Halloween high jinks at Traquair

There are opportunities galore to get into the spirit of Halloween at Traquair House this year with the chance to join spooky, night-time Jacobite Ghost Tours, plus a day of Halloween fun and games for all ages.

The special Jacobite Ghost Tours (Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct, 7pm & 9pm) promise to bring history alive, with characters from Traquair’s past retelling tales of extraordinary bravery as they supported the Jacobite cause at enormous personal cost.

Visitors are warned to be on their guard for the odd unexpected surprise and even descending into the dungeons of the Tower of London before relaxing in the comfort of the 18th century dining room with a Jacobite toast to the ‘King o’er the water’.

Then, on Sunday 30 October, it’s the turn of the annual Halloween Fun Day – a firm favourite for families with children of all ages. This year’s fun day features magic shows, creepy crawly animal handling sessions, the famous spooky passage experience, Tarot readings, ghost stories, a witches and wizards workshop, scavenger hunts, spooky face painting and, of course, traditional Halloween games.

This year also sees not only a Dressed to Kill fancy dress competition, but also Halloween Hounds – a chance for dogs to put on their best Halloween costumes.

Throughout the weekend, the 1745 Cottage Restaurant will serve Halloween suppers on the nights of the ghost tours as well as delicious lunches and teas every day until the end of October.

Further info

Ghost tour prices (Fri 28 & Sat 29 Oct, 7pm & 9pm), £12.00, children £8.00. Tours suitable for 8yrs and over. Combined tour and supper ticket £24.50. Tickets should be booked in advance as numbers limited.

Halloween Fun Day (Sun 30 Oct, 11-4pm), £8.50, children/concessions £4.50, family ticket £22.00. Tickets on the gate only for this event. For more, visit www.traquair.co.uk

Look out too for spectacularly spooky goings on at nearby Bowhill Estate and Abbotsford House this coming weekend.

 

 

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