The Model Village takes on a spooky twist!
October 25th to 31st 2017
Open 10.30am to last entry 7.30pm
We are open all day from 10.30am. There are miniature Halloween scenes and displays around the gardens, but the main Halloween theme, and activities, start from dusk.
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The spooky Halloween theme starts to comes alive around 5.30pm
SPOOKILLUMINATIONS, SOUND, FIRE & LIGHTING EFFECTS
Creating an amazing atmosphere from dusk
WORKSHOP OF HORRORS TOUR
This spoof tour is the spooky highlight of our Halloween experience. You go behind the scenes, on an eerie tour by lantern light, through the woods and past 'abandoned' haunted workshops. Hang around for a chilling ghost story! This 'experience' starts after dark and lasts about 20 minutes, spaces need to be booked on arrival. Please see FAQS below!
HAUNTED HOUSE 4D
Our 4D cinema takes you on a 3D journey through an eerie haunted house with bone-rattling and spine-tingling special effects. Seats need to be booked on arrival, starting after 5.00pm. No extra charge
MINIATURE HALLOWEEN CHARACTERS
Take over this land of little people - who, or what, will you see!
Hunt for 'Thing' from the Addams Family - there are 6 hidden in the gardens!
What are the ticket prices?
Our regular admission prices apply - Adults £10.95, Seniors £9.95, Children (3 to 14) £8.95, Family (2a+2c) £36.50. (4D Theatre is included free during Halloween evenings)
What time does everything start?
Haunted House 4D starts from 5pm,
Spookillumnations are on from 6.00pm (5.00pm after the clocks go back),
The Workshop of Horrors tours and miniature fire effects around the gardens start when it is fully dark from 6.30pm (5.30pm after the clocks go back)
Do we need to book in advance?
No, advance bookings are not taken. The Tour and 4D Haunted House show are timed visits, allocated on arrival, Spaces can be booked on site from 5.00pm onwards. Please allow at least 2 hours for your visit.
Best time to visit?
Many people arrive late afternoon - this is good if you want to experience day and night (we always recommend seeing the gardens in daylight to fully experience the Model Village itself).
For just the Halloween experience, this is best after dark. To avoid missing some of the effects or having to wait a long time for the tour, don't arrive too early, we recommend sometime between 6.00-7.30pm, or 5.00-7.30pm once the clocks go back. NOTE that the latest entry is 7.30pm, you MUST arrive before this time as the admission gates will be closed and time-slots for the tour and 4D show will be closed.
Don't be put off by the autumn weather - damp/misty evenings are quieter and much more eerie!
Are you open during the day?
Yes from 10.30am, and there are Halloween displays around the gardens, however, the main Halloween theme and activities start from dusk. Latest entry is 7.30pm (the admission gates close, you need to arrive by this time) then we remain open until about 9.00pm to allow visitors to complete their visit.
How scary is it?
Our Halloween event is largely aimed at families, offering a light-hearted Halloween experience with spoof-horror displays and themes. It’s not a scare-fest, but the after-dark lighting and sound effects, along with the workshop tour, create a wonderful Halloween atmosphere that even the adults enjoy. There will be some miniature mild horror/gore scenes on display all day.
The workshop of horrors tour, though optional, is the highlight of our Halloween event and the most spooky part, offering a fun but dark and eerie experience. It may be unsuitable for some very young children (under about 4/5 years).
NOTE: The tour is along dimly lit uneven paths and through workshops unsuitable for double pushchairs. Sturdy footwear is essential. See 'Access' for general information about wheelchair access
Haunted House 4D - uses darkness, some seat movement, 3D mild horror effects, ghosts and creepy crawlies and may be unsuitable for some very young children under about 6/7 years. Due to seat movement and flashing lights it may not be suitable for people with certain medical conditions. For more details SEE HERE
Can we visit day and evening?
Yes, you can use our free return visit. Keep your admission receipt and, before you leave, validate it in the gift shop to get a photo-pass. This enables you to return once, for free, later the same day or within 7 days. OR if you don't have time to visit twice why not come late afternoon - around 4.00-5.00pm - see the gardens in daylight and then hang around until it gets dark for the full halloween experience.
Can we get something to eat?
Gulliver's tearoom will serves light bites - paninis, sandwiches, cakes, snacks, hot & cold drinks.