
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Come and watch a series of authentic games as played by Vikings

Kings Court
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Presented by New England Medieval Arts Society (NEMAS)
Kings Court
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Watch as the monarch is presented with goods, then grievances are brought forward before the King to pass judgement. Usually a light hearted affair until a dispute arises, then watch out!

Pageant Wagon
Pageant Wagon
Pageant Wagon
Medieval Veterinary Practices
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Presented by Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers
Medieval Veterinary Practices
10:00 am - 10:45 am
Presented by Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers

Learn about Medieval Veterinary practices, with historically accurate presentations of animals and their handlers and the activities they undertook in the medieval period.

Dressing of an Elizabethan Lady
10:45 am - 11:15 am
Presented by Society of Creative Anachronism
Dressing of an Elizabethan Lady
10:45 am - 11:15 am

Ever wondered how the elaborate fashions of the Elizabethans are put together? We invite you into the dressing room of an Elizabethan Courtier for a rare glimpse into the secrets of ‘Dressing for Success’ in the times of Queen Elizabeth I.

Music Workshop
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Pastance
Music Workshop
11:15 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Pastance

Join members of musical group, Pastance, as that take you on a musical history tour. Featuring the music of much loved composers such as Hildegard Von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Henry VIII and John Downland to name a few, Pastance will take you on a musical journey through the some of the musical traditions of Western Europe, exploring the development of harmony and polyphony.

Dressing of an Elizabethan Lord/Lady
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Presented by Society of Creative Anachronism
Dressing of an Elizabethan Lord/Lady
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Ever wondered how the elaborate fashions of the Elizabethans are put together? We invite you into the dressing room of an Elizabethan Courtier for a rare glimpse into the secrets of ‘Dressing for Success’ in the times of Queen Elizabeth I.

Peregrinations - Medieval Trade and Travel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Oltramar
Peregrinations - Medieval Trade and Travel
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Oltramar

There’s a mistaken belief that medieval people tended to stay in the same place all of their lives; this talk sets out to give examples of why that was definitely not the case, with a discussion of pilgrimage, trade, armies, and other situations that motivated people to leave the village they were born in.

Sea Shanties - Sing-a-long
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Women in History
Sea Shanties - Sing-a-long
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Join in the Women in History as they sing about the Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley and Jeanne de Clisson, the Lioness of Brittany. There will be songs about medieval life, working women, and a 12th century song about Bedlam. All the songs are sung as Rounds or have choruses that are easy to learn. So come along, join in the fun of the rollicking sea shanties.

Turkish Medicine
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Medicine
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks

Learn all about Turkish medicine during medieval times.

History of the Tournament
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Presented by Company of the Phoenix
History of the Tournament
2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Presented by Company of the Phoenix

Tournaments evolved from bloody mock battles condemned by the Church to fabulous spectacles. Often held to celebrate an important event, they were usually accompanied by a fair, entertainment and feasting. They provided a display of wealth and prestige, skill and courage, gallantry and courtly love. From the competitors striving for honour and renown to the ladies giving tokens of their favour to chosen knights, tournaments captured the spirit of their time and appealed to both kings and commoners. This talk follows their journey in time and shows how modern festivals evoke their spirit.

Medieval Women's Secrets
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Presented by Rosalie Gilbert
Medieval Women's Secrets
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm
Presented by Rosalie Gilbert

Join Rosalie Gilbert, History Enthusiast and Author, as she shares Medieval Women's Secrets in this family-friendly presentation.

Stag Inn
Stag Inn
Stag Inn
Dancing from along the Spice Road
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Mozaik Troupe from Soul Dance School
Dancing from along the Spice Road
10:00 am - 10:30 am

The Spice Road was one of the most important trade routes in the Middle Ages. It stretched from Japan to India then through the lands of the Middle East to Europe. A distance of over 15,000 km. Come and enjoy some of the unique dances that traders would have witnessed as they travelled the Spice Road.

Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Wayward
Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Wayward

Wayward seeks to bring to life the tradition of the “Jongleurs”, the wandering musicians of the Middle Ages. Their repertoire extends from the early 11th to the 16th Century with a focus on the songs of the French Trouvères, Troubadours and German Minnesingers, who while singing of unrequited love, also sang of crusades and the basic pleasures in life ― eating, drinking and the prospect of warm bed. Join Wayward at the Stag Inn, clap along as they make merry music on their hurdy gurdy, medieval bagpipes, shawm, recorder and percussion.

Morris Dancing
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Presented by Belswagger Morris Dancers
Morris Dancing
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Presented by Belswagger Morris Dancers

Morris dancing is a colourful form of English folk dance that dates to the 15th century. It is usually accompanied by music. Wearing bell pads on their shins, the energetic dancers clap sticks, swords, or handkerchiefs together as they skip, leap and whirl through their dance.

"Pastime with Good Company” Tavern Songs from the time of King Henry VIII
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Brisbane Monteverdi Ensemble
"Pastime with Good Company” Tavern Songs from the time of King Henry VIII
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Brisbane Monteverdi Ensemble

Please join singers and instrumentalists from the Brisbane Monteverdi Ensemble who will be presenting lively tavern songs from the time of King Henry VIII. Featuring rarely-seen instruments such as the cornetto, serpent, and dulcian, this short performance will be followed by a demonstration allowing for audience participation in singing renowned songs from the late medieval period. Suitable for all ages.

Dancing from along the Spice Road
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Presented by Mozaik Troupe from Soul Dance School
Dancing from along the Spice Road
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Presented by Mozaik Troupe from Soul Dance School

The Spice Road was one of the most important trade routes in the Middle Ages. It stretched from Japan to India then through the lands of the Middle East to Europe. A distance of over 15,000 km. Come and enjoy some of the unique dances that traders would have witnessed as they travelled the Spice Road.

Cirque Medieval
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Cirque Medieval
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Cirque Medieval honours traditional medieval performance combined with modern circus and music to create a unique spectacle like no other!

