Things are getting spooky in the region … and you can make the most of the ghostly goings-on and travel by National Express Bus to all the major attractions.
Nothing quite says family fun like the thrill of Halloween or the whizz-bang of a traditional fireworks display. But if there’s one thing every parent knows only too well, these kinds of events attract lots of people in lots of cars … and finding a parking space becomes an unwelcome nightmare.
Instead, travel onboard an eco-friendly National Express fleet and get straight to the action. As well as a fuss-free journey, you’ll get free WiFi, USB points to charge your devices, comfier seats and extra leg room. There’s also crystal clear CCTV for passenger safety, bright LED interior lighting, improved soundproofing and audio next stop announcements.
A SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN
On October 24 and 25 there’s free activities including a cauldron workshop, glitter tattoos and balloon modelling from 11am-4pm. There’s also a Halloween Hunt every day during half term – pick up an activity sheet from the Guest Services team and track down the clues. Activities suitable for ages three and over and require adult supervision.
As the UK’s first purpose-built repertory theatre, The Old Rep certainly has plenty of history to share. Learn more about the venue from the “Ghostest with the Mostest” and expect some spooky stories along the way. The tour, on October 31, runs from 7pm.
National Express have several services that run to and from Birmingham City Centre, find your nearest route here
One of the last great houses built in the Jacobean style and one of the most haunted buildings in the UK. Soak up the atmospheric surroundings of this architectural gem while listening to the scary tales of previous residents. Torchlit Ghost Tours take place October 21- 23 and 28- 30 from 5pm-10.30pm.
To get to Aston Hall by bus catch the number 7 service.
Walk in the freaky footsteps of ghosts and ghouls on October 27 from 6pm. Follow the trick or treat stations, dance the night away at the Monster Bash and meet some of the creepy creatures before joining the costume parade. Under 16-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Prepare for a night to remember with this fully immersive experience featuring live actors and special effects. New for 2022 is the award-winning Scare House, guaranteed to get those spines tingling. The age recommendation is 16+ but youngsters aged 12-17 are allowed if accompanied by an adult.
Jump on the 41 bus service to get to this A-MAZE-ING experience.
Open each day throughout half term, there’s no end of frightful fun at Birmingham Science Museum. Enjoy hands-on science experiments, make giant junk creatures, follow the Monster Munching Trail and take a seat at the Monster Mayhem Family Show.
National Express have several services that run to and from Birmingham City Centre, find your nearest route here.
BONFIRE NIGHTS WITH A BANG
Kicking off on November 2, with street food by Original Patty Men, craft beers and cocktails as well as an impressive fireworks display. The event opens at 6pm until 11pm.
The fire is lit at 6.30pm with a firework display from 7pm on November 4 (KGV) and November 5 (Arboretum). There’s also a wide range of catering stalls as well as a funfair. Gates at each venue open at 5pm.
The following X51 service takes you to King George V Memorial Playing Field
Perfect for all ages, there’s two displays planned on November 5 with one catering to the little ones. Gates open at 4pm, the children’s display is at 6.30pm while the main event is at 8.30pm. There’s a fun fair, live music and food and drink stalls too.
Renowned as one of the region’s largest family bonfire and fireworks, enjoy a spectacular display set to a music on November 5. There’s also a night market and funfair; limited tickets for the premium viewing area are available on a first come-first served basis.
The biggest fireworks display in Birmingham on Saturday 5 November, from 5.30pm. The evening’s entertainment also includes an on-site fun fair and food stalls.
The annual Fireworks Gala on November 5 set against the backdrop of the castle, which will be floodlit in a mass of colour. The event is organised by the town’s Round Table and raises thousands of pounds for local causes too, with all the funds from the night go straight back in to the community.
Catch the 24 National Express Bus service to Kenilworth Castle.
Solihull’s biggest firework display on November 5 also features a funfair and stalls selling hot food and drink throughout the evening. All the proceeds from this Round Table event go to local charities and good causes, and the event opens at 4.30 until 9pm.