Ghosts and pumpkins can be discovered this week on the trail of adventure at Corfe Castle this week.

The National Trust attraction will be hosting a range of Halloween activities running until Sunday for children to enjoy this half-term.

Children can find the ghosts and pumpkins on the Corfe Castle Halloween Quest and enjoy hair-raising activities, including the teddy zip wire challenge, spooky storytelling, pumpkin carving and fun with Scary Bones the skeleton.

Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.

The first phase was one of the earliest castles in England to be built using stone when the majority were built with earth and timber.

Corfe Castle underwent major structural changes in the 12th and 13th centuries and in March 1645 it was demolished on Parliament’s orders.

Owned by the National Trust, the castle is now open to the public and in 2010 received around 190,000 visitors.

It is protected as a Grade I listed building and a scheduled ancient monument. For more information, call 01929 481294 or visit

Events to come

Halloween Quest: Trail until Sunday, November 3 , 10am-4pm.

Teddy Zip Wire Challenge: Bring your brave teddy until Sunday, November 3, 10am-4pm.

Spooky Storytelling: Hear the tales of Granny Cousins today and tomorrow, 12pm-1pm and 2pm-3pm.

Scary Bones the Skeleton: Book readings and signings on Sunday, November 3 , 11am, 1pm & 3pm.