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Night of Terrors...

30 Oct 2014

Only the bravest visitors have been allowed to enter the terrifying Haddo House this week...

Our Haddo Hallowe'en Horror Experience premiered last night, and judging by the visitor reaction, was suitably terrifying. You can see the survivor's pictures (and post your own!) on the Haddo House Facebook page. The second horror evening is on tonight, and there'll be a genuine paranormal research team in the house as well to see if there are any real ghosts hanging around in the disused rooms...

Crafts For Christmas

For visitors of a slightly more nervous disposition (and those of you who want to get a head start on the Christmas shopping), then it's our annual Christmas Craft Fair this weekend! The hall is already filling up with crafters and there's everything from sweets to woodcraft on sale. The NTS shop will be open as well with a range of new Christmassy gifts and toys and there'll be mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and mince pies as well. The fair is open from 10am-4pm costs £3 to enter (under 16s free).

Autumn Reds

Out in the park the leaves have finally turned and we're getting a brief blaze of autumn colour before the leaves finish falling. The view from the top of the deer park over the park and estate is particularly special at the moment. There are still plenty of Red Squirrels about - Kemble's Seat, behind the Adventure Playground and around the Squirrel Hide seem to be the best spots to see them but they could turn up anywhere. 

Our bird life has changed quite dramatically over the past couple of weeks as well. The summer House Martins and Willow Warblers are long gone and have been replaced by big flocks of Greenfinch, Goldfinch and bright yellow and black Siskins. 

This week we also found the first Redwing of the autumn feeding in the short grass of the overflow car park. Redwings breed in Scandinavia, Iceland and the rest of northern Europe, heading south to Scotland as it gets cold up north. Despite what the warm weather may make you think, they're a definite sign that winter's on its way...