This year’s 30th Abbey Medieval Festival was everything it was anticipated to be and more. By now you may know certain facts about the Abbey Medieval Festival. At the top of list, are the one thousand re-enactors from a variety of groups who come to Abbeystowe to bring to life a time period representing 600AD to 1600AD. There was everything from the five medieval tournaments, including the highly anticipated Joust tournament, to presentations, demonstrations and workshops. There were re-enacted historical battles, birds of prey & incredible animals, live music & entertainers, and a traditional Viking boat burning honouring well known re-enactor “Visti the Viking”. There were 89 food and craft stall holders, and something for every interest imaginable. There was so much “medieval” it was hard to realise you weren’t actually in another place in time.
What you might not know is that there were over 30,000 visitors at Abbeystowe over the course of two days. It is the largest ‘living history’ event in Australia and even the Southern Hemisphere! We’d like to thank each involved in helping us achieve our mission in creating the ultimate medieval experience. It is our hope that everyone who experienced this tournament and festival milestone will have felt inspired to live a more enriched life, through this unique and immersive experience. Continue below to see a photographic journey from this spectacular 30th year! All photos by Brett Croese.
But first, we honour the 2019 tournament champions.
Joust: David Williamson
Archery: John Pettigrew
Oil Wrestling: Murat Sebat
Strength and Skill: Lady Heather and her proxy, Squire Gareth
Holmgang: N/A this year
David Williamson – 2019 Joust Tournament Champion!
Archery champion, John Pettigrew, honoured by the Lord and Lady of Abbeystowe!
Murat Sebat – Turkish Oil Wrestling Champ!
Lady Heather and her proxy, Squire Gareth – Strength and Skill!
The crowd was guided by none other than Lord Herald Sir Blair Martin!
It’s always so special to see the Birds of Prey!
The incredible Lady Amanda Challen during the parade…
…and head to head during the Joust Tournament!
Defending the castle during the seige!
‘Terry The Great’ from All Star Fish!
Familiar site at the Abbey for years, the Plague Doctor!
Burial site of the ‘”Fafnir” at the Norviks encampment!
Swaying in the breeze at over 3 meters tall!
Major blow during ground combat!
The Norviks and Saga Viking groups enter for the boat burning ceremony…
…and it was set ablaze!
Beautiful dancers from the Janissary Barracks!