Every year, there’s a medieval faire about an hour from our home. It’s an amazing experience, with a different them every year (this year was Robin Hood and His Merry Men). It’s a great learning experience, too. They provide an education guide, which gives you tons of information about the time period (everything from actual history, to food, dress, language and even heraldry) and even has some worksheets that the kids can do along with suggested activities depending on grade level, and there are dozens of shows to see, as well as jousting, sword fighting, and a living chessboard. Add in lots of yummy food and vendors selling all kinds of unique and beautiful goods, and it’s a can’t miss experience.
We don’t necessarily go every year, but we do go at least every other year. The great thing about an experience like this is that even though much of it is the same every year, you can still learn something new or take in something you already knew in a different way that adds a new layer to your knowledge. This makes it the ideal activity for the whole family, since you can tailor lessons to each child, depending on their age and interests.
If you have one near you, even if you have to drive for a couple of hours, I highly recommend going and checking out the faire. It’s a great way to teach some history while still having fun. Most of the faires are fairly inexpensive to get in, and they’re certainly cheaper than the theme parks.
Here are a few pictures from our time at the faire last weekend. The shows you’ll see at your own local faire will vary, of course, but this gives you an idea of what you might be able to expect.