Medieval Music
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Pastance
Medieval Music
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Pastance

With magical vocal harmonies and instrumental wizardry, Pastance span the centuries, bringing together a passion for the music of medieval and Renaissance Europe and a love of traditional folk music. Harp, lute, recorders, shawm, percussion, vocals and more combine to create an entrancing, ethereal and timeless musical experience.

Wrestling Area
Wrestling Area
Wrestling Area
Turkish Oil Wrestling
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Oil Wrestling
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Presented by Janissary Barracks

This is the first of three Oil Wrestling bouts this Saturday. Oil wrestling can be traced back many hundreds of years. It is a display of male strength and physical prowess and is culturally significant in Turkey. Turkish oil wrestlers wear heavy leather pants called kipset. Each contestant is then covered in olive oil to make them slippery. The object of each wrestler is to get their opponent in a position so that their belly button faces the sky.

Ottoman Wedding Day Celebrations
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Ottoman Wedding Day Celebrations
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Turkish wedding is, in reality, not a re-enactment but part of actual wedding of two members of the Janissary Barracks. It will commence on Friday, 2nd July being the henna day, and on Saturday the 3rd will be the official wedding. Weddings in Turkey still go over several days. These days, they normally last one week. A wedding generally starts on Friday with henna ceremony, then finishes the following Saturday with official signing of the papers and the wedding party. Everyone is invited. This wedding will be a Turko-Mongol shamanic (Tengrism) ceremony.

Turkish Oil Wrestling
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Oil Wrestling
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks

This is the final Oil Wrestling bout for Saturday. Enjoy the physical prowess and strength of our oil wrestlers as they compete to be awarded the Abbey Medieval Festival Oil Wrestling Champion 2021.

Museum/Church
Museum/Church
Museum/Church
Procession from St Edith’s Village leads to Museum Gregorian Chant Recital
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Schola Cantorum
Procession from St Edith’s Village leads to Museum Gregorian Chant Recital
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Schola Cantorum

Meet at St Edith's Village and join Schola Cantorum in the procession to the Museum for the Gregorian Chant Recital

Gregorian Chant Recital in Museum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum of Brisbane
Gregorian Chant Recital in Museum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of the ancient Gregorian Chant presented by Schola Cantorum. Many of the chants date from 9th - 12th Centuries AD and some even go back to the vocal music of the early Christian Church (1st - 3rd C. AD). Be transported back in time, experience the melodious sound of our chanters and enjoy the ambience of the Abbey Church with its beautiful medieval stained glass windows.

Gregorian Chant Workshop in Church
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Abbey Church Presented by Schola Cantorum of Brisbane
Gregorian Chant Workshop in Church
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

After the singing of the Angelus, our Gregorian Chanting choir will present a workshop and short recital. The workshop will give beginners an understanding of the history of chant, notation, Latin pronunciation and an opportunity to 'have a go' at singing some simple chants. Or you may just want to listen, and each workshop will conclude with chants sung by Schola Cantorum.

Stained Glass Tour at Abbey Church
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Abbey Church
Stained Glass Tour at Abbey Church
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Abbey Church

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful medieval stained glass in the Abbey Church, featuring 15th century panels from Winchester Cathedral, heraldic panels from Ettington Manor mortuary chapel and continental panels from Flanders and the Netherlands..

Gregorian Chant Workshop and Recital at Abbey Church
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum of Brisbane
Gregorian Chant Workshop and Recital at Abbey Church
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum of Brisbane

Our Gregorian Chant workshop will give beginners a look into the history of chant, notation, Latin pronunciation and an opportunity to 'have a go' at singing some simple chants. Members of choirs and music students would be very welcome. Or you may just want to listen, & each workshop will conclude with chants sung by Schola Cantorum.

Stained Glass Tour at Abbey Church
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Abbey Church
Stained Glass Tour at Abbey Church
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Abbey Church

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful medieval stained glass in the Abbey Church, featuring 15th century panels from Winchester Cathedral, heraldic panels from Ettington Manor mortuary chapel and continental panels from Flanders and the Netherlands..

Night Office with Schola Cantorum in Church
4:45 pm - 5:15 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum of Brisbane
Night Office with Schola Cantorum in Church
4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Night Office (or Compline) is the final set of psalms and prayers sung at the end of each day in abbeys and monasteries throughout the Christian world. The early Christians adopted from the Jewish tradition and the Old Testament, the daily singing of psalms. After Night office ends, the ‘grand silence’ begins.

Music Tent
Music Tent
Music Tent
Claire Evelynn Harpist
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Claire Evelynn Harpist
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Take a few minutes out of your day to be entranced by the majestic sound of the harp. Claire will be performing songs from the 6th to the 15th Century and also sharing stories along with some Celtic Bardic healing music.

Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Wayward
Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Wayward seeks to bring to life the tradition of the “Jongleurs”, the wandering musicians of the Middle Ages. Their repertoire extends from the early 11th to the 16th Century with a focus on the songs of the French Trouvères, Troubadours and German Minnesingers, who while singing of unrequited love, also sang of crusades and the basic pleasures in life ― eating, drinking and the prospect of warm bed. Join Wayward at the Stag Inn, clap along as they make merry music on their hurdy gurdy, medieval bagpipes, shawm, recorder and percussion.

Claire Evelynn Harpist
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Claire Evelynn Harpist
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take a few minutes out of your day to be entranced by the majestic sound of the harp. Claire will be performing songs from the 6th to the 15th Century and also sharing stories along with some Celtic Bardic healing music.

Claire Evelynn Harpist
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Claire Evelynn Harpist
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Take a few minutes out of your day to be entranced by the majestic sound of the harp. Claire will be performing songs from the 6th to the 15th Century and also sharing stories along with some Celtic Bardic healing music.

