Things to do for Halloween & Bonfire Night (and where to pitch up the caravan!)

23 Oct 2013

The end of October/start of November signals the arrival of Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night. Plenty of events take place around the country in celebration of these two historical dates and it’s a great time of year for families to get away in the caravan.

Caravanners wanting to head off and get their fangs stuck into a spooky Halloween gathering or light up their Bonfire Night will be well served by the many organised celebrations around the UK. Here’s a pick of top things to do this Halloween and Bonfire night around the UK.

Spooktober Fest/Shocktober Fest/Fireworks Festival (West Sussex)

Tulley’s Farm, West Sussex, has all manner of seasonal entertainments to give you frights, scares, pops and bangs. Run by the Beare family, this third generation farm close to Gatwick has a number of goings on suitable for families and groups alike (They also reputedly make the best scones in the country!).

Halloween thrill seekers can experience the Spooktober Festival Fun Park – a lighter take on the scare you witless adult orientated Shocktober Fest. Both events feature live actors, plenty of fake blood, fangs, ghosts, ghouls and witches – all aiming to put the willies up you.

Spooktober Festival has the Horrid Hayride, Creepy Cottage, Boo Barn, Spooky Trail, Spook Hunt and fun shows for younger visitors to enjoy. In contrast the horror ramps up for the six haunted attractions on offer at the Shocktober Fest Scream Park. Winner of the UK’s No. 1 Halloween Attraction at the Screame Awards; the thrills and spills come thick and fast with live actors, claustrophobia inducing tight spaces, dark chasms, strobe lighting and the frights of your life.

November 2nd then sees proceedings switch to a less heart pounding (but no less spectacular) whizz, pop, fizz and bang firework festival. The award winning Dragon Fireworks Display Team will be serving up a gun powder and neon feast for your senses – all beautifully choreographed to music.

There’s a wide choice of caravan and campsites in the area all within a short distance of Tulley’s Farm.  Amberley Fields Caravan Club is just 15 minutes’ drive away from the event site.

For more information on any of the events at Tulleys, check out tulleysfarm.com.

Spooky drive-in cinema/Firework celebrations (South Shields)

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, South Shields, has a number of seasonal ‘dos’ that are perfect for getting away with your family this October/November.

For Halloween, Ocean Beach is laying on an American style drive in cinema that will be showing a selection of spooky movies. Each night two films will be aired with something on offer for everyone – kids, teens and adults will all be able to watch movies that fit the seasonal theme. Even those who don’t care for scary movies will find something suitable as Ocean Beach are aiming to cater for all.

A large screen will be erected that flicks will be projected onto. Viewers will then be able tune their FM radios to the sound. Lots of tasty snack and refreshments will be on offer and the Ocean Beach Drive In Halloween Movie Experience runs from 31st October – 2nd November.

For fireworks nuts, Sunday 3rd October sees the famed end of season display take to the skies; and the great news? There’ll be two showings meaning everyone can get their explosive light show fix.

Those thinking of trekking to South Shields will find a plethora of caravan options available in the area. Sandhaven Holiday Park is located right on the coast and only two minutes away from Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.

For more information and prices check out oceanbeach.co.uk.

Halloween at the Eden Project (Cornwall)

Cornwall has long been associated with spooky goings on, smugglers tales and things that go bump in the night. When a sea mist rolls in and a devil’s moon bathes Bodmin Moor in eerie light, those ghosts and ghouls come out to play.

The Eden Project has a special calendar of Halloween themed events running from 26th October – 3rd November. Welcoming Julia Donalson and Axel Scheffler’s Room on the Broom; wee ones will be able to gather key ingredients for boiling up a witch like potion earning them a ticket to see the film in the process. However, they’ll need their wits about them as the dragon will be watching (apparently)!

The Wishcraft Tent will have a number of fun things to keep everyone entertained. Boiling up a special Halloween elixir, creating a protection charm, putting your hand in Creepy Hollow, dark storytelling, pumpkin carving demonstrations, face painting and saying hello to some amazing nocturnal creatures – reasons to visit The Eden Project this Halloween.

Little Monsters’ Ball Halloween disco will be happening on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October. Dolling yourself up in spooky fancy dress and enjoying the bone shaking tunes in the Olive Grooveyard is sure to set off your Halloween in style.

For those searching for a scarier experience; Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November is when visitors can experience the haunted Bio-dome. Rainforest spirits will be coming out to play and aiming to give you a fright while you explore the tropics in complete darkness. Due to the terrifying nature it’s advised that under 12s or faint hearted types should sit this one out.

For those heading to Par, Cornwall, then you’ll be spoilt for choice with the caravan and campsites on offer. Doubletrees Farm Caravan and Campsite is about 10 minutes’ drive away from the Eden Project meaning you won’t have to far to travel to get your thrills.

For more information about Halloween happenings at the Eden Project, the head over to edenproject.com.

There are plenty of other Halloween and Bonfire Night events going on all around the country. Have a search online and you’ll no doubt find something that appeals – most being perfect for combining with a caravan break.

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