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Myrtle Beach’s Medieval Times combines sword fights, fun and feast

Swords, knights, wenches, a king, a princess, and a lord are among the cast of characters in the Arthurian dinner and tournament castle known as Medieval Times in Myrtle Beach.

Dunes Village resort guests traveling with family, friends or solo often place this attraction high on their list because it provides pure, unfettered entertainment and great grub eaten ancestral style – using your hands as the only utensils, although some people bring flatware (but that is another story and takes away from the authenticity of the experience).

Anyway, Medieval Times is the place for a magical time of fun and feast that will keep your attention from start to finish.

When guests arrive, they are seated in a section representing one of the six knights for whom they will be cheering on. The knights are: The Green Knight, The Yellow Knight, The Red Knight, The Red & Yellow Knight, The Blue Knight and The Black & White Knight.

Each valiantly fights for his cause – ridding his world of foes – while riding on Andalusians. The Spanish horses, prized since the 11th century for their humility and ability, take on the weight of a full suit of armor without flinching and while galloping elegantly.

The Andalusians featured at Medieval Times are specifically bred and trained to be the exemplary stars they are in the production, which uses real swords.

Of course, the tournament is heightened in its appeal because of the delicious dinner guests enjoy while viewing the live-action drama. The feast consists of focaccia bread, tomato bisque, oven-roasted chicken, one extraordinarily tasty barbecue rib, a potato seasoned with herbs, an apple strudel and beverages of choice.

It is high-energy fun and wonderful eating anyone of any age can enjoy.

If you go, you may likely get worn out from yelling for your knight and sleepy from the consumption of food. The good thing is you can return to the relaxation of Dunes Village Oceanfront Resort and take a well-deserved nap.

If you go:
What: Medieval Times
Where: 2904 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29579
When: Show times vary. Call for details.
Cost: Prices for 2012 are: Adults, $50.95 (plus tax and processing fee) and Children, 12 and under, $30.95 (plus tax and processing fee).
Information: Call 866-543-9637 or visit http://www.medievaltimes.com/myrtlebeach.aspx
Directions: Start going out southwest on North Ocean Boulevard. Take the first right onto 52nd Ave. N. Take a left onto North Kings Highway/U.S. 17 Business. Turn right onto 38th Ave. N. Turn left onto U.S. 17 S. Merge onto U.S. 501 N. towards Conway. Take the River Oaks Drive/George Bishop Parkway exit. Turn right onto U.S. 501/Waccamaw Boulevard. Stay straight to go onto Fantasy Harbour Boulevard. Take the first left onto Backstage Blvd. Take the first right onto Fantasy Way. Medieval Times is on the right.

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