Scarborough Renaissance Festival, Waxahachie

We just spent the best day at Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie!  I absolutely LOVE it!  The kids really enjoyed all the shows and characters!

Check out My Mommy Tips for making the most of your visit.


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Know Before You Go

Scarborough is one of those places you can spend ALL day, but you need to come prepared!

Wear close-toed shoes

Don’t forget sunscreen

Bring Cash.  While most of the vendors accept credit cards, but almost all the food, drink and games are cash only.

It’s a big place, bring a stroller for younger children.

Dress in layers.  They are open rain or shine, so check the forecast.



Yes, you can purchase tickets at the door, but there are always discount tickets available!

Receive $6.00 off the General Admission price by using promo code “COLLEGEUTA” when purchasing tickets online at

Discount tickets can be purchased at DFW Tom Thumb and Albertsons.  The closest Tom Thumb is located at 210 E Pleasant Run Rd, DeSoto, TX 75115 Phone:(972) 274-7008

The closest Albertsons is located at 1300 W Belt Line Rd, DeSoto, TX 75115 Phone:(972) 223-3134.

While you are at the store, stock up on water and sunscreen.


The elaborate sets really make you feel as if you are stepping back in time, and it’s fun to try to catch one of the actors stepping out of character, but I doubt you will!


Scarborough has a natural walking surface, and lots of shady places to sit and rest and enjoy the merriment!


Of course, it’s also great to meet King Henry VIII and his Queen!  They spend the day walking about, meeting visitors!  They do open the festival each morning at the gates, and preside over the Jousting Tournament.


Be sure you get a map and check the daily calendar of events!  Decide beforehand which shows you REALLY want to see, and arrive early enough to get a good seat.


Dress for the Occasion

When you visit SRF, it’s sometimes hard to distinguish the guest from the festival performers, because LOTS of people go all out dressing up!  You can even rent a costume when you arrive.  I like to make it easy and the kids get to purchase one new thing to add to their costume, because it’s so much fun to go in the shops and try on the different clothing, hats, scarves, etc.  However, most of the vendors DO NOT allow photos unless you purchase.


We NEVER miss the Birds of Prey Show!  It’s a terrific show with great birds and it’s fun and educational with a strong dose of conservation!  John Karger is a wonderful speaker!  Arrive early to sit close to the front for the best views!


The Birds of Prey Show is brought by Last Chance Forever, a non-profit organization based in San Antonio that travels the state and country educating the public about these incredible raptors!  LCF also works to rehabilitate about 300 injured birds that they receive each year!    Click HERE to visit their website.



What I came to see was the jousting, because of the horses…?   Anyway, the knights were GREAT!  I love when the swords clash and sparks fly!  The fight was tremendous, as they rolled on the ground and in the mud!  Afterwards, the knights came out to say hello, and when I asked for a picture with my daughter, they gathered round very close, covering her in mud!  It was great!

Arrive early to get a good seat for the Joust!


Mermaid Lagoon

New for 2016 is Mermaid Lagoon, a fun photo-op for children, especially little girls, who will love getting to meet and speak with a “real” metmaid!

Love Mermaids?  Check out the 2016 Mermaid Festival in San Marcos this September, with a fun parade and kid activities to bring attention to the conservation needs of the river!  Click HERE for more information.



There are lots of fun shops at the festival!  From costume shops to toys, there is something for everyone!  In fact, there are so many it’s almost overwhelming.  Do yourself a favor and check out the list of shops online at their website, so you know the ones you DO NOT want to miss!


Many of the shops offer opportunities to watch the artisans at work!  We love watching the glass blowers!


My husband LOVED Angel Swords!  We literally spent over an hour here, holding and talking to the staff!  To be honest, the swords were amazing, especially when the owner did a demonstration on a bamboo mat!  Wow!  Click HERE to see more of his amazing swords!


You might find something you NEVER knew you needed!


School of Sword

Kids will love the School of Sword, taught 3 times a day!  Then visit Hollow Earth Swordworks to see their line of the finest wooden swords in the kingdom!


Activities and Games

While your ticket does get you into the shows, there are lots of things that cost additional money.  I always find it works best to give the kids each some spending money, and let them decide how and where to spend it.  They understand that when it’s gone, they aren’t going to get anything else from me.




One of my kids highlights was getting to ride an elephant!



Not only do they have elephants and camels you can ride, but there are also ponies and even llamas!  My seven-year-old was thrilled to get to ride the llama!

Cost was not included in ticket price.






From turkey legs to Scotch Eggs, there are amazing things to eat at the festival!  We absolutely LOVE the Scotch Eggs, a hard boiled eggs wrapped with sausage, breaded and deep-fried!  The chicken on a stick is grilled, slightly spicy and very good.

Outside food and drinks are not allowed, but there are picnic tables near the parking lot if you want to pack a picnic lunch.

You are allowed to bring water and food for infants/toddlers.


Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival

2511 FM 56 Waxahachie, TX. 

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