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Visit the Cotswolds this half term holiday for a spook-tac-u-lar time!

Posted: Thu, 9th Sep 2021
Child holding pumpkin, Bolthole Retreats

This October school half-term enjoy some spook-tac-u-lar places to visit from one end of the Cotswolds to the other. Most are great for little ones while one comes with a fright warning! And if you’d like to do some carving and decorating, you can Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Cotswold Farm Park or Over Farm.

Berkeley Castle

Enjoy all manner of ghastly goings-on during All Hallows Week at Berkeley Castle. Keep an eye out for Grim the Executioner who will be prowling the grounds and Wee Jobbie the Gaoler who will be on the lookout for new dungeon residents. Adults and children alike can take part in the Gruesome Game Show.

Events will be running on the following dates: 25 – 27 October and Sunday 31 October.

Oxford Castle and Prison

Delicious horror will be the main player at Oxford Castle and Prison’s infamous Spooky Tours. Paranormal investigators will lead you to the vaulted well chamber, punishment cells and dark, damp Crypt. Not one for young children!

Events will be running on the following dates: 16 – 17 October and 22 – 31 October.

Cotswold Farm Park

Leave the scary stuff behind and instead head into the beautiful autumnal countryside for a Pick Your Own Pumpkin event at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park. Choose a pumpkin to suit big or little hands. The pumpkin patch is also brilliant for capturing memorable Halloween-themed family photos.

Events will be running on the following dates: the pumpkin field will be open every October weekend and throughout half-term (22 – 31 October).

Spookyard at Over Farm

Take the whole family out to the Spookyard Daytime Halloween Family Fun Event at Over Farm. Enjoy a whole range of Halloween-themed attractions, from the Pumpkin Walk to the Maize Maze, and then go to the Spookyard Shows, which include Trick or Treat Training, Monster Mash Up and a Fancy-Dress Competition. Over Farm also has a Pick Your Own Pumpkin Plot.

Events will be running on the following dates (mornings only): 16 – 17 October, 23 – 24 October and 25 – 31 October.

Frightmare at Over Farm

Frightmare is a multi-attraction Halloween event that’s in its 17th year. It is seriously scary and intense stuff and will test your emotions to the limit! Throughout the event, you will encounter live actors, special effects, enclosed spaces and sudden noises. Beware, it’s for the over 12s only and all children aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult – that’s how scary it is!

Events will be running on the following dates: 9 October, 15 – 16 October, 22 – 23 October, and 28 – 31 October.

Blenheim Palace

Wander from dusk to dawn through the mist and ghostly spaces at Blenheim Palace, from the fire garden with daring artists and glowing pumpkins to the creepy woods with ghastly ghouls, wicked witches, fiendish spiders and beastly bats. Then head to the Secret Garden to discover if things really do go bump in the night. At the end of a fearsomely frightening evening, enjoy hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows. Come a little earlier before the sun goes down and enjoy a spooktacular Afternoon Tea.

Events will be running on the following dates: 22 – 31 October

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