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Trick or Treat?

Trick or Treat?

Join the family friendly fun in Tunbridge Wells this Halloween

Halloween in Tunbridge Wells

We’ve got spooky and serene fun for adults as well as kids this Hallowe’en in the Tunbridge Wells region.

Officially Hallowe’en is on 31 October when the ‘after-life’ visit the living. As Hallowe’en becomes more popular, there is more variety of things to do, some quite quirky!

Half term falls around this time of year too so many attractions offer suitable things to do for smaller children as well.

How to enjoy Hallowe’en in Tunbridge Wells

Scare yourself silly with tree-top adventure at Groombridge Place.  Take a 20 metre high walk in the ancient canopy of trees in the Enchanted Forest. There is no minimum age although little ones must be accompanied by an adult.

Who can spot the Grom Village full of magical creatures?

From 21 to 29 October the autumn landscape will be transformed with lanterns, pumpkins, cobwebs and broomsticks as Hallowe’en is brought to life with interactive storytelling and live theatrical shows that the whole family can enjoy.

For a heads up read the blog A Terrifying Time at Groombridge Place.

‘The Limehouse Golem’ seems suitable for this time of year too. Sit in the dark and watch this new gothic film (15) at Trinity Theatre

There are more great events at this independent theatre leading up to Hallowe’en, including a Horror Mask Design workshop, the Monstersaurus Show as well as the ever popular comedy and Local & Live music.

Penshurst Place
Photo: Penshurst Place

Fright Nights

Penshurst Place presents eerie storytelling from the Wicked Witch of The Wild Wood round the campfire. Afterwards, toast some marshmallows and enjoy hot chocolate from the bubbling cauldron!

Make sure you are suitably adorned for the Hallowe’en costume parade from 4pm on 28 October.

See a fascinatingly “squelchy” demonstration of the mummification process of a body being prepared for the hereafter – eeek!

Solve a mysterious murder on the Spa Valley Railway during a night time trip on a vintage train. All aboard for a frightfully thrilling ride including Fish ‘n’ Chips!

For the children, TV favourites Chase & Marshall from PAW Patrol will be there to comfort their fans arriving on trains from Tunbridge Wells West.

Scream interpretation photo (c) Emma O'HalloranHead over to Groombridge Place for a genuinely spooky Hallowe’en experience.

During the night have a scream in the ‘disenchanted’ forest working out what has happened to the Alfonzo Circus which mysteriously disappeared.  This Scarefest is for over 12 year-olds and bold-hearted adventurers only!

Face your fears if you dare!

Our majestic (and spooky) castles like Hever, Leeds, Chiddingstone and Scotney also have half term trails and activities to find pumpkins and terrible treats for the little nippers!

SCREEEEAAAM! Don't miss Otherkin, a young Irish band, appearing at The Forum on 28 October, if there are still any tickets left.

“…a ferocious show with shirtless singer Luke Reilly constantly singing their infectious Catfish And The Bottlemen-style anthems from among the crowd.”- NME live review.

Why Frighten yourselves this Hallowe’en?

For something a little more sedate try a family friendly play in the warm and dry at the Assembly Hall Theatre.

‘Mister Maker and the Shapes Live’ will laugh away any collywobbles.  Perhaps The King of Pop can dance them away too with a dazzling Michael Jackson tribute show. 

As if this isn’t wild enough, the Hallowe’en fancy dress party at Grosvenor and Hilbert Park will leave the kids wide-eyed with delight at the crafty activities! 

The King of the Fairies will surely provide an entrancing transformation from the devilish Hallowe’en atmosphere when performed by the RTW Symphony Orchestra. Book to be captivated by the Oberon Overture and more on 5 November.

One of the more unusual things to do in Tunbridge Wells is at the Museum & Art Gallery this season.

See the General Dynamic F.U.N. exhibition by the ‘Wizard of Toytown’ from 27 October and enjoy a celebration of Pop Art from Eduardo Paolozzi.

Blow Off The Cobwebs

Freak out at the Bewl Water Family Hallowe’en Disco on 28 October. Wear your scariest fancy dress, get your face painted and a spooky gift.

Alternatively, come face to face with the beautiful nature walks and stunning views around the Weald’s own Swallows and Amazons adventure backdrop.

Cobwebbed Flowers buy Mike Bartlett

Breathe in the country air; bring your bikes, or hire them from Bewl Bike Hire, wend your way round the lakeside tracks then warm up in the café or bistro afterwards.

Bedgebury Pinetum near hilly Goudhurst has Hunt the Hidden Boxes for half term.  Take advantage of their cosy café selling hot drinks and homemade sandwiches, soup and cakes.

Even more serene would be a trip to the atmospheric churches of the Tunbridge Wells borough.

Take up the Churches Trail leaflet and explore the diverse stories behind each one.

Finally, don’t miss the hair-raising 40th annual Rusthall Bonfire, Fireworks and Torchlight Procession on 28 October.

Make it a minibreak with a difference

There are many self-catering, bed and breakfast, and hotel options to stay and dine in throughout the Tunbridge Wells countryside. Be assured there won’t be any nasty surprises as our guesthouses are all inspected and graded.

Make it a weekend of frightful fun in Tunbridge Wells. Search our accommodation options right now ...

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