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Weekend of Halloween Fun at Dalkeith Country Park

Dalkeith Country Park is summoning all witches, werewolves, zombies, ghouls, ghosts and skeletons for a frightfully fantastic weekend of Halloween activities and interactive tours from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th October, as well as a toddler Halloween event on Thursday 31st October.

Icky activities at the Witches Den in Fort Douglas

From pulling your most frightening faces at Spooky Face Stencilling, to getting ghoulishly gooey while Slime Making or cast spooky spells in Wizzardly Wand Making, there will be a range of icky activities in The Witches Den at Fort Douglas.

There will also be a terrifying treat for the best spooky Halloween costumes on the day, as well as a spook-tacular selection of Halloween treats to discover at Restoration Yard store.

Activities will take place during the witching hours of 11am and 3pm, each spooky session will last 30 minutes, and it’s all included in the Fort Douglas admission fee.

Interactive Halloween Tours

Help the witches of Fort Douglas save Halloween on this fantastically frightening tour with the wonderful story-tellers of Tin Tub Theatre Company.

Join the witches on an interactive treasure hunt around Fort Douglas and meet beloved Halloween characters along the way. There’ll be tours for ages 2-4 and ages 5-12, with special treats for everyone who successfully helps us on our mission to save Halloween! Each tour begins in The Witches’ Den.

Tours will begin at 10.30am and tickets must be booked online in advance. There will be a maximum of 15 children and 15 adults per time slot. Please note each child needs an adult to accompany them – please purchase an adult ticket for the same time slot.

Price: The price is the same as your normal Fort Douglas admission fee (children and adults) plus a booking fee. The loyalty offer of 10% off does not apply to these tickets. Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds on these tickets.

Halloween Toddlers Event – 31st October

In addition to the Halloween event over the weekend of 26th – 27th October, Dalkeith Country Park will also be holding a Halloween toddlers event on Thursday 31st October.

Create the creepiest of crawlies in Scary Spider Making, unleash your creativity with Creepy Crafting and enjoy the scariest of stories in our Spooky Story Telling corner.

The activities will take place between 11am and 3pm, each session will last 30 minutes, and it’s all included in the Fort Douglas admission fee.


Please note peak pricing is in place on 26th & 27th October:

0-24 Months: FREE

2-4 Years: £5.00

5 – 12 Years: £7.00

Adult (13+): £3.00

*Please note each activity is limited to 20 children on a first-come, first-served basis. Multiple sessions run throughout the day between 11am and 3pm – please check at the Fort Douglas activity cabin on the day of your visit for exact timings. Activities are subject to change in the event of bad weather.*

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Situated just five miles from Edinburgh city centre Dalkeith Country Park, the 1,000-acre Estate which has been home to Dalkeith Palace since its construction in 1702, has been in the Buccleuch family for more than 300 years. It is home to Fort Douglas Adventure Park, a playground of exceptional quality and Restoration Yard, an award-winning Store, Restaurant and Wellbeing Lab. The Park itself features waymarked cycling and walking routes and a regular programme of activities ensures there is plenty on offer for the entire family.

Fort Douglas is perfect for young adventurers and those young at heart, encouraging multi-generational play as adults can access all the equipment too. Entering via a bridge across the South Esk River, children can let their imaginations run wild as they explore Fort Douglas’s network of high-rise walkways, balance blocks, log walks, jungle climbers, jumping disks, climbing walls, balancing boards, suspended tyres, basket swings and tube slides. In early 2018 further investment was made in Fort Douglas with the creation of the Zip Wires, each stemming from a hub which took design inspiration from the Park’s historic Orangerie.

And in 2019 the park opened Sky Maze, an investment of £285,000 in Fort Douglas featuring a thrilling sky-high network of twisting, turning walkways, treehouses, ramps, rope bridges and huge slides created for the bravest of young adventurers and their adults. Designed to set young (and old) imaginations alight, the new section in Fort Douglas is inspired by the original playground at Dalkeith Country Park.


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