October half term events

A family plays in the autumn leaves at Castle Ward, Co. Down

This half term, why not get involved in some of our great family activities? Follow a dark matter space trail, orienteer in a special place or build a den in the wild. Wherever you go, there’ll be plenty to do with the kids this October.

Children playing with leaves in autumn

‘50 things to do before you're 11¾’

To reconnect with nature, we've got plenty of ‘50 things’ activities for you to do this half term. Ormesby Hall near Middlesbrough is a great place to collect natural objects for a wild crown or mud creation, and you can go on a scavenger hunt to do this. The family survival school at Sheringham Park in Norfolk has room enough to build a den and learn to navigate with a map and compass.

Children participating in craft activities

Get crafty this October half term

We've got some great family activities to get crafty with. At Dyrham Park in Gloucestershire, you can celebrate autumn by making leaf wishes and wild art, and make friends with the bugs by creating homes for wildlife. Be inspired to create your own peg-doll by the 260-year-old doll’s house at Nostell in West Yorkshire, and imagine how they might have lived in the miniature house in 1735.

The parkland at Lanhydrock is perfect to explore

Outdoor activities

Make the most of the autumn colour and get involved with some outdoor activities for kids. Trengwainton Garden near Penzance has a whole programme of things to do, like autumn games and welly wandering in the garden. Sensory autumn trails are happening at Hindhead Common in Surrey and Fyne Court in Somerset for you to take in the magic of nature. Fun on the water can be had at Osterley Park and House in West London with some family canoeing on Middle Lake.

Girl dressing up in the house at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Rainy day activities

The rain doesn’t mean the fun should stop. Get involved in some swashbuckling fun at The Needles Old Battery and New Battery on the Isle of Wight and listen to tales of shipwrecks and smuggling – dress up in your best pirate outfit to feel like part of the crew. Go on a slumber adventure and find out what a Tudor bedtime routine would have been like at Tudor Merchant’s House in Pembrokeshire. Visit the top floor of the house to find out what superstitions our Tudor ancestors had about bedtime.

Child running through the woods

Find half term events near you 

From bug hunts and nature trails to crafty workshops and den building, we’ve got plenty of events to keep the whole family happy. Where will you go adventuring this half term?