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3RD OCTOBER

WHAT TO EXPECT...

WHAT TO EXPECT...

Entering in groups, expect an hour of thrills and spills, scares and dares as you cross to the Other side and traverse the woods, buildings, and parkland of the Haunted Village. Scaresville residents and unsettling experiences might be encountered anywhere, at any time en route.

Hear the screams (and laughter) of groups ahead of you.
Above you, the night sky. Below, the earth. Next to you… who knows?

To get the best out of your visit to Scaresville have a look through the details below on what to bring, wear, do, eat and drink while onsite.

The experience changes each year to keep you guessing and may alter nightly.

How to Find Us

Even though Scaresville is a mysterious haunted village that appears in the historic grounds of Kentwell Hall, Suffolk every October, it is not that hard to find...

Kentwell Hall is just off the A134 between Bury St Edmunds (A14) and Sudbury on the Suffolk/Essex border.

Nearest train station is Sudbury, at 6 miles.

Before you come

We suggest you wear clothes suitable for the cold and wet and wellies/boots, not your new trainers! No umbrellas are allowed for safety reasons. We ask you don't use torches at any point during the route, as a low-level lit torch means 'don't scare me!' at Scaresville. We don't allow visitors to wear any masks in Scaresville. Infact we think it's better overall if you leave the costumes to us!

Checking in

You can arrive up to 15mins before your booked Entry Time Band, and we ask that you are all here, and checked in, by half- way through your entry time band. The earlier you arrive, the earlier you will be let in, later arrivals may not enter until the end of your time slot. If you miss your entry time band we will try and fit you in, if possible.

UNFAIRGROUND

While you wait to journey around Scaresville, you can  grab a bite to eat and enjoy yourself in our Unfairground. Here you may find orphaned acrobats, our bearded lady, wandering magicians and fire displays to keep you entertained until your group is called into the Scarezone.

5-minute Escape Room

New for 2018! Expand your fun during your evening at Scaresville by having a go at our new Witchcraft themed rapid escape room. Can you beat the clock and exit before you are forever cursed? Available before or after your journey through Scaresville. Tickets to go on sale shortly.

SCAREZONE

The immersive Scaresville experience is designed to take approximately an hour from the time when you enter the Scarezone, although it may take longer as sometimes we cant control ourselves! You will walk the entire route, so please come prepared to walk without a break for an hour or so. The ground may be uneven, and we sometimes make it deliberately so. You need to decide before booking if you or any in your party may find this too testing or difficult. On certain nights, you may be held up by slow-moving groups ahead, but we try to minimise the effect of this.

BAR-baric

Once you have returned from the Other side you may unwind in our friendly bar, BAR-baric where you can swap stories of your Scaresville experiences. Enjoy a warming drink or strong pick-me-up to the sounds of our Halloween-inspired playlist. Alcoholic drinks and bar snacks will be available here on most evenings during Scaresville.

YOUR VISIT FAQ

  • When should we arrive?

    You can arrive up to 15mins before your booked Entry Time Band, and we ask that you are all here, and checked in, by half- way through your entry time band. The earlier you arrive, the earlier you will be let in. If you miss your entry time band we will try and fit you in, if possible. If you miss your day - that's devilish bad luck. There are no refunds.

  • What should we wear?

    Scaresville continues whatever the weather and the majority of the route is outside. If there has been a lot of rain it can get quite muddy, and October nights can be quite cold. Wear clothes suitable for the cold and wet and wellies or boots. Not your new trainers! No umbrellas are allowed for safety reasons.

  • Can I come in costume?

    We don't allow visitors to wear any masks in Scaresville. Infact we think it's better overall if you leave the costumes to us!

  • What should we bring?

    Warm and waterproof clothes and shoes. Please don't bring food or alcoholic drink onto the site. Bring cash for buying food and drinks and to try out our new Witchcraft Escape Room experience. We serve food and drinks in the Unfairground before you go round and post-scare you can enjoy a drink and warm food to calm your nerves in BAR-baric.

  • Should I bring a torch?

    A low-level lit torch means 'don't scare me!' at Scaresville. So only light your torch if you don't want scarers to operate their scare (this will mean the entire group won't experience it). We ask that otherwise you don't use torches at any point during the route as it will spoil the event.

  • How long does it last?

    The Scaresville experience is designed to take approximately an hour from the time when you enter the Scarezone. On certain nights, you may be held up by slow- moving groups ahead but we try to minimise the effect of this. If you are booking a taxi to collect you after the experience please note that you might not enter the ScareZone until the end of the timeband that you have booked for, so please allow for entering then, for perhaps not exiting for an hour and a quarter and add another ten/fifteen minutes for going to the loo and getting back to the entrance. It may be better for you to wait for the taxi than to have the taxi waiting around for you or leaving the driver having decided you were not coming.

  • How do we get round?

    You will walk the entire route, so please come prepared prepared to walk without a break for an hour or so. The ground may be uneven, and we sometimes make it deliberately so. You need to decide before booking if you or any in your party may find this too testing or difficult.

  • What if our group catches up with the group in front?

    Groups are put into the ScareZone at set intervals. That interval should be maintained throughout. However, groups may move at different speeds and a fast- moving group may catch a slow-moving one. The group behind should always try to maintain its distance from the group ahead. Slow down or stop, wait and regulate the timings yourselves. Our Marshals are also on hand and will try to assist to avoid any bunching that may occur and that groups are kept suitably separated. Please wait patiently if you are asked to do so.

  • Will there be food and drink?

    There will be a variety of food and drink available for you to enjoy before you go round. When you return from the Scaresville route you can enjoy a post-scare drink and a bite to eat in BAR-baric to warm the depths of your soul and help your heartbeat recover.

  • Can we buy alcohol at Scaresville?

    Yes, you may purchase alcoholic drinks from our bar, BAR-baric, to calm your nerves, but only after your visit around Scaresville. Note that for safety reasons and the comfort of other visitors, we reserve the right not to admit any person to Scaresville who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Can I drink alcohol before entering Scaresville?

    We will NOT admit anyone that appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. We reserve the right to deny entry to the Scareszone to anyone under the influence or drink or drugs or who displays aggressive or unacceptable antagonistic behaviour.

  • Can I take photographs, or film inside Scaresville? Can I wear my go-pro?

    We do not permit any filming or photography at all within the Scaresville Scarezone. Scaresville is designed to be enjoyed in the dark; any light-sources, beyond the ones we strategically place, will destroy it for you and for others. Life seen and experienced through your own eyes is far better than through a lens! There are a couple of designated #screamselfie areas, where you are welcome to use our props for your own pics; these are at the Unfairground (before you enter the Scarezone) and in the BAR-baric bar (after the Scarezone).