Overview and Introduction to Big Kids Activities


The Real Halloween celebrates autumn with magical opportunities for children and families to enjoy themselves while connecting with nature.  We have food, fire-shows and magical workshops, music, performers, shopping and trails through the woods, story-telling new, traditional and candle-lit, a pub, cafe and Parade of Animal Lanterns, and much more.  Or just follow the Woodland Trail.  This is a Halloween event with a difference: no plastic, no screens but lots of enchantment.


Of course there’s heaps to do for children – see Kids Activities – from free ranging to drop-in and bookable workshops but also loads for adults.  Get dressed up, enjoy the Halloween Photobooth, release your inner vampire or apply your bush-craft skills in the woods,  simply kick back and prop up the bar in The Good Elf, or indulge in some retail therapy: The Real Halloween has something for everyone.

(For all timings see Programme under Line Up, and relevant pages)

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You don’t have to dress up but it’s always appreciated


Meet new friends

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Try the Halloween Games – family teams welcome


Indulge in some retail therapy

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Visit The Good Elf Pub

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Help make a Magic Broomstick


Be immortalised in the Halloween Photo Booth

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Drop in for tea and cake

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As dusk falls, we wrap up with a fire show, after the Story in the Woods and the Parade of Lantern Animals. (No under 3’s at the story or buggies on the parade please).

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Plus there’s live music throughout the day.


We have Penny Less who are wonderful (above) and two other bands

Please note that every smaller child needs to be accompanied by an adult in the Magical Workshops, so be sure to agree who is going in well in advance, so you are not disappointed.


A ‘green workout’ in the woods is always an option.

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Just going for a wander can be nice (these folk are heading for the catering stands)

Or meet the locals …

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Likewise, a trip to see Hugin the Raven (search out the Wild Touch rescue animal stall amongst the crafts) is not to be missed.   If you are lucky he may demonstrate his powerful beak for you personally.


Various formats of root crop heaving feature in the Halloween Games on the Main Lawn.  They offer many opportunities to compete with members of your family.  Or simply have a go and show off your skills.

For information or help on the day visit the Information Point.  You can always identify members of the crew by their purple rostette (stall holders have pink and performers have yellow).

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See our Info pages for terms and conditions, ticket info’, timings, getting there, parking, workshop do’s and don’ts, dressing up, lost children, babies change, disabled access, rubbish (take it home please), supporter’s info’, volunteering, green matters, dogs and other pets (don’t bring them), how you are helping, and where to stay.

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The Info Tent is also the place to look for any Lost Children or to come if you are a Lost Adult, while the unique Veg-o-Lantern Competition is to be found close-by (entries by 4pm, prizes at 5pm on Saturday; entries by 3pm, prizes at 4pm on Sunday).


Visit The Real Halloween.  Take the chance to enter a different time zone.  See map.


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