Abbey Medieval Tournament July 14-15
We are looking forward to July and presenting the largest Medieval Festival in Australia. Our program is nearly complete, we are ready to let the whole of Australia know what a fantastic event we have here in Caboolture.
The dates for the Tournament, the highlight event of the festival are Saturday the 14th and Sunday the 15th of July 2018. Tickets are on sale now! Take advantage of early bird prices until 30th of April. Gates open at 9.00am both days (8.30am for pre-paid ticket purchasers).
On the Friday evening before the Tournament begins, Companie Draco Routiers invites you to witness the spine-tingling Knighting Ceremony held in the beautiful Abbey Church at 7:30pm. Amid ancient stained glass and candlelight, an authentic 14th Century knighting ceremony will be performed, with all its mystery and splendour. This is a photographic feast not to be missed.
On Saturday, the gates open at 9.00am to Abbeystowe, the home of the Abbey Medieval Festival.
Each day begins with the Grand Parade, the opening ceremony of the 29th Abbey Medieval Tournament. Witness more than 500 knights, warriors, ladies and their retainers present themselves to the crowd as the magnificent Master of Ceremonies, Blair Martin summons the knights to take part in chivalrous combat for honour and courage.
Throughout the weekend, the Tournament program offers a wide range of entertainment. There is something on the program for everyone, from Historical Combats to Medieval dance, Turkish Oil Wrestling to music and fabulous street performers and much more!
The 2018 tournament program will offer a number of workshops, hosted right in the thick of re-enactors’ encampments. 13th century group Oltramar is offering a number of craft workshops, read more about these encampment workshops and book today!
There are more than sixty stalls covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts in Australia’s most authentic medieval market. You’ll also experience delicious medieval food and drink. Try an authentic venison pie at the “Stag Inn”, or ale or cider at the The Friar’s Folly Tavern.
The most popular aspect of the tournament weekend are the historical fighting displays. Our armoured combats feature different fighting styles, tourneys, melees and individual combats, including Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German Landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish Janissaries and exquisite renaissance swordsmen.
The Jousting Championships
Another very popular aspect of the Tournament weekend, the Joust has again been ticketed to allow you, our noble patrons, an opportunity to witness the thrill of the Joust in safety without being trampled by peasants underfoot. There will be 4 jousting events on Saturday, and 3 on Sunday with the final joust at 2:45pm deciding the 2018 Champion.
Admission to the Joust is included in Abbey Medieval Festival tickets, you can choose your first joust when you purchase your tickets online. Not sure what time you want to go, or want to see more than 1 joust? No problem, you can also collect joust tokens on the day. But don’t dally, once the allotted number of places are filled that joust will be closed to the public.
Medieval Music & Bands
Listen to the haunting timeless melodies from some of Australia’s leading medieval bands, such as Praxis, Torin, Pastance and other glorious songsters. On your travels around Abbeystowe you will see harpists, lutenists and other musicians strolling about entertaining the crowds.
Not only do we have a number of dance displays, we also have dance workshops, where members of the public can get in on the fun. The Janissary Barracks will give the public a chance to put on their dancing shoes and try Turkish dancing.
Turkish Oil Wrestling
Ladies and noble women flock to see the delicious sight of oiled and bronzed bodies engaging in the ancient medieval sport of Turkish Oil Wrestling. Hosted by the Janissary Barracks, the oil wrestling is another of the official Tournaments of the Abbey Medieval Festival. Make sure you get yourself a place early to see the action.
The Archery Tournament is 1 of the 5 official Tournaments of the Abbey Medieval Festival. Hosted at the Castle Arena, the tournament sees skilled archers from re-enactment groups compete for the title of the Abbey Tournament Archery Champion.
For those who are not so practiced at the art of firing an arrow, or just want to give archery a go, the Traditional Archery Companye provides a space for members of the public who wish to pick up a bow and arrow, and try their hand at hitting the target.
There is fascinating medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry and costume parades for your entertainment all day long.
The Abbey Medieval Tournament concludes with the presentation of our 5 Tournament Champions. At 3:45pm on Sunday at the Castle Arena we will present and celebrate the 2018 champions of the Joust, Archery, Strength and Skill, Oil Wrestling and Holmgang.