About Newcastle Branch

Newcastle runs one of the oldest branches of Fools and Heroes, having begun in 1989 as “Questlands”, an offshoot of the science fiction society of Newcastle University. It is also one of the largest branches with over 30 members. Boasting a combination of new and seasoned players, the branch has been running on an almost weekly basis for years and yet continues to deliver new and inventive plot content with opportunity for players, both casual and dedicated, to determine their own style of play and create a genuine impact on the fantasy world their characters inhabit.

About Our Referees

Fools and Heroes Newcastle is currently run by three referees

  • Chris “Chris” Iliffe
  • Chris “Jak” Russell
  • Conor “Chris” Douglas

As well as being overseen by our Liason Officer, Jo Bath.

The referee team can be contacted at but are also available to answer questions at our weekly tuesday meet up (see below for details).

When We Play

Fools and Heroes Newcastle runs several times a month on saturdays and Sundays. Our Saturday events are night sites running from 10:00 pm and take place at Pets Corner at Jesmond Dene. These are single adventures with one half of the group playing their characters, and the other half assuming the roles of the various people they will meet and interact with. Usually these nightsites finish by 3am.

Jesmond Dene is a narrow wooded valley that follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale. The Dene stretches over 3 kilometres interspersed with various bridges, ruins, and fields set amid a mix of native and exotic trees. Jesmond Dene is accessible via multiple bus and metro routes as well as being within walking distance of the city centre.

Our Sunday events are Day sites run from 10:30 AM till 6:00 PM and take place at Chopwell Wood. These day sites are split into two adventure groups. and include a break for lunch.

Chopwell Woods is a 360-hectare mixed woodland on the fringe of Gateshead and was designated as a Woodland Park in 1993. It includes natural obstacles as well as wood carved statues and multiple routes for adventurers to travel along. Buses operated by Go Ahead Northeast connect the wood with Newcastle City Centre, Newcastle Central Station and the Metrocentre (service number 47). Both of these sites are accessible by public transportation.

The group also meets on Tuesday evenings from 7pm in the Mile Castle bar in Newcastle. We’re usually found on the Top floor. Feel free to drop in and see us, just walk in the entrance and keep going straight forward on the ground floor.

Useful Resources

Newcastle Local Message Boards

Furore Normanum – A North East LARP social network

Saxon Violence – LARP safe weaponry company run out of the North East

Infinite Gateway – A path to various LARP societies

Le Prevo – Suppliers of fine leather products for the making of LARP kit

Catreath – Another Fantasy LARP run by an ex-FNHer

Kate Monks Dictionary of Names – Names from all eras of history for inspiration

Wolvish Written – Short stories and projects by a local FNHer