Witches record bid at Alnwick Garden falls agonisingly short

The witch world record attempt at The Alnwick Garden on Saturday. Picture by Graeme Peacock.
The witch world record attempt at The Alnwick Garden on Saturday. Picture by Graeme Peacock.

A gathering of witches flew in to a Northumberland visitor attraction in a bid to break a world record – but they couldn’t quite summon the numbers and their spook-tacular Hallowe’en attempt fell agonisingly short.

On Saturday, The Alnwick Garden hosted an attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people dressed as witches in one place, but was just 27 witches shy of the magic number.

Witches waiting for the count by the Guinness Book of Records at Alnwick Garden. Picture by Margaret Whittaker

Witches waiting for the count by the Guinness Book of Records at Alnwick Garden. Picture by Margaret Whittaker

A final count in the coven clocked 1,581 entrants. The record, set in Spain in November 2013, stands at 1,607.

Lindsay Gill, marketing manager at The Garden, said: “Unbelievably, we were just 27 witches short of breaking the record. It was frustrating, but an amazing effort. We always try to be different and it has really put the spotlight on Northumberland.”

More aspiring witches had arrived at the event, but reports have suggested that some were disqualified because their costumes did not match the strict, traditional witch’s outfit of a black, pointed hat, black cloak, and of course, a broomstick.

Music and entertainment was provided by the Newcastle Musical Theatre Company, The Peace Artists and many others.

One of the witches at the Alnwick Garden. Picture by Adam Sparrow.

One of the witches at the Alnwick Garden. Picture by Adam Sparrow.

Mark Brassell, director of the Garden, said: “We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many witches of all ages to The Alnwick Garden, even though this time we didn’t break the record.

“The Garden proved to be the perfect backdrop for the spooky gathering of witches on Hallowe’en. We were delighted to attract so many families to the event. A good time was had by all and now we have a new target to break next year.”

OCTOBER: The gathering of witches at the Alnwick Garden on Hallowe'en for the attempt to break the world record for the number of witches in one place. Picture by Adam Sparrow.

OCTOBER: The gathering of witches at the Alnwick Garden on Hallowe'en for the attempt to break the world record for the number of witches in one place. Picture by Adam Sparrow.

The witch world record attempt at The Alnwick Garden on Saturday. Picture by Graeme Peacock.

The witch world record attempt at The Alnwick Garden on Saturday. Picture by Graeme Peacock.