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 2019.
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.
Wander through an enchanted fairytale trail at Sudeley Castle, discovering magical scenes from some of the best-loved stories. Set in the majestic grounds of the castle and its gardens, families will be immersed into the fantastical worlds of Snow White, Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty and other stories from Grimm’s fairytales.
Not only can visitors explore the magical land of fairytales, but they can also discover the historic castle and its stunning interiors. Tickets to the fairytale wonderland are included in the general admission price, allowing families to make a day of it, and learn about the castle’s fascinating background.
Tickets are included in the general admission price which is £16.75 per adult, £7.75 per child, and free for infants under three.
Enchanted Sudeley is open from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019, from 10am.
If ghouls and ghosts aren’t your thing, Everyman Theatre is hosting Peter Pan Goes Wrong during the Halloween half term break, offering a chance for theatre-loving families to enjoy an unforgettable comic experience.
Although the family-friendly performance says it ‘definitely isn’t a pantomime’, audiences can expect slapstick humour, and hilarious antics in this unique retelling of the J.M. Barrie classic.
From Mischief Theatre, the production company behind the best-selling The Play That Goes Wrong, this award-winning show sees the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society put on Peter Pan, alongside a series of technical disasters, mishaps and arguments on the way to Neverland.
The show heads to Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre from Saturday 19 October 2019 before a Christmas season in London. The show has fast become a global phenomenon which is currently performed across 35 countries, so don’t miss your chance to catch this acclaimed comedy before it sells out.
Tickets cost between £30 and £36 with concessions available.
Saturday 19 October to Saturday 2 November 2019 with evening and matinee performances available.
Take your children to Halloween Land at Cotswold Farm Park, where they can pick their own pumpkin from the patch for free, and decorate it at the farm park, without the need to take the mess home!
Alongside a range of ghoulish face painting designs and spooky arts and crafts activities, there’s lots of Halloween fun to be had for families during the half term, with entry to Halloween Land included in the price of farm park admission.
In addition to the Halloween Land experience, guests can spend the day exploring the many indoor and outdoor barns at Cotswold Farm Park, such as the Adventure Barn, the Animal Barn and the Discovery Barn.
Children will love the opportunity to hold and stroke small animals, clamber around the soft play at Dolly’s Play Pen, ride aboard tractors and jump on the bouncy pillows.
Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a well-earned cup of tea and cake at Cotswold Farm Park’s newly renovated café and restaurant space. Offering a range of delicious treats and meals with many locally sourced brands and ingredients, the venue is both a foodie haven and a welcome break from the bustling atmosphere of the farm park.
Entrance to Halloween Land is included in the cost of farm park admission. Prices are £14 for adults, £12.25 for seniors, £12.50 for children and £8.50 for toddlers.
Halloween Land is open from Friday 25 October until Sunday 3 November 2019.
Children between the ages of three and 12 years old are invited to Cotswold Clubhouse to enjoy a day of fun activities this half term. Children aged between three and 10 can attend the Activity camp at Cotswold Clubhouse while gymnastic fans between the ages of five and 12 will love the Gymnastic camp at Cotswold Clubhouse. Activities include team games, bouncy castles, soft play, gymnastic foam pits and balance beams, as well as some spooky arts and crafts.
Cotswold Clubhouse is home to the North Cotswolds Gymnastics and Trampolining Academy, boasting a state-of-the-art gymnasium for the squad to train. In addition, Cotswold Clubhouse has its own soft play centre and café, stocking locally sourced food, drink and cakes – making the venue an ideal spot to enjoy exercise for the whole family on a rainy day.
Gymnastic camps cost £25 per day, while Activity Camps are priced between £20 and £25 per day, depending on the age of your child,
Both the Activity Camps and Gymnastic Camps take place between Monday 28 October and Friday 1 November 2019.
The whole family can enjoy a day out inspired by nature at Westonbirt Arboretum’s Family Autumn trail. Get creative and make an autumnal kaleidoscope, create a food trail for woodland creatures and learn about the hundreds of different tree species that are growing in the arboretum.
Perfect for taking a beautiful family photo, Westonbirt Arboretum will be bursting with autumnal colour. There will also be guided tours taking place everyday at 11am and an additional tour will take place on the weekends at 2pm.
The Family trail and Autumn trail at Westonbirt are free once you get inside the arboretum. Families will also have the chance to learn about how climate change is making a difference to the trees.
The trails are free of charge, however entry into Westonbirt Arboretum costs £10 for adults, £4 for children ages five to 18 and free for under fives.
The trails run throughout October and November 2019.
Booking in advance isn’t necessary, however to find out more, visit forestryengland.uk
The undead will take to the city streets for Café Rene’s annual Gloucester Zombie Walk. Led by the team from Café Rene, 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.
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.
This event is free of charge.
Gloucester Zombie Walk takes place on Saturday 26 October 2019 from 3pm at Café Rene.
For more information see Gloucester Zombie Walk 2019.
There’s no need to book, but for specific enquiries call Café Rene on (01452) 309340, or visit caferene.co.uk directly.
Take a look around the Museum of Gloucester this half term where families can enjoy a pumpkin trail throughout the holidays, as well as a Fancy Dress Day on Thursday 31 October 2019.
As well as all that, visitors can see the latest exhibitions including The Magical World of William Simmonds: Puppets and Paintings where families can step inside the magical world created by local woodcarver, William Simmonds.
