Fright at the Museum returns with a spidery-twist

The popular spooktacular fundraising event ‘Fright at The Museum’ is back at The Beaney in Canterbury this autumn.

The museum will be hosting ‘Fright at the Museum: Spider Stories’ from this Saturday 2 October to Sunday 7 November (closed on Mondays).

Visitors are invited to test their spidey-senses and explore the museum with Anansi, the famous web-slinging trickster of African folklore. Those who solve Anansi’s puzzles will unlock a special exhibition and can take part in their own sensational spider story.

Visitors who complete the trail successfully will be entered into a competition to win an Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet.

Children are encouraged to dress up in their best spooky costumes to enjoy free activities including a special Front Room exhibition and Halloween themed interactive games (weekends only).

Plus, join The Beaney on Saturday 30 October for their special spooky day, where they dim the lights for visitors to dress up, get their spook on and explore the museum in a whole new way.

Entry is free with donations encouraged. The Spider Stories museum trail is just £5. Proceeds will go towards future exhibitions, lifelong learning and community engagement projects.

Lead councillor for culture, Cllr Joe Howes, said: “We’re excited to be hosting our annual Fright at the Museum event again, and have put together a fantastic new trail for everybody to enjoy, from school children to adults alike. Entrance to the Beaney is free all year round, and closures due to Covid have significantly impacted our donation income, so it is important for us to try and raise funds where we can.”

After a sell-out year in 2020, visitors are recommended to pre-order the trail on the Beaney’s website to avoid disappointment.

The ‘Spider Stories’ museum trail was developed in partnership with EMIC, Ethnic Minorities in Canterbury, previously known as Ethnic Minority Independent Council.