halloween Events in Sussex


HALLOWEEN EVENTS SUSSEX

Over 25 spooky fun places to visit this Halloween in Sussex! What's on October half-term 2020 in East and West Sussex. Scary Pumpkin Craving, haunted houses, frightful fancy dress, make spooky halloween decorations, gripping ghost stories, horror movies, ghost tunnel, trick or treat cauldron, Witch's House, hair-rising lantern lit spooky trails and lots more.......................

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SEA LIFE BRIGHTON


Sea Life Brighton

SEA LIFE Brighton – Let us take you on a fascinating journey through the original Victorian architecture of the oldest operating aquarium in the world. Based opposite the iconic pier, SEA LIFE Brighton was built in 1872 and features over 3,500 mesmerising creatures including inquisitive rays and magnificent sharks. At SEA LIFE Brighton you can see them all - from the curious and the rescued to the rare and the enigmatic. And you’ll be able to get closer to them than ever before. www.sealife.co.uk/brighton

Pre-booking essential to manage our capacity to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable visit. The best way to do this is to ensure that all of our visitors are pre-booked, including those with passes, already in possession of tickets or wishing to use a promotional voucher. SAVE 20% with early purchase!


Address: SEA LIFE Centre, Marine Parade, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 1TB. Tel: 08714 232110

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Bodiam Castle

Bodium National Trust


Archetypal 14th century moated castle with ruined interior - a glimpse of medieval splendour.
As the summer fades and the great oak trees around the castle slowly begin to adopt their autumn colours, come and explore the castle with the family. Discover the beauty of autumn. At this time of year the castle is much quieter and so families can enjoy spending time exploring all the nooks and crannies of the castle.
Climb the towers and admire the seasonal colours of the trees from the top and the amazing views out across the River Rother. Imagine you are Sir Edward surveying all your land before you but take care as you climb the steep spiral staircase up to the top.

The grounds, Castle, car park, Castle View Cafe are all open daily. The shop and bookshop is open Wednesday - Sunday. The Wharf Tea is open weekends only. Booking is encouraged to guarantee castle entry. Tickets may be purchased on site for day.
Address: Bodiam Castle, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex, TN32 5UA . Telephone: 01580 830196

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FLIP OUT - Chichester

Flip Out Chichester

Flip Out Chichester is a fantastic place for the whole family to have fun together. With wall to wall trampolines, foam pit, parabolic slide, tumble track, free running area and much more there’s something for everyone to enjoy. New huge 3 floor soft play area in our main arena suitable for all ages. It has lots of activities to explore and also a section on the lower level just for children age 5 & under. Access to the softplay is included in our entry fee to the trampoline park.
Address: Atlas House, Glenmore Business Park, Portfield, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7UW Tel: 01243 256590

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1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey and Battlefield

On this spot in the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. Now you can stand on the very site where this decisive struggle was fought and England’s future decided. Explore abbey ruins and meet the Normans and Saxons on our sculpture trail, then head to the roof for stunning views of the battlefield. Allow the stories of battle to unfold and discover its atmosphere for yourself. Fun play area with a slide, swings and plenty of play equipment to explore and clamber on.

Battle Abbey is now open for you to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.

English Hertitage Family Membership from just £8.25 per month

Address: 1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield, High Street, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0AD .Telephone: 0370 333 1181

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Halloween Events East Sussex

Did you know - That Halloween is older than Christmas? Halloween dates back over 2000 years, to the times of the ancient Celts. They lived in an area which today makes up the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Northern France. The Celtic name of the holiday that we now celebrate as Halloween was Samhain (pronounced “sow-in”). However this name varied depending on regions - In Wales the name of the holiday was Hollantide, in Cornwall it was known as Allantide; and in Brittany it was called Kala-Goanv.

Wear your Halloween fancy dress costume, experience a night of witch-crafts, spooky trails, and frightening face painting, fang-tastically spooky surprises, spooky creature hunts, gory ghost walks, bats, giant spiders, Tricks n treats, creepy castles, spooky challenges, creepy garden trails, pumpkin hunts, pumpkin craving, haunted cabins, forest of fear, headless horseman, frightening face painting,cobwebs and cast spooky spells..........


HALLOWEEN EAST SUSSEX

FROM SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2020
(October Half-term: Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October 2020)

Fun/Covid Secure/Socially Distanced Halloween Events


DRUSILLAS PARK AND ZOO - Alfriston
Halloween Shriek Week Sat 24th October - Sun 1st November 2020 Come and join the frightful fun as Drusillas. Get ready to come face-to-face with g-g-ghosts, ghouls, witches and more at their fang-tastic Shriek Week!
Address: Drusillas Park & Zoo, Alfriston Road,Alfriston, East Sussex, BN26 5QS.

