Who We Are

Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas is situated in the beautiful hill country outside Mt. Pleasant Texas.  Running in September for four weekends, this unique venue on 72 acreas is ideally located on the I-30 corridor between Dallas and Texarkana. The cast of characters you’ll encounter at Canterbury ranges from Henry the Eighth and his Queen Catherine Parr to knights in shiny armor to damsels, fairies and.  Fun and games for all ages will occur. From the children’s maze to tossing a caber with our fine scottish gentleman, you’ll find something to entertain you. A splash park is included on site to help keep you cool and two after hours events the Celtic Calleigh and the Masked Ball will whisk you away to times long forgotten.

Cast Director/General Manager – Sondra Ahlers has over thirty years experience at renaissance fairs.  She has worked as a vendor, a member of the performing company, and for over six years as a cast director.  “Our cast are the hosts and hostesses of our festival.  They are tasked with making sure everyone is made welcome and has an enjoyable experience!” If you are interested in becoming a part of our cast, please contact Sandy at canterburytx@gmail.com.

Director of Merchants/Entertainers – Lise Gillespie is wearing two hats in this our inaugural year.  She has been involved in fairs as a merchant or entertainer for over twenty-two years. Lise has also managed retail establishments in the mundane world as well as participated in community theater groups as an actress, stage manager and director.  She spent over twenty years as a member of “Command Performance”, a semi-pro singing group. Recently she wrote, performed and published her own play script. Lise can be contacted  at lise@canterburytx.com if you are interested in becoming part of our festival family.

Building Director – Mike Ahlers has over thirty years experience in the building industry. Including work in septic and air conditioning/heating. Mike will be on site to help and guide those merchants who choose to build this year. He also is the designer of the Canterbury Gardens and our front gate.

Secretary/Volunteer co-ordinator- Anna Gunter Martin acts as our secretary. She also sends out messages to our volunteers and generally helps keep us organized and relatively sane. secretaryannamartin@gmail.com for those wishing to join up or with questions.

Master of the Joust- Jerry Gordon 2009 2010 State Champion previously the number 4 ranked knight in the world with standing in many jousting venues such as The American Jousting Alliance, Crimerrian Combatants Company . His school of primitive arts and combat skills of forgotten times Chelonia Academy of Arts is one of the only schools in the nation that instill the values and virtues of the knights of old with a splash of modern. For information of scheduling classes or information on having our joust company and or fire manipulation company do your parties shows or venues. contact us at our home office in Emory Texas 903-474-7090

Cast-a-way Performance Company – Comprised of a core group of veteran performers the Cast-a-ways have performed at Scarborough Fair, Texarkana Renaissance Fair,  Sherwood Forest Faire, Middlefair and Grand Lakes Renaissance Festival in Oklahoma. They have been guests of The Castle at Muskogee and Texas Renaissance Festival.  They recently completed, in March 2017, an educational demonstration for the students of Arkansas High School Texarkana, Arkansas.  You will find many of the performers from The Cast-a-ways group working their magic on the grounds during the run of Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas. Many of them also perform at our Murder Mystery Dinner Theater productions produced on the grounds of Pleasant Manor Bed and Breakfast.  The Cast-a ways are available to perform for you, as a renaissance re-enactment group or if you need a group of singers for your Christmas party. Contact our cast Director if you would like more information.

Canterbury Renaissance Festival of Northeast Texas


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Where to Stay.

Pleasant Manor Bed and Breakfast – Limited rooms – Adjacent to faire grounds 903-305-9239

1063 CR 3320, Mt. Pleasant Texas 75455


Holiday Inn Express

Roughly five minutes down I-30  -(903) 577-3800

2306 Greenhill Road, Mount Pleasant, TX 75455