Medieval mayhem at the Sunshine Castle in Bli Bli
A weekend of history, spectacle and fun for the whole family.
Enter the gates of the Sunshine Castle on the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of September and you'll find King Bernadus and his distinguished court of Lords and Ladies heralding you in for a very festive gathering indeed.
Encounter fair maidens and brave swordsmen, barter with merchants and be prepared to be executioned with some other unruly peasants. Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a variety of medieval market stalls offering an array of unique treasures crafted by local artisans.
Experience a full day of fun with non-stop entertainment ranging from sword fighting displays, comedic interludes, jugglers, archery, face painting, food stalls, dance, street theatre, music, living history encampments, a royal parade and much much more.....
The Fayre provides something for people of all tastes and all ages.. get dressed up yourself and win a unique artefact from the Kings very own treasure chest.
The Sunshine Castle, itself becomes a magical backdrop for this 5th Sunshine Coast Medieval Fayre and opens the doors to its displays free of charge to all folk who have paid their gold coins to enter the Fayre. Doors open at 9:30 am.
Cost Adults $10 Children $5 Family $30
10:00 am Herald (Trumpet) Kings Proclamation (assembly all groups)
10:15 am Parade to field of Honour
10:30 am Combat Display, Sack races, Swiss Mercenaries
11:00 am flogging - Kings pleasure
11:30 am Dance Display
12:00 pm Combat display
12:30 pm Highland Dancers /Messmarino/Clown
1:00 pm Courtyard Concert
1:30 pm Sack Races
2:00 pm Spear throwing & Costume Judging
2:30 pm Combat Display
3:00 pm Dance Display /Messmarino/Clown
3:30 pm Combat Display
4:00 pm Hanging disembowelling
Background Profiles on the Groups and Performers
Le Caladonian Society from Maryborough (Highland Swordsmen)
The Highland swordsmen, bring to life the romance and splendour related to the scottish highland. Dressed in kilts and embraced by the sound of the pipes. Highlighting weapons from periods of scottish wars of independence (William Wallace) through to the 45th rebellion this group immerse themselves in the scottish visions. Find them also on the field of honour.
Will attend the Fayre as roving minstrels with fantasy and elf like qualities you will see them throughout the Castle, where they will captivate audiences with their unusual costumes and specialised musical style.
Knights, merchants and traders are a sunshine coast based reenactment society who portray folk of the 11th & 12th century. Their emphasis is on the era following the Norman Conquest and they seek to recreate combat and customs paticular to those times.
KMATIO will demonstrate fighting, games, crafts and music. Look for them on the field of Honour for a combat display.
This group seeks to bring to life the disciplines and costumes of 15th century brigade soldiers.
The Swiss mercenaries were some of the most elite forces of the late fifteenth century and they helped to disintegrate the order of chivalry as well as the feudal standard. They were preceded by the English longbowmen, and succeeded by the Landknechts, who adopted Swiss tactics to produce a force that dominated Europe for years. Since 1859, only one mercenary unit has been permitted under the Swiss constitution, certainly the most famous of all: the Vatican's Swiss Guard, which has been protecting the Pope for the last five centuries.
Nobles' Quest is a three generational 15th century re-enactment group based in Hervey Bay, Queensland. Specialising in traditional 15th century arts and crafts, the members of Nobles' Quest create as faithfully as possible, authentic handmade clothing and accessories and demonstrate and display a selection of crafts of the era, spinning and weaving, needlework, leatherwork, embroidery, millinery, cooking etc
Cliff Turpin Archery
Cliff Turpin is a reenactor of the highest callibre. The passion he brings to his sport of archery and the detail with which he persues history have seen Cliff at the cutting edge of medieval reenactors for more than 12 years. Cliff is more than willing to share his knowledge and display his skill - renowned as one of the foremost traditional long bow makers in Australia. See Cliffs display at the back of the Castle and have a go yourself.
Black Grail Promotions
The mad cap duo of Justin Mc Donald and Ross Price bring a fringe element to the Sunshine Castle Fayre. Besides being involved in the organisation and running of the event - their hard to control characters will abound during the 2 days of Fayre. They will entertain the crowds with a variety of characters - hard to beat for a good laugh and sound family entertainment.
• be dazzled by knights in shining armour
• wooed by Robin and horrified by Mad Marion
• humbled by the executioners
• and you will want to take Quasi the hunchback home
The Great Messmorino
renowned as a spectacular uni-cyclist, juggler and whip crasher 'Mess' does a fabulous little show with stunt jumps and his own brand of juggling drama. A must see and debut performance at the Sunshine Castle.
Sparkles the Clown (Tanya)
This dynamic and multi talented young performer provides a colouful and exuberant performance. Sure to enthrall the little and big kids amoungst us with her fire breathing, her clown and fairy characters and hoola hoop displays - for which she holds a world record.
See her performance at the Castle Fayre and bring your children along for the treat.