Monday, April 27, 2015

Family Fun in Toronto with Medieval Times #MTTFan

There are lots of suits of armour and
other fun things for photo opps
Knights, horses, birds of prey, jousting, cheering and eating with your hands. It's all part of the fun when you visit Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. It's been more than a year since we last visited the Toronto Castle, so Boo and I were delighted to head back there last week with a couple of friends. Both of the boys had been before and spent most of the week leading up to our outing talking about how excited they were to be going back!

What is Medieval Times? It's an immersive experience, transporting guests back in time to an 11th century Spanish royal court. While guests dine on a four course meal (eaten with their hands), they are entertained by knights on horseback competing in a variety of skill-based games, culminating in the Champion's Jousting Tournament.  There is also an overhead show starring talented birds of prey, and various displays of the horses' own skills. Each guest party is assigned a knight for whom they will cheer, and seated in that knight's section of the hall. It is really so much fun to cheer on your knight as you enjoy your meal. The energy of the crowd is awesome!

What did our boys think? They loved it all. Eating with their hands was certainly a treat, something frowned upon at home, And all the cheering and combat was right up their alley. Combine that with swords and daggers from the gift shop, and this was definitely a great night out. The last time we went Boo opted for a knighting ceremony, which we bought as part of a package with a Crusader's costume ($30). That also got his name read out as a greeting at the feast. If you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or really anything, definitely consider adding on a Celebration Package to your night. This comes with preferred seating, a personalised announcement during the show, slice of cake, framed photo and more.

We were cheering for the handsome Red & Yellow Knight.
Although he didn't win the overall tournament, he fought admirably and did us all proud.

When there's a set of stocks, of course you put your kids in them and take pictures. Our boys upped the ante just a bit.
On this second trip to Medieval Times, I managed to squeeze in a visit to the Museum of Torture. There is an entry fee of $2 each, but the artifacts are well worth it. Each item is presented with an explanatory text. It's all quite chilling.

Shrew's Fiddle: the woman in question has her head placed through the large hole, and her hands through the small ones, then is paraded around town; Headsman's Sword for an efficient decapitation; one of a series of masks designed to shame women; an extremely painful looking collar; and a Chastity Belt - two access points lined with sharp teeth. Can you imagine how this would tear at anyone wearing it?
My biggest piece of advice - be sure to arrive early to leave time for parking and entry - but more importantly to allow plenty of time to take in the sights and sounds. You may opt for a group photo with the king or princess on the way in. Your child may want to take advantage of a knighting ceremony. And you'll definitely want to have a look around at the horses and birds of prey, as well as all the medieval arms and armour around the walls. The gift shop is located around the outside of the main room, with multiple staff and check-outs to help. I find the pricing really reasonable for the souvenirs. Boo and his friend got a wooden sword and a wooden dagger for under $10 each. There is also a full service bar for a pre-dinner drink, and don't forget the Museum of Torture!

To keep up with all the happenings, be sure to like Medieval Times on Facebook, and follow along on Twitter and Instagram.

A Giveaway

Medieval Times wants to welcome you to their Toronto dinner and tournament! One lucky RMB reader will receive a family pack of 4 general admission tickets to the show. Tickets are valid through September 30, 2015.  Entries are via the widget below, and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, May 17. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Winner must be able to attend the show at the Toronto location. Best of luck!


Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to attend Medieval Times for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own, or those of my family.

1 comment:

  1. So awesome! I worked as a bar wench there many years ago!


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