The night ran from 6pm-8pm, we arrived slightly early at 5.45pm so were signed in and welcomed by the lovely staff at the entrance foyer. We were told the cafe would open at 6pm so we were welcome to loiter there or browse the gift shop. Of course, we plumped for the latter and in the kids went frantically trying to spend money that nanny and gramps had given them.
I’m pleased to report that Sofia and Alfie are now proud owners of hatching owls and a mini cuddly owl toy – Arlo ate his purchases in about five minutes. Standard behaviour.
At 6pm we were called through to the cafe which had three long tables all set up with craft bits ready to create a jumping spider. The kids loved it!
All armed with a ‘finished article’ to replicate, they cut, stuck, coloured and stamped whilst us adults had a hot drink to warm up (my brother opted for a pumpkin spiced gin which was delicious, I noticed they also had pints of local ales which were a very reasonable £3 a pint) – all whilst being overlooked by witches, ghosts, ghouls…and a grim reaper.