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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

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. 

Accommodation available for Joust Spectacular G20 weekend November 15

Accommodation G20 weekend is still available in and near the Abbey Medieval Jousting Spectacular Venue.

The list below was compiled at 11am, Tuesday the 11th of November, to assist our patrons to organise their G20 weekend accommodation when travelling to see the Abbey Medieval Jousting Spectacular.

Please contact providers directly to make your bookings.

1 cottage for Saturday available at Dayboro Cottages & Llama Walks
3229 Mt Mee Road
Dayboro QLD 4521
www.dayborocottages@bigpond.com

Still have some vacancies for this weekend
Rob & Annette
Placid Waters Holiday Apartments
Ph: (07) 3408 2122
Fax: (07) 3408 2244

We have had a cancellation this morning for this weekend. This is for a 2 bedroom water view apartment sleeping up to 4 people. We would accept a minimum stay of 2 nights. The cost is $320 for the 2 nights.
Ian & Hilary Mockridge
Resident Managers
Sylvan Beach Resort
Tel: (07) 3408 8300
Fax: (07) 3408 8311

We are pleased to advise we do still have availability this weekend.
Sandy.
RECEPTION
MERCURE CLEAR MOUNTAIN LODGE
564 Clear Mountain Road 
Clear Mountain, Brisbane
QLD 4500 Australia
T +61 (0) 7 32985100
E-mail: enquiry@clearmountainlodge.com.au 
mercure.com
accorhotels.com

We have the following rooms available:
1 x 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit, sleeps 4 for a Saturday/Sunday night stay at a total rate of $380
3 x 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit, sleeps 6 for a Saturday/Sunday night stay at a total rate of $480
And last of all a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom penthouse unit with private BBQ rooftop deck, sleeps 8 for either a Friday/Saturday, Saturday/Sunday night stay at a total rate of $800
Jeff & Fay
Managers
Fairways Golf & Beach Retreat
22 Links Court
Woorim, Bribie Island
QLD 4507
Phone: (07) 3400 2100
Fax: (07) 3410 0555
Email: reception@fairwaysretreat.com.au
Web: www.fairwaysretreat.com.au

We have some rooms with Queen beds available
Geoff & Stephanie Eustace
Sonshine Pty Ltd
Gordon Motor Inn
125 Anzac Avenue
REDCLIFFE QLD 4020
Telephone 07 32834600
e info@gordonmotorinn.com.au
www.gordonmotorinn.com.au

This weekend we can offer 3 rooms with queen beds, all are on top floor together with shared bathroom and private lounge area for the group.
Cost is $120.00 per room includes breakfast.
Leanda and Craig
Bribie B&B

1 cottages with 1 Queen bedroom, 2 twin rooms and 1 single sofa bed
1 homestead with 3 Queen bedrooms and 1 single room plus room for 2-3 Children to crash out in the lounge room (if needed)
Booking must be done through the online booking button at www.mtgloriousgetaways.com.au , There are lots of nice photo’s .
Please note weekends are a two (2) night minimum.
All booking is done online.
Rollie & Liane
Tel: 07 3289 0172 | Mobile 0418 158 222 
Browns Road Mt Glorious Qld 4520

We currently have 10 rooms available Friday 14th and 5 rooms available Saturday 15th November at the Woodford Village Hotel.
Alex Sutton

We have 5 three bedroom apartment with a 2 night minimum booking available for this weekend
Tony Bristol
Resident Unit Manager & Real Estate Agent
The Gums Anchorage Bribie Island
97 Sylvan Beach Esplanade
Bellara QLD 4507
Ph: 07 3408 5200
Fax: 07 3410 7183
Mob: 0424 707 024
Website: www.gumsanchorage.com.au
E-mail: reception@gumsanchorage.com.au

