Saturday, September 28, 2019

There's Still Time to Get to King Richard's Faire!

If you are in the Massachusetts area, now's the time to plan a fabulous fall day to escape your reality at THE New England Renaissance Faire.

King Richard's Faire - New England's largest and longest-running Renaissance festival- is now in its 38th season and makes such a merry outing filled with engaging e
ntertainment, enjoyable rides, exciting games of skill, a royal zoo, amiable artisans, and more amidst an enchanting 80-acre wooded site.

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My family has been enjoying the Faire for years and always counts down to going.

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Again, this year we were not disappointed by the enchanting experience of visiting many of the eight vibrant stages of live entertainment...

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...strolling through Carvershire enjoying the traveling talent...

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...and visiting all three of the jousts.

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This meant we were entertained by hundreds of actors, singers, dancers, minstrels, stage combat pros, acrobats, aerialists,  puppeteers, and more 
- all free and included with admission.

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We, of course, visited artisans, walked through the Gaming Glen, and partook in some of the Faire food, too, making a full day of family fun!

Fun for All Ages!

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After this year's visit my husband said:

Our family enjoys going to King Richard's Faire with its variety of entertainers.
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This year, I particularly enjoyed GoGaucho, a fresh new act with extreme talent and a dash of humor. 

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Of course, Jacques Ze Whippeur is an old family favorite of ours...

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...and the joust was entertaining despite its modern-day twist. 

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My favorite part of going every year is watching my children's reaction to the entertainment and seeing even my teenager laughing and cheering.

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Then, when I asked my 12-year-old what she'd like to share.

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 She said:

King Richard's Faire has draws for many people: shows, jousting, food, and more! 
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My favorite shows this year were: 
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 ...Jaques Ze Whippeur ...
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...The Mis-Adventurers ...
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...The Accidental Acrobats ...
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I also enjoyed the joust!"

My 9-year-old said:

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King Richard's Faire is a medieval renaissance Faire with many shows that play multiple times.  
My three favorite parts were: 

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The food.  The King Dog was delicious! 
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Jaques Ze Whippeur's show! 
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The jousts!

And my 13-year-old said:
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I enjoy King Richard's Faire. 
Jacques Ze Whippeaur is a performer there that is extremely talented and charismatic. He has different acts and bits. Some of my favorites are: 
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... when he asks, "Why don't I have any real facial hair?"while whipping a flaming whip around himself...
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...when he whips dry spaghetti from his mouth... 
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... and when he sticks a needle through a balloon without popping it. 
If you go to King Richard's Faire, be sure to watch Jacques Whippeur. 
 Obviously, my family enjoys one of their old favorite entertainers - Jacques Ze Whippeur the most and, although we all missed some of our other old favorites that were not at the fair this year, we also enjoyed the some of the new acts, to include the Accidental Acrobats, a duo of contortionists...

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Sir Guy, a comedian...

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... and GoGaucho, a dynamic blend of dance, music, comedy and other tricks.

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The overall atmosphere of the Faire is always one filled with merriment and adventure and the entertainment is fabulous!

Helpful Tips

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Whether you are a first-time or returning visitor to King Richard's Faire, it's helpful to remember that when you are in the King's domain:

  • No outside food or beverage is allowed; however, there are gluten-free, vegan, and lactose-free menu selections available for sale among the many tasty menu items offered at the Faire. Also, you may bring an EMPTY water bottle to fill at water bubblers.
  • Carvershire is in the woods, which means that both the beauty of the great outdoors and the challenges are present.  In other words, there may be bees, tree roots, hot and cold weather, and even rain to contend with, but there are also sunshine, shade woodsy areas, and field areas to enjoy. Be prepared, dress and plan accordingly, and expect well-maintained port-o-potties should you need to use the privy.
  • Guests wearing costumes are welcome and appreciated. You can come in costume or rent costumes for all ages and sizes right inside the front gate at Seams Like A Dream! Also, since this is a"Fantasy Faire" not a medieval re-enactment, be aware that anything goes. You might see traditional re-enactment gear, but you'll also see anything from Monty Python to Harry Potter to Game of Thrones to DC/Marvel superheroes to, yep, a man in a barrel! Indeed, things are more comic con than reenactment as far as guest costuming goes.
  • Cash is a good idea since box office and food tickets are cash only and performers welcome cash tips. Vredit cards can be helpful, too, since most artisans, accept Lady Visa, Master Card and AMEX.
  • The Faire is open unless safety is compromised; then the Faire makes announcements on their Facebook page as soon as a rare decision for closure is made.
  • Carvershire has no wifi due to it being a big site with not enough signal, so plan accordingly to be on our date plan. Also, know that the signal is better near the entrance and at the joust and bring a battery if you think you will need one.

Plan Your Visit

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The Faire is at 235 Main Street, Carver, MA, 02330.

You can visit weekends and Monday holidays through October 20, 2019. Be sure to check out the schedule for special events and themed days!

You can purchase tickets at the gates or purchase them in advance online. Adults are $34, children ages 4-11 are $17, and children under 3 are free.

Group discounts are available.

You might also like to see our past King Richard's Faire posts - all of which give a flavor of how enduring the fun of the Faire is.

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I hope you enjoy the Faire as much as my family always does!

Disclaimer:We received free promotional tickets in exchange for this honest review.  We were not required to write a positive review nor were we compensated in any other way.  All opinions we have expressed are our own family's.  We are disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.


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