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Abbey Medieval Festival (Tournament Weekend) – *CANCELLED

Knights in shining armour, damsels holding their own, a medieval market place and 5 tournaments! Where else would you want to be?

This 2 day tournament allows visitors to experience life in the Middle Ages, specifically 600 to 1600AD in Europe and the Middle East. The Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology together with re-enactors, jousters, performers, food vendors and merchants deliver one of Australia’s premier living history events.

Take a stroll through the market place to find all you need to furnish your manor and keep warm. Taste the delights of the age from one of the many food stall. Sit on the edge of your seat while our combatants vie for the glory of being a tournament champion – Joust, Archery, Holmgang, Oil Wresting, Strength and Skill.

Tickets on sale now!

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Feasting at the Abbey Medieval Banquet

Abbey Medieval Banquet – *CANCELLED

Enjoy an evening of entertainment, mouth-watering delights and an enchanting atmosphere at the Abbey Medieval Banquet.

The evening begins with the traditional ritual of hand washing with scented rosewater. Our Lord Steward will guide you through the manners and customs of medieval banquet dining, while our friendly volunteer servers deliver dishes of medieval food to share.

Under the protection Staraya Ladoga, the guard of our banquet hall, spend the night feasting, drinking and being merry while our dancers, jesters and musicians take you on an unforgettable medieval experience.

View the menu for the 2020 Abbey Medieval Banquet

A wide variety of medieval beverages will be available to purchase at the Banquet Bar. For the more adventurous there are boutiques ales, ciders and mead, non-alcoholic drinks are also available. Please note the event is not BYO.

Tickets available here.

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Guests Feasting at Abbey Medieval Banquet

Abbey Medieval Banquet – *CANCELLED

Enjoy an immersive evening of entertainment, mouth-watering delights and an enchanting atmosphere at the Abbey Medieval Banquet.

The evening of authentic medieval food and entertainment begins with the traditional ritual of hand washing with scented rosewater. Our Lord Steward will guide you through the manners and customs of medieval banquet dining, while our friendly volunteer servers deliver heavenly dishes of medieval food to share.

Under the protection Staraya Ladoga, the guard of our banquet hall, spend the night feasting, drinking and being merry while our dancers, jesters and musicians take you on an adventure into history.

Banquet menu

Following the ceremony of the High Table, the first of 2 removes is served. A remove, or course, consists of several dishes both savoury and sweet. The dishes are placed on platters in the centre of the table and shared between guests. The final course of the evening is called an issue and consists of dried and fresh fruit, nuts and cheese.

View the menu for the 2020 Abbey Medieval Banquet

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Grant to Assist Build of new Joust Arena

Celebrating Festival Funding

There was great cause for celebrations recently at the Abbey Museum when we were advised of the successful applications for not just one but two important funding grants to assist in planning and hosting the Abbey Medieval Festival.

Funding From TEQ

The first, from Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) is to support marketing for the Abbey Medieval Festival throughout Queensland and interstate.  TEQ has been a long standing supporter of our Festival and of the region in general and this funding will enable us to:

employ specialised graphic personnel to design engaging graphics and Festival images; employ specialised video personnel to create video clips to promote the Festival online; have a much-needed refresh of the festival website with supporting SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and social media campaigns the funds might also stretch to assist us partially in a new billboard campaign

These funds are vital to help us retain our cutting edge in a busy and competitive tourism environment and to enable us to attract as wide an audience as possible.

Stronger Communities Program Funding

The second, from the …

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Abbey Museum Joust

Horsing Around – a great Joust

One of the favourite activities at the Medieval Festival is the jousting tournament. What is not to love about knights in armour, galloping steeds dressed in the colours of their riders, lances and cheering crowds? If you cannot get enough of this spectacle, or you are a volunteer and cannot get to see it at the festival itself, fear not! For the first time this year a Friday afternoon joust will take place at the festival jousting arena commencing at 1.30pm.

You will be able to see all ten jousters participating in this premier event of the festival – taking approximately one hour. We plan to show off eight Australian jousters and two internationals (including a French Knight). Limited seating is available and tickets must be pre-purchased online; no tickets will be available for purchase on that day or at the event.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the afternoon. Book online now!

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Even medieval stained glass windows need a make-over!

I recently explained to my husband, having spent a tidy sum on getting my hair done, that it costs more to stay beautiful as you get older.  And I promptly reminded him that as the famous TV ad slogan stated  ‘we’re worth it!’.   Like a lot of us folk in museums near Brisbane, the collection of  Medieval Stained Glass  at the Abbey Museum isn’t getting any younger either!

The Abbey Church

You might recall the Medieval Stained Glass post we presented recently.  It spoke about the Abbey church and the Gregorian Chanting highlight of our Abbey Medieval Festival.  The essential charisma of the extraordinary beauty of the stained glass in the Abbey Church can also be experienced during the knighting ceremony prior to the Medieval festival.  this magical ambiance with candlelight, chanting, costumes and spiritual peace  combine to facilitate a unique transformation into life in medieval times. This unique experience takes place every year before Christmas.

However, on a practical level, …

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