It's the beginning of the party season as far as I'm concerned, and with all the events going on in and around Canterbury, you can't fail to find something to get you in the Halloween or Bonfire Night Mood.
If you know of any other Bonfire Displays, feel free to let us know by email here at thebestof Canterbury so we can include it on our Canturbury Events pages.
Spooky! Saturday 23rd October
Halloween Dance at Westgate Hall
Doors open at 7.30pm Dance 8pm - 11pm.
Dance to the Beverly Big Band, Ballroom, Latin, Jive and Old Time
There will be prizes for the best fancy dress costumes at this spooky dance.
Raffle in aid of Westgate Hall Community Trust
Tickets £9 - available by calling 01227 712355.
Westgate Hall Westgate Hall Road Canterbury CT1 2BT
28th-31st October 2010
A punt along the river in Canterbury checking out all of the spooky places!
Halloween Haunted River Tour
An Edwardian-style punt on a candle lit ghost hunting trip through the historic centre of Canterbury.
Discover the frightening secrets that lie hidden in the darkness beneath Canterbury's streets.
A traditionally dressed chauffeur will point out the places where ghosts have been sighted.
Hear a series of short ghost stories which, where possible, seek to explain these supernatural manifestations.
Sit comfortably on the spacious, cushioned seats and wrap up warm in cosy blankets.
Tickets £10 /Members/NUS £8
No advance tickets are available to purchase for this event.
Canterbury Punting Company Water Lane Canterbury CT1 2NQ
Phone: 07786 332666
Halloween Crafts at Wildwood
Join the annual orange and black crafts extravaganza to help decorate your home for the coming fright weekend - pumpkins, witches' cats, ghosts etc.
£2.00 per child, one adult free, £2.00 per additional person.
All events must be booked in advance and will take place in the Education centre unless otherwise stated. Prices are in addition to entry fees for the park.
Tel: 0871 7820081
Canterbury Environmental Education Ctr
Haunted Halloween Spooktacular!
Fri 28th October
Spend a haunted evening at the centre.
There will be guided walks around spooky trails, crafts and more.
From 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Bring along suitable outdoor clothing
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cost £7.00 per person £22.50 Family (up to 5)
Booking required on 08458 247 600.
Canterbury Environment Centre St. Alphege Lane Canterbury CT1 2EB
Sat 30th October
Murder Mystery Dinner
Celebrate Halloween in style with our murder mystery 3 course dinner at the ABode Canterbury! The evening starts at 6pm with a champagne reception, in the County Bar. We then Enter the County Room for a sumptuous 3 course dinner at 7.15pm. The Inspector starts his interviews after the first course and this is followed by the main course. After this the Inspector continues his investigations. Over petit fours and coffees, the tables decide who the murderer is and then present their solutions. Is it an actor or is it one of the guests - you'll have to wait and see!! The prize is awarded to the winning table and the evening ends. Why not book an evening in the hotel for just £105.00 bed and breakfast. This is a very special evening so please book your table. This memorable event is only £45.00 per person. Dining Club members and their guests receive a 10% discount. To reserve a space for any of these events please call 01227 826676.
Hallowe'en Family Day
Sat 30th October
Witches, Bats and Pumpkins Hallowe'en Family Day
Between 11am to 4pm
Listen to scary stories, have a go at carving a pumpkin, make a Hallowe'en mask and discover the truth about bats.
Do you dare visit?
For visitors aged three to adult.
Special entry charges £2.00 for adults, £1.00 for children.
There is an additional £2.00 materials charge for pumpkin carving workshops.
Advanced booking required (Contact museum)
Museum of Canterbury Stour Street Canterbury CT1 2NR
Tel: 01227 475 202
Harbour Halloween Weekend
Whitstable Harbour Village
Sun 31 Oct 2010
10:00 to 17:00
~ Children's spooky fancy dress competition Saturday 2pm £25.00 First Prize.
~ Punch and Judy
~ Myles the Magic Wizard Saturday and Sunday 12pm
~ Local Food, gifts, arts and crafts
Sat 6th November 2010
Tyler Hill Bonfire at Tyler Hill Recreation Ground
Gates open 6pm Bonfire lit 7.20pm Firework display 8.15pm.
There will be a funfair and food is available for sale
Advance Tickets: Adults £4.00 Children (2 - 14) £2.00
Tickets on the Gate: Adults £6.00 Children (2-14) £3.00
Advance tickets on sale from 14th October from: Blean Post Office Ivy House Pub Tyler Hill Meadow Grange Nursery Londis at Longport and St Martin's Hill Hales Place Post Office
Venue: Tyler Hill Recreational Ground Summer Lane Canterbury CT2 9NE
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