Friday 31 October 2014

Gloucestershire Halloween guide

Enjoy Halloween in Gloucestershire 2014 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 2014.

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 2014, here are some of our favourites:


Halloween Events in Cheltenham 2014


Halloween half term and After Dark in Pitville Park

Halloween half term and After Dark in the Park

Venue: Pittville Park
Perfect for: Getting into the spirit of Halloween in the week leading up to it, with activities to keep the kids entertained as well as plenty of spooky events for older children and adults to enjoy.
What’s Happening: The Boathouse at Pittville Park will host a week of activities to delight and fright children and adults alike throughout the Halloween half term. Situated next to the beautiful lake, mini monsters and little witches can let their imaginations run wild with ghoulish ghost stories from the Pittville Park’s swashbuckling pirates. With a fabulous Niggles Magic show to follow, face painting and a barbeque, there will be plenty to keep the kids busy, while grown-ups can enjoy Cheltenham Coffee co.’s refreshments, the usual boat hire, tennis and golf facilities, and even take part in a ghostly after dark tour.
SoGlos loves: The After Dark in the Park ghost tours with Dreamshed Theatre. After the sun has set, a narrator will take brave groups of people for a spooky walk around the park. Guests should look out for the Woman in White and be careful not to anger the wrathful wraiths along the way.
How much: Storytelling is free of charge, Nibbles Magic Show carries a small charge, and After Dark in the Park tours cost £4.50 for adults, and £3.50 for children and concessions.
When: Monday 27 to Friday 31 October 2014
For more info: See Halloween half term and After Dark at Pitville Park
To book: Call Cheltenham Coffee Co. on (01242) 519215, email boathouse@cheltenhamcoffeeco.com or visit cheltenhamcoffeeco.com directly.


Half term at Leisure at Cheltenham

Thriller Dance

Venue: Leisure at Cheltenham
Perfect for: Some fun exercise, learning one of the most iconic Halloween dances around, and putting some old clothes to good use in the form of a zombie costume.
What’s Happening: Leisure at Cheltenham has a host of half term activities planned this October spanning water zorbing, swimming crash courses and tennis coaching, with a Halloween special event on the Thursday. County children can learn the iconic ‘Thriller’ street dance routine especially for the spookiest of holidays, inspired by the original Michael Jackson video. Kids are encouraged to don face paint, their finest zombie costumes, and cover themselves in fake blood for the sessions. There will be two one-hour long sessions, one at 2pm for school years one to three, and another at 3pm for school years four to seven.
SoGlos loves: Kids can cool off after their hour long dance session by plunging into Leisure at Cheltenham’s 33 metre pool – providing they wash their face paint off first! There will be swimming lessons, water zorbing and diving boards available to use throughout the half term too.
How much: Tickets for the Thriller dance costs £3, with half term activities ranging between £5 to £25.
When: Friday 31 October 2014
For more information: See Half term at Leisure at Cheltenham
To book: Call Cheltenham Leisure on (01242) 528764, email leisure@cheltenham.gov.uk or visit leisureatcheltenham.com directly.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening

The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening

Venue: Cheltenham Racecourse
Perfect for: Anyone who fancies slapping on some red lipstick and watching a classic Halloween blockbuster with likeminded fun-seekers in Cheltenham’s iconic venue.
What’s Happening: Cheltenham Racecourse will beam the 1975 cult classic Halloween film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, onto their brand new silver screen in The Centaur building. The award-winning film sees a newly engaged couple break down in an isolated area in front of the mysterious and somewhat eccentric Dr Frank-N-Furter’s creepy castle, telling a horror story with a twist. This will be the second film screening the iconic Centaur building has hosted in recent months, following the huge success of the Frozen screening in August. And this time around guests are invited to don their finest fishnet stockings and stilettos, with an interactive show including sing-alongs and dancing that are sure to get the audience on their feet doing the timewarp!
SoGlos loves: Following the film there will be live entertainment from Offstage Theatre Group in The Shock Horror Treatment Show with comedy sketches, songs, competitions and prizes to encourage maximum audience participation.
How much: Tickets cost £12
When: Friday 31 October 2014
For more information: See The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening
To book: Call Cheltenham Racecourse on (01242) 513014, email cheltenhamevents@thejockeyclub.co.uk or visit Cheltenham.co.uk directly.


