This Halloween, Gloucestershire will be taken over by an assortment of ghoulish celebrations – offering the perfect chance for little and big kids everywhere to get in on the spooky October action in 2017.
From ghosts and witches to devils and vampires, whether you will be dressing-up in scary fancy dress, carefully carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, or trick or treating in aid of the annual celebration, make sure you check out SoGlos’s guide to the spooky events taking place in Gloucestershire.
What's happening: Stagecoach West's extensive services throughout Gloucestershire provide the perfect opportunity to get out and about with the family during the half term holidays. Whether you want to visit Berkeley Castle for some Halloween Fun, enter a Jurassic World at Museum of Gloucester's Dinosaur Exhibition, go swimming at Leisure at Cheltenham, hit the shops across the county, or just head off on an exploring expedition, there are endless areas, attractions and events to visit during the week. What’s more, Stagecoach West’s handy free app makes it even easier to plan journeys in advance, discover routes and bus stops, and even pay safely and securely through your phone for the ultimate convenience.
SoGlos loves: Stagecoach West's Friends and Family Explorer Ticket offers the perfect travel solution, providing great value and unlimited day travel throughout Gloucestershire. Costing just £15 and valid for up to four passengers, the ticket allows travel through Gloucester, Forest of Dean, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury; as well as Swindon and Ross-on-Wye just beyond the border, making it perfect for saving fuel costs and being able to relax during the ride.
When: Stagecoach buses run daily throughout Gloucestershire
How much: Price vary as per ticket type
To book No need to book, but for specific information visit stagecoachbus.com directly.
Venue: Sudeley Castle
What's happening: Sudeley Castle will be going batty for this year’s week-long fright fest, Halloweek. With bat-themed crafts in Cotswold Craft Room, a bat trail through the gardens, and more spooktacular surprises, even the bravest of little monsters will be left with goosebumps. What’s more, there will be a special Children’s Wednesday when Batman will zoom into the attraction in his iconic Batmobile, with the chance for visitors to meet and greet the superhero, and snap a photo on the castle’s terrace.
SoGlos loves: With ghost tours running throughout the week, remember to keep an eye out for the ghost of Janet – it’s rumoured this former housekeeper was so devoted to the castle that even death could not tear her away. See SoGlos’s hotlist of 20 of the most haunted places in Gloucestershire for the full lowdown.
How much: Normal admission charges apply
When: Monday 23 to Sunday 29 October 2017. Children’s Wednesday takes place on Wednesday 25 October 2017.
For more information: See Halloween at Sudeley Castle and Batman at Halloween at Sudeley Castle.
To book: Call (01242) 604244, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit sudeleycastle.co.uk directly.
Venue Airborne Trampoline Park
What’s happening: Energetic big and little kids can burn off some steam at Airborne Trampoline Park in Cheltenham, a fantastic family facility with 35 trampolines to bounce around to your heart’s content, within a safe and supervised environment. Book into an hourly Air Time slot for the chance to test your responses on the reaction wall, tackle the Ninja Run obstacle course, shoot some hoops in the basketball area, or channel your competitive spirit on the battle beam, along with plenty of time to jump around and hone those trampoline skills if you wish. Meanwhile, young jumpers under five can also join in the fun during Airborne’s dedicated Toddler Time sessions, offering a friendly and fun environment complete with a lively soundtrack of nursery rhymes and Disney movie classics.
SoGlos loves: Aside from having plenty of fun, Airborne Trampoline Park provides a healthy and active solution for keeping youngsters entertained during the half term holiday, with an hour’s jumping sure to test their fitness and tire them out a little too! What’s more, the on-site café is perfect for a post-bouncing refuel, and provides an area for parents and carers to relax whilst the children are kept busy.
When: Airborne Trampoline Park is open daily. Toddler Time takes place from 10am on weekdays, from 9am on weekends, and on specific afternoons; Air Time sessions run on the hour at various times across the week; Airburn sessions take place on Wednesday at midday, and Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.
