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 2016.
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.
Venue: Everyman Theatre
Perfect for: All ages to enjoy a selection of spooky plays, with some grisly humour, murder mystery and live music at one of Gloucestershire’s best theatres.
What's happening: Get into the spirit of Halloween this year with a number of spooky, gothic and gruesome plays at Everyman Theatre. Whether it's fighting the carnivorous plant in cult classic, Little Shop of Horrors; battling a world of angels and demons in the dark and imaginative play, The Marked; unearthing secrets in the gothic fiction, The Underground Man; or trying to deduct whodunnit in murder-mystery, Night Must Fall, there is plenty of edge-of-the-seat drama at the theatre this autumn.
SoGlos loves: What’s more, if you fancy taking a look behind the scenes of the Victorian theatre, its theatre tour will take place on Saturday 15 October and Thursday 10 November 2016, offering the chance to get up close to the stage, wings and dressing rooms and hear exciting tales about its history.
How much: Theatre tickets start from £10, while theatre tours cost £10, £5 for under 16s.
When: Little Shop of Horrors takes place from Monday 17 to Saturday 22 October; The Marked takes place from Wednesday 26 to Thursday 27 October; The Underground Man takes place on Saturday 29 October; while Night Must Fall takes place from Tuesday 8 to Saturday 12 November 2016.
For more information: See Everyman Theatre.
To book: Call Everyman Theatre on (01242) 572573, email email@example.com, or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.
Venue: Sudeley Castle
Perfect for: Exploring a supposedly haunted castle steeped in history, with a host of activities for little ones of all ages.
What's happening: Sudeley Castle will be celebrating the spookiest time of the year with a host of activities in its week-long fright fest, Halloweek. With magic shows, story-telling with ‘The Wise Woman of the Wood’, and the chance to learn all about the castle’s gruesome history in its Spooky Sudeley Trail, even the bravest of little monsters will be left with goosebumps.
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 24 to Sunday 30 October 2016
For more information: See Sudeley Catle
To book: Call (01242) 604244, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit sudeleycastle.co.uk directly.
Venue: Primrose Vale, Shurdington Road, Bentham, Cheltenham, GL51 4UA
What’s happening: Little and big kids alike can take on the challenge of this year’s spooky Halloween trail, with mysteries to complete around every corner of the farm. Plus, there’s also a prize for all wicked witches and ghastly ghouls taking part.
When: To be confirmed
To book: Call Primrose Vale on (01452) 863359
Venue: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
What’s happening: Don your ghastliest get-up and ride the Spooky Special train through a haunted tunnel, with ghoulish games, ghost hunting, and the chance to meet the Wicked Witch of Winchcombe along the way.
When: Saturday 29 October 2016
To book: Call Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on (01242) 621405
Venue: Sudeley Castle
What’s happening: Enjoy a host of spooky happenings at Sudeley in 2016, including ghost tours, themed arts and crafts, a Halloween magician, a carved pumpkin display and much more.
When: Monday 24 to Sunday 30 October 2016
To book: Call Sudeley Castle on (01242) 602308
Venue: Withington Estate Fields, Lyons Lodge, GL54 4BH
What’s happening: Embark on a Halloween-themed run through the spooky woods and dastardly hills of the haunted Withington Manor Estate, with characters and obstacles to keep you on your toes.
When: Monday 24 October 2016
To book: Call (01242) 890604
Venue: Bacon Theatre
What’s happening: Follow the gripping hunt for a serial killer known as ‘The Avenger’ when Hitchcock’s early thriller The Lodger is screened at Bacon Theatre by the Cheltenham Film Society.
When: Tuesday 1 November 2016
To book: Call 07528 746750
What’s happening: Some mischievous and colourful witches have crash-landed in the Forest of Dean. Follow a set of clues to find the cheekiest witch for a special prize, explore the forest’s maze of winding pathways and discover the magic of Puzzlewood.
When: Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October 2016
To book: Call Puzzlewood on (01594) 833187
Venue Café Rene
Perfect for: Digging out your old, tatty clothes, grabbing some face paint and joining in with hordes of zombies for a family friendly, if a little gory, walk around the city.
