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Steel yourselves for a ghostly and creepy castle tour
Children should prepare to be spooked and entertained in equal measure this Halloween as Tamworth Castle in Staffordshire provides the perfect backdrop for creepy entertainment. Ghostly goings-on will be taking place at the medieval castle from Tuesday, October 26 to Sunday, October 31. The new Halloween at the Castle attraction will comprise of spooky-themed rooms and a quiz based on gruesome tales. The quiz will follow a series of Halloween themed scenes and clues, set out in the main rooms of the castle with gruesome facts and questions. Children who participate with the quiz will receive a free lollipop from the shop. Halloween is the perfect time to explore the historic castle and have fun finding out more about the myths and legends of Tamworth's haunted past. Historic reports of strange noises, furniture being moved and ghostly horses running around the castle all add to the air of mystery surrounding this ancient building. For admission prices, or to book tickets online in advance, please visit www.tamworthcastle.co.uk, or call Tamworth Information Centre on 01827 709618.

Halloween at the Castle, Tamworth Castle
Watch out for ghosts and ghouls at Tamworth Castle


In addition to the ghostly goings-on, horror film lovers are invited to attend the screening of one of the silent era's masterpieces in the imposing Great Hall of the castle. Nosferatu will be shown with the addition of live accompaniment by Minima, on Saturday, October 23 from 8pm, although there are limited seats available. Nosferatu, released in 1922, has an eerie, Gothic feel as well as a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire. It is widely acknowledged to have set the template for horror films that followed. Minima are a Bristol-based four-piece group specialising in live accompaniment to screenings of silent films since 2006. Their instrumentation includes cello, double bass, guitars, dulcimer, synthesizer and drum kit, creating an uncompromising and unique live sound.

Nosferatu
The classic horror movie to be screened in the castle's Great Hall


For information on these. and other Halloween-themed events taking place in Tamworth, please visit: www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk/whats-on
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Why? Prepared to be spooked on a visit to Tamworth Castle
When: Oct 23 to 31
Phone: 01827 709618
Where: Tamworth Castle, Holloway, Tamworth B79 7NA
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