Have you heard about The Bristol Renaissance Faire? It’s one of our family’s favorite fests and has become a family tradition to attend every year. When we don’t, our summer is not complete. Since we visit yearly, we’ve become seasoned pros. Here are some tips to help you and your family.
Tip & Tricks to Enjoy the Bristol Renaissance Faire
- Wear comfy shoes. It’s mostly gravel and unpaved, and at times hilly.
- Feel free to dress up. If you’ve ever wanted an excuse to dress up in your Renaissance gear other than Halloween, or any type of costume, this is the place to do it. My little one couldn’t wait to dress up as a princess.
- When you enter, pick up a map and schedule of the events to help plan your day. Or better yet, check out their schedule and map online.
- Meet a fairie. The grassy area dubbed the Fairie Glen is a place where fairies will interact with kids only. The interaction between child and fairie is completely silent and quite magical.
- Shop ’til you drop. They have all sorts of unique wares from wooden cups, goblets, chain maile, kilts, jewelry, or even elven ears. Definitely something you don’t see every day.
- Kids Kingdom is made for kids. This is where the kids can explore the pirate ships, slide, see a few shows, and even spy a dragon egg. The little hobbit homes are cute, although they don’t open. Note: There are changing rooms and a nursing station here.
- Get knighted. Make sure you visit the Kids Kingdom at 4:15 p.m. when the Queen will perform the Knighting Ceremony. How cool is that?
- Unique games and rides. To stay true to the era, the rides are all powered by muscle. Most have a small fee.
- Free kiddie activities. Who says you need to pay to have fun? There are a few things that are complimentary. Push wooden boats with a stick at Mouseboro Pond, try on armor or participate in Kiddie Pike Drills at the Military Encampment, or play in giant sandboxes at Kids Kingdom and Mouseboro.
- Kids Quest. If you have an adventurer they will love Kids Quest! Their mission is to fix the mistakes found in fairy tales while helping Pinocchio become a real boy. Interact with characters while searching for treasure. Best for ages 4-10 and parents need to accompany kids. ($5/child)
- Food is a must at the Faire. Our must-eats are the giant turkey legs, artichokes, Spanish fries, stewed mushrooms, sassafrass, and mead. Lots of lots of mead. We always hear about the cheese fritters, monkey tails, and pickles on a stick. Next time! I changed it up next time and got falafel, hummus, and pitas.
- Get early to grab a seat at the Joust. The joust is an actual competition with athletes competing for points and real wood jousts. You don’t want to miss it! There are three chances to see the Joust, and you better believe it when I say they get packed. Get there about 30 minutes early to grab a seat. My recommendation? Grab food to keep the kids busy.
- Fun shows. Adam Crack does an electrifying fire whip show. The Mud Show is hilarious. This year, we enjoyed the aerial show.
- Entertainers everywhere we turned. We didn’t need to necessarily stop to see a scheduled show onstage; there was entertainment wherever we went whether it be a fiddle player, a silly baby/man or a man in a box.
- Cash is king at the Faire, so be prepared to bring to some. Only a few vendors accept credit cards. If you don’t, there are ATMs available.
- Privvies are available throughout, but if you are looking for modern plumbing the nicest restrooms are close to the entrance (next to the pony rides).
- Most shows request tips afterward. If you wish to avoid doing, there are a few places do not ask such as any show with Queen Elizabeth, the Jousts, Kids Kingdom, and the Nobles Glade.
- Bring your own refillable water bottle to save money. Note: Don’t try to fill it with anything but water or bring anything out for that matter. Their security will have you open it up and do a sniff test.
- Feel free to bring in a few snacks for picky eaters.
- Save money by buying tickets online. Sign up for the emails and stay updated by liking their Facebook page. I’ve seen a few promotions posted before the season.
Admission: Admission is $25.95 per adult, $11.50 for children 5-12, and kids 4 and under are free.
Hours: Open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day (Now until Sept. 3) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Location: 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, WI. The Bristol Renaissance Faire is located close to the border between Illinois and Wisconsin.
Parking: Preferred parking is $5. There is free parking if you don’t mind walking a little bit further. There are privies (bathrooms) located throughout.
Stroller-friendly? There is a lot of ground to cover, so you can bring your stroller though it may be a little tricky maneuvering through the hills, crowds, and gravel. If you have a baby, I’d recommend babywearing. If you have toddlers, a wagon may be better for you.
Food: Don’t leave without trying some of the food. It’s tradition to get a turkey leg and mushroom soup.
Crowded: We were here on a Saturday afternoon
Best for: The entire family!
Plan to spend: The whole day!
Disclosure: Our family was given complimentary tickets to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.