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COMPANY OF THE DOVE

Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016

 

COMPANY OF THE DOVE

 

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Company of the Dove was a free company, a late medieval army of mercenaries acting independently of any government, and thus “free”. They regularly made a living by plunder when they were not employed. They were based in Brittany, France, at the start of the Hundred Years War, a series of conflicts waging from 1337 to 1453 between the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of France, and their various allies, for control of the French throne.

Starting out initially as a traditional archery group, Company of the Dove are mostly English archers, with some men at arms, and their families, and encourage all interests in the medieval way of life. They have been a loyal visit to the Abbey Medieval Festival for many years, and continue to draw public interest not only in the period of time, but in their individual group’s activities and encampment.

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Company of the Dove is a family based medieval re-enactment group who adhere to Qld Living History Federation standards, and are involved with weapons training, traditional archery, clothing, furniture, music, encampments, medieval cooking and feasts, as well as studying and re-enacting all facets of medieval life in the mid 14th century (1348-1361).

They run workshops to help their members get more involved in medieval tasks and equipment and they make a lot of our own equipment.

 

To meet Company of the Dove this year, buy your tickets now!

Get to know some of the other Reenactors groups here.

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KNIGHTS OF THE EMPIRE GERMANICA

Meet the Reenactors 2016

 

KNIGHTS OF THE EMPIRE GERMANICA

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Knights of the Empire Germanica is a Medieval German re-enactment group in the High Middle Ages period.
They are a Brisbane based re-enactment group depicting the Germanic nobility of the Holy Roman Empire. They practice armoured combat and try to recreate the colour, traditions and day-to-day life of the nobility and their retainers.

A family orientated group, their aim is to create an environment that enables learning about medieval life. Medieval re-enactment is a way of bringing history to life in an exciting and hands-on way. The members of Knights of the Empire Germanica get to actively create and use their equipment, and find out how it all works in a real-life setting. It is especially rewarding to members to be able to engage in a hobby which can include the whole family.

Knights of the Empire Germanica is a group with many years of activity in Brisbane. ‘KEG’ has close ties with other re-enactment groups with whom they share combat training, public appearances such as attending the Abbey Medieval Festival, and other demonstrations. As a group they share research, cook and share medieval food at feasts, create medieval clothing, armour and equipment, and train warriors to be formidable but entertaining fighters.

Knights of the Empire Germanica are a friendly group and are always happy to interact with the public for discussion or photo opportunities. Come and see them at the Medieval Festival this year!

Knights of the Empire Germanica encampment activities

 

To meet Knights of the Empire Germanica, buy your tickets now!

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COMPANIE OF KNIGHTS BACHELOR

Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016

 

COMPANIE OF KNIGHTS BACHELOR

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Companie of Knights Bachelor is one of Brisbane’s oldest re-enactment groups. Established in 1989, this group re-enacts the splendor of the 12th century and early 13th century, and the heroism of the Crusades. Companie members travel across Queensland as well as interstate to attend events such as the Abbey Medieval Festival, and other living history events, to live out life as a member of the 12th century nobility, either fighting in melees and tournaments, or showing off other medieval skills to the public.

The Companie also runs private Medieval Feasts and Living History weekends, to recreate the society and culture of the 12th and early 13th century with artisan craft displays and heroic swordplay.

At the Abbey Medieval Festival each year, Companie of Knights Bachelor reenact the pageantry and excitement of a medieval tournament. Knights join battle in a test of martial strength. Ladies cheer encouragement for their favorite Knight and partake of the gentler art of courtly love. After the Tournaments, the knights and ladies retire to their authentic encampment at Abbeystowe for some feasting, gaming, singing and dancing.

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Members of the Companie take keen interest in medieval arts and crafts, and study the historical background surrounding the Crusades. They employ a high standard of historical accuracy, encouraging every member to do much historical research. All the gear they use at shows and displays has to be documented, to encourage the highest degree of realism that twentieth-century society can produce. Companie of Knights Bachelor and its members are looking forward to returning to the Abbey Medieval Festival this year and educating and entertaining the public one again!

To come and meet the Companie of Knights Bachelor, buy your tickets now!

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KNIGHTS OF THE LONGDOG

Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016

 

KNIGHTS OF THE LONGDOG

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The Knights of the Longdog 
are on a noble quest to educate people about the important role greyhounds (sight hounds) played in medieval times, and about what wonderful pets they make. The group represents a new generation of champions – we don’t wear chain mail, joust, or win sword fights…but we are brave, fearless and loyal, much like our hounds. We show the public and other re-enactors the lives sight hounds would have had, and portray the individuals who would have owned or cared for them during the 12th – 14th centuries in England.

In modern times/the real world, we are a mix of dog lovers who enjoy history and their hounds. We have greyhounds (generally rescued racing dogs), Borzoi (Russian Wolfhounds), and Irish Wolfhounds – all whom would have been called “greyhounds” in the medieval period. We also have an Alaunt who has just joined the group, and brings with her a number of trained rats who help us teach people about the role rats played in the medieval period!

We do a lot of training with our dogs and their owners to ensure the dogs are very comfortable with huge crowds and people of all ages. We do performances at the Abbey Medieval Festival that showcase their skills, and also give people an opportunity to feed the hounds! We give people lots of information on how they lived (they had awesome kennels), what they wore (harnesses, decadent collars, capes), how they were trained (which was mainly food based, just like it is today), who looked after them…you name it, you can learn about it so make sure you visit us this year at the Abbey Medieval Festival!

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To meet Knights of the Longdog and their amazing hounds, buy your tickets now!

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JORTH GAR – NEW VARANGIAN GUARD

Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016

 

JORTH GAR – NEW VARANGIAN GUARD

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Jorth Gar is based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, but have affiliated branches from Stanthorpe, to Rockhampton, to Northern NSW. They are a professional, active group that can field the largest infantry battle force in Queensland and quite possibly Australia.

Jorth Gar concentrates its living history re-enactment primarily on the earlier Varangian Guardsmen of Viking origin, and their many exploits and accomplishments.

These Mercenaries were originally from Sweden and had spent many years of service with Prince Vladimir in Russia, taking down rivals and helping him to subjugate his lands. They had become furious with the Prince’s “incapacity to pay them correctly” and had demanded to be “shown the way to Constantinople”. When Basil II had requested military aid from Vladimir to take down his rival Vardhas Phokas, Vladimir sent these “unruly warriors” to help and rid himself of their financial burden.

Jorth Gar portray the original Scandinavian Mercenaries who were given to Basil II in 988 CE (as part of a military and trade alliance), who formed the nucleus of the Varangian Guard and became his imperial bodyguard in the palace and on the battle field. They cover up until 1066, where the composition of the Guard started to change, and the “Viking era” ended.

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As the treaty between the Rus and Byzantines was also a trading one, many Scandinavian, Slav and Rus merchants and artisans would have accompanied this force to Constantinople to take advantage of this. Some would establish trade routes, others would seek employment in the Byzantine army to help equip its soldiers. Jorth Gar have a strong artisan / craftsman focus as a result.

Jorth Gar are looking forward to returning to the Abbey Festival again in 2016.

 

To meet Jorth Gar, buy your tickets to the Festival now!

For more on the Reenactor groups, watch this space!

 

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Order of the Horse

Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016

 

ORDER OF THE HORSE

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In the Year of the Horse came the ‘Order of the Horse’, a group of elite Medieval horse warriors.

Order of the Horse is a historical re-enactment group of elite riders and mounted/foot combat, who work along side many other groups. Order of the Horse conducts displays on 12th, early 13th and 14th century horses, cavalry, archery, armour and cooking. They also focus on the history of the 12th, early 13th and 14th century knights and their horses, clothing, etc, with a particular focus on the 2nd and 3rd crusades including Saracens.

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The members of the group are veterans of the Abbey Medieval Festival and Tournament for last 10 years, that once belonged to other Abbey groups. This group is well respected by QLHF and ALHF and performs at other interstate events as well as the Festival. The members and horses are also internationally prized as one of Australia’s top Napoleonic equestrians. The head and founder of the group was also on the Abbey build board 2015 and is one of the key knights and performers that has been bringing trained horses to the Abbey for the last 10 years.

