Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

I am a Medieval Times junkie. I’ve been every year since 2011 and I’m still not sick of it. I’m obsessed with swords, horses and all things royal — I’d totally work at Medieval Times if they hired female Knights! (Hint, hint!!!)

Medieval Times is fantastic entertainment for everyone — families young and old, big groups, and adults alike. It’s not just for little kids — everyone can truly enjoy the pageantry, the service, the food and the show. It’s always so much fun!

Since I consider myself to be somewhat of a Medieval Times expert, read on for my three top tips for enjoying your experience at Medieval Times!

1. Arrive early.

When you book your tickets, you’ll be told when you can arrive — generally an hour before the show starts. I definitely recommend arriving nice and early for a number of reasons. First, you’ll need to check in with your party to pick up your seating cards and crown. You’ll line up in a queue to have your photo taken with a member of the Medieval Times cast — I’ve had my photo taken with the King, the Princess, and the Royal Falconer.

Once you arrive in the Great Hall, you’ll have time to look at the animals (the stables and falcon’s areas are really cool — sometimes the Royal Falconer brings one of the birds out to see up close!), check out the Museum of Torture (there’s a small admission fee), get a beverage (tons of fancy goblets, steins and mugs are available to quaff from), and peruse the gift shop (everything from tiaras and cheering flags to figurines and big fancy swords!). You’ll also be able to see Knighting ceremonies that happen before the show — you can even be made a Knight or Lady of the Realm! (I was made a Lady of the Realm last year on my birthday!)

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

2. Let yourself splurge a little.

You can purchase a ticket, show up, and just enjoy the show, but to be perfectly honest, I recommend spoiling yourself a bit and upgrading your ticket. Medieval Times offers three different ticket packages (Royalty, King’s Royalty, and Celebration) which include fun upgrades including VIP seating, photo packages, and special souvenirs. I usually get the Celebration package when I go to Medieval Times because you get a slice of birthday cake with your meal! It doesn’t matter if it’s not actually your birthday. Any day is a great day for birthday cake!

I also always pick up a little something from the gift shop as a memory of my trip. Each time I sit in a different Knight’s section, I get a miniature goblet shotglass in that Knight’s colour. I also get a cheering flag, and of course, the commemorative photo (which is dated). Maybe I’m a sucker, but it makes me happy, so I will indulge my medieval magpie!

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

3. Go in with an attitude of fun!

The moment you walk in the castle gates, you are treated like royalty. The staff at the castle will refer to you as My Lord or My Lady — enjoy it! Be prepared, you don’t get to pick which Knight’s section you’re in. I’ve been in the Black & White Knight’s section at least three times — guess that Knight is my champion!

Be ready to don a paper crown in your Knight’s colour and cheer like a maniac for your trusty and handsome Knight. After each round of competition, Knights who successfully complete the round receive flowers from the Princess to give to ladies in the crowd! If you want a flower, be sure to show your appreciation!

And don’t be afraid to get a little down and dirty — it’s true, you have to eat with your hands!

If you’re at the last performance of the night, after the show you can go back into the Great Hall and meet the Knights! They pose for photos and sign autographs, so go enjoy!

Medieval Times is way more fun when you’re not afraid to be a little silly, so go in with an attitude of fun and no matter which Knight is victorious, you’re already a winner.


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So hopefully by now I’ve convinced you that Medieval Times is fantastically fun, and you’re raring to go. Here’s a great deal for you to enjoy — buy one, get one FREE!

Huzzah! 3 Tips For A Great Medieval Times Adventure (Plus, A Deal For You!)

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Purchase tickets: http://www.medievaltimes.com/purchasetickets.aspx


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This post was made possible by the Medieval Times Royal Bloggers Network.
All opinions are my own.

Recommended Reading: Drama Notebook

Recommended Reading: Drama Notebook

As a director and teacher, I’m always on the lookout for new exercises, lessons, and ideas that I can share with my actors and students. I love collecting new information about theatre and finding games and fun topics I can use in classes and rehearsal. Drama Notebook is a fantastic resource for all that and more — as it says in their title, they’ve got new drama activities, lesson plans, scripts, curriculum, and a huge collection of theatre games all in one place! There’s even a special members-only area which gets you access to over 2,500 pages of drama activities, lesson plans, scripts, and videos.

Drama Notebook is a really great resource for teaching youth of all ages. I’ve used a number of the warm-ups and games in my T.A.G. (The Actor Grows) classes at OKTC; my favourite warm-up is probably Zip Zap Zop for getting the voice and body warmed up, and just to get silly! Check it out!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

I will never say no to a crazy adventure.  So when Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre invited me to come check out their new show, Speakeasy: A Roaring 20’s Murder Mystery on June 6, of course I said “YES!”

Shawn loves travelling to Toronto, so he took it upon himself to book our hotel.  He surprised me by booking a suite at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville.  Located at 90 Bloor Street East, this hotel has fantastic service and comfortable, spacious rooms, and is literally steps away from the gorgeous Yorkville shopping district.  Our suite was on the top floor and had a huge sitting room, a big comfy bed, two flat screen televisions and lots of storage space to spread out in.

