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Ironfest Lithgow 2017

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Calling all maidens, knights, jesters and steampunkers
The Lithgow Ironfest returns for a weekend of steampunk, cosplay and a celebration of all things medieval. See weapon demonstrations, ironwork, leather making, archery and fan favourite - jousting.

Most kids love dressing up for Ironfest and will be excited about prizes up for grabs in the cosplay competition. They will also enjoy the practice archery range where they can shoot at various foam targets to test their skills.

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Cosplay is popular at Ironfest Lithgow. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.


Ironfest is located in Lithgow show grounds approximately two hours west of Sydney. The grounds are split up into different 'clans' representing the various cultural celebrations of steampunk, pro-wrestling, armoury and machines, blacksmiths, Sci-fi, market stalls and an excellent selection of food.

The market stalls sell an eclectic array of goods such as books, clothes (think fairy, steampunk, medieval costumes) jewellery, helmets and armour, handmade crafts, military attire, leatherwork plus much more.

The attractions cater to a wide audience, so the whole family will find something to enjoy throughout the day.

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Some of the attractions at Ironfest Lithgow. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.


According to the Ironfest website this year's theme is Lost World - Think explorers, 19th Century aviation, fern-filled valleys, dinosaurs and cannibals!

There are live action military displays throughout the day, which include tanks being fired and a firefighting demonstration.

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Expect lots of merriment and fun at Ironfest, Lithgow. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.


The festival is a highlight on the cosplay calendar and the majority of visitors seemed to be dressed up which adds to the old world feel when wandering around medieval villages. However, anything goes when it comes to Ironfest cosplay, so don't feel restricted to only steampunk or medieval attire.

There is enough entertainment to fill up a day and opportunities to purchase custom-made crafts including leatherwork, ironwork and woodwork can be found near the market stalls. Check the schedule so you can plan your day.

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Jousting is popular at Ironfest Lithgow. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.


Most activities are outdoors but there are covered areas in case of rain including the stadium for the big events. Get to the stadium early to ensure you get a seat, especially for the jousting.

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Recreated medieval village at Ironfest, Lithgow. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.


The Lithgow Ironfest runs:
Friday 21 April - afternoon preview from 3pm-6pm
Saturday 22 April - open 9am-5pm
Sunday 23 April - open 9am-5pm
The festival program can be found online here.
There are single day & 2 day tickets available.

A great place to break up the drive from Sydney is the Lolly Shop at Little Hartley. You'll find a big selection of local and international lollies and chocolates, including old time favourites. It's on the left of the highway at the bottom of the hill after Mount Victoria.

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Archery demonstration at Ironfest, Lithgow. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.


Important Information
Tickets can be purchased online here. A booking fee applies, however, there is a fast lane entry for pre-purchased tickets.
Parking is available adjacent to the Showgrounds ($5) and on-street parking is available nearby.
Trains run to Lithgow and the Lithgow Showgrounds are about a 10-minute walk away.
Some stalls accept EFTPOS but it's best to ensure you have sufficient cash for the day.

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Tapestry craft work demonstrator at Ironfest Lithgow. Photo by Jade Jackson Photography.
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When: Friday 21 April (preview 3-6pm), Saturday 22 April (9am-5pm), Sunday 23 April (9am-5pm)
Phone: 1300 76 02 76 Lithgow Tourism Information
Website: ironfest.net
Where: Lithgow Showgrounds, Barton St Lithgow
Cost: Adults $33, Concession $28, Child (5-15years) $23, Family pass(2A 3C) $90. 2 day passes available.
Your Comment
Amazing! Sounds like good fun, I love steampunk
by Jay Johnson (score: 2|924) 225 days ago
It sounds like a fun festival to be at that's for sure.
by RC (score: 3|1218) 225 days ago
i have family who would love this festival. My Brother in law is a keen sword maker.
by Poppl (score: 0|4) 169 days ago
have been to Ironfest a few times. it is a great event--so different! anything goes.
by mary (score: 0|8) 168 days ago
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