Spellbound Festival at Castle Espie

27 October - 04 November
Get spooked this Halloween at Castle Espie and bring your little monsters along for our frightfully fun family event!

Enjoy Jump, Jiggle and Jive's Broomstick Disco, enter our fancy dress competition and have a close encounter with minibeasts, reptiles and more. Get your faces painted and enjoy some spooky storytelling out on the reserve!

Check out our full programme of events below:

Thursday 27 October to Friday 4 November

• Halloween Crafts and Castle Espie Halloween Horrors TrailSaturday 29 October

• Spooky Selfie Competition on the Reserve
• Halloween CraftsSpooky

• Storytelling on the Reserve: 11am-4pm
• Castle Espie Halloween Horrors TrailSunday 30 and Monday 31 October

• Jump Jiggle and Jive Broomstick Disco: 2pm-4pm
• Facepainting with Over the Moon: 12noon-4pm 
• Spooky Storytelling on the Reserve: 11am-4pm
• Castle Espie Fancy Dress Competition (everyone can get involved with prizes for people of all ages!)
• Karl Mantella Zoo-2-You Reptiles: 12noon-4pm
• Halloween Crafts
• Castle Espie Halloween Horrors Trail
Please arrive for storytelling at the Roundhouse 15 minutes before a session begins.
Time: 10am-5pm
Cost: Included in price of admission

WWT members and Under 4's go free! Book tickets online and save 10%
NB. This map is based on the postcode and so may not reflect the exact location.

Opening times:

10.00 - 17.00 weekdays
10.00 - 17.30 weekends


£4 - £22.10

Performance times:


The nearest Tourist Information Centre is:

Newtownards / Ards Visitor Information Centre
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Contact Details

Castle Espie Wildfowl & Wetlands Centre
78 Ballydrain Road
BT23 6EA

Tel: 028 9187 4146
The venue for this event is:
WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre