THE Watercress Line has announced its Halloween event, coming to the heritage railway in October.

The spooktacular Wizard Week runs from October 21 to October 29, with magic and mayhem guaranteed.

Visitors will be able to take a ride with the Wizard Express steam train and walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the famous railway footbridge where Harry received his Hogwarts Express ticket in the film.

Thrills and chills can be found exploring the Harry Potter-style coach at Alresford; meeting creepy crawly creatures, wise owls and fearless falcons; and taking ‘flying lessons’ with Professors Slugwind and Apricus.

Attendees can enjoy spooky stories and get spellbound by the mystical magic shows. Creepy crafts will give youngsters the chance to create spooky bat mobiles, badges and for an additional cost, conjure up magic wands.

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Young visitors are encouraged to wear their spookiest Halloween costume for the Watercress Line’s fancy dress competition – with three age categories and prizes for Under fours - ‘Brand New Wizards’; four to eight year olds – ‘Emerging Wand Talent’ and Overs eights - ‘Potion Masters’.

There will be unlimited steam train rides all week, allowing all the family to visit the Watercress Line’s four stations.

There will also be a chance to buy some tasty treats with sweets and refreshments available at Ropley station and other outlets.

The Watercress Line’s CEO Rebecca Dalley said: “We’re casting our Halloween magic to make this year’s Wizard Week more spellbinding than ever before! All little vampires, monsters and phantoms should prepare to scare and enjoy some frightfully good fun!

“Don’t miss out – make sure you book your tickets online as soon as possible.”

More information about the Halloween event can be found on the Watercress Line’s website.