Wild North

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Wild North
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Status Ongoing
First iteration September 21-24, 2018
Organizer(s) Wild North Events Ltd
Subject Furry

Wild North is a small furry convention that takes place in Northumberland, England.

Unlike other UK events, focusing on hotels in towns or cities, Wild North takes place in countryside venues. Staff-cooked buffet meals and soft drinks are included. Its official mascot is Twizell (pronounced twizzle) the red squirrel; he features in official artwork and appears in photos and videos.

2018[edit]

Wild North was conceived by Kivuli, Ziegenbock and Tyde Ratmeat around March 2018. The first event was organised almost entirely through Telegram, where information was first published on March 22nd through an invite-only private group so that the first event would be a small testing ground. Registration opened on May 10th and closed on 17th August, with 14 paid attendees, although two could not make it to the first event due to unforeseen circumstances.

Taking place at the Joiner's Shop Bunkhouse in Chathill over 21-24 September 2018, attendees received goodie-bags with a personalised letter, drinks, random sweets (such as chocolate raisins or Kendal mint cake) and savoury snacks. Dinners included chicken with onion, curry with rice, BBQ burgers, hot-dogs and vegetable skewers, and make-your-own pizzas. Soft drinks were also included in the £80 fee; those who paid £12.95 extra received a T-shirt. [1]

Big events included visits to the historic Preston Tower, Chathill Village, the Alnwick Food Festival (where a fursuit walk took place) and the Beamish Open Air Museum. Board, video and outdoor games were also played.

2019[edit]

Wild North 2019 "Invasion" was confirmed at the 2018 closing ceremony to take place over 27-30 September (3pm-11am[2]), at Featherstone Castle near Haltwhistle (with a free shuttle from its station). Registration was £150 (payment 'til 31 August; weekend and day reg offered from 20 August for £100 and £50 respectively), and there were beds for up to 82 attendees,[3] although final attendance was 24.[4] A T-shirt by Gem Squirrel was available for an extra fee. The food provided included various vegetarian options.

Events included:[5] a demonstration of falconry (occurred on Saturday[6]); Kubb; archery (ultimately cancelled due to rain on Sunday, although VR gaming and a photoshoot took its place);[7] board games; the Werewolves roleplaying game (by Kivuli); an introduction to puppeteering (by GreenReaper); storytelling (by Jez of the Moss Troopers; also cancelled, but replaced by a collective read-through of The Eye of Argon); an open stage for other attendees' performances; music, a disco room and karaoke; and a post-con trip to Beamish (not included in the fee, but lifts provided).

Personalized goodie bags returned; attendees also received a personal note in the conbook. £187.93 was raised for con charity Pawz for Thought through a raffle and the sale of wristbands and other accessories.[8]

2020[edit]

Wild North 2020 is to be held 25-28 September at Featherstone Castle; registration opens February 28.[8]

References[edit]

  1. Wild North Memo written by Gamepopper.
  2. Initially noon, but it was brought back to allow sufficient time to pack and travel to Beamish.
  3. Wild North 2019 floor plan. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  4. Post in Telegram chat by Ziegenbock (4 September 2019)
  5. Wild North 2019 - Events. Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  6. Post in Telegram announcements (14 April 2019)
  7. Post in Telegram announcements (23 June 2019)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Post-event newsletter by Ziegenbrock in Telegram chat and on Facebook (2 October 2019)

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