Step back into history..

Hear ye … Hear ye

The Royal Herald brings forth news to all fair folk who dwell in lands near and far..

Her Royal Highness welcomes her most loyal subjects, young and old to attend the event of the year in the month of MAY!

Saturday 6th 10 to 5

Sunday 7th 10 to 4

Tickets available at the gates

ATM machines on site

Dogs are welcome on leads

Costume Competitions

Family fun and an area for kids to play

 

 The Royal Courtiers welcome all Lords, Ladies and their youngens of the realms, to join in the royal festivities.

 Her Majesty decrees that there will be much to amaze and delight all ye fairgoers.

The Royal Guard will demonstrate their battle skills, The Kings Horses Joust Team will thrill and delight fair folk as they speed towards each other with lances lowered, The skilled riders of the  SA Horseback Archery will amaze the crowd with their accuracy with bow and arrows on horseback, Vikings will loot and pillage, the Highland Strongmen will lift the great stones and old traditional Scottish tests of manhood and there will be fierce battles in the combat arena. The Knights of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Ironclad Academy of the Sword and the might of the Roman Legions will fight with honour. The Medieval Archers, 15th Century and Living History encampments will transport fair folk back through time to showcase historical periods throughout the ages. 

Punch and Judy, wandering and roving minstrels, medieval musicians, performers, belly dancers and the amazing Philippe the juggler will  entertaine fair folk.

Merchants and skilled Artisans will handcraft unique wares and the finest Purveyors of Tasty Foodstuffs will tempt those who hunger for tasty delights.

The Pale Raven Tavern will be busy serving mulled wine, ale and mead for those who wish to sit for a while and listen to old world tunes.

HUZZAH!

Hear Ye by royal decree! To all fair folk of lands near and far the Town Crier brings forth much awaited news that EARLY BIRD priced 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 array of most wonderous entertainment that her Royal Courtiers hath assembled for all to enjoy!   HUZZAH!

One lucky ticket holder will win a handcrafted bow, arrows and quiver set created by John Denton of Little John Bows.  All online event tickets will be included in the draw and the lucky winner will be drawn after 12 on Sunday 7th May in the Main Arena.

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 have found a new site withihn the hills community of Paracombe for the SA Medieval Fair to call home.

 Just 30 minutes from the Adelaide CBD and not more than a hop, skip and a jump to the rest of the hills! 

 

HER MAJESTY looks forward to seeing you all at this years

SA Medieval Fair 

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!

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