The easiest way to walk straight into the festival

New systems, no more queues!!!!!!!

(No Jokes!)

Follow these easy steps;

1. Purchase your entry tickets online.

2. Drive to Caboolture on the 12th or 13th of July (or both, let’s face it you need two days!)

3. Park over the road from the Caboolture Train Station (Council parking area – FREE)

4. Cross the Road to the Train Station where our FREE Bus departs to the festival every half an hour

5. Sit back and enjoy the short bus ride knowing you won’t be standing in a queue with thousands of other people, oh, and wait for the volunteers on the bus to check your pre-paid ticket, and give you your wristband.

6. Get off the bus, walk straight into the festival – because you already have your wristband, and therefore do not have to queue at the gate.

7. Optional final point, head to the Abbey Museum shop to buy souvenirs you don’t normally have the time to buy!

Our Pleasure 🙂

 

 

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First Medieval Banquet for 2014 a huge success

Were you one of the lucky ones, the ones who dined on countless removes of authentic medieval cuisine?

Two nights ago over 300 guests enjoyed the ultimate Medieval Banquet experience, including food, revelry and entertainment. How amazing does this banquet scene look!? The festive atmosphere has been captured perfectly by our wonderful volunteer photographers, a team led by Jeff Fitzpatrick.

Love these images? Did you know you can purchase printed copies via our online shop, they will arrive in your mailbox ( like, the old fashioned kind of mailbox!). Just mention the filename of the image you want to purchase in printed form,  in the notes section of the shopping cart.

We know you all love the entertainment, and here is a little video put together by the amazing people from Phoenix Fire Tribe, street performers who never fail to entertain our crowds.

Now to do it all again next Saturday……. #weloveabbey

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MEDIEVAL MARKETPLACE: Food, Wine, Weapons and Crafts.

Good morrow, good people. The year 2014 carries us to the 25th anniversary of the annual Abbey Medieval Festival. This silver celebration will see the Medieval Marketplace bustling with excitement as Brave Knights, Warriors and Fair Ladies come from across the ages to choose where to spend their hard earned Gold Pieces. Fill your bellies with food from across the Middle Ages. Find the licensed taverns to enjoy medieval brews. Browse rows of markets to adorn yourselves with various medieval crafts and weaponry. All of our exciting markets will be easy to find with a two page spread in the festival program – read on to get to know what to expect from the Medieval Marketplace.

Melt in your mouth Lamb Shanks from Catering with Flair.

Melt in your mouth Lamb Shanks from Catering with Flair.

The Medieval Marketplace will be brimming with foods from the Middle Ages of Western Europe and the Near East. Imagine the scent of hot baking bread, sizzling whole pig on the spit, lamb shanks, venison, beef, chicken legs and fire grilled sausages. Now, think about a bouquet of spiced vegetables and stews cooked over a hot wood fire. Flavours that have been enjoyed for centuries all come to life at the Abbey. Foods that make the cool Abbey days warm. Taste the sweet delights that have been made with ancient recipes, all perfect for a weekend of medieval faire fun. There are options available for all diets – vegan, vegetarian, gluten free and those with a nagging sweet tooth. No need to pack a lunch, feast at the festival!

The famous Stag Inn - warm fire, food and company!

The famous Stag Inn – warm fire, food and company!

The famous Stag Inn and Friars Folly Tavern will be helping us all to celebrate in fine medieval style. The Stag Inn, found in the main market area, will be serving their renowned array of hot pies, platters and toasted mulled wine, medieval ciders and cordials in a rustic straw laden encampment, complete with fire and wooden tables. At the Jousting end of the festival you’ll find Friars Folly Tavern, positioned right next door to the musical entertainment, Friars Folly is a prime location for merriness and tasting of premium recipes of herbed beer, and it is only a stone’s throw from the Jousting Arena!

The choice of Craft and Weaponry found at the festival makes holding on to Gold Pieces even more difficult than the smell of fresh food. Be prepared to find quality medieval items ranging from superior clothing, home decor, swords, axes, helms, games, jewellery, museum souvenirs and artwork from specialist merchants with the tricks of the trade.

The Medieval Fightclub - your one stop shop for all things weaponry!

The Medieval Fightclub – one stop shop for all things weaponry.

