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Guess what this will be?

Visitors to the Abbey Medieval Festival 2013 and Kids Medieval Fun Day will notice a few new additions to the site. A team of handy volunteers have been working hard setting up permanent improvements at Abbeystowe. I wonder if you can guess what this one is?

 

Hint: It’s somewhere you can watch Gypsies dancing, listen to stories of old and be entertained by Medieval social interactions.

The Medieval Carnivale: Dampened show, warmed by a Fire Dragon!

Saturday night at the 2012 Abbey Medieval Festival was Carnivale Night.  Even though the conditions were wet, the crowd still lined up to get in the Jousting Arena to see the show. Friars Folly Tavern was busy serving mead to the costumed folk. The show began with a gypsy wedding display from Shuvani Romani Kumpani. The sounds of ululation and drumming coming from the gypsy encampment set a tribal start to the night.

The Kamilaroi horse vaulting show was scaled back to accommodate for the slippery conditions. Still, the performance had the crowd on edge as the beautifully dressed riders performed handstands and rode without hands. The giant white horses lunged around in circles and the Gypsy drumming added to the suspense as youngest member of the riding team, Sasha Hinchcliff (7), performed her vaulting debut with bravery and style.

The lighting was powered off as New England Medieval Art Society brought out the highly anticipated Fire Dragon! The crowd in the arena was warmed by giant burning fire mosaics. Cheers were heard from the crowd as a brave warrior slayed the dragon with a fire sword.

While the weather put a chill on the show line up for many guests,  the quality of the performances still managed to make the night worthwhile to see. Promises of music, costumes, fire, horses and dancing made the Carnivale a show not to miss. It was good to see so many people brave the rainy conditions. Would anyone like to see a day time show at a future Festival? Please leave us your comments and feedback.

More Medieval Carnivale Secrets Unveiled!

Well time is approaching fast! The Abbey Medieval Festival is almost here, and you know what that means……

It means each and everyone one of our followers are starting to get excited about what this year is going to bring! If you have been following the blog posts you would have already heard about the Medieval Carnivale. You would already know that Abbeystowe is putting on a Medieval Carnivale  with “Horse Vaulting and Acrobats“, “Colourful Costumes and Dancing”, “Merry Medieval Music“, a “Dragon Fire Twirling Show” and of course The Carnivale will feature the real stars of the show… YOU! All ticket holders will be invited to enter the arena for the last half hour of the show to dance and join in on the merriment.

The wonderful wandering performers at the Carnivale!

But just when you think you know all about The Medieval Carnivale, this final blog post is letting you in on a few more secrets… The gorgeous stilt walkers from Fire Phoenix Tribe will be at the Carnivale in a stunning costume, new to the Abbey Medieval Festival! Be sure to see the strikingly tall characters as they wander around the Carnivale for all to admire. Join in on the surprise and come dressed in your own costume or mask! We would love to see you dressed in your own Medieval Costume. The Carnivale Night will welcome all folk who wish to see how to celebrate in fabulous Medieval Fashion!

The cheerful folk from All Star Fish will delight the early bird crowd with their mischief and tomfoolery, be sure to keep an eye out for your favourite Medieval Street Performer!

Be prepared for a Carnivale, get your tickets before they are sold out!

If you are as excited as we all are about the Medieval Carnivale then you should be getting there at 5pm to make sure you have time to visit Friar’s Folly Tavern who will be operating from the Jousting Arena especially for this event! Be amused and delighted by the comical Lord Herald, Sir. Blair! This event will sell out. The grandstand will be filled so don’t miss out on your tickets.

Music and Dancing at The Medieval Carnivale

Come and enjoy the Music and Dancing at the Medieval Carnivale! Some of you may have heard the jolly Medieval musicians Praxis delighting the crowds with a mixture of Medieval Instruments including the Recorder, Shawn, Gems Horn and of course the magical Hurdy Gurdy!

Bring your dancing shoes to The Medieval Carnivale and join in on the fun that will delight all the merry folk from around the Abbey Tournament. The night will be filled with the fabulous sounds of Medieval Times as the whimsical Fire Twirlers put on an exciting show for the Carnivale. Hear the Gypsy drummers pound away at the drum skins in celebration as horses gallop through the arena.

Bringing Down The Barricades At The Carnivale!

Once the spectacular Medieval Carnivale show is over be prepared to leave your seats as the barricades are taken down for you to dance for the last half an hour to the medieval sounds of Praxis. This is the only occasion public will be allowed into the Jousting Arena! Don’t miss out on this exciting night, be a part of Abbey Medieval History as the first Medieval Carnivale Night is celebrated in style. Wear your Saturday best, find a mask to wear if you wish, or just turn up with your dancing shoes and your Friars Folly Tavern money!

Will You Be Dancing At The Medieval Carnivale?

The sounds of a Medieval Band are hard to ignore as they take you back to a time where music had to be played to be heard! Medieval music was made to be uplifting in times of celebration and was always heard at special occasions. The Medieval Carnivale will be no exception to that rule! Come and enjoy the Carnivale Music and all the festivities to be had in The Jousting Arena on this Saturday evening.

Don’t be left out as the Carnivale comes to Abbeystowe, have your ticket ready as the gates open up at 5pm and be ready to be delighted in Fabulous Medieval Style!

