Explore the Halloween history, culture and landscape of Wiltshire!Posted on 15th October 2016
If you’re heading to Wiltshire during the Halloween season, you will not be disappointed! With a huge array of weird and wonderful events to give you the ghoulies this year, a cottage holiday in Wiltshire is the perfect way to experience the spooky season. Whether you’re a group of friends looking for a fun way to kick off a Halloween night out or are simply somewhere between thrill-seeker and easily scared, there are many events in Wiltshire to delight all.
If you’re seeking a scare, the county has plenty of creepy events to quell your curiosity. Whether you love a ghost story or fancy trying out something new and different during the Halloween season, these events are sure to surprise and spook all.
Delve into Wiltshire’s weird and wonderful history
Monster Treasure Trails, American Museum in Britain (Calverton, Bath)
Explore Dallas Pratt’s ancient map collection, curiously riddled with gruesome beasts and monsters. Guests can design their very own maps of the Museum and its grounds, which are filled with spooky creatures of your own creation.
Museums at Night (Salisbury and Bath)
Running in both Bath and Salisbury, “Museums at Night” will spark the intellectual interest of guests as well as the excitement of the weird and wonderful. Salisbury’s “Tim FitzHigham as Will Kemp” event commemorates the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, featuring Morris dancing and danger in a story of a journey from London to Norwich in 9 days, attempting to discover the true nature of comedy. Bath’s “Fright at the Museum” sees gloomy spirits emerge from the museum to mill around the galleries with spine-chilling stories ready to recite to visitors.
American Ghost Tour, American Museum in Britain (Calverton, Bath)
The American Museum in Britain invites guests to indulge in an evening of eerie tales taken from some of the darkest chapters of American history. Set in the Museum’s evocative Period Rooms, the journey begins in the famous witch hunts of 17th century Salem and takes you through the most unusual events that have occurred in the U.S.
Wiltshire’s creepy cultural highlights
Dracula at Salisbury Arts Centre (Salisbury)
For theatre-lovers, this is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. This classic story of love, blood and gore is recreated by The Last Baguette Theatre Company with 21 characters played by just 4 actors in truly impressive style. This wild quest to solve a befuddling murder will have you hooked throughout this age-old gothic horror.
Day of the Dead Fiesta, American Museum In Britain (Calverton, Bath)
Go global with the American Museum In Britain’s mesmerising Day of the Dead fiesta. Celebrating this unique Mexican tradition where families honour deceased loved ones with sugar skulls, dancing skeletons and piles of marigolds, this is the perfect opportunity to party whilst expanding your cultural knowledge. Enjoy music from the brilliant Mariachi Tequila band and leave your own offering on the altar.
Explore the eerie Wiltshire outdoors
Ampfield Woods’ Spooky Bushcraft (Romsey)
To truly get away from it all and try something new this Halloween, Ampfield Woods’ Spooky Bushcraft sessions are the answer. Enjoy spooky songs and stories around the campfire whilst learning how to safely light a fire in the wild, making popcorn and toasting marshmallows. There’s plenty of time for ‘wild play’ in the woods for the kids and also opportunities to learn new outdoor skills.
This family-friendly guided tour is fantastic for families and groups of friends alike. If you’re interested in finding out more about Wiltshire’s incredible history, this full-day tour of the curious collections of the Wiltshire Museum is perfect. Following this, groups will be taken on a guided walk from the Durrington Walls to Stonehenge to discover the spooky history of this spiritual site.
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