Saturday, 9 October 2010

Halloween – Spooky Times in Norfolk

There are lots of strange goings on in Norfolk in the run up to Halloween. Try Snagglefang's Spooky Spectacular at BeWILDerwood, Holkham Hall’s Halloween Ghost Hunt, the Halloween Spooky Trail at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden and The Fairyland Trust’s Real Halloween at Holt Hall.

Here are the county’s Halloween highlights:

 Bure Valley Railway – Spooky Express – Saturday, October 23 to Sunday, October 31, free travel for children accompanied by an adult – competition to spot spooky items on the journey tel. 01263 733858, http://www.bvrw.co.uk/.

 Pensthorpe Nature Reserve – Spooky Halloween Half Term’ – Saturday, October 23 to Sunday, October 31. Join in the ghoulish fun on our spooky trail. Find out more about local legends and freaky facts from the natural world, tel. 01328 851465, http://www.pensthorpe.com/.

 Wildfowl and Wetland Trust Welney, Spooky Children’s Day, Sunday, October 24, 10am to 4pm, Pumpkin carving, story-telling and arts and crafts, making edible jack o’lanterns, tel. 01353 860711 www.wwt.org.uk/welney.

 BeWILDerwood Snagglefang’s Spooky Spectacular, Monday, October 25 to Sunday, October 31 make your own masks and lanterns and join the lantern parade at the end of the day, tel. 01603 783900, http://www.bewilderwood.co.uk/.

 Oxburgh Hall (National Trust), Thing’s That Go Bump in the Night, Thursday, October 28, 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Geoff Hales presents an evening of ‘ghostly’ stories – Henry Irving’s ‘The Bells’, Dickens’ ‘The Signalman’ and other creepy pieces! (Age10+) Ticket £10, tel. 01366 328258, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/eastofengland.

 Norwich Puppet Theatre, Halloween Mask making Workshop, Thursday, October 28 and Friday, October 29 at 11am, create a monster, ghoul or generally scary mask to disguise yourself for Halloween, tel. 01603 629921, http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/.

 Fairyland Trust – The Real Halloween in the grounds of Holt Hall, Saturday, October 30, 12noon to 6pm and Sunday, October 31 and 11am to 5pm make magic potions and witches pets, carve pumpkins, bob for apples, hurl pumpkins and face painting. Tel 01328 710165, http://www.fairylandtrust.org/.

 Halloween at Holkham, Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31 and 11am to 5pm – a Halloween Ghost Hunt through the spookily-lit rooms and corridors of the Bygones Museum seeking out the hidden ghouls, tel. 01328 713111, http://www.holkham.co.uk/.

 Blickling Hall (National Trust), Halloween at the Hall, Saturday October 30, timed entry between 6pm and 8.30pm. Family Halloween event with spooky story telling and ghoulish happenings in the hall. Booking essential,tel. 0844 800 4308, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/eastofengland.

 Fairhaven Woodland Water Garden 11th annual Halloween Spooky Trail on Sunday, October 31, from 6pm to 8pm. The trail will feature fireworks, magic, music and ‘strange happenings’, tel. 01603 270449, http://www.fairhavengarden.co.uk/.

For information about other events and activities and accommodation see http://www.visitnorfolk.co.uk/.