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

The hotel has valet parking and a very helpful staff, who catered to our every need.  I mentioned on Twitter that I was excited about our upcoming mini-getaway, and their Twitter team (@MarriottBloor) wrote back right away!  It’s always nice to connect with hotels before you go there, in case you need to ask questions or request something special.  The only drawbacks that I noticed is that there is no swimming pool in this hotel, and wireless internet is available in-room, but it’s not free.

The drive to Toronto was ridiculous… there is a lot of road work going on at the moment, and the commute took much longer than it usually does.  However, the Marriott has a staircase that takes you straight down to the subway, and just a few minutes later I was at Mysteriously Yours to meet up with my friend Maggie, who was my date for the evening.  (Shawn went to Mysteriously Yours with me back in August 2013, so he suggested I bring someone who’d never been before… I suspect that there was a hockey or baseball game on that he wanted to watch!)

Maggie is a Toronto native, but had never been to Mysteriously Yours before.  I didn’t give her much in the way of details, other than letting her know that there is definitely audience participation involved in a murder mystery dinner!  Like I said in my last post about Mysteriously Yours, “Murder mysteries are not for the shy or faint of heart — the actors will come right up to you and start a conversation, no matter how much you try to hide!”  The characters (which included Al Capone, Sam Spade and Mae West, as well as a Doctor who looked eerily similar to Doc Brown from Back to the Future!) all interacted with us, giving clues and dropping one-liners and innuendo all night long!  Many of the characters were particularly interested in Maggie’s tattoo!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

I remember the food at Mysteriously Yours being excellent the last time I attended, but this time we had a different situation: Maggie is vegan, and I definitely wanted to make sure that she would be able to eat the food there!  What’s the point of attending a dinner theatre if you can’t eat the dinner?!  I emailed ahead to let them know about our needs, and they were more than happy to accommodate us!  We were served a vegan potato soup to start.  My main course was salmon with aioli, quinoa and asparagus, and Maggie was served risotto.  For dessert I got the salted caramel brownie, and Maggie got a ridiculously yummy sorbet.  How they got the flavour to be so strong, I have no idea!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

The current show, Speakeasy, is set in the 1920’s at the “Emerald City Night Club” with a twist — the slogan “Flappers and Gangsters and Guns… Oh My!” gives it away, don’t you think?  Well, I must be a slow one, because I didn’t notice the Wizard of Oz influence until Maggie pointed it out!  (Duhhhhh…)

The actors give clues throughout the night and it’s up to the audience to figure out whodunit!  All the audience members are given a ballot near the end of the evening to guess who the murderer is, and what clues brought you to your solution.  I won’t reveal any spoilers, but know that if you guess correctly, you can win a prize!  Maggie solved the mystery and was one of the prizewinners — her prize consisted of a reusable Mysteriously Yours shopping bag, a travel mug, and lip balm.  After dinner, the cast is available to take photos with the audience members — of course, I couldn’t resist a photo op!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

After dinner, Maggie and I met up with Shawn at Three Speed for some post-mystery drinks before we headed back to the Marriott for a good night’s rest.  Shawn and I returned to our room to find this awesome surprise on the desk:

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

Totally unexpected… but what a treat!  Yummy chocolates, strawberries, raspberries, grapes and blueberries, bottled water and a lovely note.  Thank you, Marriott team!  That’s great service!

The next morning we headed out for some retail therapy in Yorkville (although we didn’t buy much!) and checked out all the fancy designer shops at Holt Renfrew.  I don’t think Shawn could ever fathom spending ____ amount of money on a single shirt or pair of pants, but it’s fun to browse and daydream!

We had so much fun… I wish we could have stayed longer!  But we’ll be back soon, I’m sure!

Travel Diary: A Murder Mystery and the Marriott, June 6 & 7, 2014

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Mysteriously Yours event free of charge.  Hotel was booked through Hotwire.com.  All opinions are my own.  Photos taken by me with my iPhone.

Celebrate Mom at Medieval Times!

Celebrate Mom at Medieval Times!

A photo of a photo (hence the blurriness…) Fun times with my mom at Medieval Times last year!

Everyone knows I’m a huge Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament fan.  I’ve been to the Toronto castle five times now, with my husband, his cousins, our friends, and my mom!  I took my mom to Medieval Times Toronto for her birthday last year (briefly mentioned in this post), which was her first experience there, and we had a blast cheering for the Green Knight!

Well, Mother’s Day is coming up, and what better way to celebrate than taking your mom to Medieval Times?  Who doesn’t love hunky knights battling it out for victory with swords, maces and lances?  Plus, right now Medieval Times has a great deal for you: if you purchase a full-priced adult admission, you can bring your mom to the show for FREE!  Who knows: maybe she’ll be the lucky recipient of a rose from one of the gallant knights!  Shawn’s mom hasn’t been to Medieval Times before… perhaps we should take advantage of this deal and take her out for an adventure!

