The 2018 Abbey Medieval Festival
On Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th of July, join the many visitors who will come to immerse themselves in the spectacle of the 2018 Abbey Medieval Tournament.
The Middle Ages (6th-16th century) saw the flowering of art, architecture, science, and the dawning of the era of exploration. Through this unique annual celebration, the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology enables visitors across Australia and Queensland to co-create their own medieval experience in a highly engaging and immersive event that is proudly the most authentic in the southern hemisphere. Re-enactors, musicians and street performers from across Australia join in a dynamic display of life, pageantry and the drama of medieval Europe.
The Festival includes two banquets, a week of children-focused activities at the ‘Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun’ week and a tournament weekend with displays of iron-clad warriors locked in battle and jousting knights on their magnificent horses. There is archery, dancing, music, games, crafts and a large medieval market. Visitors are encouraged to wear period costume to deepen their own personal medieval experience.
Be one of the spectators at the joust and cheer on your champions who compete for glory and honour. Watch as combatants take up arms on the field of valour or prove themselves in the Turkish Oil Wrestling pit; be entertained by colourful dancers and taste the finest medieval cuisine. Lose yourself in the bustling marketplace or amongst the colourful tents of the medieval re-enactors’ encampments. Here you will glimpse the past as re-enactors portray facets of everyday life of Viking raiders and traders, of Middle Eastern warriors and nomads, and nobles and peasants from the great European households. Visit the Friar’s Folly Tavern for a drink or to sing along to the raucous music.
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