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

PUBLISHED: 11:15 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 21 September 2018

Photo: English Heritage (Robert Smith)

Photo: English Heritage (Robert Smith)

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

26th, 27th, 31st 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

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6th - 7th, 13th - 14th, 19th October - 2nd November 2018

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

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11th October - 3rd November

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

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27th October - 4th 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

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ilam-park-dovedale-and-the-white-peak/whats-on

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26th October - 4th November

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

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27th October - 4th November

Hallowe’en Hoot 

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

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27th October - 4th November

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

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27th October - 2nd November

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

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26th-31st October

Fright Night at Bolsover 

Discover gruesome goings-on at Bolsover Castle during the Great Plague of 1666.

Bolsover Castle (English Heritage), 6pm-11pm. Tel: 0370 333 1181

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25th, 29th, 30th and 31st October

Halloween Tours at Haddon Hall

Evening Halloween Tours at Haddon Hall focus on the unusual and fascinating Apotropaic Marks, sometimes called Witch Marks, which can be found around the masonry and woodwork of the Hall, and discuss their origins, purpose and the motivation of the unknown individuals who left their mark on the fabric of the building. Haddon Hall, Bakewell. Tel: 01629 812855

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29th October - 3rd November

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

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31st October

Hallowe’en Party at Matlock Farm Park

Details are yet to be confirmed for this event, but you can also visit the park between 29th-31st for the Creep Critters event.

Matlock Farm Park, Jaggers Lane, Darley Moor, Matlock DE4 5LH, 01246 590200, matlockfarmpark.co.uk

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31st October

ART HUB: Spook up the Museum Gif and Memes

In this digital session you can find out how we can use GIF’s and memes to give the museum objects and spaces a spooky feel.

Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BS www.derbymuseums.org

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31st 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

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6th. 13th, 20th, 27th 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

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27th October

Treetops Pumpkin Walk

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

Tel: 0115 949 6930

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29th-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

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27th-28th October

Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls at Cromford 

A weekend of all things spooky. From witches and wizards to ghosts and ghouls, dust off your broomstick and join in the fun.

Cromford Mills, nr Matlock, 10am-4pm. Tel: 01629 823256

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26th

Halloween Murder Mystery

Murder mystery and dinner 

Kedleston Hall, Derby DE22 5JD, 7pm, Tel: 01332477222

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27th October - 4th November 

Matlock Bath Frankenstein Festival

A village festival with story telling, music evenings, film shows etc. 

thefrankensteinfestival.co.uk

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