This Halloween visitors are invited to spook it up in one of Worcester’s oldest buildings. Over the half-term holiday brave souls can hear spine-tingling tales of creepy characters from The Commandery’s colourful 1,000 year history, go on gruesome ghost hunts, and follow a trail to save The Commandery from Gunpowder Plotters.
The beautiful grade I listed historic building nestled in the heart of Worcester has witnessed many centuries of history, making it the perfect place to celebrate Halloween, or All Hallows Eve.
Plucky children are invited to demonstrate their spying skills by completing a series of challenges and activities within the creepy house at 11am or 2pm each day during half term. Older children will enjoy macabre but true tales of hauntings by characters from The Commandery’s varied past. Ghost tours will take place at 11.30am and 2.15pm each day (2.15pm only on Sunday) to hear about how the Duke of Hamilton’s mortal remains were buried under the floorboards and monks who have been heard chanting at midnight.
Every day during half term, families can enjoy hunting for gunpowder barrels and finding out about the true Gunpowder Plotters of 1605. And of course, all ages can have fun getting dressed up and taking some selfie snaps at the spooky inedible banquet table.
Visitors can also join the Friends of Fort Royal Park and Commandery Gardens to celebrate Halloween with Family Fun from 5-7pm on 31 October. Young visitors can wear their best fancy dress for a chance to win the annual competition and there will be a treasure hunt in The Commandery and Fort Royal Park.
Finally, those not easily scared can enjoy Terror by Torchlight tours at The Commandery on Halloween at 8pm (doors open at 7.30pm). Join Commandery staff to hear tales of ghostly happenings within one of the most haunted buildings in Worcestershire, complete with a pre-tour bar.
Be sure to remember to bring a torch to see The Commandery at its spookiest. Tickets cost £10 and can be bought in The Commandery shop, or by telephoning on 01905 361821 and include both admission and tour.
Jo Willis, Learning Officer at The Commandery said: “Come to The Commandery and get hands-on when finding out about some of the creepier bits of our thousand year history this half term. We have some fascinating stories to tell – and some pretty spooky ones at that! We’re certainly the place to be to properly enter into the ‘spirit’ of Halloween this year.”
Visitors can find out more at www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk