Still buzzing from attending the preview night at Scream Factory, I decided I needed to book tickets to another horror attraction. Halloween is becoming bigger and bigger each year it seems, and there’s a few to chose from up here in the North East, and this time I decided to give Psychopath a whirl.
We often take a trip to Plessey Woods, and we’ve had a few Forest Holidays. I always try to make our woodland walks into a Blair Witch adventure (yes, even in the summer and with two kids aged 7 and 9 who should probably be going on a bear hunt). And I thought maybe Psychopath could be that Blair Witch adventure I have been looking for.
We arrived at the venue at Lintz Farm, Burnopfield and made our way over to a lively well lit barn with a couple of bars inside and food outlets. I immediately noticed the giant spider hung from the roof of the barn.
Along with a couple of bagged up dead bodies, a caged Instagram photo op and a bloodied creepy guy armed with a hammer menacingly making his way around the barn.
My hubby decided to have a drink whilst waiting for our time slot. As much as I felt I could do with the dutch courage, I didn’t fancy being lost in the middle of the woods needing a wee. Also tempted by the food, I decided I’d ‘treat’ myself to cheesy chips on my return. If I was to return. I’m still not getting that these things aren’t real, am I?!
Our time slot was 7.45 and at 7.30 we were called up and asked to gather at the barn door. We were then shown over to the holding area where we stood in rows of about 8, in the dark waiting for our ride.
The doors slowly began to open and I spotted a couple of blokes dressed literally head to toe in black. Think SAS. The adventure hadn’t even began and it was at this point it was 50/50 whether I was to go ahead with this experience or not.
Without any time to think, we were then told to make our way over to the van. We climbed on board and sat in two rows facing each other. The van doors were then slammed shut, leaving us in complete darkness. The engine started, and we and began to make our way into the woods.
After about 10 minutes and a couple of miles into the middle of nowhere, the van stopped. The only light we could see was through the gap in the door from the torches outside. I sat listening to muffled voices outside. Yes, at this point I was in full on movie mode.
The van door flew open, and we were instructed to make our way over to the starting point. We were given a torch to use between our group, and thankfully it was Andrew who took the torch. Or I possibly grabbed his hand and pushed it in the direction of the torch, whilst demanding ‘get the torch’ in his ear.
We set off on our merry way on our trek across 700 acres of absolute horror, with one tiny light between us. I’m not going to give any spoilers as to what expect, but trust me you are on alert the whole way along the path as there is just no indication of when something or someone may jump out. About 5 minutes in and I felt exhausted. I hadn’t done anything physically challenging. I’d just forgotten to breath at some points.
Again, I did this whole fully immersive interactive experience clinging on to my hubbys hand for dear life. Although this time, I insisted we weren’t leading the group. However, this possibly ruined the experience slightly as we heard the scares before we had even reached them. I wanted a stress free experience so my heart wasn’t racing as much as it was at Scream Factory. He did somehow still manage to rush ahead leaving us a few feet in front of the rest of the group at some points. But like the spoil sport I am, couldn’t cope and threatened to make my way to one of the three exit points. What can I say, I just lose my head during these things.
The actual story behind Psycho Path is based on the idea that the Government launched a Human Testing Programme in 1978 at a secret location in the North East, which became home to the UKs most dangerous criminals. These criminals were then subject to twisted experiments, resulting in dire human mutations. Like all good psychological thrillers, one of the inmates escaped earlier this year, mutilating several guards and releasing other inmates. Leaving the secret location overrun with sub human murders and demonic psychopaths. So with that in mind, you have an idea of what characters and bloody horrors you can expect to find on the trial. Think demons, think gory body parts, think the walking dead.
Although Psycho Path is an outdoor trail, there are a few contained sets which you walk (or run) through. Such as an abandoned house complete with ugly baby dolls and a flickering tv. And the most horrific first aid tent you ever did see. The visuals are spectacular. My favourite had to be the illuminated Church setting which on approach you can make out the backs of characters sat on pews.
I felt such an eeriness walking through one set in particular. Again I don’t want to give much away, but on approach you notice the smell of smoke filling the air. Then spot fire through the trees, hear the crackling, the burning the sound of a siren, which we know declares war. It almost felt surreal, like you had been submerged into a dream.
Photography isn’t allowed but I imagine the sets would have made some fantastic images.
After about 45 minutes we’d reached the end of the route and back at a barn with a bar where we had the opportunity to grab a drink, before jumping back into the van to the main barn where it all began. The ride back wasn’t scary at all, and we all sat talking about the experience.
I thoroughly enjoyed the night, but I have to say I didn’t find it as scary as I expected. Or maybe I’ve just toughened up having done two rounds of Scream Factory this year. I found this a more fun experience (which I was relieved about). Don’t get me wrong, I still ran away from every single character we came across. But this time I found myself laughing rather than pleading to be left alone. I think this indicates that my fears lie largely with enclosed spaces. There is some rather tight obstacles you need to work your way through and it was then I found I’d start to panic.
Psyho Path is well worth a visit if you’re into Halloween attractions. And you can stick around at the bar afterwards and make a night of it. There’s food, drink, and music so why not.
I’m feeling rather sad October is coming to an end. We have one attraction left to go to this Saturday, and after that, I have no idea what I’m going to do with myself. I might just have to squeeze one more fright night in.
Check out the Psycho Path website to find out more or book tickets.