One of Orlando's top attractions is the Medieval Times dinner show, an evening of Middle Ages-style feasting with chivalry, rivalry and revelry. Diners are seated on tiered wooden bench tables inside Orlando Castle and are served a finger-lickin' meal of soup (in an authentic â€œtinâ€ bowl), half a roasted chicken, spare rib and a potato followed by a pastry dessert. Ongoing entertainment includes jousting, sword fighting and equestrian performances, loosely following a story of a medieval kingdom under threat. During the evening, guests get into the spirit of the event by cheering on their chosen knight.
Swap the five-lane highways of Orlando for the meandering lanes of Slaughterbridge, and the purpose-built castle for a canvas big top, and welcome to â€œKnight Time Extravaganzaâ€. This is Cornwall's newest attraction/show, which runs through July and August 2012. Located at Slaughterbridge, midway between Tintagel and Camelford, the Cornish attraction has a big advantage as it takes place at the Arthurian Centre on the very spot where King Arthur fought his last battle. Arrive early to explore the medieval village at this historic and romantic site.
Guests are welcomed to the show by their allocated knight-hero in full armour. Tickets include a welcome drink and canapés before your knight escorts you to your table. The meal is truly fit for a 6th century Cornish king with pit-roasted hog from Snout and Trotter in Bude, ice cream from Boscastle's Helsett Farm, ale from Skinner's Brewery, baked goods from Barnecutt Bakery and Cornish mead from Penzance.
Visitors are entertained for over three hours with sword fights, comedy, illusion, feasting and music all on the theme of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. There is even a Knight's School for youngsters ‐ a painless and memorable history lesson – and you can meet Merlin himself. The themed costume area allows guests to dress appropriately too.
Tickets include the meal along with drinks on arrival and during dinner, the show and coach pick-up and drop-off from various holiday parks and locations in the area, so there is no problem with enjoying an alcoholic drink or two. Best value tickets are £120 for two adults and two children, with additional children £20 each.