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Hear Ye, Hear Ye! All Lords, Ladies, and Knights of the Seven Kingdoms!
I would have never imagined seeing an actual, fully armored knight ride a horse unless it was in the movies but during the Blacktown City Medieval Fayre held last 21st-22nd of May at Nurragingy Reserve in Blacktown City in the Western Suburbs of Sydney showed me that it wasn’t far fetched. I have only been in Australia for more than two years now and the opportunities to attend events I have only dreamed of back in the Philippines have grown exponentially. I am not a very outgoing person so attending an event once every quarter is big achievement.
The Venue – Blacktown City Medieval Fayre
Nurragingy Reserve is found in Knox Road, Doonside, New South Wales. It is an amazing place for outdoor retreats where you can have a great time to relax and be at peace with nature. You can have picnics, BBQ with wood supplied, bring children to the playgrounds, visit attractions, or just have a stroll in the park. The reserve is also home to the Chang Lai Yuan Chinese Gardens where across it is beautiful waterfall. It is a place for hosting events such as weddings, birthday parties, and of course the annual Blacktown City Medieval Fayre.
You can use Bing Maps here to find directions.
First Time Experience
The Blacktown City Medieval Fayre has been going on for years now, exactly how long I am not sure but one person told me it started about 4-5 years ago. They Fayre is not all about costumes and the feel of the dark age back in the days but also a real sport in the form of Jousting. Jousting according to Google is where a knight engages in a sporting contest in which two opponents on horseback fight with lances.
The International Jousting Competition that was held in 3 sessions during the 2-day Blacktown City Medieval Fayre held last May 21-22, 2016 did not use lances because you know the reason, they’re just “dangerous”. The competitors used wooden poles, one with white and the other with black colored wooden poles. From memory, I think the rules stated that the winner is the one with the most damage/break-off from his/her own pole. The more broken your pole or should I say wooden lance is, the more you are the winner. The scoring is based on a 5-point system on a best of 3 match. Scores are tallied and winners are declared then move on to the next round/opponent.
It was plenty of fun and excitement as me and my wife watched jousting for the first time with all competitors in full blown plate armors and stunningly beautiful horses. I sometimes wouldn’t believe that I am finally watching an event that I could only dream of back in the days.
The International Jousting Competition was definitely the highlight of the Blacktown City Medieval Fayre but there are plenty of things that you could do while waiting for matches to occur. Different Medieval Fayre Groups were involved in making this Medieval Fayre a reality.The amount of effort and passion they put into this event is unbelievable and they really believe in their craft.
The events they hosted include the Vanguard, Historical Medieval Battles, displays of hand to hand combat using various weaponry and armour. There were also Amusement Rides/Activities for children and the child at heart.
Having attended this event once is priceless. I would definitely try it again next year and maybe explore the Fayre more because I know I missed out on a lot of things this year.
You can see my photos here in Flickr or the ones below.