Festival visitors love the experience of stepping back in time—the colourful banners, the pageantry, the sound of clashing sword on steel and the smells of game roasting over open fires. It is this experience and the symbiotic authenticity that is crafted into it, is what makes the Abbey Medieval Festival so great.

So much to see, so little time!

Getting organised and planning your limited and precious time over the days of your attendance will ensure that your experience is the best it can be.

Abbeystowe (our festival site) is presented to enhance your visitor experience but also to best represent the Medieval period and the cultural diversity that existed between 600 to 1600AD. We hope the following information will assist you in choosing the program feature that appeals most to you.

The Key tournaments

There are four different types of tournaments around the site:

  • The Joust
  • The Archery Tournament
  • The Tournament of Strength and Skill
  • Turkish Oil Wrestling Tournament

The Key Areas

Please note the different areas that you will find these activities taking place:

  • The Castle Arena
  • The Joust Arena
  • The Commons
  • The Village Green
  • The University Pavilion
  • The Pageant Wagon

Re-enactment groups

The 2018 Abbey Medieval Festival program will feature many talented and hard-working medieval re-enactment groups from around Australia. While our team is busy finalising the Festival program, why not read about the re-enactment groups who will feature in the event:

Regardless of whether you are here to simply have a look around and try some food, to wear a great medieval costumes, to hang out with the family, to learn something about history or to immerse yourself fully in your experience and lose yourself to your historical origins, the Abbey Medieval Festival has something for you.