The Real Halloween afternoon workshops feature a variety of crafts and activities. We have seven bookable 45 minute Workshops, with set times, and six drop-in activities which you can join as places are available.
The Drop-ins (some of which are free, others have a small charge) are: Real Broomsticks (make one), Witches Kitchen (make a potion for the witches), Pixie Post Office (colour in cards which get posted), Halloween Games (have a look – not your usual Halloween games), Halloween Lanterns (make your own) and visiting the Fairy King and Queen. These open from 1.30pm on Saturday, and close at 5pm. The last entry to these will be at 4.45pm. (times an hour earlier on Sunday).
A parent/carer needs to accompany each child or children in the drop-ins, and be ready to assist as most of these involve making something.
There are also more activities (all free) listed under Entertainment including the Trolls (friendly and may be encountered anywhere), Pirate Pantomime, story telling all afternoon with Mike Dodsworth and Callum McGowan, two bands, and (see After Dark) the Parade of Animal Lanterns. So there is loads to do – along with walking in the woods, eating, drinking and shopping – without doing Bookable Workshops (now all sold out for Saturday but with availability Sunday).
The Bookable Afternoon Workshops are: Magic Wands, Wizard Shields, Witches Owls and Witches Bats, all of which are run by costumed characters, involve a make using natural materials, take place in tents and have their own story involving nature and folklore; and Wizard Training and Witch Training, which have similar characters, folklore and nature content but take place outdoors in the woods and are suitable for active children.
In addition we have the bookable Wildlife Hospital with magical vets on hand to assist children in treating magical ailments of British wild (cuddly) animals, which also takes place in a tent.
In all cases parents/ carers and children need to be at the afternoon workshop before the published start times (sessions start at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm on Saturday, an hour earlier on Sunday) as it is not possible to join the workshops once the session has started.
A parent/carer also needs to be present in the workshop to assist the child or children with the make, so please account for that when planning your day. Mobile phones should be turned off in the workshops. There is no room for buggies in the tented workshops.
Book entrance tickets here for Saturday
Book entrance tickets and Workshops here for Sunday