Oxford Renaissance Festival
4939 Hamilton Rd, Dorchester, ON
June 22 - 24 , 2018
Lords and Ladies in celebration of our 5th year we are announcing our first ever...
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So – just what is a Renaissance Festival?
TThe small village of Wolvercote is once again anticipating a visit from the Queen and her chosen courtiers. This is the sixth year in a row that the Queen has visited, and one would think that the village knows well what to do – but there seems to be a sense of desperation in the air. The people of Wolvercote have been placed in a very precarious position – and there is no easy way out!
The year is 1567 – and the topic on everyone’s mind is the succession. Queen Elizabeth has disbanded Parliament so that she need not address the issue – however her councilors continue to press her to marry and produce an heir so that there may be no doubt in the land as to who should succeed. Hoping to encourage a royal marriage by any means possible, William Cecil, chief Councilor to her Majesty has sent word that if the village of Wolvercote wishes to remain as a stop along the queen’s progress, they must find a way to help soften the Queen’s heart.
Wolvercote has no choice but to comply – to lose the income generated by the Queen’s visit would be disastrous. On the other hand, to lose the favour of the Queen herself would be catastrophic! After much deliberation, discussion, and worry, the village has decided to set a theme of “Courtly Love” for their annual festival. They hope that the medieval romanticism that celebrates the unconsummated love between a chivalrous knight and a virtuous lady will appeal to the Queen while satisfying the demands of her council. To this end, the village will be full of displays of chivalrous romance – impromptu contests of compliments, troubadours, poem a grams, and more!
Overview: The Oxford Renaissance Festival attracts over 2000 patrons each year to spend a day in a renaissance village. Our goal is to include merchants who can offer our patrons uncommon products and services that complement our theme. Demonstrations of your craft are always appreciated to add to the education and entertainment of the audience. Except in the case of extreme weather, the festival (and vendors) will remain open, rain or shine.
Good Day Lords and Ladies, well met!
As we start to plan for this year's festival event we are looking for vendors to join us, if you are interested please fill out our pre-application vendors form so we know your intent, after which a carrier pigeon (email) will be sent with the contract forms.
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