Halloween Horrors at the Westgate Museum

Press Release: 26/10/2012

Halloween Horrors at the Westgate Museum

Saturday 27 – Wednesday 31 October 2012

There are events aimed at young people and families at the Westgate Museum in Winchester during Halloween.

From Saturday 27 to late on Wednesday 31 October visitors are invited to experience the spine-chilling, nerve-jangling atmosphere of the Westgate at the spookiest time of year. The creepy Westgate will be decorated for Halloween and young visitors will be challenged to stay long enough to complete our Halloween Horrors Spotter Quiz. Can you find our scary bats hidden around the Westgate chamber before they find you?

On Halloween itself, Wednesday 31 October, the Westgate which will be specially decorated for the occasion will be open until 7pm. Children and their parents can drop in any time from 3pm and have a go at making scary flapping vampire bats to take away with them and hunt for our roosting bats hidden around the ancient chamber.

Robin Iles, Winchester City Council’s Museums Education Officer said:

The Westgate Museum is an ideal setting for Halloween events. From the sounds of footsteps on the stone staircases to the creaking of the old wooden doors, it is full of shadows and gruesome artefacts such as gibbeting irons and prisoners’ leg-irons.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport for Winchester City Council said:

These free, fun activities will appeal to families looking for things to do over the half-term holidays. This is the perfect opportunity for visitors to the Westgate to soak up the atmosphere of this much loved medieval monument before it beds down for the winter, re-opening in February.

Halloween Horrors at the Westgate is on Saturday 27, 10am - 5pm, Sunday 28 noon – 5pm, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 10am – 5pm and Wednesday 31, 10 – 5pm. The Halloween make-and-take on Wednesday is from 3pm – 7pm.

Admission and activities are free but children must be accompanied by an adult for the make-and-take.

For more details call the City Museum on 01962 863 064, email museums@winchester.gov.uk  or visit the website www.winchester.gov.uk/museums .