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!



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.


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.


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.


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






Need to convince your family to join you in Medieval Times?

How to convince your family to come to the Abbey Medieval Festival

Here’s the good news…there’s no convincing required!

An immersive medieval environment, delicious food and drink, shopping, gorgeous handmade crafts and thrilling live sports! Who wouldn’t love it?!

The festival has activities for every member of the family and for all ages.

However, should your family need that extra little push, here’s a few gems you can mention;

Jousting, sword fighting and archery!

Who can resist these timeless, noble sports?! And for all those with little brothers out there, you can show them Turkish Wrestling…the origins of WWE!

The pièce de résistance of our displays will be the Jousting Championships, where you will see who’s lance will reign supreme! Watch from our grandstands to get a first class view. Tickets can be purchased online.


Everybody loves feasting on fresh, delicious foods cooked over open fires!
In addition to our yummy street fare, we also have two magnificent banquets in our great hall which will be a wonder to behold! Tickets can be purchased online, but be quick, our banquets are renowned across the lands!


The festival is a bright, joyful experience and one that you won’t soon forget. There is so much to see and do at the festival, it’s impossible not to swept up in the levity of it all!

Best of all, you don’t have to be well versed in medieval history to enjoy the fun.

So gather the family up and come along for a great day of history and culture that you will all enjoy! Get your tickets now to ensure you don’t miss out on this fabulous weekend.

Artist in Residence – Tania Crossingham


Artist in Residence at the Abbey Medieval Festival



Our talented artist in residence, Tania Crossingham, draws her inspiration from a lifelong love of books, art, medieval history (especially manuscripts) and a deep connection to the Divine. Tania’s early career was inspired by the exquisite illuminated books of the middle ages. Over the years Tania has produced beautiful artworks based upon these illuminated books and has also worked with inks, watercolours, pencil sketches and digital art. Through her beautiful art, Tania hopes to inspire others to see the divine in the world around them and to explore the mystery of self.

During the festival, you can see Tania’s beautiful work for yourself, including original illuminations. You will also have the opportunity to purchase prints, cards, bookmarks and bookplates. Get your tickets now to make sure you don’t miss out on wonderful Medieval-style art!


Have you been holding out for one of these Volunteer roles?

Final List of Volunteer Roles needed for the Festival have been released!


Here they are – please contact us if any of these take your fancy!


Bump in Crew Friday 10 July

Bump in Crew Saturday

Set up Crew


Venue Supervisors

Encampment reviewer (think secret shopper!)

Gate accreditation

Photo Booth Cashiers

Photo Booth Dressers

Information Booth Staff

Cloak Room attendants


Gate staff

Banquet staff

Why you don’t need to love Game of Thrones

Do you love Game of Thrones?

It’s epic, it’s awesome, it’s…everywhere! But, do you have to love it to enjoy the Abbey Medieval Festival? Of course not!

The festival celebrates many of the things in life we enjoy today. Fine food, beer, wine, expert jewellery making and exquisite art works, music and dancing are just a few of the perks of visiting the festival.

There are delicious cooking classes for the Master Chef in all of us, stained glass window tours and lots of hands-on demonstrations that allow you to try new things that have been perfected over hundreds of years. And who doesn’t love watching Turkish wrestling, sword fights or jousting?!

And unlike Game of Thrones, you can be assured that it’s family friendly! The festival offers families the opportunity to watch and participate in fun, authentic, time honoured activities that every little Lord and Lady will love.

So whether you are a huge fan and love Game of Thrones or not, or roll your eyes at your friends who declare ‘I read the books first’ you are guaranteed to have a wonderful time at the festival!

Make haste and book your tickets now!

What to wear to the Abbey Medieval Festival

What to wear to the Abbey Medieval Festival

One of the best parts of the Abbey Medieval Festival is being able to immerse yourself in the culture and costumes of the day. We encourage all of our visitors to join in with the fun and dress up! Have fun dressing as Lords, Ladies, Kings, Queens, knights, peasants, jesters, wenches, soldiers or a loyal squire!

Whether or not you choose to dress up when attending the Abbey Medieval Festival, we suggest wearing comfortable clothing and footwear. Please be mindful that you may be in the sun for a good deal of the day and ensure that you Slip, Slop, Slap. Likewise, ensure you wear comfortable shoes. Watching the carnival, browsing through the markets and taking part in activities are all the more enjoyable in supportive footwear.

Enjoying yourself is the priority when attending the Abbey Medieval Festival, so dress up or dress down, it’s your choice……just don’t forget your tickets!