With all of this in mind, be sure to pick up a program at the gates. All of the stalls will be numbered on an easy to use map. The food, craft and licensed areas will be named and numbered, and speciality stalls with vegan, gluten free and vegetarian options highlighted for ease of enjoyment at the festival. We are looking forward to showcasing the finest medieval merchants at the 2014 Abbey Medieval Festival. Help us celebrate the Middle Ages in all of its glory.

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Giants are coming to the Abbey Medieval Festival

We are very excited to announce that we will be presenting a Giants Parade to celebrate our 25th anniversary; and we want to give you the chance to help us make it possible. We will be joining forces with Upatree Arts Cooperative to deliver a series of workshops on the techniques used to create these puppets, so this is your chance to get involved, get creative and have your work showcased at the Abbey Medieval Festival.

I’m sure some of you may be scratching your heads at the moment, so let us begin with: What exactly is a giant?

I’m glad you asked. To start at the beginning, giants were part of pageantry and celebration during the Medieval and Tudor eras; most famously they featured as part of the Midsummer Watch Parade in Chester from the 1400s. Guilds would band together to create these 12ft tall structures out of buckham and pasteboard that were paraded by two or more men. Unfortunately this tradition was banned in the late 1600s, but has since been revived and is part of many medieval festivals and celebrations throughout Europe today.

Giants Parade Upatree Arts Cooperative

Giants Parade
Upatree Arts Cooperative

So why host a Giants Parade? The Abbey Medieval Festival organising committee wanted to create something special and unique to mark our 25th anniversary, and thought the tradition and pageantry of a giants parade would achieve this. Combining forces with Upatree Arts to deliver these workshops is our small way of saying thank you to those who have supported us over the years.

A wonderful team of artists from Upatree Arts Cooperative will be running 6 workshops on the different phases and techniques used to create these giant puppets and you are invited to attend. Participants will get the chance to learn about screen and sun printing, collagraph, design, costuming and puppet construction.

We kick things off with a workshop on screen printing and collagraph on Saturday, 10th May from 9.00am at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology. More information regarding this and future workshops will be posted on our website very soon.

Screenprinting workshop with Upatree Arts Cooperative

Screen printing workshop with Upatree Arts Cooperative

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank our supporters – give you a chance to create a special moment for this event and watch your work with pride at the 2014 Abbey Medieval Festival. We hope to see you there!

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Abbey Medieval Travel Package…in one’s face!

Huzzar! to have so many people interested in the Abbey Medieval Travel Package, we are receiving lots of great feedback. What better experience to look forward to than a short holiday in SE Queensland this winter with your family.

To help you enjoy this experience to its optimum, the Abbey Medieval Travel package is designed to take the hard work out of the planning, leaving you for more time to think about the important things like costumes and food and fun and….perhaps camel rides! And we have purposely excluded flights, simply because it is so easy for people to book their own preferences online. And besides, this is a perfect opportunity to use up those flight gift vouchers you received for Christmas or all those Frequent Flyer points that have been accumulating.

The package includes a fantastic range of room types to suit all budgets with our two accommodation partners, Mon Komo and Gordon Motor inn. It also includes weekend pass to the festival with return transfers from and to your accommodation and airport return transfers. So all you really have to do is ask!

Find out more now and make haste to save disappointment as the package closes on May 5th! And don’t forget to add Medieval Festival and Uplift Tours and Travel to your contact list or those emails containing information that you have requested may end up there!

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How to purchase your 2014 Abbey Festival Tickets online

If you are finding the online booking system we are using a little daunting, don’t be afraid – it is pretty simple once you know what it is you want to book.

First up, here are the ticket prices, shows you why early bird purchasing is worth it – got to love a big discount!

Abbey Festival Ticket prices 2014

We know Abbey Medieval Festival tickets, tickets for the Jousting at the Abbey Festival and the Medieval Banquet tickets are so popular, you don’t want to muck around getting them in your inbox, so here is a little graphic guide to help you make the purchase online.

Tips to buying your Medieval Festival TicketsIf you are having problems with any part of your transaction or purchasing process, please do not hesitate to email our ticketing coordinator tickets@abbeymuseum.asn.au

Our office is staffed by volunteers, and the phone runs pretty hot once tickets go on sale, so please send us your email, with information on what you need help with, and how we can reach you to help you out. Our visitors are our priority and we do our absolute best to solve any issues as quickly as possible.