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Ushaw Historic House invites families to brave ancient ‘Wood of Wolves’ this Half Term & Halloween


North East families are invited to visit an ancient woodland where wild wolves once roamed, as part of a program of Halloween themed half-term events at Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens near Durham City.

The name Ushaw is derived from the Anglo Saxon ‘Ulf’s Shaw,’ meaning ‘wood of wolves,’ and has inspired the venue to host Halloween themed events for families at locations across its 550-acre country estate; from October 22nd to 30th.

Events planned include a spine chilling illuminated outdoor Halloween trail, storytelling and crafting sessions in a woodland yurt, children’s theatre workshops and a freakishly fun Forest School.

Spooky sleuths can also test themselves to see if they can crack a fiendish code in an outdoor trail that travels through a haunted forest, past a garden of bones and into a spiders’ nest. (*full line up of events and details below)

Andrew Heard, visitor programmes manager at Ushaw, said: “Halloween is a time of year that really captivates children’s imaginations and provides wonderful opportunities for families to get out and about and have lots of fun together.

This half term, we have planned events that will suit children and young people across a broad age range, from Harry Potter inspired theatre fun to our blood curdling night trail, which lights up once dusk falls. Ushaw is all about wonder, amazement and surprise, so we’d like to invite families to come and experience Halloween fun this half term in the ‘wood of wolves.’


Ushaw Half Term and Halloween Events

Spooky Stories and Crafting | Saturday 22nd, Tuesday 25th, Friday 28th October | Various timeslots | Booking required

Brave the creaking trees and whistling wind in our enchanting woodland yurt for spine-tingling, spooky stories and Halloween themed crafting.

Witches & Wizards with Activate Theatre | Monday 24th October & Tuesday 25th October | Various timeslots | Booking required

An immersive Witches and Wizards theatre experience, with themed games, wand making, sorting hat ceremony and broomstick riding.

Witching in Woods with Noo Noos | Monday 24th & Thursday 27th October | Various timeslots | Booking required

Join Noo Noos for special Halloween themed forest school activities in the witchy woodland at Ushaw.

Halloween Daytime Garden Trail | 11am-4pm Daily | Throughout October Half-Term

Test your nerve and see if you can crack our fiendish code in an outdoor trail that will take you into a haunted forest, past a garden of bones and through a spiders’ nest! Included with Ushaw Annual Pass and Daily Admission.

Halloween Illuminated Trail | Friday 28th, Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October | Various timeslots | Booking required

Hoooowwwllll! Beware the moon, as Halloween is nigh and set to take over Ushaw.

Our Illuminated Halloween Trail runs across three evenings, on the weekend before All Hallows’ Eve, promising a blood-curdling night of thrills, frights and scares – if you dare?


Families can book individual events at: https://ushaw.org/whatson/halloween-half-term-at-ushaw/

The daytime Halloween trail, through Ushaw’s parkland and gardens, is free to visitors paying for daily admission - or holders of its annual pass - which enables families to return for an unlimited number of visits throughout the year.

Ushaw is an arts and heritage venue, located four miles from Durham City centre, and hosts a year-round calendar of cultural events, exhibitions, festivals and concerts.

For more visit: www.ushaw.org