There came a great spi­der . . .

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

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

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