Check out the First-Ever Swashbuckler Weekend at Bristol Renaissance Faire, July 13-14

 

Thanks to the Bristol Renaissance Faire for hosting my family as part of media weekend!DSCN0401

The Bristol Renaissance Faire is battening down the hatches for its first-ever Swashbuckler Weekend, July 13-14. Boasting an incomparable booty of music, merriment, and at least a modicum of mayhem, the weekend will also mark the Bristol debut of the Iron Hill Vagabonds, an acoustic music duo that’s been attracting attention on the national Renaissance faire circuit.

            Bristol fans won’t want to miss the season’s only appearances of Doktor Kaboom, with his side-splittingly funny scientific diversions, and folk-madrigal singing sensations DeCantus. Other limited engagement appearances slated for the weekend include the Bristol premiere of the Jamila Lotus Bellydance Carnivale, and the second in a three-weekend-only engagement of Celtic rock phenomenon Tartanic.

            Named “#1 Renaissance Faire in the Country” in 2012, the Bristol Renaissance Faire is located on 30 wooded acres, 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 through Sep. 2, and on Labor Day Monday, Sep. 3, tickets are $19.95 for adults and $9.50 for children, ages 5 to 12. For additional information, visit renfair.com or call (847) 395-7773.

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My family and I attended opening weekend and had a fabulous time.  It was a warm and humid day so we were sweaty but thankfully we were filled in on wht appears to be a lil known secret of the Faire, the Friends of the Faire Garden where members have access to unlimited water and Gatorade, shady areas to sit and private bathrooms.  Membership can be purchased via a daily pass ($5 for anyone over 12, free for kids under) or a season pass (sorry I didn’t get the price).  This was a huge savings for us on water and we were able to enjoy the faire longer knowing we wouldn’t wind up dehydrated.

If you’re on a budget, you can also pack a lunch and return to your car as re-entry is easy with a hand stamp.  Also discounts can typically be found online.  Friends enjoyed the current discount by purchasing tickets from Walgreens.

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  Overall the Faire is a full sensory experience, with characters of the time at every turn, stores selling costumes, swords, candies and so many beautiful items with a renaissance feel.  There are rides and tons of shows going on constantly so it’s perfect for families or for date night!

But by far my boys favorite thing are the knights you will find in the jousting arena.  If you’ve visited before, you might be delighted (as I was) to find that the joust will surprise and entertain you all over again!DSCN0422 DSCN0438

The Bristol Renaissance Faire is battening down the hatches for its first-ever Swashbuckler Weekend, July 13-14. Boasting an incomparable booty of music, merriment, and at least a modicum of mayhem, the weekend will also mark the Bristol debut of the Iron Hill Vagabonds, an acoustic music duo that’s been attracting attention on the national Renaissance faire circuit.

            Bristol fans won’t want to miss the season’s only appearances of Doktor Kaboom, with his side-splittingly funny scientific diversions, and folk-madrigal singing sensations DeCantus. Other limited engagement appearances slated for the weekend include the Bristol premiere of the Jamila Lotus Bellydance Carnivale, and the second in a three-weekend-only engagement of Celtic rock phenomenon Tartanic.

            Named “#1 Renaissance Faire in the Country” in 2012, the Bristol Renaissance Faire is located on 30 wooded acres, 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 through Sep. 2, and on Labor Day Monday, Sep. 3, tickets are $19.95 for adults and $9.50 for children, ages 5 to 12. For additional information, visit renfair.com or call (847) 395-7773.

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