“This is awesome.”
So said my son as he turned around from the jousting show at King Richard’s Faire this weekend. He was dazzled by the knights on horseback re-enacting a competition for King Richard and his court. The knights raced back and forth across the field, brandishing swords and charging at one another. My son’s favorite was the knight clad in yellow and gold; he looked bold and tough, he explained. “He’s the coolest, Mom.”
We had ventured down to Carver, Massachusetts at the invitation of King Richard’s Faire, a Renaissance festival situated off 495. We arrived in our car, dressed in jeans and rubber boots as there was a chance of rain. Many of the other visitors were decked out in costumes; they looked like lords and ladies, extras from Game of Thrones, princesses, magicians, and even a zombie (though I don’t think they had those in the Renaissance).
When you walk into the Faire, you see a number of small buildings filled with stores selling musical instruments, clothes (you can purchase or rent costumes to wear during your visit!), pottery, crystals, and more. The setting is lovely; tall pine trees make you feel that might just be back in the 1500s. Musicians roam about, serenading, and entertainers encourage participation in performances that are scheduled throughout the day.
In addition to the jousting (we caught two shows during our visit), my kids loved the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria ride, a big swing shaped like Christopher Columbus’ boats, and a sword “fight” that got them into the action. I liked Vicious and Delicious, an acrobatic couple that made standing on your partner’s head look very easy. My son tried his hand at archery, surprising us all with his acumen, and I won’t be surprised if he’s lobbying for lessons sometime soon!
If you’re planning to visit King Richard’s Faire, here are three things to keep in mind:
- Be advised that only cash is accepted inside; ATMs are available onsite. Rides are $2-$3 each. Food tickets can be purchased in increments of $5, and, while you cannot bring in outside food, the Faire’s food outlets offer everything from giant turkey legs to fish and chips.
- Wear comfy shoes. The Faire is located on 80 acres, and there’s lots of walking.
- Review the schedule of events in advance to plan out your trip. This way, you’ll catch the shows of interest (live tigers, anyone?) and factor in some downtime.
The day after our visit my kids were asking when we could return—a sign of a successful adventure!
Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets to King Richard’s Faire. All opinions in this post are mine.