Annual Halloween festival returns
"Oxford Castle Unlocked is located on the former site of HMP Oxford but has stood as a Castle for 1000 years, spending 800 of those years as a place of incarceration. This dark past explains why Oxford Castle Unlocked is often recognised as one of the spookiest buildings in Britain."
Ghost Fest is a month-long Halloween festival, returning to the 1000 year old Oxford Castle for the tenth year running.
A packed schedule throughout the month guarantees there will be something for every age group (and fear tolerance!), including:
New for 2016, Truth & Dare Tours
Thursdays throughout October from 7.30pm, plus 31st October from 9pm
Guests will embark on a tour of the atmospheric buildings with one of the ghoulish castle characters, learning about the betrayals, executions and rumoured spirits who haunt the historic surrounds before daring to complete the Gauntlet of Terror, with live actors on hand to ensure it will be an experience to remember!
Tickets: £12 for children (aged 11+) and £15 for adults (16+)
New for 2016, Halloween Midnight Tour
Monday 31st October, 11pm
On Halloween night, brace yourself for a special spooky tour of the castle encompassing the deepest, darkest corners of the 1000 year old site! Guests will dare to discover the ancient well chamber and underground crypt, climb the 11th century St. George’s Tower and the 18th century Debtor’s Tower, as well as exploring the Punishment Cells, the site of unimaginable horrors from the Georgian era. At the stroke of midnight, the tour will conclude with a glass of bubbly to toast the end of Halloween.
Tickets are £20 (18+ only)
Trick or Treating
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30 October, 5pm-7pm, Monday 31 October, 4.30pm-7pm
Children have a chance for some fun and frights during Ghost Fest at the attraction’s ever-popular Trick or Treat evenings on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October from 5pm plus a special after-school session on Monday 31st October from 4.30pm. The castle’s prison wing offers the ultimate venue for some trick or treating as families – dressed to impress in their best Halloween costumes – are encouraged to knock on each cell door for spooky encounters and sweet rewards!
Tickets are £5 per child with one free accompanying adult. Additional adults are charged at £3.50
Pumpkin Carving – October Half Term
Saturday 22nd-Sunday 30th October, 10am-4pm
Parents – avoid the mess of pumpkin carving at home! Throughout the Halloween half term, children are invited to carve their very own pumpkin at Oxford Castle Unlocked. Create silly, scary and wicked designs and take the finished product home in time to display them on Halloween night!
Included in the Castle admission fee (£7.50 for children); those not taking the tour can complete the pumpkin carving for £2.
Overnight Ghost Hunts
Select dates during October
Aspiring ghost hunters can explore the austere confines of the 1000 year old castle prison overnight on one of the professionally-led Ghost Hunt experiences held on select nights throughout the Festival. Vigils and paranormal experiments will test the hunters’ nerves as they seek one of the 15 spirits known to dwell in the castle boundaries.
Oxford Castle Unlocked is located on the former site of HMP Oxford but has stood as a Castle for 1000 years, spending 800 of those years as a place of incarceration. This dark past explains why Oxford Castle Unlocked is often recognised as one of the spookiest buildings in Britain.
Throughout the year, the attraction offers a 40 minute guided tour, inviting guests to discover the origins of Oxford and the role the castle site played through multiple in developing the incredible city of dreaming spires we know and love today. Visitors will explore the Saxon stone-built St. George’s Tower, the atmospheric crypt, the preserved prison wing and the archaic man-made mound offering breath-taking views of Oxford. Ghost Fest has been hosted at the castle since it was reopened as a visitor attraction in 2006.
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