Pack extra pants, it’s Halloween in Norwich.
It’s that time of year again where nights are drawing in, there’s a chill in the air, and Pinterest boards are awash with extravagant pumpkins. Confectionery is limited-edition shades of orange, and all the fancy dress shops in the land have turned into the Hunger Games for contact lenses.
Halloween is upon us yet again, and no matter what your age, there’s a spooky activity happening around Norfolk for you to get involved in: For adults, and those of us for whom Halloween is a chance to unleash your wild side, there is a selection of creepy, grown-up and legitimately scary activities to get involved in. For families, the city is a playground awash with witches, fantastical crafts and enchanted attractions. Whether you fancy a murder mystery, a ghost walk or tiny cake, we’ve got a Halloween themed (Hallowtheamed, if you please) event for you:
The Maid’s Head Hotel is the UK’S oldest hotel, dating back over 800 years, and located in Norwich’s ancient Tombland, in the shadow of the Cathedral. For a truly atmospheric Halloween, the Maid’s Head have put together two fantastic overnight stays:
Stay in a family room with breakfast and dinner. Included in the package is tickets to BeWILDerwood’s 'Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade', where you can explore the magical woodland, meet the BeWILDerbats and see the spooky decorations in the park. And at dusk, take your beautifully crafted lantern and see BeWILDerwood in a magical light extravaganza! (visit www.bewilderwood.com for more details).
Prices start at £220.00 per room for one night’s stay (based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a family room); package available 14th October -29th October 2017. Additional nights at £99 room only.
For grown-up children, the Maid’s Head are also offering the ultimate scare experience with their scare and stay package. Package includes tickets to Norwich’s Scare-fest “PrimEvil” with 5 adult frightening attractions from ‘The Crypt’, ‘Forest of Fear’ to the ‘CarnEvil of Terrors’. After an evening of frights return to The Maids Head for a ‘Gruesome cheese board and wine supper’ with an overnight stay in a classic double room, and breakfast.
Prices start from £135.00 per room for two adults sharing. Package available from 12th- 31st October.
Everybody’s favorite hapless witch is currently residing in Norwich Guildhall, and on Halloween weekend, take the children to meet Wanda in her spooky lair above the bistro.
Bistro Britannia is located in Norwich’s ancient and atmospheric Guildhall (there are disused prison cells in there…), and at Halloween the building is decked out specifically for the occasion. Wanda will be handing out treats (no tricks!), and be reading spooky stories too. Fancy dress is welcome, and the bistro itself will be serving a special Halloween themed children’s menu for only £3.
Even better, for visitors on the Tuesday, Norwich’s Halloween Parade passes right by the Guildhall, so you can join in all the spooky fun!
Wanda will be in session:
Saturday 28th October, 1pm – 4pm
Monday 30th October, 1pm – 4pm
Tuesday 31st October 3pm – 6pm
For more information please see our events page
Once again the pastry wizards at the Assembly House have concocted something utterly magic for your teatime delectation.
That’s right folks: Scary Afternoon Tea.
From Monday 23rd October 2017 to Tuesday 31st October, Mark Mitson and his team will be serving ‘Frightful Fancies’ for teatime: layers of delicate finger sandwiches (not real fingers), the House's famous fruit scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam and cheese, Colman's Mustard and chive scones served with butter and a spectacular layer of themed cakes, including a Red Velvet Gateau Opera with dark layers of butterceam topped with a white chocolate spider's web, and a blackcurrant macaron topped with a sugar ghost and a choux pumpkin. Word on the street is chocolate soil is making an appearance too.
A mini ‘Halloweenies’ tea will be on offer for the under-12s, and GBBO 2016’s Kate Barmby will be making a spooky showstopper that will be on display in the great hall.
This is going to be an incredibly popular event, so booking is essential (and tasteful fancy dress encouraged). Please see the website for details.
Carrying on the sweet theme, Holkham’s Hall's amazing Kiddy Cook team will be opening the doors of the Old Kitchen for you and the children to join in the fun and decorate your own terrifyingly tasty creation. There is going to be a whole wealth of events on offer for the family to enjoy: on offer are crafts, a creepy quiz, murder mystery, pumpkin carving and gory face painting!
You can also hop on board the Halloween Express over to the wicked walled garden, which will be a hoot with ‘Wild Encounters’ and their real-life owls. Holkham’s storyteller will be there too, enthralling you with spell-binding and mystical tales. Come dressed for the occasion and join in the fancy dress parade, too!
The event is included in the standard ticket price, and you can save 10% by booking online here.
Norfolk's biggest scare attraction is back, and the clowns are locked and loaded to absolutely scare you witless. As darkness falls PrimEvil comes alive, and opens its terrifying attractions to the public (or the members of the public who are brave enough to go...).
Take a tour around the 5 different experiences: CarnEvil of Terrors, Mayhem Manor Hotel, Forest of Fear, The Crypt and Infected, where you will be fully immersed in a real-life nightmare. Not for the faint-hearted, this is an event for those aged 12 and over (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult), and features live actors.
I’m not going to give too much away, but I will be going to the preview night and my first PrimEvil experience. This is great for the City of Stories - you can read how I got on in the next couple of weeks - but slightly concerning for me, who has spent the last few months turning the sound down on the ‘It’ trailer when it comes on during Gogglebox. I’ll keep you updated, and in the meantime if you want to check PrimEvil out for yourself, or to book, please visit the website…
Experience a fantastically frightening Fairhaven on Tuesday 31st of October, and join in the spooky fun at their Halloween party!
Explore the enchanted forest if you dare, and explore the winding trail where things go bump in the night and witches rule. According to our PR manager Mel who's been to the Fairhaven Party, this is an absolutely fantastic event, and the enchanted trail is guaranteed to make you jump! If you don’t dare, there will be the plenty more magic in the Fairhaven garden, with live music from El Gato’s Men, traditional garden party games and stalls. Plus, there will be a hot dog market and firework display, which means you’ll get not one, but two bangers for your buck.
£9 adult; £5 child. Ticket only event. There are limited ticket numbers. Please note this event is not suitable for children under 3, pushchairs and dogs. No unaccompanied children. Ample parking for brooms. Leave your wands (torches) at home if you dare.
To book please call 01603 270449 or go online http://fairhavengarden.merlintickets.co.uk/product/EV0021
Plus there are loads more Halloween adventures to be had around the city, such as Norwich Ghost Walks, The 'Vile and Horrible Norwich Walking Tour', and a big Spooky City parade through Norwich on Halloween Night itself! Fancy Dress encouraged!
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
East Midlands Trains runs services from Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.
Flights into Norwich served from Edinburgh, Manchester, Exeter, Aberdeen, Jersey*, Guernsey* and Amsterdam.
To plan a trip to Norwich check out our website www.visitnorwich.co.uk