Kids' Kingdom
Kids' Kingdom
Kids' Kingdom
All Day Kids Activities
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presented by Abbey Education Team
All Day Kids Activities
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presented by Abbey Education Team

Let the kids take a time out from the festival in the Kids’ Kingdom where they can create and play. Kids can: • Design their own heraldry and paint it on a shield (gold coin participation) • Poppet Making (gold coin participation) • Test out their balance on stilts • Play medieval games like skittles, battledore, quoits and Nine Men’s Morris • Try their hand at Archery (for adults and children) $5 for 5 Arrows All proceeds from the Archery experience & Kids Kingdom activities go towards continuing and improving the Education program at the Abbey Museum.

SATURDAY - MAIN AREAS (click each event to learn more)
SUNDAY, 10TH JULY

SUNDAY - MAIN AREAS (click each event to learn more)

9:00 am
9:30 am
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11:30 am
12:00 pm
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1:30 pm
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Castle Arena
Castle Arena
Castle Arena
Grand Parade
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Grand Parade
9:00 am - 9:45 am

The grand opening parade is the only place to see and learn about all of the groups involved in this year's Festival, which spans over 1,000 years of medieval history!

Cannon Fire
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Condottieri
Cannon Fire
10:00 am - 10:30 am

With a booming crack of thunder, black powder weapons forever changed the way battles were fought. The impact of these weapons was long-reaching: politics, religion, engineering, and the economy all evolved to adapt to these new symbols of power. Join Condottieri and their cannon, Bambino, for a show both educational ... and very loud.

Siege of the Castle
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Presented by Cottereaux
Siege of the Castle
10:30 am - 11:15 am
Presented by Cottereaux

Cottereaux storm the castle as they attempt to siege ownership and stake their claim. See the Knights and weaponry, action and excitement and watch on to discover, will their seige be a victory or a loss?!

Warbow Display
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Presented by Order of St Knud
Warbow Display
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Presented by Order of St Knud

Order of St Knud display the strength and power pf the Medieval Warbow. Bows requiring the most dedicated of men to draw weights above 80lbs, some as heavy as 150 lbs, arrows designed to pierce a knights armour, and to fly in excess of 220 yards. In this demonstration you will see the raw power of the war bows, the skill required to fire them and the devastating damage they could inflict.

Medieval Costume Competition
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Presented by Make Your Own Medieval Experience
Medieval Costume Competition
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Presented by Make Your Own Medieval Experience

Presented by Make Your Own Medieval Experience, we welcome you to enter your finest dress for the chance to win! With categories including: Best Childrens Costume Best Viking Outfit Best Medieval Outfit Be sure to register your interest at the Information Centre in the morning.

Viking Betrothal Play & Games
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Saga Vikings Group
Viking Betrothal Play & Games
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Saga Vikings Group

The institution of marriage was important to the Vikings as it forged an alliance between two families or even ended a longstanding feud. Don’t miss this Viking trade for a bride, that goes horribly wrong.

Birds of Prey
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Birds of Prey
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Witness majestic predators in free flight performing natural aerobatics and learn about the art of falconry, a practice that began four thousand years ago. This "upper-class” sport was the best means of catching prey, putting many delicacies on aristocratic families' tables. The magnificent sight of the eagle and other svelte birds of prey, such as the falcon and owl, will capture the hearts of onlookers. At the Birds of Prey site you will have the opportunity to ask questions and see these tame feathered friends up close. It's hard not to fall in love with these amazing and intelligent birds.

Firing of the Trebuchet
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Cottereaux
Firing of the Trebuchet

See the mighty strength of the largest trebuchet in the southern hemisphere as it is put through its paces and hurls projectiles at the castle of Abbeystowe.

Guns - A Medieval Invention
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by Order of the Dracul
Guns - A Medieval Invention
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Come and learn first-hand about medieval firearms and gunnery. It could get noisy though as medieval guns weren’t known to be quiet.

Siege of Acre (1291)
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Presented by Order of the Horse
Siege of Acre (1291)
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
Presented by Order of the Horse

The siege of Acre was the first significant counterattack by Guy of Jerusalem against Saladin, leader of the Muslims in Syria and Egypt. This pivotal siege formed part of what later became known as the Third Crusade.

Presentation of Champions
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Presentation of Champions

Celebrate the victors who have risen triumphant over the festival weekend. Cheer on as they are presented with their trophy prizes.

Joust Arena
Joust Arena
Joust Arena
15th Century Joust Tournament
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions
15th Century Joust Tournament
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions

Nothing excites like the thrill of the joust! Knights go head to head at 30kph and clash at the centre of the list! Witness one of three joust times on both Saturday and Sunday! This joust is a round robin format where the jouster accumulate points for each run. The highest scoring 3 jousters will meet up in the final at 3pm Sunday to determine our champion! There will be limited seating for this high demand spectacle! Tickets can only be pre-purchased before the event! Links for the joust sessions will appear on the confirmation page and ticket email after your Festival entry ticket purchase.

15th Century Joust Tournament
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions
15th Century Joust Tournament
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions

Nothing excites like the thrill of the joust! Knights go head to head at 30kph and clash at the centre of the list! Witness one of three joust times on both Saturday and Sunday! This joust is a round robin format where the jouster accumulate points for each run. The highest scoring 3 jousters will meet up in the final at 3pm Sunday to determine our champion! There will be limited seating for this high demand spectacle! Tickets can only be pre-purchased before the event! Links for the joust sessions will appear on the confirmation page and ticket email after your Festival entry ticket purchase.

Turkish Sheep Carrying Contest
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Sheep Carrying Contest
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks

Step into the Joust arena and prepare to compete against the commonfolk as Janissary Barracks host a Turkish Sheep Carrying Competition! Carry weighted, toy sheep on your shoulders as you race around the Joust field to reach the finishing line first. Limited tickets to enter will be available to purchase soon.

