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Isle of Wight becomes Isle of Fright

25/09/2013This entry was posted in Travel News and tagged on by . .uk

The Isle of Wight will be changing its name for 16 scary days this autumn.

Reputed to be one of the most haunted places in Britain, and known globally as “Ghost Island” (just take a look at if you need proof), The Isle of Fright is going to be full of Halloween horror between October 19th and November 3rd. Coinciding with the school half-term holidays, when it will be possible for overnight visitors to pick-up some out-of-season accommodation deals, The Isle of Fright’s full schedule of events are on a special section of the Visit Isle of Wight website, and draws on a spooky seafaring history and dark Victoriana heritage.

The deadly mix of guided walks, paranormal investigations and interactive encounters are all set to rub shoulders, not only with the Island’s ghosts and ghouls, but also with pumpkin carving days, scary movies, witches and wizards.

And don’t forget – The Apocalypse is Coming to Puckpool Park from October 30th to November 3rd!  Since the Zombie outbreak of October 2012, the virus has spread around the globe, with the only hope being to find a vaccine (thought to be located at Puckpool Park, Isle of Wight).  Park of the Dead – Apocalypse is being billed as “a completely original and unique experience unlike what has been before, that will test the strongest of characters and play on all your insecurities”.  Tickets start at £17.50 and rise to £22.50 on October 31st itself.

The horrible history of Carisbrooke Castle, for example, will help to create the right atmosphere for “little horrors” to scare themselves silly between October 26th and November 3rd, during a whole range of activities which will include creepy crafts, spooky activities and plenty of ghost hunting.

As darkness falls, Robin Hill Country Park will be the place to be from October 18th to November 2nd as the park’s stunning Electric Woods “Lost Before Time” performance eerily transforms the landscape…and dinosaurs appear to give the night some extra bite.

October 28th to November 1st is “Wizard Week” at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  The wickedly wonderful Halloween fun will feature owls and birds of prey, magic shows, steam train rides, and a Woodland Walk…packed with spooky surprises.  Visitors are encouraged to dress-up as wizards and witches – with prizes each day for the best costumes.

And – “if you go down to the woods today” – grown-up fans of classic scary movies will also be delighted to hear that The Omen and The Exorcist have been lined-up in a deadly double-bill on October 30th and 31st at the Woodland Bowl Amphitheatre in Robin Hill Adventure Park.

Other events being added to The Isle of Fright’s cauldron this autumn include ghost walks, pumpkin carving, a spooktacular event at The Needles, and Witches & Wizards Days Out at Blackgang Chine.

For a complete listing and further details on how to get there, and where to stay, visit



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