Tulley’s Shocktober Fest 2018 | 5 Not to Miss Mazes

Tulley’s Shocktober Fest 2018 | 5 Not to Miss Mazes

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I was kindly invited by Tulley’s Shocktober Fest to their press event last Friday, boy was I excited to be returning. I visited for the first time last year and it did not disappoint! I couldn’t wait to get back and revisit all my favourite mazes, including Chop Shop and The Colony. What a way to start off my Halloween season, especially as I visited Thorpe Park for their press event last Thursday, I couldn’t wait to explore more scare mazes!

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THE CELLAR IMPRISONED

Okay. I went into this maze expecting it to be lacklustre like it was last year. Boy was I proven wrong! This mazes has seriously upped the ante when it comes to scares. At one point I thought I was walking through some material/netting and it ended up being an actor’s hair on my face… yes, she was quite literally right above me. There have been some changes to the layout of the maze which were very much welcome but some of the strobe style sections of the mazes really got me good – the actors knew just how to work the room and get me good! Possibly my second favourite maze of the night!

Located near the main entrance to Tulleys, it can be easy to be missed. Simply look to your left as you walk in to the park and you will see it in the marquee. Don’t miss this off your list of mazes to go into, you will regret it!

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THE CHOP SHOP

Probably the classic at Tulley’s. Everyone who mentions Tulley’s will refer to Chop Shop and how you cannot miss this, and believe me, I know why. I didn’t have a great run through when I went on Friday – actors didn’t seem to make use of the space to give us some scares and it seemed a bit bland – but based on last year’s experience, I know how good this maze is. If you have a significant fear of chainsaws, this may not be the maze for you. I didn’t like them last year and now I can’t get enough of them in mazes, no fear whatsoever – even when there’s like 4/5 actors in one maze with them. 😉

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THE COLONY

Ever wondered what it’s like when you go through a maze that last for over 10 minutes? Go through The Colony and you will find out. Honestly, this was by far the best maze I went through last Friday. It is pretty much a must do maze – do not miss out on this maze. The actors have plenty of space to scare you, and they really do make use of the space. Plus, they can target you multiple times in such a short space – there’s a ‘chicken-coop’ style section where you could get scared a good 4/5 times. The theming in this maze is insane… except for one very blank and bright shipping container… not overly impressed with that. I’d like to hope that will be themed and be dark as it really spoilt the immersion of the maze. Otherwise, it was still one of the best mazes at Tulley’s.

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HORRORWOOD HAUNTED HAYRIDE

Horrorwood, get it? Hollywood but more creepy and horrifying… Think of this attraction as a Hollywood movie set tour gone wrong where you are transported with the help of a tractor and trailer. Not only is this the perfect way to enjoy a sit down attraction to give your feet some rest, you can get really up, close and personal with the inhabitants. Last year was the first time I tried a scare attraction of this kind and I wasn’t disappointed. This year? Even better. One of the highlights had to be the bloke in a jeep that decided he was going to chase us down the track whilst belting out his horn at us! That made me jump plus it was so unexpected, that is what made me love it. Word of caution, if you aren’t a particular fan of Chop Shop, you might find the finale one step too far – although I would say fight your fear and do it just once. 😉

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TWISTED CLOWNS 3D

Clowns. Check. 3D Glasses. Check. Disorientating walls and figures. Check. I do not have a clown phobia nor do I find clowns scary, so this maze isn’t really scary in my eyes. It is so much fun though. The intricate detail with the UV and 3D style paint – sometimes it’s hard to figure out what is a wall, a manniquin or an actual clown. It’s disorientating and pretty damn hilarious. You might be thinking, why is this a top 5 maze if it isn’t scary? Purely for the experience in itself, it is incredibly unique. Come on, there’s a clown on a bungee swing that literally leaps out at you and a trommel with 3D paint so you never quite know which way is up… or down. It’s fun!

It can be easy to miss, simply head down from the main entrance towards Colony and Chop Shop, and to your left is a victorian style house with a balcony and clock. Just underneath and tucked into a corner is the entrance to the maze. 

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DODGEMS

I wanted to make a special mention for the Dodgems. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from these and as we were kindly gifted our VIP wristbands, the rides were included. Boy, were we in absolute awe of this ride. The smoke effects literally caught us all off guard and made this a bloody hilarious experience. I don’t think I have cried laughing so much on a dodgems. There were 6 of us in our group and we had no limits to how much we were going to bump into eachother, it was lethal at times! The bruises on my legs show how much fun we had. Honestly one of the highlights of the night!

