What does an entry ticket include

Medieval Banquets

A ticket to the Medieval Banquet includes a full meal, and a complimentary glass of mulled wine (served to you at your table).

A premium seating ticket includes a cushioned seat close to the front of the hall, and a photo from the Medieval Photobooth.

Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week

A ticket to Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week grants entry for 1 day, and access to free activities and crafts. Some activities cost a small fee, these can be booked online or on the day.

Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend

A ticket to the Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend gives you access to scheduled activities including Jousting (tokens still need to be collected for jousting sessions).

A weekend pass allows you to attend on Saturday and Sunday. A day pass can be used for Saturday or Sunday.

Your Festival ticket grants you 1 free admission to the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, this can be used before 31 December 2019.

Are there any surcharges when purchasing tickets?

Yes, there is a small fee of $2.50 per transaction with your online purchase and a $4.00 surcharge for transactions processed through the Abbey Museum office.

Can I get a refund for my ticket?

It is the policy of the Abbey Medieval Festival that tickets are non-refundable. We do not give refunds if you simply change your mind or make a wrong decision.  In the event of illness, where a doctor’s certificate is received prior to the event, consideration will be given to a partial refund.

Can I exchange my ticket?

Please choose carefully as tickets are unable to be exchanged. If you no longer want them, we suggest selling them to a friend, or posting on the Abbey Medieval Festival Facebook page.

I purchased the wrong ticket, what do I do?

If you purchased the wrong ticket or are no longer able to attend, your only option is to try and on-sell your tickets. Under the terms and conditions of purchasing tickets to the Medieval Festival there are no refunds or exchanges. So please choose carefully when purchasing a ticket.

Event times

What are the dates and times for the Abbey Medieval Banquet?

The Abbey Medieval Banquets will be hosted on Saturday 29 June and Sunday 6 July 2019. Patrons buy a ticket for a specific evening.

Doors open at 5:45pm, patrons are asked to arrive and be seated by 6:15pm for the banquet’s opening procession.

The evening is due to end at 10:15pm

What are the dates and times for Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week?

Kids Dig It! Medieval Family Fun Week is hosted from Monday 1 to Friday 5 July 2019. Doors to the Museum will open at 9:30am with activities starting at 10:00am. The day concludes at 3:00pm.

What are the dates and times of the Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend?

The Tournament Weekend is hosted on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019. A small intimate Knighting Ceremony is hosted ahead of the weekend on the evening of Friday 12 July.

Gates open for patrons with pre-paid tickets at 8:30am, patrons purchasing tickets on the day are let in from 9:00am.

VIP ticket holders are also let in at 8:30am through the VIP entry.

The Tournament Weekend program will be due to finish between 4:00-4:30pm each day, with the grounds closing at 5:30pm.

FAQs about the Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend

Will there be free parking?

Free parking is available around Abbeystowe; however, it is limited. The Wamuran Rural Fire brigade will be assisting with parking over the Tournament weekend, they will gratefully accept gold coin donations from those willing to support the rural fire service.

Disability parking is available. Patrons who need to access disability parking must have their permit clearly visible for parking attendants.

VIP parking is available for VIP ticket holders.

We also run a free shuttle bus service every half hour from 7:45am between the Caboolture train station and Festival site.

Read more information about getting to Abbeystowe.

Is there disabled access?

A disability car park is available for patrons with a permit.

The Tournament ground is relatively flat, walkways are gravel or grass.

Can I bring my bag into the Festival grounds?

Yes, you can bring your bag into the Festival grounds. All bags are subject to search upon entry to the event. Bag checking will commence from 7:30am outside the gates.

Please note, this is not a BYO event and no glass is permitted.

Can I bring an animal?

Patrons are not permitted to bring animals onto the Festival grounds, except service animals such as disability assistance dogs.

Can we camp?

No, unfortunately there is no camping for the public available on or in the immediate area around the Festival grounds. This area includes the St Michael’s College and the Abbey Museum.

There are plenty of accommodation options in the area.

How do I get a pass out?

Patrons are given a wristband at the Festival gates, this is your access back into the Festival site on your second day (if you have a weekend pass), or if you leave the Festival site to visit the Abbey Church or Abbey Museum.

Will you have First Aid and where will they be?

The lovely Sunshine Coast First Aid Volunteers will be working over the weekend to keep patrons safe. Their station will be set up next to the Sheriff’s office, near the entry gates to the Festival site.

What happens to lost children?

Lost children will be taken to the Sheriff’s Office where security and Sunshine Coast First Aid Volunteers are stationed. The Sheriff’s office is located near the entry gates to the Festival site.

Does the Festival have a lost and found?

Lost and found items can be declared/collected from the Sheriff’s Office which is located next to the gates at the Festival entry.

After the event you can contact the Abbey Museum office to report a lost item.

Do you have EFTPOS facilities?

EFTPOS facilities are available for ticket purchases at the gate.

Some of our stallholders and peddlers may not have EFTPOS facilities, so we recommend bringing cash or using the ATM facilities which will be available at the Festival.

Can I bring a weapon as part of my costume?

All Festival patrons planning to bring a weapon as part of their costume (including those made of foam) must apply for a non-period weapons permit. The permit application can be completed online, or by reporting to the Sheriff’s office at the event.

I know they don’t have toilets in the Middle Ages, will you have them?

Toilet facilities are available across the grounds and in the car park.

There is also disabled toilet facilities and a baby change tent just inside the Tournament gates.

Will there be places to sit?

Seating is scattered around Abbeystowe, you are also welcome to bring along folding chairs or picnic blankets.

Will there be food and drink available?

Oh yes! A range of food and drinks will be available to purchase in across the festival grounds. We work hard to ensure that only food from the Middle Ages is available at the event.

Patrons are also welcome to bring your own food.

Please note: no glass is permitted.

There are 2 licenced venues in Abbeystowe, the Friar’s Folly Tavern and Stag Inn. Here you can purchase beer, mead, cider and wine as well as non-alcoholic drinks.

Our taverns will not serve alcohol before 11am.

Where can people smoke?

Patrons can only smoke in the designated outdoor smoking areas (DOSA) specifically set up on the field. They will be noted on the Festival map.

How can I join a re-enactment group?

Patrons interested in joining a group are welcome to talk to the group at the event.

Outside the event, you can read up on the groups attending the Festival, or look them up at Queensland Living History Federation and Australian Living History Federation’s website.

Can I complete in the Festival Tournaments?

No, these tournaments are only open to the re-enactment groups participating at the Festival. However, we do have a public archery field, for a small fee you can try your hand at archery.

Can I get a photo with the Birds of Prey?

Yes, O’Reilly’s Birds of Prey allow patrons to take photos with their birds for $10.