Nottingham Festival is a jolly good time in Simi Valley

By Debra Tash

Saturday November 15th marked the first of two days for the Nottingham Village Festival in Rancho Tapo Community Park (Lemon Park) near Veteran’s plaza. In its second year this Renaissance Faire is still on the small size.  However it has grown in attendance as well as the number of vendors.  Even better, there’s always some entertainment being offered continually on the four stages setup around the fairgrounds: from dancers to snippets of the Bard’s plays, bell ringers and minstrels and even an opportunity for you to try your own hand at auditioning for a part in a Shakespearean amusement.  

And, of course, what Faire would be complete without a royal procession and an appearance by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth?  Well, Good Bess does make the rounds, waving to her subjects and fair goers alike with a delicate twist of her hand.

If you are looking for some family fun, the Faire be will  open this Sunday.  So why not come out and hear the drum beat, dance a jig, see the colorful costumes, have your fortune read, enjoy a spot of ale and a turkey leg.  It’s all there in Simi Valley.

SVCA & ARTS present the Nottingham Village
November 16, 2014
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Rancho Tapo Community Park (aka Lemon Park)
3700 Avenida Simi
Simi Valley, CA 93063

What lies in your future?  Find out at the Faire

What lies in your future? Find out at the Faire














Lords and ladies at feast

Spinning wool


Country Garden Dancers












Scurvy rascal

Scurvy rascal













The Queen's Approach

The Queen’s Approach






Debra Tash is Editor-in-Chief of, past president for Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, business executive and award-winning author, residing in Somis.

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Erica Simi Valley

Renaissance fairs are always fun to attend, even better, getting into the spirit of it and dressing up to the occasion. Though I always end up with the suit of armor which is a pain for all obvious reasons, but love to play the part, to the hilt; sorry could not resist the last line.