Thursday 24 April 2014

Gloucestershire Halloween guide

Enjoy Halloween in Gloucestershire 2013 with the very best guide to where and when the spooky action is taking place in Cheltenham, the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean, Gloucester, Stroud and Tewkesbury.

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 2013.

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.

There are a number of special Halloween events scheduled to take place across Gloucestershire in 2013, here are some of our favourites:


Halloween events in Cheltenham 2013


Half term at Leisure at Cheltenham

Half term at Leisure at Cheltenham

Venue: Leisure at Cheltenham
What’s happening: There will be swimming crash courses and splashing around sessions in the pool at Leisure at Cheltenham, while over on the courts, there’s the chance to burn off those Halloween treats in a series of short badminton, squash, tennis and table tennis sessions during half term.
When: Monday 28 October to Friday 1 November 2013
How much: Ticket prices range between £3 and £10 for individual sessions, while the swimming crash course costs £20.
SoGlos loves: On All Hallow’s Eve, Leisure at Cheltenham will be overrun by mini zombies, who will be learning a ‘Thriller’ street dance routine based on the original Michael Jackson video.
For more info: See Half term at Leisure at Cheltenham, call (01242) 528764, email leisure@cheltenham.gov.uk or visit leisureatcheltenham.com directly.


Room on the Broom play in Cheltenham

 Room on the Broom play in Cheltenham

Venue: Everyman Theatre
What’s happening: Catch Julia Donaldson’s magical tale of a witch whose hat and wand are blown away, but with the help of her trusty cat and some helpful animals, manages to retrieve them – live on the Everyman Theatre stage. And find out what happens when the broomstick snaps in two, leaving the group at the mercy of a hungry dragon…
When: Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November 2013
How much: Tickets cost £12, £10 for under 16s and £40 for a family of four
SoGlos loves: Back at the Everyman by popular demand, Room on the Broom is the latest adventure from The Gruffalo creators and is jam-packed with family-friendly magic and music.
For more info: See Room on the Broom in Cheltenham, call (01242) 572573, email admin@everymantheatre.org.uk or visit everymantheatre.org.uk directly.


Halloween at Primrose Vale

Venue: Primrose Vale
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 a prize for all wicked witches and ghastly ghouls taking part.
When: Thursday 24 October to Sunday 3 November 2013
For more info: See Halloween at Primrose Vale.


Halloween disco at The Play Farm

Venue: The Play Farm
What’s happening: Little ones can dress up in their ghastliest getups for this year’s Halloween disco at The Brewery’s Play Farm, which will feature everything from sweet gunge bobbing to a live magic show.
When: Saturday 26 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween at The Play Farm.


Steam and Scream at GWR

Venue: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
What’s happening: Ride the Spooky Special train through a haunted tunnel, with ghoulish games, ghost hunting and the chance to meet the Wicked Witch of Winchcombe all in store.
When: Saturday 26 October 2013
For more info: See Steam and Scream at GWR.


Halloween at Sudeley Castle

Venue: Sudeley Castle and Gardens
What’s happening: Families can enjoy a host of spooky happenings at Sudeley, including a creepy crawly showcase, dragon tales by Agent Green the Dragon Whisperer, ghost tours of the grounds and carved pumpkins displays.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween at Sudeley Castle.


Halloween events in the Cotswolds 2013


Howl-o-ween at Cotswold Wildlife Park

Venue: Cotswold Wildlife Park
What’s happening: See the spooky side of the Cotswold attraction with a week of special activities, including train rides through the terrifying tunnel, carvings on the pumpkin patch and the chance to learn about the resident owls, bats, snakes and spiders on the trail.
When: Saturday 26 October to Saturday 2 November 2013
For more info: See Howl-o-ween at Cotswold Wildlife Park.


ParaNorman film screening in Cirencester

Venue: Corinium Museum
What’s happening: Kicking off a great line-up of family-friendly flicks being shown during the school holidays, the Corinium Museum will be beaming the beautifully-animated stop-motion comedy thriller ParaNorman onto the big screen this Halloween.
When: Friday 1 November 2013
For more info: See Family Film Friday at the Corinium Museum.


Halloween Flights of Fancy at Birdland Park

Venue: Birdland Park and Gardens
What’s happening: Visitors can let their imaginations fly away with them during a series of myths and legends-themed Flights of Fancy, with fun talks and the chance to come face-to-face with the Undertaker Bird and king penguins.
When: Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2013
For more info: See Halloween Flights of Fancy at Birdland Park.


