Get swept up in a whirlwind adventure when you hit these throwback events in the Moreton Bay Region. Travelling as far back as medieval times, you can picnic with Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, be fooled by a court jester or simply relive the 80s in Brisbane.

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The 80s

Throwback to the time of bright fashion, major events and stunning growth for the sunshine state at The 80s Expo at Pine Rivers Heritage Museum. Remember major events like the Commonwealth Games and Expo 88 that highlighted the atmosphere of a city on the rise. This expo will explore the dynamic relationship between Brisbane and the Moreton Bay Region, exploring individual and community memories of this fluro decade.

When: Friday 24th May 10:00 am – Sunday 18th August 4:00 pm

Where: Pine Rivers Heritage Museum, Dayboro Road, Whiteside

Medieval Banquet

Prepare yourself for an evening of friendly dancers, jesters and other medieval entertainment paired with mouth-watering culinary delights, and an enchanting atmosphere at the Abbey Museums Medieval Banquet. The night begins with a ritual hand washing with scented rosewater, followed by a two-course banquet of many sweet and savoury dishes that are shared between all guests at the table, and then a final course, called an issue, consisting of cheese, fruits and nuts.

When: Saturday 29th June 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, Caboolture

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Medieval Festival

Since 1988, the Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology has played host to the largest, most authentic, medieval re-enactment in the southern hemisphere. The Abbey Medieval Festival is an immersive experience, transporting festivalgoers back to the days of Vikings, knights, kings, fair maidens and peasants. With pigs roasting on spits, minstrels singing jovially, jousters competing and mock-battles across the whole weekend, it’s an event that is unmatched for its authentic recreation of this fascinating era.

When: Saturday 13th July 8:30 am – Sunday 14th July 4:30 pm

Where: Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, Caboolture

Making Do

During the Great Depression of the 1930s and the war years of the 1940s, ‘making do’ was a way of life for many families. The saying was, "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without." This mantra lead to innovation limited only by people’s imagination; furniture was made from kerosene tins, and clothing was mended and handed down from one family member to another. As well as showcasing ‘make do’ objects from the past, this exhibition features reused and repurposed contemporary objects from the Moreton Bay Regional Council Heritage Collection and the wider community.

When: Monday 22nd July 10:00 am – Wednesday 2nd October 4:00 pm

Where: Bribie Island Seaside Museum, 1 South Esplanade, Bongaree

Picnic at Pemberley

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy requests your company at A Picnic at Pemberley. In their stunning grounds, the Abbey Museum will be hosting an afternoon of nibbles, dancing, and games. Bring your own picnic lunch or pre-purchase a hamper to enjoy in the gardens. Partake in games such as pall-mall, the game of graces, battledore and archery. Practice your brushstrokes, learn how to embroider your handkerchiefs, learn the language of the regency fan, or the uses of herbs in the regency era.

When: Saturday 7th September 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology, Caboolture

Old Skool Car Show

Introduce your family to pre-1986 classic, home-bred, horse-powered beauties, and gleaming bikes, muscle cars and vintage exotics from around the world at the Old Skool Car Show held the first Saturday of every month. The vehicles range from unrestored classics to fully restored vintage models, factory and full custom builds, display only cars and fully functioning vehicles still capable of clocking up the kilometres daily. Admire these retro vehicles in all their glory and rev it to this classic car show.

When: First Saturday of every month

Where: QSEC, Cnr Tuckeroo Drive and Beerburrum Road, Caboolture

Dress in your best medieval costume or dust off the old Chevy for a time warp experience in the Moreton Bay Region.

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Rochelle Lyons

With a background in content writing, social media management and marketing, Rochelle is an avid lover of all things food, book and dog-related, and thinks she's much better at sports than she really is. At only 5'3", she's usually always the shortest among a group of people but will make a point to tell you she's the tallest of all her family members.

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