Trick or Treat?

Trick or Treat?

Join the family friendly fun in Tunbridge Wells this Halloween

Hallowe'en in Tunbridge Wells

We’ve got some spooky 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. 

Half term falls around this time of year too so many attractions offer suitable activities for children as well. Here we have 13 (unlucky for some) things to see and do over Halloween half term. Do check with the venues to ensure events are going ahead and book in advance, there are no drop-in events.

Six Evil Things To Do At Hallowe’en In Tunbridge Wells

1. A spooky half term is revealed at Penshurst Place from 24 - 31 October. Take part in the Broomstick Flying School and the creepy garden trail.

If you like you can put on your scariest Hallowe’en costume but feel free to join the fun no matter what you wear!

2. Join in the family friendly antics down at the farm in Paddock Wood from 24 October to 1 November. Treat the kids to some ghoulish and creepy entertainment on a day out in the country at The Hop Farm including magic shows, a fancy dress competition and pumpkin carving.

Scream interpretation photo (c) Emma O'Halloran3. Majestic (and spooky) castlesHever and Leeds have Halloween half term activities and trails to goad your little ghouls into galloping through the school holiday.

Face your fears if you dare!

4. Scare yourself silly taking a high ropes tree-top adventure at Go-Ape Bedgebury. Swing through the trees up to 13 metres’ high and along the 170 metre zip line through the magnificent canopy of the largest collection of conifers in the world. There is no minimum age although the minimum height is 1m.

Escape Rooms in Tunbridge Wells

5. TimeQuest (also at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood) is ready to lock you up for fun and watch as you attempt to make your escape by solving the challenges they set you. Suitable for all ages. Choose from 5 different themed missions: Agent 101, Elf Magic, Reset, Saving Operation Neptune and The Quest to Save Camelot.

6. If that’s not enough to make you tremble, you’ll also be at the mercy of the clock! Clue Cracker is another escape room company based in Royal Tunbridge Wells. Select from Jail Break, The Diamond Dogs, and Temple Quest (from 10 October) Book for a group of friends or family and suffer some quality time together! Suitable for age 9 upwards.

7 More Half Term activities in Tunbridge Wells

Not interested in ghoulish goings on or Hallowe'en horrors?  We've compiled some highlights of what’s on in Tunbridge Wells for adults and children that will steal you away from such terrifyingly tiresome times!

Spa Valley Steam Train, Tunbridge Wells | D Staines
Spa Valley Steam Train, Tunbridge Wells | D Staines

Why Frighten Yourselves This Hallowe’en?

7. On 31 October and 1 November, The Pantiles Market is on. Revel in the crafts and local produce in the famous pedestrianised walkway. Discover artisan producers proud to tell you about their lovingly made creations including wine, dog treats, fashion, cheeses, soaps, artworks and of course, fresh fruit and vegetables.

8. Spa Valley Railway is out to cheer everyone up! Book a ride on an afternoon tea train for 24 October, a Cream Tea or Fish and Chip Lunch whilst on a train for 25 October. Open for standard choo-chooing on 24 and 25 October; you can even book out a whole compartment for your family – only £50 for up to 6 people! Also for the adults only is the Bulleid Pacific Real Ale Train on 16 October as part of the steam weekend! Leave the car at home and get the train to central Tunbridge Wells station and walk through the lovely Royal town to Tunbridge Wells West station.

9. Come and see the new Pumpkin Grotto and pumpkin trail at Groombridge Place and Enchanted Gardens. From 26 October to 1 November the little secret garden complete with stream and wooden bridge is converted into a mystical grotto with a one-way system.

Also pay a visit to the walled garden and try to spot all the hidden pumpkins. Come in fancy dress and there may well be a little something rewarding for all the ghouls, phantoms and skeletons!

Blow Away The Cobwebs

10. A more serene trip would be round the atmospheric churches of the Tunbridge Wells borough. Take up On The Wealden Churches Trail leaflet[pdf] and explore the diverse stories behind each one.  There are 12 churches and 1 beautiful abbey to explore. Some are proud owners of some stunning art by famous artists such as Piper and Chagall.

Autumn view and footpath at Bewl Water | Tunbridge Wells Borough
Autumn view and footpath at Bewl Water | (c) Tunbridge Wells Borough

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

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

13. Our new town trail audio app is a really fascinating way to explore the Royal Town. A self guided walking tour, you can download the app for free and listen to the ‘Tales of Tunbridge Wells’!

Whatever you decide to do o’er Hallowe'en, we hope you enjoy yourselves and that you'll come back and discover more things to do in Kent and the Tunbridge Wells region. 

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 well known to us.

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