Prepare to be scared, very scared, at this year’s Fright Nights at the Thorpe Park theme park in Surrey. The annual scare-fest is returning until Halloween, so watch out for hungry zombies in two new mazes inspired by The Walking Dead (quite apart from the huge gaggles of teenage visitors dressed up as the undead). Face your fears with SAW Alive, The Big Top and Platform 15, a one-way train ride into the dark woods. Tickets cost from £32.99. See thorpepark.com.
The English National Ballet’s captivating new double bill combines lyricism and drama. Running from October 11 to 14 at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, there’s Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Song Of The Earth and a recreation of the classic romantic ballet La Sylphide. It tells the tale of a groom who awakes from a dream on the morning of his wedding to see the tantalising Sylphide. To book, call 0844 871 3019 or visit atgtickets.com.
Take a walk on the dark side at a new exhibition at The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio Tour, near Watford. Dark Arts, which opens today and runs until November 12, delves into the dark side of the films. Expect to see the Death Eaters’ scary masks from the film series and prepare for battle in a daring duel. You’ll also witness the Halloween feast in the Great Hall, complete with 100 hand-carved floating pumpkins. An adult ticket costs £39. For more information, see wbstudiotour.co.uk.
Brush up your literary credentials at the annual Cheltenham Literature Festival in Glouestershire. The celebration of the spoken and written word, which continues until October 15, hosts 550 events, including talks on history, science, Travel and art. Hear from authors Paula Hawkins and Ian Rankin, see funnyman Al Murray and learn cookery tips from Mary Berry and Nigella Lawson. There’s plenty for children, too. See cheltenhamfestivals.com.
Source : EXPRESS