The supernatural casts a spell on Birmingham Museums for half term

Monday 26 October – Sunday 1 November

From enchanted fairy-worlds to terrifying tours of the city’s most haunted houses, visitors to Birmingham Museums will be spookily spellbound as fairies, witches, ghosts and beasties come out to play this half-term and Halloween.

“Whether you’re seeking thrills or magical enchantment, this year’s half-term events promise to cast Birmingham Museums in a very otherworldly light,” says Andy Fowles, Learning and Access Manager.  “With the nights drawing in, it’s a great time for families to get together to celebrate the imagination, so we’re making sure there’s an exhilarating experience for everyone – there are events deemed too scary for children at Aston Hall, but also creature crafts for toddlers at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.”

Fearless families seeking fiendish fun can explore the infamous spooky cellars of Soho House, meet the Witchfinder General at Blakesley Hall, or follow the scarecrow trails and pumpkin flotilla at Sarehole Mill.  There are even tours by twilight and torchlight for those who aren’t afraid of the dark.  Mad scientists can make their own slime, or be electrified by the Science of Fright live show at Thinktank.  There’s also the chance to bring nightmare monsters to life with haunting hands-on activities at Soho House and the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter.

“It’s not just about spooky thrills, though” adds Andy Fowles.  “We’ve created a magical fairy glen at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, inspired by the Enchanted Dreams of artist Edward Robert Hughes – a special exhibition opening this October, where you can step into fantastical dream-worlds.  This half-term, children can recreate their own fantasy worlds with arts and crafts, and explore the mythical wonders of the night sky in a pop-up planetarium, just for half-term.”

On 22 October, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will also be launching its first-ever Mini Museum, an immersive, animal-themed gallery uniquely designed for younger children and their parents.  With a puppet theatre, play zones and storytelling spaces, toddlers can meet animal exhibits from the natural history collection, and make their own works of art alongside some of the museum’s grand paintings.

Please note that admission or event charges may apply.  For more information on these, or any of the events taking place across Birmingham Museums, please visit


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Notes to Editors



17 Oct 2015 – 21 Feb 2016

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Enchanted Dreams

Visit the magical fairy glen filled with stories and crafts, in this spectacular exhibition featuring the fantastical dream-worlds of artist Edward Robert Hughes.  The exhibition is Free to children under 16s, £7 adults, and £6 concessions.  The Fairy Glen and the half-term Pop-up Planetarium are Free to all exhibition ticket-holders.

Week-long activities

Mon 26 – Fri 30 Oct

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Join us during the week for arts and crafts, storytelling, giant Big Draw activities, and the chance to handle real artefacts.


Some activities may charge.

Mon 26 – Fri 30 Oct

Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum

‘Make Your Own Slime’ workshop, ‘Science of Fright’ live science show, spooky arts and crafts.

Activities free for Thinktank ticket holders.

For full listings visit

Tue 27 – Sat 31 Oct

Soho House

Hubble Bubble Trick or Treat

Do you dare to explore the spooky cellars at Soho?

11am–3pm.  £6 Adult, £5 Concession, Child (under 16) FREE

Tue 27 – Fri 30 Oct

Blakesley Hall

Haunted House!

The year is 1645 and the Witchfinder General has arrived in search of witches. Find out about this scary episode and see the Hall decorated for Halloween.

11am–3pm.  £3 Adult, Child (under 16) FREE

Tue 27 – Sat 31 Oct

Aston Hall

Aston Hall’oween

Spot jack-o-lanterns and hear haunted tales about the Hall on a family friendly tour.

11am–3pm. £6 Adult, £5 Concession, Child (under 16) FREE

Tue 27 & Fri 30 Oct

Soho House

Halloween Crafts

Make spooky castles or jumping spiders.

12–2pm. £2 per child

Tue 27 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Sarehole Mill

Halloween at the Mill

Follow the scarecrow trail and try your hand at the lucky dip.

12–4pm.  £6 Adult, £5 Concession, Child (under 16) FREE

Family fun

Tues 27 and Thu 29 Oct

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Pop-up Planetarium

11am – 4pm. £1 per child (Free to all Enchanted Dreams exhibition ticket holders)

Wed 28 Oct

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Fabulous Beasts Crafts

Make your own creature out of clay, in this designer-led workshop.

1–3pm. £3 per child

Pre-booking required – call 0121 348 8140

Thu 29 Oct

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Spooky Masks Crafts

Make a Halloween mask in this designer-led workshop.

1–3pm. £3 per child

Pre-booking required – call 0121 348 8140

Fri 30 Oct

Museum of the Jewellery Quarter

Halloween Ghost Walk

2–4pm. £5 per person

Pre-booking required – call 0121 348 8140

Fri 30 Oct

Weoley Castle Ruins

Spooky Halloween Crafts

12–3pm. £1 per child

Sat 31 Oct

Soho House

Torchlight Tours

12.15pm & 2.15pm. £6 Adult, £5 Concession,

Child (under 16) FREE

Twilight visits

Thu 29 & Fri 30 Oct

Sarehole Mill

Pumpkin Flotilla

Bring along your carved pumpkin and watch it float across the mill pond at twilight. Plus, spooky

stories and a hot beverage.

6.45pm.  £15 per float (up to 4 people).

Pre-booking required – call 0121 348 8263

Too scary for children

Fri 30 & Sat 31 Oct

Aston Hall

Haunted House on the Hill

An immersive ghost tour with spirits, shocks and plenty of scares.

5pm, 6.30pm & 8pm.  £9 Adult, £8 Concession, ages 12+

Pre-booking required – call 0121 348 8263

About Us

Birmingham Museums has extraordinary venues that provide a fascinating glimpse into Birmingham's rich and vibrant past and showcase world class museum collections. Sites include:Birmingham Museum & Art GalleryThinktank, Birmingham's Science MuseumAston HallBlakesley HallMuseum of the Jewellery QuarterSarehole MillSoho HouseWeoley CastleMuseums Collections Centre



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