Halloween horrors at the Westgate Museum

Press Release: 16/10/2014

Westagate Halloween Pumpkin

Visitors are invited to experience the spine-chilling, nerve-jangling atmosphere of the Westgate Museum at the spookiest time of the year.

From Saturday 25 to Friday 31 October the creepy Westgate will be open and decorated for Halloween, and young visitors will be challenged to stay long enough to complete the Halloween Horrors Spotter Quiz. Can you find scary bats hidden around the Westgate chamber before they find you?

On Halloween itself, Thursday 31 October, from 1pm until 5pm, children and their parents are invited to drop in to the Westgate’s ancient upper chamber and make their very own flapping bats to take away.

Robin Iles, Museum Education Officer at Winchester City Council, said:

The Westgate Museum is an ideal setting for Halloween events. From the sound 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 Mike Southgate, Portfolio Holder for Museums at Winchester City Council, said:

As it is Halloween, the Westgate will be open to the public from Monday to Friday during half-term week. We hope the Halloween Horrors theme will appeal to local families looking for something free and fun to do together in a spooky setting.

You can visit Halloween Horrors at the Westgate on Saturday 25 October 10am - 5pm, Sunday 26 noon – 5pm, Monday 27 to Friday 31 10am-5pm. The Halloween make-and-take on Friday 31 October is from 1pm to 5pm.

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

For more details call the Westgate during opening hours, on 01962 868 864, email museums@winchester.gov.uk or visit the website www.winchester.gov.uk/museums .