Halloween is just around the corner so make plans to discover the history and mystery of the 800-year-old Hook Lighthouse and celebrate a free traditional Samhain Festival from October 26th to 28th and October 31st
On Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Oct 26 to 28 and Oct 31st) At 2 pm and at 3 pm daily, a free Féile Samhain ritual will be showcased at Hook where age-old tales of Samhain will be shared by ‘Druids’ around the circles of fire at Hook Lighthouse; families are invited to gather around the blazing fire baskets beneath the ever-present beam of the 800-year-old lighthouse to hear stories of druids and ancient Irish Samhain customs and heritage in the graveyard of one thousand ships. If the weather is poor storytelling will take place inside. These events are on offer free of charge and no pre-booking is required. Also on offer throughout mid-term are special Halloween Art Workshops with resident artist Rose.
Later in the evenings for adults and ‘grown-up’ kids special ghastly lantern-lead Halloween tours are on offer but only for those who like the ghoulish and ‘sphooky’ will be on offer from 5.30 pm to 7 pm. Venture into darkness as you ascend the 115 steps of Lighthouse tower for a night-time view of the graveyard of 1,000 ships, explore the original keepers’ quarters and learn about the Ghostly tales behind Hook Lighthouse and its grounds including the paranormal experiences of previous guests and staff. Atmospheric lighting and creepy nooks and crannies along the way create an experience, which is not for the faint-hearted. These tours are suitable for brave adults and braver kids but are not for anyone of a nervous disposition. Pre-booking is advised and the €10 per person tickets are available on www.hookheritage.ie
Hook Head Lighthouse is the oldest intact operational lighthouse in the world and they will be offering four afternoons of ‘Samhain Feile’ and thrilling tours from October 26th to 28th and October 31st. The ‘Samhain Feile’ celebration afternoons are free of charge and available to families at 2 pm and at 3 pm from October 26th to 28th. Ghostly Halloween evening tours at Hook Lighthouse tickets are available online at www.hookheritage.ie at €10 per person.
The Lighthouse café is open every day 9.30 to 5 pm and will be serving traditional seasonal fare. The lighthouse visitor centre is open every day year-round, for further details see www.hookheritage.ie