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Wizardry afoot in South Yorkshire woods

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The Witch Factor - Chrissie Hickes and Judith Simpson from the Forestry Commission go head-to-head as they get ready for Kielder Castle's Halloween event on 28 October

Something is stirring in the woods – and this is a Halloween brew with a real kick!

Young thrill-seekers are being promised a magical time by the Forestry Commission who are staging spooky events in Bentley and Brodsworth Wood, near Doncaster, and Phoenix Park, Thurnscoe.

There’ll be a relay race to build a skeleton from a bag of bones, chance to make scary faces out of clay, tips on concocting a witch’s stew, and a ghostly walk!

Leading the sorcery will be ranger Emily Holmes:

“There’s no better place to get to enjoy Halloween wizardry than our local woods.  It's a great place to let imaginations rip.”

The fun starts at 10am in Bentley Community Wood and 1.30pm in Phoenix Park on 27 October and at 10am in Brodsworth Community Wood the following day. 

Suitable for children of all ages (who must be accompanied by an adult) the cost is £1.  Bookings on  01302 820278.

The woods are managed by the Forestry Commission, but owned by the Land Trust.

Note to editor

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Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.