The fun of the Faire is designed for people of all ages, but we have some special activities with our younger fans in mind. From live animals and juggling workshops to a knight school and archery tag, there’s something for kids of all ages.
Unless otherwise stated, all of these activities are included with your ticket in to the Faire.
Our animal farm will be open for visitors between 10am and 12.30pm, and 1.30pm and 4.00pm each day. Our youngest animal lovers can get up close to a full roster of familiar farm favourites such as:
- guinea pigs
Pick up a bow and quiver of arrows to try your hand at the ancient skill of archery. Not all warriors fought up close -archers shot their foes from a safe distance. The Medieval Faire is a great chance for young kids to try out this fun sport that will help fine tune their motor skills. Nova Hollandia has great teachers with many years of experience in teaching kids this almost lost art.
We’re looking forward to welcoming Archer Combat Sports to the Faire this year. Described by some as “archery meets dodgeball”, Archery Tag is a fast-paced and action-packed game for kids aged 12 and older. Using an inflatable archery range, this activity is a different kind of introduction to archery in a safe and controlled environment that is appropriate for all abilities.
Visit our YMCA Jesters Academy to learn from a professional juggler. He will be happy to help complete beginners pick up a new skill to add to their repertoire. He will also be doing roaming performances throughout both days.
Take up your sword and shield and learn how to be a valiant knight. No Band Aids required with these foam swords and form and latex shields. Kids will burn off tonnes of excess energy learning how to parry, thrust, and stab from Nova Hollandia‘s dedicated teachers. After the high energy thrills of our sword fighting lessons, you’re sure to have a quiet (k)night.
Ku-ring-gai Library will be setting up a medieval library where kids can relax and read about medieval history, make fierce bubble dragons, get crafty by making their own crown or bookmark, or enjoy a game of draughts, tic tac toe, or quoits.
Dennis from Murphy’s Puppets will once again be joining us at St Ives with two delightful shows:
- a classic in Harlequin’s Puppet Theatre, performed in the style of Commedia dell’Arte
Italy’s favourite clown, Harlequin, launches himself into hilarious adventures and misadventures in a series of fast-paced, action-packed comedies. Whether he is seeking his true love or a bowl of spaghetti, Harlequin can be counted on to entertain all ages – just as he’s been doing for 500 years.
- ‘Some Remarks Upon the Remarkable Art of Falconry’
“My Falconry Lecture will be 20 minutes in length and of nearly the same width. But it ain’t got much depth to it.” ~ Artemus Allenby
Along with florid commentary, Allenby demonstrates the peculiarities of both falcons and falconers.
Dennis is acclaimed across Australia and Europe, and his shows at the Medieval Faire are always a highlight for young and old. We are so excited to welcome him back.
Horses were just about the most advanced transport technology available in medieval times, so brush up on your skills with our gentle ponies.
Stocatta School of Defence
In the medieval age, learning how to defend yourself was far more important than learning how to read or write. Knowing how to wield a sword, block an attack and protect yourself was an absolute necessity. Now, the skills perfected by those people long ago have been updated and modernised by the practitioners in the Stocatta School of Defence. Come and watch skilled demonstrations of a huge range of weapons, including the sword and buckler, long sword, short sword, spada, rapier, backsword, two handed sword, quarterstaff and sabres from across Europe.
YMCA NSW Jesters Academy
If you spend your days at school dreaming about someday being the king’s royal jester, then here’s the perfect opportunity to pick up some important skills to help you on your way. The friendly team from YMCA NSW will be teaching aspiring jesters aged from 5 to 12 things like tumbling, balance, and juggling. There will also be aerobic circuits, a colouring in station, and a competition you can enter.