October Half Term Spooky Fun at Lulworth Castle

This October Half Term, The Lulworth Estate in South Dorset’s UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast is hosting an incredible 4 days of ‘Spooky Fun’ at the storybook Lulworth Castle. The event is suitable for the whole family and includes a whole host of imagination-fuelling activities.

What’s On at Lulworth Castle?

Lulworth Castle


Inside the castle, children can wander through its spooky basement, meet Merlin and get creative at the craft table. Within its beautiful grounds (which includes a grass maze, children’s playground and wondering peacocks!) visitors can enjoy Pitch ‘n Putt and classic lawn games, in the shadow of the castle. Children can then explore the surrounding woods and castle park on a spooky trail (prizes awarded), with a gingerbread house sweetshop in the woods for trick or treaters. Hungry grown-ups can enjoy delicious and suitably spooky refreshments at the Spooky Castle Tearoom and at the Pop-Up Café.

Older (and braver!) children can experience a creepy zombie apocalypse, while younger family members enjoy a jump on the bouncy castle or fun in the soft play. There is also a spooky disco to enjoy.

The Lulworth Estate’s Spooky Fun Event at Lulworth Castle


About the Lulworth Estate

The Lulworth Estate is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on South Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, just over a 2-hour train journey from London’s Waterloo. Its 20 square miles of rolling countryside, unique geography and picture-perfect views are the stuff of childhood, Enid Blyton-style adventures, making it a very special place for children and families. The Estate is also home to the internationally renowned Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

The Spooky Fun event brings Lulworth Castle and its surrounding park alive for adults and children alike with the eerie fun of Halloween. It is one of the many diverse activities this historic, family-run Estate offers to allow visitors to make the most of its incredible views, turquoise seas and natural marvels. As well as themed events, adventure specialists, Lulworth Outdoors runs bespoke outdoor activities throughout the year, from coasteering and kayaking to mountain biking, walking and archery. The adventures can be tailored for different age groups and abilities with sweet activities such as rock pooling and fossil foraging available for young children.

Make a short break of it


Families travelling to Dorset for Spooky Fun can make a short break of it by staying in a very special holiday cottage right on Lulworth Estate itself. Beautifully renovated and all a stone’s throw away from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, the cottages offer a very special and luxurious way to enjoy the Estate with bespoke services available for those who would like to upgrade their stay: https://www.lulworth.com/holiday-cottages/

For more information about Spooky Fun, and to book tickets, please visit: https://www.lulworth.com/events/whats-on/spooky-fun/

Spooky Fun FAQs

Do we pay for car parking?
Car parking is free of charge on Spooky Fun event days.

Can we bring our dog?
Yes, you can. Dogs on leads are welcome in the grounds but not inside the castle itself. Only assistance dogs are allowed into Lulworth Castle, the Chapel and Church.

Can we bring a picnic?
Yes, you can, there are picnic benches on the castle lawn and in the woodland.

Is there food available?
The castle tearooms have scones, cakes, hot and cold drinks ice-creams and snacks (sausage rolls) and we have a pop-up café in the courtyard offering hot light snacks/lunches.

Is everything included in the price?
All activities are included in the price, there is a gingerbread house sweetshop in the woods for the little trick or treaters to purchase a treat for £1.

Where do we claim our quiz book prizes?
At the castle front doors, we have non-edible prizes as well as lollipops.

My child isn’t old enough for the bouncy castle can they still go on?
Yes, they can, for their safety, we offer a ‘tiny bounce’ session on the hour every hour.

What happens if it rains?
The event is spread across the park with indoor and outdoor activities so bring your wellies in case of rain and enjoy splashing in the puddles.

What is there to do?
We have a range of activities from themed lawn games including golf & croquet, grass maze, arts & crafts, trails around the castle & park, magician meet and greet, spooky disco, spooky castle to explore, bouncy castle (weather permitting), under 4’s soft playroom and the creepy zombie apocalypse for the older (& braver) ones!

What time do you open?
Doors open at 10.30 am and the last entry is 4 pm.

Do I need to book online?
We recommend booking in advance for fast track entry but you are welcome to purchase tickets on the day. Online presales close at 4 pm the night before for the following day.


  • franbackwithabump

    October 11 at 8:50 am

    We go to Dorset every year but have never been to Lulworth Castle. It looks gorgeous and will have to go back next year. This sounds a lovely place to visit for half term with the kids.

    1. Sabina Green

      October 15 at 8:34 pm

      Oh you should definitely add it to your list ready for your next trip x

  • Minitribetravels.com

    October 11 at 11:10 am

    That looks like a fun event. This year we won’t make it but maybe next year?

    1. Sabina Green

      October 15 at 8:29 pm

      It will be one to add to your calendar for sure.

  • Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    October 11 at 1:26 pm

    We’re looking to visit Dorset next year so I’ll have to keep Lulworth Castle in mind and see what they have on at the time. The Halloween fun does look good!

    1. Sabina Green

      October 15 at 8:02 pm

      Dorset is a beautiful area, I bet you will have an amazing time when you visit x

  • Sarah Howe

    October 11 at 2:00 pm

    Oh wow what a stunning place to have a Halloween event. I bet it will be brill and very spooky!!

    1. Sabina Green

      October 15 at 8:00 pm

      It looks like the perfect venue for a Halloween event, doesn’t it?

  • Stephanie

    October 12 at 4:47 pm

    It’s a lovely place, we want to take a visit here one day. Only been when camp bestival is there!!

    1. Sabina Green

      October 14 at 10:37 pm

      Aw, we were supposed to go to Camp B in 2017 but unfortunately, we had to pull out at the last minute. I would love to go to Lulworth Castle.

  • Annette, 3 Little Buttons

    October 13 at 1:04 pm

    The events at Lulworth castle sound brilliant over the Halloween period. If it wasn’t so far from us, we’d definitely be going!

    1. Sabina Green

      October 14 at 10:36 pm

      I think Lulworth really know how to put on an event.

  • Clare Minall

    October 13 at 1:41 pm

    This event will sure be the great one! And the details and program of the event is looks so organize. Good luck on this event! I wanted to visit sometime on the event like this.

    1. Sabina Green

      October 14 at 10:36 pm

      It looks like a really fun family event doesn’t it?

  • Jenni

    October 13 at 1:46 pm

    We are mega Hallowe’en fans and love anything spooky related. This would be right up our street.

    1. Sabina Green

      October 14 at 10:35 pm

      We have got more and more into it each year, the children get very excited.

  • forkwardthinkingfoodinista

    October 13 at 7:05 pm

    This looks like a fab day out for Halloween. I think it is good how they do mini bounce sessions for younger kids too xx

    1. Sabina Green

      October 14 at 10:34 pm

      I completely agree with you, it looks fantastic x

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