Read below to see what’s on offer for Halloween weekend this year at Willowgate
Kids Halloween Adventure Day
Make sure the kids have a great Halloween by dropping them off for a Halloween Themed adventure day!
Activities include ghost hunts, Pin the hat on the witch (archery style), Spiders web survival, watersports Halloween games and the main event: The Paddle Pumpkin Parade. We’ll carve some pumpkins during the day, then once we’ve mastered our Stand-Up Paddleboarding skills we’ll balance our illuminated pumpkins on the boards for a final pumpkin parade loop around Willowgate’s lagoon.
Only £35pp for ages 7-14. Drop them off at 9:30 with lots of warm clothes, lunch, lots of snacks and then be ready for them to be returned to you tired, muddy and full of stories at 16:30.
P.S. parents are welcome to come down a little early to watch the Pumpkin Parade from 15:45
Pumpkin Paddle: Perth City Centre
Join us for a paddling tour with a Halloween twist. The plan? To get a flotilla of boats heading (socially distanced of course) to the city and back dressed in Halloween attire with pumpkins on the front of each boat. When we get to the city we’ll switch the tealights on and paddle through the city and back to Willowgate illuminated!!! Be sure to bring your carved pumpkins along with you, and we’ll provide the ‘boat safe’ light to put inside.
Choose from any of the following options:
Kayaks (£35pp)- Perfect for any ability. Ages 14+ will be in a solo kayak, anyone from 8-14 will need to be in a tandem kayak with an adult
Paddleboard (£35pp)- Best for those with some SUP ability. It’s a 7km journey so you’ll definitely need to have mastered standing up with confidence as well as basic forwards paddling ability
Canoe (£75 per boat)- There are two seats for adults and then room for a couple of little ones (ages 4-7) on the floor. This is a great option if you’ve got small ones that would be up for floating up and down the river for 2.5 hours but probably wouldn’t add much muscle to the occasion
KataKanu (£150 per boat)- These boats are perfect for families or groups, they hold up to 6 people, so if you’ve got a group that want to do it together, this would be perfect for you! Depending on age ranges, we recommend at least a couple of adults per boat
We can’t wait to see you and your pumpkins there!
Open Water Glow Swimming
Water getting colder not enough of a challenge for you? Hello, night time swimming!
After last year’s Glow Swim success we thought we’d give this Halloween special another go! Of course, our spotters need to see you, so you’ll need some way to illuminate yourself. We suggest a few little glowsticks, or one chunky glowstick tucked under your goggle strap on the back of your head. If you have a swim float, another idea would be to put a glow stick or torch inside.
We’ll have extra swim guards on hand to keep a look out for you. To book click on the links below…
If this slot fills up, we’ll add up further sessions
Can’t wait to see you and your glowing heads there!!
Please note that swimmers should be familiar with swimming at Willowgate and in the temperatures the lagoon currently sits at (~12C). If swimmers are not sufficiently glowing, our swim guards reserve the right to stop swimmers entering the water for safety reasons.
Pumpkin Paddle: Loch Faskally
Join us for a paddling tour with a Halloween twist. The plan? To get a flotilla of pumpkin-carrying boats heading out on the beautiful Loch Faskally surrounded by the autumnal colours. As it gets darker, we’ll switch on our tealights to be guided by our illuminated pumpkins! The tour will last around 3 hours and will finish after dusk.
All equipment will be provided and you’ll be accompanied by one of our spooky guides. Of course, Halloween attire is welcome, but please ensure you have warm exercise clothes and waterproofs to keep you warm.
Be sure to bring your pumpkin already carved and we’ll supply the ‘boat safe’ tealight for inside.
Look forward to see you and your pumpkins there!
Ghost Treasure Hunt
Bring your little ones to Willowgate for a self-guided hunt for ghosts. You'll be given a trail map which you'll need to follow to find all of the hidden Willowgate ghosts. If you find all of the ghosts successfully they'll be a little chocolate treat waiting for you back at Reception.
Fancy dress is of course, more than welcome!