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Sir Gary Verity DL Chief Executive Welcome to Yorkshire
YORKSHIRE BY RAIL Yorkshire’s cities and market towns are easy to get to from other parts of the country. Travel to Yorkshire with highspeed trains from either London North Eastern Railway and Grand Central services. You can also get to Yorkshire by train from the North West with First TransPennine Express, who offer direct services into the county from Liverpool and Manchester. Northern Rail also offer direct services to Yorkshire from the North West. 16 FARMER COPLEY’S, NEAR PONTEFRACT Farmer Copley’s near Pontefract, is one of the top
spots for pumpkin picking as it’s home to the UK’s largest patch! Each year, the famous farm shop hosts a Pumpkin Festival, a fantastic event which gives visitors the chance to pick and carve their own fruit, sample spooky Halloween-themed food and even take a barrel ride.
YORKSHIRE BY ROAD Britain’s biggest and fastest highways cross Yorkshire from north to south and east to west, making getting to Yorkshire by car or by coach very simple. For details of the quickest (or the most scenic) driving routes see the AA or RAC websites www.theaa.com and www.race.co.uk. Plan a journey online with Arriva, who have buses running across Yorkshire on a regular basis.
17 CANNON HALL FARM, BARNSLEY Cannon Hall Farm’s Annual Pumpkin Festival returns
alongside their very own Wizardry School, new for 2018. Expert carvers will be on hand to offer advice and help you create the perfect spooky lantern. While young witches and wizards can complete challenges in the Witches Wood, with daily shows by performing witches – great to get you in the mood for some trick or treating!
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Thanks to our magnificent county’s rich and varied heritage, there are plenty of treats in store for visitors of all ages to enjoy this Halloween. This trail has been created to point brave souls in the direction of Yorkshire’s best places to visit, including some of English Heritage’s most ‘spooktacular’ ancient castles and monasteries. Showcasing the multitude of mysterious events taking place throughout Yorkshire, this trail is sure to inspire visitors to discover sites they hadn’t ever dared to venture before.
Halloween is a popular time for friends and family to spend time together. In common with other attractions, English Heritage properties have busy programmes of spooky trails, tours and film shows to enjoy. The magnificent ruins of Whitby Abbey, an inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, are a special place to visit at Halloween and are a fitting place for our annual celebration of bright lights and dark tales; Illuminated Abbey. I would like to thank the Welcome to Yorkshire team for pulling this trail together and I hope you enjoy your spooky adventures.
18 THE WHOLE HOGG, PICKERING The Whole Hogg situated in between the Ryedale
YORKSHIRE BY SEA Ferry services to Hull and Newcastle link Yorkshire with Northern Europe. P&O Ferries operate overnight services to Hull from Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
YORKSHIRE BY AIR International flights connect Yorkshire to the rest of the world, as well as UK flights from Aberdeen, Belfast, Glasgow, London Heathrow, Newquay and Southampton to Leeds-Bradford Yorkshire’s Airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Humberside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Market Towns of Pickering and Malton has a real old-fashioned charm, with a warm welcome and staff on hand to guide you to select a real champion. You can pick up your weekly groceries whilst you select this year’s Halloweeny treat. The children will love the animal paddock which includes friendly pygmy goats and llamas.
19 THE BALLOON TREE, GATE HELMSLEY Visit The Balloon Tree in Gate Helmsley near York,
where you can take out a wheelbarrow and choose from hundreds of pumpkins to carve a scary face for Halloween. The café is an ideal place to refresh yourself after a busy day’s pumpkin hunting. Their motto ‘Fewer Food Miles – More Farm Yards’ encompasses everything they stand for - ‘superfresh’ homegrown produce.
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It’s a well-known fact that Guy Fawkes was born in the heart of Yorkshire. Whether your preference is a bonfire, a firework display or just a good old-fashioned get together, Yorkshire has something for everyone. Below are the top highlights that are not to be missed this year.
BEVERLEY WESTWOOD FIREWORKS
Date: 5 November Beverley Westwood, Westwood Road, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 8EN Every year the Beverley Lions Club organise their annual Fireworks Display on Guy Fawkes Night on the Beverley Westwood, providing a free spectacular evening of entertainment for all the family.
