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Abbey Mediaeval Festival, 2012, Rolling Coverage!

Scroll through and enjoy the coverage of the 2012, Abbey Medieval Festival:

Statement issued by the Abbey Medieval Festival - 10 July, 2012:

It's official: 2012 Abbey Medieval Festival a big success!

The 2012 Abbey Medieval Festival has been called a “huge success” after the release of the official attendance figures today.

The record-breaking attendance figure of 37,302 is an increase of over 10,000 visitors from last year.

“The Abbey Medieval Festival is an incredible success story and the whole region should be proud of what we have achieved,” said Marketing Manager Suesann Vos.

“We have proved once again it is one of Queensland’s best-loved festivals.

“There are many factors behind this success.

“The exciting television commercials by Oversea Films helped motivate people to come out to the Abbey Medieval Festival.

“We have a fabulous marketing team that has spread the word through the State-wide media, social media and our website.

“The Abbey Medieval Festival has established some really important partnerships with far-sighted supporters such as the North East Business ParkMorayfield Shopping Centre and PR Print.

“There was a strong growth in the popularity of Kids’ Medieval Fun Day on Tuesday 3 July.

“The Festival was boosted by fantastic publicity – we had Weekend Sunrise broadcasting from Abbeystowe on Saturday 7 July.

“Congratulations to Director Edith Cuffe and our dedicated band of 280 volunteers.

“We are now working on how to deliver an even better Abbey Medieval Festival in 2013,” Ms Vos said. 

Picture taken by Chris Higgins.


It starts tomorrow ... the Abbey Medieval Festival.  All indications are that this year the Festival will be bigger and better than ever.

Kids' Medieval Fun Day
 was hugely popular, and every activity was booked out.  Our first 2012 Medieval Banquet sold out in six days, and the second is just about to become fully booked.
So we know the Medieval Tournament will also be very popular this year.  Don't forget you need to buy tickets inside the Festival to see the joustingat the cost of only $2 a seat.  See our friendly volunteers if you have any questions.
There are many things to see and do at this year's 
Festival, so go online and have a look at what awaits you!


The Abbey Medieval Festival is the biggest and best medieval festival in Australia.  And our reputation for authenticity is being recognised by the fact that national TV programs will be filming at the Festival this weekend! 

Give a warm welcome to Weekend SunriseThe Living Roomand Totally Wild when you see them.  We'd like you to stick around and watch them filming, and form part of the enthusiastic crowd in the background!


To help you plan what to do at the Abbey Medieval Festival, have a look at the 2012 program up on the website.  Click here to download our program for Saturday and Sunday.

The map to the 2012 Abbey Museum Medieval Tournament is also on our website. 
Click here to see where it is all happening!


How do you get to the Abbey Medieval Festival

You can take the Pumicestone Road / Toorbul-Donnybrook Road exit off the Bruce Highway, 4.5 kilometres north of the Bribie Island Road exit 152.  Turn onto Old Toorbul Point Road, which is immediately east of the highway, and follow it 
6.7 kilometres to the Festival!  We recommend this route.

Or you can take Bribie Island exit 152 off the Bruce Highway. At approximately 4 kilometres along Bribie Island Road, turn left onto Old Toorbul Point Road and follow directions for parking. 

Caboolture is 45 minutes from the Brisbane CBD and 30-45 minutes from the Sunshine Coast.  

avoid the frustration and stress of traffic jams, we have a bus service to the Festival on Saturday and Sunday, 7 and 8 July.  Our bus service will be running each half hour from the Caboolture train station.  We recommend you park at Caboolture train station and catch our bus.

The first bus to the Festival will leave Caboolture train station at 9.10am on Saturday 7 July and Sunday 8 July, and the last bus back will leave the Festival at 7pm on the Saturday, and 5.25pm on the Sunday.  Click here to see the timetable.


GIve Way to the buses going to the ABbey Medieval FestivalWe want you to be able to enjoy your trip home from the Abbey Medieval Festival, so plan your departure carefully. 

Peak exiting times from the Festival are 3pm to 5pm.  Remember that Sunday 8 July is the last day of the school holidays for some schools.

The recommended and fastest way to the Bruce Highway is by turning north up Old Toorbul Pt Road (6.7kms) - please look out for the directional signs.  If you choose to exit via Bribie Island Road, you can expect delays of up to 45 minutes.  Those going to Bribie Island can exit left via Bribie Island Rd as traffic allows.
Remember, the last bus to Caboolture train station will leave the Festival at 7pm on the Saturday, and 5.25pm on the Sunday. 


It's easy to get into the Festival once you arrive. When you alight from the bus, or park your car at car parks A and B on Old Toorbul Point Road, we will have signs and helpful volunteers to direct you on your way.

For those with prepaid tickets entering the Festival, there is a special entry. Once you come in from the car parks, look for the sign that directs you to where your tickets will be exchanged for wristbands. From there you can enter rapidly into the Festival ground once Security has checked your bags.
Click here for your program and your map to where you enter the Festival.

If you have friends who are with you who have not prepaid, they will need to enter though the ticket purchase gates.
 Remember, no glass or alcohol allowed.


I paid for my tickets online. How will I be able to get in?
When you purchased your tickets online, you would have received your "electronic ticket".  Print out that ticket, which includes the bar code, bring it along, and present it at the prepaid tickets gate.

What toilet facilities are available?
Toilet facilities and baby change facilities are available on the Tournament grounds. There are also disabled toilet facilities. Follow directional signs for this.

Is there EFTPOS/Credit Card Facilities available?
Yes, there will be EFTPOS and Credit Card facilities!  There will also be ATMs at the Festival.

What parking is available?
Free parking is available. This is located on Old Toorbul Point Road, a few hundred metres from the intersection with Bribie Island Road. Please follow the signs and instructions of traffic controllers.

How is the site for Disabled Access?
The grounds are relatively flat and are wheelchair-friendly. There is a drop-off point for elderly or disabled people about 70 metres from the entrance.

Can I bring my pet?
Unfortunately, you are not allowed to bring your pet to the Abbey Medieval Festival. 

If you have any problems or concerns, please go to the Information stand at the gate. 

Please note the paragraph below, which is stated in the 2012 Medieval Festival Terms and Conditions:  ‘Visitors consent to being photographed, filmed and recorded as visitors to the Festival and consent to the use of any such film, image or recording at the discretion of The Committee.’  We encourage you to read the Terms and Conditions before the event.


We know we said it would be here ... but alas, it has not arrived in time.  We are still waiting on approval from Apple for the Abbey Medieval Festival iPhone app.

To get your updates on what is happening and where to go, follow us on Facebookand Twitter.  Simply click on the icons at the top of the page to sign up!


You can still get your tickets online to the best festival in Queensland!  Buying tickets online saves lining up on the day!

You can do it now!  Simply click here and order your tickets through our website.Facebook Like Button