Renaissance Faire

03 May

This morning, with the sun shining brightly, very brightly, we headed off to the Renaissance Faire on the Gold Coast.

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As this was only the second faire at this location, it was still rather sparse.

Yes there were plenty of performances and several activities for the kids but the stalls were rather few and far between.

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Despite this, we found several things to amuse us for the morning.

Bradyen took an interest in archery and eagerly jumped at the chance to learn how to shoot.

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We ended up paying for a second round as he was so impressed with the experience.

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No, there were no target shots.

We have a long way to go before we’re splitting any arrows.

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After our archery, we headed over to the “Rose Theatre”, and caught some Medieval Music on the flute and lyre.

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The music is so peaceful and joyful.

Next up was a Shakespearean play.

It was advertised as “Much Ado About Nothing” but there was some changes to the program and we ended up seeing “A Comedy of Errors”

We’d actually really wanted to see “The Taming of Shrew” but weren’t prepared to stay all day to see it.

(They needed to advertise their program on their website so you could plan accordingly).

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However, “A Comedy of Errors” proved to be a great play.

It’s about the hilarious mix up between two sets of twins, with identical names, who don’t realise they have twins.

We thoroughly enjoyed the play.

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We would have liked to stay for some of the other Shakespearean plays but sitting in the harsh sun at midday was quite unpleasant.

Yet, with little else to do, we found ourselves at a loose end and decided that we had seen the best that the faire had to offer.

But, before leaving, we stopped to watch a sword fighting demonstration.

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We were particularly interested in the information about how medieval sword fighting differs from that which we see on tv.

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From these demonstrations, I’m guessing that medieval battles were over a lot faster than the Hollywood versions.

The Renaissance Faire was a nice way to spend the morning, although it’s obvious that it’s in its infancy.

The best part of the faire was the Shakespeare plays.  These alone were worth the cost of admission.

Although Brayden gave his vote to the archery.



Posted by on May 3, 2015 in Field Trips, History


4 responses to “Renaissance Faire

  1. Monika Durand

    May 3, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Man!! That looks so cool!!! How do you find these things???

    • Tracey

      May 3, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Usually online on “what’s on” type pages. Or word of mouth – homeschoolers are usually more ‘in the know’ on these sorts of things than the general public.
      Do you know about the much larger Abbey Medieval Festival up near Caboulture? It’s definitely worth a whole day visit! Here’s a post from the last time we went:

      • Monika Durand

        May 3, 2015 at 7:09 am

        Thanks!! 😉

        I’m getting soo many awesome tips from your blog, Orienteering!! wow how cool! we are def going to do that too. thanks Tracey 🙂

  2. Petra

    May 3, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Marvellous – hope they keep it up 🙂


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