2011 is the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Renaissance Faire. It’s held at lovely Lake Anna Winery in Spotsylvania, which is approximately 40 minutes from Fredericksburg VA Bed and Breakfasts, 45 minutes from Locust Dale VA Bed and Breakfasts, and an hour from Rochelle VA Bed and Breakfasts.
The world of the 2011 Virginia Renaissance Faire is Staffordshire, a charming English country village set in the Elizabethan period. This is a time when the New World was first being explored by Europeans. Keep an eye out for some of the explorers who set off by ship in search of wealth and recognition.
Meet Queen Elizabeth as she visits Staffordshire, which is rebuilding after a fire. Listen to actors try to persuade townspeople to allow them to build a theatre. Watch musicians, dancers, and jugglers entertain the queen. Learn the ins and outs of archery from the Royal Archers, and see what it feels like to let arrows fly from your own bow.
The Artist’s Market is full of fine goods and skilled craftsmen who demonstrate historic crafts. You can find chain mail at The Maille Room, hand forged jewelry at WyrmWear, and flutes at Fanciful Fun. Pick up Renaissance clothing and accessories at Glastonbury Designs, and spiritual goods and witchcraft supplies at Anathemum. Get your palm read of Kolisha’s Palmistry, and your hair braided at Pandora’s Locks. Luckily, an assortment of kitchens and taverns will keep you well fed on both modern and Renaissance dishes, and filled with drink.
Each weekend focuses on a particular theme:
May 21 and 22 is Pirate Invasion Weekend at the Virginia Renaissance Faire. Pirates and Privateers overrun Staffordshire!
May 28 and 29 is Military History Weekend (free admission for military personnel). Enjoy demonstrations with Black Powder weapons and learn a bit about military activity during the Elizabethan period.
June 4 and 5 is Celtic Weekend. Kick up your heels to Celtic music.
Lake Anna Winery is an easy drive from Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, and Richmond VA. It is less than 2 hours from Washington D.C.. Step back in time with a trip to the Virginia Renaissance Faire. The ideal choice of lodging for your trip back in time is a Virginia Bed and Breakfast.