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2nd October 2023

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 1 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 17 and Saturday 21 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 20 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, bookings are now open for Witches’ Afternoon Tea in the Abbey’s atmospheric cellars. From Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 October, diners can savour a spooky twist on a beloved English tradition.

During the half term break, Preacher the Storyteller returns on Wednesday 25 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 28 and Tuesday 31 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.

To see the full programme of events and book tickets visit
What’s On

Explore inside the house
Wed, Thu and Sun, 11am-4pm
Tickets £8, Annual Pass holders free
Guided tours at 11:30am and 2pm
Witches' Children’s Trail
Sun 1 – Sun 29 October
Every Wed, Thu and Sun, 11am-4pm (last entry 3pm)
£1.50 per child plus entry fee for general admission (adults £8, under 18s and annual pass holders free)
Join us for an enchanting hat hunt, a spellbinding quest to uncover the hidden witches’ hats scattered throughout the nooks and crannies of the historic Abbey.
Workshop: Halloween Table Decorations
Tue 17 & Sat 21 October
Sessions at 10am-12pm & 2pm-4pm
£20 per person
Suitable for ages 12+
Make your own Halloween table decoration using natural materials.
Delapré Abbey’s Witches’ Marks
Fri 20 October, 7pm
Tickets £8
Duration: approximately 60 minutes
Suitable for adults
Join our volunteers for an introduction to their research so far into the witches’ marks found around the Abbey.
Witches' Afternoon Tea
Sat 21 – Sun 29 October, 1:30pm & 3pm
£24.95 per adult, £16.95 per child
Join the witches of Delapré Abbey for afternoon tea in our atmospheric cellars.
Spooky Tales in the Abbey: Hocus Pocus
Wed 25 October, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm & 3pm
Adults £8, under 18s and annual pass holders free
Price includes general admission to the Abbey
A not-so-spooky storytelling experience for adults and children alike. Join Preacher the Storyteller as he regales you in spooky stories of the witches of the Abbey.
Witches' Spooktacular
Sat 28 & Tue 31 October
Timed entry at 4pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm
Tickets £5 per child including a trick or treat goodie bag (adults go free)
Recommended for ages 12 and under
Bring your little witches and wizards along to the Abbey to take part in a family-friendly Halloween spooktacular.

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