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Published June 30th 2018
Medieval dress up carnivals are such fun
The Balingup Medieval Carnivale will be on again with all the fun and flair that this event brings! This will be the 22nd time this has been held and it will be on 25th and 26th August, 2018, from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.
There is a huge line-up of entertainment this year and you need to take advantage of this weekend to spend a few days away from home if you live in Perth. Balingup Medieval Carnivale is held in the small town of Balingup and it is indeed the largest, and oldest medieval carnivale in Western Australia!
It is run by a not-for-profit organisation who fund this event mainly through gate takings and stall holder payments. Any surplus from this is used for the benefit of the people of Balingup and it's surrounding. Most of the work is done by volunteers, and at this event, there will be something for everyone.
There will be stalls which sell food, wine, homemade and handcrafted items and also a prize for the best-dressed stall! The entertainment at this carnivale will be medieval re-enactors, jesters, dancers, minstrels, jugglers, theatre people, acrobats, knights, medieval activities and theme characters.
One of the entertainers for this event will be the Jarrah Celts. This band is a collection of Western Australian Celtic musicians based in Roleystone, which is in the Jarrah Forrests of the Perth Hills.
Their music is Celtic Irish or Scottish - both modern and traditional. They sing tunes from the Dubliners, Wolftones, Flogging Molley, Pogues, Mumford & Sons, as well as a few of their own tunes.
Costume Hire Everyone is encouraged to get into the medieval theme by wearing medieval costumes. If you do not have a costume, they have their own costume hire, however you will need to book these early.
They have over 300 fantastic costumes available for hire at great rates. The hire fee, plus the deposit, covers the whole weekend with proceeds going towards the running of the carnivale and providing material for making new outfits.
Most visitors dress up for the two days of the event. It is a condition for stallholders and entertainers to dress up "medieval". There are both children as well as adults costumes available in a range from lords and ladies, to sorcerers, jesters, monks and of course, gallant knights.
Visitors to the area are able to reserve costumes and pick them up on arrival. A good selection of costumes is still available throughout the weekend so drop into the Costume Hire Room on site.
Costumes need to be returned by 3.00 pm on the Sunday of the carnivale, and for costume hire information, phone Jodie on 0499 915 336.
The program is huge and some of the things on during this weekend include:
Over 100 stalls
A variety of food
Local wine, cider and beer tastings
Grand parade daily at 1.00 pm
Entertainment and stage shows for children
Live music and dance
Fighting knights live re-enactment
Burning the dragon with fire performers, at 6.00 pm on Saturday
Friday Night Medieval Feast
This event has become part of the folklore of the carnivale. Here, there will be an outrageously glutinous feast the night before the carnivale begins.
This feast sells out very quickly, however, so you will need to book early. It will be held on Friday 24th August, 2018 at the Balingup Town Hall, from 6.00 pm until 12 midnight.
For more information or to make a booking, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.