Rock and Ribs Halloween Party

Rock and Ribs Halloween Party

Venue: Whole Foods Market, Gallagher Retail Park, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, GL51 9RR
Perfect for: Combining your love of tasty food and great music for all ages, with a barbeque boasting Whole Foods’ finest ribs, accompanied by live entertainment, children’s activities and a spooky pumpkin patch too.
What’s Happening: Cheltenham’s Whole Foods will host a devilishly delicious Halloween Party this half term when it starts sizzling delicious and responsibly sourced ribs on the barbeque for an afternoon of light, spooky entertainment. Hungry visitors can choose from plain, barbeque flavour, or hot and spicy, with mulled wine and apple juice to wash it down with. Providing the soundtrack for this tasty day will be the talented musicians of Studio 340 with live music and DJ sets to get those bones shaking.
SoGlos loves: There’s plenty to keep the tiny terrors busy with apple bobbing, face painting, crafts and activities and Whole Foods’ decorated pumpkin patch, where adults can also purchase their own pumpkins, ready to be carved for the spooky holiday.
How much: Free of charge
When: Saturday 25 October 2014
For more information: See Rock and Ribs Halloween party
To book: No need to book, but for specific enquiries call, (01242) 542950, or visit wholefoodsmarket.co.uk directly.


Halloween Farm Trail

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 a prize for all wicked witches and ghastly ghouls taking part too.
When: From Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
To book: Call Primrose Vale on (01452) 863359


Steam and Scream

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: Thursday 30 October 2014
To book: Call Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on (01242) 621405


Haunted half term activities

Venue: Sudeley Castle
What’s happening: Enjoy a host of spooky happenings at Sudeley in 2014, including ghost tours, themed arts and crafts, a Halloween magician and much more.
When: Monday 27 to Friday 31 October 2014
To book: Call Sudeley Castle on (01242) 604244


Cirque de Spooke workshop

Venue: St Edward’s Senior School, London Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL52 6NR
What’s happening: A three-day workshop will see youngsters aged seven to 18 create the circus as never seen before, with zombie clowns, terrifying acrobatics and a fiendish finale.
When: Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 October 2014
To Book: Call Art Playground on 07985 571 191


Halloween Bat Trail

Venue: Chedworth Roman Villa
What’s happening: A new bat trail will be unveiled just in time for the spooky half term activities, with a deep wood to explore, seven varieties of bats to spot, fancy dress, and seasonal crafts to get involved in.
When: Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
To Book: Call Chedworth Roman Villa on (01242) 890256


Halloween Events in the Cotswolds 2014


Lake o Lost Souls at South Cerney

Lake o’ Lost Souls Halloween Fest

Venue: South Cerney Outdoor Pursuits
Perfect for: All ages to enjoy an entertaining afternoon out at the beautiful location of South Cerney while getting steadily spooked as the day turns into night…
What’s Happening: South Cerney will transform its stunning lake into an eerie vision this Halloween with a haunted pirate ship touring the lake, lantern-lit canoe tours to the zombie island, and the Alone in the Dark underground catacombs for the especially brave. For younger visitors or those made of softer stuff, there will be treasure hunting activities on the creepy nightline trail and little ones can challenge their family to brave the gunge tank, for guaranteed laughs. Visitors can also take part in apple bobbing and pumpkin carving, and should be sure to don their finest cape, as there will be prizes for the best fancy dress.
SoGlos loves: To keep the cold at bay and chase those goose bumps away, there will be a roaring bonfire where guests can toast their marshmallows. What’s more, there will be hot drinks and tasty food on sale at The Wiggly Worm and Coffee Gang.
How much: Tickets cost £10, free of charge for under 5s
When: Saturday 1 November 2014
For more info: See Lake o’ Lost Souls Halloween Fest
To book: Call South Cerney on (01285) 860388, email southcerneyoutdoor@prospects.co.uk or visit southcerneyoutdoor.co.uk directly.


Spooky creatures day

Venue: Westonbirt Arboretum
What’s happening: Get up close and personal with an array of scary wildlife, including snakes, spiders and frogs, and enjoy fun and games.
When: From Saturday 18 to Sunday 19 October 2014
To book: Call Westonbirt Arboretum on (01666) 880220


Halloween events in Forest of Dean 2014


Spooky Steam Train Ride

Venue: Perrygrove Railway
What’s happening: Ride the spooky steam train through the witch’s wood, spotting pumpkins along the way, and take part in a Halloween-themed treasure hunt, all in your finest fancy dress.
When: Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
To book: Call Perrygrove Railway on (01594) 834991.