15th Century Joust Tournament
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions
15th Century Joust Tournament
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Red Hart Reproductions

Nothing excites like the thrill of the joust! Knights go head to head at 30kph and clash at the centre of the list! Witness one of three joust times on both Saturday and Sunday! This joust is a round robin format where the jouster accumulate points for each run. The highest scoring 3 jousters will meet up in the final at 3pm Sunday to determine our champion! There will be limited seating for this high demand spectacle! Tickets can only be pre-purchased before the event! Links for the joust sessions will appear on the confirmation page and ticket email after your Festival entry ticket purchase.

The Common
The Common
The Common
15th Century Combat Techniques
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by The Company of the Phoenix
15th Century Combat Techniques
10:00 am - 10:30 am

A presentation on how 15th Century Weapons were really used including Loanword, dagger, spear and unarmoured wrestling.

Battle / Training Scenario
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Presented by New England Medieval Arts Society (NEMAS)
Battle / Training Scenario
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Watch and Learn as fighters will demonstrate various combat techniques and training methods used in medieval times.

Medieval Battle Display
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Team Vultures HMB
Medieval Battle Display
11:00 am - 11:30 am

Amour and swords collide in an epic clash of battle on the field of The Common.

Heroes of the Varangian Guards
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Jorth Gar NVG
Heroes of the Varangian Guards
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Individual warriors from Jorth Gar New Varangian Guard vi for personal fame as they battle each other to see who is the greatest in Heroic Viking Combat.

Children's Games
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Presented by Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits (OAKS)
Children's Games
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Discover the games and activities enjoyed by children during medieval times.

Dance Workshop
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Presented by Belswagger Morris Dancers
Dance Workshop
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Morris dancing is a colourful form of English folk dance that dates to the 15th century. It is usually accompanied by music. Wearing bell pads on their shins, the energetic dancers clap sticks, swords, or handkerchiefs together as they skip, leap and whirl through their dance.

Renaissance Fencing and Duelling
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Prima Spada
Renaissance Fencing and Duelling
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Come and see a demonstration of Renaissance honour and swordplay with Prima Spada School of Fencing! Explore a variety of noble weapons and ranks of skill, and witness a duel between two haughty duellists. Showing off their swashbuckling excellence with 16th and 17th Century weapons and combat, the bravos of Prima Spada will delight young and old alike!

A Crusading War
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Knights of the Empire Germanica
A Crusading War
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Illustrating the difference between arms, armour and combat techniques depending on whether a Knight was participating in the brutal Crusading Wars with the Teutonic Order or within the Chivalrous Spectacle of the Tournament. In short, we plan to show you, our wonderful visitors, what it is that sets the Teutonic Order apart from the rest!

A Deed of Arms - Introduction to Knightly Combat
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Companie Draco Routiers
A Deed of Arms - Introduction to Knightly Combat
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Medieval Tournaments did not only present jousting, but also showcased Dismounted Knights fighting hand to hand in a melee. This was often depicted as a Deed of Arms, demonstrating the Knights Martial Prowess with Longswords and Poleaxes, as well as Swords and Shields. These Foot Tournaments saw Knights fighting for Glory and Valour, though were also used to settle legal disputes. Trials by Battle were a privilege reserved to nobility as a way to prove their case in situations where the truth could not be determined, and instead left the decision in the hands of God, who would give strength to the man in the right.

Knattleikr (Viking Ball Game)
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by Blackpool Vikings
Knattleikr (Viking Ball Game)
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Have you ever wondered what Vikings did for fun? Knattleikr is a Viking ball game where anything goes! Come and watch some Vikings getting rough in the name of sports.

Longdogs - Medieval Hounds
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by HHHAF & Knights of the Longdog
Longdogs - Medieval Hounds
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by HHHAF & Knights of the Longdog

This is a fun, interactive session where you will learn how the different types of dogs were trained in medieval times - you'll be surprised! At the end, you will have a chance to feed the hounds and take selfies with them.

Pageant Wagon
Pageant Wagon
Pageant Wagon
Weapons and Warfare in the Persianate World
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Historia
Weapons and Warfare in the Persianate World
10:00 am - 10:30 am

A hands on look at some of the antique and recreated arms and armour used in Persian martial arts.

Dressing of an Elizabethan Lord/Lady
10:30 am - 11:00 am
Presented by Society of Creative Anachronism
Dressing of an Elizabethan Lord/Lady
10:30 am - 11:00 am

Ever wondered how the elaborate fashions of the Elizabethans are put together? We invite you into the dressing room of an Elizabethan Courtier for a rare glimpse into the secrets of ‘Dressing for Success’ in the times of Queen Elizabeth I.

Music Workshop
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Presented by Pastance
Music Workshop
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Presented by Pastance

Pastance will perform music ranging from the 11th through to the 16th century using authentic instruments including lute, medieval fiddle, gittern, recorders, shawm and vocals. Featuring the music of much loved composers such as Hildegard Von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Henry VIII and John Downland to name a few, Pastance will take you on a musical journey through the some of the musical traditions of Western Europe, exploring the development of harmony and polyphony.

History of Tournaments
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Presented by Company of the Phoenix
History of Tournaments
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Presented by Company of the Phoenix

Tournaments evolved from bloody mock battles condemned by the Church to fabulous spectacles. Often held to celebrate an important event, they were usually accompanied by a fair, entertainment and feasting. They provided a display of wealth and prestige, skill and courage, gallantry and courtly love. From the competitors striving for honour and renown to the ladies giving tokens of their favour to chosen knights, tournaments captured the spirit of their time and appealed to both kings and commoners. This talk follows their journey in time and shows how modern festivals evoke their spirit.

Peregrinations - Medieval Trade and Travel
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Presented by Oltramar
Peregrinations - Medieval Trade and Travel
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm
Presented by Oltramar

There’s a mistaken belief that medieval people tended to stay in the same place all of their lives; this talk sets out to give examples of why that was definitely not the case, with a discussion of pilgrimage, trade, armies, and other situations that motivated people to leave the village they were born in.

Turkish Food Stalls
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Food Stalls
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks

Learn all about the Turkish food stalls on Ottoman streets.