Red Gargoyle and the Abbey Medieval Festival

This year the Abbey Medieval Festival will be welcoming Red Gargoyle for the 9th Year running

I thought it would be very fitting to write an article on my Mother’s business that has been renowned for it’s Abbey support and presence, which I have also been an active part in.

My mother Linda first attended the Abbey Medieval Festival in the 1990’s when she lived at the Glasshouse Mountains. She started Red Gargoyle in 2007, a one-woman grass roots Australian business and became a stallholder at the Abbey the very same year.

Linda has been fascinated by medieval history ever since watching Errol Flynn in Robin Hood as a child to picking up a book on the Celts in her early 20’s. Our ancestry is Celtic on both sides of the family tree and she has always felt it in her very soul. Recently my mother Linda returned from a month in Ireland where she explored many a castle ruin and graveyard in preparation for painting a series on Celtic mythology.


Linda started the business because of her passion for Medieval, Celtic and Norse history and the lack of any jewellery and gifts that weren’t tacky or clichéd. She acquires antique and vintage brooches from Scotland, Ireland etc and has them copied and cast in Australia in high quality pewter to then make them into necklaces, brooches, kilt-pins and earrings. Another part of her business is stained glass sun-catchers featuring these pewter pieces as well usually in the form of a medieval shield or Celtic cross one of the most popular pieces at the Abbey that customers return yearly for. Other popular items Red Gargoyle sells are hand-painted banners, flags and original art on canvas. The most popular pendant pieces are the Knights Templar, Tuetonic Knights, Viking Longships, Thor’s Hammers and Celtic Knotwork. In the stained glass it would be the Templar Knights Shield and Celtic Cross Shield. Linda has proudly donated her stained glass shields as prizes for the Knights since 2007.

The Abbey Medieval Festival is the highlight of Linda’s year professionally and socially. She talks of the love of the vibe, the entertainers, other stalls and food. It is eye candy and a sensory overload for 2 glorious days. Preparation starts the week after the last one has finished by working out what was the most popular and least popular, customer’s feedback and requirements. The serious prep starts six months prior with planning and making of the stained glass and banners. Linda works full-time as well running the Red Gargoyle online business so it takes careful planning. Home of Red Gargoyle is very hectic especially six months prior, Linda is up by 7am, manufactures till noon, off to work, back home at 9pm, manufactures till 11pm then off to bed, over and over six months prior to the Abbey Medieval Festival.

My Mum Linda often speaks of The Abbey Medieval Festival staff and volunteers every year and how they do an awesome job encompassing support for stall holders, entertainers and the general public and their level of achieving excellence is second to none.

I’d love for you to support Red Gargoyle by liking their Facebook Page 

If you just can’t wait for the Abbey Medieval Festival to see the Red Gargoyle range head on over to the website 

We hope to see you at the next Abbey Medieval Festival.

Melanie Sparkes

Owner At Green Bubz

Abbey Medieval Festival

These are the top 3 reasons why you should buy Abbey Medieval Festival tickets online.

1) Be an early bird!

Everybody loves to save a few gold coins! By booking your Abbey Medieval Festival tickets online between the 1st February 2015 and the 30th April 2015 you can take advantage of our early bird prices. Why not do a group booking for your friends and family and enjoy the savings!

2) Fast track through the ticket booth

With so many awesome things to explore inside the Abbey Medieval Festival grounds, you want to be able to get your day off and running as quickly as possible! Enjoy the ease and speed of the pre-paid purchase queue like a King!

3) Secure your seat at a medieval banquet

Our famous banquets are well known across the land and as such, we have limited numbers. By purchasing your ticket online you can relax and ready your feasting skills knowing that we have a seat reserved just for you!

Top three reasons to buy your festival tickets online

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Book your tickets online for a speedy entrance!

So to avoid disappointment, book your Abbey Medieval Festival tickets online here!

New to the Abbey Medieval Banquet in 2015

What’s New to the Abbey Medieval Banquet in 2015?

• The banquet is being held in celebration of a gift of an important relic from the King to the people of Abbeystowe
• The relic has been brought back from the Holy Land. And is of such great importance that it is expected that many thousands of pilgrims will flock to the Abbey
• The king is expecting that his gift will bring great wealth to the people of Abbeystowe and in return the King will charge an appropriate levy….
• The King’s Envoy will present the relic within a beautiful, gilded reliquary at the banquet and it will also be carried in the opening parade at the Festival on display for all to view with the appropriate awe.
• A parchment, detailing the gift of the relic to the Abbey will be read at the banquet and available on display thereafter..


