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News Release - Issued by the Beningbrough Hall

Spooky sound trail and creepy creatures this half term at Beningbrough

“We’re playing a naughty Halloween game, and we’ll only leave if you call us by name!”

Scary pumpkin monsters have descended on Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens and we need your help to find them. Hunt the creatures, play the spooky sounds and complete the free trail to win one of the fantastic prizes from the National Trust shop. The trail runs all week as part of a series of activities on offer for the last week of the main season.

Find the hidden story den in the giant laurel tree to tell your own terrible tales or on Halloween itself internationally known storyteller Adrian Spendlow will delight with ghostly goings on using the portraits and Beningbrough folklore….plus a little of your imagination to help! For the creative family there are artrageous workshops Wednesday - Friday to decorate a glass lantern and on Halloween come in your scariest costume for the parade.

The annual display of home-grown pumpkins could surprise with this year’s crop containing blue varieties and some too large to pick-up. Have a go at guessing the weight of the largest pumpkin and tell us what you would do with it to try and win this giant and unique prize. The popular torch-lit bat hunts return on Halloween and Saturday 1 November, these pre-bookable walks start as the property closes and the nocturnal animals come out to play – are you brave enough?

Half term also falls as the last week of the main season, after which opening is reduced to weekends and bank holidays for winter. This is the last chance to see the Royals: then and now display from the National Portrait Gallery and the royal photography exhibition by Lord Lichfield.

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens will be open from 11am until 5pm from Saturday 25th October until November 2rd (closed Monday). For more information call 01904 472027 or visit the website

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Full details of the offer this Halloween half term can be found here:

For more information, interviews or images please contact:
Joanne Parker,
01904 472017 (direct) 472027 (office)

About Beningbrough Hall & Gardens
Built in 1716, Beningbrough Hall is a grand red brick mansion just north of York. Today, the hall is home to the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of 18th century portraits, whilst the garden boasts labyrinth paths, grand borders, hidden woods and a working walled kitchen garden.

Beningbrough is open Tuesday – Sunday 1am – 5pm until 2 November then winter weekends.
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About National Trust:
The National Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 710 miles of coastline and hundreds of historic places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go to: