Get Schooled in Magic at This Real-life Hogwarts
The pop-up school of witchcraft will open its doors this August.
Herstmonceux Castle dates back to the 15th century (and is one of the oldest examples of brick architecture in England), making it an excellent backdrop for lessons in magic.
“You come down this really long track into the middle of nowhere, and out of nowhere you see this castle just leaning up when you get through the trees, which is absolutely stunning,” Cameron Readman, the co-creator, director, and creative lead of the project, told Travel + Leisure. “Inside, it’s even better, because the first thing you see when you come in is a big archway alcove, and you can just imagine students walking down it in tows right away.”
Visitors will feel like they’re in their own version of “Harry Potter”, according to the organizers—although the event is not affiliated with the book and film series or J.K. Rowling—and will include a murder mystery theme and courses in everything from creating potions to necromancy.
Details are still being finalized, but guests can except wizardry-themed sports, a large banquet on one evening, and characters that will roam the grounds and engage them in surprise adventures.
Depending on the event's success, the organizeres are considering making it an annual event.
Tickets will be sold via a Kickstarter that will launch on March 28, 2017, with prices ranging from £400 to £450 for room and board.
Participants must be 18 or older to attend.