New to the Abbey Medieval Banquet? Check out the menu to get a taste of what is on offer..

New to the banquet and not sure about how to get your ticket? Check out page for info on banquet tickets still available …..

New to the Banquet and not sure what to wear? Check out our costuming page ….


Live Jousting – Sunday 3.15pm

July 12, 2015 – July 12, 2015

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This is a ticketed venue inside the gates of the Abbey Medieval Festival, patrons pay $4 for a seat at the joust in addition to the Festival entry. There are 4 jousts a day each one lasting about 30 minutes. Considered by many to be the highlight of the Festival Experience.

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Jousting Profiles Part Three: Clifford Formosa

Clifford Formosa is a professional equestrian with a lifetime of experience. Born in Malta, he moved to Australia more than 30 years ago and, since settling here, has become a rider and trainer of National renown.

Clifford has studied classical horsemanship with Fernando Elveras, competed as a rodeo bull rider and for the past twelve years he has indulged his passion for the vaquero method of training at his stud, Marisma, in Snake Valley, Victoria.  It is this experience and his professionalism that has resulted in clients from all over the country seeking out Clifford to train their prized mounts.

For the past year he has turned his hand to jousting at Kryal Castle, Ballarat where he and his Andalusian gelding, Paco, have become firm favourites with visitors to the theme park.

This is his first appearance at The Abbey Medieval Festival where he is sure to be a formidable opponent.

Jousting Profile Part Four: Sarah Hay

Sarah started jousting in 2008 after seeing a tournament at a festival in NSW.  Having always been attracted to all things medieval, jousting immediately caught her attention and instantly became her passion….it remains her passion seven years later.

In 2010 she made my first trip to Europe to joust in Belgium.  Since then, she has travelled internationally at least once or twice every year in New Zealand, USA, Canada, Belgium, France, Poland and Denmark.  Her most recent trip was to the World Invitational Grail of Chivalry Tournament in New Zealand in February, where she became the first woman ever to win the Grail of Chivalry.

In Australia she hosts four jousting tournaments each year.  These include ‘Tournament Australis’ in July and the ‘Southern Cross Tournament Series’ – three tournaments over three weekends in November.  These events include mounted games, jousting and mounted archery.

When she’s not jousting, Sarah works as a full time deputy principal in a large primary school in South Western Sydney.  She’s also passionate about educating children to enable them to grow up to the best they can be.

Her goal is to continue competing successfully as an international jouster into the future. She never thought that her sport would take me around the world each year.  Sarah believes it is a privilege to have this opportunity and she looks forward to seeing her friends at the Abbey Festival in 2015!


Jouster’s Profiles – Part Two

Second in our Jouster’s Profile series is Vikki Subritzky!

Lady Victoria Subritzky hails from Northland New Zealand.

She is from a distinguished line of noble Polish mounted warriors, and wears light armour very similar to what her fierce ancestor Jan Sobieski wore  in the Great Battle of Grunwald. There, the combined armies of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania decisively defeated the Teutonic Knights in a bloody battle that saw Jan Sobieski taking out many of the enemies warriors and horses.

Back to the present, Lady Victoria is a member of the International Jousting League, and has been jousting for 15 years. This is her sixth visit to the wonderful Abbey Tournament.

She is part of the jousting team Guild of the Hawk along with fellow Kiwiman John King, and together they regularly perform in various events and take part in many fundraisers for charitable organisations.

At home Lady Victoria breeds and trains sport horses, runs beef cattle and also runs a farm stay holiday, where people can enjoy a sample of rural life.

Her motto – Ancora Imparo – Yet I still learn.

Jouster’s Profiles – Part One – Lady Freya Erryn

First up in our Jouster’s Profile series is Lady Freya Erryn!

Known outside of jousting as Kimberley Belcher, Lady Freya is new to the world of jousting, but has been immersed in its culture from the beginning of her riding. She has always had a love of history, and Kim has enjoyed experiencing aspects of the cultures she has studied. Now, she’s thrilled to have the opportunity to compete.
Descendant of a light horseman, this 24 year old Queenslander is ready to do her heritage proud and compete with honour against her opponents on home turf. She’s completed her joust training upon Flash and Strider from Moonlight Manor, who are amongst the best mounts in the business, and in this tournament!
The 2015 Abbey Medieval Tournament will be her first competitive joust, she is keen to test her skills against the best and make her mark on the sport. Competing in 15th Century German Gothic armour she’s sure to make an impression, and will be easy to spot in her green and blue colours.

Keep an eye on this one, she’s sure to impress!