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Medieval Fest at Old Parliament House

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by Sue W (subscribe)
Lover of exploring, family, food and fun!
Family fun day out, with a medieval twist
When I saw the advertising for the Medieval Festival this long weekend at Old Parliament House, I was intrigued to say the least. Family fun, medieval crafts and games, juggling lessons, dress ups, medieval food - what an unusual and fun way to celebrate the Queen's Birthday on public holiday Monday!

Medieval Fesival, Old Pariament House
Logo courtsey of Old Parliament House website.

The Festival is to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. I ran a little survey amongst my family and friends to see if they knew what the Magna Carta is - some of them knew about it in full detail, while others looked at me blankly and asked "The Magna what?".

In short, The Magna Carta is a document that was written back in 1215 (hence the 800 year anniversary this year) which basically wrote the rules of government limiting power of the monarchy and safeguarding human rights - that our government still abides by today.

The BBC summarised the main points, as:

1/ No one is above the law, even the King (referring to King John at the time).

2/ Right to a fair trial

3/ People who are taxed should have some kind of representation.

Magna Carta, Medival Fest, Old Parliament House
The Magna Carta, photo and information courtesy of Simple English Wikipedia.

After the festival, and still feeling the medieval vibe, go inside Old Parliament House and explore at the Magna Carta exhibition, which opens June 5th.

So if you are up for something different this Queen's Birthday public holiday, grab the kids and even a medieval costume and enjoy the celebration!
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Why? Family fun with a medieval twist!
When: 10am - 3pm
Phone: 02 6270 8222
Where: Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Canberra 2600
Cost: Free entry
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