HALLOWEEN AND BONFIRE NIGHT FUN FOR HALF TERM
By Prue_Reid | Sunday, October 21, 2012, 11:39
Here is a round-up of things that will be going bump and bang in the night for North Somerset.
A round-up of Halloween events in North Somerset
At Noah's Ark even the animals will be having pumpkin fun
There are firework displays throughout the district
Halloween events kicked-off at The Playhouse, Weston, on Saturday night with an evening of rock, vampires and pure evil as the spellbinding Vampires Rock comes to town and bonfire night will end with a firework display on The Grand Pier.
In the meantime there are a variety of awe-inspiring events throughout the district to amuse, amaze and entertain.
Visitors to Nailsea town centre around Halloween can expect ghosties, ghoulies – and goodies galore, with two fun competitions being lined up for local youngsters.
From Saturday to Wednesday, October 27-31, a free 'trick or treat trail' will be in place with prizes for people able to spot the witch emblem in each of 20 retailers in Crown Glass Shopping Centre and Nailsea High Street.
Entry forms will be in each of the participating stores.
And youngsters who have carved a pumpkin at home can bring their Halloween handiwork to be displayed in a shop unit at Somerset Square next to WH Smith, on Tuesday October 30, with the entries being judged at 2pm by a panel of local traders and business people.
Two prizes of WH Smith vouchers for each age category, under 7s and eight to 13 years, will be presented by staff from Crown Glass Shopping Centre, who have organised the two events.
Centre manager James Lucas said: "This is the first of a series of fun events we are organising at Nailsea over the coming months.
"There has been real enthusiasm from the retailers for these Halloween events and we hope lots of people try the trail and bring their pumpkins to show off."
Halloween fun is being organised by Portishead police team.
Officers are teaming up with the town's youth centre to organise a Halloween treasure hunt aimed at giving youth people an alternative to trick and treating.
There will be two hunts on Wednesday, October 31, both starting and finishing at the Harbour Road youth centre.
Youngsters are invited to go along in fancy dress and the first hunt for children aged under 11, is from 4-7pm. The children will need to be accompanied by an adults.The second hunt runs from 6.30-9pm and is for youngsters aged 12 and above..
Halloween Puxton Park, near Weston-super-Mare
Puxton Park adventure farm is gearing up for some spooky fun to celebrate Halloween this October.
The family attraction, near Weston-super-Mare, will be holding Fright Week from Saturday to Friday, October 27- November 2.
Entertainment on offer includes a ghost train, spooky face painting and there will also be some creepy reptiles on show from Reptacular.
So if you want to see some fangs, spiders, a python and some creepy crawlies come on down for a spooky week of fun.
There will also be a spooky Halloween disco running from Friday to Sunday, October 26- 28, from 6-8pm with tickets on sale now.
Head of park Susie Johnson said: "Every year we attract hundreds of youngsters to Puxton Park for our Halloween disco and this year we have decided to add an extra evening due to demand.
"Reptacular Reptiles will also be making an appearance with all its creepy crawlies so we are expecting a fun filled Halloween here at Puxton Park."
For further information contact Puxton Park reception on 01934 523500 to go online by clicking HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freaky fun and ghoulish games are being promised in Weston-super-Mare as part of a Halloween Fright Night event in the town.
The event takes place in the town square and Italian Gardens on the High Street from 4pm on Wednesday, October 31 and ends at 8pm with a firework display.
There will be fire performers, stilt walkers and spooky story tellers as well as a treasure trail around local shops.
There will also be a chance to meet creepy crawlies from Bristol Zoo and rides and games.
The entertainment is being provided by North Somerset Council and the Weston Business Improvement District, which is funded by town centre businesses.
The Sovereign Centre car park will remain open until 9pm, and refreshments will be available from food outlets around the square.
Parents and carers should note that children must be supervised at all times, and for safety reasons families are asked not to bring their own fireworks or sparklers to the event.
Pumpkin playtime for primates and festive fun for felines is at Noah's Ark zoo farm at half term.
Swinging endangered gibbons are set to get their hands on special themed treats this autumn as Hallowe'en and school half term coincide to give visitors a chance to enjoy some pumpkin fun at Wraxall near Clevedon.
Fun educational zoo trails, a carved pumpkin enrichment demonstration for visitors to watch and a jam-packed program of daily events are all on offer from Wednesday to Saturday, October 24-November 3.
An exclusive discount voucher offer is being released by Noah's Ark for half term; visitors will get 20 per cent off their day tickets on above dates if they download the special voucher from the zoos website and show upon entry.
Primate keepers will hold the pumpkin enrichment talk at the Gibbon Gallery on Wednesday, October 31, giving visitors a chance to learn about Siamang Gibbons and see our cheeky family explore a hanging carved pumpkin filled with their favourite treats and find a way to extract their food.
On the same day, big cat keepers at the zoo will demonstrate pumpkin enrichment on a bigger scale for Tiana and Khan the tigers and Zulu and Masai the lions during the daily big cat feeding talk.
The zoos biggest residents, white rhinos Rumbull and Rumba will also be given their own pumpkin playthings to roll around in their enclosure.
On Monday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 31, children can follow a story trail around the zoo and take part in some art and crafts to make their own characters from the story.
There will also be a colouring area where they can compete in a colouring competition.
As well as themed activities, visitors to the zoo can meet celebrity babies George the Giraffe and Zag the Zebra, both of whom have grown in size and confidence over the summer and can often be seen close to their public fence looking inquisitively at visitors.
George and mum Genny can be hand-fed during the exciting daily giraffe talk at 12.15pm by the Giraffe House.
