Fire and light wild raven walk FAQs

Additional information for the event

Additional information for the event

  • Who is this event aimed at?

    This event is aimed at all ages and families.

  • Can children attend the event without parental supervision?

    We cannot let children (under 16 years old) attend the event without the supervision of an accompanying adult. 

  • Can I attend without children?

    Yes you can!

  • How long does the walk last?

    The walk through the gardens will last approximately 25 minutes, finishing at the Stable Yard where there will be a complimentary hot beverage and additional entertainment.

    There is then a further 15-20 minute walk back to the exit and car park.

  • How do I get a ticket?

    Tickets can be purchased through the website, onsite at the Hillsborough entrance or by calling +44 (0)20 3166 6000.

    Historic Royal Palace members can purchase discounted tickets at £5.

    Please note these tickets are separate from the normal gardens or castle tour tickets. 

  • What if I miss the allocated time on my ticket?

    Subject to availability, we will endeavour to move to you a later time, but please note the last available walk commences at 20:30. There will be no admissions after this time.

  • If I have a ticket for the gardens or a tour that day, can I come to the event?

    This is a separate ticketed event, so you will have to purchase an additional ticket for the Fire & Light Wild Raven Walk. The site will close to gardens and castle tour ticket holders at 16:00.

  • What happens if it rains?

    If it rains the event will go ahead. The event will only be cancelled if the weather conditions present a danger.

    In the unlikely event that the event is cancelled, we will aim to give as much notice as possible, so please check the website for information if the weather looks poor.

  • What should I wear?

    Please dress appropriately for weather conditions on the evening as this is an outdoor event at night, and there is a considerable amount of walking on sometimes uneven and steep ground.

    There is no cover available in the event of rain. Also please note that the ground may be damp so waterproof shoes might be preferable.

  • Will the restaurant be open?

    Yes, the restaurant in the Western Pavilion will be open and providing special offers for ticket holders. Complimentary hot drinks will be served at the Stable Yard.

  • Can I bring my pushchair to the show?

    Yes, pushchairs are welcome at the event. But please note the paths can be uneven and steep in places.

  • Are there baby changing facilities?

    Baby changing facilities are available in both the male and female toilets in the Pineapple Yard, Garden Toilets and Stable Yard.

  • Will the people mover be running?

    No, the people mover will stop running when the gardens close to the public at 16:00.

    If you have any particular access requirements, please notify us in advance by contacting +44 (0)20 3166 6000 or using this form so we can ensure you have a great experience.

    There is also a Changing Places toilet available in the Pineapple yard.

  • Will any theatrical effects be used?

    Yes, there will be some sound effects and flashing lights occurring during the event.

  • Can I take photographs or use video?

    You are welcome to take photographs and video providing these are for personal use. You are also encouraged to share your photos of the night using #HillsboroughHalloween.

  • Are dogs allowed?

    Only registered and recognisable assistance, service or guide dogs are allowed inside Hillsborough Castle and Gardens.

  • What is the policy regarding smoking?

    There is no smoking or e-cigarette use/vaping anywhere within Hillsborough Castle and Gardens. 

  • Where can I park?

    Free car parking is available on site and is accessible via the A1. For the car park, please follow the brown tourist signs on the A1 south to our sign-posted car park entrance.

    Car park opening hours during the Fire & Light Wild Raven Walk are 09:30-22:00.

    It is not possible to access the Hillsborough Castle and Gardens car park via the entrance on Main Street in Hillsborough Village.

  • What if I also want to see the Return of HERCAT as well?

    You can attend both events, but we would recommend you start the Wild Raven Walk by at least 18:00.

    The walk will finish at the Stable Yard, which is adjacent to the State Entrance for the Return of HERCAT commencing at 19.00 sharp.

  • How do I get to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens?

    You can find maps and detailed information about getting to Hillsborough Castle and Gardens here

    The Fire & Light Wild Raven Walk will be sign posted from the Walled Garden entrance.

  • What other facilities are available on site?

    Food and drink and shopping can be found onsite. 

If you have any additional questions related to the Fire & Light Wild Raven Walk or any other Halloween events at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens you can contact us by:

Phone: +44 (0)20 3166 6000

Text: 18001 020 3166 6000

Please note our contact hours are: 09:00-17:00 GMT