It’s time for children to go back to school, ‘spell school’ that is, to learn a new set of magical skills this Halloween Half Term at the Leeds Castle Witches and Wizards Academy. From 22nd October to 28th October, budding witches and wizards will be put to the test and take part in a whole range of magical mayhem that will have children spookily entertained all day long as they hop from one ghoulish activity to another.
Children will learn how to mix the right creepy ingredients in a giant cauldron to make magical potions with the potions professor; graduating to spell class to cast fiendish incantations. Next up is broomstick flying lessons with a broomstick assault course, watching out for pumpkin speed bumps and ‘flying’ slowly through the graveyard. Musical entertainment comes in the form of choir practice singing along with the spooky song ‘the twelve days of Halloween’.
All aspiring witches and wizards need to keep in tip top sporting form and the PE masters will be taking them through a magical range of fun and games. Halloween just wouldn’t be Halloween without monstrous fancy dress. Children are invited to come dressed to scare for a daily fancy dress competition near the Maze at 2pm with prizes for the best costumes, while face painting adds more ghoulish fun (small charge applies). A spooky trail taking place throughout the Castle grounds sends children off to find seven ‘Mummies’ with letters stuck to them to spell a hidden word. It’s ideal for younger visitors and includes a chocolate prize at the end. (Additional charge of £1 applies).
A valid admission ticket to Leeds Castle is required for this event. Annual tickets cost £24.50 for adults; £21.50 for seniors and visitors with disabilities (carer goes free); £16.50 for children (under 4’s free). Annual tickets are valid for 12 months so you can pay once and visit all year round. Pre-book online the day before you visit and save 10%.