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From Origami to a Haunted Castle...

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Tuesday 15 October 2019

October half term activities at Guernsey Museums will range from learning the art of folding paper to telling ghost stories.

The week will begin with a spooky-themed day at Castle Cornet and be followed by five days of Japanese-themed activities at Candie.

The popular 'Haunted Castle' event returns to Castle Cornet on Saturday 26th October. Castle Cornet will become a fearsome fortress of ghostly happenings, cosy storytelling, enchanting moments and more.

The day will feature a special trail, where children and families can search the Castle for different pumpkins, each tucked away in different areas. Pirate Black Jack will treat audiences young and old to an interactive show at 12.15. Some might say that there's nothing more frightening than Morris Dancing and the Belles & Broomsticks will be there to prove it, with a performance at 2.15pm. There will be an arts & crafts room and a (family friendly) fancy dress competition at 2pm. Throughout the day visitors will also have a chance to listen to Guernsey folklore, visit the Castle's resident witch and also - for the first time - an enchanted mermaid. Storytelling will be provided by Guille-Allès Library at 11am and 2pm. Magician Lars Henningsen will be treating visitors of all ages to some close-up tricks from 1pm for an hour. There will also be a display of unusual gourds. Smudge-It Facepainting will be there from 11am onwards.

Normal admission to the Castle applies, so it's FREE with your Discovery Pass. Free entry will also be awarded to visitors dressed in full spooky attire (if approved by the 'gatekeeper'). The Castle is open 10am-5pm and the activities will end at 3pm.

The fun continues during half term week with Japanese-themed activities from Monday to Friday at Candie. The sessions are 'help yourself' and not hosted by a member of staff. Visitors can just turn up during opening hours.

The activities include origami, learning Japanese letters and making your own netsuke. They are aimed at families with children aged 5 years and over, but all ages are welcome. There will be a chance to visit the Bakers Bazaar Timewarp toyshop and see the display of 1970s toys. There is no extra cost for the activities. Normal admission to the Museum applies, so it's FREE with your Discovery Pass.

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