Medieval treasure en route

Medieval treasure en route

The award-winning Fantasy Medieval Fair will return to the Mount Gambier Showgrounds next month.

The April 13 and 14 immersive fair promises fantastical fun for the whole family, with new additions building on the established program everyone has come to know and love.

Along with the Warhounds combat arena and authentic medieval re-enactment groups, the crowd favourite horse jousting displays will again be a highlight on both days and a new Tartan Strong Man competition will be thrown into the mix.

Interactive activities include the Long bow archery range and come and try Dungeons and Dragons gaming tables.

This year a new addition of Live Action Role Playing (or LARPING as it’s known) is on offer, as well as a range of workshops for all ages where you can create wands and magic potions.

The Maypole Highland dancers will be adding their splashes of colour and the musical notes of harps and choirs will all add to the atmosphere of the weekend.

If you like history there will be Vikings and knights in armour, while for the fantasy fans there will be hobbits, fairies and dragons.

Food trucks will keep you sustained and the Sons of Odin Tavern is there to quench your thirst with meads, wines and ales.

Kids will enjoy the traditional Punch and Judy puppet show and animals to pat.

They might even see a unicorn or two.

Merchants and artisans from our local community and across Australia bring their unique wares for sale in the medieval marketplace, where you can purchase items to create your costume and take part in the costume competition.

Event team member Talie Teakle said it was almost time to dust off the fur cloaks and polish up the Viking horns for the Fantasy Medieval Fair.

“The team behind the event are local volunteers who have previously been behind such events as the NYE Festival, Fringe Mount Gambier, Colour Day, Fork and Cork and this season’s Thugi Summer Markets,” she said.

“It’s always been a dream to establish a different kind of event that is a little bit outside the square and we’re proud to have this fair recognised as part of a thriving Australian medieval fair circuit.

“From history lovers to fantasy role-players and everyone with an imagination, the Fantasy Medieval Fair has something for you to enjoy.

“And if the fair is not enough, then join us for the adults only Medieval Feast on Saturday night. Presented by SE Marquees Weddings & Events the fair includes a three-course hearty meal and medieval and cultural entertainment, with themed drinks available.”

Gates open 10am to 4pm and while costumes are not mandatory, they are encouraged with costume competitions taking place throughout each day.

For more information check the website or follow social media channels @fantasymedievalfair.

Day tickets are available, but in order to see the full experience you might want to consider a weekend pass.

Tickets are available online now.

Visit for information – and while tickets will also be available at the gate, it is more affordable to pre-purchase them online.

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