Warwickshire’s Essential Entertainment Guide
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Double, double toil and trouble... the spooky season is upon us. There's plenty of frightfully fun events and activities taking place across Warwickshire and beyond this Halloween.
Here's our top picks...
THE HAUNTED CASTLE - Warwick Castle, Sat 23 - Sun 31 Oct
There are some spooky goings-on at Warwick Castle this Halloween, as ghosts, ghouls, wizards and witches come out to play.
While the famous Witches of Warwick cast secret spells in their cauldrons and quirky characters host spellbinding shows and activities, visitors can have some creepy fun searching the spooky mansion and navigating the Haunted Hollows.
Live entertainment, roaming characters, music and local street-food stalls also feature.
HALLOWEEN AT TUDOR WORLD - Tudor World, Sat 23 - Sun 31 Oct
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 the chance to win a ghoulish prize.
A fortune-teller and storyteller will also be on hand every day, while nighttime entertainment comes in the form of a Victorian seance evening and Ghost & Terror Tours.
THE SPOOKY SWAMP - The Stonebridge Club, Meriden, Fri 22 - Sun 31 October
As dusk descends and night's darkness creeps in, the parkland and waterways of The Spooky Swamp will take you on a hair-raising Halloween adventure unlike any you will have seen before.
Enjoyable for all kids of every age, teams of friends and each and every family member, there will be a cutting-edge light show, eerie storytelling, a food village from Digbeth Dining Club and much more.
THE WIZARDS OF ONCE HALLOWEEN QUEST - Kenilworth Castle, Sat 23 - Sun 31 Oct
Explore the grounds of Kenilworth Castle on this brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series.
Will you find the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches and uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances? Plus, come along in frightful fancy dress and snap a picture to enter the competition on social media.
Plus, get up close to a host of real-life 'beasts' with Zoolab! Meet some amazing animals – including snakes, spiders, and more – and learn all about these creepy crawly creatures.
HALLOWEEN FUN AT THE BUTTERFLY FARM - Stratford Butterfly Farm, Sat 23 - Sun 31 Oct
This half term visitors to Stratford Butterfly Farm can see baby Rhinoceros Rat Snakes which have recently hatched and are on display with their parents in Minibeast Metropolis. Along with the baby snakes, visitors can also see plenty of creepy crawlies and pumpkins during half term including the Pumpkin Patch Spider. Originating from Colombia, the Spider’s name is derived from its distinctive, brightly coloured orange and yellow abdomen markings.
On 30 and 31 October team butterfly will be dressing up in Halloween costumes and encouraging visitors to do the same. the spookier the better. The butterfly farm walkway entrance will be dressed for Autumn and feature pumpkins, autumn leaves and a photo opportunity hay bale seat.
PUMPKIN SPOOKTACULAR - Hatton Adventure World, Warwick, Sat 23 - Sun 31 Oct
Hatton Adventure World have a spooktacular programme planned this Halloween. Take a Bewitching Ride on the trailer, with some fun surprises along the way. Pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, brave the Haunted House, or be entertained at the Magic & Mayhem Illusion show.
EVENTS ACROSS THE MIDLANDS
SPOOKY SCIENCE NIGHT - Thinktank Science Museum, Sat 30 Oct
Spooky scientists, wicked witches and wonderful wizards are invited to come together for a special party at Thinktank this Halloween.
For one night only, the museum will transform into ‘spook central’, with attractions including a trick-or-treat show, a silent zombie disco and an interactive zombie operation board game.
Visitors who attend in fancy dress will also be able to grab a picture in the photo studio, and be entered into a prize draw on the night.
BRICK OR TREAT - Legoland Discovery Centre, Sat 9 - Sun 31 Oct
Little monsters can get into the spirit of the season courtesy of some fang-tastic activities at Legoland Discovery Centre’s Halloween party.
Youngsters can build a pumpkin for the centre’s pumpkin patch, help construct a giant vampire with the master model builders, and solve the ‘scarevenger’ hunt in the haunted Miniland.
The centre’s two rides, Lego build & play zones, and the 4D cinema experience will also be available for guests to enjoy. All the Brick Or Treat activities are included in the admission price.
