Half Term Halloween Fun at Holker
Saturday 27th October to Wednesday 31st October 2012
Wicked Walks in the Holker Garden: Children can follow the Holker guide on a Halloween walk full of mystery and spooky shadows. Wander through the trees and glades, through the Pagan Grove and Labyrinth to the witches’ cottage deep in the magical garden.
Why not get into the spooky spirit and come in fancy dress.
Guided walks take place on Saturday (27th) , Sunday (28th) and Tuesday (30th) at 11.00am and 2.00pm and tickets are priced at £3.50 per person. Places are limited so pre-booking is recommended. Children must be accompanied and the walks are suitable for 3 years upwards.
Self Guided - Halloween Garden trail
If you would prefer to tour the gardens at your leisure, but with an extra dimension to interest our younger visitors why not purchase a Halloween Quiz sheet? You’ll need to be keep your wits about you as you try and spot our pumpkin clues dangling in the spooky shadows. (Available during garden opening hours – Sunday to Wednesday). Sheets cost £1. Garden admission is charged – Adults £7.50 and children free.
Loathsome Lanterns: Bring along your own carved lantern, be it pumpkin, turnip, squash or marrow and take part in the pumpkin parade! The best one will win a prize. Judging will take place at 12.15pm and 3.15pm daily.
Creepy Crafts: Hands-on Halloween craft activities will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in the education room. Drop-in sessions in both the morning and afternoon will run from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.00pm-3.00pm priced £3.50 per child. No need to book.
Cauldron Café: The Holker Courtyard Café will also be serving delightfully disgusting food straight from the cafe cauldron.
Halloween Hunters! Family night-time wildlife safari
Join us for a spooky walk through Roudsea's ancient woodland and experience a truly wild place at night-time onWednesday 31st October, 5.00pm - 7.00pm
There will be lots of fun activities along the way as we hunt out the nocturnal wildlife living in the woods. And there may even be a few spooky surprises. The walk itself will be easy-going and no more than 1 mile long. The walk and activities are suitable for children aged 4 years and over.
Transportation to and from the nature reserve will be provided from Holker Hall. Guests can park at Holker Hall for free and will be returned to Holker at the end of the walk. Please wear supportive footwear and warm, waterproof clothing. Bring a torch. Fancy dress is optional!
Pre-booking is required as numbers are limited. £3.50pp
Holker Winter Market
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November 10.30am – 4pm
Fabulous Food and Gorgeous Gifts
Stock up on some local produce and artisan gifts as the Winter Market returns to Holker with over 40 stalls all showcasing the best produce on offer for the festive season. Start your Christmas shopping with a trip to the Holker Gift Shop, including the chance to buy some of exquisite decorations for Christmas. End of season Garden Tours are a great way to see our gardens at this very magical time, as nature offers beautiful colours, shapes and smells before hibernating fully for Winter.
Discover perfect foodie gifts at the Holker Food Hall with a selection of delicious sweet and savoury treats, including a variety of gift boxes and hampers. Round off your trip to the Winter Market with a visit to the cosy Courtyard Café and sample some seasonal, local and speciality foods or indulge in the Holker BBQ which will be serving Holker meats.
The Ilex Bar & BrasserieOpen for lunches - including a very special Sunday lunch -
This weekend’s damp weather didn’t affect the fiery fun at Holker with a full house for the chilli eating competitions hosted by Darth Naga. A packed Courtyard watched on as 10 competitors (on each day) took part in the lively competition. Saturday’s competition was the most entertaining yet with Darth commenting it was best one he had ever hosted - humorous contestants were encouraged by the lively crowd - with Jordan from Barrow taking centre stage. Joint winners took the trophy on Saturday and Ed Duffy was crowned Sunday’s winner after reaching around 250,000 scovilles.