October half term events and activities

 A family playing outside at Osterley Park and House, London

This half term, why not get involved in some of our great family activities? Follow a wildlife trail, discover historical stories or get creative with natural materials. Wherever you go, there’ll be plenty to do with the kids this October.

In England, we're pleased to have been able to keep our gardens, parks and outdoor spaces open through the current lockdown. From 2 December, we'll be able to reopen some houses and welcome you to sit in our cafés again. In tier 3, indoor areas will remain closed and cafés will be takeaway only. Please follow your area's tiering system and government guidance when planning a visit.

Following Welsh government guidance, all places in Wales are now open for Wales residents, and we're pleased to be welcoming many of you again.

In line with Northern Ireland Executive circuit break restrictions, our gardens and parks in Northern Ireland will open from 28 November. All houses, shops and visitor centres will stay closed during the circuit break until 11 December, and cafés will be takeaway only.

Before visiting, please always check local and national government guidance on travelling. You can check the property webpage in case of local restrictions. We're following government advice closely and will reopen more places as soon as we can. 

Half term events & activities near me
A family cycling at Wallington

October half term in the East of England 

Looking for something to do with the family? Take your kids on an October half term outing in the East of England. You can take a scenic cycle ride at places like Blickling, Norfolk, or spot wildlife at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire. Take in the autumn colour on a family day out.

Children throwing stones into the lake at Fell Foot

October half term in the Lake District 

Pull on your wellies and get ready for October half term in the Lake District. Walk in the footsteps of Beatrix Potter at Hill Top, where you can spot all kinds of wildlife from sheep to blackbirds. Or head into the woodland at Allan Bank for a nature adventure, where you can take in all the sights of autumn.

A family walking at Morden Hall Park, London

October half term in the Midlands 

Enjoy some half term fun in the Midlands this October. Take your pick of autumnal activities, like red deer spotting at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, and woodland walks for the kids to run wild, which you can find at places like Upton House, Warwickshire.

Scarecrows at Castle Ward's PumpkinFest

October half term in Northern Ireland 

There are lots of beautiful autumn sights for all the family to see this October half term in Northern Ireland. Try out the 'Follow the flow' family water trail at The Argory to discover the power of water and the history of the estate. There are also lots of family nature walks and trails at Rowallane Garden, where you can expect a dazzling display of autumn colour in the garden and the kids can run around to let off some steam.

Family visitors playing in leaves in autumn

October half term in the North East of England 

There are lots of fun memories to be made in the North East this October half term. Become a nature detective when you spot wildlife at places like Gibside and Wallington, and explore caves and autumnal woodlands at Cragside.

Family on the mill meadow at Quarry Bank in autumn

October half term in North West England 

Looking for some fun outdoors in the North West this October half term? Follow nature trails at places like Speke Hall, and build a den for the whole family to enjoy. Step back in time to find out what life was like for our ancestors at Quarry Bank, where you can learn more about the children who worked there during the Industrial Revolution.

A family in the garden in October at Ham House and Garden, Surrey

October half term in London and the South East 

Russet-coloured trees, crunchy leaves and conkers galore make the perfect backdrop for some October half term fun in the South East. You and the kids can appreciate the wonders of the natural world at places we care for. You can embrace this spectacular season with nature activities at Basildon Park, Berkshire or having fun finding fungi at Polesden Lacey, Surrey. Bring the family on a half term autumn adventure.

Visitors in the garden in October at Stourhead, Wiltshire

October half term in the South West 

In the South West this October half term, history lovers can enjoy autumnal days out at Corfe Castle, Dorset, exploring the ruins and learning more about the stories of our ancestors. In Gloucestershire, head over to places like Dyrham Park and Snowshill for some autumn wildlife spotting.

Enjoying the autumn leaves at Plas Newydd, Anglesey

October half term in Wales 

Step outside for some autumn adventures in Wales this October half term. Experience nature face-to-face at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, on a wildlife trail around the grounds, and explore the wild woodlands of Colby Woodland Garden, Pembrokeshire.

 Visitors on a guided nature walk on Brownsea Island, Poole Harbour, Dorset

Useful ideas for your outdoor adventures 

Make the most of your time outside with our collection of outdoor spotter guides and activity sheets. Learn how to identify different trees with our leaf guide, learn what creepy crawlies you can see in your garden or spot different kinds of wildlife on a day out by the sea. We've got lots of fun activities to try on your next family adventure to help you get closer to nature.