The summer may be over and the nights drawing in, but autumn brings with it all kinds of new opportunities for fun days out in the Lakes! With half term just around the corner, the local events calendar is full of spooky Halloween experiences for visitors young and old - get ready to join in, if you dare...!
Halloween Week, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass: 26th - 31st October 2016
One of Britain's most haunted castles, Muncaster has a whole week of events to keep your family entertained. The theatrical Castle Ghost Tours sell out quickly, so do book these sooner rather than later! Other events you won't want to miss include the Hawk and Owl Centre's magical Halloween Twilight Owls Displays, with low-level lighting and music, and the highlight of the week, Muncaster's fabulous firework display, which is on Sunday 30th October. During the day, children will love the Ghostly Grotto and continuous entertainment of the Monster Cabaret, with a visit to the Scary Maze recommended for over 12s. Drop by Muncaster's website for event times and ticket options.
Ghost Trains on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway: 28th - 29th October 2016
Are you brave enough to travel the Ghost Train on our favourite narrow gauge steam railway?! This Halloween experience starts out at Dalegarth in darkness at 6pm - see how many spooky sights you can spot on your journey! You'll need to book tickets in advance and park in Ravenglass as there's no return journey - simply take an earlier train to Dalegarth (included in the ticket price) where ghostly activities await you!
Halloween Ghostly Galleon with Ullswater 'Steamers', Ullswater: 29th October 2016
Head on board the Ghostly Galleon at Glenridding for a 90-minute cruise with magician Stu-Di-Doo! Cruises begin at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, and there are refreshments for everyone. You even get to take home a monster balloon and sweetie goodie bag - just don't forget to book in advance!
Take a look at our cottages around Ullswater.
A week of Halloween fun at Rheged, near Penrith: 22nd - 30th October 2016
There's lots of fun going on at Rheged this half term:
• Find the pumpkins on Rheged's Pumpkin Trail and win a tasty treat, 22nd - 30th October
• Decorate your own Halloween glass lantern with ARTventurers, 24th October
• Let your imagination run wild and create your own Halloween mask with Creation Station, 25th October
• Learn archery, fire lighting, and campfire cooking skills on Rheged's Halloween Bushcraft Day, 26th October
• Be amazed by the spooktacular Mad Science Halloween Show, or make a trick or treat box with Creation Station, 27th October
• Carve your very own pumpkin with artist John Stokes, 28th October
Brockhole on Windermere: 26th - 30th October 2016
A great family-friendly destination in the South Lakes, Brockhole is hosting several Halloween events this year, including:
• A Ghoulish Scavenger Hunt around the grounds, 22nd, 29th and 30th October (just turn up)
• Spooky Stories with ghoulish storytelling by Ian Douglas, 24th October (booking advised)
• Halloween Hoot, your chance to meet the owls - they're amazing!, 26th October (booking advised)
• Spooky Shadow Puppets, a make-your-own workshop, 28th October (booking advised)
Take a look at our properties in and around Windermere.
Wray Castle, Low Wray, Ambleside: 24th - 30th October 2016
Wray Castle, a mock-gothic castle built in Victorian times, is the perfect setting for a spot of Halloween mischief, and is a firm favourite with children - once you arrive, your little ones won't want to leave! Between the 24th and 28th October you can make your very own besom (witch's broom) using traditional woodland methods and local materials. Create a spooky spider to add to Wray Castle's giant spider's web on 22nd October, or join in with pumpkin carving from 24th - 30th October (book early)!
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Evening Bat Walks at Sticklebarn, Langdale: 25th - 27th October 2016
For this event you'll take a guided walk around Langdale and learn all about bats from a National Trust Ranger. On your return, enjoy some campfire food along with Halloween storytelling, and then a spooky film at Sticklebarn! Book online, adults £10 and children free.
Allan Bank, Grasmere: 22nd - 30th October 2016
Another family favourite, Allan Bank will be hosting a pumpkin trail around its woodland this Halloween, with a prize if you spot six or more! Don't forget to check inside the scary Victorian viewing tunnel.
Find out what properties we have in Grasmere.
Holker Halloween Fun, Cark-in-Cartmel: 27th - 30th October 2016
This Halloween at Holker, you can take a Wicked Walk through the garden with a Holker guide (29th October, booking recommended), or if you fancy a more leisurely wander, you can purchase a Halloween Garden Trail along with your ticket. Pop by for some Creepy Crafts at one of Holker's daily drop-in sessions, and book your place at Holker's Halloween Party on 27th October (3-10 years).
View our cottages in South Cumbria and the Coastal Peninsulas.
Just for adults... if you're feeling brave enough!...
Ghost walks with Lakeland Hauntings, Keswick and Cockermouth: year round
For something a bit different, join a Lakeland Hauntings Ghost Tour and follow 'The Lady', as she guides you through the streets of Keswick or Cockermouth! A professional actress and storyteller in Victorian mourning dress, 'The Lady' shares ghostly stories based on local legend, myth, and folklore, and real events and eyewitness accounts of these historic market towns. The ghost walks are written with adults in mind, but are described as 'broadly accessible' to children aged 10 and above.
Carlisle Castle Torchlight Tours: 24th - 28th October 2016
On this after-hours torchlight tour of Carlisle Castle you'll hear creepy and gruesome tales from days gone by and get to explore the castle's dungeons for yourself! You'll also hear about the walled-up skeletons which were found by workmen in the Captain's Tower in 1819. These tours are suitable for children over 14, and booking is essential - take a torch and wrap up warm, as there's a distinct chill in the air!
We hope that something will have caught your eye this Halloween in the Lake District! If you haven't already booked your half-term break, we're bound to have the perfect cottage for that last minute getaway - simply specify what you're looking for using our online search facility.
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