Alton Towers Resort has announced that this Autumn is going to be bigger and better than ever with a series of celebrations that will dazzle and delight with fantabulous live entertainment, spooktacular fun and thrills and so much more!

Guests will get to kick off Autumn with the return of some oomptastic fun as the family-festival Oktoberfest is back for a second year.

Then, as the night’s draw in, the Resort will undergo its frightfully impressive transformation to become home to the UK’s much-loved and best Halloween extravaganza ‘Scarefest’.

Closing off the season the theme park will be lighting up the sky with the UK’s biggest and most sensational display, using a combination of dramatic fireworks and ground-breaking effects set against the picturesque Towers backdrop.

Oktoberfest (11th September-3rd October)

Back by popular demand, an area of the 500-acre Theme Park will be transformed into a Bavarian-themed venue, complete with Lederhosen-clad hosts and an oompah band.

Included in the admission price of a theme park ticket, the entertainment-led festival ‘Oktoberfest’ will take place from 1pm each afternoon and include live acts, delicious food and drink with a German twist, as well as the chance to enjoy a selection of the park’s world-class rollercoasters and family attractions.

It will offer the perfect setting for families and friends looking to explore new delicious dishes and live outdoor entertainment in a fun, family friendly atmosphere.

Scarefest (8th-10th & 15th-31st October)

As the nights get darker, keep your eyes open for all sorts of creepy scares and shocks as The Resort’s award-winning Scarefest returns for 2021 with live entertainment for all ages and a brand new family attraction.

The Resort has confirmed the return of Scarefest, with four multi-award winning, terrifying mazes and a brand-new attraction for thrillseekers and families alike, Trick O’ Treat Town.

The award-winning event will delight guests with spooks and scares for all ages from October 8th.

The new family attraction, which will be fully unveiled later this summer, is the latest addition to the Theme Park’s line-up of terrifyingly good scare mazes which will be completed with the return of:

Freak Show: Toxic Junkyard: Set outside in what appears to be an abandoned junkyard, daring thrillseekers will discover the dark and disturbing secret it hides in a truly chilling experience. After being hunted and cast out of the community, the last of the Freak Show psycho clowns have gone into hiding, plotting in secret their next “BIG SHOW”. Will dare devils entering the junkyard be able to help stop their evil plan or will they become the main attraction of the next performance?

The Attic: Terror of the Towers: An unforgettable and truly chilling experience set in the eaves of the Theme Park’s famous and historical Tower ruins. Rumoured to be haunted by ‘the Governess’, local legend says she is eternally trying to avenge the death of her charges; taking the spirits of the living as penance…but who will be her next victim?

Darkest Depths: Get ready for a terrifying new adventure aboard ‘The Mutiny’, a notoriously spine-chilling ghost ship. You’ll truly earn your golden piece of eight by venturing into the darkest depths, avoiding the hazardous calls of the treacherous Sirens, dodging the swords of terrifyingly ghoulish pirate mutineers and coming face to face with the Kraken – the legendary monster of the seas!

Altonville Mine Tours: Uncover The Legend of the Skin Snatchers offering a tale with a not-so-beautiful twist. Those brave enough can also head to ‘Altonville’, a recently re-opened mine at the Resort, which holds a deep dark secret. Enter the damp, disused mine, which is believed to have once been home to a family of village outcasts. Nicknamed the ‘Skin Snatchers’ by local residents, their spine-chilling secret is about to be unearthed. Remember ‘Beauty is only skin deep’.

Also returning for 2021 is the opportunity to experience the Alton Towers Gardens as it comes to spooktacular life. ‘Garden Lights Walk: Whispering Souls’ is free for guests to enjoy as part of the event’s family friendly frights line-up of live entertainment including the Freaky Five and CBeebies Land Monster Ball.

Open until 9pm each day, daring guests can also face the head-spinning, hair-raising rides and attractions in darkness including the Alton Towers Dungeon.

Fireworks (5th-7th November)

The season will end in style as the Alton Towers Resort fireworks display dazzles guests with the most astonishing display across the UK.

With electrifying bursts, bangs and howls of amazing fireworks to music, lights and live action storytelling, the Resort’s Fireworks Spectacular is not to be missed.

With the famous Towers as the backdrop, this year’s fireworks will evoke emotion and spark imagination using bespoke music, live action, state-of-the-art special effects, pyrotechnic elements and world-class fireworks never seen before in the UK.

Chris Carter, Events and Entertainments Director at Alton Towers Resort, said: “This year we promised to plan a host of fun and thrills for families and thrill-seekers throughout the season.

“We are excited to stage the return of our popular Oktoberfest, Halloween celebrations and awesome fireworks show, which will be bigger and better than ever.

“We remain committed to creating a much-needed form of escapism for families and thrill-seekers across the UK and beyond.

“We’ve got an incredible line-up of entertainment and never-ending fun, which we’re sure our guests will love.”

