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Shell Grotto – Halloween and Harvest at Half Term

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Kids Go Free at the spooky Grotto from 28 October to 1 November! Pre-booking here.

The shop, museum room and Grotto will be decorated with Harvest or Halloween themes, and we’ll be running kids’ competitions over on Insta, Facebook and Twitter, with the chance to win free entry for a year.

We’ll also be welcoming trick or treaters at the front door – form a nicely distanced queue please! – on 31 October, from 4pm to 5pm. Thought trick or treating was cancelled? No way! We’re working with our fiendish friends at the Margate Caves to give your little ones some much-needed Covid-safe treats!

Be careful though… the Grotto Witch can be a little bit scary!


There are more questions than answers… Discovered by chance in 1835, the  subterranean Shell Grotto’s curving chalk walls are studded with 4.6 million shells. They create a magical mosaic of strange patterns and symbols.

Was this a place of worship, a setting for secret meetings or an extravagant folly? We don’t know who built this amazing place, or why, but since the first paying customers descended the chalk stairway in 1838, debate has raged about the Grotto’s origins.

For every expert who believes it to be an ancient temple, there’s someone else convinced it was the meeting place for a secret sect; for every ardent pagan, there’s a Regency folly-monger ready to spoil their fun… read more


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Location: The Shell Grotto, Grotto Hill, Margate, Kent, CT9 2BU
From: 28 October 2020 09:00 To : 01 November 2020 18:00
Location: The Shell Grotto, Grotto Hill, Margate, Kent, CT9 2BU
Cost: FREE

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