Boys and ghouls go batty at Belsay

A Belsay First School pupil is 'attacked' by spiders at a Hallowe'en event full of tricks and treats at Belsay Hall.
A Belsay First School pupil is 'attacked' by spiders at a Hallowe'en event full of tricks and treats at Belsay Hall.

BEAUTIFUL Belsay turned into a house of horrors for local schoolchildren.

Brave pupils from Belsay First School went along to the nearby Hall, Castle and Gardens to find out what the estate has in store for half-term and Hallowe’en.

But the preview was not exactly a pleasant experience as the children found themselves face-to-face with giant spiders and bats.

The props were a scream in themselves, but English Heritage has plenty more grisly treats up its sleeve as it prepares to host a Time Travellers Go Gruesome event.

Experienced tour guides are sure to send shivers down even the bravest of spines as they tell of tales gone by and the horrifying side of history.

Interactive presentations in the castle and gardens will include the Gruesome Sword School, Tudor and Medieval surgery and a Crime and Punishment Trail from the 18th Century.

And to add to the atmosphere various unsavoury instruments will be displayed, including a life-size gibbet, stocks and pillory, as well as torture tools such as The Scavenger’s Daughter iron contraption to hold prisoners in an uncomfortable position, manacles and the infamous iron muzzle known as a scold’s bridle.

Events run from Saturday throughout the week to Sunday, October 30, from 11am to 3.30pm each day. Visitors can check times for specific activities on a chalk board.

For more information telephone Belsay Hall on 01661 881636 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/belsayhall