 

 

I Just Want To Go To The Medieval Carnivale!

 

This amazing feature is happening on the Saturday Night of the Abbey Tournament.

We’ve had a tad of confusion raising its head a bit this last week amongst our readers, with quite a few enquiries coming our way.

Can I go to Just the Carnivale without going to the Festival?

Yes, you most certainly are welcome to come to the Carnivale withOUT needing to go to the day events first.

This event is a separately ticketed event to the actual Tournament day tickets, and when you are just coming to the Carnivale the gates will be open for you at 5.00pm.

So I don’t have to buy a Day Pass for the Tournament, when I just want to see this amazing spectacular?

YES – you can buy a ticket just for the Carnivale.

The Gate access for those who are just going to the Carnivale is available from 5.oopm onwards.  The Carnivale itself begins at 5.30 pm.

The Carnivale requires its own ticket (and by the way there IS limited seating), and you are able to buy this on-line (limited seating, remember?), or you are welcome to purchase your ticket/s at the gate on the way in.

This means that you don’t have to come (or buy!) the Day passes to the Abbey Tournament to attend the Carnivale.

However, the idiosyncrasies of our booking system means that if you desire to book the Carnivale tickets on-line, you do need to go through the link for the Abbey Medieval Festival.

So how do I access the Carnivale tickets on-line?

Step 1

Follow the link to the Carnivale page where you will find a little more on the doings of the night, or go straight to the one on the bookings page.

Step 2

When you get to the bookings page, you will be asked to choose between four diffent events.

You need to take the Abbey Medieval Festival one. Its the only one that has ‘various’ in the first column.

Step 3.

When you get to the actual booking page, you will find the Carnivale ticket has been pre-filled for you (according to the numbers you entered before).  If you are coming to the Festival too, then here is where you add those tickets that you desire.

Step 4.

I’m sure you know how to proceed from there on.  🙂

Horse Play at the Medieval Carnivale!

What happens after an exciting day of jousting and sword fights have come to an end at The Abbey Tournament? After the Medieval Knights dismount their noble steeds and take off the heavy Steel Armour. The sun is almost gone as the horses are unsaddled and groomed. The horses look to each other and are feeling good in the cool air…. Will there be one last chance for the horses to show off? One last opportunity to kick up their hooves before it is time to retire to the warm stables?

See Horse Tricks and Vaulting at The Medieval Carnivale!

The Medieval Carnivale is the only night time event that will flaunt the extraordinary talents of trick horses and riders in a show that will have your eyes in disbelief. See riders vaulting on to moving horses and display extraordinary skills of balance and strength in an elaborate Medieval Carnivale style show. A Medieval Knight would practice jumping onto horses from the ground and rehearse other elegant exercises to improve their battle edge. Horses would be trained to fight with the knight in battle without the use of reigns to guide them… The Carnivale will blitz the art of Vaulting and riding horses without reigns beyond the Medieval Battle Field and into an unforgettable show of cantering horses and acrobatics.

Don’t miss out on the debut of The Medieval Carnivale!

The first Medieval Carnivale will be held on Saturday night, gates are opening at 5pm for a 5.30pm start. Come and enjoy a cider or ale before the show or grab your seat and be entertained by our special early bird performers. Our notorious Street Performers will be roaming around before the show and you will see giant stilt walkers in their special Medieval Carnivale themed costumes. This event will have something for everyone, young and old and in between. The Medieval Carnivale tickets are on sale now, you won’t want to miss this magnificent show!

Next Tuesday read about the Music and Dancing that will delight your ears and have your feet tapping at The Medieval Carnivale!

The Medieval Carnivale

A  balmy medieval winter’s evening settles
So what happens when the sun goes down on a medieval day full of markets, after picking up that great new wooden food bowl that has been carved so beautifully, and all the  furs and loom-woven pieces and the excitement of the tourney with its  elaborate  jousts and battles ?

The swords are sheathed.

The horses are groomed and fed after a day of jousting.

And the cannons are hushed.

 

Do the inhabitants sleep?  Oh noooo nooo nooo!
Party Time!

The Medieval Carnivale Begins!

The visitors have donned their best gear – dresses swishing, cloaks swirling, children  delightedly whisper to each other  – ‘the fire twirlers are here with the Burning Dragon!”!  Feet are tapping with the last strains of drums and strings still hanging in the air.
Our tummies already happily filled from the day’s feasting, and we can settle down on our benches and await with pleasure the scenes to come.

What happens at a Medieval Carnivale?

What do battle hardened horses do at night to play? How do the riders of war trained horses wind down after a day of action?
A gypsy tribe is settling down for the night, something is in the air… What is stirring away from the encampment that calls for a celebration?

Showcasing Medieval After-Dark Celebrations!

The stars are twinkling, the performers’ blazing  sticks are  twirling  seemingly magically –  intertwining  with dangerous dragon!  The rhythm, the beat and the tempo of a time where the music reflected a community’s way of life.

Next Tuesday’s post will be the first of a series highlighting the spectacle of our professional  Medieval Carnivale Entertainment Team who will delight you for two hours!   We trust you’ve got your tickets to the Festival!