On Saturday, Lucas and I went to Tatton Park with 2 of my friends and their children. Lucas and I have been to Tatton a couple of times before as we were ambassadors for the Roald Dahl events last year. This time, we were invited* to explore the Halloween activities that are on until Sunday 29th October.
Due to the weather, Tatton Park closed early on Saturday so we couldn’t see all of the attractions but we did manage to go in the Mansion and the Old Hall.
For this weeks Halloween activities guests are encouraged to sharpen their sleuthing skills as they snoop around the mysterious Mansion and follow the trail to spot the secret treasures of the last Lord Egerton. The Mansion is just full of stunning history and as you go from room to room, there are volunteers available if you want to discuss any of the pieces or the family that lived there. Chanel who is 5 really enjoyed going round the Mansion, looking for the questions and clues. She ticked the answers off once she worked them out and near the end of the Mansion there was an answer sheet to check if they were correct and stickers to take to say you had completed the trail. They also had children’s wooden toys and old hats the children could dress up in.
After the Mansion we decided on the Old Hall as it isn’t always open so we wanted to make sure we visited whilst it was. The Old Hall is believed to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country. This wasn’t pointed out to us when we went in but this Halloween attraction is quite scary for little ones so do bare that in mind if you go. Chanel was really excited to go as she likes scary things but as soon as we got in, she covered her eyes and stuck to Z throughout. My friend K, also freaked out as soon as we went in and her son J (3 years old) wasn’t too keen either. Luckily Z and I loved it. I have to say this was my favourite part of the day. It is incredibly dark when you enter with only dim lights throughout. Lucas said he didn’t like it but he didn’t seem scared and he said hi to every scary person that passed him! There were people standing as statues and before you knew it they were behind you. It did make us jump but myself and Z thought it was great. Towards the end, there was a man with 2 toy hands that you could press a button to make them move and he was really good with trying to involve the children, encouraging them to press the button. I thought this was a really nice touch as it showed them that all the scary things weren’t real and they could have fun.
When we left the Old Hall we went into a room where they were offering free arts and crafts. We did some colouring and made spider webs with paper templates and wool. The children also got to have a little run around without us worrying about them breaking anything and there were illusion mirrors and cut out Halloween figures to put their heads through.
Despite the awful weather and not getting chance to see everything we had a really good day out and if you get chance to go this week, you definitely should x