Hear ye, hear ye! It’s that time of year again. For two months every fall, you can travel back in time at King Richard’s Faire in Carver, MA. Spread out over 80 acres of woods, King Richard’s Fairs is the place to be if you want to fully immerse yourself into a day in the life of someone back in the 1500’s.
**Disclosure: My family and I received complimentary admission to King Richard’s Faire in order to tell you about our experience there. All opinions are strictly my own and we not influenced in any way.
If you’ve never been to a renaissance festival, you’re missing out on a chance to travel back in time to the 16th century. I could probably list out a million reasons why you should check it out, but today I am going to tell you my top five!
1. Turkey legs, obviously.
Nothing says Renaissance faire quite like gnawing on a hulking slab of meat, am I right? The nearly forearm-sized snack can be found in abundance at King Richard’s Faire, along with lots of typical festival food that were most likely not on the menu in the 1500’s. You know, things like cheese fries, ice cream sundaes and cheeseburgers.
2. GREAT People Watching!
King Richard’s Faire is arguably one of the best place to people watch in Massachusetts. The fair attracts people from all over New England (and probably further) and it’s actually really fun to watch everyone walk around in their costumes.
Not everyone who is dressed up in costume is on the payroll at Faire, either. Many people dress up and head to the faire just for fun. There are themed weekends almost every weekend that the faire runs, so that gives many people a perfect excuse to join in on the fun.
3. The shows!
There are eight stages of live entertainment all day, included in your admission price at King Richard’s Faire.
In addition to jousting show, you can see fire eating, magic, comedy shows, acrobatic acts and much more.
Not only will you see trained actors on the various stages, but there are also performers walking around the faire. Musicians, magicians and maybe even a joker or two can be found around the fairground. You just never know who you will run into there.
When you enter the faire, be sure to pick up a schedule and plan your day accordingly – there is much to see and some of the acts only go on once per day, so don’t miss out! Also, plan to bring some tip money for the performers to help make sure that they are able to come back again next year.
4. The amazing Artisans!
Most Renaissance Festivals offer a chance for people to see how everyday items were made back in medieval times. Like most Ren-faires, King Richard’s Faire includes a blacksmith, jewelry makers, candle makers, pottery sculptors, glass blowers and other artisans of the time. When you buy their goods, there is a really good chance you are getting a one-of-a-kind item because the majority of it is hand made.
All of the shops at King Richard’s Faire are privately owned, and a lot of their owners are people who have made it their life’s work to make and sell their hand made creations. Many of the artisans sell gorgeous glass work, pottery, handmade soaps, metalwork, jewelry, flower crowns and more.
You would fit right in at the faire if you bought and wore some hand made chainmail. Or maybe something in leather is more your style? A corset maybe?
5. Make some awesome memories!
At King Richard’s Faire, you can test your ax-throwing abilities.
If that’s not your thing, you can channel your inner Katniss and have a go at some archery.
Or how about trying your hand at throwing some ninja stars:
Those are definitely things most people don’t get to do everyday. Things like that make for a truly unique experience.
King Richard’s Faire is very family friendly. Rides and performances are offered to entertain any and all age groups. From face painting to carnival rides to the beer garden, these festivals do their best to keep everybody happy. For my family, it’s the overall atmosphere that keeps us going back year after year. It’s a fun and light-hearted way to spend some “unplugged” time with your family.
Faire hours are 10:30a-6p every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays, from September 5th through October 25, 2015. Tickets are $29 for adults (12+) and $16 for children ages 4-11. Children under 4 are free, and parking is free.
The Faire is located at 235 Main Street (Rt. 58) in Carver, MA.
We had a great time at King Richard’s Faire last weekend and are looking forward to going back again next year (unless we can squeeze in one more visit this year).