Selected dates, Saturday 9 - Sunday 31 October
TORCHLIT GHOST TOURS - Aston Hall, Fri 22 - Sat 30 Oct
Considered to be one of Britain’s most haunted buildings, Aston Hall by night is not an experience for the faint-of-heart. As you’re guided around the dimly lit mansion by torchlight, learn all about the hall’s intriguing past - with one or two scares along the way. Due to the content of some of the stories, this event is not suitable for children under the age of eight.
Selected dates, Friday 22 - Saturday 30 October
ASCARIUM - National Sea Life Centre, Sat 9 - Sun 31 Oct
The Sea Witch has made her way back to the National Sea Life Centre and is set to provide a spinetingling trail for the whole family to enjoy.
Help find the missing potions ingredients, which are hidden in the depths of the tanks alongside some of the sea’s creepiest creatures, and then head over to the Witch’s Lair, where the Sea Witch will cast her spell to open her treasure chest and reveal a special reward.
SCREAMFEST- National Forest Adventure Farm, Fri 15 - Sun 31 Oct
This ever-popular Halloween-happening is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Returning in 2021 with a promise to be ‘scarier than ever before’, Screamfest features five spinetinglingly spooky attractions, two of which are brand-new scare mazes - Creed Farm and Le Theatre Noir. Other attractions include live music, a DJ, a fairground and zombie paintball.
On selected dates from Friday 15 October to Sunday 31 October
TRICKS AND TREATS - Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust, Thurs 28 - Sun 31 Oct
Don your best Halloween costume and jump aboard the Spooky Boat for a trip into the caverns at Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust.
Passengers will be given magical black light torches with which to hunt for witches and ghosts, while Karly Kris and his Groovy UV show promises to further add to the fun.
SCAREFEST - Alton Towers, Fri 8 - Sun 31 Oct
The award-winning Scarefest returns to Alton Towers this month. Open until 9pm each day, visitors can enjoy a host of live entertainment alongside the park’s ever-popular selection of rides and attractions, including the return of four terrifying mazes.
Older families can enjoy the brand-new Trick o’ Treat Town, an interactive walkthrough destination where only the brave will knock on the doors of Spooky Avenue.
Meanwhile, over in Cbeebies Land, younger families can check out the Monster Ball and the Freaky Fun Zone, complete with meet & greets and games aplenty.
Selected dates, Friday 8 October - Sunday 31 October
SCREAM TRAIN - Severn Valley Railway, Thurs 28 - Sat 30 Oct
This 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 might be lurking just around the corner?...
HALLOWEEN NIGHTS: MONSTERS AND ALIENS - Black Country Living Museum, Fri 22 - Sat 30 Oct
Families are invited to dress up as monsters or aliens when the Black Country Living Museum hosts its very own monster’s ball this Halloween, complete with a costume parade featuring all of the best-dressed creatures.
Visitors can also explore the spooky streets of the canalside village, trick-or-treating along the way, and then say hi to some of the village’s most interesting characters, including a steambuster robot!
HALLOWEEN AT IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS - Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Thurs 21 - Sun 31 Oct
There’s a host of spook-tacular events for the whole family to enjoy at Ironbridge Gorge Museums this Halloween - and as an extra-special treat, the activities are all included in the entry price.
Budding witches and warlocks can take part in a magical potion trail at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron (23 - 31 October). Jars of creepy ingredients will be hidden around the attraction, with visitors challenged to find them all before writing a spell for resident witch Freya to cast with her cauldron.
Meanwhile, the Museum of Iron is hosting an enchanting storytelling tour with its Coalbrookdale Cauldrons event, aimed at children aged three to six (26 & 28 October).
Visitors are invited to attend dressed as witches and wizards, and help find the cauldrons hidden around the museum. They will then have the chance to make their very own spell recipe to take home with them.
Next up is a challenge of toil and trouble at Blists Hill Victorian Town. It Was A Dark And Stormy Night invites visitors to create a storyboard and produce their very own comic strip, telling the tale of a robbery at the post office. Suitable for children aged eight to 12, the event takes place in two sessions on 27 October.
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