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Escape to the Past This Summer from May 12 to June 3

A short drive from New Haven lies an enchanted land where chivalry is reborn from a romantic age lost to time. The Annual Robin hood Festival is in full-swing in Guilford.

GUILFORD – A short drive from New Haven lies an enchanted land where chivalry is reborn from a romantic age lost to time. Here jousting knights, jesters, fair maids, Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Prince John, and other interactive characters walk among us. The Connecticut Renaissance Faire presents the 3rd annual Robin Hood Springtime Festival beginning May 12 on the Guilford Fairgrounds in Guilford, Conn.

The Festival recreates the enchanted story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Guests step back in time to an old-world marketplace during the time of a spring faire, where they are immersed in the music and entertainment of the time. Throughout the day there is continuous entertainment on eight stages that feature jousting, armored combat, comedy, magic, puppetry, improvisation troupes, and kids’ shows.

The Robin Hood Springtime Festival is the perfect place to get away from it all,” says General Manager Brian Harvard. “We love it when our guests come dressed to have fun with us, but it’s ok if they prefer to just come as they are. They still  have just as much fun and may even decide give an accent a try.”

Children will enjoy the games, animals, kids’ shows, magic, and storytelling. Where else can your child be made a knight of the realm during an official knighting ceremony? This event caters to our childhood dreams.

While not watching live performances, guests can browse over 80 artisans, crafters, and merchants selling jewelry, Renaissance clothing, original art, home décor, armor, collectibles, and old-world toys. And be sure to bring an appetite, as there are plenty of roasted turkey legs, delicious desserts, and an assortment of delectable foods to choose from.

Tickets to The Robin Hood Springtime Festival are $16 for General Admission and $10 for children ages 7-15. Children ages 6 and under are always free. Tickets can be purchased at the Faire box office or online at The four-week festival is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 in the morning to 7 in the evening from May 12 to June 3 at the Guilford Fairgrounds, Lovers Lane, Guilford CT. There is a $3 charge for parking.

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