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Can you survive a zombie breakout in Hainault Forest tonight?

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:25 31 October 2016

A child in the forest. Picture Dan Lee/WTML

A child in the forest. Picture Dan Lee/WTML

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If the premiere of The Walking Dead season seven on TV wasn’t enough of an emotional roller coaster for you, then head to the woods this weekend to experience zombies chasing you in real life.

As part of a spooky lantern event at Hainault Forest, Lambourne Road, join in the blood trail and experience the ancient hunting forest when the lights go out.

Becky Brown, events officer of The Woodlands Trust, said: “We’d love for people to come and experience Hainault this Halloween but, in the words of the song, if you go down to the woods today, you’d better not go alone.

“Bring your family and a torch and explore dark, meandering paths through ancient trees.”

Whether you want to seek out spooky spiders, sneaking snakes or the skulls of walkers who have gone before you, participants are invited to wear their best “spine–chilling costume” – just make sure you have enough layers and appropriate footwear.

If you think you are brave enough you can also venture on the monster trail and see how many of your group make it out to the other side.

“Forests are very different places at night,” added Becky.

“Zombies aside, you might see or hear wildlife you wouldn’t expect to see in the day, so it’s a great opportunity to see Hainault in a different light while having an evening of family fun.”

The night is split into two sessions. The more child friendly 6pm-7pm slot on Saturday, October 29, is fully booked but there are still a few spaces on the older 8pm-9pm session. The zombie zone will be in full swing by this time and character actors will try and chase you as you battle to make it out in one piece.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and due to the scary nature of the night dogs are not allowed to come.

Admission is £3 per person and pre–booking is essential through woodlandtrust.org.uk/get-involved/events.

If you are fed up of living vicariously through the telly and think you have what it takes to survive call 03303335302 or email centralevents@woodlandtrust.org.uk.


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