Here is what you will see and do in our village…
While there are 2 stages offering constant entertainment plus a jousting area featuring a full combat joust twice daily, think of the entire festival site as one big stage. As you walk about you are surrounded by hundreds of costumed participants who will greet you in the manner of the day, such as “Good Morrow, Fine Sir,” or “Grant Thee Good Day.” Spontaneous theatrics will appear at any time. Even the vendors will greet you with with a hearty, “Good Day and Well Met” as you pass by. It’s all in good fun and part of a grand experience. All of the following is included in the price of your ticket.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and Her Royal Court – There aren’t words enough to describe this stunning show. Queen Elizabeth is on her summer progress about England. She is accompanied by her many Lords, Ladies, household servants and the Royal Guards. This is truly a sight to behold. They not only look good but throughout the day they perform dances and display their many talents to entertain Her Majesty. Don’t be shy about taking photos – they are quite happy to accommodate.
American Jousting Alliance – If you’ve ever wanted to see knights in armor jousting just as they did in the Renaissance, this is the show for you!
Out of Kontrol – Out Of Kontrol is an improv comedic juggling and stunt show involving audience participation, a bit of slap stick and a lot luck. 4 skilled performers showing off for the audience with dangerous stunts and a lot of laughs at personal expense. Juggling, fire eating, acrobatics and much more.
The Merry Wives of Windsor – Ale Wives singing about their favorite subjects: Men and Beer. Naughty where and when appropriate and otherwise, family friendly, with a touch of the bawdy. These talented ladies have been at the festival in the past and are a top favorite.
The Wit of Will – This show is a fast, frenzied one-man tour of Shakespeare, guaranteed to make the Bard accessible, entertaining, and fun for audiences of all ages. Join Jeff McLane (Master Will Shakespeare) as he takes you on a non-stop, frenetic, and hilarious journey through Hamlet or Macbeth. Make Shakespeare approachable, hilarious, and fun! These one-man Shakespeare shows will convince any audience that Shakespeare can be easy to understand, relevant and best of all, FUN!
Wren of Iniquity – Tight vocal harmonies on traditional English folk and silly sea songs, accompanied by mandolins, mountain dulcimers, bass, fiddle, whistles and Celtic Harp. We bring a style that is both lively and pretty to these wonderful story songs, which will fit beautifully with the ambiance of the beautiful new location at Laguna Lake Park.
Fowl Tales – Ahoy! Bob Bartley and Curtis bring you the only Pirate Parrot Show in California! Demonstrating a lifetime of training and friendship, Bob and Gypsy will amaze the crowd with piratical hilarity!
Full Circle Falconry – Falconry is an art. It requires long hours, constant devotion, finesse, subtlety and skill. The falconer must train a bird of prey to fly free, hunt for a human being and then accept a return to captivity. In this show Falcon trainer Kenny Elvin will demonstrate this ancient art with his birds. This is pure poetry in motion and a rare sight.
Double Crown Dancers – Belly Dancing and entertaining as well as teaching of various dance styles in the world. Because we traveled as ambassadors to England we traveled the world and brought our dancers, guards and all necessary personnel with us. A we traveled to other countries to encourage them to fight for England against Spain.
Constables of The Shire – The Constables of the Shire is a street improv group that recreates the citizen-police of Shakespeare. We base ourselves loosely (very) on the Constable humor as found in our frequent use of malapropism, a technique Shakespeare would use again in Elbow from Measure for Measure, and poking fun at the amateur police forces of his day, in which respectable citizens spent a fixed number of nights per year fulfilling an obligation to protect the public peace, a job for which they were, by and large, unqualified. We strive to uphold this tradition.
Barleycorn Country Dancers – Whether you catch them in a stage show or dancing in the street, the Barleycorn Country Dancers are a perennial favorite in our village. Enjoy seeing authentic Renaissance dances and if the spirit moves you – join in!
New Queen’s Ha’Penny Consort – An ensemble of musicians who play Renaissance Music in support of the Queen and the activities of her Court.
Countryside Gypsies – We are people from the Near and Far East. We travel from village to village using their skills and talents to survive in England. We seek work on farms, with skilled craftspeople in the villages and outlying areas. Some of us work on the streets by entertaining the towns people with our music, dance, story telling, juggling, magic tricks and more. We can also be seen in the market place purchasing the supplies and tools needed for our traveling community.
Birds of A Feather – A band of women street singers performing madrigals and other period songs a capella. They wander the streets and you may find them at any corner of the market square.
Where Is She Now – See 12 year-old Alexis Rosinsky give a stunning one person show of Shakespeare monologues linked with illuminating description and narration. She originally performed the show to benefit a local toddler fighting cancer and was able to raise a good sum for the family. Erik Stein of PCPA says “Embrace any chance to see her work.”
Costume Contest – We’re always amazed at the great costumes children come in so this year we’re going to let them show off their best attire. Everyone comes away a winner. Learn more about the costume contest here.
Madrigali – a group of 12 musicians who have been performing at Ren Faires for over 20 years. They sing traditional Renaissance madrigals, a Capella. Their preferred format is as “street musicians” where they form a circle and invite faire participants into the middle to experience “Renaissance surround sound.”
Danse Macabre – This group recreates the Danse Macabre parades of medieval and renaissance Europe; the main message is that all must die, no matter what their station, so everyone should lead a good life and be prepared to die.
They parade throughout the faire at 11AM and 3PM each day. Parades consist of musicians playing renaissance music on recreated period instruments, dancers, and at least one banner carrier.
All paraders are in mask and either skeleton costume or all (nearly) black costume.
Oakwinds Ensemble – a group of 10 players entertain guests with sopranino to bass recorders, cello, drum and tambourine.
Rising Phoenix Morris Dancers – Rising Phoenix Morris performs traditional dances derived from the Cotswold farming regions of England. According to 17th century written records, it is believed these dances date back to at least the Renaissance. English Morris Dancing is a high-energy, exuberant dance form characterized by waving hankies and sticks clacking together, sometimes even flying from hand to hand.
House of Tudor – This middle class English guild demonstrates trades and crafts, spinning, weaving, ruff making, scale mail, historical make-up and beauty, plus period games such a bowles, card games, dice etc.
The Guilds of St. Barbara’s & St. Genesius – This colorful group instructs guests on the weaponry and armaments on the time, period games, crafts and renaissance dance. They have a “small scale” trebuchet which fires a 2.5 pound cabbage ~110 feet. Cole slaw anyone?
Shadow Walkers – This encampment is called the Belladonna Inn. They portray a period merchant class inn and gaming hall. In character they teach patrons of all ages how to play an array of period games including cathedral, shove a ha penny, nine-man’s morace, and many others. They also perform different street bits throughout the day to entertain the patrons.
This is just a small sample of the many things to do and see. In addition to the stage shows, the jousts, the dancing and singing, there are living history displays everywhere.
There are a few things you will pay extra for such as the Shetland Pony Rides, Archery, and certain Games.
Oh, and there’s a Costume Contest For Kids, held twice daily, with prizes. You can learn more about that here.
Be sure to bring a camera because this is a spectacle unlike anything you’ve seen, and you want to share the photos with other.
Dressing The Queen
Have you ever wondered how those nobles got dressed? If you were a Lady it took a small army of attendants to get you dressed and all cinched up. Gentlemen also had to have servants help then get into their finery. Just getting dressed was a real task. Our very own Queen Elizabeth and her Ladies in Waiting will show you how it’s done. Check the schedule on your program (it’ll probably be around 11:30). This isn’t a peep show, it is all G Rated.