What is Bothwell School of Witchcraft?

Bothwell School of Witchcraft is a fictional school of magic where guests can come and immerse themselves in a live action magical experience - think murder mystery but with charms, curses and potions! Bothwell School of Witchcraft takes place from 11-13 August 2017 at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, UK.

Where is the Bothwell School of Witchcraft?

The Bothwell School of Witchcraft will take place at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex. Please see the location page for more information.

Who can attend the Bothwell School of Witchcraft ?

The Bothwell School of Witchcraft is open to all participants over the age of 18 by the start of the event. There is no upper age limit. Participants will play school students, or teachers.

I’ve never done anything like this, is this for me?

Absolutely! We have designed this event to accommodate all.

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets will be announced soon. Please sign up to the newsletter to make sure you are kept up to date.

How much will tickets cost?

The full ticket pricing structure will be released prior to release. Please sign up to the newsletter or follow us on social media to be informed when this launches. Prices will start from £500-550 which includes three nights accommodation, all your meals, robe and tie hire and of course all the activities we have planned for you.

I'm under 18 can I attend?

Unfortunately not for our 2017 edition. We have received this question a lot and we really want to make this happen. If we hit our funding stretch targets then we will be able to plan events for under 18s for 2018. It’s therefore very important that we receive as much support during our Kickstarter campaign as possible.

I'm disabled, can I attend?

We hope so! This entirely depends on your needs. In terms of disabled access, the castle operates primarily as a university and therefore has some provision for disabled access, however parts of the castle are not wheelchair accessible. Since professors, teachers and most of the characters you’ll interact with are also guests at the event, there is a limited amount we can do to cater for all needs. The event will take place much like a murder mystery, where interaction with other characters is all part of the fun. If you have specialised needs, this should be taken into consideration when deciding if you’ll fully be able to enjoy this event.

What kind of costuming do I need?

All you need is your wand. We will provide the robes and ties for the weekend, which will also be available to purchase should you wish. Much like most British boarding schools, Bothwell will have a uniform policy. (Your character may wish to ignore this but be prepared to lose house points!). There will be a formal dance, where the uniform is suspended, so your character can be free to wear whatever they choose and will be a great costume opportunity. Professors have a wider scope to wear whatever they want in order to give them more character.

How are characters created?

Players will receive a questionnaire upon booking their ticket which will ask for preferences. Guests will have the opportunity to play teachers as well as students. We will then issue all players with a synopsis and a character brief. Outside of this we welcome you to add your own personal characteristics to your character.

Where can I get wands?

The Bothwell School of Witchcraft is a ‘bring your own wand’ event due to the personal nature of wands. You are encouraged to design your own wand. Alternatively, we will provide a list of some vendors who make wands that you can purchase once we’ve launched our Kickstarter.

Will people be filming the event?

Yes, we will be filming at the event for future event promotion and our website.

Can I be a character from the Harry Potter fiction?

Bothwell School of Witchcraft is not affiliated with Warner Brothers, Bloomsbury publishing or J.K. Rowling. However, this means the Bothwell School of Witchcraft is set in an entirely different universe and time with entirely new characters and new plots! 

If I have to cancel, can I get a refund?

We offer a full refund (minus booking fees) up to 90 days before the event. After that you're ticket will be non-refundable.

If my friends and I sign up, will we be able to room together?

As much as possible, we will try to accommodate every request with regard to housing and roommates.

Can I volunteer?

We will be providing the opportunity for people to volunteer to be our Non-Playable Characters (NPCs). If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, fill out our contact form with the subject heading volunteer. We won't be able to accept everybody and will make selections after the kickstarter (April/May) so people can make travel arrangements.

Is there a code of conduct?

YES. The full code of conduct will be made available soon.

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