21 events for ghosts, ghouls and things going bump this Halloween
17:37 24 October 2014
Behold, the witching hour is almost upon us and there are plenty of terrifying adventure to scare you out of your wits this Halloween week. SIMON PARKIN picks some of the highlights to send shivers down your spine.
Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, October 24-November 1, 6pm-11pm, £15.95 (Oct 24-28), £19.95 Oct 29-Nov 1), 01603 876312, www.primevil-scare.com
The hugely popular PrimEVIL event is back with its mix of live action thrills and scares even more terrifying than last year’s event. Some 70 scare actors will prowling the five scare attractions and some of whom will be street performers, scaring the queuing crowds. New this year is the Nightmare Clinic, where the ‘caring clinicians’ will help you face your worst fears, while there will be the return of Toxic, a Government test site for a failed experimental pathogen. Expendable volunteers are needed. Other attractions returning include The Dark, The Maze of Mutants and the Circus of Terrors, where the clowns aren’t exactly happy jovial types. There will also be the chance to take a night-time trip down the zipwire on the Deathly Gallows or enjoy a fireworks display on November 1. It’s all rated 12A, but no unaccompanied under-16s.
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Pensthorpe, near Fakenham, October 23-November 2, 10am-5pm, included in normal admission £11.25 (£9.50 cons), £8 children, 01328 851465, www.pensthorpe.com
Celebrate the spooky season with a spine chilling self-guided trail around Pensthorpe and uncover a host of fang-tastic facts and solve mysterious puzzles. There will be prizes for those who complete the trail and those who come dressed in freaky fancy dress!
Horrible History Trail
Sheringham Park, October 23-November 2, 10am-4.15pm, £2.20 children (includes a prize), 01263 820550, www.nationaltrust.org.uk
Follow the Horrible Halloween Trail. Find the spooky clues to win a prize. Scare yourself silly with local ghost stories. Find the clues to finish the trail and get a Halloween treat!
Aylsham Station, October 25-November 2, 9am-5pm, £12.50 adult return, up for two children free with fare-paying adult, 01263 738882, www.bvrw.co.uk
Bure Valley Railway offers some Halloween fun aboard the spooky express. A children’s competition to see how many spooky items can be spotted on the train journey, a colouring corner and a decorated Whistlestop Café add to this Halloween themed event.
Holt Hall, Kelling Road, Holt, October 25-26, 11am (11.30am Sun)-5pm, £10, £8.50 children, under-3s free, £2 car parking, www.fairylandtrust.org
The Fairyland Trust’s celebration of all that is magical about Halloween and late autumn. Throughout the weekend children can take part in ever popular workshops (£4 per workshop) such as Magic Potions and Magic Wands. Make the ever-popular jam jar lanterns to take to the story of real Halloween in the woods. Then join the parade of animal lanterns. Other activities include Witches Kitchen, Fairy Banquets, Pixie Post Office broomstick javelin, apple bobbing and the Halloween Photo Booth.
Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, October 25-November 2, 2pm, 5.30pm shows Oct 25-26, 29, 31, Nov 1, £40-£15, £10 children, discounts for families, 01493 844172, www.hippodromecircus.co.uk
Following the most successful summer season ever, Yarmouth Hippodrome presents this new spooky family show turning the atmosphere of the 111-year-old Hippodrome building into an unforgettable spooky place. The show itself will see Jack Jay and comedy partner Johnny Mac return on a perilous journey into the Haunted Hotel, full of ghosts, ghouls and crazy goings-on!
North Norfolk Railway, Sheringham, October 25-November 2, return £11.50 (£10.50), £8 children, £39 family, 01263 820800, nnrailway.co.uk
Halloween half term on the Poppy Line is full of treats and more than a spooky trick or two! Ghoulies and ghosties abound! At Weybourne Station, if you’re feeling brave enough, you can enter the spook-laden Ghostly Grotto, hellish haunt of witches, warlocks and shuddering spiders. Then on October 31, step aboard the Ghost Train for a journey into darkness, while listening to the ghostly tales of Norfolk.
Spooky Talks and Investigations
Yesterdays World, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth, October 25-31, various events, 01493 331148, yesterdaysworld.co.uk
Halloween half term fun for the whole family from the chance to join the Hopton Ghosthunters on a real paranormal investigation of the 125 year old building over the witching hour (Oct 29-30, 10pm-2am, £25pp, over-16s), to daytime paranormal talks (2pm, free, book on arrival), spooky and haunting folklore tales to an immersive Ripping Murder Mystery.
Pleasurewood Hills, October 25-November 2, £15 (£16 Nov 2), £14 children (£15 Nov 2) on gate, reductions booking online, pleasurewoodhills.com
One of the biggest Halloween events in the region sees Pleasurewood Hills get all spooky once again for a week of half term Halloween fun throughout the day. For those wanted to be extra scared there are also extreme horror evenings from October 20-November 2 (over 12s only). HoBs PiT will feature more scare-actors and more frights. There is also Carriage 13, where the destination is the least of your worries, and Infectious, an experiment where things have gone wrong, but who lurks in the dark? The season culminates with the region’s biggest firework display on November 2. Don’t forget to wear your costumes.
