Frightwater Valley 2018 – here is the official press release for 2018, but don’t miss my review from last year below it!
Lightwater Valley is set to be transformed into ‘Frightwater Valley’ as part of its spooky Halloween celebrations (October 27th-31st). The North Yorkshire theme park will be hosting a series of spooktacular events and activities designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. From family-friendly scares to truly terrifying encounters there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
For younger visitors there will be Spooky Character Meet and Greets (9.30am-midday), Scary Magic Shows (12.30pm – 1pm, 2pm – 2.30pm, 4pm – 4.30pm) and Trick or Treat Doors (11.30am – 12pm, 1pm – 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 3pm, 4.30pm – 5pm). Visitors can also join in the frightful fun as part of the Halloween Fancy Dress Competition which will be taking place on the Lightwater stage between 3pm-3.30pm each day.
For the more intrepid there’s the chance to enjoy some grown-up thrills and chills inside the Live Scare Maze in the Events Hall and the Scare Maze Walkthrough in the Marquee; both of which will be open for risky business from 1pm. The mazes are definitely not for the faint-hearted and are not suitable for children under the age of 12 due to the extreme nature of the scares. The scares culminate with the Frightwater Finale lakeside fireworks spectacular (6pm Saturday, 5.30pm Sunday-Wednesday).
With over 35 rides and attractions for thrill seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is one of the UK’s most popular theme parks. Among its signature rides is the 1.5 mile long Ultimate rollercoaster – the longest coaster ride in Europe – and the Eagle’s Claw aerial ride. Frightwater Valley is taking place from Saturday, October 27th – Wednesday, October 31st at Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT. For details visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk or call 01765 635321.
Read my review of Frightwater Valley from last year
From the moment you step into the entrance you know it is Frightwater time at Lightwater Valley. They have really gone to town with the spooky theming. As we entered there was a bench with a skeleton and antique looking grandfather clock. Next to the skeleton sat a dummy in a mask as still as can be. The children approached tentatively, fascinated, but a little suspicious. They were right to be – but still leaped and shrieked when the dummy moved quickly towards them!
There are lots of great theatrical Halloween scenes as you enter and lots to stage photos of the children in front of, there are even ghostly Minions!
Miss H does not like to miss out on an opportunity to have her face painted. Today she dressed as a Halloween cat so had her face painted accordingly…
Trick or Treat
When you make your way into the fairground area you will see a huge trick or treat door, that’s open at certain times during the day. It’s also the place to see a Magic show (runs about 4 times a day too, so make a note of the times). We managed to catch a little of the magic show but completely missed the Trick or Treat door (I wasn’t popular!).
Across from the trick or treat door there is a character photo stall where you can have your photo taken with ghoulish characters. If you then upload them to Lightwater Valley’s Facebook or Twitter you stand a chance of winning free tickets for next year too.
We loved the music around the park too, lots of cheesy Halloween classics such as the Monster Mash, Ghostbusters and Thriller. I don’t have any pictures of scary music, so here is a scary clown van instead:
Live Scare Maze
Master T and Mr Wonders braved the Live Scare maze, it was early on in the day though and although they said it was scary it was fine for him (aged 9). Mr Wonders thought that the strobe lighting and smoke might have scared the most fearful Miss H though. I imagine it gets very scary when dusk begins to fall…
When things got scarier….
Towards the end of the afternoon periodic statements were issued over the tannoys. They started with several short horn blasts reminiscent of air raid warning sirens and then it was announced that after 4pm the park would become a scarier place and that families with children under 12 or those with a sensitive disposition should make their way to the front of the park. It ended with the stark statement that ‘Frightwater Valley cannot guarantee the safety of anyone from this point.’ It was fabulously theatrical, and my children enjoyed it!
After 4pm, the park did get scarier with lots of actors mysteriously appearing in spooky outfits, hiding around corners and peering silently through railings. They were good with the children though and didn’t try to scare them too much like they did the older ones. There was just enough for my children to feel the thrill of Halloween without being genuinely scared.
At 6.15pm if you are brave enough to stay that long, you’ll be entertained by fireworks!
Website and Prices
Have a look at the Lightwater Valley website for all the details.
Looking for other Halloween Events? See my round up here.
Lightwater Valley kindly invited us to visit to review. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.