Halloween Trail at Hidcote Manor Garden

Venue: Hidcote Manor Garden
What’s happening: Work together with the whole family to solve the mystery of the Hidcote horror, whilst admiring the pumpkin carvings along the trail at this stunning National Trust property, near Chipping Campden.
When: Saturday 26 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween Trail at Hidcote Manor Garden.


Halloween events in the Forest of Dean 2013


Autumn half term at Taurus Crafts

Venue: Taurus Crafts
What’s happening: Keep your little terrors’ imaginations active this October half term with a whole week of Halloween-inspired crafts and activities spanning skeleton puppets, big monster cushion making, pumpkin carving and much more.
When: Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2013
For more info: See Autumn half term at Taurus Crafts.


Halloween at Perrygrove Railway

Venue: Perrygrove Railway
What’s happening: Ride the spooky steam train through the witch’s wood and take part in the Halloween-themed treasure hunt, all in your best fancy dress.
When: Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2013
For more info: See Halloween at Perrygrove Railway.


Candle-lit Halloween party at Clearwell Caves

Venue: Clearwell Caves
What’s happening: The annual adults-only Halloween party, held 100ft underground in a candle-lit cavern, will feature live music, a disco, hog roast and more.
When: Saturday 26 October 2013
For more info: See Candle-lit Halloween party at Clearwell Caves.


Pumpkin Carving at Harts Barn Cookery School

Venue: Harts Barn Cookery School
What’s happening: Mini monsters can dress up and learn how to scoop out and carve their very own jack o’lanterns in time for the trick or treat rounds, whilst the tutor whips up a batch of pumpkin pies, at Harts Barn in the Forest of Dean.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Pumpkin Carving at Harts Barn.


Halloween Ghost Train at Dean Forest Railway

Venue: Dean Forest Railway
What’s happening: Kids will be clambering aboard the Halloween Ghost Train for a spooky ride through the Forest of Dean – with goody bags for all.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween Ghost Train at Dean Forest Railway.


Halloween events in Gloucester 2013


Halloween at Gloucester Waterways Museum

 Halloween at Gloucester Waterways Museum

Venue: Gloucester Waterways Museum
What’s happening: Kids can look forward to making bat mobiles and witches hats in the craft room at Gloucester Waterways Museum, as well as bobbing for apples and challenging the staff to a spot of trick or treating.
When: Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2013
How much: Normal admission charges apply
SoGlos loves: All of the Halloween-themed activities are included in the normal admission price, while under 4s go free all year round.
For more info: See Halloween at Gloucester Waterways Museum, call (01452) 318200, email gloucester@thewaterwaystrust.org.uk or visit canalrivertrust.org.uk directly.


Gloucester Zombie Walk

 Gloucester Zombie Walk

Venue: Café Rene
What’s happening: Hundreds of Halloween enthusiasts will be piling on the face paint and fake blood to take a spooky stroll through Gloucester city centre in the fourth annual Zombie Walk, leaving from Greyfriars Green near Café Rene. Children and dogs are welcome to join the parade of the undead too.
When: Saturday 26 October 2013
How much: Free of charge
SoGlos loves: Each year, Café Rene raises money for a nominated charity through its spooky celebrations, and this year, all money raised will go to the Sue Ryder Care charity.
For more info: See Gloucester Zombie Walk, call (01452) 309340, email info@caferene.co.uk or visit caferene.co.uk directly.


Halloween Crazy at Gloucester City Museum

Halloween Crazy at Gloucester City Museum

Venue: Gloucester City Museum
What’s happening: Little terrors will by haunting Gloucester City Museum this Halloween, where a spooky disco, themed trails, crafts and goodie bags all await.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
How much: Tickets cost £8, £5 for concessions or £22 for a family
SoGlos loves: There are prizes on offer for the best costumes, plus the chance to learn tricks to use on your family and friends.
For more info: See Halloween Crazy at Gloucester City Museum, call (01452) 503050, email museums@gloucester.gov.uk or visit gloucestermuseums.co.uk directly.


