Reviewed by Gemma Ingham
It’s Halloween! The time of year that little terrors visit your door asking for sweets, and the more brave of us pay a visit to places like Stockeld Park’s Fright Night to be terrorised to within an inch of our lives.
I’ve been to Stockeld Park in Wetherby a number of times for family days out, so when I was asked to visit their Halloween 2018 Fright Night I initially assumed it was family friendly until I looked at the website where it became very clear that is not the case. The attraction I previewed was absolutely terrifying to my group of 4 thirty-something grownups, so I doubt a child would fare very well!
Fright Night has been running at Stockeld Park for a while, however this is the second year that they have chosen to produce the event themselves and they have really put their all into it.
This year the experience is extra value, as your ticket gets you entry into the three ominously named main attractions; The Farm House, Captive and Twisted Circus. In addition, for an extra charge is the brand new ‘The Shooting Dead’ laser adventure featuring you, a gun and a forest full of zombies. The last (and least inviting to me) attraction is aptly named Buried Alive in which, obviously, you get buried alive. I have seen the coffin although chickened out from actually laying in its silky red embrace. I am assured that there is a panic button inside should whoever is foolish enough to try this have a last minute nerve attack as their closed coffin is lowered into the grave.
The attraction I was lucky enough – or should that be unlucky enough – to experience was The Farm House. This is an actual abandoned Victorian era farmhouse, with a genuine haunted history that puts a whole new twist on the experience. Check out Stockeld Park’s Facebook page for a creepy photo taken in the doorway of the farmhouse featuring an unknown person hovering in the background.
I don’t want to give too much away as it really needs to be experienced in person, but my heart has not hammered that fast for a long time! And as for my poor sister-in-law who has a weak bladder, well, let’s just say it wasn’t pretty and next time she needs to bring a change of trousers. Our senses were battered with sights, sounds and smells that all added up to absolutely terrifying experience.
As for the other two main attractions, the usually fun and family friendly maze will be turned into the Twisted Circus in which you will try to navigate every twist and turn in complete darkness not knowing what is lurking around the corner waiting for you. You can also experience a real-life nightmare in The Captive. Blindfolded and tortured, a team of rebels will to their worst to interrogate you and gain information.
It’s amazing how a usually bright, busy and fun family attraction has been turned into a heinously creepy uninviting living hell, and Stockeld Park have spared no expense in keeping you on your toes throughout. This event goes a step further than other scare productions I have visited and I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes to celebrate the Halloween season in style.
Stockeld Park is conveniently located on the A661 between Wetherby and Spofforth and is very easy to find using Sat Nav. There is loads of parking, and I’d recommend wrapping up warm as you may spend some time outside. You also need to wear sensible clothes and shoes, as at some points you may have to crawl for a short distance on your hands and knees.
Tickets cost £25
Stockeld Park, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS22 4AN | 01937 586101