Guilds & Troupes

Welcome, traveler to Nottinghamshire where our harvest faire beckons you with beautiful music, sweet sounds and fine entertainment all gathered in one place just for you!

Here upon this page you will find information on Nottingham’s many varied and interesting residents. From the pig farmer to the soldier, the milkmaid to the Lord Mayor. Why even Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth I and her entire court plan on spending a few nights in Nottinghamshire while on their progress throughout the country side.


Armored Combat Guild
The Armored Combat League are fighters in a live, unscripted international sport patterned on 15th century European deeds of arms.  Weapons and armor are of real steel, with full suits weighing up to seventy pounds.  Knights will fight in full force, full contact matches throughout the day, using sword, axe, mace, shield and polearm.  Time will be made between matches for onlookers to handle the weapons, and to feel the weight of history.

Many of our fighters have represented the United States overseas in the annual Medieval Combat world championship tournaments.

ASL Interpreters

We are ASL Interpreters who love interpreting in Renaissance time period. Our goal is to make this festival as accessible as possible to the Deaf community. Interpreters will be available for shows, guild area demonstrations, and shopping or can be reserved for the day. We will also be teaching some signs and Deaf culture to those who wish to learn periodically through the day. Hope to see you there!

Brotherhood of the Bottle

The “Brotherhood of the Bottle” performance group is set in an English ‘based’ tavern consisting of, but not limited to English, Irish, Italian and Scottish characters. We are composed of actors, comedians, singers and some craftspeople. We represent ourselves in character as serving wenches, tavern boys, an Inn Keeper, wagerers, peasants, Middle Class, Nobles, singers, dancers, the shire Sheriff – all types of people from all walks of life.

We enjoy interacting with the public both within and outside our encampment area!

Watch your purse as there’s also a chance you might be persuaded into playing a game of chance! Don’t be surprised if we break out in song (yes, we sing), or even jump into a comedic shtick!

Children’s Glen

College of Taccola

Where would we be without engineers? The College of Taccola is a Guild of Engineers demonstrating the advantage that engineering has brought to the world. Enjoy interacting with the guild as we demonstrate (with your help) the basic machines that have helped build our world.  

Our guild is named for Mariano di Jacopo detto il Taccola. Taccola is known for his technological treatises, which feature annotated drawings of a wide array of innovative machines and devices. His work was widely studied and copied by later Renaissance engineers and artists, among them Francesco di Giorgio, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Gypsy Travelers (Horses)

Come visit the horses of this traveling caravan.

St. Genesius – Queen’s Court

God Save the Queen! As Her Majesty visited the various cities, villages and small shires of her realm she would always be accompanied by her court of Lords and Ladies. The Queen’s Court is the small, select collection of the Queen’s confidants, advisers – the politicians and administrators of the state that she would take with her anywhere. The Queen’s Court consists of her close friends, leaders of the state all on holiday, celebrating the Fall Festival and enjoying the chance to meet her people.

Guild of St Helena

“The Guild of Saint Helena’s has been portraying the common folk of Elizabethan England at the Faire since the mid ’70’s, and is one of the two oldest the Guilds (only Saint Cuthbert’s and Court preceded us).

“Although we portray the common-folk, we do so in anything but a common way, employing skills theatrical, technical, philosophical, scholarly, and romantic to entertain and enlighten all within our aegis.”

Guild of St. Ives

Come visit the Guild of St. Ives (The Saint Ives Historical Society) and see our townsfolk busy about their daily activities. Watch our skilled craftspeople as they throw pottery, craft jewelry, help you master the art of illumination. Talk with our master weavers and feel the handwoven wool and linen cloth and braid created in front of you by loom or by hand. Smell the fine aromas coming from our cookhouse! Come see our smiths turn raw iron into tools and other household items in the heat and sweat of the forge. Hear the magistrates and constables loudly enforce the Queen’s Peace. Take part in a lively conversation with some of the village’s most colorful characters and street folk, who always have time for a friendly greeting and a ready quip!  Listen to our musicians as they play and sing lively Renaissance song, and take a hand to join in a spontaneous street dance of Sellenger’s Round. We are tremendously excited at the prospect of a visit from our beloved Queen, Elizabeth! Do all this, and before you know it, the Guild of St. Ives will have transported you to the streets of the Elizabethan Renaissance on the morning of an autumn faire in Nottingham!

The Kriegshunde Fahnlein

The Kriegshunde Fahnlein are a small unit of trained European mercenaries enlisted by the English nobility to train the English militia in the modern tactics throughout Europe.

