I am always looking out for new experiences, wherever I may find myself.
I can't believe I've lived in Northern Sydney my whole life and have only just learned about the St Ives Medieval Faire. Two days of medieval fun, it includes world-class jousters, battle recreations, medieval food and lots of other forms of entertainment, all right here on the North Shore at St Ives Showground. Dressing up is even encouraged.
I've had to pay extra to see jousting at another medieval faire so this one sounds like a pretty good deal
The event will take place on Saturday September 20 and Sunday September 21, which is the first weekend of the school holidays. Kids will have a great time, so you should bring them along; there's a whole Kid's Faire within the main event that includes archery, ponies, an inflatable jumping castle and more.
The rest of the faire will offer jousting, a grand parade, Trebuchet Firing, archery, birds of prey shows, a battle of knights on horseback and roaming performers. All the activities run on both days and even stick to the same schedule. A historical village will offer examples of how people lived in the different eras, like the Dark Ages and High Middle Ages, with performers to educate and entertain you.
See how people lived during the Medieval period
Ticket prices vary depending on when you book and whether you want to attend for just one day or for both. If you purchase now, they cost $25.00 for adults, $16.00 for children and $65.00 for a family. Two-day tickets cost $35.00 for adults, $24.00 for a child and $80.00 for a family.
Added to the price of these tickets is the $10.00 per day parking cost if you want to book yourself a place in the car park, which is expected to fill up quickly. A way to avoid this extra expense is to utilise the free shuttle buses that will operate throughout the local council area and from both Gordon and Pymble train stations.
Don't forget to dress up - not only is it fun, but it will help the bus drivers spot you when they're picking people up
Yes, this was the inaugural event for the Medieval Faire at St Ive's Showground. It was well attended on Saturday when I was there. And it seemed to be even busier when I drove by on Sunday. So hopefully it's success will mean it is a regular feature on Sydney's public entertainment calendar.