We were delighted to be invited to the launch of the amazingly spooktacular trail at Blenheim Palace.
It is one of the two trails Blenheim is hosting this year. This is the PAID for after dusk event while the day event is free for annual pass holders. My old iPhone camera phone does not do justice to the spectacular display. You have to be there to experience it and by God, it is truly spectacular. DO NOT MISS IT but if you can’t find tickets, then one to keep an eye out next year (hope they continue doing it!
I will start off with the logistical tid bits. The circular trail is just next to the palace near/in the secret garden, so is not far from the carpark. It is smaller than the Christmas trail (and cheaper) but amazing nonetheless. It took us about 40 minutes, depends how fast or slow you are, but it would probably be an hour more or less. We did not find it “scary” as such but it was dark (as expected) with spooky elements and dramatic sound effects.Every child is different though, so you must consider your individual child’s needs.. Watch the video below to see what I am talking about
There is one way system and staff standing to guide you throughout the trail. The pathways have mats, so despite the bad weather forecast, it shouldn’t be too muddy.There were many buggies and I saw one wheelchair too. The night got chilly as the evening progressed so please dress warm
There were no flashing lights but plenty of low level flickering fire/candles, so something to be aware of if you have photosensitive epilepsy
We were welcomed outside the palace by the headless horseman and you will find some interesting characters, spooky eyes and beautiful illuminations as you head towards the trail. The fire show/dance came first, which at night with the loud back music gives you your first wow moment! We were utterly mesmerised! As you walk along the illuminated trail, you will be reminded of their Christmas trail but this one has small Halloween touches to it (like the bats, spiders, fire lit pumpkins, spooky eyes etc). The part in the secret garden is the best. The “dare if you enter” and grave yard at the entrance sets the mode. A Ghastly Ghoul is hiding at the corner. I was busy taking pictures with my phone, so when he jumped at us, I screamed out. Ay was a bit unfazed if I must say. As the ghoul interacted with him, he said “I am not afraid of you”, and to his delight, he replied back saying “give your mum some courage”. The witch with her bubbling cauldron was next and interacted with the children in a nice tone. You can also enjoy a *hot toddy or devilishly decadent *hot chocolate or toast a marshmallow (1£ extra) on the trail
The tickets cost 17£ for adults (without parking) and 12£ for children 3+. Trail starts 5.15pm. Last entry onto the trail is 10:15pm. Check their website Here
There are ghoulish treats, petrifying pizza, burgatory and fries to munch on along with a bar (separate payment- card only) and Portaloos at the entrance too.
WATCH THE LIVE ACTION HERE
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