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From carving pumpkins to ghostly goings-on in a castle
There will no shortage of half-term spooktacular fun in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth next week. There's plenty to keep families entertained between October 24 and the beginning of November, from a haunted castle and pumpkin carving to candlelit tours and lantern making. Halloween is the perfect time to discover and explore medieval Tamworth Castle and encounter some of the resident ghosts said to haunt its walls. The popular attraction will be inviting visitors to take part in a variety of Halloween-themed activities for all ages from October 26 to November 1. Slightly further afield, near the village of Clifton Campville, Halloween Steam and Scream will be hosted at Statfold Barn Railway on October 26 and 27. Visitors are invited to wear fancy dress and embark on a train journey past the spooky pirate ship to Hangman's Creek.
Pumpkin carving is among the Halloween activities in Tamworth
Planters Garden Centre is hosting the return of its Halloween-themed Pumpkin Paddock until October 31, with family fun including pumpkin picking and carving, and games. More pumpkin enjoyment can be found at Manor Fruits Farm in Hints, near Tamworth, with Pumpkin Fest open from October 26 to November 3, where visitors can choose their own pumpkins from the field. There will be a bouncy castle area, plus children's activities. In addition, a wide range of food will be on offer from the onsite café and the Strawberry Cabin Tea Room and Restaurant. Youngsters are also invited to attend free drop-in workshops during half-term where they will be able to make special lanterns to carry in this year's Christmas Lantern Parade on November 24. The workshops are being held in Ankerside Shopping Centre on October 26 and November 16. Elsewhere, Middleton Hall will be specially lit by candles from October 24 to October 26, when visitors are invited to learn about the building's history, plus hear spooky stories about the ghost that is said to haunt the hall. There will also be a Halloween at the Hall event on October 30 and 31.
Halloween at Ash End Farm and Play Barn is again offering a farm n' barn combi-ticket from October 26 to November 1. Visitors will have access to all the usual farm fun, unlimited time in The Big Play Barn, plus entry to their Spooky Barn. This year, there will be additional crafts and face painting in the chandelier-lit Forest Room in the Play Barn. If you fancy a boogie this Halloween, then why not visit the Castle Hotel on Saturday 26 October, from 7pm. Together 4 Tamworth presents a Halloween charity Fancy Dress Disco (adults only event), raising funds for next year's Tamworth Carnival. Dress in your scariest costume for a chance to win a £50 prize. Tamworth is also a great place to get back to nature with an abundance of nature reserves and country parks to explore; perfect for a crisp autumn walk. Many parks also host their own Halloween events such as 'Halloween Lanterns' and 'Twiggly Broomsticks' at Kingsbury Water Park, on October 29 and 30.
Historic Middleton Hall will be lit up by candles during Halloween