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Aug 24

Hark! King Richard’s Faire Draws Nigh

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Posted by the Mass Office of Travel and Tourism

Where can you find dragon teeth, a crystal garden, catapult games, a duke of danger and knights in shining armor all in the same place?

Only at King Richard’s Faire, of course!

Each year, the town of Carver is transformed into Carvershire, hosting a wide range of weekend fun that offers lords, lasses, princes and princesses a ticket back to the 16th century. This year’s faire will span seven weeks, beginning at the end of August and running through mid-October, with the festivities going strong on Labor Day and Columbus Day, too.

When families travel yonder, what will they encounter? Take a look!

En garde

Photo: En garde at King Richard’s Faire via Facebook

Every Saturday and Sunday from August 30 through October 19, there will be more than 50 performances spread across the ground’s eight stages. Visitors can amble from site to site, taking in comedy, songs, stories, human chess, juggling and fire breathing, and that’s all before The Royal Parade begins at 12:30 p.m.

The afternoons will feature magic shows, sword fights, acrobatics, sheriff’s court and peasant dances, culminating with a show by the Musicians of the Realm on the Cottage Stage at 5 p.m. and a thrilling Joust to the Death at the same time on the tournament field. Evening Revels and The Last Huzzah will bring the night to a merry close soon thereafter at 5:30 p.m.

Knights

Photo: Knights at King Richard’s Faire via Facebook

In addition to the daily activities, the different weekends will each have something special in store. Opening weekend will welcome in Carver residents free of charge on Saturday, August 30, and do the same for military personnel the next day. The Prince and Princess Costume Contest will crown a couple of under-11 rulers of the realm on September 20, and Game of Thrones Day will follow on September 27. Ye can check the full list of special events here.

In true regal fashion, the king’s faire will show off quite a few beasts, too! The Royal Zoo is set to be an exotic one, with lions, gibbons, owls, wolves and birds of prey, as well as several big cats. The setup also gives onlookers the chance to get close to the critters.

Tiger cub

Photo: One of the king’s cubs getting a little rest via Facebook

Along with the shows and animals, the Gaming Glen will challenge competitive spirits of all ages. Sturdy menfolk can try their hand at the axe throw, knight errant and more. Gentler souls can opt for hide ‘n seek in M’Lady’s Shady Maze or a bit of time on the Flying Carousel. And, for the young ones, there’s the Hurlinator Ride and Catapult Game.

Thinking about taking home a souvenir? More than 50 Artisans of the Realm are spread throughout the faire grounds, stocking everything from Celtic clothing to herbs and potions. For a map to the marketplace, click here.

Pottery

Photo: Pottery at King Richard’s Faire via Facebook

Those who bring a full appetite need not worry either, as the faire feast befits its noble name. Canterbury Kitchens heads up five different food spots, where fairgoers can eat to the heart’s content. In a nice modern touch, gluten-free and vegetarian choices are available as well, for those less tempted by turkey legs, shephard’s pye, pigge sandwiches and the like. To quench thy thirst, there are four vineries and taverns, serving up a variety of libations and refreshments.

For overnights in the area, the Hampton Inn Fairhaven has a special deal, pairing overnight accommodations with a couple adult tickets and breakfast in bed.

To purchase tickets to King Richard’s Faire in advance, click here. Group discounts are available, too, and it should be noted that only cash is accepted at the gate. You can find directions to the site in Carver here and learn a bit more about the events that take place all across Massachusetts here.

What’s one unique festival or fair that you’ve attended? Let us know in the comments!

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