Wednesday October 16th 2019
Written by Midlothian View reporter, Luke Jackson
A weekend of spooky activities is taking place in Dalkeith this year.
The weekend begins on Friday 1st November with an adults walking tour of Dalkeith. Tales of witchcraft, murder, hangings and more will be told as the tour explores the hidden parts of Dalkeith town centre showing its darker side with stories of imprisonment and execution.
Following the tour a fancy dress party will take place in the One Dalkeith building in Eskdaill Court.
The festival of Hallowe’en continues with free family-oriented attractions on Saturday afternoon and into the early evening.
A ghost train will haunt the streets taking the brave on a tour of Dalkeith. Families can board the train at Eskdaill Court and then be taken through the town centre via Dalkeith Country Park.
Shops and businesses are taking part in a pumpkin trail. Families can follow the trail around the town to spot the pumpkins displayed in windows with prizes for the winners. Everyone can also vote in the best dressed shop window competition.
Jarnac Court will be part of the action with a Bunjee Trampoline and DJ.
The One Dalkeith building in Eskdaill Court will host a variety of Hallowe’en activities. Pedal to make a scary potion on the smoothie bikes, create something in the spooky workshop but all the time watch out for creepy crawlies and be ready to scream.
Sunday sees the family friendly tour of Dalkeith with all its murderous and witchcraft tales. If you frighten easily then you will have family and friends around you.
Following the tour there will be traditional Hallowe’en games in the One Dalkeith building in Eskdaill Court.
The businesses of Dalkeith are getting together to put on this weekend of Hallowe’en events as part of a demonstration project to show what Dalkeith is capable of. The project is organised by the One Dalkeith Business Improvement District (BID) team with help from funding from the Midlothian and Borders Tourism Action Group (MBTAG).
Tony l’Anson, One Dalkeith BID Campaign Manager said;
“This is a great opportunity to show businesses and residents exactly what a BID can do. There’s going to be lots going on, lots of people in and around Dalkeith. This event could be just the start of similar events throughout the year.”
The chair of the One Dalkeith BID Steering Group, Tom Donaldson, is very enthusiastic as he looks forward to the weekend:
“This demonstration project is a collaboration of businesses in Dalkeith for the common good of the town but also for their collective good as businesses. This is just one sort of activity that the BID could be involved in to make our town busy, vibrant and prosperous for all”
The BID project is supported by Midlothian Council who have provided help and support to the team.
Book for the various activities at the links below.
Friday 1st November – Adults Walking Tour and Fancy Dress Party. This is a ticket only event and tickets must be purchased in advance
Saturday 2nd November is a free event but you can tell One Dalkeith if you are coming HERE
Sunday 3rd November – Family Hallowe’en Tour. Tickets can be purchased HERETweet Share on Facebook