Step back into the Middle Ages to the time of daring knights on horseback, fair maidens, mischievous sprites, and jolly jesters! Meet Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men! But don't let the Sheriff of Nottingham see you!
What Entertainment, Spectacles and other amusements shall thee encounter within our gates? Prithee read on!
In addition to Demonstrations, Activities and Shopping, Mutton and Mead is graced with the sounds, sights, and amazing entertainments of many many, many talented performers! Here are a few acts you will not want to miss ...
Full Contact Joust - Knights on horseback! Chariots! Fierce swordplay!
Cu Dubh - thunderous drums and stirring bagpipes!
Cirque Du Sewer - trained rats and cats! Aye, really!
Wheel of Death -- one brave man on a Giant, 30 foot high, Spinning Wheel!
Vixens En Garde - fierce witty women, swords, & Shakespeare!
Blades of Death - with luck, no bloodshed on St. Bonaduce’s Day!
Birds of Prey - see falcons, hawks, up close!
Free Archery - try your hand at what Robin Hood does best!
And these are just some of the highlights, see the full list below! The Mutton and Mead Medieval Festival features over 50 shows and spectacles for your enjoyment! To see our (nearly) complete list read on. Have children, check out our Children's Path suggestions.
2017 Entertainment List (alphabetical)
The inhabitants of our fair shire shall carry on the tradition of Saint Bonaduce’s day and its doctrine of amnesty and peace. Everyone is invited to participate in singing, and dancing. Join in the festivities and raise your voices in harmony at the Tavern Singalong midday! Learn medieval Country Dances skillfully taught by Mistress Lizzie Lark in the early afternon! Meet Robin Hood, Maid Marion, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and others as they roam about Nottingham. Meandering minstrels will provide joyful noises throughout the day. Enjoy the sweet harmonies of The Wandering Warblers and Early Music Ensemble, and the fife and strumming of Lord Pommerai’s Minstrels. Drop in to the Grove Stage for the Shire Life Sing.
BELOW THE GAFF will put a jump in your step with their lively tunes and a groan in your belly with their bad jokes which they promise to be still amusing. Dance along to traditional Irish folk songs, sea shanties and original pirate tunes.
BLADES OF DEATH is a comedy knife-throwing show featuring Ichabod Wainwright and his assistant Samantha Stagewonder. Together they will perform feats of balance on a 16-foot high chair stack! Juggling knives, and maybe a little magic for good measure. The Blades of Death show is the only touring show in the world to feature knife throwing at a human target from a slack rope! Simply a must see!
CARAVAN DANCERS return yet another year, from the farthest lands of the realm! They showcase two distinct performances inspired by music from long ago and far, far away. Live musical accompaniment by Diabolis in Musica & Cu Dubh and Carmine and Friends.
CIRQUE DU SEWER, the Acro-Bat with Acro-Rats and an Acro-Cat! Probably the only Circus in the world of its kind, Cirque Du Sewer features the circus skills of Melissa Arleth and her amazing trained vermin. The rats jump through flaming hoops, complete obstacle courses, and join Melissa on her slack rope for a finale that is truly unique. They are like Cirque du Soleil -- only less Canadian.
CU DUBH (Coo DOO) mixing eastern instrumentation and dance rhythms played on thundering Turkish war drums with dark original compositions played on Highland Bagpipes, they have carved a unique sound that calls back to ancient Celt brethren.
DIABOLIS IN MUSICA blends medieval melodies and instrumentation with modern and international flavors, with a multicultural repertoire that draws from ancient tunes from Europe and the Middle East. Their name is drawn from 6th century’s Pope Gregory’s declarations outlawing of certain musical harmonies as “diabolis in musica” -- the devil’s music. It was... the Rock & Roll of the Dark Ages!
ED THE WIZARD pulls magic from the air while wandering the shire streets. Experience the mystical ministrations!
