Octoberfest is frightfully good

Many glowing Halloween pumpkins with black background

Ghoulish groovers, creepy creatures, wicked witches and fearsome fun are all part of a packed Octoberfest at Buxton this month.

The half term activities for families are being staged at the Pavilion Arts Centre and will provide children of all ages with hours of entertainment.

Scare Trek, a witches’ trail through the Pavilion Gardens, is being staged all week from October 24 to November 1.

It is a self-guided journey in which youngsters can find clues to missing words and unlock the secrets of the strange creatures that live there. You just have to collect a map from the Opera House box office to begin.

Toddlers are invited to become Ghoulish Groovers and romp, stomp, creep and crawl to monstrous music in a movement session between 1.30pm and 2.15pm on Tuesday October 27.

They can then find their inner sculptor by joining others aged eight and under making Creepy Creatures out of clay. The session, which will no doubt result in a gooey mess all round, is from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

Indigo Nights, which is on from 6pm to 9pm the same day is a hallowe’en themed evening of live entertainment with bands and a disco for teenagers.

Older children will also be able to take part in a practical day-long workshop recreating Roald Dahl’s much loved book The Witches and performing it live on stage.

The workshop on October 28 from 10am to 3pm is for ages eight to 13 and will teach participants new methods in theatre; devising as well as developing team working and performance skills.

Families will also have the chance to see The Sagas of Noggin the Nog playfully retold using puppets, original music, film and a cast of silly Vikings.

The classic stories by Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate will be on at the arts centre on Sunday October 25 at 3pm and Monday October 26 at 11am and 2pm.

The week of fun is brought to a close at 2pm on November 1 with a performance by The Amazing Bubble Man, Louis Pearl.

For further details about all events go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk

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