Who is looking forward to July 14-15 2018? Our program is  under construction and we can’t wait to show you what’s new for 2018.

The dates for the Tournament, the highlight event of the festival are Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of July 2018. Watch out for Early Bird Date notifications! Gates open at 9.00am both days (8.30am for pre-paid ticket purchasers). Don’t miss the early bird dates!

Tournament Weekend

On Saturday, the gates open at 9.00am to Abbeystowe, the home of the Abbey Medieval Festival.

Your ticket includes the Grand Parade which follows the opening ceremony of the 29th Abbey Medieval Tournament.  Witness more than 500 knights, warriors, ladies and their retainers present themselves to the crowd as the magnificent Master of Ceremonies, Blair Martin, the hero of 2018, summons the knights to take part in chivalrous combat for honour and courage.

Throughout the weekend, the Tournament program offers a wide range of entertainment.  There is something on the program for everyone, from Historical Combats to Medieval dance, Turkish Oil Wrestling to music and fabulous street performers and much more!

Expect more than sixty stalls covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts in Australia’s most authentic medieval market.  You’ll also experience delicious medieval food and drink.  Try an authentic venison pie at the “Stag Inn”, or ale or cider at the The Friar’s Folly Tavern.

Historical Combat

The most popular aspect of the Tournament weekend are the historical fighting displays.  The armoured combats feature different fighting styles, tourneys, melees and individual combats, including Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German Landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish Janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.

The Jousting Championships

Without a doubt the favourite activity of the festival is the Joust.  There will be four jousting events on Saturday and three on Sunday, to enable as many people as possible to see it.  This year the joust tickets are included with entry, which will save you, our Noble Guests,  from queuing up to purchase on the day.

Medieval Music & Bands

Listen to the haunting timeless melodies from some of Australia’s leading medieval bands, such as Harlequin, Aragon, Jabadaw and other glorious songsters.  On your travels around Abbeystowe you will see harpists, lutenists and other musicians strolling about entertaining the crowds.


Not only do we have a number of dance displays, we also have dance workshops, where members of the public can get in on the fun.  On the Castle Arena we offer the public a chance to put their dancing shoes on and get in the lime light during “So You Think You Can (Medieval) Dance” where you’ll learn some popular medieval dances.

Turkish Oil Wrestling

Ladies and noble women flock to see the delicious sight of oiled and bronzed bodies engaging in the ancient medieval sport of Turkish Oil Wrestling.  Make sure you get yourself a place early to see the action.


The Archery competition on the Castle Arena is a prestigious event for skilled archers (re-enactors only) to compete for the title of the Abbey Tournament Archery Champion.

For those who are not so practiced at the art of firing an arrow, or just want to give archery a go, The Traditional Archery Companye provides a space for members of the public who wish to pick up a bow and arrow, and try their hand at hitting the target.

Street Performers

There is fascinating medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry and costume parades for your entertainment all day long.


The Abbey Medieval Tournament will conclude on a lighter note, as the many Historical Re-enactment groups come together for the Grand Finale.