We have the following accommodation available at Samford Lakes, 1387 Mt Samson Road, Mt Samson:
Midway Cottage – sleeps up to 5 (2 rooms)
Barn Loft – sleeps up to 10 in one room
The Cottage – sleeps up to 10 in 5 rooms
Honeymoon Bay – sleeps up to 4 (1 king bed and 1 bunk)
Also in Samford itself we have
Samford Cottage, 4 Main Street – sleeps up to 6 (2 queens, 1 single sleep out, 1 single fold out in living area)
Junction Street Cottage – sleeps up to 6 (2 queen rooms and 1 room with 2 singles)
Craig
Ph  0417 717 781

We currently have several of our studio rooms available. These are our basic motel style rooms. We do have a couple of our one bedroom apartments available. These are a comfortable apartment with a kitchen and laundry and balcony. We also have one 2 bedroom apartment available. All of these have been booking very fast.
Garry & Therese Gray
Resident Managers
89 Landsborough Avenue
Postal: PO Box 215
SCARBOROUGH Q 4020
P: 1300 650 958 (Aust)
P: +61 7 3897 3100
F: +61 7 3880 0877
E: office@scarboroughbeachresort.com.au
www.scarboroughbeachresort.com.au

Peace of Mind Country Getaway is available.
Regards
Georgina Dick

Chateau Cedarton – has accommodation available.
Call Lana 043 1234760

We do have some rooms available at Oaks Mon Komo & Oaks Mews (Bowen Hills),some have minimum 2night stays etc which will show up when the go to book online.
Sian Munn
Business Development Manager – QLD
Oaks Hotels &Resorts

Direct +61 7 3246 1683
Mobile 0417 559 563
Fax +61 7 3246 1699
Email SianM@theoaksgroup.com.au

Toorbul Caravan Park 5 sites cabin & cottage only

Two-bedroom (1 queen, 1 double) cottage available this weekend. We have a minimum of two-night stays on weekends.
RoseTurkey’s Nest Rainforest Cottages
1780 Mount Glorious Rd,
Mount Glorious, 4520
Ph: (07) 3289 0004
web: www.turkeysnest.com

We have 1 x studio room available
Maree Savage
Manager in Residence http://www.lavidaonanzac.com.au
Phone: 07 3897 4700
Fax: 07 3897 4799

We have three villas left, they sleep up to 6 people
Pauline
peter@scarboroughholidayvillage.com.au

Jousts and Tournaments – The History

Tournaments and jousts were often held as part of the celebrations of important events in the late Middle Ages through to the Renaissance, and frequently the terms were interchangeable. It may seem strange today but kings and princes prided themselves on their martial ability,  and enjoyed putting their prowess to the test at these events.  The Medieval ideal was that those worthy of Love would be the best fighters, and by doing so would honour those who loved them.

Graf Friedrich von Leiningen

These competitions were essentially team events. Whilst individual prowess was noted and rewarded, it was the team rather than the individual that won or lost. The most common division was into tenant and venan – effectively those who held ground and those who tried to take the ground, or, to put it into modern sporting terms, home team and visitors. The outcome was decided by which team scored the most points by way of victories (tournament) or attaints/ hits (joust). Some of the scoring sheets have survived to this day.

Der Dürner

Individual champions were often recognised on both sides, and were not necessarily those who had scored the most victories, but those who had fought most courageously and skilfully in the eyes of the ladies.   Prizes were not monetary but often in the form of a token, such as a brooch or belt, which might still be of considerable value. A talking parrot and a large fish have also been recorded as tournament prizes. The prizes were awarded by the ladies, usually accompanied by a kiss. A truly gallant knight often lamented that he regretted not being champion – not for the prize or fame, but for the kiss!

Albrecht Marschall von Rapperswil

Even though these competitions were often fought with blunted weapons known as ‘weapons of peace’, it remained a dangerous sport and many knights, princes and even kings were seriously wounded or even killed.  This should not be too surprising, however, when we consider that the object of the games was to beat your opponent into submission with a sword or axe or unhorse them by aiming a spear at their head whilst at the gallop!

By Damien Fegan

For the ultimate jousting experience, join us at the Abbey Medieval Jousting Spectacular! 

Jousting can be such a drag!

