What to do this October half term

Here are some great suggestions for activities and events across the UK that you could try this October half term…

Devon and Cornwall

  • Happy Halloween at the Golden Hind in Brixham, Devon | 22 to 30 October
    Climb aboard the Golden Hind museum ship this Halloween and meet Sid the Skeleton. Kids can play ‘spot the skulls’ and ‘Sid’s secret stamps’ aboard this intriguing all-weather day out.
  • Jollyween at Pennywell Farm, Devon | 24 to 30 October
    Carve a pumpkin, watch a world-class entertainer and enjoy the lighter side of the spooky season with Jollyween.

Lake District 

  • Fancy dress at The World of Beatrix Potter | 30 October
    Kids go free all day this Halloween (accompanied by a paying adult) and can try their hand at spooky crafts or have their face painted (£2 charge).
  • Halloween fun at Brockhole, Windermere | 22 to 30 October
    Join a ‘Ghoulish Scavenger Hunt’ around the grounds, hear spooky stories or have a Halloween hoot when you meet the owls, Dumbledore, Tassle and Eggnogg.

South East

  • What is a ghost at Preston Manor, Brighton | 22 October only
    Take a tour of Brighton’s most haunted Edwardian house and enjoy a spooky Q&A (kids 8 and over). Find out everything you wanted to know about ghosts but were too afraid to ask!
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula at Preston Manor, Brighton | Selected dates between 27 October and 11 November
    Brighton theatre company, Brief Hiatus, use Preston Manor as the perfect backdrop for a new version of this classic story (not suitable for children under 11).

Southern England

  • Halloween Week at Studland Bay, Dorset | 22 to 30 October
    Take part in the fun beachside Halloween Trail with the kids and let them have a go at creating spooky seasonal crafts. Adults can sip mulled cider and scoff sausages on Sat 29 Oct, and even take a midnight stroll along the dunes – if you’re feeling brave!