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Tickets, Dates, Hours / FoodCostumes & Weapons / Misc. & Policies

Our mission is to provide a safe, clean and inviting experience for family entertainment. To ensure all of our guests enjoy their time at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, we require every visitor to comply with our CODE OF CONDUCT.


What is a Renaissance Faire?
Our Faire is 30 acres of pure fun! 20 stages offer a variety of entertainment all day long. In addition, we dazzle you with a fully armored joust, the Queen and her glittering Court, amazing arts and crafts, delicious food, fine spirits, music, dance, parades, rides and games, and entertainers in the streets all day long. Join us for a day of play!

What are the dates and hours?
We are open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 11 through September 7, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

How much are the tickets for admission? What does the admission price include?
Ticket prices are $25.95 for Adults. $11.50 for Children. Children 4 and under are always free. For more information on ticket prices, click here.
Admission includes all entertainment across our 16 stages, the jousts, parades, the on-going spectacle of hundreds of performers in street and stage performances, making music and holding a dance. There are interactive living history exhibits, craft demonstrations, and activities for children available at Kids’ Kingdom. Click Here for Family-friendly activities at the Faire.  Use this link for Adult Shenanigans.  Did you know these 6 things about the 2019 Faire?

FRAUD AND TICKET SCAM ALERT: We have received recent reports of ticket fraud and scams. Please know that the Bristol Renaissance Faire cannot guarantee the validity of tickets purchased through any entity other than RenFair.com, ShowClix or our off-premise ticket seller, Menards (2019). To avoid problems with counterfeit, stolen, void or inflated tickets, purchase them directly and only from the Bristol Renaissance Faire website, in person at our venue box office, at participating Menards location or by calling our office directly.
Any sort of ticket scalping is strictly prohibited by the Bristol Renaissance Faire.
As always, the only way you can be 100% sure your tickets are real and will get you in is to buy them from our sources. Together we can fight fraud.

Do you offer a military discount? A senior discount?
Yes! Members of the military with valid ID and seniors age 65+ receive $1.00 off any regularly priced Box Office ticket. Cannot be combined with other coupons or offers. Not valid for online tickets.

I purchased tickets through ShowClix and can’t find the confirmation email/ need to reprint.
Do not worry! ShowClix has recorded your transaction and you will get your tickets. Please reach out to their customer care team by phone or email.

Phone: 888-718-4253 opt. 1.
Customer Care is available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST, and Saturday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST.

Email: support@showclix.com

My name printed on tickets that I was going to give as a gift! Will that cause a problem?
You can give tickets as gifts! The ticket purchaser’s name appears on the ticket simply as a security feature. We will not be checking the name printed on the ticket at the gate unless there is a barcode error. Happy gifting!

How much is parking?
Bristol offers both a preferred parking lot near the front gate for $5 (cash only) and a free parking lot to the far north side of the faire (entrance off the frontage road only). Both lots are mowed grass fields. There is handicapped parking available in the preferred parking lot.

Do you accept credit cards?
The Box Office accepts credit cards to purchase admission tickets. All food and drink merchants are cash only. There are ATMs on-site for your convenience ($3.50 transaction fee). Most merchants in our Marketplace accept credit cards, but each merchant creates their own policy.

Is there a place to secure bicycles?
While Bristol does not currently have a bicycle rack, there is a roped off area used for motorcycle parking near the front gate. You may secure your bicycle to the posts there. There is no charge to secure a bicycle.


May we bring outside food and drink?

We offer a variety of fresh, delicious food for our guests to enjoy at concession stands throughout our Faire; however, we understand that guests may need to bring outside food and drink into our Faire. Please note the following guidelines for bringing food and drink into our park:

Acceptable items:

  1. One water bottle per guest (any size).
  2. Any food required for medical purposes and medically–indicated nutritional supplements
  3. Any food required for special dietary needs
  4. Baby food/baby formula

Prohibited items:

  1. Picnic lunches
  2. Food that requires heating or refrigeration
  3. Alcohol and glass containers (excluding baby food jars)
  4. Coolers

Are there vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free options available on site?
Yes. A complete menu can be found here:
Vegetarian/Vegan/Gluten-Free offerings are marked.


Do I have to come in costume?
No, comfortable clothes are recommended. Many of our guests come in costume and we feel that the whole experience is heightened and more fun when you come dressed to play.

We do not have any costume rental shops at Bristol for the 2020 season. We hope to offer rentals again in the future.

If I wear a costume do I get in for free?

Are shoes required?
Yes. Due to safety & insurance requirements, all guests are required to wear shoes at all times. Tennis shoes, boots, sandals, flip-flops, etc are all permitted. Bare feet are never appropriate.