Many people know the name Ulrich von Liechtenstein from Heath Ledger’s portrayal of a character adopting that name in the 2001 movie, A Knight’s Tale.image oneThe story of the real Ulrich von Liechtenstein is much more dramatic and bizarre than the Hollywood version. The real Ulrich was born probably in the year 1200 in Styria, Austria, roughly about 150 years before the movie A Knight’s Tale is set.  As in the movie the real Ulrich was a champion jouster and unlike the movie he is actually an accomplished poet. He appears several times in surviving historical records; his knighting in 1222, the marriage of his son Ulrich II from 1250, his appointment as a judge in 1272 and his death on January 26th 1275 are all recorded.  However our best details for Ulrich’s life come from his own pen in the form of his two epic semi-autobiographical tales about jousting. The first of these books, The Frauendienst (Service of the Lady), relates the story of his jousting tour from Venice to Vienna to win the love of a high born noblewoman in 10 000 lines of verse and 28 songs!  During this five week  roving challenge, sometimes jousting against as many as eight opponents in a day, he tells us that he broke 301 lances on his opponents and in turn had 271 broken on him. All of these jousts were run with sharp lances and Ulrich was not defeated or unhorsed once.

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  All of this would have been pretty noteworthy in its own right except that he did it dressed as a woman!  In order to honour all woman as well as his beloved, Ulrich decided he would undertake the whole venture disguised as the Goddess Venus!

image three  All of his preparations were made in secret and challenges were proclaimed along the route in advance. On the appointed days Ulrich/Venus would appear on a white horse, with white saddlery, a white silken dress, long pearl entwined plats appearing below a face concealing veil and  attended by squires, heralds and musicians all in dressed in white and upon white horses. When a joust was imminent Venus would prepare in private and appear with a white silken gown worn over armour and topped by mirror polished great helm, which was complete with the platted tresses hanging out the bottom!

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In his often very funny tale, he encounters many knights to fight, including one dressed as a monk complete with a tonsured wig on his helmet, numerous noble ladies to admire him and throughout insists that his disguise was not seen through once!  In one episode after his hand is injured in a joust his beloved sends him a message that she had heard he had lost a finger fighting for her and then later heard that it was “merely” injured. Ulrich cut off the offending finger and sent it to her!

Years later with a group of companions, this time disguised as King Arthur and his knights, they travel from tournament to tournament, all to honour Ulrich’s new beloved, who like the first was not his wife!  When not jousting, fighting in tournaments and choosing costumes, Ulrich played an active role in the tempestuous politics of his age. As well as recording his adventures as King Arthur and Lady Venus, he penned poems, songs and a work lamenting the decline of chivalry and courtly love. He is considered one of the greatest Minnesänger poet knights.

Oh……and after all that, he didn’t even get the girl!

Written by Damien Fegan 

A Short Guide To Medieval Armour

Dressed to Kill- Medieval Armour

Here is a short guide to medieval armour so that you can impress your friends at the Abbey Medieval Joust Spectacular with your extensive knowledge on the subject.

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You will see lots of this stuff as it was one of the most common forms of armour in the medieval and ancient world. Incorrectly called chain-mail or worse chain armour it is a mesh or fabric formed from thousands of small interlinked, riveted steel rings. Its flexibility and ability to protect against sharp and pointy things ensured its survival as a secondary defence to protect the gaps in plate armour. The modern age has seen mail go back into production to be used for butcher’s gloves and shark mesh for divers!

Scale armour:

A garment made from small plates of tough material; leather, horn or metal attached in overlapping rows to a cloth or leather foundation resulting in the wearer looking somewhat like a large angry fish. It was in use from the Bronze Age through to the Baroque.

Lamellar armour:

Similar to scale except that the plates or lames are laced or wired to each other rather than attached to a foundation garment. Often worn over mail it was very popular in the Middle East and in Central Asia.

Brigandine:

Like scale but inside out! Brigandine is constructed with the plates on the inside which are attached to an outer foundation garment. Easy to maintain it became popular with late medieval mercenaries thus earning them the name brigands!

Brigandine can usually be identified by rows of visible rivet heads on a garment, the rivets anchoring the internal steel plates. This has been often misinterpreted by movie costumers as studded leather armour something which, would offer about as much protection in a fight as an umbrella in a cyclone.

