10 group travel ideas: Halloween experiences

Date Posted: 24/09/2013

Wicthes in Palace House

Pictured: See the witches and dare a haunted tour at Beaulieu Abbey. 

Looking for a scare this Halloween? Organise a group trip to one of these spooky attractions in the UK, ranging from ghost tours in castles to live action experiences.

1. Seven spectres at Croft Castle

Croft Castle in Hertfordshire is said to be home to seven spectres. Prepared to be scared, armed with only a torch light to fend against the victims of the Battle of Mortimer, and embark on an adult-only ghost tour to learn the stories hidden deep within the 11th century old abode.

Entry costs £8.10 per adult.

2. Spooky trails at Lyme Park

Lyme Park in Cheshire is a medieval house turned Tudor mansion, and reportedly sits on tainted battle grounds.

Visitors can dare to take a trail through Crow Wood; prepare for a scare while roaming through the grounds accompanied by a phantom cortège, moving through the park to Knight's Low, said to be the funeral place of Sir Piers Legh.

Adult entry costs £9.90 each, and group travel organisers are advised to book in advance.

3. Hauntings at Beaulieu Abbey

Death foretelling incense scents, Gregorian chanting through the lawns and the omnipresent spirit of Brother Simon are just some of the remnants supposedly left by the old monks of Beaulieu Abbey in Hampshire.

A visit on Halloween can comprise hearing spooky stories in Palace House and tours with ghost hunters in the haunted Abbey. Throw in a Moan-a-Rail ride with a few surprise visitors for a memorable experience.

Don’t forget to look out for the deceased Countess Beaulieu, who’s reportedly been spotted by visitors throughout the main halls.

4. Live action on the Isle of Fright

The Isle of Wight's Park of the Dead is a live action experience, twisting real life events and the military stories at Puckpool Park for visitors to relive history.

Oxford Castle

Pictured: Visitors to Oxford Castle can access the old prison and the corridors in the dead of night. (Photo credit: Mark Bassett)

Those with a nervous disposition are warned against this high intensity experience filled with loud noises, flashing lights and extreme darkness. Ticket prices cost £22.50 for a Halloween trip.

5. Suffolk's haunted village

Kentwell Hall in Suffolk is set to transform into the haunted village of Scaresville for All-Hallows Eve. The village is open for brave visitors on selected dates, so check ahead if you can't make the 31st October.

Experience dark rooms, forests and open farmland - with no steward and no 'safe' zones, you'll be totally alone for an hour filled with adrenaline pumping shocks and scares.

Not recommended for under 14s, group travel organisers will find tickets costing £13.50. 

6. A ghost walk of Nottingham

The Ghost Walk in Nottingham has become a popular attraction where groups on a guided tour can discover the secrets of the ancient city of Nottingham. The tour visits the caves, old castle, graveyard and the Galleries of Justice in the Shire Hall where the stories of Nottingham's ghosts all await you.

Group booking is essential on Halloween, although you can turn up on other nights of the year. Tickets cost £6.00.

7. Midnight séance at Oxford Castle

Opt to experience an overnight ghost hunt at Oxford Castle. Visitors can access the old prison in the dead of night, including the castle mound which stood as the place of execution for 400 years.

Call upon the poltergeists and hold vigils in the most paranormally active parts of the castle to really awaken your sixth sense. Prices start at £59, with the event starting at 8pm and ending at 3am.

8. Halloween Horrors at the Coalport China Museum

For those looking for something creative, visit Coalport China Museum in Shropshire's Ironbridge Gorge for a Halloween Horrors workshop.

Witch

Pictured: Getting scared? Opt for something creative and make halloween treats instead.

Try your hand at painting or making spooky creatures from clay, decorate a mug with monsters using on-glaze paints, or try modelling a creepy creature. Adult entry costs £8.25 and child entry costs £5.50.

9. Solve mysteries at Chessington

New for 2013 is The Mystery of Hocus Pocus Hall at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Enter the stately home of Sir Arthur, a famous explorer, who vanished without a trace and try to solve the mystery of what happened as you journey through the house and discover a priceless collection of antiques.

Alternatively, opt for interactive walkthrough, VAMPIRE: The Haunting in the Hollows. Step back in time to 1897 in Transylvania where, beyond the gates of Castle Dracula, lies the village of Black Hollow.

10. Burghley's Pumpkin Trail

If you're not a fan of the frightening, fear not. Join instead the Burghley Pumpkin Trail around the sculpture garden. Tread through the autumn leaves as you wind through the estate searching far and wide for the hidden pumpkins, and enjoy the house in all its seasonal glory.

There is also spooky fun to be had by touring the state rooms by flickering candlelight, which should be booked in advance with tickets priced at £12.70 per person.

This list of sites was compiled by VisitEngland. Group travel organisers can visit the website of England’s official tourist board for further advice on planning a group visit to any of the featured sites and attractions.

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