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Be Prepared To Be Spooked This October!

18 October 2017

Ghostly greetings to this special spook-tober half term round up, talking all things goulish and blood curdling, something to sink your fangs into.


Eastbourne has a whole host of places to go with the whole family for a hair-raising day out, the perfect way to spend your October half term and keep the kids entertained.

Drusillas shriek week

First up we have shriek week at Drusillas, from 21st to the 29th October. They’ve conjured up some fang-tastically spooky surprises for your little horrors to enjoy. Trek through the Haunted Heights running from Hocus & Pocus as they play hide and shriek, discover the spooky tales left behind if you’re brave enough! Don’t forget to run from the mummy’s making sure you don’t get trapped in the terror maze, if creepy encounters are more your thing take a trip to the discovery centre meeting and greeting the bugs and slimy crawlies!

Endure the haunted barn at Knockhatch Adventure Park, are you brave enough? Around from 21st – 29th October, dream of being a ghost buster? Why not take part in the ghost hunt as part of your visit to the park, hunt out the ghoulish creatures hidden around and win a prize at the end! The perfect way to keep your family entertained, who knows maybe they’ve found themselves a career in ghost busting!
Newhaven Fort Tunnel


Reckon you can take on Newhaven Forts terrifying tunnels of the Eastern Magazine? With spectacularly spooky displays from 21-29 October. Jaw’s n claw’s workshop will be open for one special day only on 29 October, take part in the horrifying quiz trail and visit the mad scientists in their laboratory to join in with their wacky work!

Out in the wondrously remote spooky location of Birling Gap, on 27 & 28 October at 14:00-16:00 the National Trust are having workshops to build your own broomstick and bat to take out trick or treatin’ on Halloween night. This creative activity is really made terrifying in the darkness of the South Downs National Park.
Ghostly Figure at Redoubt Fortress



Take part in a twilight tour at the Redoubt Fortress, starting on 21 October maybe you’ll be lucky or spooked to spot a ghostly figure sitting in the corners of one of the eerie rooms! Many have sighted ghosts on previous tours. Enjoy the gruesome tales of battles, unearthed mysterious objects and torch lit tours through the winding corridors and treacherous tunnels of the fort. Booking is essential either at the Tourist Information Centre or at and is suitable for over 13 year olds.

The 25-28 October see’s The Return of Neverland at the Royal Hippodrome Theatre an absolute family favourite. Filled with haunting harmonies, twisting tales and secrets keeping the spirt of Neverland alive!
Pumpkins at Sharnfold Farm


Sharnfold Farm is home to a haunted toy shop from 25-29 October, will you enter its deserted doors and follow the lost toy trail? Who knows what you’ll find on your way! Pumpkin carving is also available for those who want to get creative, with the help of the carving team create your own unique design, taking your spine tingling work of art home to be the envy of all your neighbours!

Head to our local haunt Michelham Priory for lots of scary fun with Crazee Hazzee on the 28-29 October. Take part in the mysterious trails who knows what you’ll unearth on your journey, wacky crafts to decorate your home just in time for Halloween itself. Book onto the family ghost tour to scare yourself silly or if it’s all too much and you need a little break check out the café with a truly terrifying Halloween themed menu.
The Observatory Science Centre at Twilight



The Observatory are hosting a Halloween spooktacuar weekend on 28 & 29 October, for two days of devilish fun and games. Including ear piercing screaming bats, spooky pumpkin lanterns, mind blowing dancing bones and creepy colouring.

Maybe there’s a ghost deep inside of you wanting to dress up for the occasion, or maybe you’re a family team of ghost busters? Herstmonceux Castle is daring you to come in your best Halloween themed costumes to have the chance to win best dressed. Come along on 29 October to decorate cookies however your fangs desire, enjoy the spellbinding trail, take part in the decaying corpse fun and games or give Franken stein bowling a go!
Stargazer's at Redoubt Fortress



Return to the Redoubt Fortress on 28 October for free star gazing, watch in awe at the wondrous sky surrounding us. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a shooting star!


Or why not get well and truly spooked by watching The Exorcist (Directors Cut) film screening at the Redoubt Fortress on all hallows eve itself. Be prepared to leave the dark fort into the night, dare you brave it for a thrill?

So go on, take part in something spooky this half term and scare yourself silly! We dare you!

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