Medieval armour brigandine www.abbeymedievalfestival.com

Plate armour:

Known as whyte harness ,medieval plate armour starts to appear in the 1300’s. Skilfully crafted with overlapping plates and hinged and strapped to allow a full range of movement plate armour gave the wearer an amazing degree of protection. The armour relied on its shape and curvature rather than its thickness to protect; many parts of the armour would be little more than 1mm thick.

Stories of knights being unable to rise when knocked over or having to be winched into the saddle are the products of later fiction. A knight had to be able to move, fight and ride and any harness that did not allow that was a hindrance.

In full harness it is possible to do rolls handstands and cartwheels, though if you can’t do them normally I would suggest not trying them in plate armour. A fully armoured knight probably wore between 30-40 kg depending on the armour and the size of then individual which compares favourably with what a modern soldier carries.

Beneath all of the armour, padded garments were worn as a secondary protection and also to reduce the discomfort of the armour. This does however contribute to one of the greatest problems in wearing armour; overheating. We have all burnt ourselves at some time when we have touched something metal that has been heated in the sun, well try wearing it as a suit and hat!

Shakespeare did not exaggerate when he wrote the line, “Like rich armour worn in heat of day, that scalds with safety.” Polishing the armour does reflect away some of the heat and it really does look cool! In fact dirty and ill maintained armour was viewed with scorn as being unprofessional, and not as Hollywood would have us believe as being tough!

Shiny armour was not just to look good, it helped refelct heat www.abbeymedievalfestival.com

Written by Damien Fegan, Education Officer, Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology

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The Pilgrim’s Cofyn – not what you think!

So who wants to volunteer at The Pilgrim’s Cofyn?  And no it is not what you think!!

Roles are being allocated for the volunteers for the Jousting Spectacular.  Each role showing itself to be a GREAT opportunity to have some medieval fun with other volunteers and patrons throughout the night.

I can just see our ‘Pedlars’ having fun with the crowd – jeering, huzzahing, teasing – just as it would have been in medieval times. Yes, you can come on board to be a pedlar and yes you have permission to go all out to play the part!  People just LOVE IT!!

Yes, our costume lady is on board and we are sorting out the bars and the food – what to serve and sell, and how, and we are making lists of what we need……   phew! Who doesn’t love a good list!

Abbey Medieval Festival List

Yes, our list is looking a bit like this!

I have done a bit of research and just today special medallions have been ordered for all our volunteers, re-enactors and actors for the night. A keepsake of a great night!

We are putting together some fun ‘medieval’ phrases for our volunteers to practice before the night so we can get everyone in the ‘medieval mood’!

I can’t wait for the adrenalin of the night to kick in, to see the smiles on people’s faces as they see the fun names we are creating for the bars and the food stalls!  And these names are ‘of the day’ and will also educate people as to medieval times.

Brewster Inn will be a perfect spot for strong women – in medieval times, it means ‘woman who brews’.  Would this suit you?? Or someone you know?

Abbey Medieval Festival Beer

A Brewster at Work

Or the Puny Harp Inn where there will be medieval herbed beer available?

We still need another 50 or so volunteers to join the team – to help with set up, to liaise with re-enactors and actors, to help with food and drinks service and to just come on board for some good old fashioned medieval fun!!

We want BIG numbers , because you know how it works…..  the more the merrier!!    And we mean MERRIER!!

So what is a ‘cofyn’ (or ‘coffyn’)?  It is a medieval word for pie crust – so it is pretty much a bakery!!  I imagine you didn’t see that coming!!  So come and have some fun at The Pilgrim’s Cofyn with us serving some good old fashioned food!

To purchase tickets to the Abbey Medieval Jousting Spectacular coming up on the 15th of November, check out this page, it’s a perfect way to escape Brisbane over the G20 weekend.

 

 

 

A Wayward Sound

A Wayward Sound

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For more than a dozen years the characteristic sound of Wayward‘s hurdy gurdy and medieval pipes has been part of the Abbey Medieval Festival.

