FAQ – Frequently asked questions

Will I get to see the jousting?

While in previous years, the joust ticket was sold separately, in 2018 the joust  is now included with your entry ticket.  There are four jousts on Saturday and three jousts on Sunday, with more than 2000 seats available! These will be managed on a on a first in-first served basis, so once these seats are filled, that joust is closed due to safety purposes.  But you can always come back for the next joust!

Do you have credit card facilities?

Credit Card facilities for ticket purchase are available at the festival’s tournament gates.  Cash out is also available from the eftpos booths located at Downtown Abbey and also just inside the gates.   However, we do recommend that you bring cash.  NBN is just not a reality for us yet unfortunately, so due to extremely limited WiFI at Abbeystowe, Eftpos and ATM facilities can be slow.

Is there disabled access?

The Tournament ground is relatively flat, walkways are gravel or grass.  There is a drop-off point for elderly or disabled people about 70 metres from the Festival entrance.

With all those swords, is the festival safe?

Of course! The Festival organisers do their best to ensure your safety.  All official events are designed for the safety of the public.  Stallholders are not allowed to sell unpackaged weapons.  All our re-enactors undergo rigorous training before being allowed to carry weapons.

I have an awesome sabre/axe/spear and I want to bring it, can I?

Please read the Conditions of Entry before bringing weapons to the Festival.  Please observe the venue barriers for your own safety.  We have a non-performer weapons permit available here.  The Public Safety and Operational Risk Manager will answer any questions you have.

Is First Aid available on site?

Sunshine Coast First Aid Volunteers are on location during the day at Abbeystowe.

What happens to lost children?

The Tournament is such a safe family event that parents often misplace their children.  Lost children will be sent to the Security tent.  Please help us make your day anxiety-free by writing your mobile phone number on your child’s wrist band and remember to take photos, clearly showing what they are wearing.

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

There are just some things we can’t do without in the twenty-first century.  Toilet facilities are available around the Tournament grounds and in the car park for those trips that must be made.  There are also disabled toilet facilities and a baby change tent just inside the tournament gates.

Can I purchase alcohol?

It just wouldn’t be a Medieval Festival without mead or cider!  There are two licensed venues in Abbeystowe: the Friar’s Folly Tavern and the Stag Inn – where you can find beer, mead, cider and wine.   Please note: No BYO.

Will there be food available?

Oh yes!  We have a wide range of tasty food and drinks for purchase, in Abbeystowe, all authentic to the middle ages!  So you can try something familiar or something different, or you are welcome to bring your own feast.  Please note: No Glass (including no glass water bottles).

Will there be somewhere to sit?

There is seating scattered around Abbeystowe and you are also welcome to bring along either folding chairs or blankets.

Can I bring my Viking Chihuahua/Ottoman Llama?

Sorry, the public are NOT permitted to bring dogs or other animals to the Tournament (except service animals, such as disability assistance dogs and police dogs).

Will there be Free parking?

Free parking is available, however it is limited.  There is an easy walk of about 250 metres (depending on available parking spaces) to the Tournament grounds. The Wamuran Rural Fire brigade will be assisting with parking over the weekend. Please support them with a gold coin donation.

In addition,  there are FREE shuttle buses every half hour (from 7.45am) between Caboolture Train Station and the tournament grounds.  Free parking is available near Caboolture Train Station in Matthew Terrace.  The last bus leaves the Tournament at 5.15pm.  Disability parking has been allocated so please display the relevant sticker.

I’m a VIP - where do I go?

Follow the VIP traffic signs.

Note: please stick your previously arranged VIP sign (this will have been emailed to you) onto your front window screen (we have found that Traffic Management Volunteers cannot read it clearly if it is simply left on the dash) and you will be directed where to park.  If in doubt, please advise the traffic marshals that you are a VIP and you need to get directions firstly the VIP allocated parking and then to Downtown Abbey to check in.

NB: VIP ticket holders requiring disability parking should still park in VIP car park, and not in the disabled car park.  If you require a lift to the VIP check-in area at Downtown Abbey, please alert the marshals so that we can arrange this.

Can I bring my bag into the festival grounds?

You may bring a bag, but it will be checked on entry to the festival.  Bag checking commences outside the gates from 7.30am.  No glass allowed.

How do I get a pass out?

Wristbands will only be issued for weekend passes.  If you have purchased a day pass and wish to return (ie from the Church or Museum), you’ll need to pick up a ‘Pass Out‘ wristband before leaving, available at the gates.