Is a kilt appropriate?
We receive this question quite a bit. On one hand, were kilts worn in 1574? Yes. Are most modern kilt patterns period appropriate? No. But even though Bristol recreates an English village, our guests should feel free to come however you are most comfortable. In years past we’ve had guests arrive in everything from Roman legionnaire garb through WWII fatigues… and Lord of the Rings through Star Trek. We welcome anyone who is willing to get into the spirit of things and play for a day.

May I bring my (costume) weapon?
All weapons should be sheathed and peace-tied. You may not have exposed steel. Our security team at the entrance gate will assist you if you do not know how to peace tie your weapon.

May I bring my bow & arrows?
Yes. You may bring your bow if it is unstrung, or strung with yarn (or some other line that cannot hold tension). Arrows must be untipped and cable-tied together and secured to the quiver. Our security team at the entrance gate will assist you if you do not know how to peace tie your weapon.

May I bring my instrument?
No. Due to an unfortunate number of people who have brought instruments and attempted to busk in our streets, you may not bring in any instrument except for a drum for our drum jam.

May I bring a concealed firearm?
No. The Bristol Renaissance Faire is a “special event” by Wisconsin law. We do not permit any person to bring any type of concealed weapon or firearm on our property. Below is the relevant passage:
It is unlawful for any person to enter or remain at a special event if the organizers of the special event have notified the actor not to remain at the special event while carrying a firearm or with that type of firearm. The provision does not apply if the firearm is in a vehicle driven or parked in the parking facility, to any part of the special event grounds or building that is used as a parking facility. The law defines ―special event‖ as an event that is open to the public, is for a duration of not more than three weeks, and either has designated entrances to and from the event that are locked when the event is closed or requires an admission. Wis. Stat. § 943.13(1m)(c)3.


What other amenities are available?
For your convenience, we have the following on the faire grounds:
Handicapped Restrooms
Wheelchairs for rent (Manual-only. No electric chairs.)
Water Fountains
First Aid (located next to the Globe Stage)
Lost & Found (located at the Guest Services Gazebo)
Baby Changing Tables & Nursing Room (in Kids’ Kingdom)

Is the Faire wheelchair accessible?
Yes, with the understanding that we are an outdoor event. We are under the trees with rough terrain. You may encounter hills and roots. It is best to have a strong friend available to help you push your chair if yours is not motorized. The Faire also has a small selection of wheelchairs that are offered for a daily rental of $15.00. There is a deposit of $50.00 which is recredited to you when returning the wheelchair in good condition.

Do you have motorized wheelchairs or scooters?
Sadly, we do not have any motorized chairs or scooters at this time.

Can we bring in a stroller or wagon?
Yes. Strollers and wagons of all sizes are welcome at the Faire.

May I bring in a backpack?
Yes. Backpacks are permitted. Please know that all bags are searched at the gate by our security team for your safety.

Can I smoke or vape at Bristol?
The Bristol Renaissance Faire has designated smoking areas. These areas are noted on the map you can pick up at Guest Services and are located near the Three Sheets Pub, The Town Square Public House, Tuscany Tavern, and the Joust Tavern. All smoking, including vapes, is permitted only at these locations. Thank you kindly.

Do you spray for mosquitos?
Yes. We spray two times each week to control the mosquito population. All spraying takes place between Monday – Thursday.

May we bring a pet?
For your animal’s safety, pets are not permitted.
Service animals are welcome at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Service animals are limited to dogs and miniature horses that have been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Service animals must remain on a leash or in a harness at all times unless such leash or harness interferes with the service the animal is providing, or the handler is unable to use a leash or harness due to their special need.

Service animals are the responsibility of the owner and cannot be left unattended. Guests are responsible for the clean-up and for controlling their assistance animal’s behavior. If at any time, your service animal’s behavior becomes a threat to the safety and well-being of other park guests, the animal will be asked to leave the premises.  All service animals must be housebroken.

Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA because they have not been trained to perform a specific job or task.

May I distribute free items at Bristol?
Please do not. Bristol partners with numerous charities and advertisers each and every year. To distribute other materials on site is in violation of our no-soliciting rule. Further, distributing products (especially those intended as edibles) without a waiver on-site is in violation of Wisconsin state law and contrary to the application process that each member of our Marketplace undergoes to continue to offer quality artisan goods at Bristol.

Can I bring my drone to Bristol?
Drones are not permitted at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. We use black powder for our musket and cannon demonstrations. Please do not fly over the Faire for the safety of your drone.

Can I leave the Faire and come back in?
Yes, you can ask for a hand stamp from the greeters at the front gate.

What if it rains?
The Faire is open rain or shine. No refunds or rain checks are offered. Almost all entertainment acts will continue in rain or shine. Many performers have unique shows they only perform in the rain!

What is your photo policy? What is your privacy policy?
All our policies can be found here.

Does the Faire recycle?
Yes! Our waste collection is managed by Advanced Disposal who sorts all refuse and recycles all recyclable materials at their processing center. There are no separate collection bins at the Faire for recycling because Advanced Disposal does all the sorting for us!

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