As the nights draw in, some guests at Hillfield Village might wish to curl up on the comfy sofas and watch a film, while others choose to scare themselves silly (as you do at Halloween). Here are just some of the night time adventures to be braved around Dartmouth.
The Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) will positively glow in the dark on Friday 28 October, when, with the lights down, sparkly rocks, iridescent butterflies and shadow puppets will be shown at their most magical. There will also be a giant spider walk, a chance to make a miniature Roman lamp and join a candle-lit lantern parade, as well as take part in drawing a giant fantasy landscape.
Don’t be Afraid of the Dark! Family Activities for Museums at Night and The Big Draw. Suitable for ages 5 to 11 28 Oct 19.00
Museums can be spooky places at the best of times, but even more so by torchlight. Families can follow a spooky trail around Torquay Museum in the dark on Thursday 27 October. Or on the following evening (Friday 28 October) if you are extremely brave, you can choose to spend the whole night at the museum. After discovering the galleries by torchlight, explorers can watch a spooky film, follow the Halloween trail, then bed down for the night in the grand Victorian building next to the museum’s very own mummy.
On Saturday 29 October grown ups and children over 14 wishing to investigate the paranormal a little deeper can join experts at Torquay Museum for a ghost- hunting night led by experienced local ghost hunting team, Investigators of the Paranormal. Participants will learn ghost-hunting techniques, explore the museum in the dead of night and try to make contact with whatever walks its corridors after dark.
Spooky Family Nights, Torquay Museum 24-29 October.
Did you know that Atlantic Wolf fish have shell-crushing teeth that can crunch up a crab or spikey sea urchin in no time? Or that the Spook fish (sic) can move its eyes around inside its head, swiveling them to look forward or even straight up? These scary creatures (and more) will be swimming in the night waters of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth on Family Fright Night where visitors can witness the more creepy aspects of life in the ocean. There will be a tour of the Aquarium with tales of the sea, fearsome facepainting and terrifying trick or treating.
Family Fright Night, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, 29 October.
Crownhill Fort is one of ten forts and batteries built around Plymouth in the 1860s to defend Plymouth’s naval base from a French attack. The grounds and museum at Crownhill Fort (which is now owned by the Landmark Trust) will be open to the public from 4-8pm on Friday 28 October. Visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the North Caponier, stroll around the ramparts at twilight and jump out of their skin when cannons are fired in the Parade Ground.
Museums at night at Crownhill Fort, Plymouth. 28 October 4-8pm.