Update June 2021 – The Abbey Medieval Festival has been cancelled for 2021 due to COVID-19. See a note from organisers below.
Given the Qld Premier’s announcement that South East Queensland, Townsville, Palm Island and Magnetic Island will go into lockdown until 6pm Friday 2nd July, the Board of the Abbey Medieval Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 event.
The announcement of the 3-day lockdown by the Queensland Government has impacted on our ability to adequately prepare for the festival. Those preparations include infrastructure on the site and the travel/setup plans of the reenactors and volunteers.
The festival is the major fundraiser for the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and the decision to cancel it has come at a significant financial cost. With the health and well being of the community at stake and the government restrictions in place it was the only prudent course of action we could take.
It is a devastating blow to the Museum to have to cancel the Abbey Medieval Festival for a second year. We were very hopeful that a successful festival this year would put us back on a positive footing.
We will begin processing refunds to ticketholders as soon as possible, please be patient as we work through this. Following last year’s cancellation many of our ticketholders generously donated their ticket purchase to the Museum instead of receiving a refund. We are grateful of any of this year’s ticketholders that choose to do the same. Any donations made to the Abbey Museum are tax deductible.
We understand that many of our visitors will be disappointed with another year without the Festival and we can assure everyone that our team, volunteers and reenactors have similar feelings.
We will be exploring the future of the festival and other events in the coming months and look forward to your support.
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Details about the cancelled event
The Abbey Medieval Festival is “Good to Go” from 2-4 July 2021! With it’s kaleidoscope of music, colour, pageantry, and time transforming ways, it calls to us now more than ever!
Tickets will be limited in numbers and only available online.
2nd July -Introducing a Medieval Family Fun Day! This mini Medieval Festival on the Friday before the ‘Tournament Weekend’ will feature many of the experiences on offer over the weekend, but with a special focus on making them fun and engaging for the younger members of the family.
3rd & 4th July – Relive the days of yore and experience the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of the Middle Ages! Step back in time and immerse yourself in the colour and pageantry of the Medieval World. There will be fighting displays, jousting, falconry, dancing, music, drama and presentations of medieval arts and crafts. Wander around the medieval encampments and talk with re-enactors as they go about their day, or stroll through the markets where you can purchase all manner of medieval wares or delicious foods. The festival is jam-packed with things to see and do.
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