Guilds and artisans offering demonstrations and performances provide entertainment and an opportunity learn more about Renaissance life and the arts. Four stages are scattered throughout the shire, guild enmpments are alive with activity and the shire's trade road is bustling with common interactions of the time, street performances and more. All performances and demonstrations are subject to change.
Please see the Entertainment Schedule for more details.
Scheduled Entertainment and Demonstrations
- Brunetta Blacksmithing
Blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day.
- Castlewood Guild
An English noble’s household, following the Queen on Her Progress through the countryside.
- Celtic Harp Music by Anne Roos
Come listen to Anne Roos and her Celtic Harp perform (Saturday only).
- Celtic Lurchers
See the noble canines and hear their two charming owners tell of their remarkable history.
- Clan Galbraith
A Scottish clan, visiting England to further commerce between the two countries. Enjoy seeing their hawks & falcon. Learn how to arrows are “fletched” and watch a sword fight.
- Danse Macabre Guild
Local villagers, trying to ward off death. This is the age of the Black Plague. They dress as though they are already dead & dance through the lanes so The Angel of Death will not visit here. Join in and celebrate the joy and frivolity of Life through danse.
- Daredevil Chicken
Darring acts of skill and daring! Humor and fun!
- Diamond Rose Academie d’Armes
A Fencing Acadamie, where Sword fighting and tournaments are scheduled throughout the day. Introductory fencing lessons are provided at no charge.
- Grey Raven Constabulary
Constables who are on hand to keep the peace – especially since the queen is expected!
- Fowl Tales
A blend of comedy and visual entertainment with Bob & Gypsy Parrot
- Harvest Home Revelers
Historical sword dances
- Ha'Penny Consort
- House of Payne
Visit the tower of London! Take a picture in the stocks. Have the scalawags’ that accompany you arrested.
- House of Swindon
An English nobleman’s household. He is following the Queen in the hope of gaining her notice and her favor. Learn period games. See what spice & herbs are used for cooking Elizabethan recipes. Find out what tools a Barber Surgeon might use.
- Live Oak Waldorf
Pperiod music and dancing on Saturday morning.
- Merloch Silvermane (more: Magician extraordinaire)
Click on the Magician's picture below for a preview and then come join us to see him live! Join him for a card trick lesson (bring your own deck of cards; expect to stay 30 minutes).
- Order of the Goldenrod
A group of herbalists, hoping to interest folk in their ware.
- Out of Scoil Players
English peasants, come to see the Market Faire and perhaps to find a way to catch the interest of the local gentry. Table games for all, storytelling, interactive plays occur here.
- Porticullis Players
Artisans of fashion embellishments and makers of mead.
- Queen's Falconer's Guild
These are the glorious birds who are sent forth by their handlers to fetch fyne food for the Queen's enjoyment. Many hours of patient training was done to ensure they are the finest hunters in the kingdom!
- Queen Mab's Garden (Children's Glen)
(The one from Shakespeare’s Mid-summer’s Night’s Dream) is a place where children can enjoy making simple crafts as their parents watch. Fairy creatures join us here.
- Ravens and Roses
Telling tales and other fun.
- Smith Family Singers
A talented treat! A local Family of singers will delight you with their melodious harmony.
- St. Ambrose Guild
The upper-middle class English household of Sir Thomas Fludd’s widow.
- St. Andrews Guild
Scottish nobility. They have come in hope of bettering relations with our queen.
- St. George Guild
The Royal Court of Elizabeth R. Tudor. They have come to see the Market Faire and enjoy a respite from Her Majesty’s Progress.
- St. Maximillian Guild
German Mercenary Soldiers and their followers. They have been hired to escort Her Majesty. Enjoy their very colorful clothing!
- St. Sebastian Guild
Finely trained archers ready to defend the Queen or to bring down game for Her pleasure at repast. Archery competitions held throughout the day. Test your strength and “pull the bow”.
- St. Valerius Troupe
Educating through Living History Performances
- The Golden Goddesses
Belly dancing troupe from Grass Valley
- The Celtic Method
Mmusic that tells a story and brings you to a time past.
- Theme Actors Group
Welcome all ye pirates, privateers, buccaneers, swashbucklers, scalawags, cutthroats, sailors and other sea farin' vermin and their wenches to the "Privateer's Scavenger Hunt."