Discover Gloucestershire’s ghoulish side this Halloween, with spooky celebrations promising fang-tastic fun for the whole family in October half term.
While things might be a little different in 2020, SoGlos never misses a trick (or treat) with its spooktacular guide revealing the very best Gloucestershire has to offer for frightful family fun this Halloween.
Stagecoach West offers low-cost bus travel across Gloucestershire and beyond, with family and group tickets available, ideal when heading out for some Halloween half term fun.
Avoid the horrors of finding and paying for parking this October half term and hop on the bus instead!
Take a terrifying trip to Oxford Prison on the new direct bus service from Cheltenham to Oxford, shop till you drop or catch a scary movie at Gloucester Quays with a bus stop right outside, search for beasts in the Forest of Dean, where wild boar wander the woods, or go ghost hunting in Prestbury – known as the most haunted village in England!
The Stagecoach Bus app allows you to buy discounted tickets, find stops, track buses in real time and even see how busy the bus is, so there’s one less thing to worry about when out and about.
A Family & Friends Explorer ticket costs £15 for up to four people, allowing travel across the whole of Gloucestershire – and as far as Bristol, Oxford and Hereford. Buy tickets in advance on the Stagecoach Bus app or on the bus using contactless payment.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit stagecoachbus.com.
Kids can get crafty this October half term, with Nature in Art hosting a range of arty activities from Monday 26 October to Sunday 1 November 2020.
Inspired by nature in autumn, children’s activities include leaf painting on Monday 26 October; wax resist and tissue paper painting on Tuesday 27 October; and decoupage using colourful autumn leaves, on Wednesday 28 October.
What’s more, there will be a spooky crafts session on Friday 30 October – just in time for Halloween.
Making sure crafters can enjoy themselves safely, Nature in Art has implemented new social distancing measures such as reduced capacity; plenty of hand sanitising stations; tables to seat single households; and a one-way system around the classroom.
There will be two sessions per day, with younger children aged three to eight welcome between 10am and 11.30am, and three to 18-year olds at 1pm until 2pm. Please note there are no sessions running on Saturday 31 October 2020 and activities are subject to change according to government guidelines.
For more information, call Nature in Art on (01452) 731422) or visit natureinart.org.uk.
Every day during the October half term, families can head to Cotswold Farm Park to pick their own pumpkins, just in time for Halloween.
As well as adorable animals, adventure play areas and wildlife walks to go on, Cotswold Farm Park has a patch packed with pumpkins.
Put on your wellies and get hunting for the biggest and juiciest pumpkin in the patch, before taking it home to carve into a spooky jack-o-lantern.
Once you’ve picked your pumpkin, head to Cotswold Farm Park’s shop to pick up some tasty local produce, including fresh eggs from the farm, perfect to use in a pumpkin pie.
The pumpkin patch is open every weekend in October 2020 and all week from Monday 26 to Sunday 31 October 2020, with sessions from 9.30 to 11.30am for pumpkin-only ticketholders and from 12.30 to 3.30pm for anyone with Cotswold Farm Park tickets. Admission to the pumpkin patch is free to Cotswold Farm Park ticketholders, or costs £5 per adult and £3 per child for pumpkin-only tickets. Tickets must be booked in advance.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk.
Open daily from 10am to 6pm, take a walk on the wild side at Cotswold Wildlife Park in Burford this October half term.
With wolves, bats, vultures and owls, Cotswold Wildlife Park is home to some of the spookiest animals in Gloucestershire.
Brave souls can come face-to-face with fearsome creatures like lions, wolverines and anacondas, while scaredy cats can make friends with cheeky penguins, adorable otters, mischevious monkeys and the park’s famous giraffes.
Four-legged friends can join in the Halloween fun at Cotswold Wildlife Park too – as well-behaved canine companions are welcome to roam the park and gardens on a lead.
E-tickets to Cotswold Wildlife Park must be booked online in advance the day before visiting. Tickets cost £14.40 per adult and £9.90 per child and are valid for one-day-only. The park is open from 10am to 6pm daily, with visitors encouraged to arrive after 11am to avoid queuing for entry.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk.
With ghostly goings-on from Sunday 25 to Wednesday 28 October 2020, head to Berkeley Castle for family fun and frights this Halloween half term.
Haunted by the Tudors for four fearsome days, visitors can meet Henry VIII and his two beheaded wives, discover revolting remedies for plagues and other illnesses, and hear harrowing tales from the executioner as he creeps through the castle corridors.
Just watch out for witches and beware of the gaoler, who will be looking for new recruits to fill his diabolical dungeon.
The experience promises to be fun, educational and interactive – all while maintaining social distancing. Not only will little monsters get to see the Tudor-action in person, there will also be a gruesome gameshow to take part in.
Open from 11am to 4pm, tickets must be booked online in advance and visitors must select a time slot for arrival when purchasing their tickets to Berkeley Castle.
Tickets cost £14 for adults, £7 for children aged three to 16, and are free for children under three – with no extra cost for the Halloween activities.
For more information, or to book tickets, visit berkeley-castle.com.
Open every day throughout October 2020 half term, Cattle Country Adventure Park in Berkeley is running special Halloween activities in addition to its usual family fun – promising a ghoulishly delightful day out for all.
From freaky face painting to pumpkin picking, carving and decorating, little horrors will love getting into the Halloween spirit at Cattle Country. Plus, brave the scarecrow trail or tuck into toasted marshmallows, perfect for warming up on a crisp autumn day.
There will also be some spooky seasonal dishes to satisfy the hungriest of monsters at the onsite café and restaurant, GRAZE.
Cattle Country’s new pumpkin patch is open from Saturday 10 October 2020, giving Halloween enthusiasts plenty of opportunities to pick their perfect pumpkin.
Tickets are available to book one week in advance, with all Halloween activities included in the general admission price. Please note, it is essential that tickets are booked in advance online.
Normal admission costs £12 for adults, while it’s £13 for children aged four to 17, and £8.50 for two to three-year olds. Little ones under two go free.
For more information, visit cattlecountry.co.uk.
Dean Heritage Centre promises to make Halloween as fun as ever this half term, with spooky shenanigans taking place from Monday 26 to Saturday 31 October 2020.
Set to gently scare all ages, there will be a spine-chilling woodland trail, as well as an indoor gallery trail, for families and groups of six to enjoy – if they dare!
Little zombies, vampires and witches are all welcome, with kids encouraged to dress up in their creepiest costumes as they follow the trails, solving clues and searching for ghosts and ghouls in the Dean Heritage Centre grounds.
After an exhilarating morning of ghost hunting, families can head to the Dean Heritage Centre coffee shop and tuck into a delicious, Halloween-inspired afternoon tea or lunch – perfect for keeping hungry little monsters happy!
There’s no need to book in advance, with general admission costing £5 for adults and £4 for children – while under threes go free. However, afternoon teas and lunches must be pre-booked.
For more information, and to book tickets, visit deanheritagecentre.com.
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