30,000 PEOPLE are expected to pile into the Abbey Museum next week as Australia's largest medieval festival sets up for another round.
Event Manager Ms Colleen Ogilvy said festival goers can expect some new activities and icons this year including the biggest trebuchet in the southern hemisphere and a new cannon.
"There's also extra jousting tournaments, an extra banquet, different re-enactment groups with a focus on crusading type activities and just lots of little things like workshops that have been added this year,” she said.
Extra traffic managers will also be present to help control congestion as well as a free shuttle bus provided every half hour from Caboolture Station to the festival grounds from 7:15am to 5:30pm.
Ms Ogilvy said the highlight of the weekend is the joy that the children get from seeing the event.
"They just have this look of awe on their face, they see so many things that they never have gotten the chance to see before,” she said.
Begin your day watching more than 500 knights, warriors, ladies and their retainers in the opening ceremony before heading off to one of the hundreds of options available.
There is something for everyone, from historical combats to medieval dance, Turkish oil wrestling, street performers and more than 60 stalls in Australia's most authentic medieval market.
Gates open at 8:45pm on both Saturday July 8 and Sunday July 9.
Tickets on sale now at abbeymedievalfestival.com