10 things to do for Halloween and Bonfire Night in the Scunthorpe area
Remember, remember the fifth of November – gunpowder, treason and plot; it's a rhyme all youngsters learn and in Scunthorpe there's more reason than most to know it.
For old Twigmoor Hall was home to John 'Jack' Wright who was one of the Guy Fawkes' fellow conspirators.
The Manton Local History Pack, put together by North Lincolnshire Council, says: "Local legend has it that much of the plot was in fact hatched at the hall.
"A musket shot from one of Sir Richard Walsh's men while trying to evade capture after the plot had been discovered mortally wounded Wright."
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Ever since November 5 1605, bonfires have been lit to commemorate the fact King James I had been saved with effigies of Guy Fawkes burnt on top.
With the ghosts, ghouls and witches of Halloween just six days earlier – nowadays sees a week of celebrations and parties.
We've picked out 10 venues to mark Halloween or Bonfire Night in Scunthorpe in 2012.
1. Pumpkin day – follow the pumpkin trail on October 27 from 20-21 Visual Arts Centre or the North Lincolnshire Museum. Look for pumpkin clues and win prizes. The Visual Arts Centre also has free spooky themed workshops suitable for all – under-eights must be accompanied by a participating adult. Museum has free activities for those aged five and up with the last session 2.45pm.
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe, DN15 6TA T: 01724 297070
North Lincolnshire Museum, Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7BD
2. Spooky tour –say hello to the ghosts and ghouls at Normanby Hall Country Park with a tour of the cellar. The tours take place daily during half term – October 29 to November 2 – and cost £3 per person (£2 for season ticket holders). Organisers warn the activity is not advised for very young children. Booking essential.
Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Scunthorpe, DN15 9HU T: 01724 720226
3. Rugby bonfire – The Scunthorpe Rugby Club presents its annual bonfire and firework display on November 5. Gates open at 5.30pm with the bonfire lit at 6pm. Firework display at 6.45pm. Admission adults £3, family ticket for four £8 and children and OAPs £2.
Scunthorpe Rugby Club, Heslam Park, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 2AG T: 01724 843013
4. Ghost Walk – Halloween gives visitors the first chance of the season to discover the haunted backstreets and alleyways of bygone Barton. The South Bank Players bring the grisly history of Barton to life on the ghost walk which is now in its ninth season. Organisers warn: "Characters in period costume make the past seem frighteningly real and it's not for the faint hearted. Be there if you dare!" The first walk is on October 31 with others taking place on November 30, January 25, February 29 and March 28. Walkers should meet at Baysgarth House Museum from 7pm. The walk starts at 7.30pm. Prices are £4 and £3. For more information and to buy advance tickets contact 01469 531003
Baysgarth House Museum, Baysgarth Park, Barton-upon Humber, DN18 6AN
5. Children's Party – The Queensway is holding a children's Halloween party from 5.30pm until 7.30pm on October 31 as well as having a range of Halloween drinks offers.
The Queensway, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 2AG T: 01724 865059
6. Kids go free – for half term autumn savings check out the Dolphin Inn which is offering a special online voucher giving one free kid's meal for each adult meal ordered up until November 2 – terms and conditions apply. The pub holds a range of special nights including beer and burger night on Mondays, curry night on Tuesdays and grill and quiz night on Thursdays.
The Dolphin Inn, Messingham Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2QZ T: 01724 842952.
7. Winterton Bonfire – Winterton Bonfire and Firework Display takes place on November 5 at the Town End, Winterton, from 5pm until 8pm. It is on the Winterton Agricultural Society calendar of events and held at the Showground.
Winterton Showground, Town End, Winterton, Scunthorpe, DN17 3HW
8. Fright Night – Henry's Nightclub is holding Mayhem Halloween Fright Night – a Lush Clubbing Production on Friday October 26 from 6.30pm to 10pm. Tickets cost from £10 and includes two drinks, cloakroom and two glowsticks.
Henry's Nightclub, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 7RQ T: 01724 848473
9. Children in Need fun – Frankie and Bennys is a national chain planning some Halloween fun from October 27 to October 31 and is fundraising for Children In Need. Free chocolate and apples are promised – subject to availability.
Frankie and Bennys, Doncaster Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 8TE T: 01724 747520
10. Visit the Pink Pig – Pumpkin Patch opens at the Pink Pig Farm opened on October 20 and 21 and will reopen from October 27 along with a spooky maze and the chance to try ghoulish snacks including witches fingers or a plate of worms and eyeballs! The Pink Pig Farm has been in the same family since 1929 and boasts a family farm trail, farm shop and café.
Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe, DN16 3RE T: 01724 8444466.