Shropshire’s Essential Entertainment Guide
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Half term is just around the corner, and we've compiled a list of the best events - halloween or otherwise - across Shropshire and the West Midlands...
Pumpkinfest | Park Hall Farm
Until Sunday 1 November
A free pumpkin for every paying child to choose, carve and take home is part of the offer at this award-winning visitor attraction. A spooky scarecrow trail through the woods and a walk through the haunted farm are sure to keep youngsters entertained. There will also be a daily Halloween fancy-dress competition for those attending in their spookiest outfits.
Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum search | Blists Hill Victorian Town
Wednesday 21 - Saturday 31 October
Organised by Walker Books and Kids In Museums, this touring show invites families to hunt for Wally amongst museum collections, and to spell out a spooky phrase with letters hidden alongside mini Wally standees.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea Exhibition | Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery
Until Saturday 31 October
A not-to-be-missed exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery features 10 of the Judith Kerr’s beautiful facsimile artworks. The illustrations are being exhibited courtesy of Seven Stories, the national centre for children’s books with whom Kerr deposited her life’s work in 2008.
Pumpkin Detectives | Hawkstone Follies
Saturday 24 October - Sunday 1 November
Hawkstone Park Follies are asking kids to join them this half term to help their resident trolls find a lost pumpkin.
Young explorers will need to follow the Halloween trail to find letters which, when spelt out, will reveal the missing pumpkin’s location. If successful, children will be awarded a Pumpkin Detective Certificate!
Woollen Woods | Attingham Park
Until Sunday 1 November
Nature-inspired crafted creations have made their home on a new part of the Mile Walk at Attingham Park for the third annual Woollen Woods event. Families can spot their favourite woodland animals along the self-led walk through the woods near Shrewsbury, as well as a few spooky Halloween bats and spiders.
Geocaching | Shropshire Hills Discovery
Geocaching is treasure hunting for the 21st century. With an easy-to-use hand-held GPS, participants navigate to different locations at which they can then open the cache or find out the secret.
The Discovery Centre's geocaching trails provide visitors with the opportunity to get out into the landscape and learn about local history whilst also keeping socially distanced.
Leap For Lemurs | Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom
Saturday 24 - Friday 30 October
Native to the island country lying off the south-eastern coast of Africa, the world's oldest primate, the lemur, is threatened with extinction. Around 98 per cent are at risk of disappearance and a staggering 33 per cent are categorised as critically endangered, the highest threat level.
In collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Network, Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom. Visitors can wander through the Lemur Forest, home to nine ring-tailed and two black and white ruffed lemurs, join the educational talks and enter a competition to win an animal experience by naming the zoo’s newest lemur arrival.
Elsewhere in the Midlands...
Van Gogh Alive | Birmingham Hippodrome
Until Thursday 31 December
Grande Exhibitions’ Van Gogh Alive is a truly unique encounter with art where “you don’t just look at his paintings, you step inside them and feel their power”. Visitors can experience the Dutch artist’s evolution - from under-appreciated painter into celebrated genius - via the projections at their fingertips, above their heads and beneath their feet.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year | Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Until Sunday 7 February
A prestigious exhibition highlighting the breathtaking beauty of the natural world arrives in the Midlands this autumn. The 56th Wildlife Photographer Of The Year explores the world’s richest habitats and offers an insight into the behaviour of a plethora of earth’s creatures. Chosen by an international panel of experts, each image tells a fascinating story about the photographer’s connection with the natural world.
Spooky Spectacular | West Midland Safari Park
Brighten up the spookiest of seasons by taking part in West Midland Safari Park’s brand new Scratchcard Trail for Halloween. Solve the mystery of the pumpkin thief and earn a sweet treat as your reward.
Illuminated, themed scarecrows and hundreds of pumpkins will be on display throughout the popular 100-acre family attraction. West Midland Safari & Leisure Park is home to a variety of exotic and unusual species, many of which you’re sure to encounter during the course of the four-mile drive-through safari.
Firework Festival | West Midland Safari Park
Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 November
Enjoy spectacular fireworks and late-night rides at this annual Firework Festival weekend!
The Safari Park will be open later in the day and visitors can enjoy the site's walk-through areas including Ice Age, Land of the Living Dinosaurs, Penguin Cove, Lorikeet Landing, Creepy Crawlies, Reptile World, African Village and the popular Sea Lion Show!
