We are happy to share the news that the St Ives Medieval Faire will be returning in 2019! The event will be held over two days on Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September.

Now in its sixth year, the St Ives Medieval Faire is a unique event celebrating medieval history presented by Ku-ring-gai Council at St Ives Showground.


The castle’s gates are open and the drawbridge has been lowered…whet your blade, polish your armour and prepare for glory!

Excitement and adventure await all loyal subjects at the fifth annual St Ives Medieval Faire, where the St Ives Showground will be hay-strewn and hand-forged into an accurate recreation of daily life in Medieval Europe. Over 350 re-enactors will travel from across our nation to offer you a time-travelling experience for (and of) the ages!

Escape from the city and enter a peaceful forested grove of towering trees. This, is your Kingdom. Ignite your senses with the sounds of splintering lances, clashing steel, screeching hawks, the clang of the blacksmith’s hammer, thundering drums and raucous cheers!

Let your heart race as you watch stately knights in full armour engage in action-packed jousts on horseback, fear the terrifying Vikings as they storm the field in large-scale armoured battles, duck and dive as giant falcons swoop down on their prey, admire the precision of deadly archers as they hit their targets, behold the power of a magnificent giant wooden catapult, and taste the gourmet food, ales and meads that once delighted the palates of European kings and queens.

2019 Faire highlights include:

International Solid Lance Jousting Tournament – the only one in the Southern Hemisphere!
Full Flight Birds of Prey demonstrations.
Glorious Battles! Vikings, Normans and Anglo-Saxons face the might of the Byzantines.
Crusaders clash for honour. Plate-armoured knights prove their skill at arms.
Custom-Made Special Edition Ales & Mead.
The Living History Village featuring five key areas travelling through the Vikings, Byzantines, Crusades, the Hundred Years War, the Wars of the Roses and into the 17th C.

And more:
Longbow archery displays.
Costume competitions and parades (with prizes).
Trebuchet Catapult & Cannons.
Crafts & Artisans Markets & All-Day Workshops.
Live Music & Entertainment.
Kids’ activities including play battles, dress-ups, Medieval dance lessons, craft and stories.

Round up your fairest folk and set forth for the Holy Grail of Medieval experience.

This unforgettable event is ideal for families and offers something for everyone! The Faire brings together re-enactors, jousters and others from the community who have a fascination with all things medieval. The Faire has the distinction of hosting Australia’s only solid lance joust.