re-opened last year after a facelift. We had a great afternoon there. The prices are high and the food is average but the buildings are romantic and the activities are fun, especially for kids.
The first activity was a walk through the Dragon's Labyrinth. It was the story of the queen whose children ran away after the dragon. Lots of dark shadows, armour and skeletons. Sylvia found it creepy so we hurried through quickly.
Perhaps it was just that it could not live up to my memory of my first visit to Kryal Castle as a child. That was the first time I ever saw a man hanged. It was thrillingly terrible. I puzzled over how he could be hanged with the thick rope around his neck and not really die. It seems they don't do this sort of thing there any more. I guess modern health and safety forbids it.
ANZAC biscuits and apples. I quite liked the roughly hewn stumps of wood in the Alehouse and the royal chairs in the Bakery.
While we ate our hot pastries in the Alehouse, we watched the knights jousting outside. I liked the jousting because it was reminiscent of The Court Jester. (Though there was no flagon with the dragon or chalice from the palace.)
Actually I found it hilariously silly. I preferred to view it from a feminist perspective of the female knight rescuing the princess from the brutal men who then had to bring out their biggest phallic symbol to rescue her!
They also do accommodation, functions and weddings. It would be fun to have the work Christmas party there and put the managers in the stocks. Some people just like to come and wander about like the guy in the long
black cape that initially I thought was one of the actors. Perhaps he was just living out his fantasy of being in Lord of the Rings. Albeit surrounded by gum trees.
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