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Accessories and Bling!

Hello again, readers.

Last week’s Dreadful Note of Preparation from Damien, reminded me that while my Project Gorgeous Garment may be nearing completion, my supply of knick-knacks and trinkets was a little sparse?  And even though dressing-up and getting into the spirit of the Abbey Medieval Festival is completely our own experience choice, I began to wonder where on earth I could get the right kind of bling?   So, this week, I want to write about attention to the final details of your medieval costume.

The final touches

Creative accessories will complete any outfit!

I know I’m not the only person that tends to leave things like this to the last moment, and one of my pet hates is not being a hundred percent happy with my choice and having to settle with something I don’t really like because of time.  And for me definitely one of those ninety-ninth hour things is accessories.  A lot of our customers have also been asking where to find something affordable to complete their medieval costumes.

Fear not readers! Medieval accessories – obviously not authentic – are easier to find than you think. And while I know I would love to have a falcon on my arm as a fashion statement, it’s really not that do-able for most.  So, last weekend, I went on a different type of hunt.  I visited Morayfield Shopping Centre in Caboolture, North Brisbane, with my three children (who were on a good behaviour bribe!) to see what was out there in the way of Medieval style jewellery. The kids pretended to be Birds of  Prey, hunting for shiny, old, things, which took their fancy!

Nothing completes your medieval costume like some bright accessories and a smile!

Historians, with the utmost of respect – I anticipate your alarm – but we found some great imitation bling in ……DIVA!

And like it or loathe it, I came home happy!  Part of what I want to do in the overall Medieval Festival is to bring a medieval entertainment experience to the masses.  So I left my authenticity eye at home and just wanted to see what the universe would put forward. Lo and behold! I found brooches, necklaces, rings, ear-rings, tiaras and bling galore.

Obviously, very modern, but let’s not underestimate the importance of having a fun experience! And let’s face it, if we had a pre-requisite to wear only authentic accessories, the Abbey Medieval Banquet and Carnivale would be a quiet party! If DIVA’s accessories enable your medieval transformation, then they get my vote! It’s all in the spirit of preparation for the Medieval Banquet, Abbey Tournament or Carnival!

Go forth and shop!

Till next time, Caroline

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Horse Play at the Medieval Carnivale!

What happens after an exciting day of jousting and sword fights have come to an end at The Abbey Tournament? After the Medieval Knights dismount their noble steeds and take off the heavy Steel Armour. The sun is almost gone as the horses are unsaddled and groomed. The horses look to each other and are feeling good in the cool air…. Will there be one last chance for the horses to show off? One last opportunity to kick up their hooves before it is time to retire to the warm stables?

See Horse Tricks and Vaulting at The Medieval Carnivale!

The Medieval Carnivale is the only night time event that will flaunt the extraordinary talents of trick horses and riders in a show that will have your eyes in disbelief. See riders vaulting on to moving horses and display extraordinary skills of balance and strength in an elaborate Medieval Carnivale style show. A Medieval Knight would practice jumping onto horses from the ground and rehearse other elegant exercises to improve their battle edge. Horses would be trained to fight with the knight in battle without the use of reigns to guide them… The Carnivale will blitz the art of Vaulting and riding horses without reigns beyond the Medieval Battle Field and into an unforgettable show of cantering horses and acrobatics.

Don’t miss out on the debut of The Medieval Carnivale!

The first Medieval Carnivale will be held on Saturday night, gates are opening at 5pm for a 5.30pm start. Come and enjoy a cider or ale before the show or grab your seat and be entertained by our special early bird performers. Our notorious Street Performers will be roaming around before the show and you will see giant stilt walkers in their special Medieval Carnivale themed costumes. This event will have something for everyone, young and old and in between. The Medieval Carnivale tickets are on sale now, you won’t want to miss this magnificent show!

Next Tuesday read about the Music and Dancing that will delight your ears and have your feet tapping at The Medieval Carnivale!

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A Dreadful Note of Preparation

 

Must Make a List!

There was a definite chill when as I set out for work on the last day of May. This was not caused by some Shakespearean Rough wind that shakes the darling buds of May, but the spine chilling realisation that tomorrow is winter and that means that it is Tournament season. For this medieval re enactor the first chill of winter does not herald cosy nights sipping mead in front of a warm fire; it bodes late nights making gear and fixing armour in a freezing workshop.