Returning again in 2016, Order of the Horse are very much looking forward to educating the public on the 12th Century Saracen and 2nd and 3rd Crusades, and giving many amazing and authentic displays.

Buy your tickets now to meet Order of the Horse in person!

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Blackwolf

Meet the Re-enactor Groups 2016

BLACKWOLF

 

It was a feature of medieval warfare that armies tended to live off the invaded land, foraging wherever they could. In Outremer, the Middle East as we know it today, crops were grown and gathered around the water sources. Controlling the water sources and supply routes meant that you controlled the land.

Invading forces attempted to set up supply lines but often in Crusader times, supplies from overseas failed to arrive and often was too little, too late. Supplies had to be easily transported, not spoil and all fresh meat herded “on the hoof”. To alleviate this, Blackwolf – a 12th-13th century Crusader group – traversed the caravan routes, posing as Bedouin Traders, trading where they could, often preying on opposition caravans for vital supplies.

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Blackwolf were a mixture of European nationalities, local Armenian, Christian Arab, and mercenaries from the plains of the Danube, the Magyars and Kipchak. Any who would join Blackwolf to further Christian interests. This mix of nationalities demonstrated differing garb and customs, and, they use this to reflect a variety of cultures and traditions for the public interest. Some Blackwolf members are combatants, whose principal function is the crash and bash of medieval combat. They are also finding ways to enhance their camp each year expanding crafts and skills such as medieval medicine, Bedouin coffee ceremony, Bedouin cooking and cheese-making. Also adding bone carving and linen production from growing flax. The Bedouin tended to rob wild bee colonies where honey was used as a “currency” and the wax was used to make candles.

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Blackwolf have chosen to portray these Middle Eastern and Eastern cultures in their encampment because this was a little known and unexplored aspect of medieval life. The 12th-13th centuries is a fascinating time of social upheaval, progress and changes in thinking, trade goods and textiles. If nothing else, exposure to eastern trade, medicine and foodstuffs, even the game of chess, did much to renovate Western Europe. There is a great interest in medieval life, what they ate, what they wore and what were their customs so Blackwolf seek to present this to the public in an authentic and enjoyable manner.

 

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Meet the Jousters – Part 2 2016

Meet some more exciting new faces for the Jousting Tournament this year! Please welcome Jousters new and old:

Jouster Anthony Hodges – Australia

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Anthony is a full time horse trainer. He has been competitively Jousting since 2014, and is a member of the Kryal Castles Mounted Knights. He is regular participant in Jousting and Skill At Arms Tournaments, and was the 2015 Timeline Skill At Arms Champion.

Motto: “Ad vincere honorem – To conquer with honour”

 

Jouster Kimberly Belcher AKA Lady Freya Erynn – Australia 

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Lady Freya (Kimberley Belcher) is a 25 year old from Queensland. She made her debut at the 2015 Abbey Medieval Tournament, where she got to test her skills against some of the best. Returning this year, she is keen to compete again.

Kimberly has been immersed in jousting and medieval culture from the beginning of her riding. Training alongside the legendary pair, the Lady Elizabeth and her partner ‘Shanks’ and all the wonderful horses at Moonlight Manor, Kimberly has completed her joust training upon the horse Strider .

Descendant of a light horseman, she is ready to do her heritage proud and compete with honour, as she competes on home turf. The 2016 Abbey Medieval Tournament will be her second competitive joust. Competing in 15th Century German Gothic armour she’s sure to make an impression, and will be easy to spot in her green (Viridis) and blue (Caeruleus) colours, under the banner of the white stag. She’s confident for a great result from this year’s joust.

Motto: “per prudentiam, non virtutem – by wisdom, not power”

Jouster Luke Binks – Australia 

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Luke Binks is Australian born and bred, with a lifelong passion for knights and the chivalric culture of the middle ages.

Luke started to make armour, learn to fight and ride horses in 2001. The next year, Luke was competing in his first international joust. Since then Luke has competed in tournaments in roughly a dozen countries across the globe and lived on three different continents, all in search of like-minded people making “the ultimate pass with a lance, or a skilled clash of a sword.”

 

Stay tuned for part 3 of “Meet the Jousters 2016!”

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New Ticket Prices for 2016

Are you ready for the Abbey Medieval Festival 2016?!

