What's On in Suffolk This October Half Term
Published: Wednesday 10th Oct 2018
Written by: Aimee Anderson
The month of Halloween brings some spooky goings-on to the Suffolk countryside. From haunted villages to ghoulish castles, there is no end of spooky events to enjoy this October. Below are our top picks of frightful festivities, join them if you dare…
Scaresville, The Haunted Village at Kentwell Hall
3rd October - 4th November 2018
During the month of Halloween, Kentwell Hall becomes Scaresville, The Haunted Village. An intensely spooky event, guests are invited to embark on an hours walk through the Scaresville Village where they will be met by ghouls, monsters, frights and their worst fears. If you're brave enough to take a walk through this terrifying town, tickets can be purchased via the Scaresville website where you can choose your allocated day and time slot. The event also offers an unfairground, bar and escape room.
Spooky Stories at Framlingham Castle
22nd – 28th October, 11 am – 4 pm
Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves as you come face to face with the dark side of children’s tales in one of Suffolk’s most iconic settings. Chilling storytellers reveal the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairy tales you’ve grown to love. Show off your spooktacular costumes and take part in a fancy dress competition as you listen intently to creepy tales. This chilling event is free to English Heritage members, adults £9.50, children aged five to 17 £5.70, concessions £8.60, family ticket £24.70. Tickets include access to the event and the site and can be purchased on the day.
Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze
6th – 28th October (Weekends & Half Term)
Offering one of the largest pick your own pumpkin patches in Suffolk, Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze offers 20 different varieties to of pumpkin to choose from along with squashes and gourds. Alongside the pumpkins, there are two huge inflatables, a farm-inspired assault course, the famous Maize Maze, donkey rides, a stamp trail, straw bale climbing, face painting, food and drink and lots more. New to this year the Foolhardy circus attraction, John Row the storyteller and brand new maze design. Entry to the site is free but some attractions cost from £2, pumpkin prices start from £1 to £6.
Night of the Skating Dead at CurveMotion Bury St Edmunds
Friday 26th October
For adults also wanting to enjoy the week of Halloween in Suffolk, CurveMotion in Bury St Edmunds presents Night of the Skating Dead. A frightful frenzy on wheels, attendees are encouraged to turn up in their best spooky outfit and enjoy a night of roller skating to terrifying tunes with an interactive light show, themed skate games and a prize for the best dressed. Scary skaters can also expect to find a licensed bar. Tickets are £7.50 which include skate hire. This event is for over 18’s only.
Halloweenies, Kentwell’s School of Sorcery and Magic
20th – 28th October
Kentwell’s School of Sorcery and Magic will again be welcoming new students for the Halloween intake. A family-friendly morning or afternoon of fun-filled magical learning, the school’s witches, wizards, tutors and professors will be teaching students how to do all manner of magical things in the Magic Class, the Potion Class, the Fairy Identification Class (and hunt!) and the Illusion Class. Students will make their own wands, and learn how to use them and collect stamps to add to their report card. As well as all of these hands-on activities, students are invited to take part in the Sorcery Games: lots of Halloween inspired challenges for the whole family to join in with, including the Dragon Woods, Fear Alley, Tunnel of Light, Assault Course and the Broomstick Challenge. Be sure to turn up in your favourite Halloween outfit with added layers to ensure being warm for the outdoor activities. Tickets are available to buy now from the Kentwell Hall website.
Quarantine: 5km Zombie Survival Run
Sunday 28th October 11am
Through the forest of the Elveden Estate in Thetford experience the thrill of the chase avoiding zombies and taking on the hazards of The Quarantine 5km Zombie Survival Run! An off-road run in woodland over uneven terrain, using the lay of the land to as obstacles.. as well as a few extras. Suitable footwear is advised as well as clothing that you don't mind getty dirty - even if that is your halloween costume. Medals for all survivors! £16pp 10-13 years go free. Under 16's to be accompanied by an adult. Unsuitable for under 10s. Visit www.explore-4x4.co.uk to book and for more information.
Pumpkin Carving at Wyevale Garden Centre, Woodbridge
Monday 22nd - 28th October 11am
Kids can carve a creepy or cute face into a pumpkin at Wyvale Garden Centre in Woodbridge. Tickets £6 per child. All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.