*Disclosure- Our family received complimentary passes to attend King Richard’s Faire. All opinions are my own.
We all need a bit of magic and fantasy in our lives. Our family found that at King Richard’s Faire!
We ventured into the shire for a day filled with fun, food, and fantasy!
Last year when we visited, it was quite chilly. This year, the weather was perfect and Avery was excited to be able to wear her Merida dress “To fit the theme” She loved feeling like a princess, and being in costume, like most of the other visitors!
When we arrived, we immediately checked the performance schedule! We had missed the Great Cats of the World Show last year, and we really wanted to check it out this time. We also wanted to see our favorite act, The Squire of the Wire! We were in luck! The Squire’s show had just started, and would be followed by the Great Cats! Both shows were fantastic, and really held Avery’s attention!
King Richard’s Faire features many shows and performances throughout the day, all are included in your ticket! Magic, song & dance, comedy, stunts, juggling, aerial, shenanigans…there is something for everyone!
And don’t miss the Royal Parade or the Joust to the Death!!
Avery had one request. In fact, she hadn’t stopped talking about it since our visit the previous year. She wanted to ride the unicorn! Unicorn rides are an additional charge ($6) as are some of the other activities, games and rides. This can add up quickly so it’s best to set a budget for rides and games ahead of time. We told Avery that she could do the Unicorn ride but we would not be doing any of the other rides, so when we arrived, she knew what to expect. It’s much better than a meltdown when we say “no” to the Swan Swing! That said, there is plenty to see and do, for free, if you aren’t interested in the rides and games. Let’s talk about the food!! You will not go hungry at the Faire! There is an abundance of food & drink, including Faire favorites like turkey legs and meade! Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Lactose Free options are also available!
You purchase your food & drink using tickets, which are available at the food ticket booths. Again, the food can add up, and I suggest checking out the options before purchasing your tickets so you know you have enough (and not too much, since the tickets are non-refundable) We also ate a late breakfast so that we weren’t starving when we arrived at the faire, and could enjoy a smaller lunch.
To give you an idea of pricing, we bought $40 in food tickets. That got us two Shepherd’s Pies, one order of chicken fingers and fries, two bottles of soda, a bottle of water, and one (GIANT) chocolate chip cookie.
Once your belly is full, you should check out the amazing Artisans Marketplace! You’ll fine costumes, and kilts. Swords and armor. Pottery, blown glass, candles, and art prints. Jewelry and crowns. Musical instruments and even pet dragons! You’ll also find face painting, tarot card readings and henna tattoos. (All at an additional cost)
I enjoy “window shopping” and swooning over the beautiful dresses, while Avery loves begging and pleading for everything she sees. (We both begged Dave for a pet dragon!)
One of Avery’s favorite spots in the Shire is Fairy Glen, where you can weave your wishes into the web, and visit with The Mystickals! Avery made quite a few wishes, and then sat down, excitedly, with one of The Mystickals she met last year, and remembered! We also visited Dragonwick Castle, where we entered the dungeon and learned about the history of…torture. It was interesting, and worth the $2 a person to see once, if you’re interested in that sort of thing. Avery just liked being inside the dark, spooky, dungeon! The Faire ends this weekend, so you still have one more day to visit this season. If you can’t make it out tomorrow, definitely keep it in mind for next year! Our family always has a lot of fun watching the shows, and people watching! There are some amazingly creative costumes!
We look forward to visiting again next season!
King Richard’s Faire, New England’s largest and longest-running Renaissance Faire. Tucked away on 80 acres of enchanted forest off Rt. 58 in Carver, Mass., King Richard’s Faire announces its 35th season offering guests a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages. Guests will enjoy daring knights jousting on horseback and eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling. Every Saturday afternoon, the King’s Stage offers themed contests and events to add variety to the festival-like entertainment lineup (see kingrichardsfaire.net for details).
Guests can mingle with the King and his royal court, noble and not-so-noble subjects and skilled performers. When as famished as a mud beggar, enjoy the Faire’s delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of corn, boules filled with chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, and quench thirst with champagne, wine and brew. Shoppers can stroll through the 16th century village filled with the wares of more than 100 unique and talented artisans, including New England artists. At every turn, guests will encounter fantasy and wonder through minstrels, musicians, acrobats, stilt walkers, giant puppets, wenches, and more.
- Adult tickets: $31.00
- Children’s tickets (4-11 years of age): $16.00
- Children 3 years of age and under are FREE