Sea Shanties - Sing Along
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Presented by Women in History
Sea Shanties - Sing Along
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Join in the Women in History as they sing about the Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley and Jeanne de Clisson, the Lioness of Brittany. There will be songs about medieval life, working women, and a 12th century song about Bedlam. All the songs are sung as Rounds or have choruses that are easy to learn. So come along, join in the fun of the rollicking sea shanties.

Dressing of an Elizabethan Lord/Lady
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Presented by Society of Creative Anachronism
Dressing of an Elizabethan Lord/Lady
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Ever wondered how the elaborate fashions of the Elizabethans are put together? We invite you into the dressing room of an Elizabethan Courtier for a rare glimpse into the secrets of ‘Dressing for Success’ in the times of Queen Elizabeth I.

Medieval Women's Secrets
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Rosalie Gilbert
Medieval Women's Secrets
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Presented by Rosalie Gilbert

Join Rosalie Gilbert, History Enthusiast and Author, as she shares Medieval Women's Secrets in this family-friendly presentation.

Stag Inn
Stag Inn
Stag Inn
Morris Dancing
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Presented by Belswagger Morris Dancers
Morris Dancing
10:00 am - 10:30 am

Morris dancing is a colourful form of English folk dance that dates to the 15th century. It is usually accompanied by music. Wearing bell pads on their shins, the energetic dancers clap sticks, swords, or handkerchiefs together as they skip, leap and whirl through their dances.

Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Wayward
Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Wayward

Wayward seek to bring to life the tradition of the “Jongleurs”, the wandering musicians of the Middle Ages. Their repertoire extends from the early 11th to the 16th Century with a focus on the songs of the French Trouvères, Troubadours and German Minnesingers, who while singing of unrequited love, also sang of crusades and the basic pleasures in life ― eating, drinking and the prospect of warm bed. Join Wayward at the Stag Inn, clap along as they make merry music on their hurdy gurdy, medieval bagpipes, shawm, recorder and percussion.

Introduction to Medieval Dance
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Presented by Phillip's Dog
Introduction to Medieval Dance
11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Presented by Phillip's Dog

Enjoy the dancers from Phillip’s dog and learn about the history and tradition behind each of them.

“Pastime with Good Company” Tavern Songs from the time of King Henry VIII
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Brisbane Monteverdi Ensemble
“Pastime with Good Company” Tavern Songs from the time of King Henry VIII
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Presented by Brisbane Monteverdi Ensemble

Please join singers and instrumentalists from the Brisbane Monteverdi Ensemble who will be presenting lively tavern songs from the time of King Henry VIII. Featuring rarely-seen instruments such as the cornetto, serpent, and dulcian, this short performance will be followed by a demonstration allowing for audience participation in singing renowned songs from the late medieval period. Suitable for all ages.

Dancing from along the Spice Road
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Presented by Mozaik Troupe from Soul Dance School
Dancing from along the Spice Road
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Presented by Mozaik Troupe from Soul Dance School

The Spice Road was one of the most important trade routes in the Middle Ages. It stretched from Japan to India then through the lands of the Middle East to Europe. A distance of over 15,000 km. Come and enjoy some of the unique dances that traders would have witnessed as they travelled the Spice Road.

Medieval Music
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by Pastance
Medieval Music
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Presented by Pastance

Pastance will perform music ranging from the 11th through to the 16th century using authentic instruments including lute, medieval fiddle, gittern, recorders, shawm and vocals. Featuring the music of much loved composers such as Hildegard Von Bingen, Guillaume de Machaut, Henry VIII and John Downland to name a few, Pastance will take you on a musical journey through the some of the musical traditions of Western Europe, exploring the development of harmony and polyphony.

Cirque Medieval
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Cirque Medieval
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Cirque Medieval honours traditional medieval performance combined with modern circus and music to create a unique spectacle like no other!

Wrestling Area
Wrestling Area
Wrestling Area
Turkish Oil Wrestling
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Oil Wrestling
11:00 am - 11:45 am
Presented by Janissary Barracks

This is the first of three Oil Wrestling bouts this Sunday. Oil wrestling can be traced back many hundreds of year. It is a display of male strength and physical prowess and is culturally significant in Turkey. Turkish oil wrestlers wear heavy leather pants called kipset. Each contestant is then covered in olive oil to make them slippery. The object of each wrestler is to get their opponent in a position so that their belly button faces the sky.

Turkish Oil Wrestling
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks
Turkish Oil Wrestling
3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Presented by Janissary Barracks

This is the final Oil Wrestling bout for Sunday. Enjoy the physical prowess and strength of our oil wrestlers as they compete to be awarded the Abbey Medieval Festival Oil Wrestling Champion 2021.

Museum/Church
Museum/Church
Museum/Church
Procession from St Edith’s Village leads to Museum Gregorian Chant Recital
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Schola Cantorum
Procession from St Edith’s Village leads to Museum Gregorian Chant Recital
10:45 am - 11:30 am
Presented by Schola Cantorum

Meet at St Edith's Village and join Schola Cantorum in the procession to the Museum for the Gregorian Chant Recital

Gregorian Recital in Museum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum
Gregorian Recital in Museum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy the beauty of the ancient Gregorian Chant presented by Schola Cantorum. Many of the chants date from 9th - 12th Centuries AD and some even go back to the vocal music of the early Christian Church (1st - 3rd C. AD). Be transported back in time, experience the melodious sound of our chanters and enjoy the ambience of the Abbey Church with its beautiful medieval stained glass windows.

Gregorian Chant Workshop in Church
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum
Gregorian Chant Workshop in Church
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

After the singing of the Angelus, our Gregorian Chanting choir will present a workshop and short recital. The workshop will give beginners an understanding of the history of chant, notation, Latin pronunciation and an opportunity to 'have a go' at singing some simple chants. Or you may just want to listen, and each workshop will conclude with chants sung by Schola Cantorum.

