Forget your cares and step back in time to this 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village and enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day! Featuring nearly 100 shows daily on 11 stages, over 135 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages, the festival offers something for everyone.
Over 150 costumed characters welcome you to the village! Rub elbows with Royalty as you cheer your favorite knight to victory in the thrilling Full-armored Tournament Joust. Welcoming you to a festive day in the village are dueling swordsmen, rowdy pirates, nobles, and peasants
September 4, 5 & 6, 2010
Step back in time over 400 years!
Queen Elizabeth invites you to enjoy over 400 years of fun in a single day!
September 11 & 12, 2010
Gather your hoard and raid the village!
Are you a weakling? Compete in the Test of Strength and the Turkey Leg Eating Contest and find out! Rowdy contests in true barbaric fashion!
September 18 & 19, 2010
Set sail for a swashbuckling weekend full of piratical shenanigans!
Rollicking sea chanteys, the Pirate Stunt Show, and Pirate Play Time await ye land lovers! Enter the Talk Like a Pirate Contest to see if you can talk the talk or have to walk the plank!
September 25 & 26, 2010
Brats, beer, and fun!
Traditional foods and ales abound. Enjoy the Alpine Yodeling Contest and raise a glass during the Toasting Contest.
October 2 & 3, 2010
The village puts on its kilt!
Join the village in celebrating Highland heritage by hosting a Celtic festival for Her Majesty. Special events include a Haggis Eating Contest and Knobby Knees Contest, and participate in the traditional Highland Games held each day.
October 9 & 10, 2010
Pirates, paupers, and peasants!
Wear your fanciest duds (but keep it family-friendly!) and enter the Costume Contest held each day for adults and children.
October 16 & 17, 2010
Love is in the air!
Wanted: Soulmates. Seek true love or rekindle a flame during this amorous weekend. Look good in tights? Enter the Men in Tights Contest. Hearts a-fire as couples renew their vows in a free Mass Renewal of Vows Ceremony held at St. Peter's Chapel twice daily.
October 23 & 24, 2010
Shop the Medieval Marketplace
Christmas is just around the corner! It's your last chance to find that one-of-a-kind gift for the hard-to-buy-for person on your list. Enjoy your favorite show, mug of ale and delicious foods one last time, but hurry! After the 24th, we're history 'till next year!
We took six kids, ages 5-13, to the Festival this weekend. Everyone had a great time. We especially enjoyed the jousting in full armor and other shows (which are free with admission). There are lots of shops selling interesting items, so it would be easy to spend too much money. I let each child choose one item under $15 from the shops and one pay activity (camel ride, horse ride, hair braiding, archery, axe throwing, crow's nest, etc.) The food was (like any festival) hit or miss and overpriced and there is no free water to be had ($2.50 a bottle. We knew this and brought our own bottles of water.) It was a unique experience that we would not get elsewhere, though, and I believe we will return.
We go every year in costume and spend the whole weekend shopping, eating, playing and seeing the shows! Like stepping back in time, you can be a Lady or a serf - an elf or a pirate. Costumed characters abound and the very best show is The Swordsmen [different each show]. The food is great, music abounds, artisan level goods available and the jousting is great. Kid friendly games can be found toward the back, wear sunscreen and comfy shoes.