This weekend is the final weekend of the 33rd season of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire season. Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I continues her retreat through Sunday, 27 October, as she visits this 16th century village. This weekend’s special events are the Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights. So grab your costume – or medieval apparel – and just north of Lancaster to PA Renn Faire.
Young visitors are encouraged to perform tricks to collect treats throughout the Shire this weekend. Trick-or-Treat bags are distributed with a map indicating which locations should not be missed. There will also be a Halloween Treasure Hunt with some spooky treasure as the reward. Find the Terrible Touchy Boxes in the Children’s Discovery Garden to uncover the creepy contents collected by the Shire gravedigger.
At the end of each day this weekend, an Ultimate Joust is planned. It will feature an action packed combination of equestrian skill and hand-to-hand combat. Dark forces threaten to take over the Shire, as a battle of good and evil is unleashed by a beheading upon Bosworth Field. Pyrotechnics light up the sky and harrowing stunts create the drama of this breathtaking spectacle.
As you wander amid the trick or treaters around the Shire, keep an eye out for Red Hugh O’Donnell, leader of the Irish rebellion, and the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley as they face off with Her Majesty. Enjoy a variety of music, children’s activities, the Ultimate Joust and Human Chess Match, as well as Shakespearean plays. There will again this weekend, be scores of vendors and handcraft artisans, food booths.
Each kitchen has its own unique culinary offering and brandish names like Fiele – The Celtic Kitchen, Tutberry’s Tuber Tavern, Die Deutsche Kuche, New World Inne, Rustico Italiana, Dark Knight Café, Sir Williams Hall, The Queen’s Confectionary and more. Refreshing Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope Wines are available at eight pour houses throughout the Shire. Bacchus Retreat invites guests to sample Mount Hope Wines, free of charge, before purchasing them for pick-up later in the Wine Tower upon leaving the Shire.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is held Saturday, 26 October and Sunday, 27 October from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adult admission is $29.95 and child admission, ages 5 to 11, is $10.95. Parking is free. There are separate individual charges for games, rides, foods, beverages, and crafts. The Faire is set amidst the splendor of the formal gardens of Mount Hope Estate & Winery, Route 72, ½ mile south of PA Turnpike Exit 266, 15 miles north of Lancaster.
Do grab your cape or cloak before heading out today. The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts a high of only 57 degrees today for the Lancaster area. This morning the area is still under a freeze warning.
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