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Crossbows banned from Game of Thrones festival at Quex Park

By KentOnline reporter

Fans of an ultra-violent TV show have been warned to leave their ale and crossbows at home - because they have been banned from the Game of Thrones festival.

Thronefest organisers have also told revellers not to wear revealing costumes, despite the 18-rated television programme filling our screens with vast amounts of nudity.

Although winter is not here, thousands of followers of the HBO series are expected in Birchington on May 20 to get into character and celebrate all things Thrones.

Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones
Jon Snow, played by Kit Harington in Game of Thrones

But there are certain items that will be banned at Quex Park for the themed festival, and those who do not bend a knee to the rules might have their tickets cancelled with no refund.

The festival is based on the TV show, which is adapted from A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels by George R. R. Martin.

Alcohol is strictly banned at the camp, as well as ammunition and laser pointers.

A Game of Thrones fan, who is looking forward to the festival, said: "It's a bit of a joke really - I have this awesome new crossbow that I really wanted to show off.

"Obviously we're all going there for a laugh - although I do think it's a bit Targaryen to ban tents."

According to organisers, costumes should provide enough body coverage to be worn in public and should be in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly convention.

Organisers say the rules are not to limit fun, but to make sure fans of the fantasy dragon epic are kept safe.

"Obviously we're all going there for a laugh - although I do think it's a bit Targaryen to ban tents" - Game of Thrones fan

A spokesperson said: "All metal weapons including, knives, daggers, swords, clubs, batons, functional strung bows or crossbows, sharp arrows or bolts and axes regardless of whether they are sharp or blunt are forbidden.

"All Weapons and props must have rounded or blunt edges and/or padded ends and must be incapable of causing harm."

Attractions at the day-long festival include Kristian Nairn - who played the beloved oaf Hodor.

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