The Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair is an annual event during the school holidays on July. It takes place over a weekend, and it’s one of the region’s most exciting historical events.
It features an array of medieval-oriented activities and entertainment for all ages to be enjoyed throughout both days, some of which offer a glimpse into life in the past all while being filled with fun and entertainment. Historical re-enactment groups act out times from the Viking and Dark Ages, all the way to the 1600s. Guests are invited to try on armours, play medieval games, and hold weapons. Other entertainment highlights include medieval archery, live action fantasy role play, and archery combat among others. Head over to the Merchants’ Row, where you can browse curated vendors selling a fascinating array of items and try some exotic food. The Artisan Alley is where you’ll find traditional crafts and even learn new skills from artisans themselves.
The program of events also includes the kids’ corner, live action role play, medieval animal farm, an equestrian area, pageant theatre, mermaids, and more. Don’t miss out on the annual costume and cosplay competition, where individuals vie for the prize by dressing up in incredible medieval costumes, so be sure to come in your best outfit if you’d like a chance to win. The competition is free to join; contestants are also welcome to come in garb inspired by The Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. There will also be over a dozen food vendors, selling varied snacks and dishes including pizza, pancakes, sausages, burgers, and more.
The Winterfest Sydney Medieval Fair is located at the Hawkesbury Showground, which has free parking on site, and the Clarendon railway station is located just a two-minute walk away from the gates. Tickets may be purchased online or at the gates.