...the sound of trumpets, great heraldic banners, massed pavilions, the clash of steel and crashing cannon, the quiet voices of sacred chant.
This is Australia' s largest and most authentic medieval event and thousands of re-enactors and enthusiasts from Australia and overseas gather near Caboolture to celebrate this exciting festival.
In the Main Lists, the Common, the Village Green or Great Hall and crowded Medieval Market there is pageantry and colour and music for everyone.
Enter into the spirit of the Middle Ages and come in costume to celebrate the 15th Abbey Tournament.
Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th, 2004
Special 15th Anniversary colour souvenir program on sale.
For Full programme information please go directly to the Abbey Medieval Tournament Site: www.abbeytournament.com
What you will see..
The Grand Parade: A spectacular massed opening
ceremony and dedication of the Tournament to courtly love and fair
The Jousting Championships: The breathtaking and highly charged Joust, when knights on their trusted war horses tilt for the honour of Champion of the Lists.
The Banquet: Add to the medieval experience by booking tickets to the fabulous banquet on the Saturday night for a sumptuous feast and entertainment.
Medieval Theatre: Medieval theatre and games, including jugglers, puppetry, dancing, and costume parades for your entertainment.
Historical Combats: Combat from the Dark Ages to the Renaissance (450 - 1600 AD). Different fighting styles and archery, tourneys, melees and individual combats including- Viking, Dark Age, High Middle Ages and Byzantine warriors, German landsknechts (mercenaries), Turkish janissaries and exquisite Renaissance swordsmen.
Medieval Music & Bands: Haunting melodies from harpists, trumpeters, flute and lute players, including Gregorian chanting and some of Australia's leading medieval bands.
Australia's most authentic Medieval Markets: Nearly a
hundred stallholders covering a huge range of products, arts and crafts.
Whatever you're looking for, it'll be here!
Visit the Abbey Church: Be awed by its ancient stained glass- some from Winchester Cathedral and enjoy the medieval sound of Gregorian chant.
Storming of the Castle: The grand finale of the Tournament closes each day with many re-enactment groups merging in the dramatic highlight of the day's combats.
Food! Lots of Food Stalls: Experience the
delicious flavours of medieval cookery. Delicious hot food and
drinks. Try an authentic ale or cider at the Lion's Den Tavern or Runne
Best Dressed Competitions: Enter yourself (why not enter a friend as well?) in the Best Dressed Competitions. Great prizes for the general public each day for Best Lord, Best Lady, Best Squire, Best Maid and Best Child Under Seven.
How to get to the Abbey Tournament...
Take Bribie Island exit off the Bruce Highway. At 3.7 km along Bribie Road, turn left into Old Toorbul Point Road and follow the directions for Tournament parking. Parking is free.
BY TRAIN AND BUS:
Trains depart Central Station, Brisbane to Caboolture, every 30 minutes.
Special free Tournament buses meet the trains.
Last bus departs 5.00 pm each day and at 10.15 pm after the Banquet.
For all enquiries about the Tournament, talk to us at the Museum.
Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology
1 - 63 The Abbey Place,
(off Old Toorbul Point Road)
Caboolture, Queensland. 4510
Phone: 07 5495 1652
Fax: 07 5499 0081
MUSEUM DIRECTOR: Michael Strong
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR: Edith Cuffe
RE-ENACTORS CO-ORDINATOR: Jason Armfield 07 3843 6660 (a/h)
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