Moonlight Harvest Festival | National Forest Adventure Farm
This brand new evening event invites visitors to enjoy the fresh open countryside with moonlight strolls to pick pumpkins and explore the maize maze by torchlight. There will be live music from local bands, fire performers, a host of fairground rides, as well as a courtyard with food and a licensed bar.
Halloween Spooktacular | National Forest Adventure Farm
Enjoy all the usual fun of the farm plus a host of spooky-themed events. Check out the attraction’s broomstick training via an interactive show, then venture into one of the site’s three mazes. Find the ingredients hidden in Cauldron Chaos to help you concoct a potion; see how many mummies you can find in the Mummy Maize Hunt; and be prepared for the fright of your life in the Haunted Mirror Maze.
Scream Train | Severn Valley Railway
Thursday 29 - Saturday 31 October
This all-new adults-only attraction promises to offer a real edge-of-the-seat experience.
After boarding the train at Kidderminster, visitors will be shown to their own private compartment, where they will remain trapped while monsters roam the corridors looking for blood. And who knows what else is lurking just around the next corner?...
Ghost Train | Severn Valley Railway
Not for the faint-hearted, this trip through Severn Valley Railway’s haunted stations unveils a host of ghosts and ghouls lurking where you’d least expect. The after-dark spooktacular invites families to make their way along the station’s dark platform before boarding their very own compartment.
The train’s destination is Arley - home of the living dead...
Brick or Treat | Legoland
Plenty of fang-tastic adventures await little monsters visiting Legoland Discovery Centre this month. As well as having access to millions of Lego bricks, rides, build and play zones - and a 4D cinema - visitors can also get involved in numerous Halloween-themed activities. Build your own pumpkin and add it to the site’s Hall of Fame Pumpkin Patch for the chance to win a prize. Follow the clues and solve the puzzle of the perilous pumpkins in Skavenger Hunt, and choose to have a socially distanced meet-and-greet with Scarecrow and other Lego characters.
A-Scarium | National Sea Life Centre
Step into the creepy depths of Sea Life by navigating A-Scarium’s immersive trail, which takes you past some of the ocean’s most weird and wonderful creatures. Discover facts about many of the sea’s freakiest inhabitants, including black tip reef sharks, garden eels and big eye fish.
Make sure you keep an eye out for the magical unicorn fish in the aquarium’s 360-degree Ocean Tunnel.
Scarefest | Alton Towers
There’s certainly no shortage of fright-tastic fun to be had at the UK’s biggest theme park this Halloween, as Alton Towers once again hosts the ever-popular Scarefest - and a new spine-tingling addition, Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard.
More Treat Than Trick | Drayton Manor
In addition to the family-favourite theme park’s 100 rides and attractions, Staffordshire-based Drayton Manor Park has an extra-creepy offering for brave families to enjoy this Halloween - the chance to get up close and personal with slithering snakes and creepy crawlies!
Tudor Spooktacular | Tudor World
The town of Stratford-upon-Avon gets splendidly spooky this Halloween, when one of its most haunted buildings hosts an array of creepy events for all the family to enjoy.
Daytime visitors to Tudor World can take part in a Halloween quiz, complete with a chance to win a ghoulish prize.
A fortune teller and storyteller will also be on hand on selected days.
Nighttime entertainment comes in the form of a Victorian Seance Evening and Jack The Ripper Evening.
The Haunted Castle | Warwick Castle
Spooky tales, scary fun and themed attractions and activities should ensure visitors’ spines are well and truly tingled at Warwick Castle this half-term holiday.
Ghosts, ghouls, wizards and witches abound as the popular visitor attraction goes all out to provide a Halloween adventure brimming with things that go bump in the night (and in the daytime!).
Visitors can meet the famous Witches of Warwick, explore the gruesome truths of history in the Horrible Histories maze, search the spooky mansion, navigate the Haunted Hollows and discover even more quirky characters in ‘spellbinding shows’ live on the Dead Centre Stage.
Halloween at Witley Court
There’s no shortage of ghoulish fun to be had at English Heritage’s Witley Court this month. Spooky Woodland Walks featuring ghost-hunting storytellers with tales of strange and silly goings-on are perfect for children aged five to 12. Each tour is outdoors and takes about 45 minutes.
Wear your scariest outfit to be in with the chance of winning a prize in the daily fancy-dress competition.
Elsewhere, Ghost Tours for visitors aged 16-plus will relay tales of ghouls, supernatural sightings and horrors from history. Definitely not something for the faint-hearted!
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