This year’s 30th Abbey Medieval Festival was everything it was anticipated to be and more. By now you may know certain facts about the Abbey Medieval Festival. At the top of list, are the one thousand re-enactors from a variety of groups who come to Abbeystowe to bring to life a time period representing 600AD to 1600AD. There was everything from the five medieval tournaments, including the highly anticipated Joust tournament, to presentations, demonstrations and workshops. There were re-enacted historical battles, birds of prey & incredible animals, live music & entertainers, and a traditional Viking boat burning honouring well known re-enactor “Visti the Viking”. There were 89 food and craft stall holders, and something for every interest imaginable. There was so much “medieval” it was hard to realise you weren’t actually in another place in time.
What you might not know is that there were over 30,000 visitors at Abbeystowe over the course of two days. It is the largest ‘living history’ event in Australia and even the Southern Hemisphere! We’d like to thank each involved in helping us achieve our mission in creating the ultimate medieval experience. It is our hope that everyone who experienced this tournament and festival milestone will have felt inspired to live a more enriched life, through this unique and immersive experience. Continue below to see a photographic journey from this spectacular 30th year! All photos by Brett Croese.
But first, we honour the 2019 tournament champions.
Joust: David Williamson
Archery: John Pettigrew
Oil Wrestling: Murat Sebat
Strength and Skill: Lady Heather and her proxy, Squire Gareth
Holmgang: N/A this year
David Williamson – 2019 Joust Tournament Champion!
Archery champion, John Pettigrew, honoured by the Lord and Lady of Abbeystowe!
Murat Sebat – Turkish Oil Wrestling Champ!
Lady Heather and her proxy, Squire Gareth – Strength and Skill!
The crowd was guided by none other than Lord Herald Sir Blair Martin!
It’s always so special to see the Birds of Prey!
The incredible Lady Amanda Challen during the parade…
…and head to head during the Joust Tournament!
Defending the castle during the seige!
‘Terry The Great’ from All Star Fish!
Familiar site at the Abbey for years, the Plague Doctor!
Burial site of the ‘”Fafnir” at the Norviks encampment!
Swaying in the breeze at over 3 meters tall!
Major blow during ground combat!
The Norviks and Saga Viking groups enter for the boat burning ceremony…
…and it was set ablaze!
Beautiful dancers from the Janissary Barracks!
A quick Q&A with Travis Savage, from the reenactment group, Companie Draco Routiers.
Tell us about CDR?
In the late 14th century, a wealthy mercenary company with renowned fame travels through regions of Europe. The knights often partake in tournaments seeking fame and men and women seek to join the ranks in the pursuit of wealth and adventure.
Sir Richard Sheffield – 2018 Abbey Medieval Festival Photo- Brett Croese
What is special about Abbey?
Abbey is special because of it’s history built on past re-enactors that have sculpted it to what it is today. In the old days, they didn’t have the internet so it was much harder to research and had to build everything from scratch, as it wasn’t readily available like today. A lot of great dedicated people have shaped it into what it is today. Names Like Damien Fegan, Justin Webb, Rosalie Gilbert and Gary Johnston come to mind when I think of Queensland’s contribution to the 14th century’s popularity.
Companie Draco Routiers – 14th century battle. Photo- Brett Croese
What can people expect to see at the festival?
The public can expect to see beautiful ladies honouring courageous knights with favours for their skill and chivalry. Also, charismatic heralds babbling stories of valour and reminding knights of their oaths. The children will wave their Draco flags and cheer for St.George as the English side takes to the field in a melee finale celebrating the 30th year of Queensland number one medieval festival !
Companie Draco Routiers – 14th century battles. Photo- Brett Croese
Beautiful Lady with courageous knight!
Visti “the Viking” Skaanvad, who has been involved in Viking re-enactment for over 20 years, departed for Valhalla and the higher battlegrounds on 19th of February 2014.
Visti was well-known for his amber and Viking jewellery trading, and for his unique mead making. He started the Viking re-enactment group Saga Vikings in 1995 and in 2012, he donated his Viking ship “Fafnir,” which he had built by hand using traditional Viking tools and methods, to Abbeystowe for all to see during the festival.
Visti truly believed he was a reincarnated Viking from 1000 years ago. He grew up and played on Lindholm Høje as a child, before the area was excavated in 1952, which later revealed the huge Viking burial site that can be seen today.
In true Viking style and because it was his deepest wish, Visti was cremated with a wooden Viking ship wearing his full Viking outfit of tunic, trousers, jewellery, Viking leather shoes and fur cloak. In the graveyard of his hometown in Denmark, a runestone stands in his honour, complete with a bronze Viking longship on top. Visti the Viking will be dearly missed.
“Cattle die, kindred die, every man is mortal: But the good name never dies of one who has done well.”
Photos courtesy of Visti’s daughter, Penny.
He who hath no sword,
(let him sell his garment and buy one. Luke 22:36)
No item in medieval history excites as much curiosity and misinformation as the Sword. Light, well balanced and deadly, a medieval sword was not the slightly sharp crowbar of popular myth. A typical single-handed sword weighed generally between 700 g and 1.5 kg at the most. As a comparison a 1 litre carton of milk weighs 1kg: if you are strong enough to put milk on your breakfast cereal unaided, you could easily lift a sword. Most swords had a tapering double- edged blade, a crosspiece to protect the hand, a grip and a pommel below the grip to act as a counterweight.
Many swords feature a groove or grooves running down the blade. Called the Fuller, this strengthens the sword by adding multiple curves into the profile of the blade, making it lighter and stronger. The groves are not, repeat NOT to:
- make the blood to run out when you stab someone. Neatest correct entry does not necessarily win in battle!
- reduce suction! A sword is steel, not rubber, suction is not a thing to worry about
- inflict more dreadful wounds
- allow air into the wound. Exposure to air is rarely fatal.
The sword was the most versatile, expensive and prestigious of weapons of the middle ages. It could be used to attack with cut, slash or thrust and could also to defend, though swords were designed to be used with a shield until the introduction of two handed swords in the 1300’s. This coincides with the development of plate armour, as it is a good idea to have a bit of extra protection if you are can’t stop incoming nasty things with your shield! The medieval two handed sword generally weighed under 2.5 kg; often much less.
Whilst the giant 10kg sword of popular myth would make an impact on an opponent, actually hitting them with it, without popping your shoulder, elbow and wrist joints might prove difficult. It is not so much a matter of having a sword light enough to swing for hours on end rather than being able get your sword where you need it in the split second that it needs to be there!
The weapons used by the re-enactors at the Abbey Medieval Festival generally only differ from the originals in the sharpness of their edge. Swords were rarely razor sharp, not because they could not achieve a razor edge (after all what did they shave with?) but because a thin razor edge would blunt immediately on contact with a hard surface such as armour or another sword. A sharp chisel edge was preferred for most swords; if you have ever plunged your hand into a box of old tools and come into contact with the business end of a wood-working chisel, you can appreciate how devastating a chisel edged sword could be.
It became customary to use blunted or “plaisance” (pleasant) weapons in tournaments; though believe me, the experience can only be considered pleasant when compared with being hit by a sharp sword. During the Renaissance it became customary to “foil” or blunt and cover the tip of a rapier when practising your swordsmanship, which is a sensible precaution if you want to keep your friends.
Don’t forget, if you are planning on bringing along your favourite (steel, wooden, foam, cardboard, big, small, indifferent) sword to the festival this year, as well as your ticket, you will need a weapons permit so that we can keep everyone safe. Click here to apply.
By Damien Fegan
There is something for every Lord and Lady at the Abbey Medieval Festival BUT if ever there was a festival demonstrating male prowess, strength and survival skills, this festival could be described as a very male expression. My Lords…we have tried to pick a few to summarize ….but you simply have to see them all.
Tournament of Strength and Skill
Located in the Castle arena, this competition is hosted by the Company of the Phoenix with entrants hailing from various re-enactment groups participating at the festival. The Tournament of Strength and Skill is a medieval obstacle course designed for training for the field of battle and to test the combatants’ physical prowess. Made up of obstacles to test a number of important skills that a combating Lord would require on the field of battle such as speed, balance, strength, ability to vault a horse and accuracy with a spear, lance and sword. You can’t possibly watch this and not engage your male competitive spirit.
