Abbey Medieval Travel Package…in one’s face!

Huzzar! to have so many people interested in the Abbey Medieval Travel Package, we are receiving lots of great feedback. What better experience to look forward to than a short holiday in SE Queensland this winter with your family.

To help you enjoy this experience to its optimum, the Abbey Medieval Travel package is designed to take the hard work out of the planning, leaving you for more time to think about the important things like costumes and food and fun and….perhaps camel rides! And we have purposely excluded flights, simply because it is so easy for people to book their own preferences online. And besides, this is a perfect opportunity to use up those flight gift vouchers you received for Christmas or all those Frequent Flyer points that have been accumulating.

The package includes a fantastic range of room types to suit all budgets with our two accommodation partners, Mon Komo and Gordon Motor inn. It also includes weekend pass to the festival with return transfers from and to your accommodation and airport return transfers. So all you really have to do is ask!

Find out more now and make haste to save disappointment as the package closes on May 5th! And don’t forget to add Medieval Festival and Uplift Tours and Travel to your contact list or those emails containing information that you have requested may end up there!

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How to purchase your 2014 Abbey Festival Tickets online

If you are finding the online booking system we are using a little daunting, don’t be afraid – it is pretty simple once you know what it is you want to book.

First up, here are the ticket prices, shows you why early bird purchasing is worth it – got to love a big discount!

Abbey Festival Ticket prices 2014

We know Abbey Medieval Festival tickets, tickets for the Jousting at the Abbey Festival and the Medieval Banquet tickets are so popular, you don’t want to muck around getting them in your inbox, so here is a little graphic guide to help you make the purchase online.

Tips to buying your Medieval Festival TicketsIf you are having problems with any part of your transaction or purchasing process, please do not hesitate to email our ticketing coordinator tickets@abbeymuseum.asn.au

Our office is staffed by volunteers, and the phone runs pretty hot once tickets go on sale, so please send us your email, with information on what you need help with, and how we can reach you to help you out. Our visitors are our priority and we do our absolute best to solve any issues as quickly as possible.

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Premium Tickets to enhance Abbey Medieval Banquet Experience

Big news for Abbey Medieval Festival Fans and those of you that absolutely love the Abbey Medieval Banquet.

Festival Coordinators are introducing Premium Tickets to the Medieval Banquet.

Abbey Medieval Banquet

These tickets take advantage of fantastic views and surroundings and also come with comfortable cushioned seating, yes, we can hear your squeals of delight!

Abbey Medieval Banquet Table Layout 2014

Premium ticket holders also receive a professional portrait photograph as a souvenir of the evening.

Abbey Medieval Banquet and Abbey Medieval Festival tickets go on sale on the 1st of February, 2014. Premium tickets will be sold online on a first come first served basis. Traditionally, Banquet tickets sell out remarkably quickly, if you are thinking you might like to come, we recommend you book your tickets in the first week of February for either of the two Medieval Banquets.

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Fan Suggestions for 2014 Abbey Medieval Festival

What an amazing weekend we just had at the 2013 Abbey Medieval Festival.

We had so many new items on the program, many new stallholders, new car parks, new re-enactment groups – but how did it all work out for you?

If you have a brilliant idea/suggestion you would like us to consider for next year – please post your comment here – and note, there will be an official survey emailed out and posted on Facebook tonight – so this post if purely for suggestions :)

THANK YOU

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Happy Birthday Sir Blair!

 

There is one voice synonymous with The Abbey Medieval Festival – our Herald, Sir Blair Martin. The man with a magnificent memory, voice and presence, Blair has brought style, panache, grandeur, elegance, flair and his unique presence to the Festival for the last 14 years, and it is in this, his 15th year, we want to celebrate the special part he plays as our Master of Ceremonies.

Sir Blair Martin at the        2013 Abbey Medieval Festival

Sir Blair Martin at the 2013 Abbey Medieval Festival

When Blair joined the Festival team he brought with him a love for knowledge and a personality bigger than Ben Hur. A veritable walking encyclopedia, Blair has the ability to come up with discuss any topic without faltering – perfect for bringing a voice to microphone-less re-enactors and performers.

His is a presence to be found in all aspects of the Abbey Medieval Festival.  From our Banquet to the Jousting to the Parade spectaculars of the Tournament, the quintessential skills and talents have entranced and gladdened the hearts of our patrons over these last years.

Sir Blair Martin at the Abbey Medieval Festival Banquet 2006 Photo T Knight

 

Sir Blair Martin can be found on his website. 

Mike Tullett - Grand Finale

 

 

 

 

We wish you a magnificent 15th Birthday Sir Blair – may there be many more!

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Children’s Costume Competition

This week we were unfortunately faced with the difficult decision of cancelling our Kids’ Medieval Fun Day. We know that there are many fans out there who, like us, were disappointed with this situation; we want to thank you all for your understanding and support.

