Tennessee Renaissance Festival Policies
"Rules of the Realm"
For All Patrons and Festival Participants
The Tennessee Renaissance Festival has as its goal to entertain and educate its guests in the rich history and culture of the Renaissance Age. In so doing, all TRF staff members endeavor to host our family and intergenerational guests in a welcoming and safe environment, appropriate for all ages.
The Tennessee Renaissance Festival seeks to protect the safety of its guest and festival participants. Entrance into the festival is a license to enter the Tennessee Renaissance Festival and is revocable at the sole discretion of the management. All persons are subject to a search of their person and or personal belongings for safety. Decisions of the festival management are final.
First Aid and Information:
- First Aid is available on the festival and castle grounds. Please see the festival map for the location of the First Aid area on the festival grounds. There is also a First Aid station on the castle grounds, located near the castle.
- Information or assistance can be obtained at the T-shirt/information booth (the first booth as you enter the festival or in the center of the festival). Communication radios are located at the First Aid area, the children's area, and bus tour area. The Special Security, Parking Attendants, and our staff also have radios for communication.
Lost and Found Items:
The Festival Lost & Found is located at our T-shirt/Information booth (first booth as you enter the festival) or by calling our office at (615) 395-9950, Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm. All questions and arrangements for the pick-up of lost items will be handled Monday - Friday in the studio office (615) 395-9950. Hours are 9am - noon and 1pm - 5pm.
Parents and Children:
- Parents - it's a good idea to pin your name and a contact cell phone number in your children's pockets or on their clothing, to help unite a lost parents with their children.
- Strollers are acceptable everywhere except on the castle tour bus, however stroller parking is available. Strollers with larger, more substantial wheels work best on our gravel paths. Please note: diaper bags and tote bags will be inspected.
- Children and adolescents should be supervised by parents at all times, including in our children's craft and activity area.
- Please check our Entertainment Schedule for showtimes and entertainment performance ratings.
- Children's toy weapons must be peace-tied to their belts or clothing, as we are in peaceful times. No toy guns are allowed.
- All outside food or drinks must be finished before entry into the festival. However, baby formula or baby food appropriately marked is permissible inside the Festival grounds, if the item is in the original container or clearly labelled.
- Costume masks cannot cover the full face. Masks that cover the forehead to the nose will be acceptable if eyes can be seen and the child's vision is not impaired.
- To keep your children safe, please do not allow them to play on stages, benches, the joust field, or on top of picnic tables.
- Outside food or drinks must be finished before entry into the festival.
- Climbing is not permitted on tables, railings, rocks, stage areas, or the joust field.
- Baby strollers or wagons are acceptable for transporting babies and children, but will be subject to inspection
- Large bags, tote bags, purses, cameras and camera bags, cloaks, capes, coats, blankets, fanny packs, and backpacks will be subject to inspection. Suitcases, parcels, computer cases, and brief cases are prohibited.
- The Festival management reserves the right to dispose of or remove any item that is unattended in a way that we feel is best or appropriate.
- Our ticket sales area can accept: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or cash.
- There are no ATMs available at the Festival, however "Cash Back" service is offered at the Will Call Window at the ticket sales area (with a $5 convenience / processing fee)
- Food, Beverages, Rides and Games will all require cash. Most souvenir and craft vendors will accept Visa or MasterCard.
- Firearms, working or replicas, are not permitted on the festival grounds, castle grounds, or parking areas. Possession of firearms on the festival or castle grounds will result in prosecution.
- Costume swords or daggers must be sheathed and peace-tied at all times with leather, rope, or cable ties. Our security personnel will inspect and can assist you with materials if needed.
- If a bow and arrow are part of your costume the arrow tips must be removed and the bow peace-tied.
- Pole arms or staffs with metal tips are not allowed
- No banners, signs, flags, or printed or recorded materials can be displayed or used to parade, incite, or solicit a crowd are allowed on the Festival property.
- Drones, and other remote-controlled recreational devices or toys are prohibited at the Festival.
- The Festival management reserves the right to refuse any weapon that is deemed to be unsafe or that cannot be sheathed and peace-tied.
