With many of our trees and forests still full of summer, we’re enjoying what the Americans call ‘The Fall’, where Autumn moves a little slower, with a lot more colour. And like America, we’re more than a match on celebrating Halloween, with a great choice of half-term events around Linmere, starting with our very own ‘Frights on the Farmstead’ this Friday (27 October).
We hope to see you there and for the rest of half-term, there’s more than enough around us to fill the holidays. Enjoy!
Frights on the farmstead – pop-up halloween Cinema
Friday 27 october – from 12pm
Join the thrills and chills of ‘Frights on the Farmstead’ at Linmere! Our Halloween Cinema offers a triple bill of seasonal classics, for all ages – with tickets starting at just £1! Join us for a day of frightful fun. Whether you’re a fan of Transylvania 3, Goosebumps, or yet to see the critically acclaimed Scream 2022, there’s a Halloween moment for everyone.
The day screenings of Transylvania 3 and Goosebumps are suitable for family viewing, both requiring parents in attendance. The evening screening of Scream is for over 18s only.
We look forward to seeing our resident and neighbours come together to enjoy a true, cinematic celebration of Halloween!
Tickets can be bought directly on the link here or at the bottom of the page
Boo at the Zoo – WSL Whipsnade – until Sunday 29 October
ZSL Whipsnade’s annual ‘Boo at the Zoo’ event, with this year’s theme on unseen animals. This is an ideal day out for younger children, with spooky storytelling, a daily Halloween disco, pumpkin painting, a ghoulish ghost tour, face painting and a ghostly trail on the Great Whipsnade Railway.
ZSL Whipsnade is a world class visitor attraction, and it’s worth investing in an annual family pass. They’re not cheap, however an active family will see a lot of value with unlimited visits across a year. We recommend all tickets are bought in advance, using the link here.
Located at Whipsnade, Dunstable, LU6 2LF, just 7 miles, 16 minutes’ drive from Linmere.
Mead Open Farm – Up to Sunday 29 October
Mead Open Farm
One venue with a Halloween for ALL ages.
Freaky Fun Fest – Daytimes up to Sunday 29 October
By day, this is a great destination for younger families with a Freaky Flamenco Fiesta Circus and 3 spooky walkthrough attractions, including the new Horrid High! Whilst this is family adventure, there’ll be some fun & pleasant scares along the way. Entry ticket includes a free pumpkin, for guests to choose from the Mead Farm pumpkin patch!
Admission charges apply, with booking details on the link here.
By night, everything changes, as darkness ushers in ‘The Howl’, best described as a Halloween horror festival for those who’ve outgrown trick or treating, but not their love for things that go bump in the night.
A multitude of interactive experiences, including the Full Moon Manor, the Red Maze, the Circus of Horrors, and Howl Valley High, offer revellers countless ways to get frightened out of their wits, as an army of horror characters leap out of every corner. If the screaming gets too much, you’ll have plenty of places to relax, enjoy some decent food & drink and dance the night to live music.
This is not for the faint hearted, so be warned.
Admission fees apply and tickets need to be bought online, using the link here.
Dunstable Downs ‘A witch in the woods trail’ – Up to Sunday 29 October
The highest point in Bedfordshire, at 243 meters, and just down the road from Linmere. Literally. If you’re prepared for a bracing wind, especially in Autumn, the view is spectacular, with a fantastic café offering floor to ceiling views, whilst you warm up your fingers and toes.
Dunstable Downs is a favourite for short, very family-friendly, trails. This year, the resident witch needs a helping hand to rediscover her magic, to bring it back to her woodland home. The witch needs you to make your wand and join the trail to Chute wood.
Only £3 to enter, with no booking required, run between 10:30am–3:00pm.
Located at Whipsnade Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2GY, only 4.8 miles from Linmere and 12 minutes’ drive.
Halloween Half-Term at Wrest Park
As Halloween days out go, this quite the elegant option. Wrest Park is a country estate, including a Grade 1 listed country house and 92 acres of gardens. The gardens are simply beautiful and set against the extraordinary house, it feels like a piece of Versailles, only a few miles from Linmere.
To keep the children entertained, Wrest Park is offering spooky storytelling, a Halloween quest, with a trail of potions and clues to become the wonderfully wicked witch’s apprentice.
Visiting Wrest Park is subject to an entry fee, with discounts tickets available on this link here. Wrest Park is in Silsoe, Bedfordshire, close to the A6. Access via Barton Road exit to Silsoe from the A6, just 9 miles, 20 minutes’ drive from Linmere.