A new era begins at the Ren Faire

By on August 3, 2016

Season starts Aug. 6 with reduced admission prices

The year is 1509. King Henry VII, victor of the War of the Roses and founder of the Tudor dynasty, has died. His eldest son Arthur, who was to have taken his place, has also succumbed to illness. And so England’s throne and future now fall to the king’s second son: Henry Tudor.

Henry has chosen the Shire of Mount Hope as the site of his coronation, and on this glorious festival day our good Lady Mayor has spared no expense. She has prepared music, dancing, acrobats, jousting, and even a game of human chess! And after a day full of revelry and merriment, England’s new King shall be crowned upon the Globe stage with a fantastic celebration to start his new reign.

The 13-week 36th season of the Faire runs Aug. 6 through Oct. 30. The Faire is open Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Labor Day Monday, on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim.

Festivities includes more than 90 daily shows on open-air stages and the village streets, with music, dance, and action-packed performances. The entertainment is endless as the citizens of the Shire fill the streets with improvised song, swordplay, and even mud begging. Man-powered rides, a gaming village, a fight circle, a dungeon museum and an amazing maze all add to the thrill of a Faire visit.

Scores of merchants and artisans offer unique items for the shopper in everyone, and a myriad of food vendors for every palate abound.

Tickets are specially priced for opening weekend, Aug. 6 and 7 — $15.95 when purchased in advance online, or $19.95 at the gate.

New this season, dogs will be welcomed at the Faire each Saturday and Sunday in August. Dog lovers and their furry friends are invited to join the Royal Hounds upon the fairegrounds on these dog friendly weekends. All dog owners must follow the Dog Days Decrees and complete Dog Days Admission Registration Form and Waiver to attend.

Parking is free, but games, rides, foods, beverages, and crafts have additional costs. Visit parenfaire.com for complete show details, advanced click-to-print discount tickets, and helpful tips for a fun-filled Faire day.

After opening weekend, prices are: adult admission, $30.95; child admission, ages 5 to 11, $11.95. There are discounts for purchasing online tickets in advance at parenfaire.com.


The king is dead. Long live the king! Greg Ramsey portrayed King Henry VII in 2015. This year, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire delves into a new era, where Henry has died, and his son, Henry Tudor, will be coronated. (LNP file photo)

Greg Ramsey portrayed King Henry VIII in 2015. (LNP file photo)

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