Here are the important details:

  • Now through May 11th 2014, bring Mom to Medieval Times for free with the purchase of a full-priced adult admission!
  • This offer is valid at all 9 locations (Atlanta, GA // Baltimore/Washington, D.C. // Buena Park, CA // Chicago, IL // Dallas, TX // Lyndhurst, NJ // Myrtle Beach, SC // Orlando, FL // Toronto, ON)
  • The code to use is MOMWEB
  • To purchase tickets: http://www.medievaltimes.com/purchasetickets.aspx

Celebrate Mom at Medieval Times!

And if that isn’t enough to convince you, here are five great reasons to take your mom to Medieval Times this Mother’s Day:

  1. The food is amazing, and if she’s not a carnivore, the veggie meals are awesome too!  (Not gonna lie: my mom snuck in her own plastic cutlery in her purse!  Awwww Mom!)  She can also indulge with a beverage or two — they have a huge bar in the Great Hall, plus table service during the show.  Just make sure you drive her home safely!
  2. There are a ton of souvenirs you can purchase before the show to remember your adventure — everything from goblets to tiaras to photos… the list goes on.  Why not spoil her even more?
  3. You can visit the Museum of Torture before the show and thank the heavens that the worst punishment your mom ever gave you was being sent to your room or having your phone taken away, and not being sent to the stocks or iron maiden.
  4. If your mom is an animal lover, she will be amazed by the horses and falcons — you can even see the falcons up close before the show!
  5. Did I mention the hunky knights?!  And don’t forget about the Master of Ceremony and the King too! 😉

Disclaimer: This post was made possible by the Medieval Times Royal Bloggers Network.
All opinions are my own.

Whodunit?! Solving the case at Mysteriously Yours!

Whodunit?!  Solving the case at Mysteriously Yours!

Shawn and I were invited a special VIP night for Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre‘s new production of Uptown Abbey on August 1.  I first heard about Mysteriously Yours while randomly searching online for murder mystery events way back in 2012, and had been invited to attend a performance in November but wasn’t able to go at that time.  Luckily, I was able to go this time, and jumped at the chance!

Mysteriously Yours has been a Toronto staple for 26 years!  They perform not only in their own theatre at 2026 Yonge Street, but also are available for hire for private functions — and they’ll customize the performance to your group!

So Shawn and I hopped in the car and made the trek to Toronto (travel to Toronto?  Twist our arms…).  We checked into One King West Hotel & Residence — what a great hotel.  Our suite was spacious and had a kitchenette — I could totally live there!

Whodunit?!  Solving the case at Mysteriously Yours!

Our suite at One King West was lovely!

After checking in, we hopped on the subway to travel to the theatre.  I was excited — I used to perform with a murder mystery troupe here in London but Shawn had never attended anything like this before!

From the Mysteriously Yours website (www.mysteriouslyyours.com)

Lord Upton (the Earl of Duke) is running out of time… and  money.   And, with no male heir, his American wife, Abbey, is  desperately trying to marry off their daughters.  Things go from bad to worse when a body is discovered.

Whodunit?!

Was it one of the daughters? Lord or Lady Upton? The Dowager Countess? or… maybe the Butler  did it!

Come and join the fun, and see if Lieutenant Carumbo can solve the case before everything is turned Upside Downton, in this classic Drawing Room Mystery!

A hilarious spoof of the popular British TV Drama.

We arrived at the theatre and were seated with another couple, Jill and Dustin from LiveToronto (Dustin happened to be another former Walt Disney World cast member!  What are the odds?!).  I received a goodie bag too, packed with a Mysteriously Yours baseball cap, a travel mug, and tea!

Whodunit?!  Solving the case at Mysteriously Yours!

I’m a real blogger! 🙂

The meal started with Beatles music and a pineapple rum slushy… so good!  We had a number of choices for dinner — I went with an appetizer of pulled BBQ beef with blue cheese dressing and salmon as my entrée, with an awesome chocolate cake for dessert!  The staff were super-nice and efficient — great service!  I loved the details everywhere, from the rich red curtains on the stage to the dagger design on the washroom doors!

Whodunit?!  Solving the case at Mysteriously Yours!

Drool-worthy!

During the meal, we were entertained by an amazing group of performers, who kept the event rolling with tons of laughs!  Every one of the performers was just fantastic — totally energetic, completely engaging, and never broke character, even when interacting with the audience members — and there is a lot of interaction!  Murder mysteries are not for the shy or faint of heart — the actors will come right up to you and start a conversation, no matter how much you try to hide!

At the end of the night, it’s up to YOU to figure out whodunit!  There are prizes to be won for the people who figure out the mystery!  I won’t spoil the show for you — you’ll have to see it yourself!  With an easy to remember phone number (1-800-NOT-DEAD), you best get to booking tickets!  I think this would be a wonderful idea for a date night, a birthday party, or a company outing.

Whodunit?!  Solving the case at Mysteriously Yours!

Disclaimer: I was invited to attend the Mysteriously Yours event free of charge.  Hotel was booked through Hotwire.com.  All opinions are my own.  Photos taken by me with my iPhone.