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Here be Vikings
The Medieval Melee to be held in Coraki on Saturday 6th August from 10.00am until late sounds like a very fine way to spend a day. Offering all things medieval from an authentic Viking Village through battles, games, arts and crafts, markets, BBQ, a bonfire and feasts, the Melee has something for everyone.
The Viking Village at the Riverside Park opens at 10.00am. Entry is $5 per person or $15 per family (2 adults & 2 kids). Wander and chat to the Vikings and observe how life was conducted in medieval times. Browse the markets to buy some unique crafts and souvenirs. Marvel at medieval arts and crafts including metal and leather work.
From 11.30am watch amazing medieval battles in the Melee arena. Take the opportunity, if you wish, to join in and compete in medieval games such as tug of war, throwing and sock off. Medieval BBQs will be on hand should you get hungry undertaking such sports.
6.00pm sees the start of the main event - the Medieval Melee with a bonfire, raging battles, comedians, acrobats and fire performers ensuring fine entertainment for all.
For the evening's spectacle, join in Karl's Picnic where you can view the Melee Arena picnic-style overlooking the riverfront. Bring along blankets and low chairs to make for a comfortable evening. BBQ purchases are available along with a Medieval bar to quench your thirst while watching the show.
Alternatively you can dine in Medieval-style glory at Jarl's feast which is a seated, three-course meal for $35 per person. Bookings are necessary for the feast and can be made here.
Dressing in your best medieval outfit in the style of Vikings, Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings is encouraged and prizes will be awarded for the best dressed.
Should you never have been to a Medieval festival, it's a memorable experience. It's family friendly, the battles are breathtaking, the markets and crafts are interesting and unusual, the costumes colourful, the games good fun and it all adds up to a really great day out. Plus you get to take in a little history along the way.
Coraki is located at the junction of the Richmond and Wilson Rivers in the Richmond Valley, Northern New South Wales. An old port town, Coraki has beautiful natural surroundings, historic buildings, a museum, golf course and fishing and watersports on the river. The nearby Glebe Bridge on Coraki Road on the way from Coraki to Lismore is of interest being one of only three bascule bridges in New South Wales. Somewhat appropriately bascule bridges are similar in operation to those used to span medieval castle moats.
Entry is $5 per person or $15 for a family (2 adults & 2 kids) Tickets for Jarl's Feast are $35 per person
For the most up to date information on the Medieval Melee visit the website and Facebook page.