Safety Measures

Alton Towers Resort will continue to have some additional hygiene and safety measures in place, designed to ensure a happy, safe and healthy experience for all guests and employees, including enhanced cleaning, hand sanitiser stations throughout, increased ventilation and some suggested social distancing markers for guest comfort.

In addition, as part of a phased response to the latest changes in Government guidance, the Resort will continue to operate on reduced capacities.

This means all guests must pre-book tickets online in advance to guarantee entry.

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Things to do near Alton Towers

Discover more of Staffordshire on your next visit with one of these family-friendly things to do near Alton Towers Resort.

Walk with the animals at Peak Wildlife Park, where you can get up close and personal to meerkats, wallabies, lemurs, penguins and more.

Slow the pace down with a nostalgic steam train journey from Churnet Valley Railway, which is home to fun family experiences all-year round, like The Polar Express this Christmas.

Breathe in the fresh air on a stroll at Tittesworth Water and Rudyard Lake, discover the breath-taking vistas of The Roaches, or bring your bikes for a run out in the Manifold Valley.

Visit our Staffordshire Peak District section for more ideas on Things to Do near Alton Towers.

Places to stay near Alton Towers

If you're looking for a short break in Staffordshire, there's a huge selection of places to stay near Alton Towers Resort.

The Resort itself is home to cabins, treehouses, and pods, but there's nothing quite like the CBeebies Land Hotel, where you'll find beautiful themed rooms, great live entertainment and meet and greets with your favourite CBeebies characters.

If you would prefer to escape the mayhem for a few hours, the Broomyshaw Country Cottages offer an idyllic retreat with Peak District views, friendly farm animals and a private play field with football goals, basketball nets and picnic benches.

Or you could take the family back to nature with a stay at the award-winning Lower Micklin Touring Park, with 30 pitches available and excellent facilities.

Head to our Staffordshire Peak District section for more Places to Stay near Alton Towers.


Alton Towers Resort
Theme Park
Wicker Man wooden rollercoaster at Alton Towers resort, Staffordshire, England.

Alton Towers Resort is Britain’s Greatest Escape and home to the UK’s favourite theme park with endless family fun and ground-breaking roller-coasters.

Peak Wildlife Park
Wildlife Park
Watching the penguins fly underwater

Winner- Bronze Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Experience of the Year 2019. Set on the edge of the Staffordshire Peak District; Peak Wildlife Park offers a truly unique and immersive animal experience.  Its large walkthrough exhibits allow you to come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. Whether you love lemurs, have a passion for penguins or want to wander with the wallabies (and feed them with your hand!), the park has something for you.

Churnet Valley Railway
Steam Railway
Churnet Valley Railway

The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the 1950s and 1960s. Take a break from busy urban life and hop on board a heritage steam train to ride through delightful countryside with riverside views and the Caldon Canal.  Why not join one of our First-Class dining train experiences? Choose from breakfast, lunch or afternoon cream tea.

Tittesworth Water
Drone view of Tittesworth water

An ideal part of a great day out in the Peak District National Park. There's something for everyone to enjoy; visitor centre, restaurant, gift shop, children's play area and easy access walks.

Rudyard Lake
Rudyard Lake, photo by Martin Sykes

Rudyard Lake provides some of the most dramatic scenery to be found in the Staffordshire Moorlands. Over two miles long and surrounded by woodland.

The Roaches
Hill Walk
The view from the Roaches, photo by Cathy Bower

Impressive gritstone edges and craggy rocks loved by walkers and climbers offering stunning panoramic views. It groups together two main gritstone outcrops, 'Ramshaw Rocks' famous for the 'Winking Man' rock formation and 'Hen Cloud'.

Manifold Valley
Viewpoint/Beauty Spot
Walking with a dog in the Manifold Valley, Peak District, Staffordshire.

A deep limestone valley of steeply wooded slopes and towering rock pinnacles, perfect for walks and cycling, particularly along the accessible Manifold Track.

CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort
Choose from a range of spacious themed suites such as In the Night Garden Suite.

Cbeebies Land Hotel offers families a truly unique and memorable experience. Situated at Alton Towers Resort, the hotel is the only one of its kind in the world where you can stay in one of the 76 fully themed rooms or suites including Bugbies, Postman Pat, Octonauts, Something Special, In the Night Garden and Swashbuckle.

Broomyshaw Country Cottages
Farm Cottages & Barns
Broomyshaw Country Cottages

Broomyshaw offers three tastefully converted historic stone built cottages on picturesque farm with panoramic views close to Peak District and fantastic attractions.

Lower Micklin Touring Park
Holiday & Touring Park
Aerial view of Lower Micklin Touring Park

Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Holiday Park / Glamping Village of the Year 2018. We are a small, award winning, family run campsite just outside Alton in Staffordshire with glorious views over rolling countryside and the Weaver Hills and yet within easy reach of Alton Towers, the Peak District, the Staffordshire Way and the world famous Potteries.