SCARE YOURSELF SILLY
It’s that spooky time of year again, and there are some great Halloween events to to get your blood curdling. Here’s our top pics for what to do in 3 scary cities
- Get scared senseless at the London Dungeon, where the Master of Tricks will take you on a frightening tour with villains such as Sweeney Todd and Jack the Ripper.
- Experience the fear of all fears with Phobophobia at the London Bridge Experience. Offering a frightful thrill seeking experience for horror fans in the bowels of London Bridge (this one’s more for the grown-ups).
- The Old Royal Naval College opens their doors for their Horrid Halloween Highlights tour, a trip through the haunting history of the college and the spooky Victorian skittle alley.
- Head to Shocktoberfest in Crawley, West Sussex. This 18-night event offers an interactive Halloween experience and boasts a new haunted house and zombie paintball.
- Take a ride to the dark side with an Edinburgh Ghost Bus tour. Have fun on this theatrical
sightseeing tour of the city with comedic horror theatre, all on board an original 1960’s Routemaster bus! Tours start from £15, and are also available in London and York.
- Meet everyone’s favourite gruesome pair, Burke & Hare. At the Edinburgh Dungeon.
- The National Museum of Scotland have tracked down scary, spooky, weird and wonderful artefacts for Octob-aargh! Featuring some rather scary pirates.
- Take a City of the Dead Tour. ‘Voted Edinburgh’s best Ghost Tour’ by Lonely Planet, explore the spooky history the underground and graveyards of the city.
- Have a tasty Halloween at the Halloween Spook-tacular at Cadbury World. Show off your talents in live entertainment show ‘The Scream Factor’ with this year finalists competing to win the ‘mystery prize’, Presented by Dermot O’Scary. While you’re at it, why not tell us about your brilliant or rubbish talents to win £2000 train travel? Enter here.
- Take the kids on a boat trip at the Dudley Canal Trust Children’s Halloween event, featuring light shows, puppetry, and a prize for the best fancy dress.
- We wouldn’t be thetrainline.com if we didn’t recommend a ghost train! Take a ride on the Severn Valley Railway Ghost Train at Kidderminster. There’s a children’s disco from 17:30, followed by a journey through some spooky stations, and goody bags for all.
- If you’re feeling medieval, head for an encounter with the headless horseman at Warwick Castle. During the day there’s a pumpkin tour and story telling. For the adults, there’s after dark ghost hunting.
DISCOVER A CITY
- Take a walk through knowledge at Manchester Museum. Tour the Vivarium, where you can see live reptiles and frogs in their natural habitat, and meet a fossilized Tyrannosaurus Rex named ‘Stan’.
- Go shopping in Trafford Centre, with it’s 280 shops and restaurants.
- Get constructive with the kids at Legoland Discovery Centre, also in Trafford Centre. You can enjoy indoor rides, building workshops and a 4D cinema. For some spooky Lego fun, check out their ‘Brick or Treat’ event, until 2nd November. Nearest stations: Manchester Piccadilly & Manchester Victoria.
- Visit Horonation Street. From 27-31 October, ‘Coronation Street The Tour’ is taking a Halloween twist! Walk the path of Coronation Street’s killers and victims with ‘Murder Walks’.
This vibrant West Country city has a great selection of things to see and do this half term.
- Step back in time on Brunel’s SS Great Britain, the world’s first great ocean liner. Don’t forget to see the impressive Clifton suspension bridge, also based on a design by Isombard Kingdom Brunel.
- Bristol museum and art gallery hosts an extensive collection of art, nature and history, including a life-size replica of the Wright Flyer, the first powered aircraft.
- In the evening, why not warm up with a meal in one of the city centre’s many bars and restaurants. If you’re a fan of top quality cocktails, make a reservation at The Milk Thistle, a prohibition themed bar across 4 floors, also offering a canapé and buffet menu. You’ll also be in the right place to enjoy Bristol Cocktail week, 20-26th October.
- It’s not all about Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral. Why not take a look at the Tower Poppies, an installation at the Tower of London by artist Paul Cummins. 888,246 ceramic poppies are gradually filling the tower’s famous moat up to November 11 (nearest station: Tower Hill). When you’re done, hop over the river to see some naval history on board HMS Belfast.
- If you’re a fan of a mystery, you can discover the story behind Sherlock Holmes, ‘The man who never lived, and who will never die’ at the Museum of London, and If you’ve got a sweet tooth, The Chocolate Show is at London Olympia from 17-19 October. (Nearest station: Kensington Olympia)
- Catch a show! If you’re a fan of theatre, you save up to 60% on your ticket price with a train and theatre deal from thetrainline.com. View the latest offers here.
GET YOUR COAT, WE’RE OFF TO THE SEASIDE!
The sun might have taken leave of us for a while, but there’s still plenty of family fun to be had at Britain’s beautiful seaside
Blackpool zoo hosts the Halloween Spooktactular from Sat 25th October – Sun 2nd November. Boasting pumpkin carving at the Pumpkin Grotto, a Blood-thirsty Birds Quiz trail, and scary story telling. Brilliant for the family. Tickets start from £11.50. While you’re on the seafront, you can even check out the supposedly haunted ghost train on the Pleasure Beach. Don’t forget to stay until it’s dark to catch the world famous Blackpool Illuminations, which shine up to 9th November.
This classic Sussex city destination boasts a wide range of great restaurants, museums and events throughout October. The Booth Museum of Natural History houses exhibits including a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bones. Brilliant for the kids. For the grown-ups, head to Brighton Marina for some outlet shopping and dining, or catch a laugh at the Brighton Comedy Festival, running throughout October.
The original British seaside resort isn’t just about sandy beaches and ice creams. Margate has developed into a buzzing hub of cafe culture, retro shopping and contemporary art. Grab lunch with a view at the Harbour Arm, go vintage shopping in the Old Town and get your fill of contemporary art at the Turner Contemporary Gallery. If you’re feeling particularly dramatic, you could call in at the Tom Thumb theatre, one of the smallest theatres in the world, which was formerly a Victorian coach house.