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! There are 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, so this festival offers something for everyone.
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.