We certainly are! So to get you started, we would love to give you some information on the ticket prices for this year.

medieval festivalTickets will on sale VERY SOON, so make sure you subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to know!

The Festival will run, like normal, over the 2 day weekend, on the 9th and 10th July, but if you’re just wanting to come for 1 day, your ticket price for an adult will be $31.50 if you prepay online, or $37.00 at the gate on the day.

If you’re wanting the full experience of the WHOLE weekend (both Saturday and Sunday), an adult ticket will cost you just $42.00 if prepay online, or $47.50 at the gate.

To watch any one of our amazing and authentic Jousts, grab your ticket at just $4.00 per person per session.

The Medieval Festival is an entirely different experience than you’ve ever had before, and we can almost guarantee you will find something you absolutely love here, so why not bring the whole family and enjoy a lovely day out, or the whole weekend! For a family ticket for just the 1 day, you’re looking at just $84.00 if you prepay online, or $90.00 at the gate. We would love you to bring the family for the whole weekend, and at just $92.00 for prepaid tickets ($99 at the gate), why wouldn’t you?!

If you are after the FULL experience, in your very own luxury seating, then our VIP experience is what you need. You will be treated to your own private guided entrance into the Festival and a carpark space for VIPs only. Once inside, you will be invited to indulge in a served morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea, along with your own VIP’s only bar. And a VIP only toilet aswell, so no long waits in lines! Premium seating at all Jousts is included in your ticket, so you won’t miss out on any of the action in the arena! A VIP ticket will cost you  $174 for the day, and with meals, drinks, and all Jousts included, this is great value for money.

If you would like to take it up a notch and really immerse yourself even more in the Medieval way of life, attending one of our beautiful Banquets is definitely for you. Gather some friends, have fun dressing up in some amazing and glorious clothing of that Era, and enjoy an enormous Medieval feast at our deluxe banquet tables! We host 2 Banquets, the first on the 25th June and the second on the 2nd July. You can purchase tickets to these Banquets online very soon, from $95 per ticket.

For more information on all tickets types including children, concession and carers, please see our website VERY SOON.

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Meet the Jousters – Part 1 2016

The Jousts at the Abbey Medieval Festival are one of the main attractions, and draw in people with a love of that Era, as well as the general public alike. We welcome the Jousters from previous years, as well as the new faces (and horses) to our 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival!

Please meet some of the Jousters for 2016

 Jouster Alison Mercer – Canada

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Riding since childhood, Alison took up jousting in 2010 and rode her first international tournament in 2012. Since then she has ridden extensively throughout Canada and the USA. In 2014, she was the first western Canadian to joust in the southern hemisphere, winning Tournament Australis of the Southern Cross series, and making her debut at Abbey Medieval Festival. Alison is thrilled to return to Abbey in 2016 and counts Australia as one of her favourite countries to visit, even with the deadly wildlife.

Motto: Fortiter et Fideliter (Boldly and Faithfully)

Heraldry: Representing her family and her affinity for the Holy Roman Empire. The dexter side of the shield represents the Mercer coat-of-arms and the sinister side portrays the triband of the Archduchy of Austria as a homage to Kaiser Maximilian.

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Jouster Justin Holland – Australia

One of the progenitors of the modern sport of jousting, Justin has been jousting since 1996, and since then has jousted in most states of Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, France and Poland. He was hired to set up and train the joust team for the new Kryal Castle, Ballarat, in 2012. Justin now runs Nova Hollandia Entertainment, a historical education and entertainment company in NSW, has been runner up at the Abbey Tournament 7 times, and Champion 3 times!

Motto: Invictus in animo (Unconquered in spirit)

Heraldry: Trois argent fleur de lys, gules ( 3 white fleur de lys on a red field).

Jouster Marc Hamel – Canada

marc joustMarc is a Veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces, armourer and sculptor. He has been a Jouster since 2006, and has participated in over 20 International tournaments in Belgium, France, England, Poland, Italy, USA and Canada. He was the Team Champion of the Lys d’Argent in Canada in 2012, has the Honor of Chivalry of the King John III (Poland 2013) and was Champion of the Revel (California,USA, 2014).

