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Dark woods promise a fright at assault course’s first Halloween Scarefest in Stapleford Abbots

PUBLISHED: 16:01 19 October 2017

VIP HQ, Lyngs Farm, Nupers Hatch, Stapleford Abbots RM4 1JR.

Assault Course Owners Left to right: Danny-Lee Finch and Louca Antony Kousoulou.

VIP HQ, Lyngs Farm, Nupers Hatch, Stapleford Abbots RM4 1JR. Assault Course Owners Left to right: Danny-Lee Finch and Louca Antony Kousoulou.

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Imagine running through dark Essex woods on All Hallow’s Eve, dodging fallen tyres and swinging ropes, only for terrifying zombies and other apparitions to loom out at you from the gloom.

VIP HQ, Lyngs Farm, Nupers Hatch, Stapleford Abbots RM4 1JR.

Assault Course Owners Left to right: Danny-Lee Finch and Louca Antony Kousoulou.VIP HQ, Lyngs Farm, Nupers Hatch, Stapleford Abbots RM4 1JR. Assault Course Owners Left to right: Danny-Lee Finch and Louca Antony Kousoulou.

At VIP HQ in Lyngs Farm, Stapleford Abbots, that is exactly what 29-year-old Danny-Lee Finch from Romford has envisioned for the outdoor fitness centre’s first ever Halloween Scarefest.

A self-described “born and bred Essex boy”, Danny and VIP HQ co-owner Louca Antony Kousoulou opened the centre in January, and it already boasts an impressive client list that includes celebrities Olly Murs and Marvin Humes to name but a few.

This month, VIP HQ is hosting a four-day Scarefest to terrify and delight Havering’s fearful thrill seekers.

“We’ve hired out some local dance groups, because we really want it to feel like a big community event, and we’re going to dress them all up 
in different costumes with props and things,” Danny told the Recorder.

VIP HQ's Scarefest will be held on October 28-31 at Lyngs Farm, Stapleford Abbotts. Photo: VIP HQVIP HQ's Scarefest will be held on October 28-31 at Lyngs Farm, Stapleford Abbotts. Photo: VIP HQ

“The idea is that everyone will follow the same route through the woods, and at certain points actors will jump out.

“Between the scary bits there’ll be places for people to gather round camp fires and roast marshmallows, so it’s a proper evening out – it should be really fun!”

In the last weekend of October (28-29), adults will be able to brave the course – which runs through dark and dingy woods – at its scariest, before two lighter evenings on October 30 and 31 for families to enjoy together.

“The adult nights on the weekend are going to be much scarier obviously, with the kids we want it to be more about having fun outdoors with the family.”

And for Danny, the Scarefest has been something of a passion project.

Danny said: “We’ve been planning this for the past six weeks or so, so a lot of time, money and effort has gone into it.

“It’s our first Halloween and we really want it to become this sort of community tradition that everyone looks forward to.

“The idea is to make it bigger and better every year

“I’m just a big kid so I love Halloween, I always have.”

For more information, visit www.vip-hq.co.uk.

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