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Zombie night - Stony Stratford
Zombie night - Stony Stratford

IN STONY Stratford, the pubs will be bursting at the seams with vacant looking punters this Saturday evening, when city folks meet up for the sixth annual Zombie Pub Crawl.

Last year, more than 1000 blood splattered, scary looking souls came together for the hair-raising fun, and this year organisers Christian Bowler and Andy Ward are expecting that number to increase.

And there will be no room for party-poopers who think they can tag along without donning the garb and acting dead.

“This is a themed event and you will need to dress and act like a zombie!” Christian emphasises, “A pub crawl...with blood, gore, groaning, moaning, dressing up and beer.”

Hardcore Zombies can make tracks to The Duke of Wellington for a tipple before the event proper gets going at The Fox & Hounds.

Zombies will then pass through The Cock, The Vaults, The Crown, The White Horse, The George and then The Plough.

So, c’mon, set the video for Strictly if you must, take your corpses off the sofa and out into the Stratford air.

As they wander, the Zombies will once again be collecting for charity, and this year the beneficiary will be Harry’s Rainbow.

Please give what you can, and hit the website for more details on

> AT Frosts garden Centre, a Creepy Crawly Roadshow will entertain kiddies and adults, this Saturday and Sunday.

This is your chance to get up close to (and maybe hold) a giant centipede or a tarantula...

Apple bobbing, a witch’s hunt and pumpkin scooping are other scary attractions, and little ‘uns should dress in their spookiest attire: prizes will be awarded for those making the effort.

There will be live music from The Concrete Cowboys, and Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins will be at the centre both days, signing copies of his new book.
Parents can find stuff to entertain them too, with food and drink stalls (offering apple and pear cider), and if you want a little treat, you have to taste the pumpkin popcorn.

Yum and yum.

Admission is free.

> THE OU Orchestra presents a lunchtime session of popular classics tomorrow, with the Prelude to Hansel and Gretal by Engelbert Humperdinck (‘The German composer, not the Eurovision loser’ organisers say, in case you were thinking otherwise.)

Other pieces will include Danse Macabre by Saint-Saens and In The Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg.

Spine-tingling sounds between 1 and 2pm.

Head to the Hub Theatre on the OU Campus at Walton Hall.

Admission is free, and there is no shortage of spaces to leave the motor.

And don’t forget these events, ready to give you the heebie-jeebies:

From Saturday, and through to November 3rd, Gulliver’s at Willen will go spookyside with haunted attractions and spooky school.


At Woburn Safari Park, their all-singing, all-dancing 3D cinema has showings of Dracula daily during half term.

Ring the Park on 01525 290407

Young visitors to 360 Play at Knowlhill can get set for a Spooktacular time of it all too, call MK 308360 for details

This Friday evening, Planet Ice is holding a Halloween Party with ‘Evil ice skating and monster music’.

Call MK 696696.