Now we are nine! The ninth annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair will be held on the 2nd & 3rd May in the Federation Park from 10am-5pm on Saturday & 10am-4pm Sunday. There will be another two days of medieval fun and excitement. Last year the weather was a bit damp and only 9,000 people had a wonderful time. This year our resident Oracle has deemed fair weather and this year will be even bigger!
This year will see another new exciting event at the Fair:
A Viking Wedding – 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 and the Moat Perrier (Medieval Slingshots) will also be back to thrill the crowds as well as the King’s Horses Equestrian Group showing off their “skill at arms”.
In the combat arena the Knights and Vikings from local Medieval Re-enactment Groups will clash swords looking to impress the beautiful medieval maidens. The Viking encampments are always particularly interesting, showing the visitors their craftwork and techniques of campfire cooking. The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks contrast with the graceful girls of the Gawler Irish Dancing Club.
Once again musicians and entertainers from across the state will provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. The very popular “Merchants Lane” will also be offering a wide range of medieval-style crafts and activities. 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 will cause a flurry of excitement for everyone!
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village visitors will find village blacksmiths 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!
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.
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 $16,000 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.
See you there for the next Fair on the 2nd, 3rd May 2015
Open times are 10 am -5pm Sat and 10am -4pm Sun
Our new online ticket service is available now and until April 18, special early bird rates are available for those booking online, check it out here!