Tickets to one of Australia’s premier living history events, the Abbey Medieval Festival, are now on sale. Here’s what you need to know.
The festival is on during the winter school holidays on July 2, 3 and 4 at Caboolture, giving visitors the chance to experience life in the Middle Ages.
Featuring a themed tavern, traditional food and authentic market stalls, entertainers, roving musicians, the vibrant streetscape of “Abbeystowe” brings the colour, sound, sights, and aromas of a bygone era to life.
Festival Director Edith Cuffe is excited to introduce new experiences to the festival program.
“On Friday, July 2, we will kick off with a Medieval Family Fun Day. This event will provide lots of medieval activities and experiences and is the perfect way for young squires and fair maidens to get into the medieval spirit,” Ms Cuffe says.
“Running from 10am-3pm, families will be able to explore immersive encampments, play authentic Viking games, test their aim at archery, listen to traditional stories, witness knights on their brave steeds battle it out in the Joust Arena and so much more.”
After last year’s cancellation, due to COVID-19, the Abbey Museum is looking forward to a thriving festival when it returns.
‘‘As the Abbey Museum’s largest fundraiser, we rely on the festival to provide the necessary funds to support the operations of the museum, care for our remarkable collection of international antiquities and present a full calendar of public programs and activities” Ms Cuffe says.
Festival Event Manager Joanne Hadnutt says there will be several changes to festival operations in a pandemic environment, including the development of a COVID-Safe plan.
“Things may look a little different, but we are dedicated to ensuring everyone’s wellbeing and recreating an experience of medieval life in a COVID safe way,” she says.
The festival draws a pilgrimage of history enthusiasts from across Australia and attracts about 25,000 people to the Moreton Bay Region.
Councillor Brooke Savige (Div 1) is also looking forward to this year’s festival.
“I am so excited to see the festival back and once again bringing people together in celebration of history,” Cr Savige says.
“The festival is such an exciting event that provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about our rich history and diverse cultures in a fun, engaging and unique way. We are so lucky to have such a rare and interesting event on our doorstep and I can’t wait to see what this year’s festival will bring.”
Abbey Medieval Festival is supported by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.
Ticket quantities are limited and will only be available through the festival website.
What: Abbey Medieval Festival
When: July 2, Medieval Family Fun Day; July 3 and 4, Tournament Weekend
Where: 1-63 The Abbey Place, Caboolture
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