As the wars in Europe are evolving through the increasing use of firearms, pike units, and shock troops the English have found themselves lacking in the tactics and weapons used in modern warfare. With a concern for their lack of men trained in these tactics the Crown has requested a unit to come to England to fill the gap and prepare their men for possible invasion.

The Landsknecht (often based in the Germanies but known to have members from all of the regions of the Holy Roman Empire) are truly a mercenary army. The lack of a true standing army has left a vacancy that is seen as boon to enterprising recruiters and professional mercenaries. The Landsknechte provide their military experience to fill the needs of the warlords, for a price.

St. Andrew’s Guild

Clan MacColin of Glendarry is a historical, theatrical and social organization dedicated to researching and protraying the daily life of a 16th century Hibernio-Scottish clan. Our crafts demonstrations, rousing dance show and colorful marches are traditional crowd-pleasers and contribute ethnic color to all the local events we attend. Our dance show celebrates Irish stepdancing, Scottish Highland dancing, country dancing, and specialty dances like the Sword dance, Hornpipe, an all girls Slip Jig, and our favorite, an all male Highland Fling, where the bagpiper, bodhran player, tin whistle player, and all the dancers are boys, young and old. Come out and see how Clan MacColin celebrates the life and times of a 16th century Hibernio-Scottish clan.

St. Blaise’s Guild

When you hear the sounds of bells ringing through the air to the call of “Make Way!”, rest assured the Town Criers of the Guild of Saint Blaise are fast approaching so MAKE WAY!

This lively group of men and women not only lead the parades, but are also the Queen’s Messengers. Newscasters and Paparazzi all in one, if you hear the cry “Hear ye! Hear ye!”, the Criers are either reading a royal decree or spreading the gossip of the day and when it comes to the shire gossip we have all the juiciest tidbits for those who want to be in the know.

St. Cuthbert’s Guild.

The Guild of St. Cuthbert is a group of villagers who gather together to parade through the streets of Nottingham as well as presenting pageants that celebrate the season. Founded in the Fall of 1974, by Don Studebaker a.k.a. Jon Declese as a performing group of the Renaissance Faires in Northern and Southern California. Our job is to provide people for the Faires’ main parades and major in-house stage shows as well as performing pageants to entertain the visitors

St. Minerva’s Guild

Caution: At times the water flies – you might get wet! The Washer Women are the women who know that life goes on, no matter what uproar there is a Nottingham; families get grubby, clothing has to be cleaned. We are hard-working (well, we may take some breaks to play games, or to eat, or to admire passers-by… where was I?) oh yes, we are hardworking women who keep scrubbing while we share songs and news. (It is not gossip, we’re just concerned).

The Privateers

They have sailed across the seas in the name of Queen and Country and pillaged many a ship for the glory of her Majesty. Some have mistaken them for pirates but they are proud privateers and they sail under a letter of Marque and in the name of England! They have come onto land looking to spend on drinks, revelry and gambling and may engage in a few fights along the way. Step carefully when you see them because anything can happen when a sailor takes his leave.

The Privateers use a mix of historical knowledge and guerilla improve to create a comedic portrayl of privateering sailors on shore leave.

Contact: Ron Glass

Stoddard’s Company of Foote

Blackshire’s Company of the Sword portrays Stoddard’s Company of Foote, an English militia company of the 16th Century that actually existed. As a London based company Stoddard’s would be made up of merchants and tradesmen, mostly apprentices and journeymen, who would train monthly and could be called upon to serve in the case of war. The original Company was stationed at the Tower of London for a period of time and for this reason was sometimes referred to as a Tower Band.

At its events the group’s representatives demonstrate the use of pikes both offensively and defensively against cavalry and infantry. The use of swords, halberds and other weapons of the era are also demonstrated to the audience. The general makeup and history of militia companies are also discussed versus later professional armies

Yeomen of the Guard

The Yeomen of the Guard were created by Henry VII at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and are the oldest British military still in existence.  Our mission is to protect her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth I, as she ventures around the village of Port Deptford, greeting her people and enjoying the village sights.  During the day, when our men are not guarding her Majesty, they are often found on the streets hunting for spies, singing songs, wooing women and men, sword fighting, looking dashing or whatever else strikes their fancy.  They also love telling stories at our extravagant mid-day feast.

Our group also has a wonderful group of women who love to cook delicious food, sing, flirt, hunt for husbands, and whatever else they can envision to keep the crowd smiling as they move through the village.  This is an excellent group for men and women, 16 years or older who are new to faire, or experienced faire folk looking for a new home.  Feel free to come talk to us at the faire to learn more about how you can join our fun family.