What’s happening? The undead will take to the city streets for Café Rene’s sixth 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, proven to be 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 facepaint, 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 Care.
How much: Free of charge, with collections for Sue Ryder Care
When: Saturday 29 October 2016
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: Little monsters of all ages, with the chance to dress up in their scariest outfit for plenty of Halloween-themed entertainment.
What's happening: The Eastgate Shopping Centre is set to be overrun with ghosts and ghouls this Halloween, when its Fancy Dress Parade sweeps through the centre on Thursday 27 October 2016, with little devils and wicked witches encouraged to come dressed as their favourite Halloween character. With spooky entertainment set to take place throughout the day, visitors can enjoy shows from Halloween performer, Anton Ghoul; the chance to win a Screech Beanie in a Stick ‘n’ Treat hunt throughout the centre; and the chance to vote for the best pumpkin in the arcade, as the shops go head to head in a pumpkin carving competition.
SoGlos loves: Eastgate Shopping Centre will be snapping away throughout the day, with the chance to win prizes in its Gurn and Earn competition. Simply strike a scary pose for the photographer, find the picture on the Eastgate’s Facebook page and the two pictures with the most ‘likes’ will win a Halloween prize.
How much: Free of charge
When: Thursday 27 October 2016
For more information: See Funday of the Dead at Eastgate Shopping Centre
To book: Call Eastgate Shopping Centre on (01452) 520023, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit eastgateshoppingcentre.co.uk directly.
Venue: The Museum of Gloucester
Perfect for: Discovering Gloucester’s history and exploring unseen parts of Gloucester.
What’s happening: Henry III will be returning to Gloucester 800 years after his coronation in the city for a fascinating exhibition, with the chance for visitors to explore the reign of the boy king. Museum-goers can decide for themselves whether the king was a hero or a tyrant before his assassination, with a host of interesting artefacts, paintings and items on display, as well as a holographic reproduction of the effigy of Henry III from his tomb in Westminster Abbey.
SoGlos loves: Guests can venture deep beneath the pavements of Gloucester when the ever popular Eastgate Chamber tours return, with the chance to find out what lies beneath the city, accompanied by a Roman soldier in full uniform.
How much: Normal admission prices apply
When: Henry III exhibition takes place from Monday 26 September 2016 to Sunday 29 January 2017, while the Eastgate Chamber Tours take place on Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 October 2016.
For more info: See Eastgate Roman Soldier Tours or Henry III exhibition at Museum of Gloucester for more information.
To book: Call Gloucester City Museum on (01452) 396131, email email@example.com, or visit gloucester.gov.uk directly.
Venue: Gloucester Life Museum
Perfect for: Putting your sleuthing skills to the test and celebrating apple day, just in time for some traditional Halloween apple bobbing.
What’s happening: Halloween isn’t Halloween without apple bobbing, and Gloucester Folk Museum will host that and much more at its annual Apple Day. Visitors can watch as a horse turns the juicy fruits into delicious local cider at its traditional cider mill, with visitors invited to try their hands at crushing the apples, with the chance to enjoy apple crumble, pies cakes and more too.
SoGlos loves: Little ones can create a monster to take home at Gloucester Life Museum’s mini beast puppet workshop, offering children the chance to unleash their creative side in its ever popular Museum Makers workshop.
How much: Ticket prices vary.
When: Apple Day takes place on Saturday 22 October; while Museum Makers takes place on Tuesday 25 October 2016.
For more info: See Apple Day.
To book: Call Gloucester Life Museum on (01452) 396868, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit Gloucester.gov.uk directly.
Venue: Over Farm, Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB
What’s happening: A sell-out event year on year, Frightmare returns in 2016 with a jam-packed line-up of events for children during the day, such as pumpkin picking and live entertainment, while a host of live action horror attractions emerge in the night for brave adults, including the terrifying Haunted Hayrides, Séance, Caged, and Fright House.
When: From Saturday 22 October to Monday 31 October 2016
To book: Call Over Farm on 07880 663808.
Venue: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall
What’s happening: Budding sleuths can test their detective skills while enjoying a sumptuous three-course dinner at Gloucester’s Bowden Hall Hotel’s thrilling and interactive Halloween event.
