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Abbey Medieval Festival

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Abbey Medieval Festival

Time: July 11, 2015 at 9am to July 12, 2015 at 5pm
Location: Abbey Museum
Street: 1 – 63 The Abbey Place (off Old Toorbul Point Road)
City/Town: Caboolture,
Website or Map: http://abbeymedievalfestival.…
Phone: 5495 1652 admin@abbeymuseum.asn.au
Event Type: fair
Organized By: Abbey Festival
Latest Activity: Jul 6, 2015

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Event Description

The dates for the Tournament, the highlight event of the festival are Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of July 2015. Tickets

Tournament Eve

On the Friday evening before the Tournament begins, the Knights Order of Lion Rampant invites you to witness the spine-tingling Knighting Ceremony held in the beautiful Abbey Church at 7.30pm. 

Tournament Weekend

On Saturday, the gates open at 9am to Abbeystowe, the home of the Abbey Medieval Festival.

Each day begins with the Grand Parade.

There are more than sixty stalls covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts in Australia’s most authentic medieval market.  You’ll also experience delicious medieval food and drink. 

Historical Combat

Our armoured combats feature different fighting styles, tourneys, melees and individual combats, including Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish Janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.

The Jousting Championships

The Joust has again been ticketed to allow you, our noble patrons, an opportunity to witness the thrill of the Joust in safety without being trampled by peasants underfoot.  You can purchase tickets for the jousting online to ensure you don’t waste time in queues on the day of the event. 

Medieval Music & Bands

Listen to the haunting timeless melodies from some of Australia’s leading medieval bands, such as Harlequin, Aragon, Jabadaw and other glorious songsters.  In the Abbey Church, the home of the 14th Century Winchester Stained Glass, Schola Cantorum performs ancient Gregorian chants.  On your travels around Abbeystowe you will see harpists, lutenists and other musicians strolling about entertaining the crowds.

Dance

Not only do we have a number of dance displays, we also have dance workshops, where members of the public can get in on the fun. 

Turkish Oil Wrestling

Ladies and noble women flock to see the delicious sight of oiled and bronzed bodies engaging in the ancient medieval sport of Turkish Oil Wrestling.  Make sure you get yourself a place early to see the action.

Archery

The Archery competition on the Castle Arena is a prestigious event for skilled archers to compete for the title of the Abbey Tournament Archery Champion.

Street Performers

There is fascinating medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry and costume parades for your entertainment all day long.

Finale

The Abbey Medieval Tournament will conclude on a lighter note, as the many Historical Re-enactment groups come together for the Grand Finale.

Saturday Evening – Gregorian Chant

Night Office (Compline) is sung in the Abbey Church on Saturday evening at 5:30pm, a very authentic setting for this final prayer of the day.  It is sung (entirely in Latin) in candlelight in much the same way as it has been chanted for over 1,000 years.

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