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20 of the best Halloween events in Derbyshire and the Peak District

PUBLISHED: 11:15 28 September 2017 | UPDATED: 21:10 29 October 2017

Photo: English Heritage (Robert Smith)

Photo: English Heritage (Robert Smith)


A mini guide to spooky Halloween events, walks and activities in Derbyshire and the Peak District

5th, 12th, 19th, 26th October

Chesterfield Ghost Tours

Thursdays, starting at 7.30pm. Take a ghostly tour around the darkened streets of historic Chesterfield and discover the town’s dark, macabre past. History will be brought to life by your entertaining and informative tour guide - expect an evening full of murder, mystery and ghosts galore. Booking essential. Tours start outside the Market Pub at 95 New Square, Chesterfield, S40 1AH, www.chesterfield-ghost-trail.co.uk


7th-8th, 14th-15th & 20th-31st October 

Alton Towers Scarefest 

The theme park stays open until 9pm so visitors can experience thrilling rides in the dark, and there’s also the chance to explore scary mazes, see the Scarefest Freak Show and meet and greet spooky characters. Visit www.altontowers.com


12th-31st October

Screamfest at National Forest Adventure Farm

Terrifying attractions include Night Bringer, exploring whether there is life after death; the Freakout circus of crazy clowns, frightful freaks and terrorising terrors; and Children of the Corn, a journey into the nightmares of a terrifying childhood, where under cover of darkness you’ll be dropped in a gigantic corn maze. Whilst you recover from the Scare attractions, the Courtyard will be buzzing with food stalls and roaming entertainment. Gates open 7pm, park closes 11pm. Not recommended for under 12s. Booking essential. National Forest Adventure Farm, Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent, 01283 533933, www.adventurefarm.co.uk


14th October - 2nd November 

Spooky Trail 

A fun, self-guided trail for families around Ilam Park. Spot secret clues and spooky wildlife along the way, make a woodland potion and hunt for the witch’s toothbrush. Ilam Park (National Trust), Ilam, nr Ashbourne. Tel: 01335 350503


20th-29th October

Hallowe’en Spook-tacular 

Pick your own pumpkin, take part in Scare School, learn to fly a broomstick and explore the Haunted House. National Forest Adventure Farm, Tatenhill, Burton. Tel: 01283 533933 www.adventurefarm.co.uk


21st-29th October

Hallowe’en Hoot 

Frighteningly good fun for little monsters around every corner at Chatsworth House, near Bakewell. Visit www.chatsworth.org/events


21st-29th October

Shipley (Un)Natural Trail 

Follow the Hallowe’en trail and search for the clues that will help you learn about creepy critters and beastly bugs. Shipley Country Park.

Tel: 01629 533991


21st-27th October

Bolsover Tricks and Tonics 

Join the potion master and work your magic as you make a potion to take home – and learn some amazing magic tricks along the way. Bolsover Castle (English Heritage), 11am-4pm. Tel: 0370 333 1181


22nd-31st October

Fright Fest at Bolsover 

Spooky night-time tours of one of England’s most haunted sites, plus Hallowe’en entertainment including Only Fools and Corpses play. Bolsover Castle (English Heritage), 6pm-11pm. Tel: 0370 333 1181


23rd-27th October

Hallowe’en at Haddon 

Themed activities and events for the whole family to enjoy. Haddon Hall, Bakewell. Tel: 01629 812855


23rd-28th October

Starlight Spectacular at Crich

Crich Tramway Village will be illuminated with special lighting effects and trams in the dark. Crich Tramway Village, Crich DE4 5DP, www.tramway.co.uk



Hallowe’en Spooktacular at Matlock Farm Park

Try your hand at daily pumpkin carving or embark on a treasure hunt or a spooky guided tour, featuring the legendary Headless Horseman and Wanda the Witch. Matlock Farm Park, Jaggers Lane, Darley Moor, Matlock DE4 5LH, 01246 590200, matlockfarmpark.co.uk



Georgian Jollies: Spooky Treats

Design, decorate and eat your very own spooky treat – just in time for Halloween! Draw inspiration from the spooky stories of Pickford’s House to create a ghoulish cake to take home. 41 Friar Gate, Derby DE1 1DA 01332 641901 www.derbymuseums.org


26th October

Pumpkin Party at Calke 

Buy a home-grown pumpkin or bring one along to decorate in your own scary style. Calke Abbey (National Trust), Ticknall. Tel: 01332 863822 www.nationaltrust.org.uk


28th October

Ghost Tour at Peak Cavern

Embark on a spooky ghost tour, deep within the eerie underground chambers at the famous show cave at Castleton. Some stories are unsuitable for under 11’s. For tickets contact 01433 620285. Peak Cavern Road, Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WS. www.peakcavern.co.uk


28th October

Treetops Pumpkin Walk

Family fun including themed walk and fancy dress competition. Treetops Hospice, Derby Rd, Risley, 4pm-7pm.

Tel: 0115 949 6930


28th-31st October

Hallowe’en at Conkers

All your worst nightmares are set to become reality at Conkers annual ghostly encounter. Venture into the haunted woods with the ghostly ghouls, witches and trolls, visit the creepy cavern and hear the ghostly tales of what you may find in the centre, and then take a trip on the runaway train. Everyone is invited to the ‘Ugly Bugs Disco’ - which includes a fancy dress competition - and there will be entertainment in the covered Amphitheatre with a Hallowe’en show at 7pm and 8pm. Conkers Waterside Centre, Rawdon Rd, Moira, 6pm. Tel: 01283 216633, www.visitconkers.com


28th-29th October

Witches, Wizards and Goosebumps at Cromford 

Follow the Hallowe’en trail, meet unusual animals, take part in a lantern-making workshop and play traditional games. Cromford Mills,

nr Matlock, 10am-4pm.

Tel: 01629 823256


29th October

The Canterville Ghost

A one-man show written especially for children and young families adaptated from the famous Oscar Wilde tale. 6pm-7pm  £10.00pp 01332 842191  www.nationaltrust.org.uk


1st November

Ghost and History Walk with Richard Felix

Join the local historic expert and former star of TV’s Most Haunted on a spooky stroll around Darley Abbey. The tour will visit World Heritage Site Darley Abbey Mills, Mr Evans' mill workers' cottages, Darley Park, St Matthew's School, ending at the Abbey pub, the site of an Augustinian monastery. http://darleyabbeyghostwalk.com


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