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What’s on in Canterbury for Halloween 2017?

Date: 5th October 2017
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat

If you’re visiting Canterbury Reach this Halloween, Darwin Escapes has the ultimate list of the spooky happenings in the local area…

Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat is home to some of the most beautiful views and historic sites in the UK, including the Canterbury Cathedral. The stunning city is also home to some spooky stories and a full programme of family friendly activities this Halloween.
Read on for our ultimate guide to what’s on in Canterbury for Halloween 2017…

Spooky Academy

Where: Canterbury Tales / Every Weekend in Oct / Times: 12 (noon) – 4pm / Prices: Adults £6, Child £12

Take the Canterbury Tales tour and learn the history of the fantastic famous stories, and during the whole of October, you can join the Spook Academy and learn super-spooky skills, invent magical cures and uncover Professor Sprig’s tricks! There will be spooktacular activities every weekend throughout October, and everyone who takes part will get a graduation photo from the Academy too!

Sleepy Hollow Show

Where: Gulbenkian Theatre / When: 19th – 21st Oct / Times: 7:30pm Start / Prices: Full £12, Concessions £10

Enjoy this creepy tale from The Canterbury Players Theatre Group. They will be bringing the spooky village of Sleepy Hollow alive, along with the frightening Headless Horseman! Can Icabod Crane save the day or will he be lead astray? A fun evening out to see the re-telling of this classically creepy tale.

Halloween Craft & Spooky Scribbling Workshop

Where: Beach Creative / When: 24th Oct / Times: 10am – 12 & 1pm – 5pm / Free Entry

There are limited places at this popular workshop, so make sure to book your little one in to avoid disappointment. This fantastic creative workshop is ideal for 5 to 11 year olds and features an array of crafts and drawing sessions all with a creeptastic Halloween theme.

Firework Extravaganza

Where: Hampton Primary School / When: 27th Oct / Times: 5:30pm – 8pm / Prices: £3 (pre-booked), £5 (on day)

This annual community event is fun for all the family, with classic fun fair rides, fantastic side shows and mouth-watering hot food available! Enjoy an evening of family fun and fantastic fireworks.

Halloween Forest Family Day

Where: Hunstead Wood / When: 27th Oct / Times: 10am – 5pm / Prices: £25

Join in on a fun day of activities in the woods, build a witches den, get crafty and create a spooky spider web and resident spider, all from natural materials! Follow the Creepy Woodland Trail and earn some tasty treats from the campfire.

Scary Scavenger Hunt & Creepy Crafts

Where: Westgate Gardens / When: 27th Oct / Times: 10am – 3pm / Prices: £2 per person

Visit the beautiful and iconic Westgate Gardens in the heart of Canterbury for family fun this Halloween! See how many spooky things you can see on the Scary Scavenger Hunt around the Toddles’ Cove. Take part in the Creepy Crafts for spooky gifts to take home and go along in fancy dress as the scariest dressed will win a prize!

Halloween Half Term

Where: Wild Wood / When: 21st – 29th Oct / times & prices vary on event

Visit the Wild Wood Trust and meet all the adorable animals and during Halloween Half Term you can join in on the amazing activities! Take part in the pumpkin carving competition and join in on the spooky fancy dress, then listen to the interesting Halloween talks and learn all about the animals. Over Halloween weekend take a trip back in time and enjoy the Medieval Weekend, see how our ancestors lived, watch the battle re-enactments in authentic surroundings. There will be a plethora of craft activities, including creating your own witches broom, decorating wizards hats and wands.

Murder Mystery Evening

Where: Whitstable Castle & Gardens / When: 28th Oct / Times: 7pm – 10pm / Prices: £39.95

Solve a (make believe) murder and indulge in a delicious 3 course meal! Every wanted to be Sherlock Holmes? (me too!) If you book your ticket you can don your deer stalker cap and go to work solving this puzzling mystery, you’ll even get a glass of Prosecco Royale on arrival to get you going. Enjoy an evening of first class entertainment!

Halloween Disco

Where: The Kings Hall / When: 28th Oct / Times: 7pm – 11pm / Prices: Adults £7, Child £5

Join in on the amazingly spooky shenanigans at The Kings Hall! Fancy dress is a must, choose your scariest costume and dress to impress. Then dance the night away with gory props, enter the fancy dress competitions and enjoy music from the frighteningly fantastic Zombie DJ!

Who Killed Justin Bieber?

Where: University of Kent / When: 28th Oct / Times: 2pm – 4pm / Prices: £8

Join the Forensic Investigators Team and find out who killed the outstanding talent of fake Justin Beiber! You’ll get hands on experience in a modern forensic laboratory, analyse samples gathered from the crim scene and learning about how important DNA is!

Family Halloween Event

Where: Strode Park Foundation / When: 29th Oct / Times: 3:30pm Start / Prices: Adults £8, Child £5
Strode Park is hosting a family fun event this Halloween, with a spooktacular show performed by the Kent School of Performing Arts, the Thriller at the Theatre show will delight all ages. Enter the Haunted House if you dare, dance away at the Devilish Disco, find hidden gems at the scary stalls and indulge in the Trick or Treats section.

We hope this ultimate guide to what’s on in Canterbury for Halloween 2017 has helped you decide what you’ll be doing at this spooky time of year!
Are you ready for some family friendly, spooky fun this Halloween? Book your holiday at Canterbury Reach today and start planning how you’ll explore the local area in fangtastically fun way!

Happy Halloween!

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