Tuesday, 4 September 2012

MICHIGAN: The Renaissance Festival


If dressing up as a wench, pirate or a medieval peasant is your thing, then you might just love the Michigan Renaissance Festival which we visited at the weekend. Think vintage - but centuries old vintage. It's part festivities with jousting, fire eating and performances, part eating and drinking, a big part shopping and lots of fun. Not only could you buy yourself a brand new sword, but leather armour, chain mail, corsets, natural soaps, teas to glass wear and jewellery. Staff and visitors both dress up which creates a really fun atmosphere, plus Joe ended up going in jail for $3 and having to sing "I'm a little teapot" just to be released which was great fun. Watching jousting was my favourite part of the day, while it's nothing like proper jousting and involves a lot of play acting it was certainly a laugh. We came away with the latest tend for drinking - a drinking horn [pictured], handmade soap to a glass penguin and crazy little mushroom men to stick into planters. Our feet were tired and we were getting a little too sun burnt to get around everything but we're certainly off back next year.

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  1. This looks the best! I need to find one of these and go, if there's one thing I love it's dressing like a wench.

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    1. Yeah the dressing up part looked fun - may have to get dressed up a little more next year!

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  2. Sounds like my sort of day out, I love chain mail x

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    1. Ah man, you could buy full armour and chain mail. Not sure when you'd want to be wearing it but I love that you could!

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  3. aww I like all the idea, we don't have that type of events, everything looks so cool.

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    1. Yeah I've certainly seen them more in the UK then in the US.

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  4. Wow, I think I'd have loved this!xo

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    1. Jack would love it with all the sights and sounds especially the petting zoo too!

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  5. We have a Renaissance Fair here too every year. It is so fun, but I haven't gone in a while. Looks like a fun day.

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    1. Sounds good - being English I should be use to them and probably should have gone to one before. They have one in York celebrating the Viking heritage with burning boats and things. Always sounded fun!

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