How much: Airtime costs £10 per person, £5 for an extra hour. Toddler Time costs £6 per person, £4 per child. Airburn costs £6 per person.
For more info: See Airborne Trampoline Park
To book: Call (01242) 255551, or visit airbornetrampolinepark.com directly.
Venue: The tours take place in either Cheltenham or Prestbury
What's happening: Cotswold Ghost Tours will be hosting additional events during the spooky season, offering the chance to uncover Cheltenham's haunted history, or venture into one of England's most haunted villages, Prestbury. The Creeps, Crimes and Curious Tales tour in Cheltenham reveals the town's strange and supernatural secrets, including spectral maids at a major hotel, a murderous butler, and the town’s very own Jack the Ripper suspect. Meanwhile, the Historical Haunted Trail in Prestbury reveals the village’s chilling legends such as the Charging Cavalier, the Medieval Messenger, and its most famous apparition, the Black Abbott; along with the bizarre legend of Fiddler’s Hill; and nine ghostly characters which haunt one of the village pubs.
SoGlos loves: For brave youngsters under the age of 16, Cotswold Ghost Tours has arranged a special tour during the Halloween season. Taking place in Prestbury, the thrilling and chilling event will uncover what goes bump in the night at the village, sharing a host of supernatural stories which are sure to make for a spooktacular Halloween celebration.
How much: Ghost tours cost £10
When: Cheltenham Ghost Tours take place on Saturday 21, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October 2017. Prestbury Ghost Tours take place on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 October 2017. There are also tours outside of half term and on Halloween itself. The under 16s Prestbury Ghost tour takes place on Saturday 28 October 2017.
For more information: See Cheltenham Ghost Tour, Prestbury Ghost Tour and under 16s Prestbury Ghost Tour
To book: Email email@example.com, or visit cotswoldsghosttours.co.uk directly.
Venue Everyman Theatre
What’s happening? Get the spooky season off to an entertaining start at Everyman Theatre, where there'll be thrills galore during wickedly enjoyable play, Deathtrap. Starring stage and television favourites, Paul Bradley and Jessie Wallace, the spine-tingling show tells the story of once-successful writer Sidney Bruhl who finds his creativity ruined by writer’s block. When young playwright Clifford Anderson sends Bruhl his brilliant new whodunit, Bruhl questions whether he can get rid of the newcomer and pass the play off as his own…
SoGlos loves: If you prefer family-friendly shows, The Tiger Who Came To Tea is sure to suffice, promising plenty of magic, music and mayhem which will put a smile on the children's faces. The stunning stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s book is a delightful show, telling the story of an unexpected visitor who turns up at Sophie’s house as she’s sitting down to tea. What's more, there's also the chance to be enchanted at Everyman Theatre when Russian State Ballet pirouettes onto the stage for mesmerising performances spanning The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake.
How much: Tickets start from £14.50
When: Deathtrap runs from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 October 2017. The Tiger Who Came To Tea runs from Monday 23 to Tuesday 24 October 2017. The Russian State Ballet runs from Thursday 26 to Saturday 28 October 2017.
For more info: See Deathtrap at Everyman Theatre, The Tiger Who Came To Tea at Everyman Theatre, and Russian State Ballet at Everyman Theatre.
To book: Call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 572573, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Various venues across Cheltenham.
What's happening: Cheltenham Trust will play host to a special Halloween Play Zone at Prince of Wales Stadium during the half term holiday, with plenty of themed fun to put a smile on youngsters' faces! Highlights include outdoor exploring, art and design, sports, cooking, swimming, sensory play, and much more, offering something for every mini monster to enjoy. What's more over at The Wilson, enjoy Spooky Tales of Gloucestershire, with two storytellers uncovering what’s hiding in the county’s woods and wolds, from fairies to mythical beasts.
