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Ghostly Gardens After Dark! (5 nights only!)
October 16, 2015 - October 30, 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Fridays & Saturdays, October 16-30 (5 nights)
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6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
A hauntingly good time for the whole family at the Historic Gardens… after dark!
As you explore the Ghostly Gardens, you will meet ghosts, grim reapers, witches and other interesting creatures. Visit the Witch's Lair, Bat Cave, Witchsteria Arbour, Giant Spider Web, have a hot chocolate at the Elm Street Cafe, roast a marshmallow over the Courtyard bonfire. For the young and young at heart, try a little eyeball bowling, or our bone dig. And be sure to linger a while in the Musician's Graveyard, where Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and Elvis are buried!
$6 per person for Ghostly Gardens After DARK,
or buy a GHOST TOWN Passport which admits you to Ghostly Gardens, Hidden Hauntings at the O’Dell House Museum and the Sinclair Inn Museum Haunted House. Passports are $13 per person, $30 per family.
5 nights only! October 16-17, 23-34 and 30.
Ghostly Gardens - EVERY Day
October 16, 2015 - October 31, 2015, 9am-5pm
October 16-31 - EVERY day!
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A hauntingly good time for the whole family at the Historic Gardens, Canada's 2015 Garden of the Year!
As you explore the Ghostly Gardens, check out the Witch's Lair, Bat Cave, Witchsteria Arbour, Giant Spider Web, and much more. And be sure to linger a while in the Musician's Graveyard, where Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and Elvis are buried!
Come back for Ghostly Gardens After DARK (Fri/Sat evenings 6:30-9:30pm) and you will meet ghosts, grim reapers, witches and other interesting creatures.
Daytime – by donation. Suggested donation of $10 per family.
After Dark: $6 per person for Ghostly Gardens,
or buy a GHOST TOWN Passport which admits you to Ghostly Gardens and Sinclair Inn Museum Haunted House. Passports are $13 per person, $30 per family.
October 16, 2015 - October 31, 2015
Annapolis Royal becomes a GHOST TOWN!
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While it is not normally a title to brag about, the Town of Annapolis Royal will proudly call itself a GHOST TOWN once again this October! From October 16 to 31, Annapolis Royal will take on ghostly aura as the spirits of the past take over the Town for this Halloween-inspired festival. The schedule includes a spook-tacular array of events.
On FIVE big nights (Fridays and Saturdays: Oct 16-17, 23-24 and 30), the Town will come alive (or more appropriately, un-dead!) with some spooky experiences created to entertain visitors from 3 to 103. The Sinclair Inn Museum Haunted House, Hidden Hauntings at the O’Dell House Museum and the Historic Gardens Ghostly Gardens After Dark combine to provide a great evening experience. A GHOST TOWN PASSPORT will allow you access to all of these family-fun activities, or individual tickets are available as well. Alan Melanson will lead his renowned Candlelight Graveyard Tours, with a special discount price for PASSPORT holders.
If “after dark” is not your thing, come enjoy the Ghostly Gardens by daylight, open daily 9-5. Explore the Witch's Lair, Bat Cave, Witchsteria Arbour, Giant Spider Web, and much more as you enjoy the Gardens in their autumn glory. And be sure to linger a while in the Musician's Graveyard, where Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and Elvis are buried!
Look for other Halloween-themed events in the community. Enjoy shows at King’s Theatre, hang out at our Haunted Winter Market on Saturday mornings, and try your hand at something new during the North American Conkers Championship on October 17. Add to that some great Halloween parties, a Haunted Seek & Find, and some ghoulish sales and specials by Annapolis Royal’s businesses… and you are sure to have a grand time when you visit… if you dare!
For further information and a full Schedule of Events, visit www.ExploreGhostTown.com or call 532-7018.
North American Conker Championship
October 17, 2015, 10:30am-12noon
Go NUTS in Annapolis Royal on October 17
Historic Gardens, Annapolis Royal, NS
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Conkers? Has anyone really heard of conkers? New to many Nova Scotians, but an old tradition for anyone of British heritage, Conkers has been making a reappearance in Annapolis Royal in recent years.
The game of conkers involves, quite simply, a chestnut on a string. Well, two actually, as each person in the duel requires the same armament. The objective – to break your opponent’s conker. Sounds simple, but it is actually quite difficult and makes for great fun for participants and spectators alike. To quote the Annapolis Royal organizers, conkers is “A game of Kings and school boys - This centuries old form of sporting battle is about to re-emerge.”
The 4th Annual North American Conker Championship will be held “centre-Courtyard” at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens on Saturday, October 17 during the Winter Market. Registration is at 10am and the tournament begins at 10:30am as participants vie for the coveted Crofton Chalice. No experience necessary! Competitive rounds for age 8 to 108 - practice area available for younger kids and any adults who want to try their hand in a non-competitive environment. For details, visit www.annapolisroyalconkerclub.ca
After the tournament, head over to the Annapolis Royal Golf Club at 2:00pm to try your hand at a putting competition that will drive you NUTS, during the World Conker Putting Championship. Yes, you guessed it – instead of balls you will be hitting chestnuts! Putter and conkers are provided.
Join us in Annapolis Royal for this unique day of events, and while you are here be sure to enjoy some of our many GHOST TOWN activities (www.exploreghosttown.com).
Annapolis Royal Winter Farmers Market
October 17, 2015 - May 14, 2016, 9am-12noon
Annapolis Royal Winter Farmer’s Market
Saturday Mornings, 9-12
While many communities cannot boast of having even a summer Farmers Market, the small Town of Annapolis Royal can be very proud that it has a blossoming year round Market presence.
The renowned summer Market is one of the largest outdoor markets in the Maritimes - a resounding success story for more than 30 years. The Winter Farmers Market, while much younger, is preparing to launch its 7th season at the Historic Gardens. Organizers of both markets like to think of it as One Market in Two Locations – downtown in the summer months and at the Gardens in the winter. Whatever way you look at it, together these two Markets provide seamless year round access to local food products, drawing customers from far and wide. Another feather in Annapolis Royal’s cap, and a testament to the support of the local community for their farmers and food producers.
The Winter Farmers Market begins on Saturday October 17 and will be open every Saturday morning from 9-12 until mid May in the Main Courtyard and Gift Shop at the Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens.