|Address:||3033 OH-534, Rock Creek, OH 44084, USA|
|Working:||Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed 11AM–7PM 11AM–7PM|
Beware NO REFUNDS and very poor treatment! I ordered tickets for them online last summer (2013) and nowhere did it say on the tickets that they were only open weekends or on the ordering pages. So I drove all the way out there during the week and they were closed and said the manager is not in so cannot process a refund, but should not be a problem if I contact them later. We finished up our vacation and I tried contacting them just a couple times politely and at first they kept saying I need to speak to the manager, then after a few months they started ignoring me, then I get some rude email 7 months later saying that there is no one there until summer and that I should have known they were only open weekends. So who is responding if they are not open? Its an email address, I seriously doubt they dont bother checking it until the next summer anyway. I responded that I double checked the tickets and no mention of being only open weekends (it is on the website but not the ordering pages so it is not obvious). Again had to wait a few months, I tried emailing them every couple months and now almost one year later got some email from them in all caps saying to stop harassing them and there will be no refund! No name on it either, is it the mysterious "manager", who knows? They are ridiculous and unprofessional, I am still trying to get my refund. If anyone else has problems with them, let me know and we can try a class-action lawsuit.
The venue is located about less than 1 1/2 hours from us. It was a fun event and worth the drive. It really felt like being in another world. The people are very nice (except the people assisting with parking...they were a bit rude), and they all stay in character. Wonderful atmosphere and overall it was a nice family event. The food was decently priced and had a lot of variety. Its not unusual to pay more at events and parks, so to me the prices of the food seemed ok. Talented artisans were everywhere and the music and skits were very entertaining. If you have the money, there are really beautiful arts and crafts for purchasing. The entrance fee was a bit on the high end for our family considering you had to pay for food and games and such. But I would gladly pay again since it a once a year thing. My only real complaint would the poor elephant that was confined to such a small space for the purposes of carrying people in a limited enclosure. It would be my hope that the managers of this fair discontinue this saddening display of such a gorgeous and regal creature. Let it spend its days in a large zoo or a place with other elephants, being pampered and spoiled. It is in dire need of being pampered IMHO.
Ive been to Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New Yorks state renaissance faires and this one easily stands up to a few of those. While all are different, like PA and NY, OHs faire offers nonstop live entertainment, built in stores with wares, and other fun activities. I had a great time and the price was acceptable. I know a lot of people are upset about the elephant here and I agree that it is cruel, but the faire itself is an entertaining day and worth the trip. The elephant is one of hundreds of activities and vendors at the faire. That being said, I just wouldnt support the elephant ring itself. Theres no point in having the elephant there. I rarely saw people engaging with it, most likely because its obviously cruel, so I dont see why they keep bringing it back anyway. It only brings bad press to the event, the protesters standing outside the gate take away from the ambiance, and they have to be losing money from the lack of attention to it inside. Anyway, Im not here to complain about the elephant. The faire has plenty of great activities to enjoy... just dont do anything with the elephant. Show them its not worth it to bring him back so they stop booking him. :)
I LOVE the Medieval Faire. The only things I dont like is having an elephant (Nosey) and the pony rides. They are essentially slaves. They are living lives they would not choose. It is depressing and unnatural. Their freedom to choose has been taken away from them. Plus, if you do the research on the Liebel family that own at least Nosey, you will find out the 100s of animal welfare violations they have been charged with. You will also find out about her skin condition which I saw for myself. Her back and ears are extremely dry and cracked. Also, it damages their spin to ride on their backs. I have studied extensively regarding elephants as well as witnessed them in a sanctuary in Thailand and in the wild in Africa. Her life and health is being compromised by captivity. She is being used for $ as are the ponies attached from their faces to walk in circles all day. It is wrong. You wouldnt want it done to you. There are many, many activities to enjoy other than the exploitation of animals which are not even representative of Medieval times. I would like to see an end to these activities.
A great experience!! Highly recommend if you have the cash. All of the vendors and performers stay in character, constantly moving around having social interactions with other performers and guests. The event is large (huge) and the shops that are set up are gorgeous. Beautiful decorations all over that are very immersive. The shows are good, and there is almost always something going on to watch. My cons would be cost. Entry seemed pricey when you pay for food, shows ask our donations, and the place is 80% vendors. Food is decently priced, but most other vendors are on the high side of things. Some prices were just outrageous for what was clearly cheap eBay junk. But those that handmade items seemed to have more justifiable prices. They didnt serve any alcohol like they used to. Sounds like some legal clash they had with they local township. Very big bummer. I plan on going back next year. This time in character.
Terrific vendors with everything from chain mail, pottery, elf ears, fairy wings, henna, etc. Even costume rental for those who didnt come in costume. We enjoyed the scotch eggs this year because of the Google reviews. These hard boiled eggs covered in sausage and breading then deep fried come as a pair with dipping sauces. The activities include ax throwing, recliner swings, sing a longs, pony and elephant rides, face painting and interactive actors. The washer women and hypnotist show were favorites. Take extra cash & be ready because entertainers ask for donations. Luckily, the BF got $5 off due to military discount since we waited til the last day to get tickets and missed the Groupon BOGO deal. Get there before opening to get the full Avaloch experience.
Christine In Cleveland
Not a Happy Camper... Ridiculously long trek from pasture parking to themed attractions. Walking on rubble strewn dirt trails inside encampment difficult, and mud in grass everywhere else. Admission too high for what you get, at $22 a ticket 13 & over. Biggest downer was the food offered looked too questionable to risk eating. Not good sanitation at all! The vendors had some interesting items but pricey. Costumes fun to see, and the side shows were fine, but I only got to see the jousting before we left, too hungry to walk around any further. Jousting was about all they had that appealed to me, since I love horses. Would not attend one of these here again!