The name of the band relates to the portrayal of the wandering musicians of the Middle Ages. Often referred to as “Jongleurs”, these musicians would travel the country playing for nobility and common folk alike. Not under the protection of lord and law these musicians stood outside normal society ― ‘wayward’, but free. They would travel from town to town bearing news and entertaining people by playing music, juggling and acting out short plays and fables often utilising puppets, masks and costumes.

Wayward2As the festival grew, so did their involvement ― from just wandering the grounds playing music to entertaining at the Abbey Medieval banquets, holding lectures and facilitating workshops.

In line with a true portrayal of Jongleurs, Wayward expanded its performance repertoire to also include medieval street theatre elements ― namely hobbyhorses as well as a giant processional puppet.
The hobbyhorses became so popular with the public, that the Abbey decided to hold hobby-horse making workshops in 2006, asking Ricarda to lead these.

Wayward’s repertoire extends from the early 11th Century to the 16th Century with the main focus on the songs of the French Trouvères and Troubadours and German Minnesingers, who while singing songs of unrequited love, also sang of crusades and the basic pleasures in life ― eating, drinking and the prospect of warm bed. Wayward perform songs in English, French, German, Swedish & Latin.

Check out Wayward’s new CD “Rota Fortunae” on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/waywardminstrels

 

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Gurning – what is it?

Admittedly, I had no idea what gurning was until recently, and boy was I surprised when I went to do a little research!

From bjanecarp.wordpress.com

From bjanecarp.wordpress.com

According to the English Dialect Dictionary, to ‘gurn’ means to pull a grotesque face, ‘to snarl as a dog; to look savage; to distort the countenance.’ Gurning contests have been a rural English tradition for centuries, and it’s probably no surprise that these have evolved into a World Gurning Competition. They are thought to have originated in about 1297 at the Egremont Crab Fair, which is rather aptly named after the sour crab apple. The winner is obviously the person who can pull the ugliest face.

There are competitions for men, ladies and juniors, and contestants traditionally frame their faces through a horse collar, known as gurnin’ through a braffin’. Apparently this makes it easier to manipulate your face.

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The best known gurner in England is Peter Jackman, who won the world championship four times.  He had his teeth removed in 2000 to make his features easier to manoeuvre.

Check out the Gurning Competition at the Friars Folly Tavern, Saturday and Sunday 12.30pm at the Abbey Medieval Festival 12th and 13th of July.

 

Making the Most of the Heroes of the Abbey Trading Cards

 

Your faithful Abbey Guide to making the most of the Heroes of the Abbey Trading Cards! AMF2014_TradingCards_Map_WebThis is our recommended path to take to collect as many signatures of the individuals and groups featured in the Heroes of the Abbey Trading Cards.

On the Map

0. This is where you start your adventure, collecting or buying your trading cards from the stall beside the abbey stall. Be sure to say hello to me 🙂

19. This is this is the first signature you should collect, they are located directly behind the stall where you can buy the trading cards.

18. Collect signatures from one or all of the members of Cottereaux at their encampment.

22. Head to the encampment of the Knights order of Lion Rampant to collect this signature.

21. Head to the jousting to collect this knight’s signature. Fair warning, he may be jousting when you get there, so please be patient.

13-17. Collect a mass of signatures! Look for these individuals at the Rusland New Varangian Guard Encampment.

24. If you are feeling a little sick or just want to collect the next signature, head to the Companie of Knights Bachelor.

27-28. Head to the Companye of Northumbria for these two signatures. Make sure you ask them what their mottos mean!

23. Embrace “The Foolish Life” with Das Torichte Leben and collect this signature.

29-30. Head to the Society of Sail for these two signatures, but watch out for arrows!

20. Collect signatures from The Company of the phoenix at their encampment.

4. Collect a signature from someone working or attending the Stag Inn.

 

Not on the Map

1-3. Festival Wild Cards. Our recommendation is to find individuals whose costumes inspire you. Or collect the signatures from your favourite memories!

5-7. Some of our incredible volunteers and-coordinators. Look out for them all over the festival.

