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Spookier fright night special in Dalby Forest

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Scarier still please! That’s the message from revellers who attended last year’s spine tingling Halloween event in 8,600 acre Dalby Forest.

So the Forestry Commission has teamed up with Yorkshire Coast College to fulfill folks yearning for an even bigger fright! A cast of 25 drama student from the Scarborough-based college have been given a mission to create wicked storylines to play out amidst the trees of the beauty spot near Pickering on Sunday 31 October. 

Vampires, dolls and even cannibals will come to life, adding a real twist to a twilight forest visit! And the Friends of Dalby Forest will join in the fun by inviting people to dress in their most evil witches garb and strut their stuff on a cat walk to take part in a freaky fashion show dubbed the Witch-Factor!

But places are limited and you’ll need to book to take part by calling 01751 472771 or Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.

Rob Herdman, Performing Arts Lecturer at Yorkshire Coast College, explained:

“Our Dalby event is massively popular amongst students and it gives them chance to be really creative, while adding up credits for their final qualification.  There’ll be plenty of thrills and spills, crafted to appeal to all ages.” 

Last year’s spooky event attracted 600 people and making it another magical evening there’ll be pumpkin and fancy dress competitions and Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue will join in the fun too.

Cath Brason, Recreation Manager, added:

“It seems there’s no end to the public’s thirst for suspense, made even better in Dalby with the owls hooting away in the background!”

Ghost walks set off every ten minutes from 5pm to 8.30pm and last about one hour.  The cost is £7 per person, or £24 for a family ticket. Bring a torch, stout shoes and warm clothing. Further details can be found at

Media calls to Richard Darn on 0113 346 6085.


The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands. Further information can be found at