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If you haven’t been to the Bristol Renaissance Faire you simply don’t know what your missing. In fact, even if you HAVE been before, you probably STILL don’t know what you are missing. You see, a single trip isn’t enough time to begin to fully explore the sights, sounds and shows of the Ren Faire.
This is our THIRD trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire and while the boys were slightly disappointed not to get to see a single joust, I was on a mission to see entirely new and different things this time. At the suggestion of a friend I knew that we needed to check out the “Fire Whip Show.” And I’m super glad we did because it was very exciting. I’m pretty sure if it hadn’t been so humid, leading to some decent perspiration…I might have even peed myself at one point.
Yeah, look that’s a flaming whip! Ok, so maybe that isn’t shocking, given then name of the show and all but what he did with a hot, flaming whip may have terrified me just a bit. But I won’t ruin the surprise for you. Just take my word and hit the Privies (that’s the bathroom for you contemporaries) before the show.
The other two shows we caught were merely by chance as one of the Swordsmen asked the boys if they liked sword fighting just as we were walking by and let them know their show would start in a just a few minutes. With enough swinging action for the boys and adult humor for the grown ups, it is another recommended watch as far as I’m concerned.
And then Barely Balance took place on the same stage immediately following so we stayed for that as well. And I’m glad we did. They were super funny and incredibly talented. These photos simply don’t do it justice, but I highly recommend taking the time to see them!
One area I didn’t do a good job branching out and looking for something new was the food. We all craved our previous favorites: ice cream, onion stryngs and pickles. But I didn’t snap a pic but we did get to sample the cheese fritters thanks to some friends we bumped into that just couldn’t finish them and they were super delicious!
Whether it’s your first or your fifth trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it. If you’re new to the faire, the shows are spread out throughout the faire and when you enter you’ll get a map with a schedule on the back. If you’re interested in a specific show, you’ll want to check out the schedule when you arrive as most shows run 2 or 3 times a day so happening to be in the right place at the right time may be unlikely. But if you aren’t sure what you want to do it’s a pretty good bet, something fun will find you!! Be sure to take your time as you wander to notice all the small details that really make this an amazing experience.
The Bristol Renaissance Faire is located just west of I-94’s Russell Road exit, near Kenosha, Wis. Open rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday, July 5 through Sep. 1, and on Labor Day Monday, Sep. 2, tickets are $23.95 for adults and $11.50 for children, ages 5 to 12. Advance ticket discounts are available at renfair.com or by calling (847) 395-7773.
Have you been to the Ren Faire?