BOLTON ABBEY BONFIRE NIGHT
Date: 3 November Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6EX T: 01756 718 000 W: www.boltonabbey.com
LIGHTWATER VALLEY FABULOUS FIREWORKS
Date: 3 November North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT T: 01765 635321 W: www.lightwatervalley.co.uk Firework Spectacular choreographed to music set over the picturesque Swan Lake. Theme park opens as usual from 10am with Fireworks at dusk.
LEEDS CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC BONFIRES
Dates: TBC W: www.leeds.gov.uk
In the shadows of the Priory ruins by the banks of the River Wharfe, Bolton Abbey’s annual bonfire and firework display returns alongside fire eaters and traditional fairground rides.
In Leeds they celebrate bonfire night on a grand scale, with huge bonfires and awe-inspiring firework displays in parks across the city including Roundhay Park, East End Park, Woodhouse Moor, Springhead Park, Middleton Park and Bramley Park.
CANNON HALL FARM BONFIRE SPECTACULAR
SELBY BONFIRE AND FIREWORK EVENT
Date: 4 November Cawthorne, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 4AT T: 01226 790 427 W: www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk With a DJ and kids entertainment rounded off by the lighting of the bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display, tickets to the event also include admission to the farm and activities during the day.
ELLAND COMMUNITY BONFIRE
Date: 3 November Hullen Edge Recreation Ground, Elland, Calderdale, West Yorkshire HX5 0QY W: www.calderdale.gov.uk Welcome to Calderdale’s largest public Bonfire and Firework Display. There’ll be two huge firework displays, lighting of the bonfire, a fire dance display team, food stalls, hot drinks, fairground rides, games stalls and music too; what more could you need for a wonderful night out with friends and family?
Date: 3 November Selby Community Centre Field, Scott Road, Selby, North Yorkshire YO8 4BL W: selbytowncouncil.gov.uk/whatson/bonfire/ A great free event for all the family held on the Community Centre field with fun fairground rides to entertain all. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm with fireworks at 7pm and 7.30pm.
SLEDMERE HOUSE MUSICAL FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR Date: 27 November
Sledmere, Driffield, East Yorkshire YO25 3XG T: 01377 23 6637 W: www.sledmerehouse.com A great evening out for all of the family, with have a go circus skills, funfair, refreshments and licensed bar, culminating in their ‘Welcome to the Circus’ themed ‘Musical Fireworks Spectacular’.
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THORNTON HALL COUNTRY PARK 20 Church Road, Thornton in Craven, North Yorkshire BD23 3TS
T: 01282 841 148 W: www.thorntonhallcountrypark.co.uk E: email@example.com
Spooky activities at the Farm this Halloween - come along if you dare to their School of Wizards & Witches! All the usual farm fun including bloody lamb and calf feeding, freaky animal petting and eerie egg collecting! Come Pumpkin Picking in their pumpkin patch! * As well as scary mazes, pumpkin carving * and freaky face painting! * Normal admission applies - no advance ticket required. *Small additional charge.
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KIRKLEES LIGHT RAILWAY
Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD8 9XJ
T: 01484 865 727 W: www.kirkleeslightrailway.com Stagger along for a frightful night aboard the Kirklees Light Railway’s Halloween Ghost Trains, if you dare… Running on the evenings of 26, 27 & 28 October, this event is not for the fainthearted and for children over 3 only. If your little horrors are too young for the Ghost Trains, come along during the day from 27 October to 4 November to enjoy some less scary (but still spooky) activities.
