These letterboxes are only available inside and during the Bristol
Renaissance Faire during the summer of 2012 on Saturdays and Sundays until Labor Day. Some will not be available on some days of the faire, so be
sure to read all the clues below. Hopefully we can continue this
each season. There is a fee to enter the faire, so we have
placed multiple boxes on the site to make it worth your while (although
the faire itself is worth the price of admission). You should be
able to find any number of coupons in the local papers and businesses as
well as online, and there is also a great coupon in the Wisconsin
Entertainment coupon book (probably Illinois too). For more information, faire dates and
times, and coupons, please visit their site. There is
pay parking near the faire, or free parking to the north of the
You do not need to find the boxes in any particular
order. Keep all the clues in mind as you travel around the
faire. Unlike most of the letterboxes out there, some of these boxes
are carried by people at the faire (we're calling them
"letterpeople"). All of the clues lead you to either actors, shop
Bristol staff. These people may be in the middle of a set
or other duty, so please enjoy the faire and wait patiently for them to
finish rather than disrupting a set, skit, or distracting the staff while
performing an important task. Bristol Renaissance Faire also contains many
improvisational actors. Please just remember that improvisational acting
sometimes lands in your cup. You might become part of the
act! Enjoy these letterboxes, and enjoy the fun and wonderful people
on the other end! One important note: Pick up the programme on your way
in. It will be very helpful.
Also, although this is a Bristol
sanctioned event, very few people at the faire know about the
letterboxes/people. Do not ask around for help - you'll probably
raise suspicion more than anything else. Thanks!
Before you set out read the waiver of responsibility and
Letterpeople (5 - not counting The
The Dragon (Available ??? Watch posts on the Great Lakes
talk list for
updates. Labor Day for sure.)
As you travel around the faire, look for a
velvety green pants
white loose medieval
knee-high tan/brown moccasins with dagger stuck in
leather wrap holding his ponytail
long sword draped on his back held in
place with a black strap across his chest
(if it is not hot - a
the "mark of The Dragon" on his left
Come up to him and say "I see you have the mark of The
Dragon. Can I have it as well?" and he'll gladly exchange his mark
The Charitable Mistress
She's back! Go bananas finding Julie Jester (aka
My Mistress faire can oft be found
Where Love and Charity abound.
To make th' exchange, thou must needs first
Fynd her and recite her favourite verse,
Then, fruit-less tho thy state may be
She shall share her fruits with thee!
1 Corinthians 13:13
"And yes, we have no bananas!"
The Hair-Braiding Box (Available All Days)
Where do you go to put your hair up on a hot day (or any day) at the Faire?
There are two hairbraiding locations at the Faire. The one you are looking for
is north of the Fountain Side Stage and south of the main food court area.
Outside the shop is a little garden, with a "birdhouse". The birdhouse opens
toward the shop and hides the box. If the braiders - Kimbelle and Jasmine - aren't busy, you can ask to sit and
stamp in and chat at the shop. Feel free to look through their many many
braid styles and have your hair up for the day.
The Wenches Guild (Available All Days)
Gibson Girl is still working on the details, but look for wenches around the faire wearing LbNA patches.
If they have a patch, they have a box. These will be able to be logged
on LbNA and AQ under "Wenches of Bristol Ren Faire".
"Find the shop of the Spanish Dove and ask if they have something
suitable for a mad hatter."
This Wench is one of many who can be found occasionally roaming
the streets of Bristol. Once known as KissMeKate at both the Faire and
for other hobbies, she is now known by another moniker. At the Faire,
she is most often recognized by her signature feather headpieces and
hats. Most often, she is wearing a straw hat covered with a ring of
feathers, a variety of species of all naturally colored plumage, or a fabric hat
with a huge number of feathers. Tell
her the famous line from Taming of the Shrew - "Come kiss me, Kate, and
we shall go together" to get her new Faire stamp.
New wench boxes:
Mischief (letterperson) - The Madame of Mischief can often be seen, marked in a
way that is obvious to me. If you spot her, ask if you can join her clan of
[All boxes below unavailable until 7/8 or 7/15]
Kitten Crochet (shop box) - Not available
Keep Cool (letterperson) - These birds are from far to the south, living and
swimming near chilly ocean water. But this little guy wandered way to the north
and wants to stay cool during these long summer months. Look for a shop person
at Wonderous Works in Wood, who wears this bird on her outfit. Ask if you can
meet her pet _______.
More to come...
Jane the Phoole (Available all days)
While you walk
around the faire, look for the most phoole-ish one around. When
she's not busy entertaining the Queen or others, approach her and yell
"Bad Monkey" in some foreign language. If you impress her, she'll
give you a great impression in return!
New! See Jane's
letterboxing photo page!
Dirty Gossip Box (Unconfirmed - give it a
There once were two sisters who ran
this "dirty" establishment. However, to Cheddar they have now gone.
Since they left, those who still remain seem to do nothing but gossip
all the day long. Laundry was never their forte and it's amazing they
get any soup cooked, with all the gossiping they do. Maybe someone
should go to Cheddar and inform the sisters? Speak to those within, from
without. If you try to enter within, you will be stopped at the gate.
Just step up to the fence, and to anyone within, ask, "Do anyone know the way to Cheddar?"
The Knight of Swords (Available all days)
|You will find him somewhere at the faire.
