Henry and I braved the rain to go to Whitby for Illuminating Whitby Abbey. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing…. We certainly went organised! Waterproof coats and trousers together with Henry dressed as Harry Potter, complete with cloak (sadly not waterproof and a touch long….) and wand!
The Abbey looked magnificent with bats, ghosts, eyes and spiders webs shining brightly on the ruins, which were illuminated pink, green, and yellow.
There were a number of external stalls as well as refreshments around the communal area looking at the Abbey where the entertainment was due to be staged. We enjoyed a hot dog and Yorkshire burger from The Durham Ox at Crayke, costing £6 each, they were delicious! In addition, there were Fish and Chips which I had on good authority as being excellent! We also enjoyed Lattes and Hot Chocolates from Moka Coffee Bar costing £3 each. In the weather, the hot drinks were needed!! The biggest hit of the night were the toasted marshmallows (£1 each)! Giant marshmallows toasted on the open fire pit tasted awesome and warmed us up!
The adaptation of Dracula was brilliant and pitched perfectly for the family audience. Henry and I really enjoyed it. The actors were amazing and completely unfazed by the weather!
“Illuminating Whitby Abbey is amazing especially the re-enactment of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The part of Dracula I liked most was when the professor, Doctor Seward called us students asking the audience questions….I was able to tell him about Dracula! I had Mummy well positioned on the front row! It was however, very scary when Dracula bit Lucy. The toasted marshmallows were a big highlight! They were very delicious when I’d browned them in the fire!” Henry age 7
Remember….Stay in the light….
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening, with thanks to English Heritage for our tickets. I am promised the weather is much better for the week ahead. Our top tip is to take sturdy footwear and waterproof trousers for kids – it will be muddy and slippery under foot!
It is running until Saturday 2nd November 2019 6pm – 9pm
During the day, there are Spooky Trails running to Sunday 3rd November 2019 11am – 4pm with a trail and 8 clues to solve to form a word. There are also Witch and Wizard Schools running throughout the day! This is a great activity running for kids so do pop along and enjoy the fun.