If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise!
22nd October 2014
Everything is becoming a little spooky at the National Trust’s Dudmaston Estate as a host of mythical and ghoulish characters seem to have moved onto the property in readiness for Hallowe’en.
On Sunday 26 October the atmosphere darkens with lots of Hallowe’en themed activities throughout the day. Visitors are asked to wear their scariest costumes and can head out on a trail across the gardens in a bid to help Dr Frankenstein create his newest monster and embark on some scary craft activities to help decorate their homes. A face painter will be on-site to put the finishing touches to your outfit !
At 2pm those aged under 5 (or who find Hallowe’en just that bit too scary) can join an Enchanted Walk through the Dingle to hear a story from the ‘Good witch’ in her fairy glen and add wishes to the secret Wishing Tree.
As the daylight fades at 4pm brave folks are required to join us on our Haunted Dingle walk and help us challenge the strange characters that have taken up residence there for Hallowe’en. Will you spot the werewolf? Can we send him to ground? Make a lantern before you go to help light your way.
Too scared to go into the woods? Children’s author Carol-Anne Carr will be on the property signing copies of her books and entertaining children with some of her spooky stories.
Families can enjoy the Apothecary’s Apprentice trail on property Monday 27th and Wednesday 28th helping to discover the necessary ingredients for his lotions and potions, plus have a go at the craft activities to take home.
Visitor Experience and Conservation Manager, Tessa Lovell said “We’ve had some strange sightings in the Dingle over the past week and can remember the scary creatures that took up residence there last Hallowe’en so need our visitors to help us chase them out again!
Seriously, there’s a lot for families to get involved with at Dudmaston over the school holidays and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone for our last full week of opening before we change to Saturday and Sundays only from 1 November.
This week will also be the last opportunity for our visitors to see the Battle of the Somme artwork, created by Birmingham City University students, before it is removed from the Hall.”