Norwich Castle, October 26, 10am-12pm/1pm-3.30pm, free with normal admission £7 (£6 cons), £5.40 young adult (17-24), £4.90 children, 01603 495897, www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Norwich Castle ghosts are on the prowl! A week of gruesome holiday fun with magic lantern shows, dungeon tours, spine-chilling storytelling and loads of creepy crafts. Halloween Fun
Elveden Estate, Brandon Road, Elveden, October 26, 11am-3pm, free entry, 01842 898055, www.elveden.com
Lots of Halloween fun throughout the day with free activities including pin the wart on the witch, worms and spiders and goo boxes, plus delicious food and competitions for the best carved pumpkin, most scary costume and best monster costume.
Holkham Hall, until October 26-31, 10am-5pm, from £7, £3.50 children, £19 family, 01328 713111, www.holkham.co.uk
Ghoulish adventures, fun and frights at Holkham. Discover the wonders in the ‘Curiovan’ amd hear the spooky storyteller. Pumpkins to carve, silhouette bingo and pop-up ghosts to make, plus play phantom football. Go dressed for occasion and join in the fancy dress parade each day at noon.
Scary Creatures Trail
Peckover House, Wisbech, October 27-November 2, 12pm-4pm, £1.50, 01945 583463, www.nationaltrust.org.uk
A special scary creatures trail for children around the garden at this National Trust property. Why not go in your Halloween costume?
Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk, October 27-31, 11am-4pm, £6.90 (£6.20 cons), £4.10 children, under-5s free, £17.90 family, 0870 3331181, www.english-heritage.org.uk
Fearless souls required for this thrilling family adventure. Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with wicked witches and their devious hunters.
Halloween Ghost Walks
Adam and Eve, Bishopsgate, Norwich, October 28-November 1, 7.15pm/9.30pm, £7, 07831 189985, ghostwalksnorwich.co.uk
Norwich Ghost Walks provide another horrifying Halloween season this year entitled Tales of Olde England. The Man in Black and his ghostly crew will be giving two performances of their brand new programme each night. Tales of ghostly monks, jilted maidens and violent deaths, plus special Halloween frights and fun together with a sprinkle of spectral magic. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Adam and Eve or online.
Haunted Trail and Party
Fairhaven Woodland & Water Garden, South Walsham, October 31, 6pm-8pm, £8, £4 children, 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk
Scare yourself silly at the haunted trail. This Halloween event will again feature magic, music and strange happenings. There will be suitably spooky children’s entertainers, along with a firework finale at 7.45pm. It’s ticket-only.
Halloween Scream Express
Mid-Norfolk Railway, Dereham Station, October 30-31, 7pm, £12, £8 children, 01362 690633, www.mnr.org.uk
A Halloween train ride you’ll never forget. Travelling through the dark and scary heart of Norfolk countryside, look out for ghosts stations and ghouls along the line plus scary ghost trains and signalman. A prize for the best dressed, so go in your scariest outfit possible.
Halloween Radio Play Workshop
Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, Lowestoft, October 29, 1pm, £8 per child, 01502 589726, www.theseagull.co.uk
Learn how to perform a spooky radio play with the Old Time Radio Club. Make sound effects with authentic props, microphone techniques and reading scripts in strange voices for a spooky Halloween show. Suitable ages 7-13.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, October 30/31, 6pm-8pm, pre-booked ticket £6, £4.50 children, under-4s free, 01362 869251, museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Gressenhall holds the perfect family party for your little Witches and Warlocks! Test yourself at the Gressenhall Academy for Wizardry and Witchcraft. Attend mystical classes including Care of Magical Creatures with Jurassic Encounters. Meet and handle giant rabbits, pygmy hedgehogs, colourful chameleons, bearded dragons, gargoyle geckos and many more animals with marvellous magical abilities. Report to the headmaster for ‘spelling lessons’. Don your best Halloween costumes, a prize to the most terrifying garb.
The Graveyard Walk
Fisherman’s Hospital, Great Yarmouth, October 31, 10am-2pm, £6.50, £4.50 children, under-7s free, pre-book on 01493 846346, www.heritage-walks.co.uk
Great Yarmouth Minster and its graveyard is the setting for this spooky walk. Meet at the Fishermen’s Hospital gates to hear fascinating stories about characters laid to rest in this large consecrated area next to the medieval town wall. There’s the tomb of a sailor killed by pirates and a ghost story about an Egyptian princess. See the monument commemorating the suspension bridge disaster of 1845.
Halloween Horror Hunt
Salhouse Broad, October 31, 10am-3pm, £4 per child, £7 for 2, adults free, 01603 722775, www.salhousebroad.org.uk
Follow the spooky pumpkin trail around Salhouse broad, starting in the car park. Mildly educational trail with autumnal arts and crafts with nature, food and drinks also available. No need to book, just turn up.