FAQ

SITE LOGISTICS 

Q: Can I bring my pet with me to the Faire?

A: The Faire is a public event with many wee ones and in the interest of safety of these wee ones, pets are not allowed.

Q: Is there parking close to the Faire?

A: Yes, there is free parking at The Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex and at the Bauer parking lot on Father David Bauer Drive in Waterloo. There is also free parking on Seagram Drive in the parking lot outside the football field. Refer to the directions page for parking locations.

Q: Is the Faire accessible to the handicapped?

A: Yes, the handicap accessible entrance is the Westmount Gate off of Westmount Road. Our volunteers will be there to direct you. Handicapped individuals in wheelchairs are allowed in for free along with one assistant.

Q: Can I rent a wheelchair there?

A: No. We do not have wheelchairs available for rent or loan. If you will be requiring one, please contact your local medical supply store.

Q: Will I be able to get back into the Faire should I have to exit for any reason?

A: Yes! You will receive a stamp on your hand when you pay at the gate, this entitles you to come in and out of the park as often as you like.

Q: What do I do if I am separated from the party I came with?

A: We have t-shirted volunteers assisting throughout the day to ensure that your day is enjoyable. Please let one of these volunteers know of your situation or come to the Information Booth to report your situation and wait for your party.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE FAIRE

Q: What kind of entertainment is there at the Faire?

A: At the 2 festival stages, there is singing and dancing. At the tournament area, there is an intriguing story that unfolds throughout the day with knights in battle. The Royal Court, minstrels and jesters are sure to charm you. Medieval merchants are located throughout the marketplace interspersed with games.

Q: Do I have to pay extra to play the games?

A: No, you do not have to pay extra to play the games at the Faire. Once you have paid your admission fee, this entitles you to play the games for free and to enjoy live entertainment at the 2 festival stages & the intriguing story that unfolds throughout the day at the tournament ring. When you fare well at a game, you will be given a token. You can trade your tokens for prizes at the Games Magistrate tent.

Q: Are there food and beverages available at the Faire?

A: Yes, there is an assortment of food fit for a King or Queen that is available for purchase.

Q: Is there seating available at the Faire?

A: The Faire is an outdoor event. There is limited seating at each of the festival stages, at the Tournament area, in the Tavern and interspersed in the park.

Q: Are there washrooms on-site?

A: Yes, there are washrooms in the Tavern area and portable washrooms are located throughout the park.

Q: Are there emergency services on-site in the event I fall ill while at the Faire?

A: We will have first aid services on-site to assist patrons who fall ill or may be injured while visiting with us. There is a mobile unit stationed at First Aid throughout the day.

COSTUMES

Q: I am having a medieval wedding. Where can I rent/buy medieval costumes in the Kitchener-Waterloo region?

A: The following are the costume shops in Kitchener-Waterloo that would outfit your guests:

A Kind of Magic

321 Weber Street North
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 3H8
 
Alberta Jeans Costume Rentals
564 King Street East (close to Pandora Street)
Kitchener, Ontario N2G 2M1
(519) 576-5340
 
91 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 2X3
(519) 886-0014
 
1363 King Street
St Jacobs, Ontario N0B 2N0
(519) 664-1313
 
Masquerade Manor
Hespler, Ontario
(519) 658-6260
 

If you are looking for a medieval wedding dress, try:

A Custom Affaire
326 King Street West
Kitchener, Ontario
(519) 576-2612
 

If you know someone else who sews, there are many Simplicity & McCall's medieval dress patterns available in the costume section of the pattern book. You can check the Simplicity one at www.simplicity.com.

Q: Can I come dressed in costume?

A: Certainly, you may come dressed in costume. It adds to the fun!

Q: If I come dressed in costume, will I get in for free?

A: Please feel free to wear your costume, but we still require you to pay the small admission fee. The Royal Medieval Faire relies on the admission fee to bring the faire to Waterloo Region for years to come.

Q: Where can I rent a costume?

A: See answer to question "Where can I rent/buy medieval costumes in the Kitchener-Waterloo region?".

Q: Can I wear a sword or dagger with my costume?

A: No. We have a strict no weapons policy. We want everyone to enjoy the festivities at the Faire. The safety of all is paramount.

ORGANIZATIONAL

Q: Does the Faire move to a rain venue if it rains?

A: The Faire goes on Rain or Shine! There is shelter in tents and at the covered pavilion area. Some performances may be delayed or cancelled if the rain is pouring and there is danger of performers being injured. Otherwise, the show continues as scheduled.

Q: Where do the proceeds of the Faire go?

A: The Faire is a volunteer not-for-profit organization. The gate admission that patrons pay offset the expenses incurred (e.g. park rental; sword repairs; costumes; storage; banner installation, programme, posters & flyer production; sound system rental to name a few) in putting on an event of this magnitude and the remaining funds go towards the next year's Faire.

Q: Who organizes this event?

A: The Faire happens largely due to the generous time volunteered by individuals within our community. There is a group of work coordinators assigned to particular areas of the medieval faire which is then overseen by a board of directors. We are always looking for more help, so, if you'd like to assist with the year to year running of the medieval faire, please contact us at info@royalmedievalfaire.org or call (519) 279-4018.

See the Current Board of Directors

EDUCATION

Q: My grade 4 class is studying the medieval period, do you do school presentations?

A: We do not do school presentations. The Royal Medieval Faire is made possible by many enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. Given our limited resources, we have decided to focus on producing an affordable high quality event.