Saturday, October 26, 2013
Spooky crafts, woodland walks and after dark house tours are among the activities on offer at Arlington for Halloween week.
SPOOKY half term Halloween fun awaits visitors to Arlington Court near Barnstaple.
Torch-lit tours of the house will take place from Tuesday through to Thursday (October 29-31), there will be a haunted estate walk on Halloween night itself and family Halloween crafts from Monday.
The haunted estate walk on Thursday runs from 6-7.30pm and is new for this year. Visitors will be escorted among the eerie unfinished bridge piers and dark woodlands, with a few spooky surprises to keep them on their toes and moving swiftly.
“When autumn dusk is falling in the woods the shadows and bird calls can be unsettling,” said Arlington ranger Holly Purdey.
“We thought this would be the perfect location to test the bravery of those who dare to venture out on Halloween night. While the route is just a little over a mile and a half, it will be interesting to see how quickly the group make it round.
“To add to the atmosphere, we’ll be stopping at scenic points to tell spooky tales, play tricks and let our visitors’ imaginations run wild.”
Drop-in family craft sessions will run each day from October 28-31. Participants will make creepy bats, furry spiders, milk bottle ghosts and spooky hats, all available on different days. The crafts cost £1 per person and normal admission charges apply.
House tours will also be on offer from Tuesday to Thursday at 7pm and 8pm. For only the second time ever, a group of paranormal enthusiasts from Cornwall visited Arlington in July to carry out an investigation of the house.
The night was eventful and whilst it didn’t outright prove the existence of ghosts, many unusual happenings occurred.
Using the group’s findings, the family history and reports from visitors, evening tours of the house will give visitors a greater understanding of the history of Arlington, and a chance to explore after hours.
“This year I was lucky enough to be with the paranormal investigation team during their vigil,” said Natalie Savage, visitor services manager.
“I began the night as a sceptic, but some of the occurrences on that night are difficult to explain, so I’m now more open minded to the possibility of spirits living at Arlington. Anyone who participated on the tours last year will continue to be intrigued by this year’s fresh set of findings.”
The early tour will be suitable for families, but the late tour is only for over 14s. Places on all tours cost £5 per person and must be pre-booked on 01271 850296.