South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

Gotta love the South West Events and Festivals.

One of our faves is the Balingup Medieval Carnival which is held annually in August and even if you’re not into all things Medieval, it’s a fabulous event. In fact it’s a bit like being transported back to the Middle Ages, with music, costumes and re-enacted battle scenes from the period.

We enjoyed putting some collages together (thank you Dave) to give you a taste of the Carnival.

Hope you enjoy these scenes from around the event, yummy food, wonderful costumes and interesting displays.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

In Tippler’s Yard (above) we found friend John Small from nearby Smallwater Estate suitably dressed for the occasion so we had to stop for a little wine tasting too.

There was some awesome horseback archery demonstrated by Matt from Aspiring Cenotaurs near Manjumup if you’re interest in learning more check out their Facebook Page.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

Gary Davies of West Aussie Reptiles brought ‘friends’ along on display for the day. He’s amazing! We photographed Gary with one of his best ‘mates’ a frilled lizzard.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

What a lot of fun it was! So many smiling faces in the midday parade!

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

The Grand Parade was a little like something from Disneyland. Noise, fun, bright costumes, dancing and the beat of drums. I kind of wished we’d had young children with us to share it with.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

The Grey Company engaged in some really rugged battle scenes. They’re a group based in Perth which puts on displays of historical re-enactment focusing on the dark ages and Medieval times.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

But what do you get when you cross live Rio style percussion, a panoply of rainbow-hued-circus costumes and the collective joy of many impassioned community members? Wasamba!

Wasamba Drummers put on a rousing display as they marched with the Grand Parade.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

You got the sense that an incredible effort had been made from members of the community and attendees from far and wide. Costumes were incredible, and also available to hire and buy on the day if you wanted to get into the scene.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival The Eco Faeries sang and danced and delighted the younger members of the audience with vivacious displays and fabulous costumes.

They’re an education based company who use creativity and positive association to promote an eco-loving lifestyle, sprouting their wings and magical things at events, schools and parties.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival

The Festival King and Queen made a  regal pair as they strode down the main avenue in the Grand Parade.

South West Events, Balingup Medieval Carnival
A day to remember! And one for the calendar next year.

Hope to see you there!

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  1. Yes I love seeing posts about what’s on in WA, even though I’m on the other side of the country. I once attended a similar event many years ago in Ballarat, Victoria as they have this tourist attraction called Kryal Castle, a medieval themed park. From memory it was a lot of fun.

  2. Thanks for the heads-up Kathy, and I’m glad you enjoyed the post. The similar event in Ballarat looks like it could be a lot of fun 🙂

  3. This looks like a very fun day! I have never been to one of these types of festivals but have always wanted to go to one. I was just listening to the radio and there is a Renaissance Festival next weekend but we won’t be in town, but one of these days!

  4. The Renaissance Festival sounds really interesting Jessica! Bet there would be some great costumes 🙂

  5. Hello,
    I am always looking for some amazing events taking place in WA.Thanks for beautiful pics and now I am willing to attend this festival.

  6. I live in the southwest half the world round- we too have a Renaissance Fair coming up- they provide universal fun. Let’s hear it for the southwest, whatever continent it’s on!

  7. Wow, this is definitely my kind of festival, I love all those cool costumes. And all the local reptiles are pretty cool to!

  8. Thanks Noel 🙂 You would have loved the colour of it all I reckon 🙂

  9. Medieval fairs are such fun!
    The atmosphere totally takes you back and I think the dressing up injects a vibrancy and energy to onlookers as much as those who go to such incredible lengths to look the part so convincingly.

  10. It’s the dressing up that amazed me too Linda! People go to such extraordinary lengths to look the part. I loved it.

  11. Haven’t been to a Medieval fair since back in the 80s, but it was great back then, Guess we should try one again. Thanks for the reminder.

  12. That looks like such fun! Who’d ever imagine you’d find historical re-enactments focusing on the dark ages and Medieval times in the south west? It looks like a great time was had by all.

  13. Looks like people really embraced and dressed for the theme. I’ve never attended a Medieval Festival but it does look like fun.

  14. Looks like so much fun! We have a similar Renaissance Festival in the Hudson Valley in NY. Haven’t attended since my son was a kid but looks like fun for grownups too!

  15. The Balingup Medieval Carnival sounds like a lot of fun. It reminds me of an annual event we used to have for many years here in the San Francisco area–the Renaissance Faire.

  16. Folks in America are all commenting here about the Renaissance faires and carnivales, Carole … they do sound similar to ours in the South West. Thanks for popping by today 🙂

  17. Hi Irene, yes … when we get older we can re-discover the things we did with our kids on our own!

  18. Hi Leigh – dressing up for the Medieval Festival in Balingup is considered part of the fun. Next year ..!

  19. I know, Michele. And Balingup is such a quaint but tiny town but it swells to huge numbers during the Medieval Carnivale.

  20. Hello Gypsynesters … I’m glad this post reminded you what fun these type of fairs are – hope to read about yours one day 🙂

  21. Looks like a great event. I attended my first medieval festival this past winter and was delighted by how much there was to see and take in. Such fun.

  22. Your photos do a terrific job in showing what a fun day and experience you had! We went to Renaissance Festival years ago and greatly enjoyed the sword fighting as well as the beautiful costumes that showed both imagination and a real dedication to participating in the festivies. Thanks for sharing this event!

  23. Thanks Betsy! I’m getting really interested in the Renaissance Festivals you guys talk about.

  24. Thanks Anita! Yes, the costumes show such dedication – I’d like to go to one of your Renaissance Festivals one day too 🙂

  25. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it

    If any of these types of fairs come to our area, you can bet we’ll be there. People are looking for excuses to dress up all year long, not just for Halloween. I wish I could have been there to see all these colorful events like the Wasamba – it looks like Mardi Gras.

  26. This looks like a lot of fun and reminds me of the Renaissance Festival I once attended near Houston, Texas. In fact, the costumes seem to be indistinguishable between your Medieval times and the Renaissance period of the one I attended. Perhaps it’s all just from long, long ago? Anyways, this now has me thinking about going to the one near me again as I haven’t gone since I was a teen.

  27. HI Michele, Thank you! It seems like the Renaissance festivals sound very similar.

  28. And I love reading your posts even though I am on the other side of the Pacific! Great photos and I love the mosaics. I need to find a program to get a bit more creative with my art on the blog. . . again you’ve inspired!!

  29. Thank you Jackie. Glad to have inspired 🙂 Have you tried Pic Monkey and Canva?

  30. These costumes truly are amazing and this looks like so much fun! I did attend one a long time go and it was very enjoyable. Your photos are fantastic!

  31. Coincidentally, we just came back to our Vienna hotel from a visit to an enormous collection of medieval and Renaissance armor (armour). Were there any musicians at the faire? I studied the recorder for many years. Medieval music was a bear (but fun) to play—-no bar lines! (Of course, I mean musical “bar lines”—-not, lines at the bar).

  32. Ha Ha, Suzanne! Now that’s something I didn’t know and would never have guessed about you!

  33. Thanks Jo (and Dave) for an absolute feast for the senses. We’re very fond of Balingup, but have never ventured south for the Medieval Carnival. I think that we’ll just have to get the calendar out and mark it for 2015. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Thanks Wanda – yes I think that’s the only way to remember all the festivals in the South West – they just suddenly creep on you otherwise!

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