King Richard’s Faire is a local New England recreation of a medieval royal faire that you would see in days of yore. This is anything but authentic and is definitely kitsch but still a fun time for adults and children alike. Many people will attend wearing medieval clothing and if you do not have any in your closet there are costume rentals available on site. If you want to be more authentic stop at the medieval clothing purveyors where you can purchase hand made cloaks, hats, shoes, chain mail, armor and leather goods.
The shopping is one of the more interesting endeavors, you can pick up handmade glass, pewter, woolen capes and pottery. For someone like me who loves little knick knacks and collectibles this is great for gifts or to decorate your “castle.”
There are also a number of food options available throughout the park. Most of the typical county fair fast food options are available. Try the smoked turkey legs they seem appropriate for the surroundings. There are rides for the little ones and some interesting games for the adults. Try your hand at knife or ax throwing. Play Robin Hood and try your hand at archery or William Tell and shoot a crossbow.
Activities can be had for all ages with shows by troubadours, jesters and jugglers sprinkled throughout the park. The kids can enjoy armor demonstrations, a medieval parade or a large cat show. Culmination of activity is the King’s Tournament a jousting event which has all of the pomp and circumstance you would expect.
This epitomizes the man-made, touristy, non-authentic type of attraction that many travelers avoid at all costs. However if you do you will miss out on a great way to spend a Autumn afternoon and have some brainless fun.