Stained Glass Tour
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Abbey Church
Stained Glass Tour
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Abbey Church

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful medieval stained glass in the Abbey Church, featuring 15th century panels from Winchester Cathedral, heraldic panels from Ettington Manor mortuary chapel and continental panels from Flanders and the Netherlands.

Gregorian Chant Workshop and Recital at Abbey Church
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum
Gregorian Chant Workshop and Recital at Abbey Church
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm
Presented by Schola Cantorum

Our Gregorian Chant workshop will give beginners a look into the history of chant, notation, Latin pronunciation and an opportunity to 'have a go' at singing some simple chants. Members of choirs and music students would be very welcome. Or you may just want to listen, & each workshop will conclude with chants sung by Schola Cantorum.

Stained Glass Tour
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Abbey Church
Stained Glass Tour
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Abbey Church

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful medieval stained glass in the Abbey Church, featuring 15th century panels from Winchester Cathedral, heraldic panels from Ettington Manor mortuary chapel and continental panels from Flanders and the Netherlands.

Music Tent
Music Tent
Music Tent
Claire Evelynn - Harpist
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Claire Evelynn - Harpist
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Take a few minutes out of your day to be entranced by the majestic sound of the harp. Claire will be performing songs from the 6th to the 15th Century and also sharing stories along with some Celtic Bardic healing music.

Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm
Presented by Wayward
Music from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Wayward seek to bring to life the tradition of the “Jongleurs”, the wandering musicians of the Middle Ages. Their repertoire extends from the early 11th to the 16th Century with a focus on the songs of the French Trouvères, Troubadours and German Minnesingers, who while singing of unrequited love, also sang of crusades and the basic pleasures in life ― eating, drinking and the prospect of warm bed. Join Wayward at the Stag Inn, clap along as they make merry music on their hurdy gurdy, medieval bagpipes, shawm, recorder and percussion.

Claire Evelynn - Harpist
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Claire Evelynn - Harpist
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Take a few minutes out of your day to be entranced by the majestic sound of the harp. Claire will be performing songs from the 6th to the 15th Century and also sharing stories along with some Celtic Bardic healing music.

Ensemble Fontegara
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Ensemble Fontegara
2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Listen to a repertoire of medieval tunes as played on a variety of different sized recorders. Ensemble Fontegara are a secondary school group winning awards all over South East Qld.

Claire Evelynn - Harpist
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Claire Evelynn - Harpist
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Take a few minutes out of your day to be entranced by the majestic sound of the harp. Claire will be performing songs from the 6th to the 15th Century and also sharing stories along with some Celtic Bardic healing music.

Kids' Kingdom
Kids' Kingdom
Kids' Kingdom
All Day Kids Activities
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presented by Abbey Education Team
All Day Kids Activities
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Presented by Abbey Education Team

Let the kids take a time out from the festival in the Kids’ Kingdom where they can create and play. Kids can: • Design their own heraldry and paint it on a shield (gold coin participation) • Poppet Making (gold coin participation) • Test out their balance on stilts • Play medieval games like skittles, battledore, quoits and Nine Men’s Morris • Try their hand at Archery (for adults and children) $5 for 5 Arrows All proceeds from the Archery experience & Kids Kingdom activities go towards continuing and improving the Education program at the Abbey Museum.

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Encampment Experiences

Visit the encampments of our medieval re-enactors to learn about the history and culture of the Middle Ages. There will be presentations, demonstrations and workshops throughout the day that give a real insight into what the medieval world looked like.

A presentation is a performance by the group which patrons are encouraged to watch – the re-enactors may be in character and in the moment, but they still appreciate an audience.

A demonstration can be of a craft, a tradition or technique where Festival goers are able to ask questions and engage in discussion.

A workshop allows you the opportunity to try your hand at a craft, trade or skill from the group’s time-period; don’t be afraid to give it a go!

There is a whole range of activities for your entertainment and interest. Re-enactors are happy to talk with you and answer your questions about their displays, so feel free to chat with them as you wander the Festival site.

Saturday Morning

TIME

EXPERIENCE

Type

Group

ERA

9:45am

Viking Grooming

Demonstration

Blackpool Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

10:00am

Finger Looping

Workshop

Company of the Phoenix

High Middle Ages

10:00am

Henna

Demonstration

Karvan Saray Australia

High Middle Ages

10:00am

Basic Training

Demonstration

New Varangian Guard – Rusland

Dark & Early Medieval

10:00am

Mead Making

Demonstration

Order of St Knud

High Middle Ages

10:00am

Chicken Plucking

Demonstration

Reafan

Dark & Early Medieval

10:00am

Viking Hair Braiding

Workshop

Saga Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

10:00am

Woodworker’s Workspace

Workshop

Make Your Own Medieval

High Middle Ages

10:15am

Gregorian Chant with Schola Cantorum

Presentation

L’Orphelin

Crusader

10:30am

Shield Tree Ceremony

Presentation

Companie Draco Routiers

High Middle Ages

10:30am

15th Century Textile Workspace

Workshop

Make Your Own Medieval

High Middle Ages

10:30am

All That Glitters

Presentation

Oltramar

Crusader

10:30am

Coppersmithing (Ages 5-10yrs)

Workshop

Order of Artisans & Kindred Spirits (OAKS)

High Middle Ages

10:30am

Beginners Fencing Course

Workshop

Prima Spada

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

10:30am

Wire Weaving

Workshop

Staraya Ladoga

Dark & Early Medieval

10:30am

Viking Boat / Mound of Fafnir

Presentation

The Norviks

Dark & Early Medieval

10:30am

Children’s activity – Felt crafting – making Lancaster & York roses

Workshop

Women in History

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

11:00am

Cleaning

Presentation

Citadel Medieval Society

High Middle Ages

11:00am

Beekeeping in the Middle Ages

Demonstration

Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers

High Middle Ages

11:00am

Turkish Cooking & Dining

Demonstration

Janissary Barracks

High Middle Ages

11:00am

Feeding the Hounds

Workshop

Knights of the Longdog

High Middle Ages

11:00am

An English Pope, and the Lord’s Prayer in Middle English of the 12th Century

Presentation

L’Orphelin

Crusader

11:00am

Coin Striking

Demonstration

New Varangian Guard – Rusland

Dark & Early Medieval

11:00am

Sale of the 15th Century –  Medieval Quiz

Presentation

Order of the Dracul

Crusader

11:00am

Who were the Knights Templar?

