There came a great spider . . .
AGIANT 16-foot spider is all set to spark thrills and fear among Southport shoppers as it meanders through the streets looking for a playmate.
Arachnobot, the giant spider puppet, will be taking part in Southport Hallowe’en Festival – formerly known as Spookport – which will run from October 20 to 31.
The festival is now in its third year but this year it’s set for twist, turns and changes – complete with its new name.
The festival will be made up of a series of events in the town centre, which are all set to appeal to Hallowe’en fans of every age – including a grand central marquee packed with four days of mischievous family fun.
The festival has previously attracted thousands of visitors to the town and it aims to bring fun and entertainment to guests and residents alike during the autumn half term.
Better yet, most of the planned events are free.
The festival will start with a two-day indie horror film event – The Dead of Night Film Festival, at The Atkinson – put together with local award winning filmmakers – and continues throughout the week.
Hugh Evans, of Southport BID, which organises the festival, said: “We are really excited for this year’s festival. It was time for a change and so we took on board feedback and have tried to create a real festival feel event with things to see and do all week and throughout the town centre.
“We are particularly excited about securing the Arachnobot – it has appeared in cities and festivals around the world and we think it will be a really thrilling, fun family spectacle that will get people talking.”
Arachnobot has previously toured in America, Europe and Asia.
The unique puppet combines a giant inflatable skin with a complex cable skeleton which controls eight independently articulated legs. The mechanism enables lifelike movements controlled by a single puppeteer.
If you would like to find out more about each event, visit www.spooky southport.com, or follow Southport Hallowe’en Festival on Facebook for updates.
Arachnobot will be stalking the streets of Southport, searching for his Little Miss Muffet at the Hallowe’en festival