We are looking forward to July and presenting the largest Medieval Festival in Australia, our program is nearly complete, our iphone app is under development and we are ready to let the whole of Australia know what a fantastic event we have here in Caboolture.
The dates for the Tournament, the highlight event of the festival are Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of July 2014. Tickets go on sale on the 1st of February 2014, take advantage of early bird prices until the 30th of April. Gates open at 9am both days.
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. Amid ancient stained glass and candlelight, a 14th Century knighting will be performed. This is a photographic feast not to be missed.
On Saturday, the gates open at 9am to Abbeystowe, new home of the Abbey Medieval Festival.
Each day begins with the Grand Parade, the opening ceremony of the 24th Abbey Medieval Tournament. Witness more than 500 knights, warriors, ladies and their retainers present themselves to the crowd as the magnificent Master of Ceremonies, Blair Martin summons the knights to take part in chivalrous combat for honour and courage.
Throughout the weekend, the Tournament program offers a wide range of entertainment. There is something on the program for everyone, from Historical Combats to Medieval dance, Turkish Oil Wrestling to music and fabulous street performers and much more!
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. Try an authentic venison pie at the “Stag Inn”, or ale or cider at the The Friar’s Folly Tavern.
The most popular aspect of the Tournament weekend are the historical fighting displays. 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
Another very popular aspect of the Tournament weekend, 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. There will be four jousting events each day to enable as many people as possible to see it. Four gold coins will purchase you a place in the grandstands with other noble guests. You can purchase tickets for the jousting online to ensure you don’t waste time in queues on the day of the event. Once the allotted number of places are filled that joust will be closed to the public
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.
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. On the Castle Arena we offer the public a chance to put their dancing shoes on and get in the lime light during “So You Think You Can (Medieval) Dance” where you’ll learn some popular medieval dances.
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.
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.
For those who are not so practiced at the art of firing an arrow, or just want to give archery a go, The Traditional Archery Companye provides a space for members of the public who wish to pick up a bow and arrow, and try their hand at hitting the target.
There is fascinating medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry and costume parades for your entertainment all day long.
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.