Half Term Horrors
Worcestershire is a county steeped in ghoulish history, so where better to spend this half term than at some of the best visitor attractions? We’ve rounded up a few of the events taking place , but be sure to take a look at our social media channels and the rest of the website for more ideas and inspiration.
Torchlit Tours at The Commandery
As one of the oldest buildings in Worcester, The Commandery is THE place to go for a truly spooky time this Halloween! On Thursday 31 October and Friday 1 November, The Commandery will be opening after dark to give torch lit tours of what is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the city.
The night-time tours of the building will give an historical overview of the site whilst keeping an eye out for any paranormal goings on. Tours will be running from 7.30pm both days and advance booking is essential. They cost £10 per person and can be booked via The Commandery shop or by calling 01905 361 821. Please note the tours are suitable for over 14s only.
For more information visit https://www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/
Fright Nights at Avoncroft Musem
Scare yourself silly on 26th, 27th and 31st October by getting involved at the Trick or Treat Fright Nights at Avoncroft Museum. If you dare to follow the route around the grounds and buildings by moonlight, who knows who, or what you might meet in the dark! Join in a night of macabre goings on as you tour the darkest depths of the Museum, on the hunt for treats – but watch out for tricks!
You can also enjoy a ride on the Ghost Train and a hot drink in the Edwardian Tea Room to ease those frazzled nerves!
The tour is designed for children, but may not be suitable for under-5s.
Tickets are on sale now. Spaces are limited, so advance booking is essential.
Nightmare at Bewdley Museum
A frighteningly good time is promised at Bewdley Museum this Halloween as it presents a week of spooky activities.
Kicking-off the scary schedule is the return of Nightmare at the Museum on Saturday 26 October from 5pm to 8pm. A children’s show will begin at 5.30pm with Flip the Clown, followed by a Halloween themed disco will take place from 6.30pm to 8pm. There will also be lots of activities the whole family can enjoy like apple bobbing, spooky trail in the garden and fancy dress. Tickets for Nightmare at the Museum are £5 per person.
For adults looking for an even more chilling experience, the Paranormal Investigation and Guided Tour will not disappoint. The museum is renowned for ghostly sightings, so head along and explore the historical buildings and see what, or who, you can find. Booking tickets for the Paranormal Investigation and Guided Tour is essential and are £25 per person (18+). Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, cordial and light snacks will be available during breaks.
Becketts Farm Pumpkin Parlour
Join the Becketts Farm Witches as they cast open the doors to their annual Pumpkin Parlour. Between 26th – 31st October, 10am-3pm daily, enjoy a ghoulish gathering of pumpkin carving and leave the mess and pumpkin guts behind.
Your little monsters will be responsible for scooping out the pumpkin brains, choosing their pumpkin face, pinning on the template and then finally covering in skeleton dust so that the masters (that’s Mum & Dad) can do the carving.
They’ll take home a spooky jack-o-lantern to ward off any ghouls or ghosties that come your way this Halloween.
Entry is £2 per child and pre-booking is essential as the event sells out faster than a bewitched broomstick and tickets on the door are not guaranteed.
To book your little monster a space, visit https://www.beckettsfarm.co.uk/special-events/pumpkin-parlour/
Severn Valley Railway
There’ll be ghostly goings-on and wizarding workshops at the Severn Valley Railway this October half-term, as the Railway will be welcoming back its Ghost Trains and its Wizard Express services, offering eerie entertainment and magical mayhem.
The Wizard Express will return from October 26th to 29th, taking young witches and wizards for magical Journey to Wizard School.
Families can collect their wax-sealed Wizard School invitation at Kidderminster or Bridgnorth before boarding their steam train to Wizard School – enjoying tasty treats and spell-binding entertainment from magicians along the way.
Passengers can also use their ticket to travel up and down the line during the day. Tickets must be booked in advance. Wizard Express services depart from Kidderminster at 10am and 2pm or from Bridgnorth at 11.50am. Tickets are £30 per person and seats can be reserved on a table of two, a table of four or a compartment of six.
For those who dare to be scared, the SVR’s much-loved Ghost Trains will run from Kidderminster on October 26th, 30th and 31st. Passengers can enjoy spooky face-painting and a ghoulish disco before their train arrives to take them for a thrilling ride through the SVR’s haunted stations to Arley – and hopefully back again. Children will receive a ghostly goody bag.
Services depart at 6.20pm, 7.10pm and 8pm. Tickets are £14 per person and must be booked in advance.
All Things Wild
From 26th October – 3rd November, All Things Wild will be holding their Spook Academy for the whole family to enjoy. You’ll be able to attend spooktacular classes such as Potion Making, Quidditch Class, Scream School and much more. Attend three classes to graduate and receive a certificate and a trick or treat goody bag! There will be lots of other activities taking place, all included within your entry price. Visit the All Things Wild website for more information.
If you fancy something a little less creepy this Halloween, Enchanted Sudeley could be just the thing.
Follow a magical trail through Sudeley Castle and its gardens, discovering scenes from a host of famous stories from Grimm’s fairy tales, including Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty.
The trail is included with admission tickets, and free for members.