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Medieval Festivals in Australia 2015

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Published February 7th 2015
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It's the new year and time for another listing of those fairs, fayres, carnivals and other festivities that celebrate the medieval (or similar themes).

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If you haven't previously attended such a festival, they are a treat. To give you an idea of what is on offer, the festivals vary in terms of their size and focus however there are usually a wide range of spectacular activities and events to enjoy. Historical re-enactors, Medieval pageantry, jousting, battles, music, dancing, feasting, artistry and crafts are customary and many of the festivals feature medieval villages and vendors of medieval style goods.

**Note that as this article is being written early in the year, the latest information might not yet be available and you might need to be patient in some cases for websites and Facebook pages to be updated from last year's events. It's also possible that dates, venues and programs may change along the way, so it's a good idea to the check out the latest information on the organisation's website and Facebook page before setting out to attend a festival.

Here's a taste of what's on offer organised by state and then by date:

- NEW SOUTH WALES -

1. Rowany Festival
April 2 - April 7, High Range
Expect some spectacular combat tournaments, arts, crafts and science classes, market stalls, singing, dancing, feasts and balls.

2. Ironfest "Gypsy Dreadnought"
April 18 & 19, Lithgow
While full details are yet to be announced, there will be plenty of historical re-enactment (including the Battle of Lithgow with infrantry, cannons and cavalry), live music, art, stalls, street performers, circus shows, cosplay and much more. To keep up with the latest news as it becomes available see their Facebook page.

3. Australian Celtic Festival
April 30 - May 3, Glen Innes
This year's festival "Celebrating Wales" offers a smorgasboard of music, food, stalls, exhibitions, ceremonies and events. See their Facebook page for the latest news.

4. My Lords and Ladies Medieval Fayre
May 23 & 24, Doonside
See the Blacktown City Council site for more information as it becomes available.

5. Winterfest Sydney Medieval Faire
June 27 & 28, Paramatta
For more information see their Facebook page.

6. St Ives Medieval Faire
September 19 & 20, St Ives
See their website and Facebook page for information as it becomes available.


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Image: CCO Public Domain / Pixabay


- QUEENSLAND -

Abbey Medieval Festival
July 11 & 12 - Tournament Days
June 27 and July 4 - Medieval Banquets
Caboolture

Jousting, feasting, performances, displays, workshops,music and much, much more. Tickets on sale from 1 February. For more information see their website and Facebook page.

Gold Coast Renaissance Faire
May 2 & 3
Broadbeach

Entertainment includes short plays, music, tournaments, market stalls, strolling performances, processions and special kids' activitiies. For full details see their website and Facebook page.




History Alive: A Journey Through Time
June 6 & 7
Fort Lytton National Park

"Queensland's most unique living history event." Two thousand years of history from Ancient Rome through to Vietnam. See their website and Facebook page for further information.


- SOUTH AUSTRALIA -

Gumeracha Medieval Fair
May 2 & 3
Details TBA, see their website and Facebook page for updates.


- TASMANIA -

Tasmania Medieval Festival (formerly Burnie/Wynyard Medieval Festival)
September 26 & 27
See their Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.


- VICTORIA -

In Victoria there is the Geelong Highland Gathering in March, National Celtic Festival in Portarlington in June, Kryal Castle Timeline Festival in September and the Warburton Nordic Festival on a date TBA in Spring.

- WESTERN AUSTRALIA -

Perth Medieval Fayre
May 16, Supreme Court Gardens, Perth
A huge range of day and nighttime entertainment including fire twirlers, singers, jugglers, circus performers, dancers, stalls and food. See their Facebook page for the latest news.

Balingup Medieval Carnivale
August 22 & 23, Balingup
Entertainment, food, stalls, dragon burning and more. See their website and Facebook page for full details as they become available.


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Where: Around Australia
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