From  21st - 29th October, the infamous Wicked Witch of Wildwood will be flying in on her broomstick for a fiendishly fun-packed howl-oween at the Devon Wildlife Park.

The Saxon Village at the park, based just outside Ottery St Mary near Exeter, will once again fall under the spell of the witch, who will be sharing some of her tricks with young witches and wizards - she’ll even be teaching them how to make their very own wands! Legend has it that one hundred years ago, a wicked witch known as Winifred used to live in the woods at Wildwood Devon wildlife park. She was known as the Witch of Wildwood, and on a full moon could be seen flying over the wolves as they howled, until one cold Halloween day the witch disappeared never to be seen again... until now!

The Saxon Villagers will also be on hand to share tales of England’s distant Anglo-Saxon past, when Halloween was celebrated as Samhain, and was a traditional Pagan festival marking the changing seasons - summer to winter, light to dark.

Mini witches and wizards are invited to put their pumpkin carving skills to the test by creating a stylish jack-o-lantern and those looking for a long-lasting keepsake from their spellbinding stay will be able to turn their hand to jewellery making in the forge.

From fearsome bears and the resident wolf pack, to ghostly arctic foxes, Wildwood Devon packs all the treats and no tricks for adventurous explorers. 

Join Winifred from 21st-29th  October for a fiendishly fun-packed howl-oween. Wicked "Winfred" will be imparting her wisdom on some brave young witches and wizards and showing them how to create potions and craft their own wands.

During the spookiest season of the year, come and experience a ghoulishly great day out exploring the spine-tingling ancient woodland and getting up close British wildlife past and present, including bears, wolves and wild boar! There'll be a chance to learn more about some of our spookiest animals with daily talks from Wildwood's team of experts. Those who dare to venture into Wildwood will also be pumpkin trails with prizes, pumpkin carving and ghoulish arts and crafts.

Visit our website wildwoodtrust.org for more information.

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