Parking Area Guidelines:
- If a tow truck is required for your vehicle, the Festival address is 2124 New Castle Road, Arrington, TN, 37014. Note: The parking area gates are locked at 7pm. You are required to stay with your vehicle once you have called a tow truck. The festival is not responsible for working with any tow truck or repair service.
- Pets are not allowed at the festival and cannot be left in vehicles
- Parking is Free! Park at your own risk - the Festival is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Do not leave valuables locked in your car.
- Tail-gating, picnics, lounge chairs, tents or canopies are not allowed in the parking lot or on the Festival grounds.
- Handicap Parking is available - speak with a Parking Attendant upon entry for special parking instructions. Please have your special parking placard visible for the parking attendant.
- Follow all parking directions given by the parking staff. Rainy weather may make some areas off-limits
- The parking area gates are locked at 7pm. There is no overnight parking or camping.
- Do not park in or around where barriers and yellow caution tape are placed.
- Never walk in gravel roadways; please use the roped off paths and grass areas.
- Horseplay, playing ball, or throwing objects is not permitted in the parking area.
- No Picketing, solicitation, demonstrating, handing out pamphlets, or placing of materials on vehicles is permitted.
- No drones or remote controlled devices or toys are allowed in the parking area, festival grounds, or castle grounds.
- No banners, signs, flags, or printed or recorded materials can be displayed or used to parade, incite, or solicit a crowd on the Festival property. No selling or advertising of any type products or services is allowed on the Festival property.
- Transfer of Festival tickets or selling of Festival tickets is not allowed.
- Drugs, alcohol, or firearms are not permitted in the parking area.
- Disorderly conduct or loud music is not permitted in the parking area.
- No irresponsible or dangerous driving or activity is permitted in the parking area.
- Management reserves the right to eject person(s) from the parking area and to tow vehicles as necessary
- No box truck or semi-truck parking is available.
- Pets or animals of any kind are not allowed at the festival, on the castle grounds, or within parking areas, and are never to be left in parked vehicles.
- Approved Service animals for Festival patrons and guests are an exception and welcome within most most areas of the Festival. Service animals are not permitted at the Birds of Prey Show and Exhibit nor at any animal act or on animal-powered ride, or Castle tour bus. For Castle tour transportation, see the Castle tour attendant for special instructions.
- Approved Service Animals must be under their owner's control at all times and on a leash or harness no longer than 4 (four) feet
- Owners must bring their own plastic bags for cleaning and disposing of Service Animal waste. Please dispose of waste in our trash receptacles.
- Service Animals must be up to date with their vaccinations.
- You must be 21 or older to purchase alcohol.
- Please drink responsibly for a family Festival venue.
- You must present a valid, government-issued photo ID each time you purchase alcohol
- You cannot purchase alcohol for another person unless they are present with a government-issued photo ID at the time of purchase.
- Management and/or security have the right to check your government-issued photo ID at any time for proof of age.
- No alcohol is permitted in the lines for castle tours or on the castle tour buses.
- Festival patrons and guests may not remove alcohol from the premises - alcohol must be consumed or poured out before exiting the Festival grounds.
- No alcohol will be sold after 5:30pm on Festival days, or before noon on Festival Sundays.
- Any non-compliance of our alcohol policies will result in ejection and/or arrest.
There are designated smoking areas at the Festival, indicated on the map included with your program. For tobacco smoking, e-cigarettes, or legal vapor smoking products you must use the designated areas. Receptacles are available to dispose of your cigarette butts. Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground.
There is also a designated smoking area on the castle grounds.
- Details of our Castle Tours can be found on the Tour Castle Gwynn page.
- Castle Tours are scheduled on Festival days from 11am - 3pm, weather permitting. Castle tours may be cancelled due to inclement weather. No refunds or rain passes are issued due to inclement weather.
- You must have on the wristband of the day to take the castle tour.
- You must ride the castle tour bus to and from the castle.
- You must be in the castle tour line before 3pm to take the tour - at 3pm the tour gates are closed. We suggest you plan to tour early as there will be a shorter wait time.
- Plan ahead with proper walking footwear for our gravel nature trail. The castle is situated atop a knoll in a green forest - flip-flops and sandals are not advised
- For special assistance, special needs or special requests please see the castle tour coordinator before lining up or boarding the castle tour bus.
