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Halloween and October half-term school holidays family events at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire

Families who visit Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge between 22nd and 30th October are invited to follow a Victorian ghost story trail around the historic streets. Discover how famous authors of the time, including Charles Dickens, wrote hugely popular works about spirits, ghosts, fog-shrouded graves and mysterious reflections appearing in mirrors. Some of the most famous stories will be included in the spooky trail. Having whet your appetite for ghoulish tales, each afternoon during the half term break the Prince Albert Players will be performing spooky scenes from Sweeney Todd along with Shropshire ghost stories.
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Sea Spooky Sights at The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham this Halloween

Half term fun has never been so spooktacular! Families are invited to The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham from 22nd to 31st October for a Spooky Seas themed treat which will have those little ones intrigued and entertained for hours on end.
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Join our Freak Week!

We’re gearing up for a fang-tastic half term at Dudley Zoological Gardens, which promises to be frighteningly good fun for all the family!
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Hatton Adventure World within the West Midlands is to host its popular annual “Pumpkin Week” from 22 – 30 October.

Children can visit the popular family attraction to pick their own free pumpkin, carve it in the spooky decorated themed Marquee and then enter the best carved pumpkin competition to win a host of prizes.
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The National Sea Life Centre Birmingham is celebrating the arrival of three baby Blue-spotted Stingrays - a first ever for the city centre based Breed, Rescue, Protect team.
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DZG staff had a sneak peak at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery’s new wildlife exhibition.

The autumn display, entitled ‘A Brush with Nature’ features 126 pieces of work by members of The Wildlife Art Society International, who visited the Castle Hill zoological attraction in the summer to take inspiration from some of the 1,500 strong exotic animal collection.
More information from Dudley Zoological Gardens›

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Love castles, canals and craft. Love the Black Country.

Black County Living Museum

The Black Country derives its name from its industrial past of coal mines and blast furnaces during its heyday of iron and steelmaking. Today it is a vibrant and modern urban area that builds on the ingenuity and innovation of its past.

There is over 400 years of glassmaking in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter (, experience authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes whilst chatting to costumed characters at the Black Country Living Museum ( . Sample the nightlife in Wolverhampton, the arts in Walsall and the great outdoors in Sandwell Valley Country Park.

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