Banbury Tales

Banbury Tales is a Regency larp inspired by Jane Austen’s books and the hit TV series Bridgerton.

We take on the roles of members of early 19th century British high society, who meet at the last ball of the season to participate in the marriage market either as matchmakers or marriage candidates. Both young men and young women were expected to enter into marriages that would bring wealth or prestige to their family name.

For the privileged members of English society in Jane Austen’s time, however, courtship was a complicated affair. There were certain decorum rules surrounding courtship that complicated the endeavor and that young ladies and gentlemen had to adhere to at all costs if they wanted to be accepted as potential participants in the high society’s marriage market. 

  • Genre

    Historic larp, Ball, England 1810s (Regency era)

  • Date

    Run 2: n/a (not 2024)

  • Duration

    Arrival Friday afternoon, game runs from Saturday morning to Sunday evening, departure Monday morning

  • Characters

    36 pre-written characters

  • Accommodation

    According to character either in double rooms or shared rooms (with a maximum of four beds) or mattress room

  • Food

    Full board (four meals a day, vegetarian options available)

  • Price

    Depending on type of room 250€, 200€, or 150€ (sponsor and solidarity tickets available) (as of 2022)

  • Age

    18+ due to liability reasons


  • Etiquette and reputation
  • Courtship and matchmaking
  • Family drama and relationship conflicts
  • Secrets and scandals
  • Wishes vs expectations


England, August 1815. With the victorious Battle of Waterloo and the surrender of the French emperor, the Napoleonic Wars have come to an end after more than two decades. At the same time, on the British Isles, both the parliamentary session and the season have ended; the members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons are leaving in droves and moving back to their country estates.

To celebrate the return to the country and the victory over Napoleon, Lord Camelford – or more precisely his mother, The Dowager Lady Camelford – has extended invitations to a ball at Boconnoc House. The more prominent families of the area will not miss the opportunity to present their children, whom they could not marry off during the season.

It will be a time for dancing, gambling, conversation and increasingly desperate social climbing as each family struggles to find a suitable match before the weekend is over.

The search for a spouse is serious business, and private balls like this one are an ideal chance for marriable bachelors and bachelorettes of the ton to come together. Under the watchful eye of their elders, young couples must demonstrate their gracefulness, talent for clever conversation, and general suitability. While gloved hands can temporarily touch without scandal during a dance and on the way to and from a set, interested parties have the opportunity during the day to get to know each other better during chaperoned walks in nature, even falling behind the rest of the party if they wish to talk privately.

If a gentleman wishes to emphasize his interest in a lady, he should pay a visit to her the next day in the rooms of her family, where her mother or aunt or another chaperone will be present. But he should be prepared not to be the only suitor. Will he be able to withstand the pressure of competition and scrutiny? 

It remains to be seen whether, under these difficult conditions, every pot will still find its lid or whether some will have to wait for the next season…


What to expect

  • Pre-written characters
  • Characters have secrets
  • Cooperative play style (play to lift)
  • Safety mechanics
  • Self-preparation and workshop on site
  • Pre-game hype and communication on Discord
  • Organizers play full characters at the larp
  • In-game entertainment (croquet, badminton, billiard, picnic, ball, theatrical, pub)

What NOT to expect

  • Absolute historical correctness
  • Reenactment
  • Point-based system
  • Achieving your character’s goals (play to win)
  • Transparent game
  • Play on racism
  • Play on antisemitism
  • Servant characters that serve food & drinks and help with getting dressed

Content Warning

  • Mock firearms
  • Homophobia
  • Classism
  • Sexism
  • Violence (physical and emotional)
  • Mention of sexual violence


A picture is worth a thousand words: Photographer The Kelric View has accompanied Run 1 and captured the best moments with his camera.


We have up to 34 playable characters and four families for you to choose from.


Story and characters: Nick, Vicky

Sign-up and finances: Nick

Production: Theresa, Nick

Props: Theresa, Nick

Kitchen: Monika, Larissa

Support: Diana