Children’s Costume Competition

Costume competitionWe know there are many dedicated parents out there who worked hard creating costumes for little Knights and Princesses to attend the Kids’ Medieval Fun Day. So after a little shuffling around, we are happy to announce that we will have a Children’s Costume Competition this weekend at the Abbey Medieval Festival! Any young Lords and Ladies between the ages of 3 – 12 are welcome to participate in the competition which will be held on stage outside the Friar’s Folly at 12.45 – 1.15pm, We ask that those interested in participating please contact performance@abbeytournament.com.

Fun for the whole family

The Abbey Medieval Festival is a weekend full of workshops, demonstrations and fun for the whole family and we thought we’d share some ideas for the young Lords and Ladies visiting Abbeystowe:

Plan Your Day: Families with Little Kids (aged 0-5)

Plan Your Day: Families with Primary Age Kids (aged 6-11)

Plan Your Day: Families with Teenagers

And parents, don’t miss out on a great offer from Medieval Fightclub! Present your Medieval Fightclub sponsored jousting ticket when purchasing a Toy Sword & Shield Set and they will give you another set FREE! You can find their stall in the market place all weekend.

 

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Name that Owl!

Name this Barn Owl!

O’Reilly’s are having a competition to name their newest team member, this beautiful Barn Owl.

To submit your entry click on the image above to go to O’Reilly’s Facebook page.

http://www.oreillys.com.au/

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Plan Your Day: Medieval Masterchefs

This one is for all the foodies out there. Besides the range of food stalls serving delicious medieval-style treats, there are plenty of food-themed displays and talks throughout the weekend. Here are a few to whet your appetite…

Please note that the joust times have been included so you can add one in at whichever time suits you – you don’t have to go to all four each day!  There are many, many more displays, workshops and shows all around the festival site, please refer to the main programme for more information and schedules.

SATURDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* A great way to get into the medieval spirit!
11:00 Dark Age Cooking – Making Mulled Wine - New England Medieval Arts Society [NEMAS] (34)
11:15 How to use a horn for household items - Traders of the Lost Art (craft stall south of 22)
11:45 Medieval Campfire Cooking – Making Cheese - Black Wolf (27)
12:00 12th Century Festive Lunch - Companye of Northumbria (25)
12:00 Ottoman Cooking Demonstration - Janissary Barracks (12)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:00 Saucery: Medieval Compost – the Making of Medieval Chutney - Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits (3)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
2:00 Dark Age Cooking – Haggis Making - New England Medieval Arts Society [NEMAS] (34)
3:00 Medieval Herbalism and Medieval Hocum in the 12th Century - Black Wolf (27)
3:15   Joust* Last one of the day, more tomorrow!
3:30 Amber Angel – The History of Beer - Order of the Dracul (15)
3:30 Turkish Coffee Culture and Readings - Janissary Barracks (12)

SUNDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* A great way to get into the medieval spirit!
11:00 Dark Age Cooking – Smoked Fish - New England Medieval Arts Society [NEMAS] (34)
11:45 Medieval Campfire Cooking – Making Cheese - Black Wolf (27)
12:00 12th Century Festive Lunch - Companye of Northumbria (25)
12:00 Ottoman Cooking Demonstration - Janissary Barracks (12)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:00 Saucery: Medieval Compost – the Making of Medieval Chutney - Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits (3)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
3:00 Medieval Herbalism and Medieval Hocum in the 12th Century - Black Wolf (27)
3:15 How to use a horn for household items - Traders of the Lost Art (craft stall south of 22)
3:15   Joust* Last one for this year :(
3:30 Amber Angel – The History of Beer - Order of the Dracul (15)
3:30 Turkish Coffee Culture and Readings - Janissary Barracks (12)

Make your foodie friends jealous! Take pics of you and your scrumptious fare and post them to instagram with the hashtag #abbeyfestival2013

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Plan Your Day: Families with Teenagers

Whether they like to wander on their own or stick around the parentals, this itinerary should give your teenagers (and you) a few good ideas to keep well fed and entertained throughout the day. Please note that the joust times have been included so you can add one in at whichever time suits you and your family – you don’t have to go to all four each day!  There are many, many more displays, workshops and shows all around the festival site, please refer to the main programme for more information and schedules.

SATURDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* Great way to get into the medieval spirit!
10:45 & 12:30 Deeds of Arms - Knights Order of Lion Rampant (5)
10:45 The Life of the Medieval Slave - Black Wolf (27)
10:45 How to make Split Ring Chain Maille - Das Törichte Leben (18)
11:45 Coinstriking - Companie of Knights Bachelor (4)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:15 Making of a Viking Ship - The Norviks (36)
1:00 Gypsy Amulet Pouch Magic - Shuvani Romani Kumpania (22)
1:45 Hunting in Medieval Times - Knights of the Longdog (6)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
2:00 Beginners Short Fencing Course - Prima Spada School of Fence (14)
2:00 Beginners Short Fencing Course - Prima Spada School of Fence (14)
2:30 Weapons and Armour in the Viking Era - Saga Vikings (30)
3:15   Joust* Last one of the day, more tomorrow!
3:30 Turkish Coffee Culture and Readings - Janissary Barracks (12)
3:30 Siege Weapons - Cottereaux Company of the Dagger (24)

SUNDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* Great way to get into the medieval spirit!
10:45 & 12:30 Deeds of Arms - Knights Order of Lion Rampant (5)
10:45 The Life of the Medieval Slave - Black Wolf (27)
10:45 How to make Split Ring Chain Maille - Das Törichte Leben (18)
11:45 Coinstriking - Companie of Knights Bachelor (4)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:15 Making of a Viking Ship - The Norviks (36)
1:45 Dog Training in Medieval Times - Knights of the Longdog (6)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
2:00 Henna Artistry Workshop - Shuvani Romani Kumpania (22)
2:00 Beginners Short Fencing Course - Prima Spada School of Fence (14)
2:30 Weapons and Armour in the Viking Era - Saga Vikings (30)
3:00 Dogs of War - Knights of the Longdog (6)
3:15   Joust* Very last one for this year :(
3:30 Turkish Coffee Culture and Readings - Janissary Barracks (12)
3:30 Siege Weapons - Cottereaux Company of the Dagger (24)

Teens, we have an instagram feed! Share the medieval magic with your friends and use the hashtag #abbeyfestival2013

**If you wish to come dressed in costume WITH a weapon (even a fake one), you MUST apply for a weapons permit here.**

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Plan Your Day: Families with Primary Age Kids

If your children are between 6-11 years old, you might find this helpful when planning your days out at the festival. Please note that the joust times have been included so you can add one in at whichever time suits you and your family – you don’t have to go to all four each day!  There are many, many more displays, workshops and shows all around the festival site, please refer to the main programme for more information and schedules.

SATURDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* First of the day, easiest for kids who don’t have too much energy to expend at this time so you can all watch!
11:00 Children’s Battle Tactics – New Varangian Guard at the Village Green
11:30 Hands on: Trollen Demonstration - Traders of the Frojel (31)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:00 Henna Workshop - Kazuri Tribe (11)
1:15 Making of a Viking Ship - The Norviks (36)
1:30 Hands on: Quills and Rune Writing - Traders of the Frojel (31)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
2:15 Trollen Weaving for Beginners - Traders of the Lost Art (craft stall south of 22)
2:30 Hands on: Throw Weaving Demonstration - Traders of the Frojel (31)
2:30 Weapons and Armour in the Viking Era - Saga Vikings (30)
2:30 Narlbinding Workshop - Reafan (35)
3:15   Joust* Last of the day. More tomorrow!
3:30 Meet the Gypsy Cob Horse - Shuvani Romani Kumpania (22)
3:30 Siege Weapons - Cottereaux Company of the Dagger (24)
3:30 Rope Craft - Black Wolf (27)
ALL DAY – Treasure Hunt - Companie of Knights Bachelor (4)

SUNDAY

9:45   Grande Parade at Castle Arena
10:30   Joust* First of the day, easiest for kids who don’t have too much energy to expend at this time so you can all watch!
11:00 Children’s Battle Tactics – New Varangian Guard at the Village Green
11:15   Trollen Weaving for Beginners - Traders of the Lost Art (craft stall south of 22)
11:15 Renaissance Fingerlooping - Condottieri (17)
11:30 Lost Wax Casting Demonstration - Reafan (35)
11:30 Hands on: Trollen Demonstration - Traders of the Frojel (31)
11:45 Aesop’s Tales of How to Live: A Medieval Puppet Presentation - Order of Artisans and Kindred Spirits (3)
11:45 Coinstriking - Companie of Knights Bachelor (4)
12:00   Joust* We suggest getting some food to eat beforehand and enjoying your lunch while seated and watching our fabulous jousters!
1:15 Making of a Viking Ship - The Norviks (36)
1:30 Hands on: Quills and Rune Writing - Traders of the Frojel (31)
1:45   Dog Training in Medieval Times - Knights of the Longdog (6)
1:45   Joust* Great for an after lunch break
2:30 Hands on: Throw Weaving Demonstration - Traders of the Frojel (31)
2:30 Weapons and Armour in the Viking Era - Saga Vikings (30)
2:30 Narlbinding Workshop - Reafan (35)
3:15   Joust* Very last one for this year :(
3:30 Meet the Gypsy Cob Horse - Shuvani Romani Kumpania (22)
3:30 Siege Weapons - Cottereaux Company of the Dagger (24)
3:30 Rope Craft - Black Wolf (27)
ALL DAY – Treasure Hunt - Companie of Knights Bachelor (4)

Parents, don’t miss out on a great offer from Medieval Fightclub! Present your Medieval Fightclub sponsored jousting ticket when purchasing a Toy Sword & Shield Set and they will give you another set FREE! You can find their stall in the market place all weekend.

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