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A bewitching October at Delapré Abbey

Visitors of all ages are set to be captivated with a spellbinding month of witch-themed events and activities at one of Northampton’s oldest and spookiest buildings.

The activities commence on Sunday 1st October with an enchanting hat hunt every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday throughout the month. Children can pick up a trail sheet and embark on a quest to uncover the hidden witches’ hats scattered throughout the nooks and crannies of the historic Abbey.

On Tuesday 17th and Saturday 21st October at 10am and 2pm, visitors can take part in a creative, Halloween Table Decorations workshop. Participants can create their own decorations using natural materials and locally sourced foliage, adding a touch of enchantment to their homes.

Delve deeper into history and mystery as you explore the supernatural past of Delapré Abbey during a talk on historic witches’ marks engraved into the fabric of the 12th-century building. This illuminating presentation on Friday 20th October at 7pm will be followed by a guided walk around the exterior of the Abbey.

For those seeking an afternoon tea with a seasonal twist, reservations are now open for Witches’ Afternoon Tea in the Abbey’s atmospheric cellars. From Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October, diners can savour a spooky twist on a beloved English tradition.

During the half term break, Preacher the Storyteller returns on Wednesday 25th October for a not-so-spooky children’s storytelling experience. Hear tales of the witches of the Abbey from 11:30am until 4pm.

On Saturday 28th and Tuesday 31st October, the popular Delapré Spooktacular returns with a witches-theme. Bring your little witches and wizards along to the Abbey to take part in a family-friendly trail throughout the House and grounds. Practice your magic with potions and spells before collecting your trick or treat goodie bag.

Amanda Nicols, Head of Operations and Projects, Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust said: “We’re thrilled to offer a month filled with enchanting activities for visitors of all ages. From mystical hat hunts to creative workshops, historical insights, and spooky tales, there’s something for everyone. Join us for a spellbinding journey through the rich history and magical allure of one of Northampton’s most atmospheric buildings.”

To see the full programme of events and book tickets click here.