Ever since my first year being in the United States, it’s been a tradition for me to go to King Richard’s Faire also known as KRF. When J first told me about it I was a total noob and had no idea what a renaissance fair was. Naturally, my first experience time experience to KRF I was super enchanted. With each visit I always feel like I’m being teleported back in time. This year, J and I went back to check out what new things KRF has to offer, drink some delicious mead and of course, to visit J’s favorite Edward Beard Jr. painting store! This year it’s a little different because I finally get to dress up in my tavern wench costume from last Halloween! Haha! I’ve been wanting to, but nobody has ever wanted to do it with me so I decided to just go ahead and do it this year. I mean, why not right?
It takes about an hour and a half to get to KRF in Carver, MA from where we’re currently staying. The traffic was okay until you get closer to the area. It’s definitely better to head up there early and even if there’s no traffic at all that’s even better because you’ll get to take your own sweet time and explore KRF more. One awesome thing is that the parking is free! No hassle, you can just walk from the parking lot to the entrance of the fair, which is about less than 5 minutes depending on your parking spot.
As soon as you enter, it feels like you just entered a different realm. Plenty of people dressed up as per usual so that made me feel less lonely since J refused to dress up, lol. Those who chose to dress up were seriously into playing their part right. They speak using the old slang that I find it quite hard to understand, haha!
There are plenty of unique stores spread out throughout the fair grounds and most of them sell handmade things from medieval clothing, musical instruments, paintings to various types of trinkets. As mentioned earlier, J and I were so excited to stop by Edward Beard Jr.’s store but unfortunately we were so disappointed to find out that he actually has retired from KRF.. We, especially J loves his paintings. It’s a shame that his shop has been replaced with a store that sells kilt. Boo.
We were both starving by the time we arrived and obviously our first order of business was to get some noms before we get hangry (and by we I mean, “I”, haha!). In KRF, in order to purchase foods and drinks loyal subjects have to first purchase food tickets from the food tickets stalls located in several parts of the fair so be sure to bring along some cash with you. But should you forget to bring cash, fret not, there are ATMs around KRF that visitors will be able to make use of.
There are two separate eating area. The bigger one is located in the center of everything and the other is located near the archery area. The food and drink prices were quite expensive to be honest. Both J and I had some chicken fingers and fries which were good but again, pricey. I remember the first time that I had mead was in KRF because J introduced me to it and it was probably the best mead that I’ve ever had. This year, apparently there are many people love it so much that every tavern that we’ve been to ran out of it.
After we were done satisfying our tummies, we decided to walk around in search for the mead. We stumbled upon flower crown lady, medieval doctors, warriors, a few royals and the best of all… King Richard himself! So totes-obvs I had to take a photo with him, haha! I swear he doesn’t look a day old compared to the last time we saw him which was last year. I wasn’t sure who the lady on the right was and at first I thought she was the queen, but I was wrong. She was super friendly and elegant that I just had to ask her to join in the photo.
Afterwards, we made our way to one of the face-painting stalls because like the past two years, this mermaid has to get her face-painting done because when else do I get to do it! Haha! I had my face painted by the same lady last year and I love her creations! Me being me, I’ve always been creating my own design instead of choosing from the hundreds that are available to choose from, lol. So I told her of my favorite colors and that I wanted mermaid scales design and with those in simple clues, she worked her magic. It didn’t take her long at all and when she was done, I was left in awe just like the previous customer before me. I loved it!
There are multiple of great shows around KRF, from the Mud Show to the Royal Joust Show. There’s even Royal Parade that happens at certain timing of the day. I believe that as of now we’ve seen almost all of the shows. We’ve even have seen some of the shows multiple times and the only two new shows that we caught this year were the Acrobatix and the Mud Show as recommended by J’s friends. I personally think it wasn’t as good as how they described it but still, they were funny and witty. Last year we managed to watch a few other fun shows such as Jacques Ze Whipper and the Royal Joust Show and they were all awesome. We also went into the Dragonwick Dungeon Show last year but unlike the other shows I hated it. Basically, inside the dungeon there are about 14 torture devices that are displayed along with dolls and other visuals. It’s probably not suitable for young kids and plus it smelled so bad in there I’m not even kidding. Even for a $2, I don’t think it’s worth it.
Another tradition that J and I have always been doing at KRF is to tie a rope into the tree while making a wish. The ropes are free for grabs and anyone is welcomed to make a wish. I absolutely love the sense of hope and magic that this particular place resembles.
Just when you think you’ve seen all of the stores and little shops, you’ll continue to come across more, each sells various different unique things. If J and I were to go again next year, I really want to get my hair braided and have us painted by the Court Painter! I’ve seen some of the paintings and I wantz eet! Not sure of the price though… but it’ll most likely be expensive.
Last year we didn’t get to purchase some King’s Nuts because we ran out of tickets. So this year we made sure have enough to get some! The smell was so divine, I’m telling you! J and I had to ‘fight’ each other to get our share, haha! Also.. guess what?! While we were strolling around, we saw a guy holding a bottle of mead as he was walking towards a nearby tavern. Haha, being the kiasu (kyäˌso͞o:(of a person) very anxious not to miss out on an opportunity) girl that I can be, I quickly told J: “let’s follow him!” and we pretty much chased after him, hahaha! But who cares! We managed to get a glass of mead! Win. We had to share one glass only due to the fact that we had not enough tickets to purchase two.. but it’s okay. It was still delicious to the very last drop!
Aside from having plenty of food, drinks and various shows to watch, there are also a variety of activities as well as games that visitors of all ages will be able to enjoy (fyi, you’ll also need cash to participate in each of them). The first year that I visited KRF, I actually won the knife throwing game! It was so exciting because I didn’t even know what I did right, lol. This year J and I played a couple of games and he almost won multiple times! We also spent about $20 and got our hands molded from wax. Again, pricey but meh.. it was a pretty cool experience, not gonna lie.
Overall, both J and I enjoyed our visit to KRF this year. We ended up bringing home a cat painting for J’s sister, our wax hand mold, and happy hearts. If you’ve never been to a renaissance faire before, give it a try! And if you’re from Massachusetts, you definitely would want to give KRF a try! It’s truly a different experience, you won’t regret it. Final verdict? 4 out of 5 starfishes!
King Richard’s Faire
Address: 235 Main Street, Carver, Massachusetts
Phone: (508) 866-5391 or (952) 238-9915