Family frights at Attingham Park this Hallowe’en

A top Shropshire visitor attraction is inviting families to discover its spooky side with a series of haunting events over Half Term.

Families can explore the grounds to find creepy clues on two Hallowe’en trails and claim a suitable spooky prize at the end. Trails are available from 26 October – 3 November, 10am – 4pm and are £2.50 per child.

Visitors taking a stroll to admire the bursts of autumn colour in the grounds can also warm up at a bonfire along the way from Monday to Thursday, 11am – 3pm, when the wardens will be sharing marshmallows to toast.

As the nights grow longer, visitors are invited to wrap up warm, bring a torch and come on a self-guided Spooky Walk through the grounds and into the basement of the mansion to find out what lurks at Attingham after dark. The walk may not be suitable for younger children, as spooky encounters are sure to happen this close to Hallowe’en. Visitors can venture on a Spooky Walk on Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October, 6pm-8pm.

Once again, little ones can enjoy creating their own carved monsters just in time for Hallowe’en at Trusty’s Tuesday Club, Tuesday 29 October, 10am-4pm. There are plenty of pumpkins to choose from and all equipment is provided, so visitors can enjoy a family Hallowe’en tradition whilst keeping the mess out of their kitchens. Tickets are £2.50 per child and can be picked up on the day.

On Hallowe’en itself little monsters will be welcomed into the mansion for an evening of ghoulish games and frightful fun at the annual Fancy Dress Party, including ghostly tours, fortune-telling and creepy crafts. This year places are limited, and tickets can be booked by calling 01743 708170 or by visiting Attingham’s Visitor Reception. The party begins at 5pm and ends at 7pm: tickets are £6 per child (includes one accompanying adult) and additional adults can purchase tickets for £1.

Finally, to round the week off and celebrate the end of the spooky season, there will be a Community Games afternoon on Friday 1 November. Visitors of all ages are invited to come and challenge their family and friends to traditional games from egg and spoon races to sack races, and little ones can make a medal to take home with them. Families can drop in and take part from 1pm – 4pm.

Fiona Holman, Events and Marketing Officer, is looking forward to another Hallowe’en of family fun at Attingham. “Dare you discover what lurks in our grounds? Anyone brave enough to venture here for a Hallowe’en adventure will find monstrous fun for the whole family, from after-dark walks to our family trails. And don’t miss the chance to warm up round a bonfire with our wardens if you’re coming for a stroll to admire the autumn colours.”

Normal admission charges apply. For more information on Attingham Park events please call 01743 708162 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attinghampark  .

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