Autumn in the Vale, scrunching leaves and spooky goings on

Autumn is upon us and with it comes the anticipation of cold nights, frosty mornings and, of course, Halloween.

Fasten your seat belts for a Spooktacular Autumn in the Vale of Glamorgan.   Penarth, Llantwit Major, Barry and Cowbridge town centres are all gearing up for some hauntingly good times.   Best dressed window display competitions, pavement parades, pumpkin carving workshops and so much more.  Keep a close eye on our pages or follow @ValeTownCentres and look out for #SpooktacularVTC for all the news.

If Outdoor Cinema is more your bag, St Donats Castle is showing a host of scary movies kicking off with with Scoob!, Hocus Pocus and The Lost Boys.  Check out their website for details.

Fonmon Castle is holding Halloween Haunted Night Gardens from 5pm to 9.30pm.  Please see website for dates, times, prices and booking details.

Our country parks are joining in the fun with a Halloween festival at Cosmeston. Thousands of lights will illuminate the Medieval Village with lots of spooky happenings to test your nerves!!  There will also be a children’s fairground and food and drink stalls.   Please see website to book ahead, details of ticket prices and to reserve your place. Porthkerry is holding a Pumpkin Fest with a lantern making competition and pumpkin crazy golf and trail.   Again, please see website for details of ticket prices and to save your space.

And, of course, traditionally there are the Pick Your Own Pumpkin events. Enjoy picking your very own pumpkin this Halloween at Bonvilston PYO Pumpkins; there’s a Scarecrow Maze and new for this year Twilight Pumpkin Picking. There is Pumpkin Patch Pick Your Own Pumpkins at St Nicholas with a range of activities for budding pumpkinologists. And the return of Pick Your Own Pumpkins at Penllyn Estate including tractor rides, the Maze of Maize, Face Painting and great food.  

Please see websites for dates, times, ticket prices and how to book

The animals on the farm are getting in on the fun too. There's some 'Spooky Fun' on the farm at Amelia Trust Farm this half term with loads of events to keep the little ones happy with Mini Monster and Furry Beast talks, Terrific Tales and much more. Make sure you take a #ScarySnap to be in with a chance of winning some prizes. All the information can be found on the Amelia Trust Farm website.

And the fun doesn't end there. Fawkes Fest is a nod to some good old traditional family fun that sees the resurgence of the Guy (or Gal) and toasting marshmallows around the fire pit. A free fun coastal event on Barry Island Promenade, Fawkes Fest takes place in the lead up to the 5th November, Guy Fawkes Day and Bonfire Night.

The coming weeks has lots going on for the whole family.   However, if like many of us your idea of enjoying Autumn is scrunching through the fallen leaves, and enjoying the beauty of the changing seasons, why not take time and visit one of our fab parks.  There’s nothing quite like the beautiful colour of trees at this time of year.

Romilly Park (photo credit Tina Haydon)

Julie Morgan

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