SoGlos loves: For a memorable cinema experience, head to Cheltenham Town Hall for Sister Act Live Choir, showing the ultimate feel-good musical on the big screen, with a live gospel choir and band accompaniment. Having performed on shows such as The X Factor and The Voice, The Uplifted Voice choir will sing classic hits such as ‘I Will Follow Him’ and ‘My God’, providing a unique and enjoyable film event which has delighted more than 15,000 fans to date.
When: Halloween half term play zone takes place from Monday 23 to Friday 27 October 2017. Sister Act Live Choir takes place on Saturday 28 October 2017. Spooky Tales of Gloucestershire takes place on Thursday 26 October 2017.
How much: Halloween half term play zone costs £20 for a full day, £15 for a half day. Sister Act Live Choir costs £22.
For more information: See Halloween half term play zone, Sister Act Live Choir at Cheltenham Town Hall, and Spooky Tales of Gloucestershire.
To book: Call The Cheltenham Trust on (01242) 528764 or visit facebook.com/TCTinthecommunity directly.
Venue: King's Walk Shopping Centre
What’s happening: Whatever frightful costume you're planning to don during the spooky season, King's Walk Shopping Centre is the perfect place to shop for accessories, clothing and cosmetics to create the perfect look. Leading children's toy shop The Entertainer stocks plenty of face paints, neon make-up, and ready-made costumes which can transform children into a Disney character, Marvel superhero, or something more scary. There's also Claire's Accessories which will be brimming with pretty accessories and themed goodies, perfect for mini monsters, witches and princesses alike! Head over to HMV which is bursting with DVDs which complement the season perfectly, whether you're searching for a family flick or horror slasher movie; and pick up gore-met snacks galore from Co-op or Iceland to complete your fun-filled Halloween celebrations.
SoGlos loves: Situated right in the heart of Gloucester City, King’s Walk Shopping Centre boasts excellent parking facilities, making it easy for families to make a real day of it. With a range of shops to get some early Christmas shopping done, a number of snack choices to grab a hot drink, as well as plenty to see and do in Gloucester, families can head to the retail destination safe in the knowledge that there’s something going on to keep everyone happy.
When: King’s Walk Shopping Centre is open from 9am on Mondays to Saturdays, from 10am on Sundays
To book: There's no need to book, but for specific information call (01452) 304953 or visit kingswalk.co.uk directly.
Venue Café Rene
What’s happening? The undead will take to the city streets for Café Rene’s annual Gloucester Zombie Walk. Led by the Renegade Crew, hundreds of Halloween fans will don fake blood, ripped clothes and fancy dress and take a spooky stroll through the city centre. Taking inspiration from similar large-scale events in London, Brighton and Manchester, this event has become a huge local Halloween highlight, providing great fun for adults, children and even well-behaved four-legged friends.
SoGlos loves: While we don’t need much of an excuse to dig out the face paint, the Gloucester Zombie Walk also does its bit for great causes by collecting hundreds of pounds each year for Café Rene’s sponsored charity – this year’s being Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
How much: Free of charge, with collections for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice
When: Saturday 28 October 2017
For more info: See Gloucester Zombie Walk
To book: There’s no need to book, but for specific enquiries call Café Rene on (01452) 309340, email email@example.com, or visit caferene.co.uk directly.
Venue: Eastgate Shopping Centre
Perfect for: Head to Eastgate Shopping Centre for all of your Halloween needs this autumn, whether you're searching for trick or treat snacks, ghoulish accessories, or home décor for the occasion. Accessorize is perfect for picking up some outfit ideas and finding themed accessories for the spooky holiday, while H&M also stocks a range of items ranging from animal onesies to superhero costumes. Meanwhile, if dressing up isn't your thing, head to Game for another type of Halloween half term fun, with its impressive range of Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo games offering something for everyone; and M&S also has plenty of toys to keep the kiddies happy during the school holidays.
