This is Halloween everybody make a scene! It’s spooky season here in Newark & Sherwood, the most glorious time of year. Whether you fancy yourself a Ghostbuster or a Sanderson Sister, want to do the Monster Mash, become part of the Addams Family or simply have a Thriller of a night – we’ve got you covered!

Family Fun

For those who have little angels or devils we’ve got our fair share of spooky activities for the young’un’s to sink their teeth into.

The Workhouse Pumpkin Trail – 20th October – 31st OctoberThe Pumpkin Trail at The Workhouse

The Workhouse will have a pumpkin trail for children to follow and find pumpkins from the garden. Open 12 noon to 5pm each day. Free event but normal admission charges apply.


Halloween Monster Hunt – 20th October – 4 November

Head to the National Civil War Centre in Newark for family spooky fun.Dr Edvand von Goosechaser at Haunted Halloween at the National Civil War Centre

Gather round this Haunted Halloween for the spooky story for some frightful fighters. Did you know that the first great battle of the Civil War was fought twice, once by humans and once by the ghosts of slain soldiers?

Resident expert Dr Edvard von Goosechaser invites you to experience the terrible tale of the fallen army that refused to stay dead and to create some Ghastly Ghouls and ghostly decorations of your own!

Thoresby Halloween Trick or Treat

Thoresby Halloween Trick or Treat Tail – 27th October – 4th November

Come and wander around the haunted grounds looking for clues, maybe venture into the forbidden forest, but don’t get lost…see whether you get a trick or a treat at the ghoulish touchy feely Halloween boxes!

Tickets available at the Visit Centre, only £1 per trail.


Halloween Festival at White Post FarmWhite Post Farm Halloween Festival – 27th October – 4th November

You can learn to ride a broomstick at Broomstick School, get your hands dirty at a Slime workshop, watch some magic tricks and pick/carve your very own pumpkin!

Go-Active Falconry will be there with their birds of prey, as well as farm fave Sam the Entertainer! Not to mention all the animal activities and the last Sheep Races of the season.

Fancy dress very welcome!


Eerie Endeavours

For you seasoned Ghostbuster we have some activities to get your hear pounding and your knees a ‘quacking!

Thoresby Park Ghost Hunt – 26th OctoberGhost Hunt at Thoresby Park

Join Thoresby for a Halloween Special evening of paranormal investigation. Meet Lee Roberts and the team of investigators from Haunted Events UK, you’ll be briefed about the evening activities and then sent out to specific locations around the park to investigate with the help of vintage and modern paranormal tools.

Are you brave enough to encounter the darkness?

Starts at 8pm and continues until around 2am.

Visit to book your tickets.

Haunted Happenings at Newark CastleHaunted Happenings at Newark Castle – 27th October & 31st October

Newark Castle offers a ghost hunt like no other and this haunted castle has regular reports of paranormal activity and ghostly sightings. Tales of murder, treason and the black arts await those who venture here after dark so if you’re daring enough to endure a night within these scarred, centuries-old walls then join the Haunted Happenings team as they attempt to make contact with the spirits and ghosts that lurk there. Begins at 9pm and continues until 3am.

Sleepy Hollow – 31st OctoberSleepy Hollow at the National Civil War Centre

Join the National Civil War Centre for a unique cinematic experience with this spooktacular screening of Tim Burton’s classic blood and bustles ghost story in the evocative atmosphere of the authentic Tudor Hall. Starring Johnny Depp as quirky constable Ichabod Crane and with a stellar supporting cast including Michael Gambon, Miranda Richardson and Christopher Walken as well as buckets of blood and scares aplenty, this is the perfect way to spend Halloween night!

Haunted Heritage at The Museum of Timekeeping – 10th November

Haunted Heritage, the company that undertakes paranormal investigations and historical ghost walks, is coming to the Museum of Timekeeping at Upton Hall, near Southwell. On 10th November, there will be a paranormal investigation of this Grade II building.

The event takes place from 8pm to 1am, tickets cost £37 and are available from Guests must be aged 18 years and over.

What ever you are doing this scary holiday, stay safe and have a spooktacular time!


Previous blog posts 2018

The 25th Bramley Festival, Oct 8, 2018


The ‘P’ Word, Sep 10, 2018

A Summer of Theatre and Music in Southwell, Sep 3, 2018


Weekend Stay in Newark & Sherwood, Aug 20, 2018

Heritage Open Days in Newark & Sherwood, Aug 13, 2018

Newark Air Museum & Rufford Abbey celebrate the 1940s, Aug 5, 2018


What to do when school’s out in Newark & Sherwood, Jul 29, 2018

New Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre nearing completion, Jul 9, 2018

Byron Festival 2018, Jul 3, 2018


National Holocaust Centre and Museum open gardens, Jun 27, 2018

A fabulous Father’s Day in Newark & Sherwood, Jun 11, 2018


20 family activities for May half term in Newark & Sherwood, May 21, 2018

Take a journey back in time, May 13, 2018


Literary festivals in Newark & Sherwood, Apr 30, 2018

Newark & Sherwood pull out all the stops for May Day living history weekend, Apr 16, 2018

Newark Air Museum: 45 years open to the public, Apr 9, 2018


Cyclists welcome in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 26, 2018

A superior shopping experience in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 19, 2018

Music festivals for all tastes in Newark & Sherwood, Mar 13, 2018

Follow the Easter bunny to Newark & Sherwood, Mar 5, 2018


Have a wonderful wedding in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 27, 2018

If antiques are your thing, you will love Newark and its surrounds, Feb 19, 2018

Discover interesting outdoor skills in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 10, 2018

February half term fun in Newark & Sherwood, Feb 5, 2018


Preserving the coal mining past of Newark & Sherwood, Jan 29, 2018

Relive Civil War history in Newark & Sherwood, Jan 22, 2018

Experience the legacy of Newark & Sherwood great Dukes of old, Jan 15, 2018

Southwell holds some historic surprises for visitors, Jan 8, 2018

Follow the legends and tales of King John across Newark & Sherwood, Jan 2, 2018