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From Star Wars to ghost tours

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There is a supernatural theme to October half term at Guernsey Museums this year.

The week will begin with sci-fi activities and end in a spooky-themed day at Castle Cornet.

The activities are based around the current exhibition ENGAGE WARP DRIVE at Guernsey Museum, which charts the last 60 years of science fiction through movie props, posters, toys, comics, models, sound and film. The exciting, colourful and eclectic exhibition will inspire activities based on such creations as Star Wars, Thunderbirds and Doctor Who.

Jo Dowding, Access & Learning Manager says that the exhibition allows different generations to chat, reminisce and share stories: 'We have Eagle annuals from the 50s alongside props from the film 'Alien' and models of AT-ATs from Star Wars. The exhibition is full of fantastic objects so we use those as the starting point for planning our activities. In one room we might be making models of the millennium falcon from Lego, creating storm trooper key rings or making magnets of the Thunderbird cars - then you can go next door and see the real things'.

The 'Eye Spy Sci-Fi' sessions will be held on Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 October at Guernsey Museum at Candie. They will take place between 1.30 and 3.30pm and there's no need to book. The activities are aimed at children 7 and over to enjoy together with their grown-ups. Normal admission to the Museum applies and there's no extra charge for activities.

The cosmic theme continues at the 'Haunted Castle' event on Saturday 28 October. Castle Cornet will become a fearsome fortress of ghostly happenings, cosy storytelling, eerie ghost tours and more.

The day will feature a Pumpkin Trail, where children and families can search the Castle for different pumpkins, picking up clues and learning some Guernsey language along the way. There will also be slime-making workshops based around Island folklore and a (family friendly) fancy dress competition at 3pm. A unique live music show at 12.15 will be provided by the Blue Mountains, whose blend of dark folk will be perfect for the mysterious surroundings. Belles & Broomsticks will dress in their 'Border' kit and treat audiences to some truly frightening dance moves at 2pm. Children will also have a chance to listen to Guernsey stories and visit the witch for some potions and spells. Storytelling will be provided by Guille-Allès Library and Facepainting by Joni will be in the Castle from 11.00-3.00.

Normal admission applies but entry is free with a Discovery Pass. Free entry will also be awarded to visitors dressed in full spooky attire (if approved by the 'gatekeeper'). The Castle is open 10.00-5.00 and the activities will end at 4.00.

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