SoGlos loves: A holiday synonymous with sweet treats, Eastgate Shopping Centre is home to delicious destinations galore, perfect for a mid-shopping cake break, or snapping up tasty snacks to take home. Poundland is bursting with sweets and chocolate as well as themed Halloween goods; M&S Food is perfect for a little indulgence; while Auntie Anne's and Greggs promise a quick pit stop for a pastry, cake or pretzel, which are sure to delight young shoppers and be a welcome half term treat. What's more, there will be a special Halloween Party at Boswells Café, offering the chance to tuck into a Terrifying Tea and have plenty of fun.
How much: Free of charge
When: Eastgate Shopping Centre is open from 9am on Mondays to Saturdays, from 10.30am on Sundays. The Halloween Party takes place on Thursday 26 October 2017.
To book: There's no need to book, but for specific information call Eastgate Shopping Centre on (01452) 520023, or visit eastgateshoppingcentre.co.uk directly.
What’s happening: Little monsters can burn off some steam at fantastic family facility, XJump in Gloucester, which is home to 90 trampolines, a giant foam pit, a walk-the-wall challenge, and the chance to battle your friends with trampoline dodgeball – offering plenty of energetic entertainment during the holidays. What’s more, children under five can explore the trampoline park during dedicated Toddler Sessions, bouncing to their heart’s content, leaping into the foam pit, and building with soft play, all to the sounds of nursery rhymes and Disney tunes.
SoGlos loves: Sure to keep parents and guardians entertained during their visit, there’s a dedicated viewing area which allows fantastic views across the park, perfect for keeping an eye on the kiddies’ safety and watching them have fun. What’s more, for jumpers aged 14 and over, there’s the chance to bounce your way to fitness during special sessions which are way more fun than the gym and offer a full body workout for all abilities.
When: XJump is open daily, with times varying as per activity.
How much: Open Jump costs £10 and Toddler Sessions cost £8, with prices for other activities varying.
For more info: See XJump
To book: Call XJump on (01452) 221800, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit xjump.uk directly.
Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What’s happening: A firm family-favourite day-out destination, Slimbridge Wetland Centre is giving children the chance to go on an adventure this half term, with plenty of Halloween activities in store. Always an annual favourite, Slimbridge Spooktacular will feature terrifying trails, creepy crafts and ghastly outdoor activities which are sure to keep little monsters entertained. What’s more, for an extra charge, young visitors can carve their own pumpkin, or make a lantern to keep any nasty creatures at bay during the spooky season.
SoGlos loves: In addition to the resident feathered friends and themed fun at Slimbridge, visitors can also play a giant game of Top Trumps during the holidays; little and big kids can pick up a scorecard on arrival and compare their scores with those on giant cards throughout the centre, which will feature a host of friendly wetland animals.
When: Slimbridge Spooktacular takes place from Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 October 2017. Top Trumps takes place until Sunday 29 October 2017.
For more information: See Slimbridge Spooktacular and Top Trumps Trail.
To book: Call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891223, email email@example.com, or visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge directly.
Venue: Berkeley Castle
What’s happening: Favourite family attraction Berkeley Castle will open its door for some Halloween Fun this October, offering plenty of spooktacular entertainment and surprises for little visitors. Encompassing witches and wizards in the dungeon; owls in the great hall; and arts and craft sessions, there’s something to keep children busy during their visit, and get them firmly into the Halloween spirit. What’s more, the historic venue, which is rumoured to be haunted, complements the spooky season perfectly thanks to its gruesome history which involves imprisonment, dungeons and a royal murder! Children can investigate, if they dare…
SoGlos loves: Children and families are well catered for at Berkeley Castle, with free quizzes and trails inside and outside, outdoor games, and a dressing-up area where youngsters can transform themselves into a valiant knight, soldier, king, queen, prince or princess.
When: Berkeley Castle will be open for Halloween Fun from Sunday 22 to Wednesday 25 October 2017
How much: Admission prices vary, contact organisers for details
For more information: See Halloween Fun at Berkeley Castle
To book: Call (01453) 810303, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit berkeley-castle.com directly.
