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Students from Yorkshire Coast College Dept of Performing Arts prepare for spooky goings on in Dalby Forest this Halloween

Drama students from Yorkshire Coast College will be getting their teeth into new roles in Dalby Forest, near Pickering!

The Forestry Commission has linked up with the college’s performing arts department, based in Scarborough, to conjure up a truly diabolical Halloween event on Friday 28 October.

Revellers of all ages will set out on a 40 minute trail in the 3,440 hectare (8,600 acre) wood to meet a rogue's gallery of despicable characters from crazy clowns to delirious dolls.  The dastardly plots will be threaded together by twisted storytellers gifted in the dark arts of horror and suspense!

Katie Thorn, Recreation Manager with the Forestry Commission, said:

“This is the sixth year the students have been involved and a record number have worked on the latest production.  We are banking on them producing a real shocker of an evening in the best sense of the word!  They have had some rave reviews for recent Halloween performances.”

But it’s not just pride at stake for the students, as their efforts add up to credits for their final qualifications. 

Elsewhere, captive bats will reveal their loveable side – including a four year old Noctule, the UK’s biggest bat – rescued  from Northallerton by Kirkbymoorside expert Lesley Helliwell.  The unlucky creature lost a thumb, located on the front of its wings, making it impossible for it to climb and land safely.   He’s now doing his bit for bat PR!

Ghost walks set out between 5.30pm and 8pm from Dalby Forest Visitor Centre and booking is essential on 01751 472771. There will also be Halloween crafts.  The cost is just £5 per person. Further details can be found at


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

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