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PICTURES: Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery adds magic touch to half-term in Long Melford


By Newsdesk Sudbury


Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Bella and Lewis Barringer, Olivia Frostick and Ava Pettet Picture Mark Westley. (4922332)
Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Bella and Lewis Barringer, Olivia Frostick and Ava Pettet Picture Mark Westley. (4922332)

Lessons in bravery and magic were top of the list at a special attraction just for youngsters during half-term this week.

Kentwell Hall staged a Hallowe’en-themed family event called School of Sorcery, with classes in such things as magic potion making, illusions and broomstick racing – a fun and welcome change from lessons in maths and English.

Encouraged to dress up in Hallowe’en fancy dress, the children were involved in making wands and taking part in a broomstick challenge game.

Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Einar and Aurora McCabe with Dad Paul Picture Mark Westley. (4922337)
Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Einar and Aurora McCabe with Dad Paul Picture Mark Westley. (4922337)

Kentwell marketing manager Alix Massey said: “This is the sixth year we’ve run the event and each year we think of a new theme.

“This year, it was sorcery games. Children are given a games card and they take part in challenges for bravery, creativity and magic, after which they go to the headmaster’s study to receive their certificate of sorcery skills.

“We’ve had great feedback from the families who have come away saying they have had a fun time doing things like wand decorating, broomstick racing, visiting sleeping dragons and feeding a giant spider.”

Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Freddie and Arthur Seymour from Finchingfield Picture Mark Westley. (4922335)
Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Freddie and Arthur Seymour from Finchingfield Picture Mark Westley. (4922335)

She added: “This year, the team that puts together Scaresville were involved and some of the events took place in the unfair ground and the big top.”

Kentwell Hall’s Scaresville attraction has been running for 12 years. This year, it finishes on November 3.

“The reviews have been fantastic,” added Ms Massey. “We’ve been told it’s the best one ever and have been selling out every night.”

Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Billy and Flo Siddall from Weatheringsett. Picture Mark Westley. (4922336)
Long Melford Kentwell Hall School of Sorcery -- a Halloween-themed school half-term event. Billy and Flo Siddall from Weatheringsett. Picture Mark Westley. (4922336)


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