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Head to the ‘Frights of Abraham’ this October half term for a spooktacular family day out!

Take an exciting cablecar ride to the summit and look out over Matlock Bath in all its autumnal colour. Once at the summit, there’s a whole host of attractions to explore…

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The Halloween Grotto returns for its third year, and this time it’s spookier than ever before! Join Belinda Broomsticks the witch from the 21st to 31st October. Young adventurers are invited to help Belinda on the ultimate quest to collect ingredients for her latest potion, by capturing… a troll! Head deep into the troll’s creepy cavern lair and see what mischief awaits…

The Halloween Grotto is suitable for children aged 3-10 and includes a gift for every child. The twenty-minute experience is an additional cost of £4.50 and includes a theatrical performance inside the Rutland Cavern, with lighting, sound, and special effects. Tickets for the Halloween Grotto are limited, and it is advised to book in advance as previous grottos have sold out!

Elsewhere on the 60-acre hilltop estate, a Halloween I-Spy trail is available for everyone to take part in. Children (and fun-loving adults) are invited to find items that Belinda Broomsticks has lost around the estate. She needs them to make a special potion in time for Halloween! Collect your free trail sheet at the ticket office with your cable car tickets.

Across the Heights of Abraham, all other attractions and facilities will be open, including the mesmerizing Masson Cavern tour; the interesting historical exhibitions; the adventure playgrounds; and not forgetting the café and Vista Restaurant with autumnal specials on the menu.

Booking is highly recommended for the Heights of Abraham during October half term, as it is their last week of opening too! They’ll be ending the 2023 season on 5th November, so there’s not long left to visit this year! Book online at


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