Your year-round destination for student & youth programs—for groups of all sizes! For over 21 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, Summer Youth Day at the 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 Human Chess Match and 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 2019 School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire take place from 9:00AM-3:00PM and are separated by grade levels on the following days:
Thursday, October 3: Elementary/Junior High
Wednesday, October 9: Junior/Senior High
Thursday, October 10: Senior High
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.
Admission is $15 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. Checks can be made payable to "PRF" or "Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire." Pre-registration is required—please use the form below to register today!
The First Aide building is located behind the Bread and Broth food booth, near the entrance to Bosworth Field. An E.M.T. is always present at the First Aide building and Faire Staff (wearing designated shires) and uniformed security guards are also available should you need assistance.
Pre-reservation is required to attend School Days at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Admission is $15 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.
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. Competition results and awards will be available at the Informistress Booth after 1:00PM with the exception of the Heraldry and Poster Competition (these awards will be place on the entries while they are displayed).
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. Please visit the Handbook page for more information on all competitions and events along with the required forms.
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 $23.50 per person). No substitutions. Options subject to change. Lunches must be pre-ordered at least 10 business days prior to 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.