You can do all the 8 mazes in one night however, if you are heading towards peak time i.e. October Half Term, the fastrack option will be perfect for you! Besides, I may have had a hard time choosing just 5 mazes (and 1 ride!) that you must do, just do them all! Each maze is unique in its own way and you’d be a fool to miss out on any of them plus don’t forget to experience the Circus of Horrors whilst you’re at it – located right next to The Coven of 13 maze.  Thanks Tulley’s for a truly fantastic night!

That’s all for now!

LOTTIE TRAVELS

Top 8 Reasons to love Halloween season

Top 8 Reasons to love Halloween season

Hey guys, I’m back from a short hiatus! It’s September, can you believe it? My inner Morticia Addams is already waiting to come out, yaaas.  It also means that Halloween season is upon us and for those lucky few, Halloween events have already started abroad.

I love this time of the year so I was inspired to write about the top reasons to love Halloween season. Of course, there are some who do not enjoy this time of the year – all I will say is, don’t be a wimp. Read on for my top 8 reasons to love this spooky time of the year.

Pumpkin Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#1 Atmosphere

The atmosphere at Halloween events are so fab. Everyone really gets involved, whether you are a scare actor, scare host or a member of the public. When the sun sets, and the incoming darkness sets the scene for what awaits you. Honestly, a scream park or theme park can change completely when it is night-time. And that’s the best part. Sometimes you might be lucky enough to get some fog which can really make things disorientating.

 

#2 SCARE MAZES

You either love scare mazes or you hate them? For me, they are awesome! Yes, I’ll admit I get nervous when it comes to trying out new scare mazes but you have to try them. Honestly, Halloween season would be pretty bland without some scares in place. And with scream parks dotted around the UK, it’s the perfect excuse to have a small road trip around the UK – or why not travel abroad and find some Halloween there?

 

#3 Nighttime riding

For all the coaster geeks, this is a personal favourite. The best part about night time riding is how rollercoasters take on a more menacing persona at night. Plus, there’s the added effect that your favourite coaster can appear faster and more intimidating than during the day. It’s another perk of the longer opening hours during the Halloween season and when the clocks go back, even more, nighttime goodness to enjoy.

Merch Cookie Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#4 Halloween Merch

If you love collecting merch, then you might be lucky enough to purchase some exclusive Halloween season merch. Pin Badges? T-Shirts? You name it and more than likely, you will be able to buy it. Who wouldn’t want some spooky merch to add to their collection – give me pumpkin inspired merch any day.

 

#5 Dressing Up

What’s the best thing you can do at Halloween? Dress up as anything you want and make it spooky. Even if it is just a simple face paint job – Halloween season is where you can see people’s creativity come to life. Plus, you might be able to trick people in scare mazes that you are a scare actor (happened to me last year when I went through The Big Top maze at Thorpe Park). 😉 Get your creative thinking caps on and start prepping for your scary costume this year.

Hot Chocolate Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#6 Hot Drinks

Am I the only person who loves grabbing a hot chocolate whilst on park at this time of year? When the weather is cold, the best thing is walking around park with a hot chocolate to hand. However, this can slip into general Autumn vibes when it comes to flavoured hot drinks – Pumpkin Spice Latte anyone? It’s just one of those fab little things.

Autumn Top 8 Reasons To Love Halloween Season

#7 Cool Days, Cold Nights

It isn’t really Autumn without the weather becoming cooler and you have a reason to wear that thick coat and put your boots on – probably doesn’t apply to you fellas out there but you know what I mean. I love getting cosy with a thick coat, scarf etc and wandering around theme parks/scream parks till late at night. That for me is a part of Autumn and why I love Halloween season. Of course, if you are abroad and it doesn’t get as cold as it does in the UK during October, that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying Halloween season.

 

#8 So many Scare Events to visit

Basically, you can be spoilt for choice when it comes to scare events. There’s so many to choose from around the UK, let alone if you want to go abroad! It’s the perfect time of year to see theme parks in a different light and compare events – see how good UK scare events are compared to scare events abroad. My personal opinion, some UK events are fantastic but when you go abroad, they can be in a whole different league.

Okay, this might have turned into a reason to love Autumn but you get the idea. I honestly get so excited when this time of the year rolls around, it just goes by way too quickly! If only Halloween season lasted all year? 😉

That’s all for now.

LOTTIE TRAVELS