Hallo’welly’ween during Covid-19 – 2020 update
Wellington Country Park is still hosting Hallo’welly’ween this half-term, but obviously it has had to make a few changes due to Covid-19. The main one being that tickets MUST be pre-booked. So if you’re planning to go, book them as soon as possible. (Pumpkin carving tickets also had to be booked in advance, although unfortunately these spots have already sold out.)
The child-friendly Haunted Halloween Train will be running as usual, as will the Spooky Crafts, which will be provided in individual bags.
Socially distanced spooky shows will take place in the Big Top Show Tent throughout the day and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Masks must be worn while in the tent, unless exempt.
Other activities will include a Witch Tracking treasure hunt around the park and a Spell Ingredients treasure hunt on the Animal Farm.
Some friendly Hallo’welly’ween characters will also be providing entertainment with giant bubble creations.
As always at Wellington, everything seems to be very well organised. So hopefully it should be a safe, enjoyable Halloween event for all visitors.
Happy Hallo’welly’ween! I don’t know when it happened, but suddenly Halloween is huge isn’t it? Like, one minute we didn’t celebrate it and now people are actually asking me “so, have you got any plans for Halloween?”
As it happens, I don’t. But the fact that this week coincides with half-term in Berkshire and Hampshire does mean that there are loads of great kids activities going on.
Hallo’welly’ween at Wellington Country Park is a popular annual event. The park is a 20 minute drive from Reading and since buying a season pass, it’s become one of our favourite places to visit. Especially over the last few weeks when we’ve virtually had it to ourselves.
Not quite the case this week, when the overflow carpark is back in use.
But you’ve got to give it to the staff at Wellington. They know how to put on a good show.
The attention to detail for Hallo’welly’ween is spot on. The entire site from the animal farm to the restaurant is decorated with spooky spiders webs, ghastly ghouls and silly skeletons.
Even the ever-popular train has been given a haunted makeover. So passengers may find themselves sharing a ride with a skeleton or two!
Hallo’welly’ween also includes lots of additional entertainment, from silly Halloween shows and discos in big top tents, to spooky crafts and a hay bale hunt. Most activities are included in the ticket price (although pumpkin carving and face painting are extra). Season tickets give you free entry to the park, as always.
But the biggest hit of the day with my little adventurer was the Pop Up Play Tent. As well as some hands-on science with slime making and the chance to make fizzy pumpkins, there’s also a role play Witches Supermarket and a Dry Mud Kitchen, which I had to drag her away from!
One of the things I always like about Wellington is that it gives you a full day out. You can arrive at opening at 9.30am and have plenty to do until it closes at 4.30pm. It advertises itself as suitable for children up to the age of 8, but there were definitely older kids there having a great time.
The other positive is that the site is so big that even though Hallo’welly’ween is obviously busy, you don’t feel totally on top of one another.
Planning a visit
If you’re planning a visit, something to bear in mind is that it is pretty much all outdoors. So go prepared with wet weather clothes and plenty of layers.
Prices are the same for adults and children aged 3+ – £9.75. You can also save 10% by booking online. You can take your own packed lunch if you want to keep prices down. Personally I think the cost is reasonable, especially if you compare it to somewhere like a soft play.
So if you want something fun to do this half-term, I can definitely vouch for Hallo’welly’ween being a spook-tacular day out. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!)
For more days out in Berkshire, check out this post about the Thames Lido.