I do love a theatrical woodland spectacular, particularly one designed to chill and charm in equal measure. Over at Groombridge Place in Tunbridge Wells, The Human Zoo Theatre Company have created a creepy and magical immersive performance that will take place every day during October half term from Sunday 26 October to Sunday 2 November 2014.
It’s designed to enthrall all age groups from adults to kids, and includes some truly enticing features, such as a ghostly boat ride down the runaway river to the Pirate’s Lair, where you can visit Captain Timber’s Tavern and sup on scorching BBQ, tankards of mulled wine (possibly not for little ones) and a hearty, homemade pumpkin soup. Dodge fire-breathing, sword-fighting mutineers, take part in a devilish dance workshop led by a deranged Pirate Queen, and follow Little Red Riding Hood through the Enchanted Forest for a fantastical trick-or-treat experience.
An interactive Find-The-Missing-Bones treasure hunt will take you on a toe-curling journey around this magnificent forest, past a giant spider’s web, into the Tunnel of Terror and onwards to the Abandoned Gypsy Campsite, where the ghosts of a travelling circus have taken up residence. Have your palms read at ‘Esmeralda’s Unfortunate Fortunes’, as the spirits of the forgotten gather around the crackling campfire to tell their spine-tingling tales. And look out for the wayward clown seeking the circus in the woods.
By day the adventures promise to be mischievous, while after nightfall, shadows descend and the host of crooked characters who emerge will be far more menacing. Don’t forget, the best fairytales are the ones that are a bit frightening…
For further information visit www.groombridgeplace.com.