The tenth annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair will be held on the 7th & 8th May in the Federation Park from 10am-5pm on Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday 2016. Again, there will be another two days of medieval fun and excitement. This year our resident Oracle has forecasted fair weather and the event promises to be even bigger than the 11,000-strong crowd that came last year!
This year will see another new exciting event at the Fair:
A Grand Parade – yes a real one! We’ll let you know more soon….and there will be….
no, I can’t tell you yet, you’ll have to wait and see!
The solid wooden Trebuchet (Medieval Slingshot) will also be back to thrill the crowds as well as the King’s Horses Equestrian Group showing off their “Jousting skill at arms”. In the combat arena the Knights and Vikings from local Medieval Re-enactment Groups will again clash swords in Tournaments (looking to impress the beautiful medieval maidens) and defeat their opponents.
The Viking encampments are always particularly interesting, demonstrating their craftwork and techniques of campfire cooking for the patrons. The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks contrast with the graceful girls of the Gawler Irish Dancing Club, the Saffron Tribal Bellydancers and the Scott’s Highland Dancers….
And the of course the tumbling Non-stop Tricks and the Lancashire Witches!
Once again musicians from across the state will provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. We are also very excited that Siobhan Owen the harpist has joined us again this year fresh from touring in Europe. The very popular “Merchants Lane” will also be offering a wide range of medieval-style crafts and activities. We have so many now they are spread over all the fairgrounds. The dedicated children’s area will again have Storytellers, Face painters, a children’s Costume-maker, wooden Sword-making Workshops, as well as the Native Animal Nursery and the popular Punch and Judy show to ensure there is a lot for the whole family to enjoy. The daily Costume Competition on the banks of Kenton Creek will cause a flurry of excitement for everyone!
More Food purveyors will again be following the medieval theme with sumptuous tastes to tempt the passer-by. Foods and beverages derived in the local Torrens Valley area, Wendy and David Cook of the Birdwood Wine & Cheese Centre will be there near the new Entertainer’s stage in the Tavern together with the famous “Mien Hosts” from the Lobethal Bierhaus serving their award winning beers and mead. On Saturday night the Town Hall will be alive with medieval feasting and BYO drinks (perhaps from the selection found in the Tavern) and lots of entertainment as well.
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village visitors will find village blacksmiths and chain maille makers hard at work in the “smithy”. The village encapsulates what life was like in medieval times, as the Spinners, the Herbalist, Felt-makers, Calligraphers, Costumiers, the Cooper and several woodworkers ply their trade. Past the village, patrons will find the Medieval Archery ground where they can experience demonstrations with the famous English longbow. We’ll also have a Medieval Market nearby too! The Trebuchet firing grounds are located past the Market.
All this historical fun is being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the last Fair net profits of $20,000 were dispersed back into the local community by the Management Committee. This has become an exciting annual event which benefits the whole of the Gumeracha and Torrens Valley district.
Welcome to Country will be brought to us by Isabelle Campbell, Peramangk Custodian.
Buy your tickets online today by clicking HERE.
To arrange on-site camping: In charge of allocating camping spots this year will be Alex Tucker, it’s 5$ per night with access to the football club bathroom amenities.
See you there at the upcoming Fair on the 7th and 8th of May 2016!
Open times are 10 am – 5pm Sat and 10am – 4pm Sun