Charity organises spooktacular events this Halloween
The county’s leading nature conservation charity has organised a number of spooktacular events to celebrate Halloween.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust is inviting people to get in the Halloween spirit at a number of its events during the October half-term.
A Halloween trail, which takes place from Saturday 22nd October to Monday 31st October, between 10am to 4pm, will be held in the grounds of the Trust’s Wolseley Centre headquarters, near Rugeley.
The self-led trail, which costs £2 to participate, will give youngsters the chance to explore the grounds during their visit and win a prize at the end. The trail will also take place at the Trust’s Westport Lake Visitor Centre in Stoke-on-Trent.
A Halloween themed Wildplay session has been organised at the Trust’s Highgate Common nature reserve, near Wombourne, on Thursday 27th October, between 10am to 3pm. Wildplay sees youngsters aged between eight and 14 take part in child led activities – with a Halloween twist for this session. Places can be booked online.
A spooky Wildplay at Wolseley event is taking place at The Wolseley Centre on Friday 28th October, costing £10 per child between 10am and 3pm. Activities include a spider hunt, a spider craft to take home, and other child-led fun. Places should be booked online.
A ‘Halloween Spooky Stroll’ will be held on Friday 28th October, between 6pm and 8pm. The event, which is open to families, will give people the chance to see another side of The Wolseley Centre as night falls and nocturnal creatures arise. Halloween crafts, games and activities will also take place during the event, which can be booked online.
Meanwhile, ‘Spooky Spiders’ Wildlife Watch sessions take place at Westport Lake Visitor Centre on Friday 28th October between 10am to 12pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The event, which is designed for four to seven year olds, will give them the chance to look for the different types of spiders and minibeasts that live at Westport Lake. Activities also include making your own spider webs and Halloween games.
A number of other events are also taking place during the week, including at the Trust’s Hem Heath Woods nature reserve in Stoke-on-Trent.
More information about all these events and booking information can be found online, at www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/whats-on.
Frights & fireworks down on the farm this Halloween!
Penkridge’s Lower Drayton Farm is transforming into one of Staffordshire’s spookiest spots in time for Halloween this year. With daytime activities for the kids all half term, real frights for the adults in the evenings and an evening of fabulous fireworks, there really is something planned for everyone.
For the little terrors, every day between 10am and 4.30pm from Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October Pumpkin Pat and his helpers will welcome them to ‘Spookfest’ – an event with just enough ‘boo!’ factor. They’ll head off on a trailer ride to pick their own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch to carve, and enjoy three live spooky attractions to get a Halloween fix that won’t stop them sleeping at night. Halloween themed craft activities. The farm’s friendly resident animals, outdoor play area and towering Maize Maze will ensure there’s plenty to do during this ghoulish day out.
The ‘grown up’ fun in the evenings run for 12 nights from Friday, 21st October; as the team from award-winning Twisted Attractions open the gates to their latest theatre of screams. During four live horror attractions, horror fans can uncover the haunting mystery of the Priory Fields, discover the gory secret of Mrs Piggot’s Pie Shop, feel the fear on the ‘Destruction’ trailer ride, and risk never sleeping with the lights off again when they visit the House of Insomnia. For an additional charge, thrill seekers can find out the real meaning of fear during a performance in Dr Hades’ Fear Theatre. Add live music, a fair ground, street entertainers, food and licensed bar and these evenings promise true feast of frights.
Meanwhile, fans of the farm’s famed Firework displays won’t be disappointed – Saturday 29th October 2016 is ‘Fireworks Extravaganza’ night; with an explosive firework display set to take place at 9pm. This event will take place alongside the evening’s Halloween Scream Night event but with fireworks only adult and child tickets available allowing visitors to enjoy all the fun and attractions of the main arena without taking in the live horror shows.
For full details and tickets for the Spookfest Halloween Half Term and Halloween Scream Nights visit www.twistedattractions.co.uk.
Fireworks only tickets for the Fireworks Extravaganza, which starts from 7pm on Saturday, 29th October, are available from www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk