Dare to join us for Hallowe'en fun
Enjoy Hallowe’en this October and experience some spine-chilling thrills at some unforgettable places. From eerie trails and spooky story-telling in atmospheric locations, to fearsome face painting and frightening fancy dress in historic houses, there’s something to give the whole family the jitters.
Here’s a selection of ghoulish goings on this Hallowe’en:
East of England
Hatfield Forest, Essex
Batty Hallowe’en 2014, 31 October, 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Explore this medieval hunting forest on the scariest night of the year. Join in with the Hallowe’en crafts and games then an after-dark candle-lit trail through the woods. Listen to the trees creaking in the wind and remember not to stray to far from the path – there could be ghouls lurking out there.
Approximate timings: Games and crafts 3.30pm - 4.30pm Candle-lit trail 4.30pm - 5.30pm
Price: £6.50 (booking essential)
Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Night at the museum, 25 October & 1 November, 5.30pm – 8pm
If you dare, discover the Anglo-Saxon royal burial site of Sutton Hoo at night with a special Gruesome Graves tour and exhibition visit. Come face-to-face with royalty and meet King Raedwald himself. To calm your nerves enjoy a lovely hot chocolate to warm up afterwards and don’t forget to bring your torch.
Price: Adult £12.00, Child £9.00, Family £40.00 (booking essential).
Belton House, Lincolnshire
Hallowe’en happenings, 25 October - 2 November, 9.30am – 4pm
Wear your spookiest costume and visit this quintessential English country house this Hallowe’en. There’ll be a Spooks and Spoofs Trail for older children and a Magic Pumpkin Trail for the little ones. Join in the seasonal fun with frightening food in the Ride and autumnal activities in the Discovery Centre.
On the 25, 26 and 31 October there will be fearsome face painting (£3), spooky stories in the Stables, and a fancy dress competition at 3pm each day.
Price: Trail costs £2
Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Pumpkin parties, 23 & 30 October, 11am – 3.30pm
With peeling paintwork & overgrown courtyards Calke Abbey in Derbyshire tells the story of the dramatic decline of a grand country-house estate. Join in the Pumpkin Parties in the gardens where you can buy a pumpkin, or bring your own, and carve it any way you like. Before you head home for All Hallows’ Eve add it to the spooktacular house collection or take it home to spook your neighbours.
Longshaw, near Sheffield
Hallowe'en Night Run, 31 October, from 5pm
Get your scariest costume on and explore the spooky woodland on the Longshaw Night Run. This family friendly adventure will take you along a marked woodland trail with lots of other runners and walkers. There will be other Hallowe'en activities including trick or treat. With a 2.5km and 5.5km route on offer there's something for grown-ups too.
Price £12 - £17.50
Brownsea Island, Dorset
Half term trail, 25 October – 2 November, 10am – 4pm
Brownsea Island is dramatically located in Poole Harbour and is the perfect setting to feel a little spooked this half term. Come along for an eerie island adventure with a mystery to solve and peculiar happenings along the way.
Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village, Wiltshire
Wizard school, 25 October - 2 November, 10.30am – 5.30pm
Do you have what it takes to be a wicked witch or a wise wizard? Find out by completing the tasks of Lacock Abbey’s self-led wizard school. Stroll through the medieval corridors to discover the old cloister rooms and imagine yourself a wizard of Hogwarts. From broom racing to spell making, test your spooky skills on this self-led activity course. Only then will you become the best witch or wizard Lacock has ever seen.
Lyme Park, House and Garden, Cheshire
Fright fest - terrifying tales in the Cage, 31 October, 12pm – 12.45pm, 1.30pm – 2.15pm, 2.30pm – 3.15pm
Nestled on the edge of the Peak District stands the imposing Lyme Park and it’s the perfect place to get spooked this Hallowe’en. Get your knees knocking and spine tingling with Terrifying Tales in the medieval Cage, told by a professional storyteller - we promise not to lock you in overnight.
Price: £2 (booking essential)
Shocktober, 24 - 26 October, 11am – 4pm
Sizergh is a medieval house that stands tall at the gateway to the Lake District. Still inhabited by the Strickland family, Sizergh near Kendal, Cumbria, has many tales to tell and certainly feels lived in, with old portraits sitting alongside modern family photographs. Visit this Hallowe’en for a weekend of spooky activities to entertain and scare the whole family.
Yorkshire and North East
Penshaw Monument, County Durham
Hallowe’en night of terror, 29 October, 5pm – 8pm
The Penshaw monument is a 70 foot high folly and replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens and can be seen for miles around. Dare you climb the spooky hidden staircase to the roof of the monument at night? Gruesome guides will make sure this Hallowe’en tour to the top is one to remember. Time slots will be allocated on booking.
Price: £5 (booking essential).
Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire
Hallowe’en crafts for children, 31 October, 11am – 3pm
Nostell was built on the site of a medieval priory and is the perfect eerie setting for making some spooky stuff before it gets dark this Hallowe’en. The ever popular attic tours for adults will be on offer this year where you’ll hear some spooky stories and may see some ghostly apparitions.
Petworth House and Park, West Sussex
Wild ghost chase - family trail, 27 October - 2 November, 10.30am – 4pm
The spirits of Petworth Pleasure Grounds have risen this Hallowe’en and won’t rest in peace until all brave young ghost hunters have heard their story. With acres of landscaped park and views over the South Downs, take an autumnal walk and make it a day to remember.
The Vyne, Hampshire
Monsters’ ball, 25 October – 2 November, 12pm – 4pm
The monsters have just held their annual ball at this spooky old house, and it’s up to you to muster the courage to see what kind of mess they’ve left it in. Wander through the ‘haunted’ Dining Parlour, Staircase Hall and Large Drawing Room, but keep an eye out for guests who haven’t yet left.
Lodge Park Wood, Stackpole Estate, Pembrokeshire
Hallowe’en crafts and spooky lantern walk, 31 October, 5pm – 7pm
Come make a lantern in our workshop and enjoy some Hallowe’en treats in the Centre followed by a spooky lantern walk through Lodge Park Woods. Fancy dress is a must - the scarier the better.
Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd
Twilight tours, 25 – 31 October, from 6pm
As the darkness settles will you be brave enough to venture over the threshold on this spine chilling tour? Delivered by professional TV performers this is the perfect blend of history, humour and frights in the perfect Victorian backdrop. Will you be able to find your way out through the castle's maze of rooms and corridors?
Accompanied children over 12 are very welcome.
Price: Adult £10, Child £5 (booking essential).
Castle Ward, County Down
Autumn pumpkinfest and scarecrow pageant, 18 - 19 October, 12pm – 5pm
Visit Castle Ward this Hallowe’en; a unique mansion nestled in the rolling hillside looking out over Strangford Lough in County Down. Choose from more than 2000 pumpkins just ready for you to scoop out and carve. Find the Pumpkin People on their trail, browse the display of local crafts in the Stableyard and Farmyard, and bring along your very own scarecrow creation.
Florence Court, County Fermanagh
Hallowe’en fest and craft fair, 26 October, 12pm - 4pm
Florence Court sits amongst a dramatic backdrop of mountains and forests. Come along for an afternoon of family fun and capers. Take a spooky tour of the house if you dare; you never know who you’ll meet around the next corner.