Spellbinding Halloween at Borde Hill

When:
22nd October 2017 @ 11:00 am – 31st October 2017 @ 3:00 pm
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Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a witch or wizard?  Then put on your cloak, grab a broomstick, wave your magic wand and transport yourself to Borde Hill Garden to find out.

From 22nd – 31st October 2017, young visitors will receive a dastardly treat from the resident Borde Hill witch if they complete the challenges in their spell book on the ghoulish garden trail.  There will be spooktastic entertainment every day in the haunted marquee, such as Tomfoolery on 23rd, Sublime Science on 25th and Owls About Town on 27th October and much more (see diary below).

All activities  are free, although a small charge will be made for pumpkin carving on 29th October (normal Garden admission charges apply). Donations are welcome. Tickets are unlimited and can be purchased on the day, or in advance by clicking here.


L:R – Professor Cragcrangle’s Creepy Crafts, Tomfoolery, Owls About Town, Little Witches Cafe and Slug & Slime Shack for hungry tummies

Diary of activities: in the marquee 11am-3pm, unless stated otherwise* (Garden open 10am-5pm, Adventure Playground 10am-4.30pm)

Saturday 21st: Professor Cragcrangle’s Creepy Crafts  – CANCELLED due to adverse weather

Come and see Professor Crangcrangle to make some creepy crafts to take home ready for Halloween.

Sunday 22nd: Haunted Mansion Adventure with Froggle Parties, timed shows at 11am, 12.30 and 2pm

Explore the imaginary haunted mansion to go in search of legendary secret treasures, bumping into a friendly ghost who can help with the quest. … A high-energy show including magic, puppetry, comedy, bubbles, party games, balloon modelling and prizes to take home!

Monday 23rd: Tomfoolery, timed shows at 11am, 12.30 and 2pm

Laughter is guaranteed with Tomfoolery’s Halloween-inspired party games, dancing, music, magic, balloons and more! Tomfoolery will engage with everyone to make it a spooky show to remember!

Tuesday 24th: RepTylers

Get hands-on with some amazing reptiles, including Snakes, Tarantulas, Geckos, Chameleons, and more… An educational, interactive experience with a high dose of fun! Children must be accompanied by an adult.DSC_2548

Wednesday 25th: Sublime Science, timed shows at 11am and 2pm

Concoct the perfect mix of spectacular science experiments and hands-on activities in the marquee, including:
• Fizzing Potions, Bubbles and Flying Giant Smoke Rings
• Wacky Noise and Air Experiments
• Gooey Slime-Making (to take home)
• Yummy Sweet Making (which you can eat)
• Tornado Races, Flying Stuff and Spectacular Science Experiments!

Thursday 26th: Face Painting by Busydays

Let the fantastic Busydays face painters transform your little witch or wizard using a wide range of colours and spooky designs.

Friday 27th: Owls About Town

Get up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures in the world! Learn some fun facts about their diets, characteristics and habitats, before taking the opportunity to don a glove and handle some of these wonderful creatures. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday 28th: Poppy’s School for Witches and Wizards, timed shows at 11am, 12pm & 1pm

Poppy the witch has started a new term at Scrimpleshanks school for wizards and witches, but she’s got a little problem…she’s not very good at magic! Join Poppy and her best friend Pip as they try and save the School from disastrous spells, pongy potions and all sorts of crazy creatures, all whilst keeping the mayhem hidden from Headteacher Madame Crickersnack! A fully interactive theatre show for the family, and especially great for ages 4-7 (but all welcome!).

Sunday 29th: Professor Cragcrangle’s Creepy Crafts, 11am-2pm

Come and see Professor Crangcrangle to make some creepy crafts to take home ready for Halloween.

Sunday 29th: Pumpkin Carving, 2-4pm

Carve your own spookish masterpiece in the haunted marquee, ready to add to our ribbon of lit pumpkins threading through the Garden during our Pumpkin Glow event, between 4-5pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult when carving their creations. A small charge of £2 per pumpkin, plus standard admission will apply for this activity.

 Sunday 29th: Pumpkin Glow, 4-5pm

Join us for Pumpkin Glow, where we will attempt to create a record for the longest line of carved pumpkins. Carve your own pumpkin during the afternoon (at an extra charge of £2 per pumpkin), or bring your own creative masterpiece from home to add to our line of lit pumpkins. The Mayor of Hawards Heath will select the best pumpkin design and the winning witch or wizard will receive a £25 Amazon voucher. To be part of our amazing trail and to be in with a chance of winning a prize, please bring your pumpkins from 4pm, with judging taking place at 4.30pm (complimentary Garden entry to Pumpkin Glow visitors from 4pm).

Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st: Get Crafty

Come along a make a spiders web or ghost to take home for Halloween. Show your crafty creations to the Borde Hill witch to see if they are spooktastic!

Daily: Spellbinding Garden Trail

Can you help our little witch, Petronella, who made a mistake practicing her spells and turned her owl, Hoot, into stone! Follow the spellbinding trail to solve the riddles, unlocking the secret password that will bring her owl back to life. At the end, visit the witch in her lair for a treat!

L:R – Sublime Science, Poppy’s Parties, RepTylers, Busydays Face Painting


For hungry tummies…

Visit the Slug & Slime Shack, open Tuesday 24th to Sunday 29th October, 10am-4pm

Creep along to the Slug & Slime Shack for a Ghost Burger, Witches Hog Sausage in a Bat Bap, Vampire Ring Pizza and Devils Finger Fries. Lots of hot and cold brews for little witches and wizards to enjoy. Cash and cards accepted.

Or The Little Witches House, open daily

Serving homemade pumpkin soup straight from the cauldron, blood punch, toasted sandwiches, spider cakes, hot chocolate and many other Halloween-themed options. Takeaway and kids Halloween lunch boxes also available. Cash only, cards are not accepted.

*Information correct at time of publication. May be subject to change.