Spooky season is around the corner and with the forest exploding with fireworks of oranges, honeys and deep moss greens, there is no better time to visit the New Forest.
Throughout October there are a whole host of activities, perfect for the whole family to kick start the season. Whether you’re a Halloween thrill seeker or simply interested in the cute pumpkin decor, we’ve compiled our top 10 Halloween experiences, activities and days out to lift your spirits, just take a look below.
Running from the 23rd to 29th October, Exbury Gardens are unleashing their Ghost Train. A supernatural cargo of ghosts and ghouls have made their home in the eerie woodlands. Journey on the haunting express and join the quest to stamp out the Exbury ghosts for once and for all.
Price: £8 for non-members
Pumpkin Time returns for another year at the spectacular and spooky Sunnyfields Farm. Immerse yourself in marvellous displays of misshapen and extra-large displays. Pick from the patch with over 1000 pumpkins to choose from. Not forgetting the fantastic photo opportunities dotted around the farm.
Price: £5.50 (under 2’s go free)
It’s a spooktacular Halloween at Paultons Park. With the park dressed to impress, make sure to stop by the Legend of Paultons Manor show, an all-singing and dancing extravaganza. Not forgetting The Fairy Garden, dressed with webs and pumpkins for a truly magical experience. On the 24th, 25th and 26th the park will be open until 7:30pm.
Price: from £41.75 (under 1 metre go free)
Lepe Country Park
Can you help find the ingredients to Willow the Witch’s potion? Collect your map from the Visitors Services Desk in The Lookout and journey through Lepe Country Park on their Halloween Trail. But be aware for creepy critters. The trail runs from the 23rd to 29th October.
New Forest Activities Spooky Halloween River Tour
Learn the stories and history of the resident Beaulieu ghosts on New Forest Activities Spooky Halloween River Tour. That’s if you’re brave enough of course. Paddle the river’s dark waters by moonlight and come dressed to impress in your spookiest Halloween costumes. After hearing of the ghoulish ghost tails enjoy hot chocolate and Halloween candy.
Price: £99 for a family of four
New Forest Activities Halloween Archery Shootings
A spooky twist on New Forest Activities bestselling archery. With ghosts, ghouls, zombies and werewolves acting as your new targets, are you up for the challenge? Not forgetting the pumpkin shooting, where the little ones have the option to decorate their spooktacular creation before watching it go splat! Smashing fun for the whole family.
Price: £80 for a family of four
St Barbe Museum
Set in Lymington, St Barbe Museum is opening its doors this Wednesday 25th for a spooktastic family fun day, with ample Halloween themed craft activities to treat your little monsters. Drop in between 10:30 and 3:30pm
Bought to you by London Touring Company and Furzey Gardens, listen to the haunting tales of three classic ghost stories as you wander the garden grounds. Running from the 25th to 31st October, be prepared to be transported to a thrilling world.
Price: From £14.50
Beaulieu Motor Museum
Looking for some October half term fun for the whole family? Well look no further than Beaulieu Motor Museum and their haunting hunt for ghostly ghouls located around the museum ground.
Price: From £13.50
From the 27th to 29th October, why not join Calshot Castle for some haunting Halloween fun. With almost 500 years of history, you’ll be mingling with the ghosts and ghouls, so don’t forget your costume. Traverse the pumpkin trail, listen to spooky stories and play some ghoulish games. You’ll also make a creepy craft to take home.
Price: From £7