The end of the month gives Victorians the chance to travel up to two thousand years back in time for a weekend of fun and entertainment.
The annual Timeline Festival is held at Kryal Castle, eight kilometres east of the Goldfields town of Ballarat. The European style medieval castle, built by Keith Ryall in 1972, features a moat and drawbridge, a maze, castle towers, stocks, a medical museum and an armoury. It is a popular tourist destination all year round.
The Timeline Festival is organised by a not for profit association which helps to organise events for people who like to re-enact different areas of history. It not only features re-enactments of the medieval period, but from the days of Ancient Rome through to World War Two.
At the festival you can see competitions in archery, swordplay, axe throwing and jousting, with participants dressed in the authentic armour and clothing of Vikings or later medieval people. There are also displays of musket firing and Roman military drilling.
In the Living History Village next to the castle you can see how people lived across the various periods of history from Viking times through to World War One. Watch food being prepared and cooked, or weavers, leather workers and blacksmiths at work.
In 2018 there will be over 25 merchants selling everything from period jewellery, pottery, books, wooden ware, leather crafts, fabrics and costumes, as well as food and beverages.
More than 350 people take part in the re-enactments and displays, and members of the public are welcome to attend wearing their own costumes.
Running through the weekend of 20-21 October, there is nothing quite like this festival. For full details, visit www.timeline.org.au.