Tuesday, 2 October 2012

October Half Term & Halloween Fun

Ghoulish Ghost Tours
 take place at Leeds Castle

For an endlessly happy Halloween and Half Term holiday, schedule in a spooky trip to the ever-spectacular Treasure Houses of England.

Blenheim Palace’s
Halloween celebrations (27 October – 4 November) will see Witches and Wizards scattered throughout the Pleasure Gardens for a spellbinding Halloween Hunt over October Half Term. Storytelling in the stables includes Maggie Frampton’s puppet theatre on 27 -28 October, try to solve the mystery of the missing Pumpkins. On 3 & 4 November performance storyteller and author Cat Weatherill will bring spooky tales to the Palace.

Half Term Hauntings at Beaulieu
With Beaulieu presenting its Ghost and Ghouls Half Term Hauntings (27 October – 4 November), a crowd-pleasing programme of exciting action is in store for the whole family.  From a Halloween quiz trail starting in the Motor Museum and spooky stories in Palace House to tours with real ghost hunters in the haunted Abbey for a super-scary day of chilling entertainment.  Throw into the magnificent mix, frightening face painting, a ride on the Moan-a-rail, and a Halloween lucky dip – and it’s a formidably frightening formula for memorable and thrilling experience.

Wrap up warm (and you might need your wellies) to take part in Castle Howard’s spooky halloween trail.  Creep your way through Ray Wood, find all our friendly pumpkins along the way, they will keep the ghosts and ghouls away!  (27 Oct – 4 Nov, 10 – 4).

Alternatively, join the Burghley Pumpkin Trail (20 – 28 October) around the gorgeous Sculpture Garden and explore Burghley House’s spectacular surrounds to find the hidden pumpkins and receive a special treat.

Sink into the delights of the season and admire Harewood in all of its Autumn Glory (27 October-4 November) as a bevy of indoor and outdoor events celebrate the colourful season amongst beautifully inspiring scenery.  Whilst on the farm at Hatfield you can enjoy their farm themed craft week and follow the Halloween Trails.
Holkham Hall
Halloween Fun for the Family
Holkham Hall’s Halloween (27-31 October) invites visitors into their magical and mystical mayhem, where they’ll be greeted with spooky skeletons, wicked witches and sinister silhouettes in the courtyard and Bygones Museum. Create a potion or spell with their wizard – who will also lead a creepy lantern parade, and listen to the ghoulish storytelling or watch the amazing fire juggling.  And don’t miss Holkham’s spooky basement tours (27, 29, 31 October) as they present an exciting chance to hunt for all things ghoulish and unlock the hidden secrets in the underground labyrinth of the massive hall. Children will be enthralled and entertained to the max at Leeds Castle (27 October-2 November) with a fantastic array of activities such as mask making and spooky themed crafts. Their ghoulish Ghost Tours (29, 30 & 31 October) will definitely stir the senses, as will the Fairfax Restaurant’s tasty store of Halloween themed food.

Or why not dine in style at The Inn at Woburn Abbey for their Halloween themed ‘dish of the day’ (31 October) and enjoy a sumptuous and festively fun menu for a marvellous meal out amidst a truly spellbinding setting.

The Treasure Houses of England (THE) is a consortium of 10 of the country’s finest palaces, historic houses and castles. Unique in character, each property has its own magical blend of magnificent architecture, fabulous surroundings, world class collections and family attractions to enjoy.

For more information visit www.treasurehouses.co.uk

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