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7 Game of Thrones-themed experiences to get you excited for Season 8

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The best Game of Thrones-themed events and dinners to prepare you for the big finale.

Game of Thrones isn’t just a TV show – for super fans, it’s a lifestyle. Like many of the great cult TV shows before it (Sex and the City, Friends, the list goes on), it has created a following that could bond two total strangers with the sentence, “Do you watch GoT?”

But unlike some of our other favourites, Friends for example which is set in a New York apartment, Game of Thrones has a distinctive theme which is all part and parcel of the fandom. 

From medieval dress and some brilliantly braided hairstyles, to dragons and magic, there’s a lot you could use to get you in the Game of Thrones mood. And with the final season approaching, there’s not much time left to live out your Westeros fantasies. 

From an exhibition of the props used in the show, to a GoT-themed battle reenactment, there’s plenty of events to get you excited for the final showdown, and meet some other super fans along the way. 

Check out our top picks of Game of Thrones events and dinners around the UK to harness your inner Sansa or become a Mother of Dragons. 

Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast live recording with Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams 

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams

Arya Stark is one of the most formidable and important characters from the Game of Thrones series. We’ve watched her grow from troubled child to fearless young woman, and loved every second of it. We also love the actor who has brought her to life, Maisie Williams, who continues to inspire us with everything from her activism to her hairstyles – and her best friendship with fellow co-star Sophie Turner, which makes us swoon. 

On 4 May, Stylist takeover star Fearne Cotton will be doing a live recording of her incredibly popular podcast, Happy Place, and has invited Williams to be her special guest. The pair will talk about mental health and particularly Williams’ new app Daisie which supports creatives in making their ideas happen. Not only is it guaranteed to be an amazing event, it’s your chance to see a Stark in the flesh. 

When: Saturday 4 May, 7.30pm 

How much: £28

Where: Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0hx

Game of Thrones full day conference at The Book Club, London 

The Book Club will be hosting a Game of Thrones event

Calling all super fans, if you take your love for Game of Thrones particularly seriously, this could be the perfect event for you. The Book Club in Shoreditch is holding an all day, all night event that we can only describe as a fun, boozy conference.

Throughout the day there’ll be talks, panels, screenings and quizzes, all celebrating the show’s cultural legacy as it enters its final season. With doors opening at 11am, The Book Club will welcome fans, writers and experts to a session containing short lectures from academics and a variety of panel discussions and debates on key topics from the show (speaker details still to come), along with an annotated panel screening of key moments from the series to date.

Then, come evening, sit down for the winner-takes-all quiz which will test you on your knowledge of the TV series. There’ll be themed cocktails and cosplay is encouraged. 

When: Sunday 14 April, 11am-11pm

How much: £5.92 – £16.58

Where: The Book Club, 100 – 106, Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH

A Feast of Thrones at The Jugged Hare, London 

The Jugged Hare Game of Thrones dinner

There’s nothing like a gastropub for a hearty meal. And if you’re looking for a feast to really fill your boots, head to The Jugged Hare for banquet so good, we reckon it would even satisfy Jon Snow.

Coinciding with the release of the fantasy drama’s eighth and final series in April, the restaurant’s immersive dinner experience ‘A Feast of Thrones’ will transport diners to the Seven Kingdoms for one night only.

Hosted inside the restaurant’s atmospheric Josephine Room, guests can tuck into a five-course menu of alongside expertly-picked Dornish wines. Highlights of the menu include Hot Pie’s wolf bread with smoked bone marrow butter, crispy kraken salad, pigeon pie cut with Valyrian steel, the wild boar that killed Robert Baratheon, Sansa’s favourite lemon cakes, glazed with a honey syrup and Fire and Ice – a whiskey and chilli chocolate finale.

To set the scene there will be flickering candlelight and live acoustic music from the Game of Thrones soundtrack. You can even knock back some Johnny Walker’s limited-edition White Walker whiskey, for the ultimate Thrones celebration.

When: Wednesday 10 April, 7.30-10.30pm

How much: £65

Where: 49 Chiswell St, East London EC1Y 4SA

Thronefest at Quex Park, Kent 

For hardcore Game of Thrones fans, a themed-dinner just won’t cut it. If you’re more of a cosplay kinda gal, then strap on your armour or a don a Daenerys wig for a full day at Thronesfest.

Set in the beautiful grounds of Quex Park in Kent, Thronesfest brings together a whole host of activities inspired by the hit show, from jousting, archery and a battle re-enactment.

There’ll also be plenty to see, with Game of Thrones props, a model giant and – wait for it – only a bloody dragon.

To truly set the scene, there’ll be a medieval village to wander around and even The Iron Throne – you’ll probably have to fight someone to sit on it, though.

Not only can you live out all your GoT dreams in real life, but there’s even the promise of appearances from some of the cast. Richard Brake, who played The Night King, will be there, as will Grand Maester Pycelle actor, Julian Glover. The event is charging £10 for selfies, and £20 to throw in a signed autograph, too.

As well as all this, there’ll be birds of prey displays, a hog roast and even some wolf photo opportunities.

When: Sunday 19 May, 11am-5pm

How much: £18

Where: Quex Park, Birchington, Kent,  CT7 0HR

Game of Thrones Pub Quiz at Workers’ Dalston, London 

Workers' Dalston Game of Thrones quiz

Café, cocktail bar and events space, Workers’ Dalston, is known for its themed quizzes and to mark the almighty end of Game of Thrones, it’s throwing one last hurrah.

There will be creative and interactive rounds which can be completed in teams of four, or if you’re a lone Direwolf, by yourself.

Workers’ Dalston recommends you either join as a group of four, or select the ‘join up’ option, which will add you to an existing team and give you the chance to make some new Game of Thrones-loving friends. Unless you fancy proving why you deserve to sit in The Iron Throne alone, and then you can choose solo.

There will be Game of Thrones themed drinks flowing all night, prizes to be won throughout and a cash price (woo!) for the group or individual that is victorious.

When: Thursday 28 March, 7-9.45pm

How much: £6.98 – £11.25

Where: 404 Kingsland Road, East London, E8 4AA

Game of Thrones Exhibition at TEC Belfast, Belfast

Game of Thrones exhibition Belfast

This new exhibition will allow fans to get as close as physically possible to the props, costumes and magic that have created one of the world’s most-loved shows.

Featuring a unique mix of immersive environments and multimedia content, visitors will experience the mythical lands of Westeros and Essos with access to displays of weapons and armour, and will explore several dynamic themed exhibition areas. These areas will recreate the wintery landscapes of the North, the tree-lined pathway of the Kingsroad, the home of the Night’s Watch, the frozen lands Beyond the Wall – and more.

Your time slot will be given to you when you book, and the website outlines that it’s important to stick to it. An average visit is supposed to take around 45 minutes, but once inside you can stay as long as you like. 

When: 11 April - 1 September, 10am-7pm

How much: £15

Where: TEC Belfast, 17 Queen’s Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast, BT3 9DU

Dinner is Coming at The Vaults, London

Game of Thrones themed dinner The Vaults Waterloo

Dinner Is Coming is a new immersive spoof dining experience inspired by the hit fantasy drama, that as well as a three-course meal, is serving up a tongue-in-cheek, theatrical performance. Set in the darkened tunnels of The Vaults in Waterloo, the surroundings are perfect for banqueting, especially when the menu looks as good as this one.

Guests can enjoy a starter of Wildfire Bouillon which is asparagus with lemon-verbena jelly and fava beans served with a bright green pea and wildwood garlic viscous bouillon, before The Kings Feast which involves a lightly spiced whole cauliflower, crowns of crispy chicken wings, mixed bean and sweet potato pie, slow cooked whole lamb shoulder, roast potatoes and carrots.

To finish – yes, there’s more – there’ll be a Scarlett Ending, which includes red wine, cinnamon and star anise poached pear with sweet and sour cream.

Throughout the production, a story will be told of the marriage of the heir to the Several Kingdoms, Jaffrey Bearathon, and Margarine, the beautiful daughter of the noble Trywell Family, with the audience acting as the wedding guests. Really get into your role and dress up to fit the part, whether you fancy taking on the persona of a richly decorated Lord or Lady from Easteros, an armoured warrior, or a rag-wearing peasant.

When: 9 April - 2 June

How much: £30

Where: Leake St, Lambeth, South London SE1 7NN

Images: Courtesy of events / HBO

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