Magical event for Staffordshire children at Tittesworth Water
31st October 2023
Primary school children from across the county have been treated to a very special Halloween event at Tittesworth Water including a specially written performance by local group, Liquid Spark.
The performance - The Enchantment of Tittesworth Hollow - took the children on a magical journey with adventurous siblings, Ruby and Oliver who meet a host of characters and must confront a malevolent Enchantress who turns children into rabbits.
The event marked the start of Severn Trent’s annual Halloween Trails, which this year have featured artwork from local schools, Westwood College, Blackshaw Moor CofE First School and The Valley Primary School, who were invited along to the event and to walk the trail to see their work.
Offering a great value day out for the family, the Halloween Trails run at Tittesworth Water from 10am-4pm every day until Sunday 5th November.
Tittesworth ranger, David Bethell – who has a degree in Fine Arts from Staffordshire University – has been visiting local schools in the lead-up to the event, giving lessons on art and the history of Halloween and getting children to help make decorations to feature along the Trail at Tittesworth.
Pupils also made masks based on animals that can be found at Tittesworth, including otters, foxes, rabbits and even Tittesworth’s resident cat, Ted, and will be making a special visit to the site on Friday to watch the performance and see their artwork in place along the trail.
David said: “This event has given us a really fantastic opportunity to meet with local children and teach them about both the history of Halloween as a date on the calendar, but also about art and the ways that it can help to tell a story.
“All the children that we’ve met with have been really keen to take part and have produced some absolutely fantastic artwork which will form part of the Halloween Trail. Liquid Spark have really gone all-out for their performance as well, adding an extra dimension for families looking for a great afternoon out in a really beautiful location.”
The Halloween Trail gives people from across the region the chance to get out to one of the beautiful visitor sites and take part in fun activities.
Visitors can buy a trail map from the on-site visitor centres or hub for £3 and head on a short walk to start their Halloween adventure, find the clues hidden by Willow the Witch in Halloween scenes around the reservoirs and win a tasty prize!*
There’s no need for visitors to book ahead and fancy dress is encouraged.
For more information on Severn Trent’s visitor sites, visit: stwater.co.uk/events
*non-dairy prizes are also available