Visit the Isle of Wight this October half-term to enjoy a series of spooky events that have earned it the title “ISLE OF FRIGHT”.
Witches and wizards alike are invited to attend the Isle of Fright with treats and tricks taking place across the Island from Saturday 25th October to Sunday 2nd November.
Named as one of the world’s “Top 10 Most Haunted Islands” by paranormal experts, (http://theparanormal.ca/index.html), there are many stories of haunted houses and ghosts on the Isle of Wight. This incredible supernatural activity seems due in part to the powerful unseen energy or ‘ley’ lines that run under this small Island creating some very haunted hotspots.
During this October’s Isle of Fright, you can take your pick from a range of eerie events including Ghost hunting at Carisbrooke Castle, the ‘potion lab’ at Blackgang Chine, the “Train of Fright” at the IW Steam Railway, pumpkin carving and bug trails at the IW Zoo, and a spectacular dark nights lantern procession through the seaside town of Shanklin.
And with South West trains offering a fantastic 50% off adult and child off-peak day returns over half-term (25th to 31st October), it’s even easier to visit “Ghost Island”. Train tickets can be booked up to 24 hours in advance and are available to purchase from Friday 17th October (www.southwesttrains.co.uk).
Why not turn your “spooky” day-out into a “supernatural” short break, and spend the night during the Isle of Fright? Search through a whole range of great places where you can calm your frayed nerves and sleep soundly in your bed www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
Here’s just some of the freakish fun and ghostly goings-in for families to enjoy on the Isle of Fright:
Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight is reputed to have a number of ghosts, befitting its long history and this October half-term, you can let your little horrors scare themselves silly with creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! Kids can create their own terrifying Hallowe’en crafts and wander the grounds with the Victorian ghost hunters as they tell you macabre tales of times gone by. A prize awaits in the Hallowe’en costume competition, bestowed for the most spine-tingling attire each day.
25 October-Sunday 2nd November, from 10am-4pm; adults £8, children (5-15) £4.80, family £20.80; www.english-heritage.org.uk/carisbrookecastle
Celebrating the passing of British Summer Time, Dark Nights is an outdoor spectacle of processions to light up the spectacular cliff face at Shanklin. Come dressed in pirate-themed fancy dress and expect illuminations, digital projections, and live outdoor theatre with giant puppets – and all for free!
25th October, from 6.30pm, torch-lit processions from various locations around the town; finale performance 7.30pm at Spa car park, Shanklin Esplanade.
Boo at The Zoo
Come and join in a week of Halloween-themed fun and more at the IW Zoo on Sandown seafront. Follow the exciting bug-themed Trick or Treat Trail, come face to face with a number of cold (and warm) blooded animals and unleash your creative side by carving a pumpkin (additional charge will apply). Meet some of the bats from the IW Bat Hospital as they fly in to spend a day at the zoo on Tuesday 28th October.
25th October to 1st November, from 10am-4pm; adults £10, children (3-16) £7.50, family £32.50; http://www.isleofwightzoo.com/
Wizard Week at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway
Dress-up as wizards, witches and other spooky characters – there are prizes each day for the best costumes – and enter the Hallowe’en Treasure Hunt at Wizard Week, at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. There are also Hallowe’en crafts, owls and birds of prey, magic shows and steam train rides for all the family to enjoy. The night of Halloween (31st October), the railway will be running a special “ghost train” service, with fancy dress encouraged for those daring to ride the “Train of Fright”.
27th to 31st October, Wizard Week tickets which include steam train fares: buy online adults £10.50, children (5-12) £5.50, family £26.50. Buy on the gate adults £12, child £6, family £30; http://www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk/default.aspx
Spooktacular Fun at Blackgang Chine
Don’t miss the spooktacular all-weather fun taking place at Blackgang Chine this October half term! Come and meet the Witch and Wizard in the ‘Halloween hub’ packed full of creepy crafts and games for you to enjoy. Mix up your own potion in the much loved ‘potion lab’ and be entertained by the magician. Blackgang will be open late until 8pm for those brave enough to venture into Restricted Area 5 after dark! Lots of fun activity taking place throughout the day and into the evening too for the whole family. You can also experience the eerie night-time surroundings of Electric Woods at Robin Hill, which will also be open during Isle of Fright with its October “Festival of Light” continuing until November 1st.
Spooktacular event at Blackgang Chine, 28th to 30th October, 10am- 8pm; standard ticket (4-59) £14.95, Saver ticket (4 persons) £55. Rides and attractions will also be open until late during these evenings but some areas of the park will be closed off from 5pm. Entry to Electric Woods is £7.50 per person Sunday – Friday and £9.95 Saturdays. During October half term (24/10 – 1/11) Robin Hill will be open 10am-9pm (10am-11pm Saturdays) entry including electric woods £14.95, saver ticket (4 persons) £55. Electric Woods is open from Saturday 4th October – Saturday 1st November. www.blackgangchine.com; www.robin-hill.com
Hallowe’en Walk at Ventnor Botanic Gardens
A site of serene beauty during the day, visitors can hear frightful tales, chillingly told by ghost hunter – Mark Tuckey of Paranormal Perambulations – on a very spooky tour of the Island’s cliff-top botanic garden at Ventnor. The Hallowe’en walk, which includes access to the secret Victorian Tunnel and the underground former Smuggler’s Museum, takes place on 31st October. Then on Saturday 1st November, there’s another spooky ghost walk at the gardens with the addition of a roaring bonfire so you can warm up afterwards!
Hallowe’en walk on 31st October, Hallowe’en walk and bonfire on 1st November, (bonfire starts 6pm), tickets £9 per person, family ticket £30. Walks begin at 7pm, booking recommended, call 01983 855397, or e-mail email@example.com; http://www.botanic.co.uk/; http://www.ghostisland.com/
For even more frighteningly fun times, go to http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/events/isle-of-fright.
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Images attached: Blackgang Chine’s Area 5 at night and Dark Nights procession.
South West Trains will be running an October half-term price campaign next month from Saturday 25 – Friday 31 October (with tickets available to purchase from Friday 17 October). The campaign will give 50% off adult and child off-peak day return www.southwesttrains.co.uk.