It’s going to be a scream!
I was very kindly invited back to Screamfest this year and I honestly can’t thank them enough. Not only for the invitation but for the awesomeness of the evening.
I was ever so slightly more terrified than last year because I knew what to expect, or at least I thought I did…
Screamfest is an annual festival at the National Forest Adventure Farm in Tatenhill, Burton-on-Trent. It’s a bit of drive for us, 5 hours round trip, but it is genuinely worth it. Their joyous animal farm, with llamas and fluffy bunnies, is transformed into your worst nightmare, well it’s certainly my worst nightmare. I was chased around the place by clowns and zombies and if you know me you’ll know that zombies are not my happy place.
“Why go then, Kate?” I hear you ask…
I’ll tell you why, because anything that can get my son and my best friends son away from their PlayStations, is pure magic. I know they enjoyed it because Christopher didn’t once ask me what time we were going home and he has asked a few times since last years if we were going back. This is a genuine miracle. He’s never interested in anything. Ever.
I have to be completely honest and admit that I was just expecting it to be the same as last year, which wouldn’t have been a bad thing because I was suitably impressed last year but I just thought,
“What else could they do to make it better?”
Well, I’m not entirely sure what it is that they did because the actual premise was pretty much the same but the whole experience was just better. The organisation of the whole event was better, the atmosphere was buzzing and the place was packed!
The last thing you want at a terrifying scare event is no other people, now that would actually be terrifying. I need perfect strangers to hide behind so they get eaten first, with that in mind I must take this opportunity to apologise to the two men who happened to get stuck with us in two of the scares. I think they may be psychologically scarred from my screaming! But I also think I provided them with some entertainment…
The festival is made up of 5 scare attractions;
Each one delves a little deeper into your psychological fears and leaves you screaming like a cheerleader in a slasher flick, or is that just me?
What did we love?
Demonica and Insomnia seemed to be our favourites for the night, which means they’ve upped their game in Demonica as that was my least favourite last year!
We also loved the food, I was impressed that it wasn’t just burgers and chips. They have chicken and wraps too and they were delicious 🙂 There’s also a licensed bar now too!
Could anything be improved?
My son said he’d like to see more of the zombies, clowns etc interacting around the walkways. The ones that were there were great, I think he just wanted more ways for me to be scared!
The boring but very important bits…
Screamfest attractions are not suitable for people with heart conditions, epilepsy or if you’re pregnant.
There is also an age restriction on the scare attractions, they are not suitable for anyone under the age of 12 and anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18+.
Dates and times
Screamfest runs from the 11th of October 2018 – 3rd of November 2018.
Doors open at 7pm and the park closes at 11pm.
You can purchase tickets online or on the door.