- When in the castle, please remember that you are a guest in the owner's home.
Food, Drink, Ride, and Games Concessionaires:
No outside food, drink, coolers, glassware, camel packs, or bottles may be brought onto the Festival or castle grounds.
Food allergy alert: peanuts, pecans, and almonds are included in our variety of Festival foods.
Food, beverages, rides, and games require cash - credit/debit cards will not be accepted
Local and regional food concessionaires have prepared a variety of delicious foods and beverage for your enjoyment.
For your safety, please follow all guidelines given by ride and game attendants.
Cameras, Video, Audio, and Digital Equipment Usage:
- Small personal cameras are permitted, but are subject to inspection. Photos may be taken for your personal use only.
- Video cameras and tripods are not permitted except for pre-approved media workers who have provided credentials. Media requests will be reviewed and honored in advance, only.
Note: All film, digital, and recording rights are reserved. Commercial film, digital, and sound recordings rights with respect to the Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Castle Gwynn, entertainment, and performers and staff are reserved.
Commercial use of any photographs, digital images, audio, tape, or video recordings of Tennessee Renaissance Festival and Castle Gwynn, without the express written consent of Tennessee Renaissance Festival or Mike and Jackie Freeman is strictly prohibited. All materials contained on our website are protected by United States Copyright law and cannot be reproduced, sold, distributed, transmitted, manipulated, displayed, published, or broadcast without prior written permission.
Festival Souvenirs, ranging from post cards to pottery mugs, can be purchased on the Festival and castle grounds. The main Festival souvenir booth is the first and last booth as you enter or leave the festival grounds. If you need a particular item during our off-season, please call our office at (615) 395-9950 and we will try to assist you with your souvenir purchase.
As noted above, Media that wish to cover the Festival must make a request in advance of the planned attendance date. Please call our office at (615) 395-9950, Monday - Thursday, 9am - 4pm, or contact our Advertising / Marketing director through our Contact page on our website. Pre-approved Media must have their media creditentials visible during their visit to the festival.
Costumes and Clothing:
The Tennessee Renaissance Festival requires that all patrons, guests, and festival participants make appropriate clothing and costume choices for our family-oriented Festival venue.
- Blouses, tops, or shirts are required. Bare-chested or shirtless patrons are not permitted.
- Bare feet are not permitted; shoes are required. We recommend walking shoes over flip-flops or sandals to accommodate our gravel paths and Tennessee hills.
- Swimsuits, thongs, loincloths, sheer or see-through tops and or bottom garments, lingerie or sleep wear are unacceptable and not permitted.
- Bras, halter-tops, bustiers, garmentless corsets, tube-tops, or sports bras and belly dance bras require an outer garment or blouse covering them.
- Costumes with extreme low necklines or revealing cleavage are not acceptable at our Family Festival Event.
- Clothing with abusive or vulgar writing, photographs, symbols, or insulting language are not permitted.
- Costume masks cannot cover the full face. Masks that covers the forehead to the nose are acceptable if eyes can be seen and the wearer's vision is not impaired.
We thank you for selecting costumes and clothing that are acceptable for a Family Venue Festival when you are considering your clothing and costume choices. Remember that we are in the rolling hills of Middle Tennessee and in an environment similar to a state park. Dress and prepare appropriately for outdoor conditions: drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, use bug spray, stay on gravel paths and avoid poison ivy. Check the weather and plan accordingly.
We do our best to continue with all shows rain or shine, however sometimes to maintain the safety of patrons, performers, animal shows, castle tours, and musical instruments we may need to shorten, delay, alter, or close a specific part of the Festival. In very rare cases we may close early, open late, or not open at all due to extreme weather conditions. For your safety and the safety of our Festival participants we require that you follow the directions given by our staff, first aid staff, and special security if the need arises to close due to dangerous weather or other conditions. Thank you for your co-operation.
If you have questions, concerns, or require further information please contact the Freemans at (615) 395-9950 and we thank you in advance for following these safety guidelines.
We hope you enjoy your day and take away great memories of the Tennessee Renaissance Festival!