The Heroic Ideal

At some point last year I remember deciding that I would spread the workload so that I would not be trying to fit a new visor and padded liner to my helmet, make a new helmet crest and shield, replace my gauntlets, make a new coat and houppelande (high medieval robes utilising approx 10 m of wool), cast the fittings for two new belts, make a new heraldic surcoat to go over my armour ( Why did my ancestors choose such a complex heraldry?), a new hat and organise two full tournaments and five smaller Pas d’Armes combats in an impossible time frame.  Easy…..the Abbey Medieval Festival is at least five weeks and two days away! Not that I am counting the days in which I have to make fix and devise more things than I could poke a stick at (mental note: make poking stick).
Whilst working on my armour I may get a chance to ponder on why my breastplate appears to shrink between tournament seasons.  I might even have time to get in some extra training as the combats seem to be getting harder and faster every year.  I just need to prioritise and remember that we do this for fun- this tournament season should be Made glorious summer and not the winter of our discontent (mental note: fix tent).

The Unfortunate Reality

If you live near Toowong and hear hammering and swearing late into in the night I apologise just remember the prologue from Henry V:
Piercing the night’s dull ear, and  from the tents The armourers, accomplishing the knights, With busy hammers closing rivets up, Give dreadful note of preparation.

 

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The big App!

A big hello and welcome back all!

In my last blog post, I wrote about how technology has the ability to invaluably connect and reconnect us with our friends and family.  On another occasion, I wrote about other technology used for the festival this year; the Big Scan and our Interstate Competition.  Technology and gadgets have been around for a long time,  man has always been coming up with inventions to make his life easier.

Man has been coming up with inventions to make his life easier since the dawn of time.

Medieval Gadgetry

This is  as true in the medieval era as it is today, and nome more so than today!  Technology is giving the festival a whole new exciting dimension, and giving our visitors even more to experience.  And this week, when I queried the urgent communications to-ing and fro-ing across the office, the explanation I got was ‘the festival App ‘.  Again technology!

So being someone who is constantly in awe of technology, I can’t resist delving a little deeper into our new and amazing iPhone App.

For those of us who live quietly and happily, oblivious to i-technology, the app (or application) is a software programme which can be downloaded onto an iphone (or android) mobile phone, allowing us to have instant and relevant information about the festival at our fingertips , literally. Yes, it’s indulging the inner geek in us all, even those of us that are normally not really ‘geeky’.   So if it’s not for you, that’s ok.  But just this once, I want to engage our ‘Teckies’!

For those of us who simply can’t live without a iphone; if from the moment you wake, to way past bed time, you’re on Facebook, Twitter, online banking, online shopping,  e-bay, amazon,  online anything possible, well this is for you!  We give you the Abbey Medieval Festival App!

The Abbey Medieval Festival App!

Advancing gadgetry......the Abbey Medieval Festival App!

 

Features of app? Briefly…..programme of events, map of the festival, news updates, information on the exhibitors.

Biggest and best’est’ feature? …….Customisation!

I know you’ll like this.  Whatever festival programmes you want to attend, the app will give you the information you need; the location, the time, the duration, whatever you need to know while you are on the move!

And exhibitors – you’re going to love it too!  Push notifications!  You know those little texts telling people that there’s only twenty more toffee apples left or the jousting is running late because of a Knight getting stuck in his armour, or our VIP’s have arrived,   whatever you need to tell people; the App’s got it covered.

And for visitors sticking around our wonderful corner of the world for a little while after the festival is over, we have included information on some of the other great things to see and do around our region.

The festival App will be freely available through the Iphone and Android App Stores at the end of this month.

The Big App is here to stay…..and besides….it’s cool……… it’s another experience from the Abbey Medieval Festival that we know you’ll love……and we already know how even-cooler it’s going to be next year!

Till next time,

Caroline

 

 

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Connecting and reconnecting

Hello everyone,
Today in my blog post I want to talk about connecting with the special people in your life and how important those experiences and memories are to us.

I had a great week this week! I re-found two special people in my life that due to geography and being neglectful, I had lost connection with. It’s only afterwards that you realise how much you have missed out. And as soon as you hear that person’s voice again, the connection is instant and the time lapse dissappears. And thanks to Facebook and technology, we are in touch again. What a special feeling.

Reconnecting with family and friends

Spend a little extra one-on-one time with your family and friends at the Abbey Medieval Festival

Very often people drop in and out of our lives and sometimes we are left wondering why this person appeared and dissappeared. Sometimes, it takes a special occasion to nurture those people that mean so much to you but you don’t see that often. 