9-12. These members of company of the wolf are not formally at the festival, but make sure you look out for them throughout the day!

25-26. Keep an eye out for these knights throughout the festival!. Look for Danny at the merchant’s district.

 

 

My Banquet Experience

My Banquet Experience

Last year was my first year at the Abbey Festivals’ Medieval Banquet and WOW! My Husband and I had been anticipating it as I prepared our outfits for the night. We had some preconceptions about how it might be but in no way were we expecting what we got. Did it live up to our expectations? NO IT DID NOT! To be truthful it far exceeded them all.

When we arrived we joined the line waiting patrons who had also obviously spent many hours and or dollars on their costumes. The display of regalia was superb, from full skirts to fur hats, belts garnished by every medieval accessory required for such an event. As the line moved we had the opportunity to watch other Lords & Ladies take their turn to have a photo taken of themselves in a special portrait booth and, of course, we had ours done also. What a great souvenir of the night!

Our anticipation grew as we edged closer to the Banquet Hall, spurred on by medieval buskers. We approached the table with tickets in hand and were introduced to our first medieval custom of the night. Our hands were washed with fragrant rose-scented water and gently dried. I mean, the last time that happened to me I was a wee toddler and the washer was my Mum. Off to a good start.

We entered a Banquet Hall, the surrounding walls covered with giant banners, tables decorated with ivy and candles, subdued lighting (but not dark) at the front of the Hall was the High Table for Honoured Guests. Unfortunately we were not to be seated there but had been lucky enough to purchase tickets on the centre isle and quite close to the front. We found our seats and sat for several moments just taking it all in. My husband was a little confused as to why there was the cut bottom of a large round loaf of bread in front of him. Luckily the person next to him had been to previous events and stopped him before he could break off a piece of the bread. ‘That’s your plate’ he said and proceeded to educate us about the ‘trencher’. Phew, just dodged our first arrow.

Then we spotted the Bar and made our way across. I ordered a Mulled Wine and Hubby had a Honey Mead. Both were so yummy we were back in the line soon after for seconds.

We just made it back to our seats when the Honoured Guests arrived in a procession down the isle. I curtsied deeply and Hubby bowed low as they passed by. The Steward of the Hall introduced each of the High Table Guests. Oh my Goodness, this guy kept us in stitches all night with medieval style banters and quips. At one point he chanted something in Latin and his voice was so powerful it gave me goose bumps.

The sumptuous food was served over several courses, or ‘removes’ in medieval terms, each platter was shared among those seated around us and there was plenty to go around. If there was anything left on the platters my Hubby cleaned them off. He’s a huge eater that never puts on weight so I was quite astonished that he commented on how full he was by the end.

Throughout the night my excitement levels were kept high by entertainment from the Steward of the Hall, roving minstrels, a band of gypsy dancers in stunning costumes and jewellery. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better the Fire Tribe performed a breathtaking display. I could have reached out and touched them and the heat which emanated from their fire sticks and hoops took my heart rate to fever pitch.

All too soon the Honoured Guests were escorted from the High Table. We were reluctant to leave the Hall and the new friends we’d made, but all good things must come to an end. We talked about the event all the way home and then went through it all again over a coffee & port, promising that we would return for the next years’ Banquet.

We saw the Facebook post on the Abbey Medieval Festival page about the new ‘Premium Seating’. I thought “Oh my, I can get all this again plus the ability to rest my tender tushy on a cushy. I’m getting our tickets the day they go on sale”.

To finish up, I can’t wait till Banquet night is upon us again, Tickets have been purchased and printed out, costumes have been made and we’re bringing friends with us who have never been before. I can’t wait to see the smiles on their faces. My only regret is that we have to wait a whole year between events.

Why come to the Friar’s Folly Tavern?

