Me­dieval knights will take over Hawkes­bury Show­ground on July 6 and 7 when Win­ter­fest Syd­ney Me­dieval Fair sets in.

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community News -

All the ex­cite­ment of Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings will come to life dur­ing a week­end of his­tory and fantasy as knights, Vik­ings, peas­ants, uni­corns and orcs take over the ground.

Win­ter­fest, one of the long­est-run­ning an­nual me­dieval fairs in the Syd­ney metro re­gion, fea­tures a huge fam­ily-friendly pro­gram of ac­tiv­i­ties.

One of the high­lights will be when the best con­tact fight­ers from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, and China will com­pete in the His­tor­i­cal Me­dieval Bat­tles (HMB) tour­na­ment for se­lec­tion to rep­re­sent their coun­try in the Bat­tle of the Na­tions World Cham­pi­onships.


There will be roam­ing en­ter­tain­ers in­clud­ing mu­si­cians and min­strels, wan­der­ing jester plus face-paint­ing for the chil­dren.

Try hel­mets, ar­mour, shields and weapons at Re-en­ac­tor’s Row while friendly re-en­ac­tors from the dark ages through to the 17th cen­tury share their knowl­edge about the peo­ple and pe­riod they are re-en­act­ing. Hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a tra­di­tional archery range, Celtic drum­ming work­shops, and the chance to learn to use a rapier. As well as hav­ing a photo with a Win­ter­fest uni­corn, chil­dren can see myth­i­cal mer­maids in the Kids’ Cor­ner and prac­tice their skills with (safe) swords and get cre­ative with me­dieval themed draw­ing, colour­ing and crafts.

For the adults there is Ar­ti­san Al­ley and Mer­chant’s Row with ed­u­ca­tional and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays of tra­di­tional skills, and a vi­brant range of ar­ti­san and hand­crafted wares.


The ex­cit­ing Win­ter­fest Joust­ing Tour­na­ment: see the face-off be­tween cham­pi­ons in the sport of kings In­ter­na­tional Full Con­tact Fight­ing: The best from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, and China com­pete in the His­tor­i­cal Me­dieval Bat­tles (HMB) tour­na­ment for se­lec­tion to rep­re­sent their coun­try in the Bat­tle of the Na­tions World Cham­pi­onships! The Full Flight Birds of Prey dis­play will see grace­ful and pow­er­ful rap­tors fly. Watch the groups bat­tle for supremacy in the Com­bat and Arms dis­play, which con­cludes with the Grand Melee with knights in ar­mour from a range of his­tor­i­cal pe­ri­ods.

The Mounted Skill-at-Arms, will demon­strate the skills re­quired for knights in train­ing and for bat­tle. Watch and learn at the Rap­tor show as grace­ful and pow­er­ful rap­tors fly free.


Or­gan­is­ers are invit­ing vis­i­tors to get into the fes­ti­val spirit by dress­ing up for the oc­ca­sion. The Win­ter­fest Cos­tume and Cos­play com­pe­ti­tion is al­ways pop­u­lar.

While there is a pa­rade there will also be on-the-spot prize. Win­ter­fest ticks a lot of mag­i­cal boxes as a school hol­i­day ac­tiv­ity for the whole fam­ily.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Win­ter­fest, visit win­ter­

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