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Charlton House & Gardens primes for autumn with the return of popular Horn Fair and Halloween events for all ages

19 September 2023
Blog, Press Release
Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is gearing up for the spooky season, partnering with paranormal experts, mystery theatre companies, and independent producers for events aimed at the young and young at heart

CHARLTON, ROYAL GREENWICH – As the days get cooler, Charlton House & Gardens is entering its peak programming season, celebrating its haunted and historical legacy. The Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust-run property will host four seasonal events this October, with something special for everyone.

Alongside the popular family events Horn Fair and Halloween Holiday Explorers (for children aged 5-12) are two new adult-oriented events. Following on from last year’s extremely popular MURDER! at Charlton House, mystery theatre company Play Dead London will return to the House with a new comic book-inspired vampire mystery, Out for the Count on 18th and 26th October. Then, on the 28th of October, the House will welcome HD Paranormal for a tour-and-investigation combo, featuring television’s Jayne Harris. This much-anticipated event sold out in just a few days, with a waiting list open now. Due to this popular demand, a repeat event is planned for winter 2024.

More details on autumn events at Charlton House & Gardens found below:

Horn Fair – Sunday 15th October at 11am

Charlton’s headline autumn celebration is back, bringing the last hurrah for Greenwich’s warmer months. Borne of an 800-year tradition of village fun on this very land, enjoy singing and dancing, kids’ activities (including crafts, bouncy castles, and face painting), and local maker and food stalls. It’s all happening at Charlton House this Feast of St Luke’s – come join the tomfoolery!


Holiday Explorers: The Haunted Manor – Tuesday 24th October and Wednesday 25th October

BOO! Charlton House & Gardens have existed for hundreds of years, so it’s not a big surprise that a few of its former residents have stuck around. This Halloween, come visit the House and learn about the ghosts that live at the House – you may even spot one!


Out for the Count: A Halloween Murder Mystery Experience – Wednesday 18th October and Thursday 26th October at 7:00pm
The grounds of Charlton House, Halloween morning. 12:30am. You have been gathered for a meeting. It is the AGM of the Guild of Vampires – but Count Dracula is nowhere to be seen! The stakes are higher than ever and we need you to solve the case. Who has turned Count Dracula into dust? Tickets include a glass of fizz, and an evening of exploration, intrigue, and immersive theatre inside Charlton House.


The Ghosts of Charlton House: Seeking the Grey Lady – Saturday 28th October
Charlton House is a sprawling mansion with many rooms for our ghost hunters to explore including cellars and attics usually off limits! The HD Paranormal team will guide you to the most haunted areas of the building to conduct a wide range a paranormal experiments including lone vigils for the very brave!


Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust is a registered charity, formed in 2014 to look after key structures, objects, and historic records within the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Assets in the Trust’s care include Charlton House & Gardens, Charlton Assembly Rooms, Tudor Barn, and the Museum Collections & Archive of the Royal Greenwich, as well as memorials across the Borough. Its aim is to ensure the future of the Royal Greenwich’s rich heritage whilst bringing that heritage to life for everyone, through exhibitions, tours, walks and activities.

Charlton House is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean manor house situated in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London. Built between 1607 and 1612 for Sir Adam Newton, tutor to James I’s eldest son, Henry, Prince of Wales, the House has a rich and colourful history and is now in the proud care of the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust. Available for hire year-round, the House also plays venue to seasonal public events.

Media Contact:
Philippa Wolff
Senior Marketing and Digital Officer, Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust
E: philippa@rght.org.uk