Halloween & Half Term at Longleat

Autumn celebrations are in full swing at Longleat! We’ve long been collecting conkers, and already been on the hunt for Halloween costumes and practicing carving pumpkins.

But most exciting of all, is the number of incredible family activities we have on at Longleat over the next few weeks, all finishing up with one of my favourite events of the year: our dramatic Fantastic Fireworks display.

Right now, we have our first ever Autumn Festival (Sat 21st – Sun 29th Oct) which celebrates all that’s wonderful about the great British autumn and its wildlife. Kids can get up close and personal with owls in the Main Square,* check out our arts and craft stations and even carve their own pumpkin to take home. There’s also the chance to weave in and out of our Hedge Maze (filled with giant pumpkins) or get a taste of country life on one of our mini ride-on tractors.

There’s so much going on, for little ones and grown-ups alike, it’s the perfect day out this half term.

If you’re feeling brave, our seasonal Longleat Ghost Tours have also returned for a limited time. Between the hours of 11.30-4.30am, our spooky ghost tours will take you through unseen cellars, dark corridors and into eerie attics at Longleat House, telling you all the deepest, darkest stories of Longleat’s legendary past.

The story is that the house is haunted by “The Grey Lady” formerly known as Lady Louisa Carteret – wife of Thomas Thynne, the 2nd Viscount Weymouth. Lady Louisa Carteret’s favourite footman, some say he was her lover, was murdered within the house and so she haunts the corridors, unable to rest until she finds him.

If ghost and ghouls aren’t for you, then join me and my family later this month at our Fantastic Fireworks display in the beautiful grounds of Longleat. Exclusively from Thursday 26th October to Saturday 28th October, our spectacular fireworks will light up the skies of Longleat, all set to a soundtrack inspired by our Marvellous Monsters exhibition.

Wrap up warm with some coats, gloves and Hunter wellies, and enjoy the perfect end to a day of fun at Longleat; and it’s even included along with the Autumn Festival in our Day Pass.

Booking is essential so visit the Longleat website for more details.

Hope to see you there, and have a spooktacular Halloween! I’ll be posting my pumpkins on Instagram @EmmaWeymouth of course. Would love to see your creations too.

*Owl demonstrations – Long House at 12.30, 2.30 and 4.30pm

*Mini-tractors are primarily designed for children aged 6 and under

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