Halloween Murder Mystery Special in Gloucester

 Halloween Murder Mystery Special in Gloucester

Venue: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall
What’s happening: Adults can put their detective skills to the test and attempt to solve the Halloween Murder Mystery Special over a delicious three-course dinner in Dearmans Restaurant. There’s the chance to work off dinner and dance the night away in a disco until late, with special offers expected to tempt drinkers in the bar.
When: Saturday 2 November 2013
How much: Tickets cost £29.50
SoGlos loves: If you really want to make a night of it, Bowden Hall is offering a special-priced accommodation package for all budding bloodhounds, costing £159 and including the murder mystery dinner, disco, bed and breakfast.
For more info: See Halloween Murder Mystery Special in Gloucester, call 0844 815 9077, email sales.mercuregloucesterbowdenhall@jupiterhotels.co.uk or visit mercuregloucester.co.uk directly.


Frightmare at Over Farm

Venue: Over Farm
What’s happening: A sell-out event every year, Frightmare returns in 2013 with a jam-packed line-up of kids events during the day, and the ever-popular – and terrifying – Haunted Hayride, PANIC! room and Fright House for brave adults at night, complete with an all-new Zombie Paintball Safari.
When: Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2013
For more info: See Frightmare at Over Farm.


Halloween Fun at Gloucester Quays

Venue: Gloucester Quays
What’s happening: Free pumpkin decorating and jack o’lantern carving awaits creative county kids at Gloucester Quays this half term.
When: Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween Fun at Gloucester Quays.


Wizards, Wands and Wildlife at Robinswood Hill

Venue: Robinswood Hill Country Park, Reservoir Road, Gloucester, GL4 6SX
What's happening: Two days of pumpkin carving, face painting, mask making and more on Robinswood Hill in Gloucester.
When: Wednesday 30 to Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Wizards, Wands and Wildlife at Robinswood Hill


Halloween at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park

Venue: Prinknash Bird and Deer Park
What’s happening: Spot ghosts in the woods, trick or treat the wicked witch of the Wendy house, have your fortune told in the gypsy caravan and more at Prinknash.
When: Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween at Prinknash Bird and Deer Park.


Dracula screening at Gloucester Guildhall

Venue: Gloucester Guildhall
What’s happening: Gloucester Guildhall will be putting on a bloodcurdling screening of Bram Stocker’s iconic horror film, Dracula, this All Hallow’s Eve, with prizes for the best fancy dress.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Dracula screening at Gloucester Guildhall.


Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner

Venue: Stonehouse Court Hotel
What’s happening: There will be mysterious goings on at Stonehouse Court this Halloween, when the Murder We Wrote team returns for a terrifying two-course dinner.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner.


The Rotten Apple Halloween Party

Venue: The Cider Tree at The Coach and Horses
What’s happening: Grown-ups can expect creepy cocktails, frightening fireworks, a fab DJ and much more at The Cider Tree’s annual Halloween bash.
When: Saturday 2 November 2013
For more info: See The Rotten Apple Halloween Party.


Halloween events in Stroud 2013


Half term at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Venue: Slimbridge Wetland Centre
What’s happening: There’s a range of themed paper and craft activities lined-up this half term, as well as a migration challenge and special trail highlighting rare Slimbridge visitors such as the dowitcher, bittern and pectoral.
When: Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2013
For more info: See Half term at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.


Pumpkin trail at Museum in the Park

Venue: Museum in the Park
What’s happening: Carve a creepy pumpkin and take it along to be judged at Museum in the Park before joining the pumpkin trail parade.
When: Sunday 27 October 2013
For more info: See Pumpkin trail at Museum in the Park.


Critters, Crafts and Halloween at Dr Jenner’s

Venue: Dr Jenner’s House
What’s happening: Kids will be sketching furry woodland critters to celebrate The Big Draw 2013, with trails, tours and the chance to make their very own creepy graveyard also on offer.
When: Monday 28 to Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Critters, Crafts and Halloween at Dr Jenner’s.


Halloween Ghost Hunt at Woodchester Mansion

Venue: Woodchester Mansion and Park
What’s happening: A chance to investigate the ghoulish goings on at one of Gloucestershire’s most haunted venues, complete with ‘table tipping’ experiments and glass divination vigils.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Halloween Ghost Hunt at Woodchester Mansion.


Halloween events in Tewkesbury 2013


Frankenstein screening at the Roses Theatre

Venue: Roses Theatre
What’s happening: Celebrating the National Theatre’s 50th anniversary, Danny Boyle’s acclaimed theatre production of Frankenstein promises to terrify a Tewkesbury audience when it’s beamed on to the big screen at the Roses Theatre.
When: Thursday 31 October 2013
For more info: See Frankenstein at the Roses Theatre.


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By Shelly McCatty

© SoGlos

Friday 01 February 2013

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