Ghost Train ride

Venue: Dean Forest Railway
What’s happening: Kids will be clambering aboard the Halloween Express for a hair-raising ride through the Forest of Dean.
When: Friday 31 October 2014
To book: Call Dean Forest Railway on (01594) 845840


Spooky half term in Coleford

Venue: Forest Leisure Coleford
What’s happening: There will be a host of Halloween activities to keep the kids busy this half term, with crafts, sports and play sessions.
When: Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
To book: Call Coleford on (01594) 835388.


Spooky half term in Lydney

Venue: Forest Leisure Lydney
What’s happening: Kids will be kept busy with Halloween activities, sports, crafts and play sessions at Forest Leisure Lyney this half term.
When: Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
To book: Call Lydney on (01594) 842383.

Halloween events in Gloucester 2014


Zombie Walk in Gloucester

Zombie Walk

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 bit creepy, walk around town.
What’s Happening: Zombies will take to the streets of Gloucester for Café Rene’s fifth annual zombie walk. Led by the Renegade Crew, hundreds of Halloween fans will don some fake blood, ripped clothes and fancy dress and take a spooky stroll through the city centre. Taking inspiration from similar larger scale event in London, Brighton and Manchester, this event has become a real Halloween highlight, proven to be great fun for adults, children, and even well behaved four-legged friends.
SoGlos loves: While this has become an annual highlight, and we don’t need much of an excuse to dig out the face paint, the zombie walk also does its bit for great causes by collecting hundreds each year for Café Rene’s nominated charity – this year’s being Sue Ryder Care.
How much: Free of charge with collections for Sue Ryder Care
When: Saturday 1 November 2014
For more info: See Gloucester Zombie Walk
To book: There’s no need to book a place, but for specific enquiries call Café Rene on (01452) 309340, email info@caferene.co.uk, visit caferene.co.uk or check out the dedicated Facebook event page facebook.com/events/354357881373603 directly.


Autumn Activities in Gloucester Folk Museum

Autumn Activities at Gloucester Folk Museum

Venue: Gloucester Folk Museum
Perfect for: Exploring unseen parts of the museum, discovering the fascinating history of Gloucester, and celebrating apply day, just in time for some traditional Halloween apple bobbing.
What’s Happening: Gloucester Folk Museum has a half term packed with family friendly activities this Halloween half term. Join in with the museum’s monthly folk trails, where you can celebrate L.S Lowry’s artwork on Saturday 25 October 2014, or learn about World War I on Saturday 1 November 2014. Meanwhile, children can pick up some fruit for their Halloween apple-bobbing games while older visitors can learn how to turn them into cider at the museum’s Apple Day, where the traditional cider mill will be in full action.
SoGlos loves: Visitors can meet Fergus the horse on the museum’s apple day and watch how he turns the juicy fruits into delicious local cider. It’s not just Fergus who gets to have a go though, with visitors invited to try their hands at crushing the apples, and of course, tasting the finished product.
How much: Tickets prices vary.
When: Saturday 25 October to Saturday 1 November 2014.
For more info: See Apple Day or Folk Trail
To book: Call Gloucester Folk Museum on (01452) 396868, emailmuseums@gloucester.gov.uk or visit gloucestermuseums.co.uk directly.


Autumn Activities at Gloucester CityMuseum

Autumn Activities at Gloucester City Museum

Venue: Gloucester City Museum
Perfect for: Getting creative, cultured and coming face-to-face with some creepy creatures, with plenty of fun for the little ones this Halloween half term.
What’s Happening: Gloucester City Museum will host a number of child-friendly activities this Halloween half term. Brave little ones can come face to face with Betty and Chester, the Burmese pythons, and meet a number of other interesting reptiles on Tuesday 28 and Thursday 30 October 2014 at the Reptile handling session. Meanwhile, there will be plenty going on to keep children under the age of five busy on the morning of Tuesday 28 October 2014 at Museum Tots, where painting, sticking, playing, storytelling and music-making awaits. What’s more, crafty kids over the age of eight can take part in a spooky-themed workshop on Wednesday 29 October 2014 where the ever popular Museum Makers session will see kids creating some fun, spooky decorations and sew their own handmade owls.
SoGlos loves: With plenty going on at the museum to keep children of all ages busy, parents can opt to stay and join in the fun, or if they prefer, take a trip into town and relax with a coffee or do some shopping, while the kids enjoy themselves.
How much: Tickets prices vary.
When: Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 October 2014
For more info: See Museum Makers workshop, Reptiles Handling session, or Museum tots
To book: Call Gloucester City Museum on (01452) 396131, email museums@gloucester.gov.uk or visit gloucester.gov.uk directly.


