All this and much more awaits families looking for entertainment in Derbyshire over the half-term holiday.
We’ve rounded up the best attractions around the county...how many will you be visiting?
There's oodles of fun to be had at Matlock Farm Park including carving your own pumpkin and a spooky trail in the enchanted forest where there are prop based sets and riddles galore, from October 23 to 31. Halloween characters will be roaming the park from October 27 to October 31 and watch out for Matlock's headless horseman as the sun goes down. You can also enjoy sheep racing, small animal handling, meerkat talks, wallaby encounters and ferret racing as well as pony rides for children or play indoors at The Rainforest or outdoors on the Jumping Pillow. Tickets at www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk Witch Wendolyn’s Craft Workshops for the children. Matlock’s legendary HEADLESS HORSEMAN making an appearance late afternoon as the light goes down. On the spot Prizes for best fancy dress!
Photo: Matlock Farm
Ghost stories set in Derbyshire and the short play, The Chinese Room, will be presented at Dot-teas Emporium, Belper, on October 31 at 1pm. Find out about Belper's ghostly past and the prevalence of body-snatching in the town in the early 19th century in a talk by Leslie Oldfield who wrote the book The Man on the Walkway. Admission £6.
Enjoy a tripboat cruise down Chesterfield Canal, leaving Hollingwood Hub on October 23, 25, 27 and 30. Cruises on Monday, October 25, will be raising money for Cardiac Risk in the Young as the tripboat is named after 15-year-old Madeline Siddall who lost her life to Young Sudden Cardiac Death in 2011. Trips on October 30 will have a Halloween theme. The trips are 50 minutes and cost £4 for under 16s and £6 for adults. To book, go to https://chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk
Photo: Chesterfield Canal Trust
12. Matlock Bath
A Halloween Grotto will be making an appearance for the first time at the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath. The grotto will provide tours underground led by Belinda Broomsticks, the good witch of Masson Hill, and every child will receive a gift from the enchanted cauldron. Tours will take place between 12 noon and 2.40pm every 20 minutes from Saturday, October 23, to Sunday, October 31. Scarecrow displays and a trail to find 13 magical black cats are also on offer to visitors. To book go to www.heightsofabraham.com
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