WHITBY ABBEY – SPOOKY HALF TERM
Castle Howard, York, North Yorkshire YO60 7DA
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JT
T: 01653 648 333 W: www.castlehoward.co.uk
T: 01947 603 568 W: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey/events
Pirates V Zombies! Join the fun at Castle Howard this October half term for a Halloween experience like no other. The House and Grounds have been taken over by a gang of ghostly pirates and ghoulish zombies and they’re on the lookout for new recruits! Hidden deep within Castle Howard’s burnt out wing lies the ancient cure to zombification. Whilst somewhere amongst the twisting woodland paths is a hoard of lost Pirate treasure waiting to be unearthed. And there’s about
to be an epic clash between the two camps of the living dead. But which team will you join? #TeamPirate or #TeamZombie? Families of all ages can enjoy a day of indoor and outdoor trails, solving clues along the way, taking part in craft activities and joining fun workshops to learn the ways of the zombies and the pirates, before a daily battle commences. Why not dress the part (think Captain Jack Sparrow, Swashbuckle right through to Dawn of the Dead).
Find some fangtastic family fun this October half term. As you wander through the haunting ruins and enjoy the dramatic views from the headland it’s easy to imagine how Bram Stoker got his inspiration for Dracula. The famous Victorian novel has made the seaside town the Goth Capital of Britain and there is always a special spooky feel to Whitby and the Abbey around Halloween.
The little ones will be entertained, and maybe a little scared, with bone-chilling tales from the creepy story teller and make sure to follow their spooky trail around the site. Frightening fancy dress is encouraged! Tickets available on the day adult £7.90, concession £7.90, children £4.70 and family tickets £20.50.
LIGHTWATER VALLEY North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT
T: 01765 635 321 W: www.lightwatervalley.co.uk
THE FORBIDDEN CORNER Tupgill Park Estate, Coverham, Middleham, North Yorkshire DL8 4TJ
T: 01969 640 638 W: www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises, unlike anywhere that you have been before. Explore the temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere and extraordinary statues. At every turn there are decisions to be made and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.
During Halloween week at The Forbidden Corner, there are lots of spooky goings on throughout the gardens, with witches, giant spiders, ghosts and ghouls. Look out for the haunted pumpkin garden and if you dare, brave the Mausoleum lost for centuries and only recently unearthed. There are prizes for finding the lost bones in the gardens and a Halloween quiz too. On the 31 October there is the very popular fancy-dress competition, with some great prizes on offer.
Visit Frightwater Valley for their annual Halloween spooktacular from 27 to 31 October as all manner of ghastly ghosts and gruesome ghouls lurk within the shadows of the theme park. During the day friendly frights are suitable for the whole family but BE WARNED as dusk falls you will need to tread very carefully as… the darker the night the scarier the fright! In the park there is plenty of thrill seeking fun to be had including Eagles Claw, The Ultimate (Europe’s longest roller coaster)
the underground world of Raptor Attack, Apollo and aboard the Black Pearl. While there are plenty of rides for junior thrill seekers too, including Splash Falls, the Wild River Rapids, Skull Rock, the Flying Cutlass and Jumpin’ Jacks! bouncy pillow. Younger guests will love the outdoor and indoor play, Adventure Playground, Mini Sand Diggers, Lightwater Express train ride, Eagles Creek Farm tractor ride, plus a selection of young fun fairground rides too.
WHITBY ABBEY – ILLUMINATED ABBEY SWINTON BIVOUAC HALLOWEEN TRAIL
Bivouac at Druid’s Temple, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4JZ
T: 01765 680 900 W: www.swintonestate.com/bivouac/ Enjoy a Halloween trail around the woodland and Druids Temple at Swinton Bivouac on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, answering spooky questions along the way. Bivouac’s Café Bistro will be open to warm up with a speciality hot chocolate and cake! £4 per child | Gift upon return | 27 October – 4 November.
Abbey Lane, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JT
T: 01947 603 568 W: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/whitby-abbey/events Cast a light on a dark history this Halloween! See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again. Have your camera at the ready as you explore the Gothic splendour of the ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow. And of course it wouldn’t be Halloween without the Count! See the story of Dracula brought to life before your very eyes
within the abbey ruins all aglow, with a twist on their usual show. Stop by the historical traders’ market to warm up with a bite to eat and a hot drink or treat yourself to a spooky souvenir to take home. Tickets available on the day but book online before 19 October to receive a 10% discount. Adult £10, concession £8.50, children £6 and family tickets £26.