Get stage fright deep in the forest

Students from Yorkshire Coast college school of performing arts prepare for the spooky goings on in Dalby Forest this Halloween. They are Vicky Thomas ( witch) and Shelley Lankovits( Vamp).

Students from Yorkshire Coast college school of performing arts prepare for the spooky goings on in Dalby Forest this Halloween. They are Vicky Thomas ( witch) and Shelley Lankovits( Vamp).

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Drama students will be getting their teeth into a truly diabolical Hallowe’en event in Dalby Forest.

The Forestry Commission has linked up with Yorkshire Coast College’s performing arts department to conjure up the fun.

Revellers of all ages will set out on a 40-minute trail in the 8,600 acre wood to meet a rogue’s gallery of despicable characters from crazy clowns to a famished werewolf.

The dastardly plots, also featuring a highly sceptical ghost hunter, will be threaded together by storytellers gifted in the dark arts of horror and suspense!

Katie Thorn, recreation manager with the Forestry Commission, said: “This is the sixth year the students have been involved and a record number have worked on the latest production.

“We are banking on them producing a real shocker of an evening in the best sense of the word. They have had some rave reviews for recent Hallowe’en performances.”

But there is more than just pride at stake for the students, as their efforts add up to credits for their final qualifications.

Elsewhere, captive bats will reveal their loveable side – including a four-year-old Noctule, the UK’s biggest bat – rescued from Northallerton by Kirkbymoorside expert Lesley Helliwell.

The unlucky creature lost a thumb, located on the front of its wings, making it impossible for it to climb and land safely.

He’s now doing his bit for bat PR.

The ghost walks set out from Dalby Forest Visitor Centre between 5.30pm and 8pm tonight and booking is essential on (01751) 472771.

There will also be Halloween crafts. The cost is just £5 per person.

Further details can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/yorkshireandthehumber