Motto: “Allons-y” meaning let’s go

Check back again soon for more on our Jousters for 2016!

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Meet Our New Event Manager!

With the Abbey Medieval Festival coming up again in July, we’d like to introduce to you our new, wonderful and very excited Event Manager for the Festival,

Colleen Ogilvie!

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A little from Colleen about herself, her life, and what about the Festival and her job that she loves!

“So, a little bit of ‘goss’ about me hey? The new Event Manager for the Abbey Medieval Festival!

Where to start.. I live locally at Bribie Island (and yes, my husband organised a pre-nup agreement – I had to be prepared to live here for the rest of my life or no marriage – so of course I said yes to this terrible demand!!)

I love horses (I have competed and even done a bit of horse archery!) and arty/crafty stuff. I love making things (when I have the time) and doing a bit of sewing – tending to make creative clothing without patterns – just working it out as I go! I love nature and getting out into the great outdoors – very much at home in a simple camping environment! Our family spent 2 months in 2015 travelling to the Kimberleys and doing the Gibb River Road – just loved it!!

I have a work history of being involved in office administration, events coordinating and running an award-winning family tourism business. However, one day in late 2011, I decided I needed to do something JUST for myself…. So, I volunteered at the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Abbey Medieval Festival. No small task, but one I thoroughly loved – both the challenge and the ultimate fulfilment of supporting all the wonderful volunteers.

I was doing this role as well as being a wife, mother and running our charter boat tourism business so it was a pretty hectic time for a while until we sold the business in late 2012.

Volunteers have been a passion of mine since putting in place the volunteer team for the first local Urban Country Music Festival for the then Caboolture Shire Council.

So over the past 4+ years I have been involved in the Maxime Heroica (volunteer team) for the Festival. After the business sale, due to my range of skills, I have been able to work at the Museum in various roles such as helping with the Museum events, crowd funding, and group visits.

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With Edie moving into other important growth areas of the Museum, it was a major unexpected surprise when this role was offered to me. I certainly did not see it coming!! I was both very humbled as well as excited to be more involved in such an amazing event. I see it as a way to support the Museum and it’s ethos as well as all the people involved in the Festival – the re-enactors, the volunteers, and the co-ordinators just to name a few.

I work with the ideals of co-operation and believing in people – working with our strengths as well as our weaknesses and finding the best way forward for all. Nothing is right or wrong – it is about the correct ‘fit’, leaving our personal ‘agendas’ behind and making the best decision to achieve the best end result.

I am loving the challenge and I have enormous support from the 25 other co-ordinators of the Festival, as well as the Museum staff, volunteers and of course Edie, Michael and the Board of the Museum. This is certainly not a role that can be done on ones own! It takes a team!

And an amazing team at that! I am VERY excited about what this years Festival will bring. Not just in entertainment and experiences, but in growing the sense of comradeship, goodwill and greater cooperation between all those involved.

I am really looking forward to enjoying this years Festival with you all!”

We welcome Colleen with open arms into this new role, and put behind her all of our support, belief and trust that she will, along with Edie and the entire team, bring you a bigger and better Festival than ever before!

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Dates you might need to know for the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival!

Competition for Graphic Design of Poster etc Closes 30 October

Stall Holder Expression of interest now open, until 30 April

Re-enactment group Expression of interest closes 30 November

Applications to join volunteer Photography team open 1st April 2016

Applications for Weapons permit close 1st July

TICKETS GO ON SALE 1st FEB 2016

Medieval Banquets: 25th June, and 2nd July

Abbey Medieval Festival 9 & 10 July

Are you our Graphic Designer for the 2016 Festival?

COMPETITION TIME!

APPLY NOW to win the opportunity to become our official volunteer Graphic Designer of the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival!

How:

1. Submit your concept design for the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival Poster using image/s from our 2015 gallery on this website before the 23rd of October to marketing@abbeytournament.com

2. Include in your submission a concept design for the Abbey Medieval Festival Facebook Page Cover Image.

3. Make sure you are a fan/friends of the Abbey Medieval Festival on Facebook Page.

4. Include a brief description of any history you may have with the Abbey Museum or Medieval Festival (visitor, enthusiast, reenactor, performer etc)

5. In 100 words or less, or 35 seconds on Video, tell us why you are the perfect person to be our designer for the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival.

