Southampton has a packed programme of spooky tours and more this October half term. Top suggestions from include:
The award-winning Southampton Ghost Tour takes on special relevance at Halloween. Spooky stories from Southampton’s eerie past are literally brought to life by actors who take on the part of the city’s most notorious ghosts. The Halloween tour starts from Tudor House with a ghostly encounter with Sir John Dawtrey, the original owner of Tudor House, before continuing on to Southampton’s historic buildings and a pop-up meet and greet with resident spooks from The Bargate, The Merchants Hall and West Gate. The tour takes place at 6.30pm and 8pm on Saturday 30th October and costs £10 per person. All tours involve some scares but are family-friendly. For more information: www.supernaturaltoursandevents.com
Southampton’s cultural team is staging a scary peek into Southampton’s past this half term with two interactive family events. As well as venturing into vaults and scaling the town’s ancient walls, on Monday 25 October, families can join a special guided tour which will unearth spooky tales, war, plague, villainy and ghosts. Departing 11am and 2pm in St Michael’s Square outside the Tudor House and Museum, tickets for the 90 minute tour cost £6 per person.
While on Wednesday 27 October - and certain to appeal to fans of Horrible Histories - there’s a Terrifying Tudors’ workshop. As well as learning about the 800 year old history of the Tudor House, each of the two 90 minutes workshops offers a fun mix of gruesome facts, activities and craft designed to bring Tudor times to life. Tickets cost £7.50 per child with accompanying adults free. Sessions at 10.30am and 1pm.
Located 10 minutes from the centre of Southampton, Woodmill Activity Centre is a woodland oasis with its own lake and access to the River Itchen. On both Saturday and Sunday either side of half term, Woodmill is running ‘Discover Archery’ or ‘Discover Climbing’ sessions. Costing £22 per adult and £12 per child, the discovery sessions cover basic tuition and an introduction to each activity. Plus, making the most of the centre’s waterside location, throughout half term, families can hire kayaks, canoes and family boats equipment hire from £14 per hour.
Multi award-winning Mischief (the team behind The Play That Goes Wrong) in association with magicians Penn & Teller will be staging a new show at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre this half term 26-30 October.
The hilarious ‘Magic Goes Wrong’ centres around a hapless gang of magicians who are staging an evening of grand illusion to raise cash for charity. But as the magic turns to mayhem, accidents spiral out of control and so does their fundraising target. Perfect for half term, young audiences aged 11 years+ will love the dare-devil stunts, jaw-dropping feats and irresistible comedy genius. Tickets from £19.50. For more information and to book click here.
For an artistic take on Halloween, the Southampton City Art Gallery is staging a series of family art workshops. On Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th October at 10.30am and 1pm there’s a Spooky bunting and Halloween lanterns making workshop. Tickets cost £10 per child with accompanying adults free. While on Thursday 28th October families can get creative with clay and make a decorative pumpkin. Tickets cost £7.50 per person for each 90 minute slot at 10.00am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm. Finally, on 29th October, there are three x 90 minute Spooky Scenes sessions at 10.00am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm in which families can experiment and create a 3D spooky scene, using mixed media including watercolour and inks. Tickets cost £7.50 per person. For more information and to book, click here.