Top places for October half-term fun

Grab the wellies, wrap up warm and head to one of our special places for an October half-term filled with spooky goings on, autumn colour and lots of family fun.

From fantastic Great British Walks and 50 things activities, to carving wicked pumpkins and hearing spooky stories, there’s something to keep the whole family entertained.

Let us blow the cobwebs away this October half-term with a great family day out:

    Brownsea Island, Dorset

    Children's red squirrel walks, 26 October-3 November, 11.15am-12pm and 2.15pm-3pm
    Celebrate 50 years of Brownsea Island being cared for by the National Trust with their outdoor festival season and join a special children’s walk this half-term. On this guided adventure the kids will be able to find out how to spot red squirrels, learn how they bury their food and see if you can remember where you put your secret supply of chestnuts. How many rare red squirrels will you spot?

    Spooky adventures with the Famous Five, 26 October-3 November, 10am-4pm
    The whole family can take part in this adventure trail, joining the Famous Five as they try to solve the spooky island mystery.

    Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate, Devon

    Welly challenge, 26 October-3 November, 11am-4pm

    Get your wellies on this half-term and challenge yourself at Buckland Abbey. Can you tackle the welly obstacle course? See how well you perform against the other visitors - extra points to those who go three-legged.
    Normal admission charges apply.

    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

    Make like a tree, 26 October-3 November, 11am-3pm

    Pick up a trail and take the leafy challenge. Enjoy collecting piles of crunchy and colourful autumn foliage to create leaf mobiles and artwork in Swanley Grange.

    Nymans, West Sussex

    Explorer Trail: tree-mendous trees, 26 October-3 November, 10.30am-3.30pm

    Why not head down to Nymans over the holidays and follow the tree trail to learn our all about trees, find the clues and then collect your prize. Normal admission charges apply, ticket charge £2 per trail sheet and prize.

    Family ARTventures, 2-3 November, 10.30am-3.30pm

    Enjoy the last few days of the holidays at Nymans and take part in their wonderful family activity in the potting shed. You’re sure to be inspired by your surroundings and get creative using all of the art materials that they will provide. Normal admission charges apply.

    Booking is not required for either event, for more information please call 01444 405250

    Stackpole, Pembrokeshire

    50 things autumn challenge, 1 November, 1pm-3pm

    Join in the afternoon fun at Stackpole where you and all the family can do as many of the 50 things list as is possible, including flying kites on the courtsite, pond dipping at the hidden bridge and snail racing at the stone seat.

    Normal admission charges apply, ticket charge £2 per person. Booking is not required, for more information, please call 01646 661 425.