You cannot wonder, then, why we are so happy here in the festival marketing team to learn that more and more of our visitors use the Abbey Medieval Festival  and the Kids’ Medieval Fun Day as their occasion to reconnect and spend time with the special people in their lives. Thank you to all of those fabulous ‘connectors’ who do a much better job than I do and proactively look after the special relationships in their lives.  We are so honoured that you are choosing the Abbey Medieval Festival as your  venue for reunion.  What a compliment!

And because we know how difficult it is to organise friends and relatives who are interstate, we wanted to try and help out!  Have you heard about our competition?

Just click here and complete your details and you are in the running for a great prize worth $3,000.  The prize consists of flights for a family of four from either Sydney or Melbourne, a car to get around, a week’s accommodation in the luxurious Novotel Twin Waters in the Sunshine Coast, VIP tickets for the Abbey Medieval Festival and to top it off – three more fantastic Queensland experiences – free family passes for Australia Zoo, Aussie World and Bellingham Maze.

This is our way of helping all those connectors out there because we know it takes a lot of time and effort to make these occasions happen.  So if you are in Queensland trying your best to get interstate family and friends together this July holidays, tell them about this competition!

Connection with Family

The Abbey Medieval Festival is the perfect occasion to reconnect with your loved ones.

Don’t miss out on those special memories and experiences.

Till next time, my friends,

Caroline

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Medieval Carnivale – Gypsy Dancing Special

A Gypsy encampment - Another happy day at The Abbey Medieval Festival! The wheels of the Gypsy Wagon come to rest at Abbeystowe for the Abbey Medieval Festival  weekend. Word has been received far and wide that there is an annual gathering here to share the wealth and knowledge of kingdoms, tribes, encampments and fellow people alike. The day has been rewarding for all with the sharing of music, dance and crafts that the gypsy people have cultured for so many years.

Travelling across the land opens the opportunity to meet new and unique people. As the gypsy tribe settle down, something is lingering in the air… So many new faces and souls have come together to share the occasion. The Medieval Carnivale is beginning and a crowd is starting to surround the settling encampment. What scene will Shuvani Romani showcase on this night of celebration?

What Will The Gypsies Share On The Medieval Carnivale Night?

The scent of wood burning and the soft glow of a warm fire set the scene for a night not to be forgotten.

The Gypsies are waiting to dance one last time for the night and for the people who have come to gather around. Faces in the crowd wait with an anxious grin, some sipping on mugs of cider, waiting for the fanfare blast that will signal the start of the Medieval Carnivale. An air of mystery surround the Gypsy people as they tend to their campsite, the crowd have all eyes on the dresses embellished with bells and chains so beautifully pleasing to the eyes.

 

Fall In Love At The Medieval Carnivale

One thing is certain, the gypsies will dance  and perform a rare show only to be seen at The Medieval Carnivale! A Love Story is in the air and the gypsies will dance with happy hearts and pounding feet.  Come and see for yourself at the Abbey Medieval Festival.

Love Is In The Air at The Abbey Medieval Festival

Next week, read about the stunning horses that will perform and dazzle you at the Medieval Carnivale Spectacular.

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The Medieval Carnivale

 

A  balmy medieval winter’s evening settles
So what happens when the sun goes down on a medieval day full of markets, after picking up that great new wooden food bowl that has been carved so beautifully, and all the  furs and loom-woven pieces and the excitement of the tourney with its  elaborate  jousts and battles ?

 

The swords are sheathed.

The horses are groomed and fed after a day of jousting.

And the cannons are hushed.

 

Do the inhabitants sleep?  Oh noooo nooo nooo!
Party Time!

The Medieval Carnivale Begins!

The visitors have donned their best gear – dresses swishing, cloaks swirling, children  delightedly whisper to each other  – ‘the fire twirlers are here with the Burning Dragon!”!  Feet are tapping with the last strains of drums and strings still hanging in the air.
Our tummies already happily filled from the day’s feasting, and we can settle down on our benches and await with pleasure the scenes to come.

What happens at a Medieval Carnivale?

What do battle hardened horses do at night to play? How do the riders of war trained horses wind down after a day of action?
A gypsy tribe is settling down for the night, something is in the air… What is stirring away from the encampment that calls for a celebration?

