Witch-hunting in the woods

Some of the spooky characters that could be seen at Meldon Park this Halloween.
Some of the spooky characters that could be seen at Meldon Park this Halloween.

IT’S fright night at a Northumberland estate, with zombies and vampires on the loose.

The Hallowe’en special is being organised by the Kitchen Garden Cafe at Meldon Park.

Owners Emily and James Cookson will once again host a spooky walk around their estate, taking intrepid ghost-hunters through the woods and across fields in search of infamous local witch Meg O’Meldon, who lived in the village in the 1600s.

Well-known Northumbrian storyteller Jim Grant will recount the tale of Meg, who, according to folklore, stashed her money in various places around the countryside and reputedly can be seen searching for the hidden loot.

Melody the Dragon, a feature made of stones and mounds of earth in the Meldon Park gardens, will also be on show.

And families are encouraged to attend in fancy dress, take part in a pumpkin competition and keep warm beside a huge bonfire.

Mrs Cookson said: “We hope we will be welcoming zombies, witches, ghosts, cats and bats as walkers can either dress up or come as they are.

“They can bring a pumpkin, lantern or torch to light the way and get ready for a few scary moments.

“The event is perfect for children, but it will also be great fun for adults.”

The event takes place on Thursday, October 31, at 5.30pm. Tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children under 14 and £25 for a family of four. They include soup and stew.

To book a place, call 01670 772341.