Parents and toddlers can also enjoy pumpkin themed fun before half term on Monday, October 22, from 10.30am at Jungle Tots, the coffee and play morning run by zoo staff during term-time.
This is where small people can make and decorate small edible treats shaped like pumpkins and enjoy social playtime in the heated Jungle Den soft play barn.
Noah's Ark is open Monday-Saturday 10.30am-5pm. The zoo is closed on Sundays.
For more information about half term activities, George the baby giraffe and Jungle Tots, click HERE or phone 01275 852606.
Bonfire night Clevedon
Clevedon and District Round Table's annual bonfire and firework fantasia is on Saturday, November 3.
One of the biggest and best displays in the district it is at Clevedon Cricket Club.
Gates open at 6pm for children's funfair rides, the bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks display starts at 7.30pm.
As well as the bonfire and a magical firework display there will be a spectacular fire-eating show.
A variety of hot snacks and drinks will also be on sale.
Tickets cost £3 in advance or £4 on the night.
Family tickets for two adults and two children cost £8 in advance or £10 on the night.
The Tablers are expecting a large crowd and warn that parking is limited.
Footpaths leading up behind Dial Hill will be closed from 6pm on the day in the interest of public safety.
Bonfire night Congresbury
The fifth annual night of spectacular fireworks and family fun is being planned by theclub at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury, North Somerset.
Saturday, November 3, will see the grounds around the luxury health club and hotel transformed, complete with fairground rides and stalls to celebrate Firework night in style.
The celebrations will begin at 4.30pm and carry on throughout the night with a children's entertainment show at 5pm.
theclub manager Jason Eaton said: "We have held this event for the past four years and it has been such a roaring success we just had to do it again this year.
"We are very community based at Cadbury House and the response we get from the locals about our display is always fantastic so we really enjoy holding it.
"People know about our display now and return every year as a tradition; it's great to see new and old faces enjoying the evening.
"With the fairground rides and entertainers it's going to be great fun for the whole family and the fireworks are set to be outstanding."
The firework display will end the evening with a bang at 6.30pm and is shaping up to be the best yet.
Also entertaining guests on the night will be face painting, a children's entertainer, popcorn and candyfloss stalls, barbecue and drinks tent.
Tickets for the event cost £5 for members and £7.50 for non-members.
Children's tickets cost £3 for members and £4 for non-members with children under three going free.
With only limited numbers available Jason is advising anyone who wants to come along to get in touch soon.
Tickets are available at the club reception or by calling 01934 834343.
Bonfire night Nailsea
Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club is having a big bonfire, lots of fireworks and a Guy Fawkes competition on Saturday, November 3.
Gates open for the annual event at 5.30pm, the bonfire gets lit at 7pm and its fireworks at 8pm.
As well as a prize for the best Guy there will also be a photography competition for those with cameras which can 'see' in the dark!
The bar will be open and hot food sold.
Parking is on the Blackfriars Trading Estate.
Family tickets cost £12, senior citizens £5 and children u16 £3 from the club, John Brown hardware store and the Corner Stores at Nailsea and R&B Taylors newsagents at Backwell.
Bonfire night Portishead
Portishead Town Football Club presents a firework extravaganza on Friday, November 2, at its Bristol Road ground.
Gates open 6pm and the display starts at 7.30pm.
A barbecue and bar will be available.
Tickets cost £4 in advance and £5 on the gate.
A family ticket for two adults and two children is £10 in advance and £12 on the gate.
Tickets on sale at the football club, Sports Shop and Mark's the Barber.
There will be disabled parking only on the night.
Bonfire night Puxton, near Weston-super-Mare
There are plans for an explosive firework display on Saturday, November 3, at Puxton Park.
Plus this year will be the first ever to have all the fun of the funfair.
As usual there will be a massive bonfire, refreshments, and of course - fireworks.
This long running event is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy bonfire night in a family environment with ghost train, walzer and helter skelter rides, bouncy castle, tombola and craft stalls.
There will be plenty of catering vans and a hog roast throughout the grounds as well as a meal deal from the Meadows Restaurant and a bar serving alcohol
Tickets cost £4 in advance and £5 on door. Children aged three and under are free.
Please note there is an additional cost for funfair rides and no sparklers are permitted on the grounds.
Bonfire night West End, near Nailsea
The six month anniversary of the death of popular landlord Mick Davidson will be marked with a bang and charity bonfire party on Saturday, October 27.
There will be fireworks, fun food and a laser show
Daughter Gemma who took over the running of the West End pub said; "We are holding events over the next few months at the Blue Flame, to raise money for charity.
"We are hoping to raise enough money to send a group out next year to build 'Mick's Medical Wing'.
"The main fundraising event to take place will be the return of the Blue Flame Fireworks on Saturday, as well as sloe gin competitions, pumpkin competitions, bands and quizzes over the coming months."
Tickets which include food are £10 for one adult entrance and two accompanying children under 14 are available from the pub.
Gates open at 6.30pm - for more information contact 01275 856910.
Bonfire night Weston-super-Mare
The spectacular sight of fireworks exploding over the sea returns to the Grand Pier on Saturday, November 10.
Entry onto the pier, which includes unlimited rides, cost £5, or £7.50 to include a hot dog or burger.
Doors open at 6pm, and the display starts at 8pm.
Bonfire night Worle
Worle Community School firework fiesta is on Friday, November 2.
Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the firework display is at 7pm.
This is a great family and community night out at the Redwing Drive comprehensive.
There will be a licensed bar and hot food on sale.
Tickets are £4 or £10 for a family of two adults and two u16 children.
To book phone 01934 529533 or 529557.
Pre-booked tickets are available up until Friday, October 26, and tickets also available on the gate subject to availability.