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The Evening Happenings.....
October 24th to 31st 2019 - Latest entry 7.30pm (we close 8.45pm)
We are open all day from 10am and there are Halloween scenes around the gardens all day, also a trail hunt for themed miniature characters (daylight only). However, the full spooky Halloween theme starts to come alive from dusk (late afternoon)....
THE SPOOKY MAZE (new layout for 2019)
After dark, dare to venture into the maze and see what you will encounter! Open in the evening
SPOOKILLUMINATIONS, SOUND, FIRE & LIGHTING EFFECTS
Creating an amazing spooky atmosphere after dark
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! Tours start after dark and last about 20 minutes. Please see FAQS below!
HAUNTED HOUSE 4D
Our 4D theatre takes you on a 3D journey through an eerie haunted house with bone-rattling and spine-tingling special effects, showing evenings.
FAQs & Tips
What are the ticket prices?
Our regular admission prices apply - SEE HERE for full details. Except: There is no additional charge for 'Haunted House 4D' film showing evenings, 24th to 31st Oct, it is included with the Halloween experience
What time do the evening activities start or open?
|Oct 24th to 26th||Oct 27th to 31st (after clocks change)|
|Haunted House 4D (frequent shows)||From 5.30pm||From 4.30pm|
|Spooky Maze||From 6.00pm||From 5.00pm|
|Spookilluminations||From 6.00 to 8.30pm||From 5.00 to 8.30pm|
|Workshop Horror Tours (frequent tours)||From 6.30pm||From 5.30pm|
|Fire effects||From 6.30pm||From 5.30pm|
Latest entry to the park is 7.30pm, we close at 8.45pm
TO INCLUDE ALL ACTIVITIES - please allow at least 1.5 to 2 hours and we'd recommend arriving no later than 7.00pm
Do we need to book in advance?
No, advance bookings are not taken.
However, The Tour and 4D Haunted House show are timed visits, allocated on arrival.
Best time to visit?
We always recommend seeing the gardens in daylight too and would advise visiting day and evening. You can do this using our free return - see details in the section below.
If you can't make two visits then this is what we suggest -
Oct 24th to 26th - Aim to arrive around 5.00-5.30pm, allowing 2-2.5 hours for your visit, and book your spaces for the Haunted house 4D show and Workshop tour (if you choose to do this). Visit the gardens in daylight and experience Haunted House 4D show. It doesn't get dark until 6.30pm and, once it does, you can go around again to see the gardens after dark and do the workshop tour.
Oct 27th to 31st - same as above, but one hour earlier as the clocks have changed and it's dark at 5.30pm.
The best Halloween experience is after dark. To avoid missing some of the effects ensure you allow time to stay until after dark
Don't be put off by the autumn weather - damp/misty evenings are quieter and much more eerie!
The quietest evenings are likely to be 26th to 28th
Can we visit day and evening - FREE RETURN?
Yes, you can use our free return photo-pass. Keep your admission receipt and, before you leave, validate it in the gift shop to get a photo-pass. This enables everyone in the photo to return once, for free, later the same day or within 7 days. Important - you will not be able to return for free without the photo-pass - if you are unsure you will use it, get one just in case to avoid disappointment. It only takes half a minute in the shop.
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 there will be some miniature mild horror/gore scenes on display all day around the gardens. The after-dark lighting and sound effects, along with the workshop tour, create a wonderful Halloween atmosphere that even the adults enjoy. .
THE WORKSHOP OF HORRORS TOUR, though optional, is one of the highlights of our Halloween event and the most spooky part. It is a fun but dark and eerie experience. It may be unsuitable for some very young children (under about 6/7 years). PLEASE NOTE: The tour is along dimly lit uneven paths and through workshops unsuitable for double pushchairs. Sturdy footwear is essential. ACCESS to the tour may be possible for wheelchairs and small mobility scooters, but there are steep hills entering & leaving the gardens, please see 'Accessibility' for general information about 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 get something to eat?
Gulliver's tearoom serves light bites during the afternoon - such as sandwiches, paninis, jacket potatoes, cakes, snacks, hot & cold drinks. Tearoom open 10.00am to 7.00pm (food served 11.30-5.00)