Page 57 - Chermside Guide July Issue
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photo N Lundie
FStory Jenn Carrington
or the last 32 years, The Abbey Museum of Arts and Archeology has been educating and enthralling visitors with
its annual Medieval Festival. After being cancelled in 2020, the festival is back in July 2021 to wow the public with a three-day jam- packed event, starting with a family fun day and then a weekend of medieval tournaments.
Abbey Museum marketing manager Michael Guarino said the intention of the festival was to provide as immersive of a medieval experience as possible.
“From the moment people walk in the gates, they will step back in time and experience what life was really like back in the middle ages,” he said.
“All the hustle and bustle of the marketplace, all the unique types of vendors from food, craft, candle makers to weaving stalls, and things like custom hats, belt buckles and viking horns will all be on display.”
Michael said the biggest attractions were the re- enactments throughout the weekend.
“The lifeblood of the whole festival is the 800 re-enactors, the passionate people who assume these characters from 600-1600AD medieval Europe; and they’re basically educating the public on how things really were,“ Michael said.
The event is tailored to young and old, and for the children there will be plenty of fun and games. During the family fun day, kids can learn how to play quoits, skittles, battledore and Nine Men’s Morris. They can also have a go at balancing on stilts, making mini catapults, shield painting and decorating crowns and masks.
For a unique and intimate experience, visitors can watch the re-enactment of a 14th century knighting ceremony in the candlelit Abbey Church. This was known to take place on the eve of a tournament, joust or battle. The Abbey Medieval Festival recognises this tradition by holding the ceremony on the Friday evening. Then on the weekend, four competitions will take place. Cheer on the bravery as Archery, jousting, Turkish oil wrestling and skill of arms will be contested.
Thanks to the popularity of shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings, Michael said there had been a recent mainstream resurgence in interest in all things medieval, and they had more than 30,000 attendees in 2019. And thanks to the re-enactors and more than 200 volunteers who make this whole show operate,“ he said. “You will literally be transported back into this fascinating time.”
The festival welcomes all, from young squires, fair maidens, crusaders, princesses, jesters and even knights in shining armour. To experience life from the Middle Ages in all its glory, jump online to purchase your tickets (due to COVID regulations tickets are not available at the door).
Medieval Festival Family Fun Day:
Friday, 2 July, 10.00am - 3.00pm Tournament Weekend:
Saturday, 3 and Sunday, 4 July, from 9.00am Abbeystowe
1-63 The Abbey Place, Caboolture

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