Frightmare

Venue: Over Farm, Over, Gloucester, GL2 8DB
What’s happening: A sell-out event year on year, Frightmare returns in 2014 with a jam-packed line-up of children’s Slightmare events during the day, and the terrifying Haunted Hayrides, PANIC! room and Fright House for brave adults at night.
When: From Saturday 18 October to Saturday 1 November 2014
To book: Call Over Farm on (01452) 521014.


Creepy Creature activities

Venue: Robinswood Hill Country Park, Gloucester, GL4 6SX
What’s happening: Two wickedly wild days chocked full of family fun, from pumpkin carving to face painting, making creepy creatures and more.
When: Thursday 30 and Friday 31 October 2014
To book: Call Robinswood Hill Country Park on (01452) 383333


Bat Night

Venue: Prinknash Bird and Deer Park
What’s happening: Explore enchanting illuminations, trick or treat the not so wicked witch of the Wendy House, spot ghosts in the woods and have your fortune told in the gypsy caravan at Prinknash.
When: Thursday 30 and Friday 31 October 2014
To book: Call Prinknash Bird and Deer Park on (01452) 812727


Rokky Horror tribute show

Venue: Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall
What’s happening: This tongue-in-cheek tribute to Rocky Horror will see all of the show’s usual music, science fiction, and hilarity, but with a twist, dinner and a disco included.
When: Saturday 1 November 2014
To book: Call Mercure Bowden Hall on 0844 815 9077


Halloween Extravaganza

Venue: Gloucester Waterways Museum
What’s happening: Enjoy a week of spooktacular activities, with haunted trails, costume competitions, Jonathan’s Jungle Roadshow, ghost stories and more.
When: Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November 2014
To book: Call Gloucester Waterways Museum on (01452) 318200


Spooktacular half term

Venue: Gloucester Quays, 1 St Ann Way, Gloucester, GL1 5SH
What’s happening: Gloucester Quays outlet will be transformed into a trick or treat hub, with a haunted house, ghostly characters and a Halloween film to be shown at Cineworld.
When: Monday 27 to Friday 31 October 2014
To Book: Call Gloucester Quays on (01452) 338933


Museum Makers Halloween Workshop

Venue: Gloucester City Museum
What’s happening: Children aged eight and above will be getting creative this Halloween by making spooky decorations at Gloucester City Museum’s ever-popular Museum Makers workshop.
When: Wednesday 29 October 2014
To book: Call Gloucester City Museum on (01452) 396131


Spooky Halloween fun

Venue: Nature in Art
What’s happening: Nature in Art will host three days of Halloween activities for the little terrors this autumn half-term, including sculpture making, DIY trick or treat bags, and make-your-own spider web.
When: Tuesday 28 to Thursday 30 October 2014
To book: Call Nature in Art on (01452) 731422


Halloween events in Stroud 2014


Halloween Fest

Venue: Woodchester Mansion
What’s happening: Step into the scene of a horror movie and investigate the ghoulish goings on at one of Gloucestershire’s most haunted venues – complete with real ghost hunting equipment, ‘table tipping’, glass divination vigils and more.
When: Friday 31 October 2014
To book: Call Dusk Till Dawn Events on (01159) 722534


Murder Mystery evening

Venue: Best Western The Gables Hotel
What’s happening: Put your sleuthing skills to the test at this murder mystery evening where guests will attempt to solve the spooky mystery of a family scorned by the will of Georgina Sythe-Wilberforce. Ticket price includes a three-course dinner.
When: Friday 31 October 2014
To book: Call Best Western The Gables Hotel on (01454) 261821


Pumpkin Carving

Venue: Berkeley Castle
What’s happening: Take your best pumpkin to Berkeley Castle and carve a fearsome face with your friends and family.
When: Wednesday 29 October 2014
To book: Call Berkeley Castle on (01453) 810303


Spooky Wild Woodchester

Venue: Woodchester Park
What’s happening: Woodchester Park will transform its beautiful woodland into an eerie vision, with spooky lairs, an open campfire, nature trails and more to fright and delight the little ones this Halloween.
When: Friday 31 October 2014
To Book: Call Woodchester Park on (01452) 814213


Halloween events in Tewkesbury


Discovering bats day

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 25 October 2014
To book: Call The John Moore Museum on (01684) 297174

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Tuesday 30 September 2014

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