Venue: Stroud Subscription Rooms
What's happening: Families are in for a fun-filled Halloween at Stroud Subscription Rooms, which will host a range of events and activities to put a smile on little monsters' faces. A highlight will be the Zoolab: Jeepers Creatures! spell party, which will see everyone teaming together to help a hapless witch who has been asked to attend a prestigious Witches’ Ball. However there’s one big problem, because she isn’t very good at casting spells! But if everyone works together, hopefully nothing will go wrong, such as conjuring up lots of creepy crawlies by accident…
SoGlos loves: In addition to the seasonal spell party, kiddies can enjoy some educational entertainment when television astronomer and author Mark Thompson heads to town for a Spectacular Science Show. Sure to prove that science doesn't have to be boring, audiences can explore everything from exploding elephant’s toothpaste and vanishing beakers, to exploding Pringles tubes. What's more, there will also be magical show The Snow Dragon during the school holidays, featuring magical music and lots of laughs, telling the story of young goat Billy who is looking forward to the annual visit from the legendary Snow Dragon on New Year’s Eve; but what will happen when he encounters some very hungry wolves in the forest?
How much: Prices start from £5
When: Zoolab: Jeepers Creatures takes place on Friday 27 October 2017; The Snow Dragon takes place on Thursday 26 October 2017; and Spectacular Science Show takes place on Friday 27 October 2017.
For more information: See Zoolab: Jeepers Creatures! at Stroud Subscription Rooms, The Snow Dragon at Stroud Subscription Rooms, and Spectacular Science Show at Stroud Subscription Rooms
To book: Call Stroud Subscription Rooms on (01453) 760900, email email@example.com, or visit subscriptionrooms.org.uk directly.
Venue: Roses Theatre
What's happening: The perfect show for getting into the spirit of the season, Monstersaurus at Roses Theatre promises thrills, spills, magic, mayhem and music, and is sure to delight audiences old and young during the half term holidays. Featuring original music and plenty of audience participation, the story follows young inventor Monty who finds a book ‘Inventions Very Rare’ and creates a world of wacky inventions and incredible monsters; but what will he do once he’s made them? Set to be a monster-ously enjoyable theatre experience, families are in for an exciting journey during this brand new show.
SoGlos loves: If monsters aren't your thing, The Light Princess will be pirouetting into Roses Theatre during the school holidays, offering an enchanting ballet performance from Ballet Cymru with mesmerising choreography and an original score. Drawing inspiration from Sleeping Beauty, the wonderful ballet tells the story of a princess afflicted with a constant weightlessness, who cannot keep her feet on the ground until she finds love.
How much: Tickets for Monstersaurus cost £13.50, tickets for The Light Princess range from £14.50 to £19.50
When: Monstersaurus takes place on Wednesday 25 October 2017, and The Light Princess takes place on Saturday 28 October 2017
For more information: See Monstersaurus at Roses Theatre, and The Light Princess Ballet at Roses Theatre
To book: Call (01684) 295074, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: Over Farm Market
What’s happening: Brave locals can venture to Frightmare Halloween Festival 2017 in Gloucester, offering an evening packed full of spooky surprises and frighteningly fun children’s activities.
When: Selected dates from Friday 6 to Tuesday 31 October 2017
To book: Call (01452) 521014
Venue: National Diving & Activity Centre, Tidenham, Chepstow, NP16 7LH
What’s happening: Expect a night full of spooks, thrills and terrifying surprises when FearFest-Evil returns to Chepstow, with terrifying trails, a spooky abandoned railway track and a haunted quarry.
When: Selected dates from Friday 13 to Tuesday 31 October 2017
To book: Call (01291) 630046
Venue: Cheltenham Playhouse
What’s happening: Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society will perform Sweeny Todd: A Musical Thriller, a dark story about a Victorian barber who seeks revenge against the man who ripped his family apart.
When: Saturday 14 to Saturday 21 October 2017
To book: Call (01242) 522852
Venue: Painswick Rococo Garden
What’s happening: Happy families can head to Painswick Rococo Garden for a fun-filled autumn showcase, celebrating the new season and all-things harvest with a host of activities, tasting and displays.
