Halloween and half-term events in West Suffolk

There’s a host of activities taking place in Bury St Edmunds and West Stow during Halloween and the school half term.

They are being held at Moyse’s Hall Museum, The Apex, and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and include a Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition, Spooky Saxons fun activities, craft workshops and ghost walks.

Moyse’s Hall Museum is staging its 12th annual Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of the second Star Wars film “The Empire Strikes Back”.

Running from October 24 until December 20, it will feature a display of props and memorabilia from the movie that introduced us to Yoda.

In addition, the exhibition marks the 40th anniversary of “Galactica’s” landing in homes across the globe.

The classic series was a spin-off to 1978’s “Battlestar Galactica”; displays will explore the franchise’s impact upon popular culture. There will also be small-screen action from the Tom Baker era of “Dr Who” plus used screen props and a chance to meet a real Dalek.

The final highlight will be an opportunity to come face-to-face with a used Gremlin film prop from the mid-1980s cult classic.

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays noon to 4pm.

There will be horrors lurking behind corners for unsuspecting visitors to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village between October 24 and November 1.

Take part in the Spooky Saxons fun family activities including quizzes and stories and dare you be brave enough to cast the last rune in the Witchy Workshop?

The site of an early Anglo-Saxon village, occupied from AD 420-650, over 400 years before the Norman Conquest, West Stow is one of England’s great archaeological sites.

Explore the recreated Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside and discover more about village life some 1,500 years ago in the indoor galleries. Watch a film, dress up as an Anglo-Saxon and meet the rare breed pigs and chickens.

West Stow will also be hosting The Real Middle-Earth Tour on Sunday, October 25, starting at 1pm.

Find out about the links between Tolkien and the Anglo-Saxon world on a guided tour from a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-earth enthusiast.

Meanwhile, the Crafty Foxes will be holding Halloween workshops on October 30 and 31, at The Apex, in Bury St Edmunds.

On Friday, October 30, children aged seven plus can paint a pumpkin using bright colours of their choice. Parents can drop and shop as space is limited, collecting their child and the decorated pumpkin after the session ends.

The next day’s family Spooky Halloween workshop is a fun session for children under seven accompanied by one parent or guardian. Youngsters can try their hand at making a spooky bat, ghostly treat or monster lantern.

All children will be kept apart as much as possible on separate tables, spaced according to the Covid-19 guidelines.

Tickets for both workshops are £15 per child including a cold drink and biscuit.

There’s a series of Ghostly and Macabre Guided Walks from October 30 through to the end of March.

Lasting 90 minutes, the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides will take you on a haunted journey with ghostly stories of murder, riots, plague, witchcraft and a mummified cat, with chills and thrills galore.

The walk starts at Moyse’s Hall Museum and guides will then lead you through the darkened streets telling stories of screaming skulls, mysterious monk-like figures appearing in cellars, burnings and hangings and more, finishing up in the dark and deserted Great Churchyard cemetery.

For more information about where to stay and other things to see and do visit www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk

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