Halloween is just around the corner, the big question is, are you ready? With so many amazing events being organised in Lincolnshire this Halloween season you might want to start planning now -especially if you want to try and fit them all in.
An absolute must for any nature enthusiast the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Brayford Pool is proud to be hosting All About Bats and Owls, on 31st October at 6pm. This is part of the Lincoln’s Flagship Great Lives free public guest lecture series. Chris Packham, the TV presenter and naturalist who is an expert on wildlife and has a passion for conservation will be sharing his knowledge with the public.
During the lecture Chris will be taking a look at the wild side of Halloween; exploring how bats live, as well as discussing the important role that they play in ecology. You will be able to see Pipistrelle bats and observe them in a live demonstration courtesy of the Bat Conservation Trust, of which Chris is President.
The lecture is free to attend but, as is to be expected with an event like this, demand for places has been high and a waiting list is now in place in case of any cancellations. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list then please contact the event team on 01522 837100, if places become available you will be contacted as soon as possible.
From 21st October to 5th November Fantasy Island will be revealing a new and hauntingly darker side to its visitors as it becomes Fear Island. Brace yourself for the whole new range of experiences they have on offer for families and thrill seekers alike. Rides will be open from 11am daily with outdoor attractions closing at 6pm and indoor ones closing at 8pm.
From the Psycho family mansion, where you might meet the family, to Dark Water where the ancient ghost wreck “The Sycorax” lurks, there is more than enough to terrify everyone this Halloween. Be warned though Fantasy Island do not recommend the attraction for anyone under the age of 12.
All wrist band holders will be offered 1 free experience at each attraction as part of a special offer which could save wristband holders up to £10 per person. And that’s not all the Fantasy i-card offers a pay-as-you-go option, meaning each attraction is priced at just £5 per person. There are also a number of other ticket options available which are explained on their website.
If you are looking for some really family friendly Halloween events than head down to Doddington Hall and Gardens, they have plenty of activities planned this year to help keep the whole family occupied over the Halloween period.
Why not pop over during the October half-term to cast an eye over the entries in the scarecrow competition. Local school have been busy creating scarecrows on the theme of Grimm’s Fairy Tales and these will be on display from 21st October to 31st October in front of the gatehouse. James and Claire Birch, the house owners will be judging the competition and the winners will be receiving a free Doddington Hall Christmas Tree for their classroom, so come along and show your support.
Whilst you are Doddington Hall, why not head to the pumpkin patch. Here you will be able to choose the perfect pumpkin for your annual pumpkin carving or even for some of those delicious autumnal pumpkin recipes. Pumpkins will be available to pick from 10am to 3.30pm between 21st and 30th October, or until they run out, whichever happens first. Bring your wellies though the pumpkin patch is sure to be very muddy.
On Tuesday 24th October why not join in the Doddington Apple Day. From 10am to 3.30pm there will be apple tours and tastings. You can even watch apples being pressed and of course try your luck at apple bobbing.
And finally, every night from Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th October, at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm, why not come along to one of the spooky nights. This promises to be a fun family event with tales to frighten and terrify. Booking is essential (via the Doddington Hall Website) for the spooky nights and the prices of the ticket includes a hot drink which is good news as the event will take place in the gardens – be sure to dress warmly for that October weather.
During the Halloween weekend, 28th October to 29th October, why not book a place on an open-top bus around Lincoln. These tours will be run by members of the Lincoln Ghost Walks team, so you are sure to be treated to plenty of spooky tales and stories packed with local knowledge.
Tours run from 5pm to 7pm and will last approximately 50 minutes. They are suitable for all ages but there will be no concessionary tickets available. Tickets should be purchased in advance – you will need to print off your email receipt and bring it with you as this will act as your ticket.
Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis, and with 45 seats upstairs on the bus and 27 downstairs they will be limited, so make sure you allow plenty of time to arrive at the tour bus if you want a really good seat. Don’t forget if you want to sit upstairs, the bus is open topped so make sure you dress appropriately for the weather, October evening can be on the chilly side.
If you don’t manage to get a ticket for the bus over the Halloween weekend you could always book the bus for a private tour, they are perfect for all those other social occasions coming up. You can do this by contacting the Lincoln Visitor Information Centre.
Whatever the weather, there’s plenty to keep the adults and kids entertained over Halloween in Lincolnshire.