This Year's Story Line

Revel Grove, Oxfordshire, England

The year is 1521.  King Henry VIII with his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, and their royal court visit the village as part of their annual summer progress.

In attendance to His Majesty are The Earl and Countess of Surrey, of the great Howard family.  As it happens, their niece and current favorite of the King, Mary Boleyn is also on progress with Their Majesties.  And also as it happens, Master Thomas Boleyn and his wife Elizabeth are in Revel Grove. Elizabeth is sister to the Earl of Surrey.  The Howards and the Boleyns - families ascending in power in Henry's court.

It is wise for the great families of England to stay in the King's favor.  However, it is not wise to be too close.  Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham has been summoned to Revel Grove to see the King.  The Duke is of a great and noble family.  Indeed, he is himself descended from royal blood. It has been whispered in Court that if the Queen fails to produce a son, the Duke of Buckingham could be a worthy candidate for the throne.  The King himself has heard these whispers. He is not amused. 

Why has the King summoned the Duke of Buckingham?  Is it to take part in the festivities In Revel Grove? Or does danger await the Duke?


The Maryland Renaissance Festival

 For more than thirty seven seasons the Maryland Renaissance Festival has provided a unique outdoor entertainment experience to patrons from all over the world.

“. . .we always enjoy ourselves and it’s worth flying 1500 miles!”
-Gareth J., Dorset, UK

The festival is more than a crafts show, more than an entertainment venue. For many people it has been a family tradition that now spans a generation. Patrons who visited the festival as a child now return to introduce their kids to the unforgettable world of the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

Enter the gates of Revel Grove and leave the hectic pace of the twenty-first century behind. Slow down. Leisurely stroll our beautiful wooded paths. Quaff an ale and relax in one of our pubs. Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts. Let the kids play in our free children’s area – complete with a beautiful pirate ship. You won’t find any video games here! No mind-numbing computer-generated special effects. The magic, pageantry, songs, and laughter are all real.

The Maryland Renaissance Festival. The magic is here. Don’t miss it!