It’s nearly October, and as the nights draw in, so do the spooks… if you’re planning a visit to us this half term around Halloween, curling up next to the fire or taking a long, deep bath in the Threshing Barn may be all you need. If you’re in search of some spookier pastimes, however, Cumbria has a huge range of Halloween and half term events and adventures that are sure to enchant everyone - whether they’re a tiny terror or a grown-up ghoul...
Head into the city for a day and spend some time at Carlisle’s 900 year old castle, where you can experience some hauntingly good Halloween events - try the Spooky Castle event for kids of all ages, or pick a torchlit evening tour for older kids and adults. The castle is also hosting a drive in cinema dedicated to frightening films over the Halloween weekend, with popcorn and candy-floss included (there’s a more family-friendly film offering earlier in the evening).
With the unpredictable Autumn weather closing in, some magical indoor activities may be required to keep the little ones entertained. Rheged visitor centre is offering a full timetable of Halloween fun in half term, including pumpkin carving, Professor Pumpernickel’s Halloween Science Show, make-a-wand craft sessions, and a Llama Karma café meet the animals event.
If you have a wide range of ages to cater for, Lowther Castle’s Thriller Halloween event is not to be missed. For one night only on the 27th of October, the entire castle and grounds will be transformed into a truly spine-tingling venue, with local street food and drink, film showings, woodland trails, and other eerie entertainments.
For those who’ve always dreamed of receiving their Hogwarts letter, Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District provides a magical backdrop for ghost tours, twilight owl displays and the ‘Muncaster Monster Cabaret’. Attend a potion making workshop, or pay a visit to the Big Top to see some real-life wizardry for Halloween.
Nearby, the Ravenglass Railway is also undergoing a spectral makeover and is becoming a ghost train for a few evenings only. The picturesque train journey from the coast up to 210ft above sea level will be transformed under cover of darkness into a thrill ride full of scary surprises - although there will be plenty of sweets and treats to balance out the tricks.
All these events are popular and sell out fast, so be sure to plan ahead for a spook-tacular half term in Cumbria! If you've not yet booked your stay with us for around Halloween time or Half Term you can do so here...