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After many trips to Florida over the years, we are always looking for something new and different to try. Despite passing by many times and wondering what it would be like we had never sampled a dinner show, so last time we decided to tick it off our list and give it a try.

After reading the reviews we decided to go to Medieval Times, along the 192 heading east, and booked our tickets for the show. In our party were 3 generations, grandma, ourselves, and children aged 12 and 6, so we were hoping it would be suitable for all ages.

The show was due to start at 7pm, and we were advised to arrive at least an hour before. This was good advice, as it gave us a chance to tour the medieval village before the show.

The medieval village is spread across several buildings, and gives you a sample of the various trades, clothing, battle wear and lifestyle of that period. The last section we came to was ‘The Dungeon’, where there were gruesome exhibits of the various forms of torture used in that time, which the children enjoyed learning about very much! The village is well worth a visit and very interesting.

Just before 7pm we made our way to the castle, where we queued to relinquish our tickets and find out where we were going to be sitting. We were given a row number, a red crown each to wear and found out we were to be in the red section, and the red knight was ‘our’ knight to support during the show. We then proceed to an enormous hall, where you could buy souvenirs and drinks from the bar in a various assortment of themed glasses.

The ‘kings’ trumpeters then gave a fanfare and the host announced it was time to enter the arena for the banquet and show.

When red section was called we were directed to our tables in rows facing the arena, where we were served with soup and garlic bread, which was very nice. We were also offered either soft drinks or beer (2 throughout the show, which was more than adequate), or you could purchase alternative drinks from the bar. The main course was half a roast chicken, a rib, and baked potato, followed by a pastry and coffee, all very well cooked and we all enjoyed it. No cutlery is used, but this just adds to the atmosphere!

The show itself follows a story of romance, competition and treachery, and we were treated to some fantastic displays of horsemanship, jousting and sword fighting, made all the more fun by cheering for ‘our’ knight, and booing the ‘baddies’ and competitors knights. The show lasted for approximate an hour and a half.

We all agreed that it was a great night out, and the children are still talking about it now.

We are now looking forward to our next trip, where we will definitely have a dinner show on our list of things to do!

Author: Dawn and Alan Murray (Villa link: click here)
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