Re-enactor doing calligraphy and illumination

The Abbey Medieval Festival 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 School of Fence is a school of historical swordplay with schools in Queensland and Tasmania. They train people for both performances and competition with a range of weapons including rapier and the Renaissance sidesword with companion weapons, two-handed sword and smallsword; classical modern fencing with foil, epee and sabre. Prima Spanda ensures there is something for anyone and everyone who dreams of becoming a sword master, swashbuckler, hero, villain and everything in between!

Prima Spada will showcase their members fencing skills over the Festival weekend; and offer beginners workshops throughout the day so Festival patrons can try their hand at fencing.

Learn more about Prima Spada School of Fence by visiting their website and following them on Facebook.


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.

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.

Visit Historia’s website for more information.

Society of 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!).

For the Abbey Medieval Festival, Society of Creative Anachronism will put on their popular Evolution of Fashion Parade at the Village Green, and will allow patrons to try their hand at calligraphy and illumination in their camp.

Learn more about Society for Creative Anachronism on their website and on Facebook.

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 2019? Be sure to check out the Archery Tournament 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.

Follow Women in History on Facebook.