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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | December 5, 2021

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The Abbey Medieval Tournament, Caboolture

Kristie Yates


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Hear Ye, Hear Ye, come one come all…

Are you suffering from withdrawals since the season final of Game of Thrones? Can’t wait until The Hobbit sequel hits theatres? Or perhaps you are a history buff looking to experience a slice of yesteryear?

Why not get your fix of everything medieval and Middle-earth at the 2013 Abbey Tournament this weekend at Caboolture.

The annual festival is held by the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and offers something for everyone featuring battle re-enactments, jousting, archery, Turkish oil-wrestling, gypsy dance, arts, crafts and authentic medieval cuisine.

Not to mention, the parade of traditional musicians, colourful dancers and street performers sourced throughout Australia and overseas to perform at this event.

The most popular aspect of the Tournament is said to be the historical fighting displays.  Armoured combats feature different fighting styles, tourneys, melees and individual combats, including Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish Janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.


If the combat and re-enactment exhibits aren’t enough, there are over sixty stalls covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts making the Abbey Festival, Australia’s most authentic medieval marketplace.

The time has come to swap your iPhone and Nike high tops for a sword, shield and plenty of chainmail as this prestigious festival is all about reconnecting with the old world and celebrating our lively ancestors.

Visitors of all ages are encouraged to preserve the spirit of the festival by dressing in medieval costume. Over night, such individuals are united and transformed into crusaders, lords, ladies, knights, and even mythical creatures to live out their fantasies of yesteryear.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Stark or a Lannister, everyone is welcomed to join the festivities.

The Details:

Where: The Abbey Museuim, 1 – 63 The Abbey Place (off Old Toorbul Point Road), Caboolture, QLD
When: Sat 6 – Sun 7 July, 9.30am – 5pm
Tickets: Day Pass costs $27 for adults, $16 for concessions, $11 for children and $68 for families.
Weekend Passes cost $35 for adults, $25 for concessions, $16 for children and $78 for families.
Ph: (07) 54951652