In July each year the Abbey Medieval Festival welcomes thousands of visitors to experience life in the Middle Ages, specifically 600 to 1600AD in Europe and the Middle East. The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology together with re-enactors, jousters, performers, food vendors and merchants deliver one of Australia’s premier living history events.
The Festival includes 2 Medieval Banquets, a Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week, and the jewel in our crown, the Tournament Weekend. Keep up-to-date on these events by subscribing to our newsletter ( form on right) and following us on Facebook.
The Abbey Medieval Festival is managed by a small team of event coordinators, most are volunteers. Together they manage all elements and stakeholders involved in this event. There are several opportunities to get involved in this unique event, from volunteering to becoming a sponsor. Learn how you can get involved behind-the-scenes.
Supporting the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology
The Abbey Medieval Festival is the largest event hosted by the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. The event supports the Museum in the maintenance and care of its remarkable collection of fine arts and antiquities. It also fulfils the Museum’s mission to provide quality education and public programs.
The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology holds many unexpected treasures with a collection that spans from the prehistoric through to the end of the 19th century. The museum’s medieval and renaissance collection boasts over 200 works of art and artefacts.
The Abbey Museum is free to Festival patrons over the Tournament Weekend. If you couldn’t fit in a visit during your action-packed weekend at the Festival, your 2020 ticket (or wristband) gives you 1 free entry to the Museum before the 31 December 2020.
Re-enactment is a fun and challenging endeavour that involves research, combat training, and learning arts, crafts and skills of a bygone era.
Medieval re-enactors at the Abbey Medieval Festival display combat, arts, crafts, and skills from 1,000 years of history. Making siege weaponry, armour, displays of swordsmanship, chivalry, jousting, costuming, weaving, pottery, illumination, and music just to list a few.
Hundreds of re-enactors from across the country participate at the Abbey Medieval Festival, showcasing their passion for this period of history. Thanks to these groups, Festival-goers can see and experience history come to life in encampments and at the Festival’s many performing venues.