Fright Nights & Haunted Castles

Halloween is almost upon us and the scary going-ons have all started. I love this time of year, there’s nothing like a bit of horror to get the heart pumping. I have been watching a lot of horror movies recently to get me in the scared mode. Every year, I look to do things for halloween as there normally are a lot of events happening where people dress up and get you involved. Two years ago, for instance, I was in Las Vegas for Halloween and it was great seeing Halloween on a massive scale.

Happy Halloween

So, on the 27th October I went on a day trip down to Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, just north of Hastings. I have National Trust passes to use up so I decided this would be the perfect place to visit to, the Castle is stunning and makes for some great photographs. I travelled the 87 mile journey down, through some winding roads and even came across a Steam Railway down there. Did you know that there are still some fully functioning steam railways which transport people to and from places on a daily schedule? I didn’t.

Bodiam Castle is such a beauty to behold.

After seeing the cute Bodiam railway station, I travelled up to the Castle. The Autumn sun was out in full swing and it was a lovely day, it wasn’t even cold. I went around the Castle, taking lots of photos of it in the mid-day sun and then proceeded to go and explore around it. The Castle was built in the late 14th Century, on a Moat. Here is what Wikipedia has to say on it’s history…

Bodiam Castle (/ˈbdiəm/) is a 14th-century moatedcastle near Robertsbridge in East Sussex, England. It was built in 1385 by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, a former knight of Edward III, with the permission of Richard II, ostensibly to defend the area against French invasion during the Hundred Years’ War. Of quadrangular plan, Bodiam Castle has no keep, having its various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. Its corners and entrance are marked by towers, and topped by crenellations. Its structure, details and situation in an artificial watery landscape indicate that display was an important aspect of the castle’s design as well as defence. It was the home of the Dalyngrigge family and the centre of the manor of Bodiam.

So, there you have it. I would definitely recommend visiting it if you can, it really is very picturesque and people flock here to grab a photo or two. Because it was Halloween, they also put some spooky things around the Castle so that visitors can get in the spirit. Talking of spirits, the Castle is also rumoured to be haunted. Oh, i do love a haunted house or castle. I wonder where my next National Trust visit will be next year.

I wonder whose head this belongs to!?

Yesterday, the 28th October, I travelled up to Thorpe Park to visit their Fright Nights themed mazes. I went with a group of friends from work and we all couldn’t wait to see what they had in store, with us all dressing up for the occasion as well. The park was very busy yesterday and we were told that it was at capacity, so they could let nobody else in. Also, some of the rides weren’t functioning or only partly functioning which made queues for the popular rides very busy. Essentially, we didn’t get to go on many rides yesterday, but this was not the reason we came. We all bought Fast-track tickets to beat the queues at all five horror themed mazes in the park. There were 5 different themed mazes, you had The Big Top, Cabin in the Woods, Saw Alive, Platform 15 and The Blair Witch Project. Some of those are based on the films of the same name and were all themed differently. I really didn’t know what to expect of them, but was excited as I love scary things.

Our Feared Five Fast-Track ticket with times.

I absolutely love the Saw films and franchise, if you haven’t seen the 7 films (at time of writing as they are currently shooting Saw number 8) then you really, really need to go and watch them. They are probably my favourite horror films. I admit, yes, there is a lot of blood and gore in these films but the thing that I love about the films is that they all interlink, they all each have a scary cliffhanger at the end and there are so many twists and turns in the storyline which you don’t see coming. Honestly, they are really good films to watch over the Halloween season. I especially loved going into the Saw Alive maze as it was all completely based on the movie, and felt very industrial and metallic compared to the other mazes. Let’s just say there are real metal gates and doors in this maze, whereas in the others they were all tents which were put up for the occasion. You literally could get hurt if you ended up going the wrong way, but I don’t think the paid actors would let that happen.

The Saw Alive Maze

In each tent, there was actors who are all dressed up and are designed to SCARE you. We were briefed at the beginning of each maze to say that the actors can touch you but you musn’t touch them back. I felt like I was the brave one of our group as I went in front of the groups on some of the mazes, and that really is the scary bit as if you are at the back you can tell from the screams that something is coming. I kept my composure, and even though I was scared I tried not to let it show. Hell, put me in a horror movie and I would get through it without one scream haha.

Me with my skeleton bandana.

Overall, it was a fantastic day out with some fantastic people. We even got to try some of that Nitrogenie Ice Cream where it is chilled at like -200degrees celsius. The ice cream is so delicious made this way and is so much more smooth and creamier to eat, I would really recommend it, we even got to see how they made it too which was interesting. If you haven’t been to the Fright Nights at Thorpe Park, I would really recommend going to check it out but if you just want to do the mazes make sure you get the fast-track tickets as the queues are horrendous, and don’t expect to get on many rides either.


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