NOTE: This is not a paid position.

Winner will receive a prize of $1,000 AUD

Winner must be an Australian citizen or Permanent resident.

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What is involved in being the Graphic Designer for 2016?

1. Working to briefs set by the Marketing Manager to develop the following collateral within set timelines;

Website Header and buttons

Social Media covers

Emails banners

Supporter logos

Ticket artwork

Official Program and Map

Flyers

Poster

Other groovy things as discussed between the Marketing manager and winner, subject to time available.

What you recieve as a reward for being the 2016 Graphic Designer?

1. $1,000 upon completion of accepted collateral

2. LinkedIn Endorsement

3. Body of Work for your portfolio, for an award winning significant regional event.

Please do not apply to be our Graphic Designer in 2016 if;

1. You do not have at least one day per week to devote to communication, artwork and edits, between the Beginning of November 2015 and the end of June 2016.

2. You do not have a passion for the Museum or the Festival.

3. You do not have a passion for engaging audiences through your artwork.

To let us know you are VERY KEEN, or for more information, please contact Sues on marketing@abbeytournament.com

 

Kids are King

Kids are King

The Abbey Medieval Festival is the perfect outing for kids. It’s a Must Do for your calendar this year. If you choose to do one special thing with your little people in 2015, this should be it.

Why? Let me tell you a story.

Not far from the Abbey Museum, about an hour away from Brisbane heading north, is a strawberry farm. I recently took my kids there, to experience the joys of being outdoors and getting back to the old days of hunting and gathering for food. It’s character building. And we had a ball. The kids got dirty, they played in hay bales, they laughed, they ate real strawberry ice cream and then went home – full of sunshine, strawberries and happy memories. This adventure reminded me of our last time at the Medieval Festival, and I started to draw similarities. These do not end at the sunshine and treats. No, it’s much more profound.

The Festival is about connecting with history. Just like the simple task of plucking strawberries from a stalk, the festival is about getting back to our roots. It’s about showing kids a snapshot of the history of mankind. What I loved about the strawberry farm was the distinct absence of theme park-like attractions, and it was a breath of fresh air. The Abbey Medieval Festival is very much the same.

The Festival will give your kids a chance to step into the world of princes and princesses, be king for a day! They will feel dirt under their feet, wind in their hair, and the buzz they feel will be from cannon fire reverberating through their bodies, not from the after effects of fairy floss. From hearing the clang of metal on metal, and the shouts of raucous crowds. It’s thrilling. Throw away the dagwood dogs, and step off the Chair-o-plane. Give your kids a far more real experience of a lifetime, and take them along to the Medieval Festival.

Some of the best attractions that kids are sure to love include the many different music performances, dancing, and of course the jousting tournaments. There will be birds of prey, archery displays and juggling. It’s a preservative free feast for the senses!

See you there.

Nicole

Nicole is a paediatric Occupational Therapist and Managing Director of Gateway Therapies. 

Downtown Abbey brings more to your festival experience

The Abbey Medieval Festival prides itself on bringing history to life – and at Downtown Abbey we bring you to a place that allows you to dip your toes in history, while enjoying the pleasures of the 21st century. 

Conveniently located as you make your way to the festival gates, Downtown Abbey is a quaint village that provides you with the essentials you need for a fun-filled family day out.

Equipped with ATMs, phone charging facilities, photo booth, cloakroom, bubz hub, the last coke stand, a sausage sizzle, festival merchandise and a bunch of interesting stalls, plus plenty of seating and roving performers, Downtown Abbey is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the festival.

You’ve been asking for it – and now it’s here! The Bubz Hub is perfect for parents and the youngest festival goers. The Hub is fully equipped with baby feeding and change areas, plus bottle heating equipment – and most importantly, somewhere comfy to rest your feet.

We love our Sponsors! And we know you will too! Each year local businesses dig deep and support the festival that we all love so much. This year, they will be onsite at Downtown Abbey.

 We will have McDonalds Bribie Island & Bribie Interchange (the McDonalds just off the Highway) who will be giving away some fantastic (and delicious) vouchers including buy 1 get 1 free Bacon & Egg McMuffin.