Showcasing Medieval After-Dark Celebrations!

The stars are twinkling, the performers’ blazing  sticks are  twirling  seemingly magically –  intertwining  with dangerous dragon!  The rhythm, the beat and the tempo of a time where the music reflected a community’s way of life.

Next Tuesday’s post will be the first of a series highlighting the spectacle of our professional  Medieval Carnivale Entertainment Team who will delight you for two hours!   We trust you’ve got your tickets to the Festival!

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Abbey Medieval Festival and Channel 9’s The Voice: transformations of a kind!

Hello, my friends, again.

I have been asked to  ‘please explain’ and realise that I have been dropping a distinct word in my last few posts, without clarifying it.

That word is ‘Transformation’ – not one that we as adults use a lot, but ask any eight year old what a ‘Transformer’ is!

So, it’s kind of the same – kind of different! Let me explain!

Let me introduce Joe and Jim! (aka Joseph Pine and James Gillmore).  These two writers are my ture heros on the subject of experiences and transformations.  They will tell you a transformation is in fact an economic offering, just like goods or services – which as it turns out, are yesterday’s news.  Transformations are what consumers want and demand today.  Joe and Jim have further explained a transformation as: “Guiding customers to gaining a deeper understanding to some part of themselves“. (2011-The Experience Economy)

Interesting…… I’m hoping I dont’ lose you here, but actually, you know…it’s not that deep.  We experience transformations everyday.

Last week, I brought my son to his karate lesson. I sat watching.  The children were intense, serious and  focussed.  I remembered my son on those first few lessons; he was giddy and skittish; his attention everywhere.  I wondered if he would ever get it.  Now, as I sat and watched him, I was able to see something new; a strong gaze in his eyes, a serious face; he was absorbed.  He was actively engaged and I had just realised that before my eyes, he had escaped. Yes…..NAPLAN and all the stuff-of-the-week were left far behind.  He had undergone his own little transformation. And was I happy about that?

Channel 9’s ‘The Voice’ – why are we all so hooked? One word: Transformation.  Each of these wonderfully talented contestants are being guided through a transformation; it’s life changing, a personal journey. Let me even use the word ‘walkabout’  here.  There’s no going back.

Everyday, people fall in love, we experience grief, we have children born to us, or….. maybe no baby comes.  Each of these are every-day, life-transformations that we as human beings experience; each bringing us to a deeper and ongoing understanding of something inside us.

Ok, so what’s this got to do with the Abbey Medieval Festival, you ask?

We are here to guide you through a medieval transformation.

Nowadays our free time is so precious.  People are working so hard for their families and to achieve their ambitions.  How recreation time is spent is selective and valuable.   The Abbey Medieval Festival acknowledges this!

I examined what I really wanted for my own free time?

I wanted a little ‘escapism’ if that was possible.

Well it is!  Very possible.  You can escape absolutely and wonderfully so… to another era.  You can transform yourself to a different century and live it, for a short time, as it was.  A real medieval experience.  It only depends on you.  Let’s take the Kids’ Medieval Fun Day!  You as a parent can witness your kids’ transformation or even partake in your own.  Watch your kids as their attention towards the activities on offer changes.  First reluctance leading to curiosity, then mild amusement……a little more interest is piqued, then their attention is grabbed.  This leads to physical involvement and then…excitement and elation as they become totally and utterly engaged.

Guiding this transformation is our job.

And guess what! We are aware that some of our readers and followers are already there!  In our recent competition we asked people to tell us what type of experience they would like to have at the Abbey Medieval Festival this year.  Steve Springhall from Queensland said he wanted ‘the feeling of travelling back in time’…..Steve, thank you for this!  That feeling is yours to have and we really would be honoured to guide your transformation.  That’s all we can do.  The rest is up to you.  So who else wants to join in?

So next time you watch The Voice, think of your own transformation. 

Yours to have at the Abbey Medieval Festival!  So have it!

 

 Till next time readers….Caroline

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The transformation is starting….Project Gorgeous Garment!

Hello again readers.

Thank you, thank you, oh esteemed colleagues of the Medieval Festival, for the routine reminders that we have less than seven weeks to the Festival.  And more precisely, for me to get  project ‘Gorgeous Garment’ under control.  I now realise how much time I wasted last week,  forcing my poor, poor costume designer to chase me several times!

