Each year at the end of October, families and friends of all ages aim to come together in order to celebrate the historic traditions linked with Hallowe’en, and this year there may also be the opportunity for travel and education in addition to the holiday. One such example of a travel opportunity may be the Hallowe’en and Corfe Castle in Wareham, Swanage, where the National Trust aims to host a series of spooky spectacles across the half-term this October.
Corfe Castle in itself may be considered as a pillar of history and beauty in the south of England, with its walls potentially telling the dynamic history of over a millennium. Towards the end of the 10th century, the castle was built atop a natural hill by Alfred the Saxon King, where it stood until William the Conqueror arrived in the late 11th century and rebuilt the structure from stone. For hundreds of years, the castle may have moved hands, until the rise of the Parliamentarians in the 17th century, who, in an attempt to quell the Royalists, destroyed a majority of the castle.
In the present, the castle is a National Trust heritage site, and many of the preserved medieval features are far from used only in everyday exhibitions, yet rather in order to elucidate and excite travellers to the castle during some of their intriguing events. One such event may be the Hallowe’en at Corfe Castle event, which aims to take place from the 22nd through to the 30th of this month, coinciding with and celebrating the historic All Hallows’ Eve with daily tales from professional storyteller, Granny Cousins, a zip wire challenge and a display of the castle trebuchet, Warwolf II.
Swanage and Dorset in themselves may also have a wide selection of attractions which prove enticing for travellers this autumn, from traditional, historic sites and experiences to those seated more so in the present. For example, Dorset is home to the part of the Jurassic Coast, which is a World Heritage Site along which guests may experience 185 million years of Earth history across a 95-mile coastline. In addition to dynamic views and fresh air, there may be a variety of opportunities for travellers to experience along the Jurassic Coast, varying from the natural Durdle Door limestone structure, the unique Scelidosaurus (found only in Dorset, to the awareness of modern scientists) and Pliosaur fossils, Fossil hunting and the 145-million-year-old Fossil Forest.
Another historic attraction may be the Swanage railway, which was opened in 1885 and, after a vibrant history of closures and restoration, runs to this day along the six and a half mile long track. A contemporary historic attraction which may also be found in Swanage might also be the Swanage Pier, which was first constructed on the cusp of 1860, and has remained resolute across the 150 years since its construction, despite frequent demands made regarding its existence. If travellers desire a walk on the wild side, there may also be the Brownsea Island, which is home for a variety of flora and fauna, including the elusive and rare red squirrel.
Hallowe’en may be a time for costumes, candy and creativity, and the various events and sights in Swanage and Dorset may compliment a Hallowe’en weekend away well for travellers of all ages, providing an opportunity for education, excursions and excitement. Whilst the sea may be out of season, the surrounding towns and experiences may be far from it!
In what ways might individuals combine traditional yearly events with educational travel opportunities?