CALLING all ‘little monsters’: Halloween half term fun at Shire Hall

Bring your parents to Shire Hall in a spooky costume this Halloween half term and get free entry!

There will be a host of family fun happening at Dorchester’s newest museum, Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, this Halloween week.

Up to two children dressed in Halloween costume will get into the museum for free with every full paying adult.

From October 20 to 28 from 10am to 4pm there will also be workshops including slime making, spider trails and gruesome touchy-feely guessing games. Visitors will also get to visit the 200-year-old cells at the spookiest time of the year.

On Tuesday and Thursday, there will be spooky story-telling going on in the underground cells, with slime-making sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There will be a charge of £2 per child to cover the costs of the slime making, but other workshops are free.

There will also be a host of autumn inspired goodies and treats at the café.

Events Manager at Shire Hall, Harriet Still, said: “What better time of year to visit the spooky cells below Shire Hall? These have been used for 200 years by those awaiting their fate in the courtroom above.

“A popular part of the museum is our ‘Mysterious Pit,’ a barred area which no-one seems to know what it was used for. Some guess it could be for holding inebriated prisoners, or even that it was for solitary confinement.”

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