Look, it is what it is!  And I guess like many Mums out there juggling home, kids, schools, relationship, work,  and not to mention the elusive ‘me time’, I think last week was one for the books.  Take car trouble, take kid’s school drama, take a yucky chest cold and add a mouse in the house (think mouse and think the secret Mother’s Day stash of chocolates, yes lucky mouse!).  And what results?   Well, naturally, you forget to take your measurements and send them to the lovely and gracious Carolyn awaiting in NSW, needle in hand!  (So sorry, C!).

And you know, it wasn’t that I forgot, I just couldn’t put my hand on a tape measure anywhere.  At one stage I was thinking this is a ridiculous prank! I tried at least three places and even considered using my husband’s concrete-covered yellow trady Dewalt one, (Yes, it is true!) but I decided, this wasn’t how it should be.

Anyway, following rugby on Saturday morning……I finally did it! (And I’m fully allowing myself this moment of achievement, because as simple as sending measurements on, it just wasn’t that simple for me last week.)  Finally, I was successful in getting my hands on the right sort of tape-measure at Morayfield shops for the jolly price of $2.50.  Without any further undue waste of time, measurements were taken, on-site, in front of my confused kids and sent via text to the awaiting seamstress.(:

A few short hours later, Ladies and Gentlemen!….the transformation began to unfold.

This is what I received back!

 

I loved the pattern, I loved the colours, the buttons….. well, we can discuss.  But then,  I did a double take on the fabric which the lovely, gracious Carolyn had chosen.  And at once….. I became ‘Medievalised’! On closer examination, I saw something beautiful.  In fact, I don’t think I had ever before laid my eyes on seen such rich, gorgeous, luxurious fabric.  It slowly drew me in until I was almost able to feel the contours and profile of this superbly sensual fabric selection.

My experience was happening and I was having fun!

It was indeed and I was loving it!  And I began to wonder which of my readers out there were having similar experiences and got to imagine themselves in their creations.  Readers, I SO hope you have!  And because it was a personal and rich moment, a medieval magical moment, I wanted to share it with you.  For an exchange, but!  I would really love to hear about your Fashion projects and any resulting experiences.

Let me know, please.  Till next time, my fellow followers of fashion.  Stay safe!

Caroline

 

 

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Close experiences……of a medieval kind

Hello again readers,

Blog time again and what a busy week we have had! A bigger than expected response to our ads in New South Wales and Victoria, has left us in awe of our followers there.  How happy are we to know you are out there!  Thank you!

In the competition last week, we asked our followers to complete a sentence about an experience they wish to fulfill at the Medieval Festival this year.  It is always so interesting and sometimes unpredictable to hear what people say, and as the person whose job it is to look after those experiences…..it’s really my thing!!!

We have had some wonderful replies across the range: medieval food and drink, music and armour, to sword fighting and jousting and battling

(or how’s this one) and medieval religious ceremony! 

Or….. to simply just being there!  We know that each one is important and actually quite personal and by getting it right we are honoured to be part of creating lasting and enjoyable memories for you and your loved ones.  And we acknowledge that!

But let me just add, however, by part-creation of these personal memories, the other part is up to you!  And we SO want to present the right environment …the correct mix and match of medieval factors….that will inspire the exact level of engagement that you wish to contribute to this year’s festival and ultimately support your experiences.  (Shh! Secretly what we want is to help enable a little…. but very personal…. medieval transformation to go on in your head; for you to leave this century and go back in time…..but more about that in a later blog).

In other words, just get in there and see what happens!

(Hint!  If you are really after a deep engagement with the festival this year, consider volunteering! You won’t be disappointed! Be one of the first on-site, experience the medieval engine as it revs up, and don’t forget the food!)

So let me pick one!  The one experience that is proving extremely popular is the Fashion Trail!  Ok, so this one is probably more for the Gals! Anyway, we are in the process of inviting some guest bloggers (of fashionable interest) to tell us about their fashion journey, but in the mean-time, please, I want to know about yours!

I mentioned my own fashion story briefly in my first blog.  And I’m pleased to say the project is making steady progress.  A pattern has been agreed, and fabric and colours have been negotiated.  Measurements are being taken …(and re-taken, I think for my own sake I want to wait until my steak dinner has settled)…and it’s all happening.  Carolyn in Stanhope Gardens……let’s hear from you too!

So I’m thinking the fashion this year is going to ROCK!

Brisbane Fashion Festival and Teenvogue are you listening? I’d like to see some medieval gear on the cat walk…wouldn’t you readers??

