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Caboolture’s knights in shining armour return in 2022

Chain mail-wearing medieval knights and maidens in home-spun gowns are travelling forward to 2022 Caboolture for the southern hemisphere’s biggest celebration of medieval Europe.

The Abbey Medieval Festival is among 48 events sharing a combined $1.7 million in 2022 from the Palaszczuk Government’s Queensland Destination Events Program (QDEP).

Member for Pumicestone Ali King welcomed the triumphant return of the Abbey Medieval Festival to the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar from 9 to 10 July.

“Events like the Abbey Medieval Festival are crucial to our Moreton Bay Region’s visitor economy,” Ms King said.

“That’s why the Palaszczuk Government is investing $105,000 over three years to secure the future of this iconic medieval event.

“Covid-19 has been as brutal on the festival as a Middle Ages joust.

“Across the nation, squires and maidens are marking their parchments for 9-10 July and planning their pilgrimage to Caboolture for Australia’s largest celebration of medieval culture.

“After a long two years, I can’t wait to don my medieval gown and join visitors, locals, re-enactors and businesses at beautiful Abbeystowe.”

Medieval re-enactor Rosalie Gilbert has been involved in medieval re-enactments for two decades.

“The Abbey Medieval Festival brings together a wide variety of people passionate about history, performance, celebrating cultures and times different to our own,” she said.

“Come for the jousting, falconry and trebuchets and stay for the food and medieval shopping.”

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said QDEP was supporting events like the Abbey Medieval Festival to attract new visitors.

“When visitors arrive from out of town for an event, they’ll spend with accommodation and transport providers, restaurants and cafes, and other tourism experiences, which benefits entire destinations,” Mr Hinchliffe said.    

“In 2019, more than 30,000 visited Caboolture for the Medieval Festival, delivering almost $1 million for local businesses,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

“We’re supporting a terrific line up of 48 destination events in 2022 from the Southeast to the Outback and tropical North and Far North Queensland.”

“Whether it’s fishing, opera, food and wine, staying fit, or the middle-ages, there really is something for all Queenslanders to enjoy on this year’s It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar,” Mr Hinchliffe said.    

“The Palaszczuk Government’s Destination Events Program helps community events support jobs for Queensland’s visitor economies.”  

Moreton Bay Mayor Peter Flannery has also announced a two-year Council Community Operational Support Grant to assist the Abbey Museum with festival running costs.

“This will enable Abbey to deliver the 2022 and 2023 festival events, and help it get back on its feet,” Mayor Flannery said.

“Like many other tourism operators, the last two years have been tough for the Abbey Museum.”           

For more information on QDEP visit: teq.queensland.com

QDEP supported events in 2022 include:

Moreton Bay Food + Wine Festival20/08/202221/08/2022
Jetty 2 Jetty Fun Run17/07/202217/07/2022
Brisbane Marathon Festival4/06/20225/6/2022
Scenic Rim Clydesdale Spectacular11/06/202212/06/2022
Abbey Medieval Festival25/06/202210/07/2022
Quandamooka Festival26/08/202228/08/2022
The Gathering21/05/202222/05/2022
Brisbane Trail Ultra08/07/202210/07/2022
Scenic Rim Adventure Festival01/05/202202/05/2022
The Guzzler Ultra presented by The Trail Co.23/07/202224/07/2022
Scenic Rim Eat Local Week/Winter Harvest Festival25/06/202203/07/2022
Country on Keppel15/07/202217/07/2022
Capricon Steampunk and Pop Culture Convention27/08/202227/08/2022
Yeppoon Running Festival30/07/202231/07/2022
Swim Around Keppel 202223/07/202224/07/2022
Boyne Tannum HookUp01/05/202201/05/2022
1770 Festival in 202220/05/202222/05/2022
Cooly Rocks On 202208/06/202212/06/2022
Motorcycle Beach Races10/07/202210/07/2022
Mackay Festival of Arts 202201/07/202231/07/2022
St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend24/06/202226/06/2022
Boulia Camel Races15/07/202217/07/2022
Festival of Outback Opera18/05/202227/05/2022
Historic Leyburn Sprints20/08/202221/08/2022
Jumpers and Jazz in July21/07/202231/07/2022
2022 Hampton Festival13/05/202215/05/2022
Blackbutt Avocado Festival10/09/202210/09/2022
Horizon Festival26/08/202204/09/2022
The Old Woman Ocean Ski Race03/09/202203/09/2022
NOOSA alive!14/07/202224/07/2022
Blackall 10014/10/202216/10/2022
Noosa Enduro30/07/202231/07/2022
Queensland Garden Expo08/07/202210/07/2022
Noosa Classic 202214/08/202214/08/2022
Sunshine Coast Marathon Festival12/08/202214/08/2022
Adventurethon Townsville28/05/202229/05/2022
SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week01/09/202207/09/2022
North Australian Festival of Arts (NAFA)10/06/202210/07/2022
Sweet Days Hot Nights Festival25/05/202327/05/2023
North Queensland Elite Rodeo19/08/202222/08/2022
McDonalds Townsville Running Festival07/08/202207/08/2022
Northern Peninsula Area Festival20/06/202226/06/2022
Port Douglas Carnivale13/05/202222/05/2022
Cairns Indigenous Art Fair06/07/202211/07/2022
The Tour of the Tropics29/07/202231/07/2022
Great Barrier Reef Festival04/08/202207/08/2022
Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing11/08/202218/08/2022