Spooky Rail Journey To Corfe Castle
8:59am 26th October 2013
(Updated 9:04am 26th October 2013)
Passengers on-board a Swanage ghost train will be hoping they don't get left behind in the churchyard tonight (Saturday 26th October).
Rail volunteers have organised a special spook evening for Halloween with a journey up to Corfe Castle.
A re-created church yard, bands, food and fireworks will set-off the atmosphere inside the medieval ruins.
Swanage Railway General Manager, Richard Jones, said: "Our 'Spooks and Sparkle' event will be a very atmospheric and enjoyable one - the perfect way to enjoy the build-up to Halloween. It will be bringing together the best of steam train travel and the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle.
"We are very grateful to the National Trust for kindly allowing us to use the atmospheric and historic Corfe Castle ruins for this fund-raising event.
"There is no better backdrop than the ruins of Corfe Castle for a display by the internationally acclaimed Merlin Fireworks company which helped to stage the spectacular Millennium eve display on London's River Thames.
"With a dramatic and fascinating history, Corfe Castle was a royal palace, fortress and prison for more than 600 years before falling to treachery during the English Civil War of the 17th century and being partially demolished on the orders of Parliament," added Mr Jones.
Steam trains depart Swanage station at 6.30pm and 7.45pm for Corfe Castle and will be departing Corfe Castle for Harman's Cross and Swanage at 9.15pm and 10.30pm.
Ghosts and fireworks 'Spooks and Sparkle' tickets - covering return steam train travel from Swanage and admission to Corfe Castle for the fireworks display - are £14 for adults, £10 for children and £40 for a family (two adults and two children aged 5 to 15) with under 5s free.
Advanced booking is recommended with details on-line at www.swanagerailway.co.uk or by calling the Swanage Railway on 01929 425800.