This Year's Story Line

Revel Grove, Oxfordshire, England

The year is 1529. King Henry VIII, accompanied by his sister Margaret, Queen dowager of Scotland, Anne Boleyn and the royal court visit the village of Revel Grove as part of their annual summer progress and the village's Harvest Festival.

The village has a new mayor - Richard Mondes, former slightly-villainous mayor of rival village Tiddington. Mayor Mondes also has a new wife, the lovely Baroness Marney. After years jealously watching the royal court choosing to visit Revel Grove over his nearby town of Tiddington, Mondes is thrilled he can finally play host to King and Court.

The day begins well, although eyebrows are raised as it is noticed the Queen is not in attendance, but the King openly flaunts Mistress Anne Boleyn. The King is seeking an annulment from Queen Katherine and hopes to quickly marry Anne Boleyn. The case has been dragging on for years. Cardinal Wolsey assures King Henry that a Court will be assembled, and all will be settled very soon.

But then an unexpected visitor surprises the King, and no one's future seems assured!

The Maryland Renaissance Festival

For more than thirty seven seasons the Maryland Renaissance Festival has provided a unique outdoor entertainment experience to patrons from all over the world.

“. . .we always enjoy ourselves and it’s worth flying 1500 miles!”
-Gareth J., Dorset, UK

The festival is more than a crafts show, more than an entertainment venue. For many people it has been a family tradition that now spans a generation. Patrons who visited the festival as a child now return to introduce their kids to the unforgettable world of the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Enter the gates of Revel Grove and leave the hectic pace of the twenty-first century behind. Slow down. Leisurely stroll our beautiful wooded paths. Quaff an ale and relax in one of our pubs. Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts. Let the kids play in our free children’s area – complete with a beautiful pirate ship. You won’t find any video games here! No mind-numbing computer-generated special effects. The magic, pageantry, songs, and laughter are all real.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival. The magic is here. Don’t miss it!