Travel back in time with me to one of the world’s best Renaissance fairs, the Sherwood Forest Faire.
Nearly 100,000 people have attended since Sherwood’s opening on February 27th, 2010. So read on, my Renaissance fair friend, and see why you too should come and join the revelry.
Nestled in the woods less than an hour east of Austin, you will find a world unaffected by the passage of time. At the Sherwood Forest Faire, kings and queens, lords and ladies, pirates, peasants, fantasy creatures, food vendors and merchants frolick freely in a remarkable setting.
Let me set the stage for you. The Sherwood Forest Faire sits inside a fully fenced, twenty-five acre, gorgeous wooded site. Within the site are numerous permanent structures, constructed in the style of the Renaissance period. To retain the illusion, there are no paved paths, just the natural paths created by attendees over the past two years. Just outside the fenced area is a massive campground full of clans. And some say that’s where the real experience is at.
There is an air of authenticity at the Sherwood Forest Faire that rivals and perhaps beats any of the other Renaissance fairs out there.
During our first weekend at Sherwood, I ran into Travis Fluegge and Penny Rees, who have traveled to Renaissance fairs around the world.
“We’ve traveled all over the world in search of the best Renaissance fairs for years. Out of all the ren fairs we’ve been to, we think Sherwood Forest Faire is by far the best in the country.”
There are so many things to do at the Sherwood Forest Faire, and so many things to see. You can easily spend a full day or weekend exploring all that this fair has to offer!
What can you expect from the Sherwood Forest Faire? On the grounds, you’ll find horse-drawn carriages, jugglers, jesters and minstrels at every turn, all fully costumed. There are over 130 merchants, a ridiculous variety of mouth-watering food options and numerous carts to suit your every whim and desire. We’ve actually prepared a podcast on the Sherwood Forest Faire so you can hear how exciting it is.
As if that isn’t enough, there are over 100 different daily shows that are included with the price of admission! Jousting, comedy, music, crafts, dancing, hand-to-hand combat and more. All of these shows boast the splendor and grandeur of the Renaissance period.
This Texas Ren fair is fun for the whole family. Those of an adult age can enjoy a stout beverage and comedic shows with light-hearted adult humor. Meanwhile, children can enjoy puppet shows, the petting zoo, faery tea parties and more.
But all this has to be expensive, right? Wrong! Only $18 gets you into the Faire! And if you go on Sunday before noon, you get two adult tickets for the price of one! Oh, and parking is free!
Interested? Buy your tickets by clicking HERE.
Want to make a weekend trip out of it? Get this, camping on site at the Sherwood Forest Faire is only $10 per adult and $5 per child for the whole weekend! The campground, which I’ll post about later in this series, is a world unto itself. If you can’t wait and want to learn more about the camping guidelines, click HERE.
So come on down! Open every weekend from February 11 to April 1, 2012.
Have you been to the Sherwood Forest Faire? What did you think?