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Bristol Renaissance Faire


Taking its framework from the summer day in 1574 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth visited the English hamlet of Bristol, the Bristol Renaissance Faire is located on 30 wooded acres. The 27th annual Faire promises patrons an unparalleled experience, filled with all the first-rate revelry Faire-goers have come to expect. Come partake in an eclectic array of 16th Century arts, games, food, music, comedy and dance. The Faire includes 16 entertainment stages featuring nonstop music, merriment, feats of daring and an eclectic assortment of comedic performers who invite their audiences to become part of the act. As iconic as a giant, barbecue sauce-slathered turkey leg is to the Renaissance faire experience, Bristol patrons enjoy an extensive, and often unexpected, array of epicurean delights, ranging from Teriyaki chicken to Cornish pasties, and bakery-fresh scones to Italian strawberry gelato dipped in chocolate. Bristol’s ever-expanding Marketplace offers a breadth and depth of unique shopping experiences that can’t be found anywhere outside the country’s top Renaissance faires. Nearly 175 artisans and crafters display their wares. Often, patrons have the chance to watch potters, glass blowers, bowyers, blacksmiths and other working artisans create their wares on-site. The Faire is filled with kid-inspired experiences, including more than 30 games and rides, shows that make kids laugh, and special play areas bursting with whimsy and photo-snapping charm. Each day, Queen Elizabeth herself shows up in Kids Kingdom for the celebrated Knighting Ceremony, at which she personally dubs all attending children lords and ladies.

Fair/Festival Type

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Other