Spooky ghost walks around the region’s most haunted historic venues, Halloween banquets and ghost walks are all on offer in Warwickshire this October – along with lots of family-friendly activities across half-term.
Members of Shakespeare’s England, the Destination Management Organisation for South Warwickshire, are bringing the region’s rich ghostly history to life alongside offering exclusive October half-term deals.
Stratford Town Walk will be hosting its famous ghost walks around the town’s most infamous paranormal hotspots with the haunted tearoom, the witch of Sheep Street, the ghost of a jilted bride, and the story of a young girl buried alive all told by a spooky costumed guide.
For more Halloween entertainment, Coombe Abbey Hotel is hosting its Haunted Halloween Banquet with live entertainment over a four-course meal and goblets of wine and ale in the spooky setting of Coombe’s Abbeygate.
But for families wanting to avoid anything spooky this October, Coombe Abbey is offering a new half-term package with a stay in a family room with dinner, bed and breakfast plus an exclusive children’s pack for little adventurers before they swing through the trees at the hotel’s new Go Ape attraction.
For families wanting to try something different this half-term, there’s also the British Motor Museum’s rocket-fuelled activities with the chance to make your own recycled rocket or visit the Science Shows with Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin for perfect family fun.
Helen Peters, Chief Executive Officer for Shakespeare’s England, said it was great members are getting into the spooky spirit with exclusive October half-term and Halloween events.
She said: “There’s a really exciting range of events on offer this Autumn in our area with exclusive discounts on October half-term stays for families through to Halloween-themed ghostly activities to get families into the seasonal spirit.
“Our towns have such rich histories; they are full of historic spooky tales and stories from Warwick and Kenilworth Castles to Shakespeare’s Stratford, which are filled with tales of witches, murder mysteries and ghostly-happenings and these stories continue to draw people to visit.
“This summer has been particularly positive in terms of visitor numbers to the region and we’re hoping this trend will continue as we head into autumn.”
Here is the full list and details of events:
- Stratford Town Walk – Halloween Ghost Walk around Stratford-upon-Avon’s most haunted venues on Saturday, October 26, Thursday, October 31 and Saturday, November 2. Join the spooky costumed guide for a stroll around ancient streets to discover buildings seeping with tales of ghosts, witches, and murder. https://www.stratfordtownwalk.co.uk/index.php?id=59
- British Motor Museum – Visit for a rocket fuelled selection of fun this October half-term with Recycled Rocket Making classes, Blast Off colouring sessions and children can build their own Rocket K’nex car with STEM ambassadors from MOD Kineton. There’s also Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin’s daily Science Shows for all the family. britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/family-activities
- Coombe Abbey – Enjoy an evening of haunted fun at the Haunted Halloween Banquet with a fantastic four-course feast, mead on arrival and goblets of wine and ale with the feast or enjoy a family getaway with a half-term offer for bed and breakfast, dinner and a children’s pack with lots of exclusive treats for the perfect week away. https://www.coombeabbey.com/deals/family-getaway-this-half-term/
- St John’s House, Warwick – Take on the Escape Game challenges to find the hidden treasure in this Edwardian-themed escape room warwickshire.gov.uk/heritageboxoffice.=
- Ettington Park Hotel – An evening of ghost stories and magic where you can experience the frisson of suspected paranormal activity and dive into the mysterious folklore of Ettington’s history over a three-course meal followed by Victorian glass moving, the talking board and pendulum divination. https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/ettington-park/events/mysterious-ettington#
- Royal Fusiliers Museum, Warwick – Explore a hidden treasure as the museum tells the story of the county’s infantry regiment from 1674 to the Fusiliers of today and discover the amazing stories of Hannah Snell, a local female soldier, the heroism of the sinking of the Birkenhead and ‘Bobby’ the antelope mascot.
- Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Join the Museums at Night event with a house party on Henley Street featuring Shakespeare’s most outrageous characters who are throwing a party with a twist at Shakespeare’s house or for more spooky events, visit Mary Arden’s Farm for pumpkin carving and to learn about the Tudor harvest- shakespeare.org.uk/whatson.
- Howard Arms – Young witches, ghosts, goblins, skeletons and wizards are welcome to a devilish gathering on Halloween with a spooky mix of snacks and drinks, a haunted bouncy castle, face-painting and best-costume prizes – https://howardarms.com/
- Heritage and Culture Warwickshire – Arty Tots Spooktacular returns to Market Hall Museum in Warwick for Halloween-themed arts and crafts and to see the new collection on Roman coins on display while learning about the life of a centurion soldier.
- Stratford’s Discover:Gather:Give Arts Fair – Visit Stratford-upon-Avon’s popular and free arts fair on November 2 and 3, with 40 exceptional artists where you can also vote to name a Shakespeare’s puppy Guide Dog, which the festival raises money for.
- The Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon – Flourish at The Farm’s school half term Halloween themed activities each day is themed with different fun filled activities such as sausage making, play in a day, trick or treat chocolate, pumpkin carving and the ultimate survival day – www.flourishatthefarm.co.uk
- Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall – Hiding in the nooks and crannies of the medieval building there are a band of mice to be discovered as part of the Family Quiz and Mouse Hunt. This newly created activity (included as part of the entrance price) is a fantastic and fun way for families to experience Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall. In addition to this there are interactive exhibits, quill writing, dress-up and a whole host of traditional Tudor games and puzzles to have a go at – www.ShakespearesSchoolroom.org
For more suggestions and accommodation for the half-term break visit https://shakespeares-england.co.uk/