It’s August. The sun is shining, the temperature is unbelievably hot and its your birthday! Everyone exclaims that summer birthdays are the best! You are off school! What more could you want? Unfortunately, if you are the one with the said birthday, you know the struggle. Summer is hectic! All your friends are spread out or on vacation, you aren’t at school to receive the special birthday announcement or badge that makes you a VIP for the day, and worst of all, everyone promises to celebrate when school starts, but you know the craziness of back to school leaves these good intentions, a thing of the past. I have a summer birthday (and one that usually occurs on a long weekend), I am vastly familiar with the disappointment a summer birthday can bring. When I had my daughter at the end of August, I swore I would try extra hard to make up for the lack of grandness that summer birthdays have to offer. This year, I decided we needed to do something extra special for her birthday. We boarded the Go train and headed to Toronto for a bit of old fashion medieval fun at Medieval Times!
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament provides audiences with a unique live theater performance and dinning experience from the Middle Ages. From the moment the front doors open until the last battle is won, you are transported back to a time where Kings ruled the land, knights fought with honor and fair maidens are rewarded with a flower. This performance features mesmerizing horse dancing, a falconer display and of course, knights showing off athletic feats and daring sword fights in this approximately 2 hour long performance.
The night begins with your entrance into the courtyard. You are presented with crown in your knights colours and a photo op with your choice of King or Princess. Then you are ushered into the courtyard where you can shop for souvenirs and props to help us get into the Medieval spirit, festive drinks in Medieval steins and glasses and the ability to view the horses and falcons prior to the performance.
Princess (or Knight) Ceremony
We have called DD, Princess P since the minute she was born, so it only seemed right to make it official at Medieval Times. It was an additional purchase but well worth it! She was first presented with a pearl crown by a servant wench, then we were ushered into the crowds to await the presentation of the King. After trumpets rang through out the hall and a brief welcoming from the King, all of the princesses and knights were called up to the royal circle for a knighting ceremony. As you can see from the video, she was in awe of having her princess status made official.
When the trumpets rang out again, we all ushered into the arena. We opted for the King’s Royalty Package as a special treat for DD’s birthday. This package allowed us priority castle access and VIP front row seating as well as extras like a Knight’s Rally Towel, a cheering Banner, and VIP Lanyard. The kids were thrilled to be cheering for the BLUE KNIGHT! The arena was mesmerizing. Lit up in a rainbow array of colours, enhanced by dry ice, you could feel the excitement in the stands. The King began the show with an introduction to the six knights and encouraged us to cheer or boo when appropriate.
A four course meal fit for Royalty!
As your eyes were treated to a stunning performance of horse dancing and knight tricks, the service wenches began serving the meal. Having a gluten allergy, I always worry about eating public. At Medieval Times, they are well prepared. Allergen cards are placed in front of you and you are made to feel special (rather than shameful) for your allergy.
The menu is very MEDIEVAL and encouraged to be eaten by hand. The meal began with an appetizer of Dragon Scales (garlic bread) and Dragons blood (tomato soup). They were flavourful and filling! As the entertainment progressed into a jousting match, the main meal of Baby Dragon (Half a chicken), potatoes and corn were served. My kids loved being able to eat with their hands as they cheered for the blue knight!
The battles were intense and the use of sparks added to the battle dance between knights. The night does turn dark when a bad guy arrives and tries to take over the castle (DD was a bit afraid), but it is brief and of course the knights save the day! One of the most memorable moments of the show is when knights throw flowers into the audience to fair maidens! DD caught one!
After the performance is over, you are welcomed back into the courtyard where you can get autographs, photos and speak with the King, Princess and all of the knights! Its amazing to meet your champion after he has won the battle!!
This was a night that DD will not forget! I hope it made an August birthday a little more bearable!
You can check out Medieval Times online for tickets and show times. In addition to the Toronto Castle location, you can experience this Medieval adventure in Orlando, Florida, Buena Park, California, Lyndhurst, New Jersey, Schaumburg, Illinois, Dallas, Texas, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Baltimore/Washington, D.C. and Atlanta Georgia.
1Heart1Family and Medieval Times have paired up to give one lucky reader a family pass for 4 to Medieval Times Toronto (Transportation and parking to and from facility not included). Celebrate going back to school with this fun family adventure!
4 Tickets to Medieval Times