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Half Term Events in Dorset

Date: 12th October 2016
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Dorset is full of Halloween Half Term fun this year, with everything from spooky parties to creepy crafts…


Swanage Bay View is set next to the stunning Jurassic Coast, making it easy to explore this half term and see if you can find your own special fossil! But here are some events near our wonderful park…

The Ark Poole Park


When: 24th – 28th Oct. Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm. Prices: £25 (full day) £11.50 (half day)

The Ark Poole Park is a fantastic all weather, multi activity area with a holiday day camp for children between 5 and 12. Activities throughout the week include, ice skating, apple bobbing team challenge, themed arts and crafts (wizards hats and toilet roll spiders), pumpkin carving, Halloween face paint, street dance and all ending in a fun Halloween Ice Skating Disco!

Bedlam & Broomsticks at Nothe Fort

When: 26th Oct. Time: 10.30am – 4.30pm. Prices: £9 (adult) £2 (child)

With a history of locals telling ghost stories, Nothe Fort is having a great half term Halloween week! Wonderfully creepy crafts and activities that include, spell writing, spooky games and face paint, a fun treasure hunt and a chance to hunt the ghost. Also there is a prize for the most imaginative and original fancy dress as well as The Mad Magician visiting and wowing with tricks and illusions.

Spooky Shenanigans at Beaulieu Abbey & Museum


When: 22nd – 30th Oct. Time: 10am – 5pm. Prices: £24 (adult) £12 (child)

Beaulieu Abbey is regarded as one of the most haunted sites in Britain, things are said to stir at night with the sounds of monastic chants, while the corridors are said to be patrolled by the Grey Lady, see if you can spot her! There are many activities on over the Halloween half term, including free face painting, potions and lotions in the Victorian Kitchen, spooky storytelling, Halloween quiz, ride the moan-a-rail with paranormal stories and the fun firework spectacular event on 29th October.

Lewey’s Trick or Treat Party at Lemur Landings


When: 29th October. Time: 6pm – 8pm. Prices: £10

Lemur Landings is a multi level play frame with a climbing wall, ball cannons, multi slide, bridges and tunnels, so offers everything for half term fun. A day of fun during the Halloween half term, everything from fun and games to a themed disco and entertainment and fancy dress, with a picnic box for every child and an appearance my Lewey the Lemur himself!

With all this going in the local area you will be spoilt for choice this Halloween, but the fabulous Swanage Bay View entertainments team are not be missed with their own Halloween party on 29th October, with wacky competitions and games, wander witchway cabaret and adult competitions too! Something for all the family all on site!

Have a spooktacular Halloween Half Term Ghost & Ghouls!
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