Do you dream of days gone by, of noble knights and damsels in distress? Elves, dwarves, and magical creatures of all kinds join in setting the stage for a fantasy affair. Watch the happenings on the grandstand, laugh at comedy on display wherever you turn, and marvel at the live combat scenes sure to thrill.
The Midsummer Fantasy Faire is a unique and exciting way to step back in time. Go on a Shakespearean adventure, listen to minstrels strum a tune, and watch magical performances sure to keep you guessing. The kids will love the games intended for them, including the scavenger hunt.
Explore the realm to see the entertainment at every opportunity. Stop for a while and watch the story of the trials of Vonsall. Move on and follow the acts from stage to stage. Finish the day with music, a fire show, and fireworks.
While in Ansonia, make a stop at the Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center to take a walk amongst the trees. Naugatuck State Forest Quillinan Reservoir Block has trails to satisfy the avid trekker, so be sure to take the family for an afternoon picnic there.
Preorder your tickets online for delivery at home, or purchase the weekend you are there and pick up at Will Call. Prices range from $5 to $20 per day and season passes for Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire are available, too. Re-entry into the faire is permitted as long as you have your wristband intact. Credit cards and cash are accepted.
State Route 243, also seen as Pulaski Highway, will put you in proximity to the realm that rests in Warsaw Park. Set your coordinates and get ready to step back in time. As you approach Ansonia, you will see history all around you. General David Humphrey House awaits fans of restorations and the Reverend Richard Mansfield House is located here and was built in 1700. Check CT Travel Smartfor current weather and travel alerts as you make your way through the state.
The Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire parking lot is the first thing you see as you approach the magical realm. While spots for vehicles are plentiful, consider going early for ease of maneuvering your motorhome. Parking attendants will be on hand to assist and direct patrons to the best parking spot for their rig.
Buses travel in Ansonia on a "reserved-ride" basis. Visit the Valley Transit District website to see if the times of operation suit your needs. This mode of transport is ADA accessible. Alternatively, use a taxi or ridesharing service to get you to the fun.
Decide on the family’s preference for this trip. Will it be a privately owned campground with a pool and water slides? Or are you looking for an experience in the quiet of the woods? Kettletown State Park offers just that, over a space of 600 acres. Stay at Connecticut’s largest shoreline camping area at Hammonasset Beach State Park. Watertown is a hop, skip, and jump away and is home to views of the Western Highlands at Black Rock State Park. While in the area, take a day trip to West Rock Ridge State Park for spectacular sights and hiking.
The terrain at the festival is grass and dirt, and although level, may become a challenge in the rain if you have a wheelchair or stroller. Bring along a friend or family member to help out in inclement weather. Footwear requirements are comfy and worn-in sneakers or boots that fit your costume. You will be spending a lot of time on foot exploring the town of Vonsall, so be prepared with sneakers or sandals.
Pack your best Renaissance clothing and join in the revelry at the town of Vonsall, located on the mystical realm of the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire. Become a fairy, pirate, nobleman, or knight. The character you choose is yours for the day. Pack a change of clothing in the event the sun is hot. Wear your garb for part of the day if you choose, and then opt for shorts and a t-shirt.
Be prepared as you set out on your road trip to Connecticut. Pack a small tool kit, clamps, and hoses for water and sewer hookups. Throw in a roll of duct tape, which comes in handy in every circumstance. Extra batteries, jumper cables, and a lantern for around camp are essentials you want to remember as well. Finally, bring lawn chairs, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.
When camping beside a lake, the scenery is a sight to behold. But, with the close proximity to the lake come safety rules. Teach the kids to stay clear of the shoreline unless an adult is present. As for swimming, check with the park rangers or campground manager for water quality. Blue-algae blooms can present a risk, and sometimes swimming is off-limits.
Plan ahead of time whether you will cook mainly inside the RV kitchen or at the fire ring, and shop accordingly. Healthy veggies and meats are a good start to the grocery list. As far as utensils, a dutch oven with a lid, cast iron skillet, small saucepan, and a set of spoons and spatulas make for a useful kitchen kit. Bring or buy a basic dish set, eating utensils, pot holders, a cutting board, and serving dishes. These essentials make for a ready to go RV kitchen.
Is it the chef’s night off? Treat the cook and the family to a meal in Ansonia after a fun day at the faire. Recommendations are Polish, Cajun, or Italian. Thai, Spanish-American, Asian, and more are other choices. Hearty Renaissance appetites will be sated before heading to the campground for a dessert of s’mores.
Vendors at the Midsummer Fantasy Renaissance Faire showcase period-type wares from jewelry and clothing to clay sculptures and more. If you are looking to buy a fantasy or medieval souvenir, spend a few hours perusing the many booths on site. If you have a thirst, try the mead or an iced coffee. The kids can get an intricate design painted on their face while you go for a massage.
Trained security staff members work hard to ensure the safety of all attendees. If you have a weapon as part of your costume, it must be peace-tied before entering through the admission gates. Firearms are not allowed, of course. You cannot bring in outside food or drink, but a factory sealed water bottle is permissible.
The story and acts of the town of Vonsall go on rain or shine. Come prepared to take part, no matter the weather. If inclement conditions turn hazardous, some events may be canceled. There is a no-refund policy for weather-related delays or closures. Back at camp, secure all outdoor gear, awnings, and cooking gear if rain and wind are expected.
Locate the first-aid station and the restrooms as soon as you arrive in the realm. Your service dog is permitted entry into the faire, but make sure they are wearing their identifiable vest. For the motorhome medicine cabinet, purchase bandaids, antiseptic wipes, saline eye drops, aloe vera lotion, insect repellant, and sunscreen.