Shocks in Notts this Halloween
Experience Nottinghamshire’s dark side this Halloween as the county opens the doors to its most haunted buildings and reveals its darkest secrets. If you dare, visit Wollaton Hall and Newstead Abbey after dark for a terrifying Paranormal Ghost Tour, discover Terror Tours at the Galleries of Justice, once named the most haunted building in Britain, and don’t miss the return of horror cinema with Mayhem Horror Festival at Broadway.
Ghost Tours, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham – 4, 11, 24, 25, 30 October and 1 November 2013
Be guided through haunted corridors of crime and punishment at the Galleries of Justice, once named one of the most haunted buildings in Britain by Fright Nights. But beware, you may experience paranormal shocks, sounds and unexplained sensations.
Cost: £9.50 per person
Terror Tours, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham – 5, 12, 19, 22, 26, 28 and 31 October 2013
Nottinghamshire’s Old Courthouse and County Goal reveals the darkest, deepest areas of the haunted building for these special tours. Explore the Sheriff’s dungeon and experience the sights, smells and sounds of the prison cells and caves where poor souls were incarcerated before transportation or execution. These tours will instil fear and make visitors recoil in terror. Not for the faint-hearted!
Cost: £9.50 per person
On Trial with the Nottingham Witch Finder, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham – 19 – 31 October 2013
Based on a fascinating true story about Nottingham’s local Witch Finder, take part in this new and exciting actor led tour and explore Nottinghamshire’s Old County Gaol.
Time: Every half an hour, 10:30am – 4pm
Cost: Adult £9.50; Children and concessions £7.50; Family ticket £25.50
Grisly Gore Tour, City of Caves, Nottingham – 19 – 31 October 2013
Discover a hidden world beneath your feet this Halloween half term within Nottingham’s oldest cave system. Experience the new ‘Grisly Gore Tour’ with guides on hand to answer any questions. This is a perfect and fascinating day out for all ages!
Time: Every 20 minutes, 10:30am – 4pm
Cost: Adults £9.50; Children and concessions £7.50; Family ticket £25.50
Halloween Havoc, D.H. Lawrence Heritage Centre, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire – 24 October 2013
Spine-chilling storytelling, ghoulish games and a terrifying trail around the exhibition area with the chance to win a small treat make for a great Halloween event. The RSPB will also have a wildlife information stand with a craft activity for children to complete. Children are encouraged to attend in fancy dress and all children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Time: 11am – 3pm
Cost: £3.00 per child plus free admission for accompanied adult or £1 for additional adults.
Haunted Events Ghost Hunt, Nottingham – 26 October 2013 at Newstead Abbey, 31 October 2013 at Wollaton Hall
Feeling brave? Wander around some of Nottingham’s oldest and most haunted buildings on a quest for paranormal activity with the Haunted Events UK team. It will truly be a night to remember!
Newstead Abbey: Time 7pm – 10:30pm; Cost £34.99
Wollaton Hall: Time 7pm – 12:30am; Cost £49.95
Spooky Sprint Nottingham, National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham – 26 October 2013
Choose your distance and take on the Halloween run through 270 acres of Country Park at the National Water Sports Centre to raise money for people affected by Parkinson’s. The kid’s fun run is ideal for the whole family so come along for a ghoulishly good time!
Time: 6pm (5pm for kid’s fun run)
Cost: 10K £20 (£18 for UKA runners), 5K £15 and kid’s fun run £4.
Spooky Stories, The Workhouse, Southwell, Nottinghamshire – 31 October 2013
Experience an evening of storytelling in the atmospheric setting of The Workhouse. Stories will be told in different locations around the building including the very creepy ‘Dead room’ where bodies were left prior to burial by their parish.
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Cost: Adults £6; Children £3.50
Halloween Ghost Walk, Nottingham – 31 October 2013
The Ghost Walk is one of Nottingham’s most popular experiences, so join in on the scariest day on the year as ghostly secrets are revealed of the ancient city of Nottingham. In the shadows of the Castle, in a graveyard and underground in ancient sandstone caves, be fascinated by haunted tales. Rich and poor, noble and treacherous, young and old, the stories of Nottingham’s ghosts all await you.
Time: Various times, booking essential
Cost: £6 per person
Ghost Story Walk, Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire – 31 October 2013
Be chilled to your bones as you listen to eerie tales on this walk through the dark, still forest. Not for those of a nervous disposition or children under 7.
Mayhem Festival, Broadway Cinema, Nottingham – 31 October – 3 November 2013
From all-time horror classics to new hair-raising releases, Mayhem Horror Festival celebrates the best of the horror genre. With advance screenings, special events and interactive sessions, Mayhem is much more than just a film festival and focuses on the experience and culture of the horror genre.
Cost: Early bird full festival pass £50, see website for full ticket pricing details.