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A Magical Day at the Renaissance Faire

7/15/2019 - Brandi Baker

Family-Friendly, Itineraries
A magical day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI
A magical day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI
A magical day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI
A magical day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI
A magical day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI
A magical day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire in Kenosha, WI

Hi it’s Blake again, and I’m so excited it’s finally summer! There are so many fun activities I look forward to every year in Kenosha! However, one of my most favorite things to do on the weekends is visit the Bristol Renaissance Faire. I have so much fun spending all day at the Faire, because there are so many magical things to see and do. From the food and games & rides, to performances and shopping, I’m going to share with you my favorite things to do during a day at the Faire.

  1. Food! There are so many good options at the faire that even the pickiest kid will find something. For lunch my go to is the Sea Creature-shaped chicken nuggets served with fries. My dad loves the giant turkey legs, and my mom always gets the portobello banger, an English sausage stuffed with cheese and mushrooms. But my REAL favorite thing is all the snacks you can find. I won’t be able to fit all the yummy options into one blog post, so I’ll tell you a few of my and my mom’s favorites. Every visit we have to get a pickle - I get the dill and my mom gets the garlic. Butterfly potatoes are also a favorite of mine, and it’s right next to the kids kingdom (I’ll tell you about that later). Corn on the cob is a great snack that my mom approves of, too! Speaking of my mom, her favorite snack is the cheese fritters…big gooey, deep-friend cheese bites. Now a trip to the faire wouldn’t be complete without treats! There are so many options, I wish I could have them all! Fairy Fluff is so good! It’s pineapple vanilla soft serve, and is absolutely the best on the really hot days. There are also Waffle cones, sundaes, and beignets. My most favorite sweet treats are easily the Pippins. Pippins are fried bread with different fruit toppings and ice cream. I like to just keep mine simple with just chocolate and ice cream. Seriously THE BEST.
  2. Rides and Games! If you’re like me and love adventure, you’ll really like the Faire rides. My must-do ride is the Pirates Assault Catapult, which is a bungee jump with trampolines. I love to see how high I can go and I’m working on trying to do flips. Da Vinci’s Flying Machine is another fun one where you take a spin around and get to work the wings of your own cart. There is a giant castle climbing wall (40 feet tall!) – right now it’s a little bit too big for me but there are smaller climbing walls next to it so I can get practice. The giant dueling horse slide is pretty cool - you sit in a seat shaped like your own horse and slide down like you are about to take part in a jousting match. There is many other rides and so many games for all different ages.
  3. Shows! There are characters (and people dressed up) all around you at the Faire. The whole thing is really a show. But, you can always catch a performance no matter what day or time you are visiting. From acrobats, sword swallowers, and tons of music to seeing the Queen herself, you’ll find something exciting to watch. I’m going to tell you about my favorites. Barely Balanced is an acrobat show with three people - small, medium, and large - doing all kinds of amazing tricks. My mom thinks they are pretty funny, too. Cirque du Sewer, another acrobat show, features cats and rats! The whole show makes me laugh, I love watching the animals doing tricks. Clan Tynker is a great one to watch too! It’s like a mini circus with juggling and music and fun costumes. I love all the shows I can catch on the kids kingdom stage, too!
  4. Play areas! There are three areas of the Faire that I spend most of my day at. First, the Kids Kingdom (which I mentioned earlier), has two pirate ships that you can explore and play on, a fun slide, and hobbit houses. The Kids Kingdom is full of storybook characters that I can spend so much time talking to and listening to their stories. I’ve met Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, and a Puss in Boots. There is a stage where they put on fun little shows throughout the day. My mom says the best part is the convenient privies (bathroom) - she told me they were great when I was a baby since they hold a nice changing and nursing area. Next on my list is Mouseboro, down near the jousting. It’s a smaller play area that has one sandcastle play structure next to a small pond that holds wooden boats you can play with. Last, but not least, is the Fairy Glen, a large open area that the fairies of the Faire like to spend time at. I check back here several times a day to see which fairies are there, since they do like to wander the whole Faire! So keep your eyes open while wandering around – they are the most magical part of the day.
  5. Shopping! So many shops fill the Faire! There is lots of stuff for everyone and everything is so interesting to look at. Of course my favorite is the Toy Shoppe, which is filled with all different kinds of toys, most themed to compliment the Faire. The Complete Fool is fun to visit, too – juggling sets, hula hoops, and costume accessories can be found here. There are shops with wooden swords and shields, shops with shoulder puppets, and on my last visit I was able to buy a fun little fox tail to wear from the Chase Tannery. There are also spots to get floral crowns, jewelry, and more.

It’s hard to fit everything the Faire has to offer in just one day - that’s why I suggest taking multiple trips out to the Faire this summer! My mom has some tips on how to make a day at the Faire as fun and easy as possible.

Make sure to bring enough cash! All food and beverage vendors only accept cash. Games and rides also require cash. There are plenty of ATMs around the Faire in case you need them though.

It can get very hot at the Faire. You’re allowed to bring one water bottle (any size) per guest. There are water fountains near the flushable privies to refill those bottle, too.

There is a FREE parking lot, but it can be a bit of a hike. I suggest paying the small fee of $5 for the preferred parking located right outside the gate. If you have kids along, those little legs will sure appreciate the shorter walk especially with a fun day of wandering the grounds ahead.

Speaking of wandering the grounds, make sure everyone has comfortable shoes! Some of the terrain is rough with lots of hills throughout the faire.

Most importantly don’t forget to have fun! The Faire is a totally immersive experience, so let your imagination run wild and soak it all in.

The Bristol Renaissance Faire is open every Saturday and Sunday (plus Labor Day Monday) from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tickets are $25.95 for adults, $11.50 for children, and kids ages 4 and under are FREE! See you all at the Faire! HUZZAH!

Brandi Baker Community Blogger

Brandi Baker

Community Blogger

Downtown Kenosha Resident. Wife to Byron, mom to Blake. We love exploring restaurants, theater and music venues, museums, and special events in our hometown.

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