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The big Scan…

Your experience …….we take it seriously at the Abbey Medieval Festival.

Today, an up-to-the-minute QR-code-scanning experience via a print ad in the national newspapers.  Cutting edge technology, perhaps!

In July, join the medieval transformation, where your sword displays the cutting edge!

Another kind of 'Cutting Edge'

 

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NSW and Victoria….Do you read me??

Hello again readers,

I left you hanging yesterday, sorry,  but literally, I was mid sentence when I got a call about….. I think I can say it out loud now…. our Competition!

Queenslanders! We love you of course, that goes without saying, but we want to share this love. Lets forget about rugby and forget about the weather.  Right now, we are so excited to be connecting in this fantastic way to NSW and VIC!

So NSW and VIC, how does a week in Queensland sound?  Fly the family up, lap up a little sunshine, drive around in a nice car, live it up at a luxury resort,  do the VIP thing at the Abbey Medieval Festival….and visit three other fantastic Queensland experiences.

You know you deserve this!!

Ok, here’s the how!

Sydney-siders! – get the Sun Herald this Sunday, find the travel section, you will find an Abbey Medieval Festival ad in the Destinations Magazine insert.

Likewise, Melbourne – Get the Age!

Here’s where it gets interesting.  You’ll find a QR code on the ad, get hold of your chatting device (aka mobile phone), and scan the code.  Now, if it all works ok, you’ll find yourself in our Facebook landing page, where you are asked to input your details to enter our fantastic competition!

And tell us more about the competition I hear you say.  Ok. will do…

We are offering one lucky family from either Sydney or Melbourne, return flights to Brisbane, a week’s accommodation in the luxurious Novotel Twin Waters, a family car for a week sponsored by the wonderful folk at Martin Jonkers Motors, Caboolture…..and let me see, what else??

Oh yes, be treated by a VIP at the Abbey Medieval Festival and enjoy free family passes to Australia ZooAussie World and the amazing Bellingham Maze!!!!

Why wouldn’t you?

Ok, I am now officially exhausted from excitement. Time out, and have a wonderful weekend.

Caroline

PS.  For God’s sake, get the Sunday papers!!!

 

 

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Caroline calls to New South Wales and Victoria!

 

Hello to readers of this Blog!
I am Caroline and I work as a member of the Abbey Medieval Festival Marketing team.  I’m a little new to blogging but I am hoping to get to know people out there and keep you updated on events as they progress with the Abbey Medieval Festival.

We are aware that we have a large number of followers from New South Wales and Victoria and we want to express our appreciation for your interest and loyalty.

 I would especially like to welcome my friend and old neighbour(less of the old…!) Carolyn Blunden from Stanhope Gardens in NSW. Carolyn is studying to be a Fashion Designer and guess what…..Carolyn’s inaugural art piece is going to be my Medieval Banquet gown!  Thank you so much Carolyn!  (Wait untill my five year old daughter Alice sees me in one of your numbers……No pressure C, I’m not expecting to look like someone straight out of the set of the Tudors!


I can’t wait to get this project moving.  Carolyn has a  fascination of all things Medieval, so I’m wondering how we can reach out to other Medieval Make Believers out there…………

Hang on…. I know exactly how!!!

 Let you know tomorrow, promise…I have final details to attend to….watch this blog…..

The Abbey Medieval Festival Celebrates Today!

 

The Abbey Medieval Festival (Quietly) Celebrates Today.

Acting Premier Andrew Fraser visited us this morning to announce a bit of a funding boost for the Abbey Medieval Festival event over the next three years.

Well, allright then, it was a significant funding boost!

We are really happy to have this acknowledgement that we are a much-loved family and community event.

We love that we are significantly contributing  economically and culturally to the local community as well as nationally and internationally.

These funds will be used strategically over three years to gorw our visitation from interstate and international markets.  We are also looking forward to launching some fantastic on-line innovations as a result of this grant funding to ensure we continue for many years to come to be the biggest and the best Medieval Festival in the Southern hemisphere.

Thank you Events Queensland!

We were very proud last week to be noted as one of the Must-See QLD Events in 2012 too!

Our preparations are well under way for tne 2012 production of the Abbey Medieval Festival and our ticket sales are about to open on-line on 1st February.

Meanwhile today, in amongst the planning and preparations we took time to have a special cuppa and cake.