Kentwell's School for Sorcery - spooky, safe half-term fun for your little monsters!
Bring your family to enter a magical halloween world. Explore the spooky zones around Kentwell's Gardens and Grounds for immersive Halloween fun, challenges and activities aimed at children from 3 to 14 years of age, and their families.
Halloweenies is now in its eighth year and this year, like all years, you will find something new and exciting to join in with.
Please book your day and your session and please arrive in good time for your little witches and wizards to get the most out of their visit. You are welcome to arrive at any time from the start of your session, you don't need to be here exactly at the start time! However, our last entry is at 2pm; if you arrive later than that, you may not have the time to see everything, and we have so much Spooktacular fun for you all to enjoy!
Please note that advance booking is essential for this event as we will be strictly limiting numbers in particular areas, and on site in general. If we have sold out of tickets for any particular day on-line, we regret we will not be able to offer tickets to buy at the gate, as we cannot go above our maximum safe numbers.
Tickets: we have three categories - under 3 years of age; children 3 to 6 years of age and 'everyone over 6' - please note that 'everyone over 6' includes adults!
Dress up in your favourite Halloween or School for Sorcery outfits, for double the fun! But do make sure you are wrapped up warmly underneath them. Feel free to wear your magical wellies, as the activities will be outside, or beneath open-sided but roofed areas.
Access: access is acceptable, but some areas may be challenging in wet weather.
Age Range: this event is specifically created for children to enjoy up to the age of 14. However, we do not put any age restrictions on those who attend.
"Can we leave the children with you for the day?" No - a parent, guardian or carer must be with, and supervise, their children at all times.
"Is it free for adults? We only want to watch our children." We charge for everyone over 3 years of age, as there are activities for the whole family to get involved with.
"Will it be scary?" No! It is not intended to be scary. It will be Halloween-themed fun in a safe and friendly open-air environment.
"What if it rains?" Halloweenies will go ahead whatever the weather - please ensure all members of your party are suitably dressed and shod for the forecasted weather conditions. Kentwell Hall has its own Met Office weather report - please click here to view it.
"What about hungry little monsters?" A range of ghoulishly delicious food and snacks will be available for your little monsters. Refreshments for big monsters will be available too!
"Will the house and gardens be open?" The house will not be open. The event is based in and around Kentwell's 30 acres of gardens and grounds.
"Are there any extra costs?" The ticket price includes entry to the event, the activities and parking. The only extra costs which may be incurred would be for refreshments and souvenir purchases.
Cancellations and refunds: Should Government action at any time cause us to cancel Halloweenies or any day of it, we will, of course, refund any tickets purchased for any affected days. Otherwise, we operate a no-refunds policy. Tickets are not transferrable to other days, or to other events.
Covid Precautions: we ask that everyone brings lower face coverings to wear in indoor areas such as our loos. We also suggest gloves are worn at all times when handling objects. Please bring your own hand sanitiser. Please do not attend Halloweenies if you are suffering from, or displaying any symptoms of, Coronavirus, or if you have recently been in contact with someone who has had symptoms or tested positive for Coronavirus.
Rule of Six: While you are welcome to book as many Halloweenies tickets as you like, we ask that you remain in your household group of no more than six (unless your household is of more than six people) , observing current social distancing spacing between groups.
While the Gardens are open during the virus, please observe the rules and precautions we set out below.
Kentwell's Gardens provide a haven of tranquility and beauty in a challenging world. A feeling of naturalness and they are not over-manicured where visitors can lose themselves in the moment, The 16th C House and 15th C Moat House may not be open (due to the virus) but are ever present. Their beauty and the usually still waters of the moats, disturbed only by fish and fowl, set the tone. There is an aura of timelessness created by the mellow red brick and the water of the extensive moats and the ancient trees from our 1000 year-old oak to a lawn guarded by England's most majestic Cedars.
There is also a strong sense of the past which is not surprising given that the Gardens here developed over six centuries and the keen eye will find elements from each. There's a sense of fun too; from the sculpted tree and courtyard maze to the yew castle and varied topiary, some of it truly massive, encountered throughout. Topiary here is not a constant dull green but has may hues and as many shapes. All the shaping is not green; the gnarled arms of the ancient espalier fruit trees, the hornbeam hedge of the magic circle or the long avenue of pyramidical lime trees all as striking bare as when in full leaf.
A twelve year-old boy recently volunteered after spending two hours in the Gardens, having been dragged here by a parent, that he was not bored for a moment. That's to be expected when the gardens are decorated with a different feeling during events, but he was describing a day without any. These are gardens to make you smile whatever your age.
Virus Precautions: Visitors must use the map provided and observe current social distancing guidelines, as they follow the one-way route around the gardens. Rules and precautions for visitors are displayed on entry and at points in the Gardens. Please bring gloves and hand sanitiser, and wear lower face coverings if you choose.
Facilities: the loos near the Tea Garden area will be available for use, on a one-out/one-in basis. We ask all visitors to wash their hands upon entering as well as leaving these facilities.
Accessibility: the majority of the gardens are accessible by wheelchair in good weather, via good pathways and firm, lawned or mown grass tracks.
Dogs: no dogs, except guide dogs, are permitted within the grounds.
Tickets & prices
Booking for this event is currently unavailable.