Tale of woe at Weymouth’s town hall

First published in Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

TODAY is the last day families can get spooked out by tales of terror at Weymouth’s Old Town Hall.

The family-friendly event offers stories of mystery, intrigue, ghosts, ghouls, murders and unfortunate endings.

Both adults and children are invited to the scary spectacular as half-term comes to an end.

Mistress of mystery Julie Shields will be telling spooky stories from the local area.

Stories will include the tale of the ghostly footsteps in the Old Town Hall.

This will be followed by a spectacular time-travelling magic lantern show. Organiser Dave Allan said: “It is an exciting, fun and spooky event for adults and children.

“It is the last day today so families should come on down and make the most of it. It is like going back into Victorian times, hearing tales of terror and seeing performances that would have been seen in that era.” He added: “Tales of Terror has been going on all half-term. Everyone who has joined in so far has really enjoyed it.

“Mistress Julie is a story teller extraordinaire and we also have a time-travelling magic lanternist to entertain visitors.”

The complete session lasts around an hour, adult tickets cost £5 and children’s tickets cost £3.

Tickets can be purchased on the door or by calling 01305 858411.

Three sessions will take place at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm. The Old Town Hall is based in High West Street opposite the Boot Inn.

Where to go this half term

Weymouth Drama Club presents The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe at Weymouth Pavilion Theatre, tonight at 7.30pm, adult tickets £8 and children’s tickets £5, 01305 783225.

Half-term fun at Abbotsbury Children’s Farm, Abbotsbury: Halloween fun every day until Sunday, 01305 871817.

Annual model railway exhibition, The Wey Valley School, Weymouth: More than 20 layouts, demonstrations, 16mm live steam, trade stands, refreshments, between 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, 01305 784672.

Halloween at Monkey World, Wareham: Dorset’s Monkey World will be playing host to lots of Halloween fun until Sunday. There will be a Halloween trail through the park.

For more information visit monkeyworld.org, 01929 462537.

Spooktacular at Sandworld, Weymouth, Lodmoor Country Park: The attraction is embracing Halloween in the final week of the season which includes sand pumpkin carving, open daily from 10am until Saturday.

Face your Fears, Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Lodmoor Country Park: Get up close and personal with some of the nation’s most feared creatures, open daily from 10am, 01305 761070.

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