We dare you!!
With summer over and the nights getting darker we are missing being outdoors. Luckily for us Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to get in the mood for it than a Halloween Festival!
Tulleys Farm is transformed in to a magical Halloween theme park with immersive theatrical shows to scare the kids silly.
We are big fans of immersive theatre and have been really lucky to experience some fantastic shows at festivals like Boomtown over the summer months. Theatre you can become part of is so much more engaging for kids than sitting on your bum and staring at a static stage. If you are looking for something fun and different to keep the kids busy this half term then check out Tulleys.
Spooktober Pumpkin and Spook Fest is aimed at 6-13 year old but there were lots of younger guests there too when we visited. If your little ones scare easily it’s worth waiting until they are the recommended age though as we saw a fair few tears while we went through the attractions. It’s also quite busy so pushchairs are best left in the car. Nothing is too far apart for little legs.
First stop for us was the main square where I was upset to find fun fair rides with an additional fee, but soon discovered there were only these two optional extras to pay for and one flight simulator. All the other attractions are included in the entry price which is around £50 for a family. There are plenty of additional things like food and drink to spend money on but you are welcome to bring your own snacks so can have a reasonably good value family day out.
The 3D cinema was the first attraction we came to. This was a journey around a mystical castle covered in creepy crawlies and 3 dimensional critters than leap from the screen at you. A hit with the kids so they insisted on watching it twice.
We loved the haunted movie studio tour on the Horrid Hayride. The actors climb on board the tractor you’re travelling on and interact with the kids on board. Grandma almost jumped out of her skin when an explosion went off. Lots of fun and well done to all the hard working actors.
Next we got totally lost in the Spooky Trail hunting characters. Eventually we found our way out and the kids got a slimy surprise.
After thoroughly covering ourselves in gooey gunk we headed to see the Witches in the Woods and entered Miss Skeletan’s school for spells.
The Twisted Fun House sounds like a laugh but it scared the life out of the kids and grandma wouldn’t even go through the first door as she’s scared of the dark. We stumbled around inside in our 3D glasses and really weren’t sure what to expect. I though this was great. Like being in a neon nightclub without having to go out after 10pm.
We spent around 4 hours at Tulleys and could have stayed longer but were exhausted. We ended the day with a good rest in the relaxing tea room gardens and lovely afternoon cream tea while the kids played in the play park. Although we’d had every intention to return to visit The Creepy Cottage we were enjoying the unexpected autumn sunshine and Animal Patch too much and missed the closing time of the attractions of 4pm. Next year.
Tulleys Farm is also home to a permanent escape room AND the world-famous Shocktober Fest Scream Park. It looks totally terrifying. Rated12A, kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult because its so scary. According to friends it’s the best Halloween experience ever so I’m dying to check it out with the kids when they are old enough. It’s won the title ‘UK’s No.1 Halloween Attraction’ and sells out every year so you have to book early.