Presentation

The Poor Fellow Knights of Christ & of the Temple of Solomon (Knights Templar)

Crusader

11:00am

Pewter & Coin Casting

Demonstration

Reafan

Dark & Early Medieval

11:30am

Viking Burial

Demonstration

Hedeby Living History Traders

Dark & Early Medieval

11:30am

Calligraphy Workshop

Workshop

L’Orphelin

Crusader

11:30am

Period Combat

Presentation

Reenacting Independently For Fun (RIFF)

High Middle Ages

11:30am

How to become a Viking Warrior in 10 easy steps

Presentation

Staraya Ladoga

Dark & Early Medieval

11:30am

Reading from the Canterbury Tales

Presentation

The Companions of the Silver Horse

High Middle Ages

11:45am

Weapons and Warfare in the Persianate World

Extended Activity

Historia

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

Saturday Afternoon

TIME

EXPERIENCE

Type

Group

ERA

12:00pm

Dressing a Lady

Demonstration

Companie Draco Routiers

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

Lady’s Bower

Demonstration

Conroi

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

Medical & Surgery

Demonstration

Cottereaux: Company of the Dagger

Crusader

12:00pm

Hunting Talk

Demonstration

Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

Things that go Ouch in the Knight

Presentation

Knights of the Empire Germanica

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

To veil or not to veil

Demonstration

Order of Artisans & Kindred Spirits (OAKS)

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

Costumes & Calligraphy – a journey through time

Presentation

Women in History

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

12:30pm

Medieval Games

Workshop

Citadel Medieval Society

High Middle Ages

12:30pm

Arms & Armour

Demonstration

Companie Draco Routiers

High Middle Ages

12:30pm

Candle Making

Workshop

Order of St Knud

High Middle Ages

1:00pm

You can be a scribe

Workshop

Conroi

High Middle Ages

1:00pm

Viking moneybands

Demonstration

Hedeby Living History Traders

Dark & Early Medieval

1:00pm

Tassel making

Workshop

Karvan Saray

High Middle Ages

1:00pm

Medieval chess & Shatranj

Workshop

L’Orphelin

Crusader

1:00pm

Medieval Pilgrimage

Presentation

The Poor Fellow Knights of Christ & of the Temple of Solomon (Knights Templar)

Crusader

1:00pm

Viking Long House display

Presentation

Saga Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

1:15pm

Siege Machines

Demonstration

Cottereaux: Company of the Dagger

Crusader

1:30pm

Horse keeping in the Middle Ages

Presentation

Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers

High Middle Ages

1:30pm

Leatherworking

Demonstration

New Varangian Guard – Rusland

Dark & Early Medieval

1:30pm

Cannon Drill

Demonstration

Reenacting Independently For Fun (RIFF)

High Middle Ages

2:00pm

Trader Talk

Workshop

Blackpool Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

2:00pm

Steward’s Report to the Lady

Demonstration

Conroi

High Middle Ages

2:00pm

Bag making/embroidery on bags

Workshop

Karvan Saray

High Middles Ages

2:00pm

Weaving on a rigid heddle loom

Workshop

Oltramar

Crusader

2:00pm

East meets West Archery display talk

Presentation

Order of the Horse

Crusader

2:00pm

Beginners fencing course

Workshop

Prima Spada

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

2:00pm

Clay Bead Making 

Workshop

Staraya Ladoga

Dark & Early Medieval

2:15pm

Turkish folk dancing 

Demonstration

Janissary Barracks

High Middle Ages

2:15pm

East meets West Cavalry talk 

Presentation

Order of the Horse

Crusader

2:30pm

Mulled wine making

Demonstration

New England Medieval Arts Society (NEMAS)

Dark & Early Medieval

2:30pm

Reading from the Canterbury Tales 

Presentation

Companions of the Silver Horse

High Middle Ages

2:30pm

Viking Boat / Mound of Fafnir

Presentation

The Norviks

Dark & Early Medieval

3:00pm

How to train your Teuton

Demonstration

Knights of the Empire Germanica

High Middle Ages

3:00pm

Games & Gambling

Demonstration

New Varangian Guard – Rusland 

Dark & Early Medieval

3:00pm

Soft hands – making hand cream

Demonstration

Order of Artisans & Kindred Spirits (OAKS)

High Middle Ages

3:00pm

Beginners Fencing Course

Workshop

Prima Spada

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

3:30pm

Bardic Harpress – Lady Raven

Presentation

Women in History

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

Sunday Morning

TIME

EXPERIENCE

Type

Group

ERA

10:00am

Viking Grooming

Demonstration

Blackpool Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

10:00am

Finger Looping

Workshop

Company of the Phoenix

High Middle Ages

10:00am

Yurt Construction

Presentation

Janissary Barracks

High Middle Ages

10:00am

Basic Training

Demonstration

New Varangian Guard – Rusland

Dark & Early Medieval

10:00am

Mead Making

Demonstration

Order of St Knud

High Middle Ages

10:00am

Beginners Fencing Course

Workshop

Prima Spada

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

10:00am

Viking Hair Braiding

Workshop

Saga Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

10:00am

Woodworker’s Workspace

Workshop

Make Your Own Medieval

High Middle Ages

10:15am

Gregorian Chant with Schola Cantorum

Presentation

L’Orphelin

Crusader

10:30am

Shield Tree Ceremony

Presentation

Companie Draco Routiers

High Middle Ages

10:30am

15th Century Textile Workspace

Workshop

Make Your Own Medieval

High Middle Ages

10:30am

Beekeeping in the Middle Ages

Demonstration

Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers

High Middle Ages

10:30am

Lucet braiding

Workshop

Oltramar

Crusader

10:30am

Coppersmithing (Ages 5-10yrs)

