World famous explorer Montgomery Huntenbeast had travelled the far reaches of the globe, but nothing he discovered ever intrigued him like the Jackalope. He spent years in central America trying to capture the creatures so he could return to quiet Suffolk and release them into the woodlands. After much trial and error, he found the only sound that would tame the ferocious beast was the tinkle of a small bell. That bell became his prize possession and he kept it locked in a chest in his library.
This year at Folk East we gave the guests the chance to finally get into the chest and see and use the famous bell themselves. Using snippets from the great man's diary, teams had to decipher the clues, explore the festival site and visit Montgomery’s favourite pubs and shops. They had to find and reach out to his favourite band and visit the woodland where he released the Jackalope all those years ago. Each diary entry led eventually to a single digit, once combined giving all the information needed to unlock the padlock and ring the bell.