I have always loved going to the Bristol Renaissance Fair, but I think this was the absolute best time I’ve had there.
As a last minute decision, we decided to go although J wasn’t sure the girls would be up for all the walking. But I had faith that they’d find something to like about it. After all the sadness of the week (with Ms. P being very ill, and after M’s pet toad that died and my sister’s house fire), this was probably the best move to make. It was a cool, overcast day (almost too chilly), but it made for the best pictures and for all the walking we had to do.
It seemed like everything could not have been planned better (and it was all by accident).
1. We got very close parking even though we arrived an hour after it opened.
2. We avoided the long lines because J printed out tickets from home.
3. We saw a pirate ship
4. We saw the Royal Joust and afterward the Queen let us take pictures with the girls (not shown here, though).
5. We saw a fantastic juggling/fire eating show and this guy was so hilarious (and my camera rocks!).
6. We saw lots of faeries and sprites. They weren’t allowed to talk, but the communicated anyway by touching, pointing, smiling and nodding. The faeries were very fond of the little children and the children were very fascinated with the faeries.
7. We stumbled across the Queen’s court where they were having lunch
8. The girls participated in the “knighting ceremony” and are now official “ladies” of Queen Elizabeth’s court. The Queen remembered the girls from the joust. That is almost 6 year old middle daughter in the photo below.
9. The girls listened to a great story about a unicorn and got “unicorn tears” to take home with them.
10. We saw artisans work their craft
11. And we had so much fun, we stayed until the Queen’s Parade at the end.
12. Best thing of all, the girls hardly complained even though we were there for, gee, 8 hours! And when we went home, we stopped at a highway “oasis” to get a quick dinner and kept seeing people who went to the Ren fair still dressed up in costume.