Workshop

Order of Artisans & Kindred Spirits (OAKS)

High Middle Ages

10:30am

Wire Weaving

Workshop

Staraya Ladoga

Dark & Early Medieval

10:30am

Viking Boat / Mound of Fafnir

Presentation

The Norviks

Dark & Early Medieval

10:30am

Children’s activity – Felt crafting – making Lancaster & York roses

Workshop

Women in History

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

11:00am

Cleaning

Presentation

Citadel Medieval Society

High Middle Ages

11:00am

Henna

Demonstration

Karvan Saray

High Middle Ages

11:00am

Feeding the Hounds

Workshop

Knights of the Longdog

High Middle Ages

11:00am

An English Pope, and the Lord’s Prayer in Middle English of the 12th Century

Presentation

L’Orphelin

Crusader

11:00am

Coin Striking

Demonstration

New Varangian Guard – Rusland

Dark & Early Medieval

11:00am

Weaving with local materials

Workshop

Order of Artisans & Kindred Spirits (OAKS)

High Middle Ages

11:00am

Sale of the 15th Century –  Medieval Quiz

Presentation

Order of the Dracul

Crusader

11:00am

Medieval Mass

Presentation

The Poor Fellow Knights of Christ & of the Temple of Solomon (Knights Templar)

Crusader

11:00am

Pewter & Coin Casting

Demonstration

Reafan

Dark & Early Medieval

11:30am

Dressing a Lady

Demonstration

Companie Draco Routiers

High Middle Ages

11:30am

Viking Burial

Demonstration

Hedeby Living History Traders

Dark & Early Medieval

11:30am

Calligraphy Workshop

Workshop

L’Orphelin

Crusader

11:30am

Beginners Fencing Course

Workshop

Prima Spada

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

11:30am

Period Combat

Presentation

Reenacting Independently For Fun (RIFF)

High Middle Ages

11:30am

How to become a Viking Warrior in 10 easy steps

Presentation

Staraya Ladoga

Dark & Early Medieval

11:30am

Reading from the Canterbury Tales

Presentation

The Companions of the Silver Horse

High Middle Ages

11:45am

Armour Display

Demonstration

Conroi

High Middle Ages

11:45am

Weapons and Warfare in the Persianate World

Extended Activity

Historia

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

Sunday Afternoon

TIME

EXPERIENCE

Type

Group

ERA

12:00pm

Medical & Surgery

Demonstration

Cottereaux: Company of the Dagger

Crusader

12:00pm

Hunting Talk

Demonstration

Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

Turkish Cooking & Dining

Demonstration

Janissary Barracks

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

Things that go Ouch in the Knight

Presentation

Knights of the Empire Germanica

High Middle Ages

12:00pm

Secret Women’s Business of St Joan of Arc

Presentation

Women in History

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

12:30pm

Gaming

Workshop

Conroi

High Middle Ages

12:30pm

Arrow Fletching

Demonstration

Order of St Knud

High Middle Ages

1:00pm

You can be a scribe

Demonstration

Conroi

High Middle Ages

1:00pm

Viking moneybands

Demonstration

Hedeby Living History Traders

Dark & Early Medieval

1:00pm

Tassel making

Workshop

Karvan Saray

High Middle Ages

1:00pm

Medieval chess & Shatranj

Workshop

L’Orphelin

Crusader

1:15pm

Siege Machines

Demonstration

Cottereaux: Company of the Dagger

Crusader

1:15pm

Ottoman Pious Acts

Presentation

Janissary Barracks

High Middle Ages

1:30pm

Medieval  Games

Workshop

Company of the Phoenix

High Middle Ages

1:30pm

Arms & Armour 

Demonstration

Companie Draco Routiers

High Middle Ages

1:30pm

Horse keeping in the Middle Ages

Presentation

Horses, Hounds, Hunters & Farmers

High Middle Ages

1:30pm

Goldwork Embroidery Class

Workshop

Oltramar

Crusader

1:30pm

Cannon Drill

Demonstration

Reenacting Independently For Fun (RIFF)

High Middle Ages

2:00pm

Trader Talk

Workshop

Blackpool Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

2:00pm

Medieval  Games

Workshop

Company of the Phoenix

High Middle Ages

2:00pm

Turkish folk dancing

Demonstration

Janissary Barracks

High Middle Ages

2:00pm

Bag making/embroidery on bags

Workshop

Karvan Saray

High Middles Ages

2:00pm

Clay Bead Making

Workshop

Staraya Ladoga

Dark & Early Medieval

2:15pm

East meets West Archery display talk

Presentation

Order of the Horse

Crusader

2:15pm

Turkish folk dancing 

Demonstration

Janissary Barracks

High Middle Ages

2:15pm

East meets West Cavalry talk 

Presentation

Order of the Horse

Crusader

2:30pm

How to train your Teuton

Demonstration

Knights of the Empire Germanica

High Middle Ages

2:30pm

Mulled wine making

Demonstration

New England Medieval Arts Society (NEMAS)

Dark & Early Medieval

2:30pm

Viking Long House display

Presentation

Saga Vikings

Dark & Early Medieval

2:30pm

Reading from the Canterbury Tales 

Presentation

Companions of the Silver Horse

High Middle Ages

2:30pm

Viking Boat / Mound of Fafnir

Presentation

The Norviks

Dark & Early Medieval

3:00pm

Games & Gambling

Demonstration

New Varangian Guard – Rusland 

Dark & Early Medieval

3:00pm

Beginners Fencing Course

Workshop

Prima Spada

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era

3:30pm

Bardic Harpress – Lady Raven

Presentation

Women in History

Late Middle Ages & Mixed Era