Events & exhibitions

Halloween 2018

22nd Oct 2018 10:45 - 28th Oct 2018 15:45


All aboard The Monster! Ride our ghost train this half term and get stuck into halloween-themed craft activities, creepy competitions and gruesome garden trails for a ghostly-grand family day out.

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Ghost train

Back due to popular demand, vampire Batty and skeleton Boney will be guiding guests through the gardens on our ghoulish ghost train. Families will encounter werewolves, witches, zombie brides, devils and all manner of gruesome characters. Plus prizes will be awarded to the best dressed children on each train ride, so make sure you've donned your spookiest clobber to be in with a chance to win!


The ghost train will be running every 45 minutes at the following times:

  • 10:45
  • 11:30
  • 12:15
  • 13:30
  • 14:15
  • 15:00
  • 15:45

Halloween crafts

Enter our Haunted Craft Workshop (if you dare!) in the Railway Shed to take part in frightful colouring, cutting, sticking and the chance to design your own witch or create your own pipe-cleaner spider. You could also become your favourite monster with our professional facepainter (small charge applies), also located in the Railway Shed. 

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Closer to the vile Visitor Entrance you can design your own pumpkin with assisted carving at a cost of just £3 per pumpkin.


Witch's broomstick trail

A spell has gone awry and broomsticks containing secret halloween messages have been hidden between the vile Visitor Entrance and the rotten Railway Station. Can you find them? If you think you're up to the challenge, pick up a trail map from the Visitor Entrance and get searching.

Halloween menu

Mr Eddy's Restaurant has a brand new spooky menu specially for Halloween! Click the buttons below to download.

Halloween Savoury  Halloween Sweet

N.B. Prices include entry into the gardens plus all of the frightfully fun halloween trails and craft activities (excluding pumpkin carving and facepainting).
  Standard Gift aid
Child (under 3) FREE FREE
Child (3-15 years) £9.00 £9.40
Adult (16+ years) £15.45 £16.50
Family (2 adults and 2 children) £44.90 £47.40
Family (2 adults and 3 children) £49.90 £52.40
Friends of Exbury £4.50 N/A

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‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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