While this is not a performance, you do not want to miss Cottereaux’s ‘Behemoth’, the largest functioning medieval Trebuchet in the southern hemisphere. It will showcase its firepower twice a day. A Trebuchet (French trébuchet) is a medieval siege engine of catapult or stave sling design, and functions by the use of a swinging arm to cast a projectile. The traction trebuchet, also referred to as a Mangonel, first appeared in Ancient China during the 4th century BC as a siege weapon. During sieges, heavy stones were cast sometimes with oil and fire to damage castle walls and while it would be very tempting to use the Trebuchet to hurl naughty little Lords afar, the Sheriff would not encourage this practice.
Travel back in time to the Dark Ages (Byzantine era) by taking a stroll through the Commons where Jorth Gar – the New Varangian Guard is located.
The Byzantine Emperor Basil II formed the Varangian Guard to act as his elite personal bodyguards. Membership initially consisted of the fierce Rus Vikings, however after 1066, the ranks of the Varangian Guard swelled as mighty Saxon warriors sought membership. The rewards were lucrative and their reputation was legendary. It was not easy to join the Varangian Guard as their battle skills were exceptional. Prospective members not only had to pay to join, they had to prove themselves worthy often by a show of combat skill against existing seasoned veterans of the elite Varangian Guard.
The re-enactment group Jorth Gar will present a series of single combats and heroic fighting. In their day, the warriors of the Varangian Guard needed to acquire and maintain their skills and learn new technology. This combat display is a crowd engager and demonstrates the variety of weapons and fighting techniques available to the Varangian Guard.
You will be in awe of the Varangian Guard.
You’ll have heard of the ancient tradition of Turkish Oil Wrestling, which is a huge crowd favourite of the festival, not only for its display but for it’s historical accuracy and it also is one of the five tournaments of the festival. Traditional Turkish archery will not disappoint you either. This performance demonstrates the use of bows and arrows in various traditional ways such as during the times of war and peace. The Turks were very effective in using bows and arrows shooting very accurately in a variety of situations. The demonstrations will include use of whistling arrows for game and communication purposes, shooting in attack and retreat situations (singly or as a group)
Watch different Crusader groups combat at Skirmish at Sephoria (on Sunday only in an army format), shooting down in to a well or down from the top of castle wall, speed shooting and other demonstration of various Turkish shooting techniques.
There’s something for everyone at the Abbey Medieval Festival, after all , learning is not just confined to the young. Find out more about what’s on a this year’s Abbey Medieval Festival, and get your tickets here.
Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016
Ex Libris is a Living History group which, as it’s primary focus, presents the middle and upper class peoples from Western and Central Europe, between 1375 and 1415. They have other areas of focus as well, which include but are not limited to: late Antiquity and the Great Migrations, through to the Renaissance. They strive to present high quality individual historical impressions with a focus on education, living history and experimental archeology. This group and its members are looking to understand the medieval period by researching and recreating the fashions, cuisine, art and lifestyles.
While they are a small group, their activities include, but are not restricted to; research, practice and demonstration of historical martial arts, equestrian skills, religious practices, music, cooking, costuming, metal, ceramic, leather, and wood work, and other skills appropriate to the subject. Ex Libris has performed at medieval fairs, like the Abbey Medieval Festival, as well as participating in small private events, lectures and demonstrations. Several of their members write blogs and contribute to other medieval pages.
Ex Libris is made up of several experienced and dedicated researchers and re-enactors, with a combined experience and knowledge of over 50+ years. What they lack in size they make up for in in enthusiasm and dedication to history.
A hive of activity with and smiling faces ready to answer all your questions. Ex Libris has two unofficial mottos: No. 1: “No one goes away without having their questions answered”. No. 2: “Have fun!”
When you meet Ex Libris, you not only come away with a deep sense of their passion for history, but their excitement and dedication is infectious.
Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016
Karvan-saray Incorporated (once known as the Kazuri Tribe) is a medieval re-enactment group who re-enact life in a caravansarai (camel inn) on the Silk Road during the late 15th Century. As traders moved along the Silk Road, they needed somewhere to stay. This meant that the caravansarai was constantly changing and influenced by a broad range of peoples from across Europe to the Far East. A caravansarai would be a place of safety for a broad number of people, who could trade, greet old friends and establish new trade and family connections. This means we represent a multicultural cross section of people and cultures. Our chosen location is a seven day camel ride west from Damascus.
As a group, Karvan-Saray research the historical arts, crafts and lifestyles of people in the Middle East in the 15th Century. Throughout the year, they run workshops for the public based around these arts and crafts. Depending upon when you enter their caravansarai, you will be enticed by fragrant cooking, and be able to participate in all activities from Henna application to drumming, from Middle Eastern Story Telling to spinning. And, of course, you will be welcomed like old friends.
This group is are based in Northern Brisbane, and welcome new and enthusiastic members to join in the fun!
Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016
THE COMPANY OF THE PHOENIX
company of the Phoenix trains in south Brisbane but has members from all over including Ipswich, north Brisbane and even Rockhampton.” Or something similar?”
In 1435-1485, Europe was ravaged by war, plagues and continuous conflict. Men supported their king or Nobility, and embarked on long campaigns in foreign lands. But after the wars and conflicts of the 14th and 15th centuries, men at arms were scarce. Soldiers were gathered from all walks of life to fight for cause or country.
But those surviving did not want to return to their previous lives. These men disbanded, becoming soldiers for profit; working for themselves, or for the highest bidder. These mercenary soldiers formed free companies governed by no one. Travelling and settling wherever they pleased and joined by their wives and children, they were followed by other trades and craftsmen, their tented encampments becoming self-sufficient travelling villages.
The Company of The Phoenix is a medieval living history group who train in South Brisbane, QLD. They have members from all over Queensland including Ipswich, North Brisbane and even Rockhampton. The Company of the Phoenix recreates the High Medieval Period as a free Company travelling through the cities and states of Europe, during the years 1435 – 1485. The Company portrays a wide variety of personas, ranging from Nobility, pilgrims, merchants, tradesmen and archers, to men-at-arms, knights, and brewers.
The encampment, clothing, food, arms and armour are all meticulously researched from manuscripts, paintings, and archaeological finds, and display what could have been seen in a 15th century village.
Phoenix members recreate the 15th century way of life and enjoy feasting, dancing, leisurely pursuits, and travelling the Tournament Circuit, including attending events like the Abbey Medieval Festival.
Meet the Reenactor Groups
COMPANIE DRACO ROUTIERS
Often made up of disillusioned or exiled nobles, bastards and third sons, army captains aspiring for more fame and those seeking to make a bigger name for themselves, mercenary companies enjoyed a great deal of freedom and mobility, venturing far and wide in search of glory and riches. Anyone with some skill and drive could join a mercenary company, and these groups were often made up of members and followers from all walks of life since your social class and status were less important than your skill with a weapon and your use to the company.
The most successful companies were made up of disciplined, seasoned fighters and were led by fearless captains who ruthlessly built the reputation of their company to win the richest contracts.
Companie Draco Routiers formed as a band of sword loving, mead drinking fighters set on recreating the experience of a wealthy & successful mercenary company during the late 14th Century.
Drawing its origins from the exiled Saxon nobles of the Kingdom of Wessex, Dracos’ encampment and tournament puts on display about the lives of knights, foot soldiers, nobles and camp followers alike, during this period in history with a focus on the martial aspect.
Arms and armoury are our passion and our combatants love nothing more than competing to prove their skills and prowess on the field and in the lists, in period accurate harness and weapons.
When not engaged in combat, Draco members can be seen around the campfire enjoying the spoils of victory with traditional ciders and meads made by our club brewer, and discussing tactics for the next battle.
Companie Draco Routiers will be taking the field in a foot tournament on the Sunday of the Abbey Medieval Festival, and keeping their skills sharp in the pas de armes arena in the 14th-15th century village ‘Kirkby’ during the Festival weekend.
Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016
Historia Germanica is a reenactment group based in Queensland, that represents the camp life of a 16th century Landsknetch group. They are a small group representing a gun crew, and they wear and make all their own amazing and authentic costumes and gear, from the early Renaissance time period. This group have 3 cannons which they have fired yearly at The Abbey Medieval Festival, this being a greatly anticipated part of the Festival.
After participating at the Abbey Medieval Festival for many years, 2016 marks the last year you will see Historia Germanica, they are retiring! But fear not, the gun will be back next year in the hands of another group, let’s just say it is their neighbours to the south 😉
This year, for their last year, you can see Historia Germanica and their cannons, and listen to their interesting and educational talk in the Castle Arena both Saturday and Sunday.
From Historia Germanica:
“We would like to thank the Abbey for all their hard work making the festival come alive. We have really enjoyed our years of bringing a bit of noise to the festival”
‘The Effect of Cannons on Troupes‘ is scheduled for 11:45 on Saturday 9th, and 2:15 on Sunday the 10th.
Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016
Knights Order of Lion Rampant
The Knights Order of Lion Rampant (KOLR) is a Brisbane-based living history group dedicated to recreating the spectacle and excitement of 14th century high medieval tournament.
Formed in the early 1990’s as a Tournament Society with a focus on structured and trained, but not choreographed, Medieval Combat, Knights Order of Lion Rampant have developed an enthusiastic following amongst Festival audiences, and an enviable reputation amongst both local and international peers.
KOLR focus on the culture of western and central European nobility during the High Middle Ages. The fashions, arms, armour and accessories used by the group are typical of the closing years of the 14th century.
In the past, KOLR have re-created gun crews, a small Free Company of foot soldiers and archers, jousting and other mounted combat. They have performed knighting ceremonies, trials by ordeal, Latin Mass and even staged (to their knowledge), the first Allegorical Tournament since the end of the Middle Ages.
Some of their members have embarked on some experimental archeology on their search for the ideals of feminine beauty in the Middle Ages and come up with a display on the creation and application of an exceptional range of beauty products for both the Medieval woman and man!
Knights Order of Lion Rampant has performed at many Festivals, Faires and shows, including the Abbey Medieval Festival & Tournament, at which they will be attending and performing again this year. Many members of KOLR also actively volunteer at other events for the Abbey Museum, and are a valued part of our community.
Introducing our brand new 14-15th Century Village;
For the 2016 Abbey Medieval Festival, in coordination with our amazing 14th and 15th Century re-enactment groups, we have embarked on a completely new concept – The Village of Kirkby. Now, instead of viewing the encampments from the outside, you are invited to enter the Village and become immersed in the 14th and 15th Centuries.
Kirkby Village is arranged so that you can walk backwards through time, seeing and experiencing how life changed over this period starting at the tail end of the 15th Century, with the groups Re-enacting Independently For Fun and Das Torichte Leben, and ending in the 14th Century, with the groups Draco Routiers and Knights of the Longdog.
While in the Kirkby Marketplace, at the south end of the village, you might like to peruse the fine array of goods for sale. Later, you could learn more about medieval cooking by watching a Medieval Kitchen at work on the west side of the village. See the re-enactors rest between battles in their Banquet Hall, and in the north end of the village, you can watch fighters train in the Kirkby List, or listen to some music from the group ‘Wayward’.
When it’s time to leave the Village and continue exploring all that the Festival has to offer, why not head out the Westgate and treat yourself to the delights of the Middle Eastern Quarter, with its dancers, drummers and oil wrestlers? Or perhaps you could take in a lecture at the University Pavilion, visit the encampments of Knights’ Order of Lion Rampant, Shuvani; Egipcianos Campañia or multi-period group Ex Libris.
Go north, and you will find yourself at the Joust Arena, or why not visit The Commons to watch a performance? The East Gate will lead you towards the Castle List and the mysteries of The Crusader Quarter.
Performances, shows, displays and workshops in Kirby Village include:
Company of the Phoenix
Company Draco Routiers
Company of the Radiant Heart
Das Torichte Leben
Knights of the Longdog
Reenacting Independently For Fun
St James Road
Company of the Dove
as well as Scions of Mars and the music group ‘Wayward’.
Make sure you stop in and say hi, and explore everything that Kirkby has to offer!
Meet the Reenactor Groups 2016
NEW ENGLAND MEDIEVAL ARTS SOCIETY
The New England Medieval Arts Society celebrates an amazing Thirty Years of Existence this year!
To celebrate, NEMAS partied hard at the Armidale Pine Forest with The Easter Gathering 2016. Folk travel from far afield as Perth, New Zealand Melbourne and Townsville and everywhere in between to what became the largest Re-enactment camp out in the Southern Hemisphere.
The NEMAS group continued to spread their love and passion for historical fun at The Glen Innes Standing Stones Celtic Festival where their encampment was interactive and as the combat demonstrations were lively and most humorous, winning acclaim.
NEMAS loves to travel further afield and has just recently supported another fantastic re-enactment group, Rognvalds Lith, with their Viking Village Solstice in Lismore.