When: Friday 28 October 2016
To book: Call Mercure Bowden Hall on 0844 815 9077
Venue: Best Western The Gables Hotel
What’s happening: Local detectives can put their super sleuthing skills to the test during a thrilling Murder Mystery Evening at The Gables Hotel, complete with a delicious three-course dinner.
When: Friday 28 October 2016
To book: Call (01454) 260502
Venue: Gloucester Guildhall
What’s happening: Enjoy a host of spooky film screenings at Gloucester Guildhall this Halloween, with the chance to see Ghostbusters, Under the Shadow and The Exorcist.
When: Saturday 29 to Monday 31 October 2016
To book: Call (01452) 503050
Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
Perfect for: The chance to get stuck in to a host of fiendish fun at Slimbridge Wetland Centre, where little adventurers can get mucky at its special half term Spooktacular.
What’s happening: A firm family-favourite day-out destination, Slimbridge Wetland Centre is giving little explorers the chance to go on an adventure this half term, with plenty of Halloween activities in store. Little ones can embark on a trail around the grounds with spooky costumes set to be added onto the LEGO trail brick animals; while guests can also have a go at the witch hat hoopla, and create some creepy crafts to take home.
SoGlos loves: Start planning your costume now and don’t forget to arrive in fancy dress, with the chance for mini monsters, wicked witches, ghastly ghouls and more to get a picture with Slimbridge’s scarecrow, offering the perfect memento for what is sure to be a huge half term highlight.
When: Friday 28 to Sunday 30 October 2016
To book: Call Slimbridge Wetland Centre on (01453) 891223, email email@example.com, or visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge directly.
Spooky Wild Woodchester
Venue: Woodchester Park
What’s happening: Woodchester Park will transform its beautiful woodland into an eerie vision, with the chance to create spooky dens, ghoulish art and hunt for scary bugs ones this Halloween.
When: Friday 29 October 2016
To Book: Call Woodchester Park on (01452) 814213
Venue: Roses Theatre
Perfect for: Theatre-lovers, art-aficionados and creative children, with something to keep all members of the family happy this Halloween half-term.
What's happening: Roses Theatre will be hosting a Halloween Extravaganza at Tewkesbury School this half-term, offering a week-long fright fest for little devils. With the chance to create costumes, use scary sound effects and learn some killer thriller dance moves, everyone from mini monsters to zombie teenagers can get involved. What's more, Christopher Marlowe's gothic tragedy, Dr Faustus, will be brought to life at the theatre, taking Halloween ghost stories to the next level.
SoGlos loves: Roses Theatre will be transformed with the theme of life and death this Halloween, as two local artists host their Day of the Dead exhibition at the Tewkesbury art centre.
How much: Tickets to the Halloween Extravaganza cost £60 for the week; Dr Faustus costs £10; while the Day of the Dead exhibition is free of charge.
When: The Halloween Extravaganza takes place from Monday 24 to Friday 28 October; Dr Faustus takes place from Friday 28 to Saturday 29 October; while the Day of the Dead exhibition takes place from Monday 24 October to Sunday 13 November 2016
For more information: See Roses Theatre
To book: Call (01684) 295074, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit rosestheatre.org directly.
Venue: The John Moore Museum
What’s happening: Bat expert, David Endacott, will be introducing visitors to a selection of live, rescued British bats and explaining all about these fascinating, furry creatures of the night.
When: Saturday 22 October 2016
To book: Call The John Moore Museum on (01684) 297174
Venue: Stone and Tiles, Worcester Road Trading Estate, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 5XW
What’s happening: Enjoy devilishly good dishes and plenty of treats, when Ross and Ross hosts its Halloween pop-up dinner in Chipping Norton.
When: Friday 28 October 2016
To book: (01608) 645503
Venue: The Bothy, Eastnor Castle, Eastnor, Ledbury, HR8 1RL
What’s happening: Motor enthusiasts will be racing to Eastnor Castle’s Halloween Night Drives, offering the chance to drive through the estate at night time, with the area lit only by the lights of the driver’s Land Rover.
When: Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2016
To book: (01531) 638779
The SoGlos team will be updating this central guide as more spooky events are announced, so keep checking back or sign-up to SoGlos’s free newsletter for the very latest information.
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