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Medieval Festivals in Australia 2014

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Published April 11th 2014
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Medieval Festivals in Australia

It seems Australians have fallen in love with all things medieval. The sheer number of fairs, fayres, festivals, carnivales and gatherings happening across the country shows just how many of us are enchanted by the theme.

While the festivals vary in size there is usually a wide range of spectacular activities and events to enjoy. Medieval pageantry, jousting, battles, music, food, artistry and skills are customary and many of the festivals feature medieval villages and vendors of medieval style goods.

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Sound interesting? If you'd like to experience some living history, here's a taste of what's available for the rest of the year. This list is not exhaustive so if you know of another great festival, fair or similar we'd love to hear about it in the comments section.

Note that this is a general guide to the festivals that are on and event organisers may change dates, times, programs and venues. It's a good idea to check the relevant website and Facebook page for the most up to the minute information.

New South Wales

Rowany Festival
17 22 April
High Range

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The Society for Creative Anachronism is an international organization "dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe". In the Kingdom of Lochac (Australia, New Zealand and their Antarctic Territories) the Rowany Festival is an annual event hosted by the Barony of Rowany and there's a full program of medieval activities including combat, singing, dancing, markets, arts and sciences classes and much more. Note that you must wear medieval-style clothing. See their website for full details of this epic festival.

Ironfest 'Life on Mars'
25 27 April

Image: Ironfest Medieval Village Facebook Page
Ironfest features a huge range of activities and events. From the sci-fi and futuristic to jousting, a medieval village and a Napoleonic-era battle re-enactment with infantry, cannons and cavalry. There's also art, music, Cosplay and LARP (live action role play), circus acts, automotive displays, blacksmithing demonstrations and historical, educational and technological displays. See their Facebook and program pages to keep up to date with what's on.

Australian Celtic Festival
1 - 4 May
Glen Innes

Living history, music, dancing, a street parade, dog trials, storytelling, kids entertainment, market stalls, and a fun run are just some of the activities. There will of course be bagpipes. See the festival program for more details.

My Lords and Ladies Medieval Fayre
24 - 25 May
(Blacktown City Council)
Enjoy jousting, hand to hand combat, interactive entertainment, a medieval village, kids activities, pony and camel rides and plenty of music. See their full program for details. This Fayre is free to attend.

Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair
5 6 July
Venue: TBA

There's jousting, archery, sword and sport displays, birds of prey, Celtic dancing, kids activities, craft markets and plenty of food. See their website for full details.


Abbey Medieval Festival
Tournament days 12 13 July

One of the better known festivals, Abbey Medieval Festival offers two days of performances, displays, workshops, armoured combat, jousting championships, medieval music and bands, archery and Turkish oil wrestling being some of the highlights. There's also Banquets on 28 June and 5 July and a Kids' Medieval Fun Day on 8 July.

Gold Coast Renaissance Faire
3 - 4 May

The focus is on the Elizabethan age with theatrical performances, music and dance and arts and crafts. There's strolling performers, costumed processions, food and drink, traditional games,swordfights and tournaments. See here for more.

History Alive: A Journey Through Time
7 and 8 June

Two thousand years of history in two days ranging from Roman times through to Vietnam. Enjoy combat presentations, workshops and displays with re-enactment groups from all over Queensland. See their Facebook page for more information.

South Australia

Gumeracha Medieval Fair
3 - 4 May

Featuring Knights, Vikings, jousting, a new Fantasy Battlesport, falconry, music, dancers, storytelling, a medieval village, medieval crafts, medieval feast, kids activities and more.


Battle of Bannockburn 2014
22 June

Celebrating 700 years of Scottish independence, during the week of 16-22 June, Bannockburn in Victoria will be the hosting a week of community activities culminating in the main festival event on Sunday 22 June 2014. Features include a re-enactment of the Battle of Bannockburn, street parade, pipe bands, Highland dancing, Scottish bands, a medieval village, Scottish folk bands, roving entertainers, children's activities, market stalls and more.

Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle offers medieval attractions and experiences daily as well as monthly Medieval Dinners.

Western Australia and Tasmania

Western Australia

The Perth Medieval Fayre was held in March and you can read about it and tune in for next year's happenings on their Facebook page.

Balingup Medieval Carnivale
23 24 August

Beginning with a Medieval Feast on the Friday night, the Carnivale features Medieval combat, music and dance, daily grand parades, stalls including food and wine tastings and crafts, potters, blacksmiths and the traditional Burning of the Dragon.


Burnie-Wynyard Medieval Festival
25 26 October

Featuring two days of jousting, swordsmanship, belly and highland dancing, archery displays, best medieval dressed competitions, kids activities, music and food.

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Image: Burnie-Wynyard Medieval Festival Facebook page
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Why? A live encounter with history
When: Throughout the year
Where: Around Australia
Cost: Varies according to the event
Your Comment
Every year , My wife and I have gone to the Medi evil festival at Bribie Island and truely enjoyed ourselves

We would say it is the very best of every festival we have attended
by oldies (score: 2|197) 2666 days ago
Actually not... why should we go 800 yrs back in the past lol?
by jim.t (score: 0|2) 2586 days ago
Unbridled Festival is coming to the Bush Capital Canberra, 15 November 2014. A celebration of horses, music and food, with a must see International Jousting Competition and Mounted Archery !
by sm (score: 0|2) 2506 days ago
why should we go back?it is a part of our history.even though your forfathers are different,you should understand that what happened in the past had a direct impact in what we have today
by newma (score: 0|6) 2113 days ago
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