Schedule: Saturday and Sunday
Opening and welcome
Be on the lookout for the mounted Skill-at-Arms on the Joust Field, where our riders and horses demonstrate their skills with lance and sword.
11.30am, 1.15pm, 4.15pm
The ring of steel, the clash of swords: join the crowds at the ‘Field of Arms’ and watch the groups display their best in the ‘Combat and Arms’ displays! And after the joust, look for our ‘Grand Melee’!
Soaring above, or weaving through the crowd on wing, the Full Flight Birds of Prey will astound with a variety of the raptors that you can meet and greet!
Cosplay and Costume parade: open for all to enter, prizes awarded. Just listen for the announcement, and turn up at the bottom end of the Tourney list. Sponsored by Phantom Zone, Parramatta, and Of Science & Swords.
Here it is! The throw-down challenge of the 10th Anniversary Winterfest Joust! See the face-off between champions in the sport of kings!
Throughout the day
In addition to the scheduled events, you will find roving entertainers, craft and other demonstrations, and activity areas for adults and children.
Have a wander through the Merchants’ Row and browse the Arts & Crafts available, try some of the range of food on offer, or relax with a hot beverage or cold drink. Wandering entertainers roam the area and you may see Medieval Minstrels or Magical Mayhem as you stroll.
Take a stroll through the Medieval Village, where you can talk to the people and try helmets, armour, shields and weapons. You will find that re-enactors are friendly and welcoming people who love to share their enthusiasm for and knowledge about the people and period they are re-enacting.
One of the things that people love about Winterfest is how interactive it is.
For children and for adults, Winterfest offers many opportunities for interaction, whether in conversation with performers, craftspeople and reenactors, or in having a go yourself.
Many people enjoy trying out armour, helmets, and weapons brought by the reenacting groups.
Organised activities include archery, Celtic drumming workshops, and learning to use a rapier. Children (and adults) love to try on helmets and armour and to hold shields, axes and swords. Children have the opportunity to practice their skill with a (safe) sword, to get creative in colouring medieval themed drawings, to sand and decorate swords and shields and other medieval crafts.
Costumes are a feature, and Winterfest is a perfect place to wear something a bit different from the usual. Most people wear some kind of medieval or medieval-inspired outfits, but we welcome all periods, cultures, and styles, including fantasy and interpretative clothing choices. In 2016, Winterfest will once again feature costume competitions. Cosplay is one category, with other costumes in a different category.
Spontaneous activities can often be seen, when children play with their newly bought toy swords, or follow a performer (who is perhaps on stilts).