Scarefest is re­turn­ing to Al­ton Tow­ers this October

Hinckley Times - - THE GUIDE -

AL­TON Tow­ers is a top leisure des­ti­na­tion for kids and adults across the Mid­lands.

And bet­ter yet, it’s less than an hour’s drive away from Hinck­ley.

So, with Hal­loween com­ing up, you’re prob­a­bly won­der­ing what ter­ri­ble treats the pop­u­lar park has in store for the holiday this year.

Well, won­der no more - be­cause the park has re­vealed what it has planned for its an­nual Scarefest.

A packed list of ac­tiv­i­ties will of­fer ev­ery­thing from heart-stop­ping scare mazes to freak­ishly fun ac­tiv­i­ties for younger guests.

A spokesper­son for the pop­u­lar at­trac­tion said: “Scare Mazes, Theme Park open un­til 9pm for Rides in the Dark and a trav­el­ling cir­cus of roam­ing char­ac­ters.

“Scarefest is back and has more spine-tin­gling ter­rors than ever be­fore. Our three multi award win­ning scare mazes have been re-scar­i­fied for this year and we are adding an­other NEW maze to the line up!

“Dare you join us for our most ter­ri­fy­ing year yet?”

There’s a brand new mys­tery maze. That’s right, the park is break­ing with tra­di­tion of there be­ing three adult scare mazes with the in­tro­duc­tion of a fourth.

There are no fur­ther de­tails on of­fer at this stage. It all seems very top se­cret though!

Al­tonville Mine Tours: Un­cover the leg­end of the skin snatch­ers (15+)

The new­est ad­di­tion to the Scarefest line-up last year, and one that ter­ri­fied even the bravest of vis­i­tors.

Set in the bow­els of a dark and claus­tro­pho­bic mine, this is ter­ror at its most ex­treme.

Be­fore you even en­counter any of the in­hab­i­tants you have to face your own fears as your mind plays tricks with you in the en­velop­ing black­ness.

You are armed only with a miner’s hel­met, it’s eerie, and then some.

And then... well then, you meet the hill­bil­lies.

This is the most ex­treme maze that has been at the re­sort to date. Freak Show: Scare Zone Clowns are Sin­is­ter. There’s no mid­dle ground re­ally is there?

Oc­cu­py­ing an area of the park af­ter dark is a trav­el­ling side-show of cir­cus re­jects that have de­scended upon the Al­ton Tow­ers Re­sort.

And you will get to walk amongst the freak­ishly fas­ci­nat­ing mis­fits.

In fair­ness, it is less sin­is­ter clowns - and more down­right weird.

Ex­pect to have your for­tune told or be ac­costed by the bearded lady.

It’s fun rather than frights, but it did have some kids dash­ing for the ‘chicken run’ down the side.

There is some­thing quite unique and fun about the ac­tors roam­ing around open ar­eas and it works well.

Sub Species: The End Games (15+)

The scare maze, set in a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic sewer, re­turns again for an­other out­ing.

Ex­pect to be chased on your hands and knees in pitch black sewer pipes.

And a chain­saw wield­ing ma­niac in the pitch black of the night.

This maze won in­dus­try award for Scare Maze Of The Year, it’s well worth a visit. Ter­ror Of The Tow­ers (12+) The maze that first ap­peared in 2002 is still go­ing strong as you walk through the deep­est bow­els of the park’s his­toric tow­ers.

Deep in­side the tow­ers are a whole host of de­monic monks wait­ing pa­tiently for you to ar­rive, throw in some strobe light­ing, pul­sat­ing mu­sic and plenty of twists and turns and you will be in for the scare of your life. Rides in the dark Roller­coaster en­thu­si­asts love rid­ing the front of a coaster, but they also love the whip of rid­ing on the back car­riage, just like some fans of Neme­sis in­sist on tak­ing their shoes and socks off to feel the wind in their feet.

The real buzz for any coaster fan though is to ride in the dark, that’s a big at­trac­tion with Scarefest and fans flock to the re­sort’s big­gest steel beasts to get their thrills un­til 9pm.

It’s a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence en­tirely rid­ing them in the dark and if you have never done it, add it to your buck­etlist.

What does Al­ton Tow­ers of­fer for younger thrill-seek­ers?

Aside from the ex­treme frights and bumps in the night, Scarefest is a lot of fun for younger guests, too.

There are friendly char­ac­ters all around the re­sort through­out the event and the dec­o­ra­tions around the theme park and the ho­tels are fan­tas­tic.

Here’s a look at some of the fam­ily friendly spe­cial events...

House of Mon­sters (Fam­ily scare maze)

House of Mon­sters is the first fam­ily scare maze the park has launched.

Last year it was a huge hit and gave fam­i­lies the op­por­tu­nity to join an up and com­ing on­line vlog­ger who turned into some­what of a new-age mon­ster hunter.

It’s a mod­ern-day quest to dis­cover the truth about mon­sters and his trail has led him to what is be­lieved to be a dis­used house. But is it a case of mis­taken iden­tity or has he re­ally dis­cov­ered a groups of 21st cen­tury ghouls?

He hasn’t got the nerves to go alone so has asked his on­line fol­low­ers to join him on a dar­ing mis­sion to the sup­pos­edly aban­doned house.

Will you join him on the mis­sion, what will you find? Will you dis­cover that Mon­sters have a good side too?

Mild thrills guar­an­teed for all the fam­ily (£5 ex­tra charge). Al­ton An­ces­tors The pop­u­lar Al­ton Ances­ters are back to greet guests and min­gle with vis­i­tors through­out the park, a zany bunch of friendly ghosts from Al­ton Tow­ers of old. Ex­pect some very neat dance flash­mobs. The Freaky Four Phil The Ghoul, Skelvin The Skele­ton, Patch The Pump­kin and Phil (ba­si­cally Franken­stein) are Scarefest reg­u­lars and pose for hun­dreds of pic­tures daily with peo­ple of all ages.

They also host a num­ber of events between them - Skelvin’s Spooky Sto­ry­time, Phil & Franklyn’s Ghoul School, and Patch’s Trick-Or-Treat Party.

What dates can you go to Scarefest?

October 14 - 15, 20 - 31 October 2017. See the parks’ web­site for more de­tails.

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