Yesterday we had a half-term day out at Tatton Park’s A Frightsome Halloween, based on Roald Dahl’s The Witches. This year, Tatton has had magnificent Roald Dahl themed events and activities and they’ve been amazing entertainment for the children. Check out my previous posts on Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures over the summer holidays and Easter holiday adventures with The Twits.
We began our day at The Old Hall, converted into The Hotel Magnificent for the event. We had a great time just in the hour or so we spent here. The girls were given an activity sheet to assess clues and find all the ingredients of The Witches’ horrible potion that turns all little children into mice.
These clues we’re hidden around and in the Old Hall itself. There were games and carousels outside (including pumpkin skittles!) and a fantastic storytelling event. The storyteller was one of the best I’ve ever seen. She acted the part of Grandma in The Witches, telling a captivated audience how to recognise a witch.
I’ll never look at any woman wearing gloves in the same way again.
Inside, the hall itself was completely transformed into quite a scary haunted hotel. It was really well done, to the extent that my husband jumped out of his skin at one point. I have to add a little caveat that some children may be scared: ours were fine, however!
We searched for clues in the scary, dark hotel met by figures dresses as witches and ghouls along the way. The freakiest part for me was the green model skeleton with chattering teeth!
The girls also got to make their own witch mask at The Old Hall and face-painting was also on offer. There was lots to do – it was great fun.
Next we had lunch at Gardener”s Cottage at Tatton, next to the gardens and mansion. This is a great addition to Tatton and the already popular main Cafe area. Set slightly to one side, the Gardener’s Cottage is quiet, has (you guessed it) a beautiful garden and really good food. We had the deli boards- one dairy board and one gamekeeper’s board. They were both well presented, contained lots of cheeses and meats, their signature ‘plant pot bread’ and contained extra touches such as little pies and homemade scotch eggs. The girls tucked into hot, buttered toasted teacakes and were treated to ‘posh lemonade’ (or Rose Lemonade!).
After the restaurant we headed to the gardens where we have spent quite a lot of time this year. Already the girls have enjoyed seeing The Twits in the Tower Garden, including pulling silly Twit faces and trying out The Twits’ oddly sized chairs and walking sticks. We’ve also completed a Danny the Champiom of the World adventure trail and seen the BFG and Enormous Crocodile in the conservatory area.
For Halloween, there were also Frightsome witches strategically placed around the garden. This was fab fun for the girls as they shrieked with delight whenever they spotted one! The amazing pumpkin display in the greenhouse area fascinated them. Who knew there were so many different types of pumpkin?
The girls always spend a good amount of time running around the gardens and enacting imaginary play in the bushes. For adults who like gardens and gardening, Tatton Gardens are an absolute must. They are so well kept with burst of colour at every step, all year round.
We didn’t manage to get to the Halloween activities at the Mansion and Farm – hopefully we’ll get to those over the weekend, too. There’s so much to do here it’s hard to fit it all in!
We’re looking ahead to Christmas and A Glorumptious Christmas Mansion which we’ll definitely be attending! We’ve really enjoyed all the Roald Dahl events at Tatton this year and it will be great to end with this sparkling Christmas Mansion event.
A Frightsome Halloween continues this weekend – be sure to try it. You won’t be disappointed!
Disclaimer: we are ambassadors for Roald Dahl at Tatton Park and attended this event free of charge. All opinions are our own.