This year, NEMAS invite all to come and catch up with them at The Abbey Medieval Festival as they present their take on an Anglo Saxon Encampment, somewhere near the Dane Law in Wessex.
Meet the Reenactors 2016
The Templars are a historical re-enactment group based in Brisbane. They portray the military order of the Poor Fellow Knights of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, more commonly known to history as ‘The Templars’.
The Templars host the Kingdom of Heaven Tournament on Saturday afternoon in the castle arena, where they contest the field against invited knights from the other Crusader era re-enactment groups.
You will also see them working closely with their friends at the Order of the Horse, who portray the Templars’ historical adversaries, the Saracens. On Sunday afternoon, you’ll see Saladin and his mounted warriors attack the Templars in the Battle of Hattin.
And each day, in the late morning in the Crusader Quarter, you will hear the glorious Gregorian chant performed by Schola Cantorum, as the Templars bless the pilgrims before they set out for the Holy Places.
Historically, Templars had the task of safely escorting pilgrims to Jerusalem and the other Holy Places in the Jordan Valley, and held castles that protected the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. They wore a distinctive garb of a white woollen cloak bearing a red cross, and carried shields of simple black and white – the same colours as their traditional standard, known as the Beauceant.
In their encampment at the Abbey Festival, the Templars depict a camp outside the walls of the Templar stronghold of Chateau Pelerin on the shores of the Mediterranean. The year is 1229, when a truce had been signed by Frederick II that once again allowed Christian pilgrims passage to the Holy Places in Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley, which is now held by the Saracens.
Meet the Reenactors 2016
SAINT JAMES ROAD
Saint James Road is a living history group of enthusiastic people who have a love of 14th Century Society (1340 –1420).
This group strive to reconstruct aspects of medieval life and culture using a hands on approach, encouraging members to make their own historically accurate props and pieces, and pass on new and old skills as they do so.
Within Saint James Road, they have vast range of different personas portrayed, from Pilgrims, Journeymen and Commoners to Merchants, Knights and Ladies. They have a strong belief of including the whole family in their group, as the children are the future of Living History.
The members of Saint James Road share a strong focus on the functioning society within this era in history and the frame work in which it operates. By referring to iconography, relics and manuscripts, they aim to reconstruct as many aspects as they possibly can, of this period. Members are encouraged to embrace the culture and history and portray a specific role in European society between the years 1340 and 1420. Through personal research, group discussions and workshops, members will be encouraged to make their period accurate equipment by themselves. This includes costuming and accessories, arms and armour, household items, furniture and tents, in order to understand this time in history and entertain both themselves and members of the public alike.
St. James Road group members wish to depict the diversity of this changing era of history in all areas of society as they learn and grow, while enjoying their Living History hobby.
Come and join this group at The Abbey Medieval Festival 2016 for a taste of medieval life and culture in the 14th Century!
Meet the Reenactors 2016
Janissary Barracks (‘Yeniҫeri Ocaği’) Historical Re-enactment Group Inc. was formed in 1999 and incorporated in March 2004. This group aims to:
- Foster an environment in which the members can research, adopt and re-enact medieval Ottoman lifestyles.
- Provide a common meeting ground for those who are interested in the history of the medieval period of the Ottoman Empire of the late 15th century.
- Support educational activities concerning medieval lifestyles with particular emphasis on the medieval Ottoman world.
- Provide a means of liaison with other groups and individuals dealing with medieval Ottoman culture.
The Janissary Barracks group have actively participated in the annual Abbey Medieval Tournament every year since 1999. This group holds a unique and important place in this Tournament as it brings a Middle-Eastern flavour to a mainly European based tournament atmosphere, and highlights the importance of one of the major empires of medieval times, which is otherwise not usually well represented in re-enacting.
Over the years since 1999, the Janissary Barracks group have expanded their activities to include Ottoman Turkish oil wrestling, traditional folk dancing and cooking. Presentations are made on other aspects of Ottoman culture including history of weapons, coffee and costumes, with a more recent strong emphasis on traditional military archery. Group members can demonstrate techniques using re-curve bows which established the Janissaries as an elite fighting force.
Come and see the Janissary Barracks encampment and participate in activities such as the Turkish Oil Wresting and traditional folk dancing.
Buy your tickets to the Festival today!
First Nation acknowledgement
The Abbey Medieval Festival respects and acknowledges the Kabi Kabi First Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which the Festival stands. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.