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Hear ye … Hear ye … by Order of the Crown …  The Majesties royal subjects are welcome to request entry to South Australia’s original Medieval Fair, held this year at the Paracombe Recreation Grounds.

Step back in time and join the thousands attending this most auspicious occassion in 2022. The Royal Courtiers welcome all Lords, Ladies and youngens of the lands near and far, to revel in the royal festivities and to partake of the fun and much frivolity this prestigious event has to offer. The Crown lands are open to all Royal subjects who would attend the annual fair over the two days. Her Majesty decrees that there will be much to amaze and delight all ye fairgoers.

Knights of the Royal Guard will demonstrate their skills, The Kings Own Jousters will thrill and delight the fair folk as they speed towards each other in the joust, SA Horse Archery will amaze the crowd with their accuracy with bow and arrows on horseback, Vikings will loot and pillage, the Strongest man in Australia will lift the great stones in an old traditional Scottish test of manhood and there will be fierce battles in the combat arena by the SCA, Ironclad Academy of the Sword and the fearless SA Scorpions. The Medieval Archers and Living History encampments will transport fair folk back to times of old as they replicate life back throughout history. Punch and Judy, wandering minstrels, medieval musicians, performers, belly dancers and Philippe the juggler will provide entertainment for all to enjoy.

Merchants and Artisans will display their wares for purchase and Purveyors of Fine Foods and Drink will tempt those who hunger for delicious delights and tasty morsels for the gastronomic elite. The Pale Raven Tavern will be serving mulled wine and mead for those who wish to sit for a while and listen to the sounds of yesteryear.

HUZZAH!

Hear Ye by royal decree! To all fair folk of lands near and far the Town Crier brings forth much awaited news that tickets are NOW ON SALE.

All ye fairgoers young and old, may gain exclusive entry to the crown lands of her Royal Highness and delight in the wonderous entertainment that her Royal Courtiers hath assembled for your viewing pleasure.

One lucky ticket holder will win a handcrafted one of kind forged sword by the talented blacksmith Mathias Forge. All event tickets will be included in the draw and the lucky ticket will be drawn after 12 on Sunday – this special offer is to mark the inaugural first year of the event being held in Paracombe.

Tickets to enter for both or one day will be available at the entry gates, but ye cannot purchase using the coin of the realms as the plague continues to still ravage the lands so the Grand Wizard hath conjured up a magical box that thou must use to pay the price.
  • All attendees require a valid ticket to gain entry to the Fair. Please print your ticket/s (or show them on your smartphone) and present them on arrival for scanning.
  • Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable to other people.
  • Family tickets provide entry for 2 Adults and 2 Children (aged 5 to 12 years).
  • Children must be supervised at all times.
  • 1 Day entry tickets provide single day entry on either Saturday or Sunday. 2 Day entry tickets provide entry (for the same attendee) to BOTH days of the Fair.
  • No alcohol allowed to be brought into the fair!
  • Swords and other weapons carried by the public need to be peace bound at all times.
  • Permission must be sought when taking photographs of others.
  • This is a covid safe event. Current SA Health COVID protocols must be followed at all times, and patrons are required to follow the instructions and directions of the venue staff and COVID Marshalls.

In 1992, members of The Folk Federation of South Australia, were inspired to create and plan the concept for a new and unique event to be held in the picturesque Adelaide Hills area. After months of strategic planning, networking with other interested parties and researching other events of its kind across the globe, the organisation for the very first Medieval Fair in South Australia was successfully underway.

Local South Australian businesses featuring fresh produce and fine foodstuffs, joined with skilled and creative artisans, musicians and entertainers for the inaugural event and members of the public were told to “Follow the Jester” who would lead them to the event site at the Historic Birdwood Mill.

Fair goers young and old were transported back in time to the Medieval Ages and could watch armoured knights in battle, archery and blacksmithing displays and then wander through the merchant stalls with unique handmade wares and then be entertained by court jesters, performers, and musicians.

The event grew and became increasingly popular with the public who attended dressed in medieval costumes while re-inactment groups now demonstrated aspects of the Medieval way of life and at the same time encouraged tourism and showcased the best our state had to offer at the perfect and picturesque site. The Folk Federation’s Mr. Keith Preston acting in the capacity of event manager supported that the fair stayed at this location for several years until major works at the Motor Museum and associated buildings were undertaken. The fair was then relocated to Carrick Hill and remained at Carrick Hill for five years until the Folk Federation ceased to manage the event.

The Fair was not featured again for two years, and smaller scale versions were held at Spear Creek and Douglas Scrub. The event even travelled to Whyalla, but as all these locations were of a significant distance from Adelaide, the public attendance was significantly reduced and impacted on the event’s financial viability and indeed it’s future.

After numerous discussions, the major participants, merchants, and avid supporters of the fair knew that the ongoing future success of the event needed to be in an appropriate location not too far out of Adelaide. A small committee was formed featuring delegates from various medieval groups, fair participants and with residents Pam and Jim Hale from Gumeracha, already prominent for their contributions to promoting their town, a working party to recommence the Medieval Fair was formed.

In 2006, Federation Park became the most recent home for the fair and is where it has been held for the last 14 years traditionally on the first weekend in May. (The event was not held in 2020 due to the current Corona Virus pandemic and the restrictions for public events and gatherings.)

During its time at Federation Park, Gumeracha, the fair grew from a small event with an attendance over 2 days of 6,000 in its first year, to a major annual event that over the two days now sees an audience of up to 20,000 members of the public made up of both local South Australians and those who travel from all over Australia to attend.

Visiting overseas tourists from various countries have also attended the fair while sightseeing other local attractions in the Adelaide Hills, encouraging tourism and boosts in trade for local businesses and accommodation.

Our fine fair has had many a home, including the Birdwood Mill, Carrick Hill and Federation Park! We are so proud of our fair’s history and as we honour our past, we are excited for our future!

We are happy to be working with the hills community of Paracombe for the SA Medieval Fair in 2022!! A small but mighty community run town that has previously hosted key SA events such as the Tour Down Under!

We are thankful for their positive support and we look forward to collaborating with them. Just 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD and not more than a hop, skip and a jump to the rest of the hills! With plague safety precautions in place, we look forward to seeing you all at the SA Medieval Fair 2022, Paracombe Recreation Grounds, 383 Paracombe Road, Paracombe SA.

As this state’s formost medieval event, we are proud to be a part of the wider medieval community!

Participate in the SA Medieval Fair in 2022

Registrations of interest for participating in the SA Medieval Fair 2022 are now closed. Thankyou to all who sent in a registration.

Contact

Please feel free to contact SA Medieval Fair Inc using the contact form below. Thankyou.