Re-enactor doing calligraphy and illumination

The Abbey Medieval Festival also features re-enactment groups who display the early Renaissance, and who work across multiple periods within the middle ages. Fencing, archery, theatre and historical artefacts, read more on what these groups have to offer at the 2019 event.

Prima Spada School of Fence

Prima Spada is an historical fencing school specialising in rapier of the Elizabethan period.

They train people from absolute beginners in a variety of 16th century weapon codes including rapier, sword and buckler, 2 handled sword, rapier and dagger, and rapier and cape. They also train in classical foil, sabre and competitive rapier and sword work.

Using a well-developed syllabus with qualified instructors, Prima Spada offers fencing tuition from the 16th century through to the modern era in exhibition and sport fencing, with a recreational approach.


History in the making. Historia is a multi-period, multi-cultural and multi-focus collective of re-enactors, enthusiasts, artisans and museum professionals working together to share knowledge with the public and each other. Projects include recreating traditional skills, experimental archaeology, living history, workshops, lectures and museum displays on a variety of topics from late Antiquity to the pre-Industrial era.

The majority of the members of Historia are re-enactors of many years standing and several are active in the field of historical education in museums, archaeology and publication in print and electronic media. Their interests are diverse, ranging from late antiquity through to the 17th century across broad cultural and geographic range from Europe and North Africa through the Levant to Transoxiana.

The group’s areas of interest include costume and fashion, cuisine, music, experimental archaeology and martial arts in order to bring a greater understanding and appreciation of our collective cultural heritage.

Society for Creative Anachronism

The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international non-profit educational organisation that is dedicated to the research and recreation of pre-17th century European History. The family-friendly organisation has a particular focus on its practical applications in arts and sciences, including costuming, cooking, martial arts, dance, calligraphy and illumination, metalwork, archery and music (to name but a few!).

Traditional Archery Companye

The Traditional Archery Companye help patrons of the Abbey Medieval Festival down at the archery range. If you are interested in testing your archery skills, be sure to pay them a visit.

The group also hosts the Festival’s official Archery Tournament which sees re-enactors from the Festival compete for the title of Archery Champion. Will Gene the Hornmaster hold onto his title in 2018? Be sure to check out the Archery Tournament on Sunday to find out.

Women in History

Women in History is a Queensland group of passionate women re-enactors who bring to life the contribution of women throughout the early period European and medieval history.

The group portrays women from many cultures and countries, careers and social classes whose influences were significant between 600-1600AD. Tales of political, military, religious, social and educational inspiration are retold with displays of crafts and skills pertaining to the lifetimes of each character.

Each day at the Abbey Medieval Festival the group presents a play, workshops and dialogue on a variety of personas and medieval activities including handicrafts, herb lore and music. Sit amongst the accoutrements of the Middle Ages and be immersed in the experiences.