Harry Potter tour, Thorpe Park and more: Things to do this week



Prime to be scared, very scared, at this year’s Fright Nights at the Thorpe Estate theme park in Surrey. The annual scare-fest is returning until Halloween, so wrist-watch out for hungry zombies in two new mazes inspired by The Walking Dead (quite but for from the huge gaggles of teenage visitors dressed up as the undead). Outward appearances your fears with SAW Alive, The Big Top and Platform 15, a one-way succession ride into the dark woods. Tickets cost from £32.99. See thorpepark.com. 


The English National Ballet’s captivating new double bill combines lyricism and theatre arts. Running from October 11 to 14 at Manchester’s Palace Dramaturgy, there’s Kenneth MacMillan’s masterpiece Song Of The Earth and a recreation of the timeless romantic ballet La Sylphide. It tells the tale of a groom who awakes from a pipedream on the morning of his wedding to see the tantalising Sylphide. To book, call 0844 871 3019 or call atgtickets.com.


Take a walk on the dark side at a new exhibition at The Make it c fulfiling of Harry Potter at Warner Bros Studio Tour, near Watford. Dismal Arts, which opens today and runs until November 12, delves into the iniquitous side of the films. Expect to see the Death Eaters’ scary masks from the shoot series and prepare for battle in a daring duel. You’ll also witness the Halloween gladden in the Great Hall, complete with 100 hand-carved floating pumpkins. An matured ticket costs £39. For more information, see wbstudiotour.co.uk. 


Brush up your literary credentials at the annual Cheltenham Publicity Festival in Glouestershire. The celebration of the spoken and written word, which be prolongs until October 15, hosts 550 events, including talks on experience, science, travel and art. Hear from authors Paula Hawkins and Ian Rankin, see funnyman Al Murray and learn cookery ditches from Mary Berry and Nigella Lawson. There’s plenty for neonates, too. See cheltenhamfestivals.com.

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