ENCHANTED FOREST -- venture and stroll along the path into a magical place! Meet faeries, sprites, trolls, pixies, and other mysterious dwellers of these majestic woods. Come to the Enchanted Gathering! And be on the lookout, as there might even be a Parade bringing the faeries out of hiding and through the entire shire!
FAERIE TALES & STORIE TYME invites shire children to a storytime gathering with a twist -- your children help write their story with the faeries! Interactive storytime for all ages. Saturday: Raven Moon. You’ll hear tales of giants, faeries, and more!
FLIGHTS OF FANTASY -- Ladies Serenity and Modesty tell stories and sing songs about brave heroes and heroines, and misunderstood dragons.
JOLLY JESTERS will amaze you! This is a Medieval Circus that will delight all manner of folks with their feats of dexterity, juggling, balancing, tumbling and acrobatics, spiced with buffoonery. Partake in their juggling on-the-fly lessons!
JOUST! Witness sword fighting, death defying stunts, trick riding, two-horse chariot, ladies in majestic gowns, the grandeur of warhorses, and all the pomp and pageantry you expect in a Royal Joust. Step back in time and be part of an event fit for kings, queens, and commoners alike! By DeBracey Productions.
THE LONGSHANKS. This long-legged duo will delight your heart and entertain your soul with stories, skits, songs, and more as they wander the shire with grace and ease, performing on stilts and fantastical costumes right before your very eyes (Saturday only)
MELA are two folk-faeries that have traveled the world and can be found in our Enchanted Forest. Their name is a Sanskrit word meaning “gathering of people” or “festival,” and their spiritual and musical energies bring humans together through their songs, playfulness, Earth-magic, harmonies, and world instruments.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM is Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy. Lost in the woods, four lovers fight for their preferred partner’s affections while mischievous faeries interfere, and bumbling Bottom is transformed by a spell into the paramour of the Queen of the Fairies. See selections presented by Vermont Theatre Company.
MORRIS DANCING in a variety of styles will be performed throughout the day by various groups in the area.
ROAD TO CANTERBURY Full of family fun, this short musical retells a selection of remedies from Geoffrey Chaucerís Canterbury Tales. Grab an instrument and sing along with Chaucer’s Troubadours!
ROBIE BONES performs on variety of instruments including cow rib bones, pipe and tabor, wooden whistles and bodhrans. Be drawn in … try your hand at some music yourself!
SERVITUDE: Are you ready to be served? Two Bergamese servants with attitude are in search of a new master! Prepare thyself, for you may be leaving the festival today with songs in your heart, laughs in your belly, and two new caretakers for your home! By the Mummers.
ROOTED REALMS in the Enchanted Forest is a New England based collaborative project featuring dancers, actors, acrobats, artists, and musicians from the region.
SKELETON CREW THEATER brings magical and monstrous beings to life -- meet Trolls, Fates and a living, speaking Tree.
STRING THEORY may be found strolling the streets filling the air with sweet music! Piper the Pied Harpist pauses in her strolling to welcome students of all ages to explore the Celtic Harp, with miniature harps circulated for the young harpers-in-training! Embrace the Harper inside you!
URSA MINOR -- A timeless sound with youthful spirit, their harmonies will let your spirit dance. Listen to old favorites as well as original compositions.
VIXENS EN GARDE -- Beautiful women armed to the teeth bring Shakespeare to life! This fast-paced interactive swordfighting comedy show will keep you on the edge of your seat as only the Vixens En Garde can!
WHEEL OF DEATH is a high flying acrobatic stunt show featuring the worlds-only Wooden Wheel of Death and the master of momentum himself, Ichabod Wainwright! Ichabod will run, jump, flip, and juggle flaming axes all while running around his 3o foot tall Wheel of Death!
WOLFGARD NORTHEAST Through art of immersive storytelling, Wolfgard Northeast transports you back in time to a world of wolves, shapeshifters, and other wild things. Explore wolf mythology from horizons near and far.
2017 Program coming soon, so you can plan your day(s)! In the meantime- check out our 2016 program out below!
Check back June 18th for the 2017 Program