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.


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. Please contact Laurie Sullivan for more info or to reserve an interpreter. 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!

NEW! 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

The Saint Ives Historical Society (Guild of St. Ives) is celebrating its 26th year! Our townsfolk are busy about their daily activities. Watch our skilled craftspeople as they spin thread, throw pottery, and craft jewelry… listen to the sounds of our musicians as they play and sing lively Renaissance songs… feel the handwoven wool and linen cloth and braid created in front of you by our master weavers, and take a hand to join in a spontaneous street dance of Sellenger’s Round… have a word with our street folk, who always have time for a friendly greeting (as well as a ready quip). We are tremendously excited at the prospect of a visit from our beloved Queen, Elizabeth! Smell the fine aroma of sixteenth century baking from our cookyard; 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: Jason Sheffey

San Lorenzo

From Florence Italy, birth place of the Renaissance, comes the gallant courtiers, soldiers and ladies of the Medici Court.

The members of Guild San Lorenzo bring the drama and passion of Italy to the streets of Nottingham.

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


Established by King Henry Tudor VII in 1485, the Yeomen of the Guard protect the Queen as she progresses through the countryside. The Yeoman of the Guard serve as her security and as the bearers of her chair. Clad in scarlet red livery uniforms, they are found patrolling the streets of the market faire searching for unlicensed beggars, plague victims, criminals and other unsavory sorts. When you see them about the village, raise your cup, and say, “A health unto Her Majesty! God save the Queen!”