In a sea of black capes, red dresses and fanged teeth, vampires from across the UK swooped in to the Shocktober Fest Halloween festival at Tulleys Farm near Crawley, Sussex on Saturday 5th October, to set a new UK record for the biggest gathering of vampires, but have missed out on breaking the world record.
Says Stuart Beare, owner of Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest and organiser of the vampire world record attempt, "We had a fantastic turnout of vampires, it was a busy night with well over 2000 on site, and some very imaginative costumes. However because of the strict Guinness dress code for vampires there were many who could not be officially counted. I’d like to thank all the vampires who turned out
for the event, it was a fantastic night and although we fell short of breaking the world record we have set a new UK record with 503 vampires.”
The current Guinness World Record for most vampires was set by Kings Dominion, amusement park Virginia, USA who gathered 1039 vampires together on 30 September 2011.
The vampires at Tulleys Farm were treated to a concert from classic rock band The Animals and Friends before the gates of the Shocktober Fest scream park opened and the vampires were first to experience the six terrifyingly entertaining rides and haunted houses, Street Theatre, Haunted Funfair and After Shock Red cross Bar.
Richard Booker travelled from Exeter to be part of the vampire gathering, says, “We’ve had a fantastic night meeting up with other vampires and going round all the different haunted houses. We’re thrilled to be part of setting a new UK record.”
John Steel, drummer and original member of The Animals says, “Over the years we’ve played thousands of concerts all over the world, but this was the first time I’ve ever played to an audience of vampires.They rocked!”
Tulleys Farm Shocktober Fest Scream Park is open selected nights until 2 November. www.tulleyshalloween.co.uk.
Shocktober Fest Scream Park at Tulleys Farm
Each October Stuart Beare opens the UK’s biggest Halloween themed attraction the Shocktober
Fest Scream Park at Tulleys Farm. Up to 5000 people a night attend the event which includes six different haunted attractions and rides plus many other Halloween themed shows and activities. It has been voted the UK’s No1 Halloween Attraction in the Screamie Awards for the past three years running.
This year the event runs for 17 nights between 10 October and 2 November with a preview night
on Saturday 5th October which is when the Vampire World Record attempt will be held.
Ticket prices range from £9.95 for the off-peak Street Pass which gives access to the street
entertainment and live bands to £29.95 for a peak night X-scream pass for all six rides and attractions. Tickets should be booked online in advance at www.tulleyshalloween.co.uk.
Families with younger children have their own event the Spooktacular by Day family Halloween
event at Tulleys Farm is open on the weekend of 19 & 20 October then daily from 26 October – 2 November. Activities for families and young children including; Horrid hayride, creepy cottage, boo barn, pumpkin shy, giant slides and fancy dress parades. Admission for a family of 4 ranges from £42.95 to £54.95.
Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4PE, Tel 01342 718472, www.tulleyshalloween.co.uk.
Shocktober Fest is an annual Halloween Festival run by Tulleys Farm, a third generation farm in the heart of Crawley, West Sussex. In its 15th year, the evening event, Shocktober Fest, has swiftly become the UK's No.1 Halloween Attraction, ensuring thrills, spills, shocks and scares in a plentiful supply.