In the Shire there are several places set up for festival activities but you can still participate in the activities even if the festival is not currently happening. For example, there are fence rail races you can do where you attempt to balance yourself while running down a fence rail, there are horse race tracks in the Shire and in Bree. There is an arena near the Bree festival ground where you can play a game of tag with friends.
In Trestlebridge (North of Bree), there is a location near the bridge on the town side where you can jump from a great height into the river below without dying. Sometimes we enjoy having one person get down in the river so we can use their marker on the map as a target and everyone tries to jump and get as close as possible to them when they land.
We've organized our own speed eating contests before where each person puts the same type of food in their inventory and then do an eating/running race where they go to one location, eat, go to the next location, eat, etc until finished. These can be done on the festival grounds using tables, or in Bree in the banquet hall or Thorin's Hall. I bet you could even make this a smoking race if you wanted.
There are stages in the Shire and Bree where you and friends could put on your own play, drama, concert, etc.
The game really does lend itself towards those who use their imaginations.
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