Huzzah, all ye Clevelanders! If you missed your chance to attend the Great Lakes Medieval Faire in the Geneva area during the summer or you made it to the Faire and just love all things medieval then plan a trip to the 31st annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in Manheim, Pennsylvania where jousting knights, sword fights, strolling minstrels and Renaissance era fashions are just some of the sights awaiting you. The Faire is being held on Saturdays and Sundays (plus Labor Day Monday) from now through October 30. It is approximately a 6 hour drive from Cleveland to Manheim, Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Named one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is located on 35 acres on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate and Winery. Visitors will be transported back in time to the year 1565 where they will find themselves in the midst of a recreation of a 16th century English village complete with dozens of authentic Tudor buildings and hundreds of costumed characters. Average attendance over the 12 weekends is 250,000 visitors.
Entertainment includes musical performances, sword fighting, jesters, magicians, sword swallowers, fire breathers, puppet shows, jugglers, a human chess game and live jousting in the largest jousting arena in North America. The Faire presents over 90 stage shows a day unfolding on 12 stages. In addition, William Shakespeare’s play, “The Taming of the Shrew” will be performed each day by Her Majesty’s Royal Players at a 3-story replica of the Globe Theatre in London.
Each weekend, the Faire has a different theme. Some upcoming themes include Heroes of the Realm, Pirate Invasion, Scottish Weekend, Oktoberfest Weekend, Wine Harvest, and Halloween Daze & Spooky Knights.
Demonstrations at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire include glassmaking, blacksmithing, wood turning, pottery throwing, leather work, wood carving, sculpting, Treadle Scroll saw cutting, falconry (daily shows) and Elizabethan herb gardening traditions. A living history group called the Trayn’d Band will be on hand to give you an idea of what life was like for a 16th century soldier with firing demonstrations, pike drills and examples of camp life.
Twenty-three Royal Kitchens (with names like Tutberry’s Tuber Tavern and Ye Olde Cornhold) will be offering 16th century foods and traditional favorites for purchase. They will also have micro-brewed beers and wines for sale. Visitors can also shop at 130 booths where scores of Renaissance merchants will have their wares for sale.
Hours for the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission is $29.95 for adults and $10.95 for Youth 5-11. Children 4 and under are free. There is a $5 discount for adult tickets purchased in advance online.
The Renaissance Faire is located at the Mount Hope Estate & Winery at 2775 Lebanon Rd. in Manheim, Pennsylvania. 717-665-7021. Manheim is 359 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 6 hour drive.