Ghostly gardens: Britain"s grandest country houses are going all spooky for Halloween

Ghostly gardens: Britain's grandest country houses are going all spooky for Halloween

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21:30 GMT, 26 October 2012

Like vampires that won't stay in their coffins, a number of the country's grandest gardens are coming back to life this month. With spooky trails and pumpkin-carving, they've got well and truly into the Halloween spirit.

In Lincolnshire, adults can enjoy the beautiful Sculpture Garden at Burghley House (www.burghley.co.uk) while children are distracted by the pumpkin trail this weekend.

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With spooky trails and pumpkin-carving, Britain's grandest gardens have got well and truly into the Halloween spirit

With spooky trails and pumpkin-carving, Britain's grandest gardens have got well and truly into the Halloween spirit

Chatsworth House (www.chats worth.org) in Derbyshire is holding several Halloween events from today until 4 November. As well as torchlit tours of the amazing house after dark – fun for adults and children alike – younger visitors will love the coal tunnel, decorated with cobwebs and bats.

They can also meet the Spell Weaver on a spooky trailer ride into the woods (extra charge applies), have a go at Halloween crafts and even take a zombie dance class.

While the whole family explores the ornamental gardens at Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire (www.waterperrygardens.co.uk), children can join a pumpkin hunt (2) from today until 4 November; those who spot all ten hidden pumpkins win a prize.

Burghley House in Lincolnshire

Burghley House in Lincolnshire

Trentham (www.trentham.co.uk) in Staffordshire is well worth visiting at this time of year to see its famous display of grasses and prairie planting.

The estate is holding Halloween Wilderness Survival Skills workshops, including how to light fires, build a den and practise knife skills with pumpkin carving, in the Wilderness Wood until Wednesday, 11am-3pm.

From Monday to Friday this week, Cotehele in Cornwall (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) is running Halloween events teaching how to make brooms, whip up potions, create a monster and carve pumpkins. Call: 01579 351346 for details.

At Falkland Palace and Garden in Fife (www.nts.org.uk) there is a ghost hunt and lantern competition today and tomorrow from 1pm-3pm, suitable for children aged five to 12. Tickets 6 for one child and one adult.

Normal garden admission prices apply, but events free unless stated.