The ever-awesome Telstra Van will be rolling up to Downtown Abbey and offering free mobile phone charging stations – you don’t want your phone going dead from taking so many awesome photos at the festival.

Test your artistic skills at the North Harbour marquee with some free colouring-in … how well can you stay between the lines?

Sylvan Beach Resort will also have an onsite presence so make sure you pop by and say hi!

Want to win YOUR Ultimate Moreton Bay experience? Of course you do!

Well, make sure you stop by the Kombi Krew at the Visit Moreton Bay Region Photobooth for your chance to win either a Family Bayside Weekend, Woodford Folk Festival experience or a Romantic Hinterland Escape. While you’re there, jump inside the Kombi and get your photo taken and take home your photo strip!

After checking out all the exciting stuff happening at Downtown Abbey, you might be a bit peckish! The last coke stand (you can’t purchase soft drink when in the festival) is the perfect place to pick up a soft drink and a sausage sizzle, or even some Ice Cream over at the Baskin Robbins stand before making your way to the festival (or home!). 

There’s stacks to see and do at Downtown Abbey – you’re must-do stop before you reach the festival!

Proud sponsors of the 2015 Abbey Medieval Festival 

 

History never tasted so good – know your medieval tipple!

Here is handy guide on the delicious drinks you will find at the festival.

Ales & Beers:  The oldest recorded recipes are over 3000 years old and brewing was originally ‘women’s work’, using a mix of malt and water to make the popular Ale favoured by the lower class and often consumed in place of water.  The magic of hops was discovered and beer (as we know it today) was born.

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In addition to premium bottled beer offering at the festival, such as Peroni and James Boags, why not try Celtic Heather Ale  (Celtic red ale with organic heather tips, originally used throughout Ireland & Scotland before hops. Easy drinking nutty tasting ale with a nice floral aroma) or Elderflower Summer Ale (A light refreshing English Ale made with Elderflowers. The elderflowers give it a lovely floral aroma & unique taste).

 

                                                          Wines:  Enjoyed by nobility, wines were produced from a wide variety of ingredients including cherry, current, raspberry and pomegranate.  Why not make your festival experience a little noble and enjoy a cup or two of hearty mulled wine from Friars Folly tavern, a red wine that has been warmed an infused with deliciously spicy aromatics including cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

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Mead:  Made by fermenting honey (and often infused with spices, herbs or fruit) mead has enjoyed a reputation as being the chosen tipple of the Greek Gods and fairy folk. The sweet honey beverage was also favoured by Viking honeymooners as an aphrodisiac to add a little sweetness to their nuptials.  Add a little of that sweetness to your festival experience with a glass of ale from Friar’s Folly, made with premium honey from the Chateau Dorrien in the Barossa Valley.

Norfolk Punch:  Stemming from an ancient recipe in the Welle Manor Hall, the Benedictine Monks recorded the recipe for this ‘cure-all’.  This non-alcoholic punch enjoyed favour in medieval times until King Henry the VIII abolished the monastic orders and the recipe was lost.  In 1980, the new owner of Welle Manor was fortunate to re-discover the recipe which includes 26 natural ingredients including nutmeg, elder beery, meadowsweet and cinnamon.

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Cider and Perry: Cider seems to be somewhat of a new trend these days, but cider has a long and delicious history! Cider is the fermented juice of apples, and perry is the fermented juice of pears. These delicious, fruity drinks are a light, sweet alternative to beer. We will be serving both beverages at the festival and we will have non-alcoholic versions as well. Our cider and perry is Three Oakes brand, proudly made at the Step Rd Winery in South Australia.

All this and more will be available at this year’s Abbey Medieval Festival – we cannot wait to give some of these a try! For more information, check out this fun site with recipes you can try yourself!

McDonald’s Bribie Island and Bribie Interchange support the Abbey

McDonald’s Bribie support the Abbey Medieval Festival in 2015

We know a lot of you travel far to attend this event, and many of you are locals too. Our local businesses love to help support this major fundraising event for the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. Let’s support them right back.

Check out these vouchers valid until the 31st of July 2015!

Special Offers for Abbey Medieval Festival Visitors

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