The Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend will be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 July 2019.
Read our visitor information to plan your trip to Abbeystowe, the grounds of the Abbey Medieval Festival.
Gates for pre-paid and VIP ticket holders open at 8:30am on Saturday and Sunday.
Gates open at 9:00am for patrons purchasing tickets on the day of the event.
Market stalls are open and encampments are on display from when the gates open. The festival program starts with the Opening Ceremony at 9:30 at the Castle Arena, entertainment at the other performing venues will start after the ceremony.
The Abbey Medieval Festival closes at 4:30pm each day.
History, entertainment, food and more
With a marketplace with food, wares and craft demonstrations, 2 taverns, 8 entertainment venues, over 40 re-enactment encampments, the Abbey Medieval Festival has something for everyone.
The Joust is 1 of the 5 tournaments of the Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament Weekend. The joust is run 3 times each day; 11am, 1pm and 2:45pm. Online pre-paid ticket purchasers are able to reserve 1 joust from our website upon checkout.
The Joust is a sell-out attraction of the Abbey Medieval Festival, and we encourage pre-paid ticket sales for this reason. Patrons purchasing tickets at the gates can pick up a free joust token at the booth located near the entry to the Joust Arena.
The Abbey Marketplace
Did you know that our food vendors follow our mission for historical accuracy and only sell food that would have been available during the middle ages? This level of detail just adds to the experience of the Abbey Medieval Festival. Check out our Festival map to see what merchant, craft and food stalls will be at the 2019 Festival.
The Abbey Medieval Festival Tournament weekend program is now online! The program covers the 6 performing venues and 3 tournament venues of Abbeystowe, plus there’s the activities at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and the Abbey Church!
Read more about the must-see Knighting Ceremony that takes place by candlelight on Friday 12 July at the Abbey Church. You can also learn about the re-enactment groups who work and train hard to recreate history for Festival visitors, and the 5 official tournaments of the Abbey Medieval Festival.
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