The Maryland Renaissance Festival has been operating on its 25 acre site since 1976 and has, over the years, become one of the best attended Renaissance Festivals in the country with more than 300,000 visitors over the course of its annual run.
The actual storyline for the festival changes slightly every year but the basic time period never really changes, it is the earlier part of the reign of King Henry XIII, before Anne Boleyn when the King was a much younger and more athletic man.
There are more than 100 different artisans and vendors in attendance every year and although the storylines change the core cast tends to be retained from year to year and includes genuine historical figures like Queen Katherine of Aragon, The Princess Mary Tudor, Charles Brandon, Bessie Blount and Mary Boleyn.
The fictional setting for the Maryland Renaissance festival is the village of Revel Grove and the usual explanation for the presence of the Royal party in the village is usually that it is on summer progress.
When it is Held:
The Maryland Renaissance Festival operates between the third week of August and the third weekend of October every year.
Knight School – The performers who stage the three times daily jousts also offer a ‘Knight School’ that gives ‘students’ a glimpse into what life was really like for knights during the reign of the Tudors.
The Jousting Competition – The Free Lancers are the Festival’s in-house jousting team but on one weekend a year they invite joust teams from other Renaissance Festivals and Renaissance Fairs to compete against them in a weekend that is devoted to the sport.
Fight School – Fight School ‘trains’ fair goers in all kinds of medieval combat forms with surprisingly good historical accuracy and awards a certificate of completion when the class is over.
Childrens Play Yard – The Childrens Play Yard offers a number of themed swings, slides and small man powered rides at no extra charge. Admission to larger rides and attractions like the Giant Slide and the Climbing Wall is charged separately.
For more information and tickets: http://www.rennfest.com/