Spooky Halloween happenings at Doddington Hall
Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall will be opening its 400-year-old gardens after dark this October, giving would-be ghost hunters the chance to seek out spooky echoes of the past.
This Halloween, the Elizabethan stately home will be going all out to spook as it welcomes Dr VanBurger’s Ghost Hunter; a scary but light-hearted theatrical experience for all ages. The Doctor - with a team of designers, actors and the Production Arts department from Lincoln College – will take visitors on a rollercoaster of emotions with chilling tales and hair-raising ghostly activity.
Each evening will begin with an eerie walk through the gardens before the after-dark shows at 7.30pm and 9pm between Wednesday 24 October and Saturday 27 October. Afterwards, there will be hot food and drinks available for sale in the walled kitchen garden.
The ‘Ghost Hunt’ forms part of a series of activities that have been planned at Doddington Hall during the October half term school holidays. The Hall, just four miles outside of Lincoln, will also be giving families the chance to pick their own pumpkins for Halloween too and is also hosting a competition to find the scariest scarecrow.
The Halloween countdown begins during the weekend of Saturday 13 October and Sunday 14 October when the Hall’s pumpkin patch opens. Between 10am and 3pm, families will be able to pick pumpkins to take away to carve into lanterns and will also be able to get seasonal pumpkin recipe ideas from the estate’s Farm Shop.
Young visitors are encouraged to dress in their spookiest costumes and look out for the three golden bottomed pumpkins hidden in the patch. The lucky visitors who find the golden pumpkins will win a pumpkin plus receive a family ticket to visit the house at Christmas. Entry to the pumpkin patch is free and pumpkins cost from just £2. The patch will also be open daily between Saturday 20 October and Wednesday 31 Octoberwhile stocks last.
Meanwhile, schools, community learning organisations and youth groups are being invited to take part in the Hall’s annual Build Your Own Scarecrow Competition, which has the spooky theme of ghosts and ghouls. Classes are being urged to create something truly scary that can be placed on the Gatehouse Lawn between 20-31 October for all to see. The winning class will win a Christmas Tree from the Doddington estate for their organisation.
Claire Birch, whose family lives at Doddington Hall, said: “Our half term activities promise to be a whole lot of fun with theatrical Halloween Ghost Hunter entertainment, pumpkin picking and our scare-tastic Scarecrow Competition. We’re expecting the Ghost Hunter shows to be really popular and so are encouraging people to book early to avoid disappointment.”
The spooky Ghost Hunter evenings for all the family take place between Wednesday 24 October and Saturday 27 October, with shows at 7.30pm and 9pm. Tickets cost £14 for adults and £7 for children and booking is essential. More information and tickets are available online at www.doddingtonhall.com