Herofest LARP FAQs

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions about Herofest LARP

While the answers to most queries can be found on our website or in the discussions on our Facebook page, we have gathered some key Frequently Asked Questions here for reference.

Note: Due to a change of circumstances at Huntley Wood they are now not able to honour our bookings for 2024, so new sites for this year’s events have been booked. Will still be in the Staffordshire & Shropshire area. Please see the Events page for details.

The booking form with payment and contact details can be found on the Booking page

We have used a site in South Wales in the past, then Huntley Wood near Stoke, which has now closed down. For 2024 we have obtained twwo sites. May and Sept are at Kibblestone Scout Campsite, near Stone, Staffordshire. July’s event is at Church Stretton Camp & Fish (Oaklands) in Shropshire.

We usually get access to the site from Thursday afternoon. Our main event live roleplaying actvities run from Friday afternoon to end of play Saturday night. We aim to leave the site around lunchtime on the Sunday.

Browse through our website for info about the Herofest system, and feel free to ask any questions via our social media, however this is a very welcoming and simple system to join. Don’t worry too much about fine details, it is often best to have an open mind and learn how things work for you on your first event. To support this, new players should start in the Mercenaries faction, which will support your introduction, teach the basic skills and guide you around the existing factions which you may wish to join (or be wary of!) on later events.

Costume can be as simple or imaginative as you like, but any modern clothes as a base layer should be plain, avoiding logos.

Any weapons and accessories should be LARP-safe, which can be found online or at LARP kit fairs. Please contact us if you would like to hire a weapon (for £10, to cover required maintenance).

There is a guide on what to bring to an event here

Kibblestone Site details:  The main building is called the Waystation/Tavern which provides a central in-character gathering place, the In Character support team, and the bar. There are two buildings, providing kitchen areas and sleeping rooms with bunk beds. They have good quality toilet & shower blocks, including disabled facilities. A large car park is available, a short walk to the camping field and the main in-character area.

Church Stretton is a more back-to-basics site, with less facilities, a similar mix of IC and OOC areas, and two toilet/shower blocks. IC Faction camping will be in clearings in the woods, more like our old Candleston site. There are also lakes, one of which can be used for swimming, responsibly!

We hire outside caterers and catering tickets for the weekend can be purchased on the Bookings page.

Please see our Sites page, under Events, for more details of both sites.

Please see below for a map of the main areas and routes around the central area of the site.

We would like everyone to check in at the Tavern (Kibblestone) or Reception (Church Stretton) on arrival, to ensure we know who is on site and provide any initial info. We are keeping some areas as an in-character environment to provide a good level of immersion for players. In-character-looking tents/awnings are welcome there. Out-of-character (modern) tents can be set up in the field near to the entrance, away from the main game activity but still near the in-character area. You are welcome to drive into the larp site to set up, but please ensure all cars are moved to the main car park asap, by 4pm at the latest on Friday afternoon (again to not spoil immersion for players around the site).

Firepits are allowed provided they are off the floor. At Kibblestone, please bring your own wood. At Church Stretton wood can be purchased from the site (£7.50 for a basket of kindling and wood) and people can bring their own wood as long as it is clean and free of nails etc. Trees onsite should not be cut for wood. Any cooking should be done off the floor. No ashes or unused wood should be deposited in the woods on site, cold ash should be put in the bins provided. The fire pits are a great feature at Herofest, but please ensure they are always monitored and used responsibly.

The sites have a variety of terrain, from fields to wooded paths, mostly flat in the centre with hilly areas around the outside. There are various features to be found around the site. Players will be based around the central areas, all a short walk between any of the facilities.

Rubbish/Recycling bins are provided and players are requested to ensure their areas of the site are left clean and tidy before they leave, taking all rubbish and recycling to the main site bins. Faction leaders should ensure their group’s area is looked after.

Local to the site there are pubs, cafes and shops a short drive away.

Overview of LARP areas at Kibblestone
(Church Stretton map coming soon)