Why come to the Friar’s Folly Tavern?307016_408526502531353_1590595320_n
To taste medieval beverages
To listen to the talented performers
To relax and soak up the medieval atmosphere
To partake in a beef/pork and gravy roll. Supplied by the lions club of Bribie

Enjoy a range of drinks including:

Alcoholic beverages
Rumours Semillon Sauvignon Blanc $4.00 100ml
Rumours Merlot $4.00 100ml
Celtic heather ale $5.00 200ml
Elderflower summer ale $5.00 200ml
Peroni Leggera $6.00 330ml
Cascade Light $5.00 375ml
Strongbow original $6.00 355ml
Strongbow Sweet $6.00 355ml
Strongbow Pear $6.00 355ml
Mulled Wine (Spiced, warm, red wine) $5.00 100ml
Honey Mead (sweet, honey liqueur – honeymoon drink) $5.00 100ml
Non-alcoholic beverages
Norfolk Punch (13th century recipe to cure lowness of spirit and other conditions. Full of herbs and spices) $3.00 200ml
Apple Isle Cider $3.00 375ml
Elderflower Cordial $3.00 300ml
Bottled Water $2.00 500ml
Raspberry cordial $3.00 300ml
Apricot syrup $3.00 200ml

Norfolk punch – Healthy, non-alcoholic drink that is natures answer to tenseness, tiredness, and lowness of spirit.
Ingredients include:
Fennel, poppy, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, peppermint, elder flower, elder berry, thyme, rosemary, camomile, ginger root and more.

Celtic heather ale and elderflower summer ale – herbs, fruit, spices and other ingredients were added to ale to make it taste nicer. Before the introduction of hops, ale was weak and had to be consumed the day it was made. It was the duty of the women to make the ale everyday as it was safer to drink, water was not safe.

See you there!

A Giant Update

Preparing stencils for screen printing jester costume

Preparing stencils for screen printing jester costume

First day of the Giant making was a huge success! Upatree Arts introduced us to the giants we would be making, the Green Man and Jester.

So far this has been an amazing opportunity for supporters of the Abbey Medieval Festival to create something that will feature at the Festival during our 25th anniversary.

We started the day by creating the stencils that we will be using for screen printing the Jester’s costume.

Green man's costume fabric drying in the sun - sun printing technique

Green man’s costume fabric drying in the sun – sun printing technique

We were taught a technique called “Sun Printing” which we then practiced on calico bags (Which we then got to take home!) before using what we had learnt to print on two 10-meter long pieces of fabric.

Screen printing of jester costume day 1

Screen printing of jester costume

We were then taught how to “Screen Print” (which we got to practice on our take home bags) and finished up the day by printing some of the jester’s costume with our stencils. The giants still have a ways to go, but we cannot wait to see them taking shape.

A massive thank you to Upatree Arts (seriously guys, thank you!)

For more details on what we will be doing in the next few sessions be sure to check the links below.

Upatree Arts Giants Parade Workshop: Body Frame Construction

Upatree Arts Giants Parade Workshop: Body Frame Construction 2

Upatree Arts Giants Parade Workshop: Costume Design and Construction

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Abbey Medieval Festival Gives Away Free Tickets!

Looking for a different type of Abbey Medieval Festival experience?

Well, come and see it from the inside!

Our volunteer team numbers over 300 and you could easily be part of this amazing, passionate and fun group of people.

Find out how you can be involved.  (You could be on the team for the Banquets, or Setup, or with our Program & Performance team working with our entertainers and re-enactors……… plus  many more.)

Want to know what’s involved?   ‘Volunteer FAQ’s’ – for all those nitty-gritty questions.

Come and join us – Register Now!

But wait, there’s MORE!!

Free tickets for those involved in Kids Medieval Fun Day.

How to receive your free ticket to the Abbey Medieval Festival:

We require your help for just one day!  Yes, all you have to do is be prepared to have some fun!  Join the volunteer team for the Kids Medieval Fun Day (Tuesday 8th July 8am-4pm) to help everyone have a great day and you will receive a free Adult Day Entry Ticket to the Festival which you can use for yourself or you can gift it to someone else!

ATTENTION MUMS & DADS!  This opportunity is open to anyone aged 15+ years.  Perfect for those older students looking for something different to do during the School Holidays!

Just register here and we’ll be in touch!

See?  EASY AS!!

We’d love to have you as part of our ‘Maxime Heroica’ team for 2014!

