Every summer I look forward to a visit to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. The Renaissance Faire is truly an experience like no other and lets our family escape from it all for the day. The Renaissance Faire celebrates the merriment of Elizabethan England and really makes you feel part of the magic from beginning to end. Truly away to forget about your worries!
We love to arrive right as the Renaissance Faire as it opens. The guests are treated to a fun little opening show before the gates are officially opened. The actors know how to get the crowd ready for the day! When you enter the park, be sure to grab a schedule. The schedule will help you decide which shows you would like to see and help you arrange your day.
After we enter the park, we make a beeline to the further reaches of the park. This way, you miss some of the crowd and have plenty of space to enjoy. The Elizabethan pageantry is spread throughout, so you will be delighted by the setting no matter where you are.
As you walk through the village, you will notice that you are part of the Faire! You will be greeted by townspeople. You can participate as little or as much as you like. My daughter loves to dress up. She has been a princess, a fairy and a pirate. If you are looking for neat items for your Renaissance outfit, the Faire is the place to do some shopping. As you stroll through, you will find many stores and artisans. Besides fun additions to your apparel, you also may find some pottery or candles for the home, decorations for the garden or toys for the kiddos.
My daughter enjoys the rides at the Faire. One of her favorites happens to the boats. For this ride, each rider pulls on a rope to keep the ride moving. On a warm day, this ride really keeps you cool! The rides are all human-powered---entirely fitting in with the theme.
When my daughter was younger, we spent much of our time in the children's areas. There is a magical area with a pirate ship for kids to explore. Nearby, there is a stage where shows geared specifically towards children are performed. On one occasion, my daughter learned how to speak pirate! There is also an area where kids can climb around a castle. Near the castle, kids can use sticks to move boats.
Now that my daughter is older, she thoroughly enjoys the shows. The Mud Show is guaranteed to have her smiling. We also enjoy the joust and Moonie's comedy show. During this visit, we watched Sirena which is a show based on the mythical Sirens. My daughter was definitely mystified!
Indulging and imbibing are also a part of the Faire. The first time I visited the Faire I was amazed by the food options. Of course, there are the standard favorites like a turkey leg or a pickle. But, kabobs, cheese fritters, shepherd's pie, sandwiches, calzones, chocolate dipped cheesecake, scones and more can be found. Trust me, there is a lot to choose from!
A visit to the Renaissance Faire is a full day experience! We always have so much fun when we visit that we are amazed by how fast time passes! If you are looking for something a little different this weekend, the Renaissance Faire is sure to be a memorable experience! The Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM-7PM through Sept 2, 2013. It will also be open on Labor Day. Tickets cost $19.95 per adult and $9.50 per child. Children 4 and under are free. There are some activities, including the rides, that may cost additional money. You can receive a discount by purchasing your tickets online or at Walgreen's. The Renaissance Faire is located at 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, WI.