Experience the educational difference of Student & Youth Programs at Mount Hope! For over 20 years, Mount Hope Estate and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire have provided enriching, interactive, and fulfilling Student Programs for hundreds of thousands of students in the Northeast. Whether at School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire or through our Holidays at Mount Hope Theater in the Mansion program, our main goal is to help with the growth and learning of the youth of today, the future of our tomorrow. We invite you to peruse our Student Programs and learn why getting your students involved will help invigorate, energize and promote their love for education, history, the earth, science and more!
Join us for School Days at the Faire, where students journey back to a 16th century English country faire and become immersed in the culture of our 35-acre Elizabethan village. During their visit students gain knowledge of medieval armor from knights of old, witness the sport of falconry, cheer their champion at the Tournament Jousts, encounter nobles and peasants from the pages of history books while exploring the Shire of Mount Hope. Whether participating in period song or dance, or accepting a cameo role with a wandering troupe of players, students express their creativity both on stage and throughout their encounters with the villagers, all within the confines of a dramatic Tudor village in a safe, secure learning environment. Merchants and craftsmen demonstrate their ancient crafts including a blacksmith, glassblower, beekeeper, clothier, leather smith, bowyer, potter, herbalist, and many more. Students also have the chance to participate in competitions and participatory events designed to provide hands‐on learning in a fun, yet competitive setting.
The 2023 School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire take place from 9:00AM-3:00PM and are separated by grade levels on the following days:
Wednesday, October 4: Elementary & Junior High
Thursday, October 5: Junior & Senior High
*Please Note: The 2023 School Days has reached maximum capacity. Please check back for 2024 School Days dates.We apologize for any inconvenience.
Admission is $16 per person, with 1 complimentary chaperone admitted for every 8 paid students. The minimum group size to attend is 10 or more youths. Home Schools are welcome provided your group meets the minimum group size. Final attendance count and payment is not due until time of arrival. Checks, cash, and credit cards are all acceptable forms of payment. More information on payment options can be found in the School Days Handbook
Consistent with the most recent guidance from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Mount Hope is pleased to update our safety initiatives designed to keep everyone safe - Download Guest COVID Policies (August 1, 2021). As guidance and requirements from various government agencies continue to evolve, so too, will we. Follow us on Facebook @PaRenFaire or join the Royal Email List for news and updates.
Upon arrival at the Faire, your bus will be stopped at the registration area. The registered teacher will be asked to get off the bus and check in. ALL GROUPS must check in at this table, even if prepaid. Please see the handbook for more information about arrival.
2023 School Days Reservations are now closed. No day of sales or individual tickets will be available at the gate. Attendance is limited to pre-registered schools only.
Admission is $16 per person. Minimum group size of 10 or more youths.
Please Note: ALL GROUPS must check in at the registration table day-of to claim admission wristbands, even if prepaid.
*You will not receive an instant confirmation upon submission of this form. You will receive an email confirmation and invoice within 48 hours of submitting the form. We understand you do not know your exact counts at this time. Please provide your best estimate for pre-registration.
Please email Erica@PaRenFaire.com with additional questions or concerns.
In addition to all the shows and events throughout the day during School Days, your groups can also become involved with or take part in the following competitions and participatory activities! Specific details, entry instructions, locations and times for each competition are located on the Handbook page.
Participation is not mandatory, but groups must pre-register to participate. Most competitions and participatory activities require the Student Participate Form to be filled out prior to the event. Competition results and awards will be available at the Informistress Booth approximately one hour after the conclusion of the competition with the exception of the Heraldry and Poster Competition (these awards will be place on the entries while they are displayed).
Lunch is a concern when planning field trips. In addition to permitting packed lunches on the Faire Grounds, our Royal Kitchens offer a variety of wondrous food choices; everything from Peasant Bread to Giant Smoked Turkey Legges, to Soups and Sandwiches, Spanish, Greek, and German fare as well as delectable desserts.
We also have several pre-registration lunch options for School Days at the Faire. These options are scheduled in advance, using the forms located on the Handbook Page, and are then picked up on the Fairegrounds. Options include cold or hot lunches; $8.50 per student (combined admission and lunch cost $24.50 per person). No substitutions. Options subject to change. Lunches must be pre-ordered and pre-paid at least two weeks prior to your trip.
Over the years, educators preparing for school trips to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire have asked many questions. We hope to answer some of the most frequently asked and, hopefully, assist everyone in the preperations for School Days. If you have any other questions that have not been answered below, please contact our business offices at 717-665-7021, Monday through Friday, 9AM-4PM or visit our formal comment, question and feedback page to submit an inquiry.