Due to situations over the last few years we have chosen to make our festival pet free. Any animals that are performing will have to be approved by the entertainment director. If you have traveled with your pets please make arrangements to leave them at your campsite/hotel/friend’s home/with a sitter. Assist animals (such as guide dogs) are accepted but must remain with their owners at all times and on a leash (or equivalent). Please be responsible with your working animals and clean up after them. To patrons: Please respect working animals. Do not approach them, talk to them, offer your hand to them or feed them without permission from the owners. Working animals can include performance show and demonstration animals as well as assist animals.
All people entering into the site with a ‘bladed weapon’ (dagger, sword, axe, dull or sharp, etc.) or arrows must have them peace bonded. Swords, etc. must be peace bonded to your belt or to the sheath and arrows must be tied together in a bunch and left in their quiver. No replica or actual firearms permitted on site. Obvious toy weapons are acceptable but may be secured if security feels it necessary. If you have any questions please see staff or a member of the security team.
For people wishing to have pictures taken with their swords drawn there will be an area set aside by the stocks, for that and the weapon must be bonded again before leaving the area.
Swinging around staffs or bows can be seen as an aggressive move and the weapon can be removed for the duration of the day. If you draw your bow and attempt to dry fire it can also be taken away for the duration of the day. Save posing with your bow for the photo area. Note: It is never recommended that you dry fire a bow AND you can not nock an arrow in any area. For the archery area you must use our bow and arrows and only aim at the designated targets.
If your weapon is not peace bonded upon entering the fair you will be asked to either bond it or return it to your car for the duration of your visit to the fair.
Weapons vendors will either peace bond or wrap the weapon securely after the sale of a weapon.
Some members of the ensemble will be ‘stage fighting’ throughout the grounds. We can tell the difference between our actors and a ‘playtron’ by the small BCRF pin that they will be wearing. Please do not try to ‘join in’ on the show.
Thank you for playing safe.
BC Renaissance Festival Security