There may be loads of these springing up throughout the UK, but this scream park, now in its seventh year, is award-winning, and multi award-winning at that.Advertisement
One of their most recent accolades is the UK’s Best Halloween Event/Multi Attraction Experience for the attraction near Preston.
You might have heard of this venue: it was the one that was branded ‘degrading’ and ‘sick’ two years ago due to its psychosexual element (it is optional, no less!), but no press is bad press, right? Anyhow, it’s never put me off.
Having been several times during the Halloween period over the last few years, I kind of know what to expect. The theme is influenced by the seven deadly sins and there are no prizes for guessing which one the psychosexual part is inspired by.
If you’ve never visited before, it’s an experience like no other as you negotiate round the ‘mazes’ in near darkness with lots of strobe lighting, fantastically scary actors and dramatic music thrown in. The inflatable tunnel that engulfs you is a favourite of mine and the walls that come to life are superb as you face Satan (yes, this particular part of the park focuses on Wrath). Oh, and expect to get rather wet…
I did find the first few attractions similar to 2014’s. And, a couple of the ‘introductions/speeches’ some of the actors have to perform to set the scene are long-winded and a little hard to hear, what with the surrounding noise. I’m also a little disappointed that the cornfield isn’t part of the course this year, having been so all the times I have previously visited. This always seemed to create the perfect atmosphere.
However, that said, for all you Scare Kingdom regulars, there’s still plenty to enjoy. Notably, the new attraction Panic Chambers, which focuses on Gluttony. It involves a series of fun tasks you need to complete as a team and it makes a nice change from frightening characters scaring the living daylights out of you.
I couldn’t visit without heading to the ‘controversial’ Psychomanteum (over 18s only) and I’m afraid I’m sworn to secrecy about my experience in here. All I’ll say is it’s just as sick as ever, in fact, I’d say it’s the sickest yet. Just remember the safe word!
It remains a top and unique night out for mates/relatives who like a good old fright, especially if you have never been before. Tickets cost from around £16 and runs from now until 7 November.
Scare Kingdom Scream Park, Hawkshaw Farm Park, Longsight Road, Clayton-Le-Dale.