Published On: Wed, May 30th, 2018

Blacktown NSW Medieval Fayre – for the nerd in all of us

In May of 2018 I took the family along to the Medieval Fair in Blacktown NSW. This had been a much anticipated event for all of us, and never having been before we were not sure what to expect. The only think I was sure of was that parking was going to be a nightmare, but that was only the first of the many surprises.

We arrived around 11.30 being able to park fairly close to the fair. The council had done an excellent job, with ample parking attendants to guide you to a spot.

We began with lunch having an array of food stalls to choose from, but when with the kids I don’t know about you, but I kinda fall into the “just get chips” trap which is always well received.

We saw jousting, cannon firing, knight to knight combat, archery, blacksmithing, best dressed competition and wood turning. The kids were also able to have a sword fighting lesson with a professional and then battle dad in a small arena.

I loved browsing through the markets. Jewellery, soaps, fudge, clothing, armour and weapons, figurines, leather bound journals and beautiful freshly turned wooden wands for $5! Hurray, wands that don’t snap when you give them a good flick. Fortune telling, medieval themed throws, and everything you would want for your next LARP experience. What? You say you don’t know what LAPR is. Well don’t worry, because anyone dressed up at the fayre that looks like they have stepped out of the times will happily talk to you about it.

LARP stands for Live Action Role Play. Now this is not just putting your gear on that for most of those folks has cost a pretty penny. You take on a role, give yourself a name and battle, and when I mean battle, I mean battle! While the guys and gals that we watched used specially made weapons for safety, we did see other groups using more life like ones, much to the crowds delight with lots of oooohing an ahhhhing. Don’t’ worry, there are rules that these guys follow so as not to really kill each other.

On the Saturday the whole family went, but on Sunday it was only Will and I to return. There is simply not enough to sustain the interest for those like my daughter who don’t mind a medieval dabble, but want just that. For Will and myself, even though we had seen everything the first day, the atmosphere is fantastic. Now who doesn’t want to bump into a roguish elf or fair maiden? We sat for quite some time on the grassed area simply viewing the interesting characters that would walk by. So many people were dressed up including ourselves. Me the peasant lady and Will the archer.

We are looking forward to Winterfest on the 7th and 8th of July 2018 at the Hawkesbury Showground. That event however unlike Blacktown Medieval Fayre is not free, and for a one day family pass 2 adults 2 kids, will cost you around $40. To find out more visit http://winterfest.com.au. We can’t wait.

By Danielle Mantakoul
www.mummyweekly.com.au

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