When: Friday 20 to Sunday 22 October 2017
To book: Call (01452) 813204.
Venue: Westons Cider Visitor Centre
What’s happening: Westons Cider Visitor Centre will host its popular Harvest Celebration this October, spanning a tour of the Cider Mill followed by a tasty two-course supper at the Scrumpy House Restaurant, where diners can expect plenty of seasonal fayre and local produce.
When: Friday 20 and Friday 27 October 2017
To book: Call (01531) 660108.
Venue: Woodchester Mansion
What’s happening: Thrill-seekers can hunt for ghouls when Dusk Till Dawn Events hosts a Halloween ghost hunt at one of the UK’s most haunted locations, Woodchester Mansion.
When: Saturday 21 October 2017
To book: Call (0115) 9722534
Venue: Gloucester Prison, HMP Gloucester, Barrack Square, Gloucester, GL1 2JN
What’s happening: Brave locals can join Most Haunted Experience for its first ever Ghost Hunt at Gloucester Prison, investigating the spooky abandoned jail.
When: Saturday 21 October 2017
To book: Call 03450 537744
Venue: Pittville Park, Cheltenham
What’s happening: Things will be getting spooky in Pittville Park during the half term holidays, with a host of frightfully fun activities taking place at The Boathouse and Central Cross Café, including storytelling, themed treasure hunts, and arts and crafts.
When: Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 October 2017
Venue: The Warehouse
What’s happening: Brave cavers are in for a fright when they venture into The Warehouse’s Scare Cave and encounter some Halloween horrors, with reports of blood-curdling noises, mysterious creatures, and rumours of hair-raising items found within the chambers.
When: Monday 23 to Tuesday 31 October 2017
To book: Call (01452) 302351
Venue: The Wilson
What’s happening: County children can see The Wilson in a whole new light during two Museum by Torchlight events, offering the chance for children to explore the venue after hours.
When: Thursday 26 October and Thursday 30 November 2017
To book: Call 0844 576 2210
Venue: Best Western The Gables Hotel
What’s happening: Put those sleuthing skills to the test during a thrilling Murder Mystery Evening, trying to workout whodunit before your fellow diners.
When: Friday 27 October 2017
To book: Call (01454) 260502
Venue: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel
What’s happening: Get into the Halloween spirit at Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel, which will play host to a special Addams Family Comedy Dinner, encompassing a delicious three-course meal, entertainment and discounted drinks.
When: Friday 27 October 2017
To book: Call 0844 815 9077
Venue: The Garden at Miserden
What’s happening: The Garden at Miserden will get into the Halloween spirit with a fun-filled event, with highlights including apple bobbing, storytelling, a ‘yucky dip’, pumpkin carving, a Halloween tea party, barbecue and bar.
When: Saturday 28 October 2017
To book: Call (01285) 821303
Venue: Stanley Pontlarge, near Cheltenham, GL54 5HE
What’s happening: Enjoy a frightfully fun evening when Devil Mud Run hosts its family-friendly Halloween-themed Devil Glow Run, complete with ghoulish obstacles, including spooky tunnels, creepy crawlers and 5k of hellish hills.
When: Saturday 28 October 2017
Venue: Clearwell Caves
What’s happening: Enjoy an evening of spook-tacular music and dancing when Clearwell Caves hosts its annual Halloween Fancy Dress Party in a candle-lit tavern 100ft underground.
When: Saturday 28 October 2017
To book: Call (01594) 832535
Venue: Symonds Yat, GL16 7NZ
What’s happening: Muddy Races will host its spooky mud run, The Nightmare 10, in Symonds Yat this Halloween, promising plenty of spooks and surprised along the way.
When: Saturday 28 October 2017
Venue: Speech House Road, Coleford, GL16 7EL
What’s happening: Take part in a spook-tacular 10k obstacle race just in time for Halloween, testing runners with gravel trails and creepy paths bound to give you a fright.
When: Saturday 28 October 2017
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