BLACKBERRY FARM
Spook-tacular Halloween fun! Saturday 24th October - Sunday 1st November 2020. Pumpkin Craving, Scarecrow Tractor Tractor and Mystery Maze. Address: Blackberry Farm,Whiresmith,Nr Lewes,Sussex,BN8 6JD

KNOCKHATCH ADVENTURE PARK - Hailsham
Halloween Fun & Activities 26th to 31stOctober 2020.
Address: Knockhatch Adventure Park, Hailsham Bypass, Hailsham, BN27 3PR. Tel: 01323 442051

WILDERNESS WOOD - Hadlow Down
Halloween Half term activities
Address: Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down, East Sussex, TN22 4HJ


HALLOWEEN WEST SUSSEX

Halloween Events West Sussex

FROM SATURDAY 24th OCTOBER TO SUNDAY 1st NOVEMBER 2020
(October Half-term: Monday 26th October - Friday 30th October 2020)

Fun/Covid Secure/Socially Distanced Halloween Events

Wear your Halloween fancy dress costume, experience a night of witch-crafts, spooky trails, and frightening face painting, fang-tastically spooky surprises, spooky creature hunts, gory ghost walks, bats, giant spiders, Tricks n treats, creepy castles, spooky challenges, creepy garden trails, pumpkin hunts, pumpkin craving, haunted cabins, forest of fear, headless horseman, frightening face painting,cobwebs and cast spooky spells..........


FISHERS FARM PARK - Wisborough Green.
Halloween Happy Hauntings 24th October - 1st November 2020. Halloween Happy Hauntings – a week of spooky, ‘cackle-tastic’ fun awaits you and all the family!
Address: Fishers Farm Park, Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green, West Sussex, RH14 0EG

AMBERLEY MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTRE
WHERE’S WALLY? SPOOKY MUSEUM SEARCH! October Half term 2020 Join the search for Wally with your family at Amberley Museum this half term.Address: Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre, Amberley,near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT.

BORDE HILL GARDEN - Haywards Heath
A Spellbinding Halloween Trail, 17 October – 1 November 2020
Address: Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP.

FLIPOUT CHICHESTER
Trampoline park and Soft Play
Address: Atlas House, Glenmore Business Park, Portfield, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7UW Tel: 01243 256590

TULLEYS HALLOWEEN
Halloween Week Spooktacular October Festival. The UK’s top Halloween family attraction.
Address: Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Road,Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4PE. Tel: 01342 718472

WEALD AND DOWNLAND OPEN AIR MUSEUM - Singleton, Chichester
Autumn Half Term Activities 26th to 30th October 2020
Address: Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU

Did You Know - The real reason why costumes are worn on Halloween?

While millions of us around the world wear costumes on the 31st of October very few actually know where the tradition actually stems from. The Ancient Celts believed that the gate between the worlds of the living and the dead was opened on the eve of New Years. - October 31st. The souls of the dead could cross onto the plain of the living for one day only, as ghosts. The only problem with this was that some of these ghosts were not too pleasant! They would destroy crops, houses and were even believed to murder those amongst the living who had befallen them during their lifetimes. In order to disguise themselves from these malevolent ghosts the Celts would don costumes made from Animal skins and heads! By doing this it was believed that the ghost would not be able to recognise them as living and believe that they too were spirits. So, there you have it, in the past costumes were worn for self-preservation while today we just wear them for fun! 

MORE ABOUT HALLOWEEN

The 19th century. This period saw the growth of Samhain from a small paegan festival into the world-wide celebration that marks Halloween today. The 19th Century was characterized with a new wave of immigrants from Europe, particularly the immigrants from Ireland, who were mainly responsible for developing the popular version of Halloween that we celebrate today. Taking inspiration from Irish and English traditions, newly arriving Americans began to dress up in different costumes: They also developed on the tradition of "souling" a tradition where Irish peasants would exchange cakes (soul cakes) for food or money. Of course when the Irish arrived in the new land thigs were not exactly easy for them and the harmless tradition became decisively more aggressive with tricks (vandalism) played on those unwilling to give treats. This pastime is where the tradition of Trick-or-Treating comes from. The 20th century changed Halloween from a mildly celebrated harvest celebration into a full blown international holiday. At the beginning of the century, Halloween parties were organized for both children and adults. Parties focused on foods of the season, games, and festive costumes, but the real explosion in the popularity of the holiday came in the 1950's - when the Baby Boomers were just... babies. From that point on Halloween has grown from strength to strength.

HALLOWEEN TODAY While Halloween has grown into the second largest national holiday in the USA in the UK (it's home) it continues to grow year on year. Across the United Kingdom and the majourity of Europe Halloween is celebrated with parties, games, and trick-or-treating all with great costumes and Halloween decorations. it is widely acknowledged that Halloween is the most creative of all holidays. There are always a plethora of impressive costumes that you will come across and you should expect to see your fair amount of witches, Devils, Zombies and Horror Film Costumes on a street near you come October 31st. You should also expect to see some amazingly creative haunted houses and a few dishes of delicious Halloween treats. However, the most important thing is that whatever you do - just make sure that you are having fun!

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National Trust

From just £9.25 per month for a Family

Whether you’re looking to discover historic houses, roam in beautiful gardens or wander through stunning countryside, National Trust membership is your key to unlimited unforgettable days out.

Properties in Sussex: Alfriston Clergy House, Batemans, Bodiam castle, Cuckmere Valley, Devil's Dyke, Lamb House, Monk's House, Nymans Gardens, Petworth House & Park, Sheffield Park, Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill, Standen, Uppark House & Garden, Wakehurst Place.

National Trust Memberships Family: Two adults (aged 18+) and up to five children (17 or under), all living at the same address. Under 5s go free.

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