Thursday, 22 October 2015

Come down to Beningbrough this half term for Hallowe’en-themed activities… If you dare!

(C) National trust Images / Andreas von Einsiedel
It’s nearly time for half term, and here at Beningbrough we’re getting everything ready for Hallowe’en! There are a wide variety of spooky activities to keep you entertained throughout the week, including spooky sound trails, glass lantern designing and bat walks...


Join the costume parade!
On the 31st, meet professional storyteller Eden, from Stories Alive, and listen to him relay some ghostly tales about the hall and its residents. The sessions are free; just drop in from 12.30 –  4pm. Eden will also be leading the costume parade, so come dressed up and show off your scariest outfit! The parade will begin at 3pm in front of the house, so make sure you don’t miss it.

Half term week
Boris the Bat needs your help...

For the rest of half term, you can join Boris the Bat and the rest of the Beningbrough Buddies, and help them by solving the clues on the Trick or Treat Mystery. Find out who has been tricking them and who has left an eerie invitation! Leave your entries once you've completed the trail for a chance to win one of the special prizes.

Guess the weight of the giant pumpkin on display in the Stable Courtyard in order to win it in time for carving for your trick or treating. Entry slips are in the Bothy, and there will be a box ready for you to pop your entries in. If the weather isn't the best you can make your way through the house, seeing if you can find the creepy creatures in the rooms…

Hallowe’en Artrageous

Drop in to Artrageous in the Garden Room for some special Hallowe’en-themed decorating. Design your own glass jar lantern, complete with a candle, to light your way in the dark! It's also perfect for a party. Come down between 1 and 3pm from Thursday to Saturday to get creative. (There’s a small charge to cover the cost of the materials).

Beningbrough Bat Walk!

(C) National Trust Images / Hugh Clark
On Friday and Saturday, trek round the gardens after dark with our resident wildlife expert, to search for these nocturnal creatures and their hideouts. We’ll be using a sonar, to see if we can locate them flying. Wrap up warm and bring a torch, because it gets very cold after dark here at Beningbrough! The walk costs £4pp (plus normal admission if you enter the property before 5pm), and booking is essential. There aren’t many places left, so call 01904 472014 to secure your spot.

Spooky storytelling
(C) Lucy Wilson

Last week, a few students from York St John University came to Beningbrough to help out with the Hallowe’en preparations. One of the things they created was a self-led story box, based around a new character: Beatrice the Beningbrough witch. There are feely boxes which contain different ingredients for her potion, so you can place your hands in and guess which gruesome item you are touching! Then try creating your own potion, decide what it will do and get creating your own stories. We just want to say thank you to the students for all your hard work.

So get ready for mysterious trails, spooky tales and much more at Beningbrough this half term! Open everyday except Monday.

Visit for more information, or to see a larger version of the half term planner.

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