Offering free entry and with the pumpkin trail only costing £1 per child, the Museum of Gloucester offers a great value half term activity without splashing the cash.
Entry into the museum is free of charge. The pumpkin trail costs £1 per child.
The pumpkin trail will take place from Saturday 26 October to Saturday 2 November 2019 and the Fancy Dress Day is on Thursday 31 October 2019.
There’s no need to book, but to find out more call (01452) 396131, visit gloucester.gov.uk directly.
Get into the Halloween spirit at Dean Heritage Centre, where families can enjoy a day of spooky activities and events. Discover the haunted cottage and meet the cackling witches, carve pumpkins into ghoulish characters, and wander along the Halloween-themed trails.
Daring visitors are invited to search high and low in the woods for resident monsters or take part in some spooktacular arts and crafts before enjoying a hot cup of the witches’ brew at the creepy cottage.
Dean Heritage Centre is a hub of history and creativity. With five galleries to explore, visitors can be immersed in the fascinating history of the Forest of Dean. For the kiddies, there are lots of exciting activities going on throughout the year, including The Gruffalo Trail.
Non-Gift Aid general admission to Dean Heritage Centre is £7.20 per adult, £6.30 per concession, £5.40 for children aged between three and 16, and free for children under three.
Halloween Spooktacular at Dean Heritage Centre begins on Saturday 26 October and ends on Sunday 3 November 2019.
For more information, call (01594) 822170 or visit deanheritagecentre.com directly.
Set in the magical surroundings of the Forest of Dean, Go Ape in Beechenhurst provides the ultimate adventure for the kids who are keen to experience a fun treetop challenge. Nestled in a tranquil location between the River Severn and the River Wye, Beechenhurst Go Ape allows kids to do just that – going from tree-to-tree over wobbly bridges and high platforms. And grown-ups can join in too!
Designed for younger climbers, this one-hour long treetop assault course is suitable for all ages, with no minimum age restriction. The course at Beechenhurst Go Ape has amazing views across the forest, perfect for those with a love for the outdoors. With safety being of utmost importance, tiny Tarzans will be strapped into a suitable harness and supervised by an adult.
Tickets to participate in Beechenhurst Go Ape treetop adventure cost £19 per person.
One-hour slots to enjoy Go Ape in Beechenhurst are available from 10am to 4pm daily.
For more information call (01603) 895500, email email@example.com or visit goape.co.uk/locations/forest-of-dean-beechenhurst-lodge directly.
Head to WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre for a half term full of autumnal adventures. Step inside the research hut as part of the Arctic Adventure where children can dress up as an Arctic researcher, take part in animal poo analysis with microscopes, and birdwatch with binoculars.
As well as that, go on a hunt to spot the first Bewick’s swans, join the Migration Game or paddle along with a canoe safari.
Creative families can take part in the Family Wildlife Photography session on Monday 28 October 2019 for an additional fee. Perfect for children over the age of eight, budding photographers can learn how to capture incredible photos of the rich wildlife around Slimbridge.
Entry into Slimbridge costs from £13.45 for adults and £7.90 for children aged between four and 16 years-old, and free of charge for under fours. Tickets to the Family Wildlife Photography event cost £32 per adult and child.
October half term activities take place from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019. Slimbridge is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm during October and 9.30am to 5pm in November.
Family Wildlife Photography is taking place on Monday 28 October 2019 from 10am to 1pm.
For more information, call (01453) 891900, or visit wwt.org.uk directly.
Explore the dark and eerie caves at Clearwell in search for hidden Halloween pumpkins. Only the bravest will find them all, so come prepared to search high and low to be in with a chance to win a spooktacular prize!
This event is taking place from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November.
Call (01594) 832535.
Be prepared for some terrifying tales and scary stories at Newark Park this half term! Explore the eerie trail around the gardens while learning about the resident bats, and recreate Newark’s infamous witches’ mark out of clay.
This event is taking place from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019 from 11am to 5pm. Standard admission charges apply to enter Newark Park.
Pre-booking isn’t required. For more information, call (01453) 842644.
Meet King Henry VIII and his two beheaded wives, spot the Grim Executioner prowling the grounds, and beware of scary jailers who’ll be on the lookout for new recruits at Berkeley Castle this Halloween. Try out traditional Tudor dancing, explore the castle grounds, and listen to spooky stories!
Go along to Berkeley Castle’s All Hallows Week from Sunday 27 to Wednesday 30 October from 10.30am to 5pm. Normal admission charges to the castle apply.
To book tickets or for more information call (01453) 810303.
Where better to throw a Halloween party than in a haunted mansion? Join in the spooktacular fun at Woodchester Mansion’s evening of drinking, dancing and delicious food for its annual fundraising Halloween Party.
Woodchester Mansion’s Halloween Party takes place on Saturday 26 October 2019, from 7.30pm to midnight.
Pre-booking is essential, so call (01453) 861541 to book your place.
Be in for a fright aboard the Great Western steam train at its Halloween Steam ‘n’ Scream event this October. Pulling into stations at Broadway, Toddington, and Cheltenham Racecourse, the train will pick up passengers for a spooky ride towards Winchcombe station where there’ll be a whole host of activities suitable for all ages.
This event is running on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019. Check the GWSR website for the train timetables. The attractions at Winchcombe station are free of charge, but normal fares for the train apply.
For more information or to book train tickets call (01242) 621405.
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