Preparations for the Abbey Medieval Festival are in full swing, ready for the 21st incarnation of the event in 2010.
About 15,000 people are expected to flock to Australia’s largest medieval event to sample the music, chivalry and fierce combat of times past on July 10 and 11.
More than 500 knights will gather for the opening ceremony when gates open at 9am.
Billboards on local buses advertising the festival feature Justin Webb, also known as Sir Justyn Webbe a 14th century knight from England.
The Peninsula resident has been involved with medieval performance and education for almost 12 years. And it is not just a solo pursuit the entire Webb family is involved.
This year, they have brought full-flight birds of prey into their folds and will host displays of falconry, including eagles, falcons, hawks and owls.
Channel 10’s Toasted TV is scheduled to show Sir Justyn demonstrating some of the skills needed to become a knight on July 6.
Also on July 6, the Abbey Kids Medieval Fun Day is planned for families seeking school holiday entertainment.
Jousting Championships return to the main event, from July10-11.
The 2010 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival starts on July 10. Visit Abbey Tournament