Specialty Groups & Guilds

 

Fairy Wing Forest

Once you enter into the wooded and mystical glade of Fairywing Forest, the realm of the fairies who dwell there will draw you further into a world of magical characters, surprising creatures, dance, song, and mystery. The fairy queen awaits you in her entrancing and immersive land.

Bring the folklore and mythos of the world to life as an elf, fairy, troll, ogre, sprite, pixie, or some other magical being we haven’t even thought of! As you might imagine, the mystical grove draws a great many wee folk, both ethereal and not, so it is important to note that this is a very kid friendly environment! We host many group activities like story telling, fairy house construction, and tending to the fairy garden. We spend a great deal of time playing games with little folks and fellow fae, and simply entertaining guests to the wood with good natured revelry and the occasional practical joke. Join us in the grove and immerse yourself in another reality to explore your sense of wonder!


Mermaid Cove

Captain Fairweather and his crew have returned from the high seas to bring you creatures of myth and legend — mermaids. Now you can find them in mermaid cove, a flowing landscape filled with these playful, inquisitive, and magical visitors.


Puppet Troupe

The Puppet Troupe is new at the St. Louis Renaissance Festival! Consisting of King Bubba, Queen Bea, Sparkles the Wizard, Shirley the Jester, Willy the Pirate, and Good Knight, the members of the puppet troupe are head and shoulders above the rest of the village’s citizens- literally. If you see them about (and believe me, they are hard to miss) they love to pose for portraits, crack jokes, and swap stories with all tiny visitors to the kingdom.


 

Throne of Swords

You are invited to sit upon the Throne of Swords at the Game of Thrones Tavern, where features from the hit television show await you! Including the Wall of Faces, the Throne of Swords is a free photographic opportunity and is fun for the entire family!


Gypsies

Are you an extremely outgoing, high-energy person willing to have an unconventional character, a bright & colorful outfit, get a little dirty, and generally act exactly like your mother always told you not to? At the festival, Gypsies are the lowest of the low, but that means we get away with everything and we definitely have the most fun! We sing, dance, gamble, play pranks on others, relocate items we desire, and cause glorious chaos! The only occasions where we have to display any manners is when we are interacting with each other or with someone of royalty (and only then if you can’t hide or escape). Come on! Set yourself apart with a Gypsy’s unflappable sense of humor and our trademark feistiness!


Guards

What could be more glorious than being a member of an elite fighting corps! The Guards have the sacred duty of protecting Kings, Queens, and their families. Did I mention we are a fighting guild? Guards will train to get into “random” street fights with unruly peasants, highly suspicious “foreign” types, and ne’er-do-wells like gypsies and pirates! As such, the guards are where to be if you want to learn how to sword fight, use a bow or trebuchet, make chainmail, or generally be involved with sharp pointy objects! (Fighting is an added bonus, but it is not mandatory). In order to join this guild you must be at least 16 years of age and physically capable of walking the treacherous landscape that is our site. Guards Needs You!


Village

Welcome to the Village of Balinghem! We are motley and disparate crew with the wildest variety of characters anywhere in festival. From bakers & executioners, poets & musicians, friars & nuns, carpenters & healers, to spirits of the dead, Village is the home of highly developed characters, with an emphasis on performance, characterization and improv. Villagers are not tethered to a specific area allowing you the opportunity to display and hone your performance skills in all corners of the festival. We literally bring the village to life by portraying all the myriad personalities of everyday existence in the most outrageous and engaging ways possible. All the village is a stage and all of you the actors!


Germans

Enlist with a crack troupe of Landsknechts — the Empire’s notorious mercenary soldiers! We’re famed and feared for our battlefield grit, brassy attitude, and outrageously snazzy clothes. At our military camp, patrons enjoy hands-on activities from trying on armor and drilling with 10-foot pikes to playing 16th-century games and making rubbings from artworks we’ve…liberated. We demonstrate training with longswords, shoot bows and black powder, blacksmith at our forge, and more. Since no army can thrive without backup, our troupe also welcomes artisans who’s into fun, adventure, and creating an authentic, engaging, and entertaining experience of living history: the Empire wants YOU.


Mariners

We are PIRATES! ROGUES! WENCHES! And Scurvy Blokes, yeah that’s it. Blokes! Oh…and Scurvy Wenches! Yea! We play with Cannons! We spend our days Dicing and Gaming! And Pirate Flag making! With PIRATES there are prospects for signing, kids crafts, belching, farting, and joking ’round. We search for Gold and Booty, sing wretchedly, gamble, and drinking concoctions the cook has made, all whilst waiting in this blasted port for the captain to un-sink our ship. You can hang out in camp or go walk-about having a bloody good time. Oh by the way, we eat like we are the King! We also: teach pirate skool, heckle the heck out of everyone, and constantly try to recruit more able bodied sailors to our Piratical Causes…hint, hint!


Scots Guild

Kinship, crafting and good food–and swords! Find it all in this working Scottish encampment. Here you find homesteaders and artisans living alongside the warriors, here by treaty to protect the French. In the glen, wood is brought to life by the carpenter and wood carver. Smell the hops as our brewer oversees his vat. Hear the ring of the blacksmith’s hammer as he forges tools and weapons. Watch as wool is carded, spun, dyed and woven. The chandler dips candles and the leatherworkers crafts garments from furs and hides. Sit and play a 16th-century dice game or watch the stone carver ferret out the dragon hidden in the stone. The clang of steel heralds a weapons demo, while the aroma of open fire cooking wafts through the air. Fun and merriment abound. Grab a plaid and join us!