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Halloween And Bonfires - A WAB Guide To What's On

Wednesday October 23 2013


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THE half-term holidays are upon us again and here's a list of things to keep the kids entertained!

Whether it’s (witch)craft workshops or being scared silly on a haunted walk, there’s something for everyone.

Cannon Hall

At Cannon Hall, there’s a free Halloween Fair on Sunday, October 27, from 11am to 4pm.

Children can go back in time on Wednesday, October 30, from 11am to 1pm to bake in the Victorian kitchen. Tickets are £5 per child and pre booking is advisable.

From October 29-31 Cannon Hell invites the brave to enter into a murky world of dark secrets and the terrible deeds at the museum and its grounds.

This terrifying tour is recommended for children aged 10 and over with adult supervision and takes place from 6pm to 9pm.

Tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for under 16s and £15 for a family (admits 5 people). Tickets are available from Cannon Hall on 01226 790270 and Experience Barnsley on 01226 772500.

Experience Barnsley

Experience Barnsley, based in the Town Hall, has witches and wizards hat making workshops all week from Monday, October 28, in its Learning Lab and Making History Gallery.

Create your own gruesome gargoyle for Halloween inspired by the creepy carvings in the museum on Thursday, October 31. Just drop in between 11am to 2pm to take part.

Did you know that many people were still being mummified in Roman times? Make a scary mummy for Halloween in a free drop-in workshop on Friday, November 1, between 11am and 3pm.

Worsbrough Mill

Staff at Worsbrough Mill are going on a witch hunt from October 28-30 and you're invited. They take place from 11am to 3pm and cost £3 per child. Pre-booking is advisable and children must be accompanied by a terrified adult.

Join artists in Elsecar Heritage Centre’s visitor centre for free fun and spooky craft activities on October 30-31 from 2pm to 3.30pm.

Wentworth Castle

There are also lots of activities taking place at Wentworth Castle, which is supported by Barnsley Council, including a Halloween disco, fun trail, pumpkin lantern making workshop and ghost walks.

Sunday, October 27 - Halloween disco, 5pm to 7.30pm, £6.50

Monday, October 28 - Pumpkin lanterns, £6 per person, pre booking essential

Monday, October 28 - Creepy walk for younger children, 5pm and 6pm, garden admission applies

Tuesday, October 29 - Broomsticks with a difference craft session, £6 per person, pre booking essential

Tuesday, October 29 - Halloween themed young writers workshop, age 10+ £35 per person, includes lunch

Wednesday, October 30 - Decorate cookies for Halloween, £2 per person, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm

Thursday, October 31 - Cast a spell, 12 noon to 2pm, normal admission applies

Thursday, October 31 - Ghost walks, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, earlybird prices £6 per person (age 3 and over), earlybird family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £20.

Then it's time for the bonfires and fireworks!

Locke Park

On Saturday, November 2, Locke Park's popular bonfire and fireworks event opens at 6pm.

There will be a funfair with the usual selection of refreshments on offer and the fire will be lit at 7.15pm. The fireworks display kicks off at 8pm.

As for prices, £15 gets you a family ticket for two adults and three kids.

Tickets for adults and unaccompanied children are £5. Under fives go free.

Cannon Hall

On Sunday, November 3, the gates open at 4pm and the event goes on until 9pm.

The farm will be open late until 7pm and the bonfire will be lit at the farm at 7pm.

Fireworks will be set off in front of the museum at 8pm.

There will be a full programme of entertainment including a stage with live DJs, fire eaters and angle grinders.

There will be a BBQ and bar, pie and peas will be available and the tearoom will be open until late.

Tickets are £7 single and £25 for a family of four and includes parking.

Visitors are asked to note that they are not permitted to bring their own fireworks or sparklers.

Wentworth Castle

The parkland will be open from 6pm on Tuesday, November 5. Its bonfire will be lit at 7pm.

Earlybird prices are £6.50 per person and the earlybird family ticket, for two adults and two children, is £22.

On November 5 all tickets are £8 per person.

To book, call 01226 776040.

* If anyone else has details of a bonfire going on in their area, comment below and we'll put its details on here.

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Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday October 24 2013 at 11:41
That's 3 Bonfire nights in a week then I'd say good planning on behalf of the entrepreneurs.

Reply Posted by Sally on Thursday October 24 2013 at 12:03
These activities are a bit expensive if you have two grandkids like me. Think I will be doing several things at home and with family. Baking and creating our own costumes, lamps etc. There are also items cheap enough in Asda. make our own fun.

Reply Posted by Jayne on Wednesday October 30 2013 at 16:41
Well done to went worth castle. Having a bonfire on the actual day.

Reply Posted by chev on Monday November 4 2013 at 08:33
Does anyone know of any pubs having bonfires on the actual day preferably in birdwell

Reply Posted by olivia on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 16:16
does anyone know if there is a bobfine tonight in stairfoot barnsley

Reply Posted by josh on Tuesday November 5 2013 at 18:59
any bonfires on tonight?

Reply Posted by HMC on Thursday October 15 2015 at 11:04
Barnsley-based social enterprise Team Activ have two superb family events over the next couple of weeks.

Go Wild in Rabbit Ings is a spooky treasure hunt held in Rabbit Ings Country Park, Barnsley, on Sunday 25th October from 11-5pm. This fun, interactive event can be run, cycled or walked by the whole family. Tickets cost £3 and can be booked via their website.

Go Wild in Cannon Hall is a Halloween/bonfire night themed event being held at Cannon Hall on Saturday 7th November from 10-3pm. Activities on the day will include den-building, a scarecrow competition, wacky races, archery and much more. The event costs £6 for an individual or £20 for a family wristband which also entitles event-goers to half price entry to the farm. Tickets can be obtained via the company's website.

Reply Posted by Paul on Saturday November 7 2015 at 10:44
All very old info

Reply Posted by Nicky - WAB on Tuesday November 10 2015 at 13:28
There was a 2015 version published on our site and repeated on Facebook every day last week.