If you’re looking for a royally good time, transport yourself back to 11-century Spain for a delicious feast and tournament featuring a spectacular of falconry, majestic horses, and the thrill of watching skilled, athletic knights.
My military family just shared our first Medieval Times experience and we absolutely loved it! I knew the night was special from the moment I entered the castle, was crowned, and greeted as “My Lady.” Wow — that’s an upgrade from the long, drawn-out “Moooooom” I am accustomed to.
My family of four took a photo with the King and then marveled at the Hall of Arms. My boys (ages 4 and 5) examined the suits of armor and explored the gift shop with dad, while I enjoyed an adult beverage from the full-service bar. (My boys now have a new plastic Medieval Times cup for bath time!)
The air was filled with excitement as we were welcomed into the arena. We were warmly greeted by Amber, our wench for the evening. She explained what we could expect over the next two hours regarding our feast and the show. She shared that we would be eating with our hands and cheering for the Black and White Knight. To make it even more exciting, we were given banners and towels to liven up the fanfare.
The King’s Feast
Our family dinner was unlike any other. I didn’t have to cook and my children weren’t asked to mind their manners. Instead, we were encouraged to cheer, yell, and wave banners while eating. Looking back, the most excited person in my party was my husband, because he could eat entirely with his hands. Ah, the simple pleasures in life.
We dined on garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken, sweet buttered corn, herb-basted potato, and a pastry for dessert. We were given the choice of water, tea or Pepsi, with coffee at the end. If we wanted, we could have also enjoyed their full-service bar, with the help of the friendly barmaid who made frequent rounds.
Our wench was excellent with our children…ha, things you never expect to say. She brought lemonade, straws, plasticware, extra wet wipes, and boxes to take home their remaining food because — honestly — they were too engaged in the show to eat it all. Let’s just say that dad didn’t complain when he had amazing leftovers to take to work the following day.
It’s worth mentioning that vegetarian meals are available upon request and children under the age of 3 are admitted free as long as they sit on an adult’s lap and eat from your plate.
The uniquely enchanting show featured chivalry, rivalry and revelry. Heroic knights on spirited horses displayed astounding athletic feats and thrilling swordplay, set to a dazzling light show and captivating music.
We were drawn in from the moment a magnificent white horse entered the arena while the story line unfolded. From there, the pageantry of skilled and colorful characters from yesteryear coupled with the grace and mystery of the animals, made for an enthralling experience.
I watched the faces of my children and husband while they cheered for our knight on the edge of their seats, and enjoyed a dramatic conclusion. Did the Black and White Knight win? That’s for you to experience and find out!
Great news for military — Medieval Times salutes the men and women of our armed forces and their families with discounted tickets and a free royalty upgrade! The Royalty Upgrade, when combined with an admission ticket purchased from an ITT/ITR or MWR ticket office for eligible members includes:
- Priority Castle Access
- VIP Seating
- Priority Seating Access
- Knight’s Rally Towel
- Cheering Banner
Eligible members include retirees, DOD personnel, members of the National Guard/Reserves, and dependents. Tickets for these specially priced offers must be purchased in advance and can only be obtained at participating MWR/ITT offices throughout the United States. Please check with your local military base for more information. These special military rates are not available at the Medieval Times box office.
Consider Medieval Times for your next vacation, birthday, anniversary, date night, Father’s Day, promotion, pre-deployment or homecoming. It’s guaranteed to be a win in your King’s book!
About Medieval Times
Travel through the mists of time to a forgotten age and a tale of devotion, courage and love—at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Imagine the pageantry and excitement that would have been yours as a guest of the king ten centuries ago. That’s exactly what you will experience at North America’s most popular dinner attraction. For more, visit Medieval Times.
Special thanks are extended to Medieval Times and the Medieval Times Baltimore Castle for inviting my family to be their guest for the evening. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
A self-described “Jackie of All Trades,” Army wife Jackie Toops is a mother of two and enjoys writing, travel, art, languages, slow cooking and peaceful parenting. She studied Interdisciplinary Humanities, Museum Studies and Nonprofit Management, and has overseen public relations for museums, galleries and universities. She is a contributing author for Wall Street International Magazine and has discussed her articles on-air with AFN Wiesbaden. She’s usually seen adventuring with her Canon, a coffee and two small children. Follow her on Twitter.
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