Halloween 2019 in Cumbria - What’s On?
It’s the best time of the year for kids (and adults) looking to scare up a treat! Halloween is back in a few short weeks and this year, there’s loads for the whole family to do within a stone’s throw of the Kendal and South Lakes area!
Pumpkin Picking at Walby Farm Park, Carlisle
As farm parks go, Walby is one of the best in the county. It’s easy to spend a full day surrounded by fascinating animals when there’s so much else to do and see. For a start, Walby’s huge indoor soft play area is home to two vertical drop slides that’s a serious challenge for both kids and grown-ups to overcome their fears!
A large outdoor play area, water cannons, tractor rides and meet the animal sessions all add to the fun included in an action packed day. And when it comes to Halloween, Walby goes all-out. A trail around the farm grounds leads visitors to a pumpkin picking patch complete with wheelbarrows for the little ones, where they can enter a patch and pick their perfect pumpkin. Back at the rear entrance, the kids can then carve their pumpkin using stencils, templates and more to get it ready to spook the neighbours!
For more information visit https://www.walbyfarmpark.co.uk/event/half-term-halloween-fun-2/ and book your place now to avoid disappointment.
Grange Pumpkin Walk
For a completely free and fascinating night out for all the family, the long-running tradition of the Pumpkin Walk along the shore at Grange-Over-Sands ticks all the right boxes. As nightfall comes in earlier with Winter starting to grip the region, the scene is perfectly set for you and the kids to walk along the front and admire the weird and wonderful pumpkin carving handy work of local residents and businesses.
The walk is very dark and has also been pretty cold the last couple of years, so wrap up warm, bring some torches and keep your kids close to your side! With that all sorted, you’ll have great fun finding your favourite cartoon characters, famous monsters and spooky scenes all lit up by candlelight.
The event takes place on October 26th - we advise to get there early and pay for parking at the train station as the crowds get bigger every year!
Lowther Castle: The Ghosts of Lowther
They like to go all out with the experience at Lowther, especially when it comes to a major annual event like Halloween and this year is no different. A visit to the grand and partially-ruined castle with its magnificent, never-ending gardens is always a great trip out and this Halloween sees the likes of beheaded gardeners and attack bushes as part of a spine-tingling performance-based experience.
Lowther says that the later you visit, the more chilling the experience will be! For information and tickets (note - booking online a few days before your visit usually saves a few pounds), pop over to https://www.lowthercastle.org/the-ghosts-of-lowther-the-gardens-strike-back/ - the event runs on the 26th and 27th of the month.
Fancy Dress Kids Go Free at Beatrix Potter
For one day only this Halloween period, kids can access Windermere’s World of Beatrix Potter attraction for free when they come along in spooky fancy dress! The centre is also offering kids the chance to take part in Halloween themed arts and crafts, and the only caveat is that each free child requires a paying adult.
The kids go free event takes place on Sunday October 27th from 10am. For more information, visit https://www.hop-skip-jump.com/events/event/kids-go-free-today-in-fancy-dress/
Penrith Winter Droving
We couldn’t put out a Halloween article without mentioning the annual street parade and celebration of the weird, wonderful, traditional and Cumbrian that is the Penrith Winter Droving. Street entertainment, live music and a huge Cumbrian market are just the start as the event also showcases the Drover’s Cup games; a multi-event tournament involving local teams and businesses competing head to head to see who can carry the most pints, or eat the most mashed potato.
Following a fancy dress competition with a difference (spoiler alert - it’s for dogs), a torch parade through the town centre, with streets lined by locals in masks, leads to further free live music and a festival atmosphere that continues long into the night!
For more information on this year’s Winter Droving, visit www.winterdroving.uk
Whatever you’re up to during Halloween in Cumbria this year, remember to stay safe, stay scary and gather as many sweets as you can!