It’s that time of year again! Halloween is almost here and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to Alton Towers. Their annual Scarefest always proves a popular destination but why not extend your trip and enjoy a stay in one of their hotels too.
Scarefest is great for all and with extra attractions like their four live mazes and the spooky atmosphere of the park open after dark you’ll find plenty to keep you busy until 9pm or more!
Fancy dress is welcome and there are plenty of stands offering face painting for the season, I thought the skull face looked pretty good. Quite a few of the visitors I saw had chosen to wear onesies, with anything from Eeyore to skeletons being seen, however, there were some who had gone all out wearing full Halloween costumes with make-up which looked great.
The staff members taking part in the live mazes looked so good that you could easily think they’d just stepped off a movie set and all those outfits, fake blood and wounds really add to the seasonal feeling.
If you’re in a rush or are desperate to get on all or certain rides without queuing then it might well be worth buying a fast track ticket. You can get bundles or individual tickets and I’d certainly recommend investing in one if The Smiler is on your must list. It was by far the busiest ride and is likely to stay that way being the newest.
Another fantastic offer which I took advantage of was the All Day Diner card and wrist band. I’d never heard of this before and thought it was great value for money for a long day in the park, for just under £30 per person you get unlimited food and drink at any Alton Towers food venue.
Overall my visit was fantastic and extending it with an overnight stay certainly helped, while everyone was left trying to get out of the car park I was able to stroll into the hotel and get a good night’s sleep before another fun filled day.
For day two I decided to try out their water park. Summer may feel like a distant memory now but you can soon bring back those happy days with a splash in the pool. It has a variety of slides, which aren’t just for children, including a few outside options!
Now that may sound crazy, outside in autumn, but it was actually enjoyable. Ok, I’m not denying there were a few gasps as people braved the British weather but you soon become accustomed to the heated water and dive onto the slides. There’s even an outside hot tub area which is amazing to slip into before retreating back indoors.
The water park also has a very interactive structure with water cannons, buckets to tip and lots of other mischievous devices which are fun for all. The first time I noticed it was after I was unsuspectingly showered with water and looked up to see someone patiently waiting for their next victim, I soon found my way up there to join in the fun.
I also ventured over to their Extraordinary Golf to enjoy a short trip around the ride inspired course before enjoying lunch and a few hours in the spa’s Aqua Rooms, ending my visit with a relaxing massage.
All of the staff members I came across were extremely helpful and friendly making the trip all the more enjoyable. I’m already looking forward to planning my next visit and am rather tempted to make it their extravagant fireworks weekend!
For more information or to book a visit, take a look at their website.