“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933)
Last year, we had the pleasure of being invited to FEAR at Avon Valley to experience what a VIP ticket at this super popular scream park in Bristol entails.
Here’s what we think and what you can expect when visiting FEAR yourself…
About FEAR at Avon Valley
FEAR is now in its sixth year, and over the years, has been nominated for a number of scream park awards.
The attraction itself is built around the live action mazes (the centre focus of the whole experience). But alongside these mazes, you’ll find various street theatre performances, pyrotechnic displays, stage shows, fairground rides and a number of food and drink stalls as well.
FEAR usually runs for about two weeks every year in the run up to and across the Halloween period. This year, it’s running from October 18th to November 2nd.
Last year, the theme was “circus festival” and had a ring leader, bearded lady, strong man and various fire acts to be discovered. But you can expect a different theme every year, which is one of the great things about it!
Although dressing up is encouraged, make sure you take note of the dress code, which calls for no full face masks, costume props or fake weapons. But to be honest, we’ve now been to FEAR twice and rarely see people dressed up apart from the actors… so maybe just leave it to the professionals anyway!
The Live Action Mazes
I definitely don’t want to give too much away at this point but I would like to give you a little clue as to what each of the live action mazes are focused on.
Look away now if you don’t want any spoilers!
Where you’ll be faced with your deepest fears…
Tight spaces…? Check.
Ultimate darkness…? Check.
Being trapped with no way out…? Check.
Don’t say you haven’t been warned!
Where you have to compete for survival…
Watch out for the axe murderers!
Where horror meets military facilities and soldiers…
Expect to get disoriented as you seemingly move between different floors!
And you’ll definitely come out screaming and freaking out everyone else who is waiting to get in…
House of Clowns
Where Grandma’s house meets a party of sadistic clowns…
Watch out for the pitch black house of mirrors!
Oh… and the clowns too of course!
The VIP Experience
There are a number of benefits that the VIP experience is able to offer:
- Unlimited entry to the main live action mazes
- Skip the queue fast track
- Entry into the VIP area (with free snacks and drinks)
VIP tickets are priced from £55 per adult, and genuinely, I feel like it’s worth it… especially if you plan on spending all night there.
The free drinks, popcorn and sweets are a lovely touch and the VIP tent is a great place to hang out in when taking a break from the mazes and madness outside.
More useful than anything is the fast track pass. It’s so worth it on popular nights such as weekends, Halloween and the opening night, otherwise you may need to queue for anything from 30 – 60 minutes for each maze.
But if you can’t quite afford the fast track tickets then don’t worry!
The staff are excellent at ensuring you’re not bored when waiting in line by sending actors through the queue to scare you.
Our only recommendation would be to get to the park at 5.30pm so that you have enough time to do everything… it’s probably best to just go straight from work if you can!
Would we recommend FEAR at Avon Valley?
Without a doubt, you must go there at least once if you find yourself in Bristol.
We’ve now been twice (once in 2016 with standard entry and again in 2018 with VIP entry) – and we’ve loved it both times.
The plot and storyline of the main live action mazes develop and expand with each year so you’ll never fully know what to expect even if you’ve been before.
Plus, it seems to be getting more and more popular with each year, which means the team are able to introduce new mazes and attractions, such as last year’s popular House of Clowns.
So… if you’re still struggling with ideas of what to do to celebrate Halloween this year in seriously spooktastic style, then FEAR at Avon Valley has just got to be on your Bristol bucket list!
And if you can spring for a VIP ticket, or even just a fast track pass, then I would say do it. You’ll save time and get to do way more on the night… especially on fiercely popular nights!
FEAR at Avon Valley kindly invited Scott and I to enjoy the VIP experience in exchange for an honest review and social shoutouts.
But come on, you know us by now, we will only ever recommend something we’ve genuinely enjoyed so that you know about it and can go ahead and enjoy it yourself.
We had a great night and couldn’t wait to come back home and tell you all about it!
What do you think? Would you try something like this? What are your plans for Halloween this year? Let us know in the comments…
Want more UK Halloween inspiration? Check out our other posts:
- Is FEAR at Avon Valley Worth it for Halloween?
- Haunted Sudeley Castle at Halloween [Review]
- Burley Witch Shop: Witchcraft & Smuggling in Burley Village
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