For any inquiries, email us direct at volunteering@abbeytournament.com

Premium Tickets to enhance Abbey Medieval Banquet Experience

Big news for Abbey Medieval Festival Fans and those of you that absolutely love the Abbey Medieval Banquet.

Festival Coordinators are introducing Premium Tickets to the Medieval Banquet.

Abbey Medieval Banquet

These tickets take advantage of fantastic views and surroundings and also come with comfortable cushioned seating, yes, we can hear your squeals of delight!

Abbey Medieval Banquet Table Layout 2014

Premium ticket holders also receive a professional portrait photograph as a souvenir of the evening.

Abbey Medieval Banquet and Abbey Medieval Festival tickets go on sale on the 1st of February, 2014. Premium tickets will be sold online on a first come first served basis. Traditionally, Banquet tickets sell out remarkably quickly, if you are thinking you might like to come, we recommend you book your tickets in the first week of February for either of the two Medieval Banquets.

Fan Suggestions for 2014 Abbey Medieval Festival

What an amazing weekend we just had at the 2013 Abbey Medieval Festival.

We had so many new items on the program, many new stallholders, new car parks, new re-enactment groups – but how did it all work out for you?

If you have a brilliant idea/suggestion you would like us to consider for next year – please post your comment here – and note, there will be an official survey emailed out and posted on Facebook tonight – so this post if purely for suggestions 🙂

THANK YOU

Plan Your Day: Families with Teenagers

Whether they like to wander on their own or stick around the parentals, this itinerary should give your teenagers (and you) a few good ideas to keep well fed and entertained throughout the day. Please note that the joust times have been included so you can add one in at whichever time suits you and your family – you don’t have to go to all four each day!  There are many, many more displays, workshops and shows all around the festival site, please refer to the main programme for more information and schedules.

SATURDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* Great way to get into the medieval spirit!
10:45 & 12:30 Deeds of Arms – Knights Order of Lion Rampant (5)
10:45 The Life of the Medieval Slave – Black Wolf (27)
10:45 How to make Split Ring Chain Maille – Das Törichte Leben (18)
11:45 Coinstriking – Companie of Knights Bachelor (4)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:15 Making of a Viking Ship – The Norviks (36)
1:00 Gypsy Amulet Pouch Magic – Shuvani Romani Kumpania (22)
1:45 Hunting in Medieval Times – Knights of the Longdog (6)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
2:00 Beginners Short Fencing Course – Prima Spada School of Fence (14)
2:00 Beginners Short Fencing Course – Prima Spada School of Fence (14)
2:30 Weapons and Armour in the Viking Era – Saga Vikings (30)
3:15   Joust* Last one of the day, more tomorrow!
3:30 Turkish Coffee Culture and Readings – Janissary Barracks (12)
3:30 Siege Weapons – Cottereaux Company of the Dagger (24)

SUNDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* Great way to get into the medieval spirit!
10:45 & 12:30 Deeds of Arms – Knights Order of Lion Rampant (5)
10:45 The Life of the Medieval Slave – Black Wolf (27)
10:45 How to make Split Ring Chain Maille – Das Törichte Leben (18)
11:45 Coinstriking – Companie of Knights Bachelor (4)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:15 Making of a Viking Ship – The Norviks (36)
1:45 Dog Training in Medieval Times – Knights of the Longdog (6)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
2:00 Henna Artistry Workshop – Shuvani Romani Kumpania (22)
2:00 Beginners Short Fencing Course – Prima Spada School of Fence (14)
2:30 Weapons and Armour in the Viking Era – Saga Vikings (30)
3:00 Dogs of War – Knights of the Longdog (6)
3:15   Joust* Very last one for this year 🙁
3:30 Turkish Coffee Culture and Readings – Janissary Barracks (12)
3:30 Siege Weapons – Cottereaux Company of the Dagger (24)

Teens, we have an instagram feed! Share the medieval magic with your friends and use the hashtag #abbeyfestival2013

**If you wish to come dressed in costume WITH a weapon (even a fake one), you MUST apply for a weapons permit here.**