The N.H. Renaissance Faire, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is returning soon to Kingston, N.H. The event is a family-friendly, educational, theatrical and fantastical experience held on 35 acres of woods and fields.
Highlights include jousting, live hand-to-hand combat, pirate theater, belly dancing and Beltain, a historical Irish springtime festival.
Participants in the Beltain celebration , which will be held May 10 after hours, must also purchase a daytime ticket.
The faire has an active marketplace, including mostly local artisans, who make and sell handmade costumes, jewelry, pottery, herbals and weaponry. Some of the merchants also do demonstrations of their craft.
Proceeds are donated directly to charities each year. This year's beneficiaries are the New Hampshire Food Bank, Rockingham Nutrition and Meals on Wheels. In the past nine years, the faire has contributed a total of $31,000 to regional charities.
If You Go
What: The 10th annual N.H. Renaissance Faire.
When: May 10, 11, 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine)
Where: 9 Thorne Road, Kingston, N.H.
How: Adults $12; children 8 to 12 years old $8; under 4 years old free. Cash only, ATM available on site. Veterans and seniors receive a discount. Parking is free and handicap accessible. More information at www.nhrenfaire.com