FAMILIES looking for something 'spooktacular' to do this Halloween half-term are being encouraged to opt for a Staffordshire staycation to help support the local tourism economy.
Staffordshire has hundreds of exciting locations and attractions, including many leading national sites to explore over Halloween and the half term holiday.
Whilst many attractions and hospitality businesses are now open following the lockdown, some have not reopened yet and others have changed their opening times. Many businesses are also asking people to book in advance, to help them maintain social distancing. Before making a trip, people should check the official COVID-19 guidance for their area and visit the attraction’s website for specific details.
With thrilling rollercoasters, terrifying scare mazes and spooktacular family entertainment, the 2020 Scarefest at Alton Towers Resort promises great entertainment for the whole family!
At Drayton Manor Park There's more Treat Than Trick this year too. It's the perfect family Halloween event, packed full of freaky fun activities and entertainment for the October Half Term!
Visit the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton-on-Trent for their Halloween Spooktacular, where there’s lots of family fun including the Haunted Mirrors maize, broomstick training, and fun fair’.
If you're after more frightening frolics, then head to the Trentham Monkey Forest for a half term Halloween spooktacular. Fancy dress is encouraged! There’s also Trentham's Trickery Trail at the Trentham Gardens. Follow the trail to find out what magical mischief the witches and wizards have been have been up to.
Philip White, pictured, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council and cabinet member responsible for tourism said: “Whether it’s the scary rides and mazes at both our amazing theme parks, or a spot of family pumpkin carving we have something for everyone this Halloween.
“We have some wonderful attractions and locations with loads to choose from, right on our doorstep. And, opting for a staycation this half term is not only a great way to explore them but it also helps support our local businesses who have been struggling recently because of Coronavirus.
“We do want everyone to have an enjoyable and safe Halloween so whatever you end up doing please make sure you follow all the official guidance for the area. Booking is also essential at most attractions at the minute, so please remember to visit their websites and Facebook pages for specific details before visiting.”
Staffordshire’s tourism economy is worth more than £1.8 billion annually with around 27 million day or overnight trips being made to the county. The sector also supports over 32,000 jobs.
For further details on Halloween activities and how to enjoy them safely visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/safely