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#14523
New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 1  
I've heard it said often that we don't have enough sites, so I went looking. Here we go:

www.forestry.gov.uk/biblins
www.larpevents.co.uk – list of larp sites
www.larpages.co.uk – another list of larp sites, including 2 specific Larp sites!
(bad ones on list: Robin hood activity centre, Rough close, The Gaol) (Sherrats wood –Iffy)

YHA exclusive hire sites I’m not sure if the prices are for accommodation or per person:
exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk
- exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/wales/dolgoch £200/night
exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/england/yha-dimmingsdale a big hut in the woods from £99/night
exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/england/yha-black-sail - Cumbria but nothing for miles £249/night
exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/wales/yha-danywenallt long walks north and south £170/night
exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/eng...yha-holmbury-st-mary next to Hurtwood, 4000 acres of forest. £230/night
exclusive-hire.yha.org.uk/properties/england/yha-tanners-hatch - BING! BING! BING! BING! It’s a Tudor cottage in the middle of a forest! £99/night only down side is the car park is ¾ of a mile away on foot. 1 vehicle may be allowed for loading and unloading (contact site). This isn’t a LARPing site, this is THE LARPing site.
www.landmarktrust.org.uk/search-and-book...diiIWY0TO2j5tatHcLL6 - At some point this has to be done!
www.fortborstal.co.uk/index.php no price listed - BUT IT’S A BLOODY CASTLE!
www.hopehill.org.uk/index.htm - comes with rental price for a bouncy castle 

Other site (small but scenic):
secretforest.co.uk/ - 3 roundhouses + crew base, site of my second larp

Scout sites (I only picked out the ones in the green bits of the scoutbase maps):
www.scoutcentre.org.uk
www.dolygaer-scouts.co.uk/
www.gradbachscoutcamp.org.uk/
barnswood.mcscouts.org.uk/
www.surrey-scouts.org.uk/bcopse/ also has direct access to 4,000 acres of woodland
www.bidwellcentre.org/ listed on google maps as a rugby club??
www.gwentscouts.org.uk/botany-bay.php
www.harmergreenwood.org.uk/ where I did my first larp

So take a look at the websites, add your own comments and report any experiences you've had, there have to be one or two sites in there.
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 12  
That fort looks right cool!
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 6  
Great list Mike. I've been on a bit of a personal crusade to get us a greater range of sites in the last month so happen to have contacted a few of these already, and am currently in the negotiation process with at least three new sites. Will keep you updated on what comes of that & contact some of these I've not seen before! Thanks

One thing that has come up (and came up several years ago when we last had a push for new sites) is how wondering willing would people be for an event that didn't have all the comforts we've grown used to if it meant we could use an interesting site. I'm interested to hear what anyone&everyone thinks about that - Would you have no cook/no bed/no building at all for a new site?


Big Thanks again Mike
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 5  
agreed with phill the fort is a must!!!, well chioma you know me ill tent it if i have to, got no probs with that so long as theres a toilet and good food i'm all for it
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 6  
Good food is more of an issue to be honest - our potential sites list grows massively if we remove the requirement to have a kitchen.

Would people be interested in self-catering with no kitchen? Or having me and Ant make a massive stew each night but that's it? (Assuming of course there is an appropriate drop in price)
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 14  
I think that there is certainly potential to do things slightly different for one off events, which includes self catering or group cooking, even fish and chip runs in the evening. Particulalry during summer months where a group BBQ for an evening meal would be a good thing to do.

However, as the norm I would prefer to keep my comforts - am too old and worn out to survive on flumps and crisps for too many events now.

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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 12  
Ha Ha! "Flumps and Crisps" Really made me laugh!!

For the summer months, the only thing I would think would be mandatory would be toilets. We already camp at Candleston and with a little organising, non-kitchen catering isn't so hard.

I guess a reasonably comfortable player base is also a must. (Monsters too, but as it would be less necassary to make it IC, maybe a bit easier to improvise?)

I'd definitely be up for less conventional sites. (And did I mention that fort looked cool! )
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 1  
I'm happy to do camping, I'm happy to make a tent to go and do camping
If we ever did the island camping would be unavoidable and we'd probably have to eat in the tavern (yes, they call it a tavern)
If we can go without a lot of facilities, possibly to the point of hiring a portaloo, there are some community forests who charge as little as 'spending a few hours working on the site.'
Roughing it a little just makes it seem a little more medieval and mystical to me. I heard of one event run at Candleston where the players were led out onto the dunes and in their 'desert camp' they had to complete challenges to get water! I really wished I'd been on that one.
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 6  
I think Lundy is unlikely as considering its size and the number of visitors it gets (I think) avoiding members of the public would be near impossible. I may be wrong about that though.

Mike I've previously knocked Tanner's Hatch off the list because it says there's only space for 15 - how has this been dealt with at events you've been at before? I also believe you are not allowed to fight inside?

Bruce - I'm a pretty big fan of the comforts. Think a number of events that deviate would be worth it for the variety, but mostly we should avoid flumps, crisps and sleeping in caves.


None of the sites I've been looking at will be used until 2017 anyway so there is some time to think about it all.
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Re:New sites 2 Years ago Karma: 1  
I promise to drop these after this post

Never been to Tanner's Hatch, just thought it looked really cool. They have a private garden, possible tentage? Or maybe some camp beds like we did at Horley. Chances are we won't be able to fight in the building, especially with low ceilings but that's what firestorms are for!

Lundy has a population of 28, to rent out ALL of the accommodation would cost just under £4000 for four days (although that's a 'from' price) transport there and back for 30 people comes to £1920 although there may be some additional costs for kit.
That would just leave us with day trippers who would hopefully be limited during weekdays at the beginning and end of seasons anyway.
That does eat up the money from a Heroquest however would people be willing to spend a bit more for such a unique location? NB: I suggested it so I get one of the rooms in the castle
I'm not suggesting we go there all the time but maybe say once every seven years or so someone could come up with an event that could be run on an island somewhere in Orin Rakatha.
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