Well, that's the challenge - the
Look at him and ask "Are you the Knight of
Note: Most of these are microboxes - just a stamp and
folded pieces of paper for the logbook in an Altoids can or pill container that has been
covered with camo tape. Please, please, please, put boxes back properly so
they do not get exposed or fall out of their hiding location. Some
clues are fairly specific so snooping can be avoided, and less snooping
equals less attention to the boxes. If you don't put them back
properly, then others will need to raise suspicion as they may be caught
"snooping" more than they should have to!
When you find the location of a box, please take
extreme care to not expose the location of the box to others around
you! If you are in a group, use the other people in your group to
block the view of others. If you are alone, you might try "dropping"
things "accidentally" and picking up more than you dropped. (I'm
sure you can think of other ways to get the boxes as well.) In each
case, leave the area to "stamp-up", then return the box carefully.
Make sure it is well hidden before leaving the area. Thank
Letterboxing Bristol Ren Faire Box
If you wish to find this box, you'd do
well to find this attraction. Keep in mind it is "Not for
Drinking!", but if you reach behind, you might get your wish!
(There's been problems in the past with this box not being replaced in
the right spot - remember: "Not for Drinking!" Thanks!)
(Note: Even if you got this stamp in the past,
you may wish to log in so other letterboxers know you are at the faire.
Make this your first box and check in on it during the day to see if
anyone else is there!)
Beware the Marsh! (regular letterbox container)
Take a walk across Lake Elizabeth on the bridge. The lake is
so peaceful with its still water and elegant swans. One wonders why they
don't use more of the lake's shore...
Take a walk along more of the shoreline. That's right...explore the
untamed part of the lake farther away from the rest of the faire.
Exit the bridge on the north end and turn left. Walk along the shore
as it goes along the side of the climbing tower. Notice how the
reeds get taller and taller and the shore becomes more untamed as you head
to the outer wall of Bristol. Why is this area left to grow like
this? Why doesn't anyone go back here?
If you truly want to know the horrific reason, you best be very, very
careful! For a creature that loves this kind of marshy area has made
its home here. Not many of those who have seen it return to tell the
tale. If you look carefully, and at a distance, you might be able to
sight it among the reeds. The best viewing spot is at the first
sloping wall support beam whose foot is at the spot where the less tame
grasses begin. Can you see how some have attempted to walk through
the tall grasses here? Notice that they don't get too far before
their trail stops abruptly....
DON'T FOLLOW THEIR TRAIL AND BECOME ANOTHER STATISTIC!!! Play it safer. Where the town wall meets the
castle wall, the creature is currently hiding under a piece of concrete tile. Since you know it is
there, you might be able to sneak up and trap the creature before it
The Spellbook of Incantrix! (A letterbook!!)
You will find
the Spellbook of Incantrix inside Gemini Glass.
Just mention the "Spellbook of Incantrix" in some way to the shop
keeper inside when they are not busy with other shoppers. Be courteous
and patient until they are available to see to your request. You can always look
around the shoppe until they are available.:-)
You might want to find this letterbook earlier in the day so that you
have time to spend with it rather than trying to do it in a rush.
The stamp has many colors, so please use inking pens. It is also
a "Never-ending Story" letterbook, so be prepared to write!
There is room in the shoppe to stamp in, but if you need to leave the
place with the book to stamp-in, quietly let the lady know when you take it and when you return it - you don't
want to end up in the dungeon nor raise suspicions of those around
(Note: Even if you got this stamp in
the past, you may wish to see how the story is going. Feel
free to stamp in and write another page!)
"Here Be Dragons!" Series (Regular
letterboxes with stamp pads.)
Please do not leave hitchhikers in these boxes. These boxes
were created for regular patrons at the request of the faire. This
series was inspired by the three wonderfully drawn dragons on the map of
This dragon resides in Hearthstone Arts. Ask
about designs for chess
pieces. Just be warned, you might be shown a lovely ceramic
goblet or platter with a
chess piece on it, try again for the item you want!
Please be courteous and patient if the shop owner is busy.
Window shopping is always appreciated!
This water dragon can be found in its lair near Bathurst Basin.
Enter the garden next to the Basin through the trellis.
Stop at the compass and turn to your left and spot the large wooden pole. Note the rock
wall under the blue and yellow tent. At the bottom of the yellow
section near the pole, there is a rock with a small blue dot on this wall. Discretely, walk
over and move the rock. Reach into the dragon's lair (hole) to capture the water dragon. Be sure to return the water dragon
to his lair and to replace his rock "door" when you are done!
This dragon is residing with the Friends of the Faire. They keep him in
their garden and protect him, but you may go over and meet him.
Unless you too are a Friend of the Faire, you cannot enter their domain, but
you don't need to enter to see this dragon. Look at the outer wall
of their meeting place formed with large rocks. Walk over to where the front of
the Friends of the Faire wall meets Chain Maille Fashions. You will find
this dragon resting in the garden corner under a piece of concrete tile.
Carefully remove him without disturbing the plants. Be sure to replace him in the same place with the rock
chip on top!
Friends of the Faire (Available All Days)
The Friends of Faire garden, located near the center of the Faire,
provides seating, shade, water and Gatorade for it's members, and is
available to non-season members for $5 a day. There are 2 Feast Days,
which require an additional $5 donation to enter the garden and partake
on those days. The first feast day is Saturday, July 23. To get the
garden box, tell the people at the gate that you are a letterboxer and
they will let you in to look for the box. Look for Sir Shiny, standing
guard in the corner, keeping watch on everyone in the garden. He is also
guarding the letterbox.
Sir Timothy's Journey IX - Things to do at Bristol - 6 boxes