Autumn half-term in Wales

We’ve got a bumper crop of harvest activities for all the family this half-term at our special places across Wales. Get outdoors and enjoy the autumn countryside, solve some spooky mysteries and head for family fun at our castles and houses.

Aberdulais Candlelit Walk Event

Aberdulais Tin Works and Waterfall, Neath 

Turn bat detective on a night walk or join a spooky Hallowe'en trail with ghoulish activities and games. It’s the season to get outdoors and closer to nature with our stunning waterfall as a backdrop and tick off more 50 Things activities.

Children playing in the autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden, Conwy 

This autumn, as dazzling leaf colour lights up Bodnant Garden’s 80 acres, we’re going wild about our trees with a month-long Treefest celebration.

Children enjoying craft activities in the outdoors

Brecon Beacons 

Join the Brecon Beacons rangers at Coelbren for a host of spooky activities and wander over to the Skirrid for a Wild Wednesday full of family fun.

Pumpkin carving at the National Trust

Chirk Castle, Wrexham 

Try your hand at pumpkin carving every day during half term at Home Farm. We’ll provide the pumpkin, stencils, carving sets and tea lights, and a helping hand to create your design ready for Hallowe'en - you bring the ideas!

Craflwyn's night time ramble

Craflwyn night time ramble, Gwynedd

Join us for a night-time ramble in the woods on 2 November and tick off some more of your ‘50 things’ - go for a nature walk at night, go star-gazing and cook on an open fire.

Torchlight tour around the basement of Newton House

Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire 

Are you brave enough to explore the haunted history of Newton House? Join our family friendly tours, with magic tricks and mild spooky tales or, for the over-14s, there’s a more spine-tingling version. Half-term means pumpkin carving too, and conker competitions in the park.

A family admiring a scarecrow in the gardens

Dyffryn Gardens, Cardiff 

Pull on your wellies and stomp over for a family fun-filled welly week with pumpkins, creative scarecrow making and lots of activities for all ages to enjoy.

An apple sculpture character carved by artist in residence Simon O'Rourke

Erddig, Wrexham 

Head into the walled garden to find all of our carved characters on Erddig’s new apple sculpture trail or boldly go indoors and join our conservation battle against the forces of destruction.

A picture of apples ripening on a tree.

Llanerchaeron, Ceredigion 

Celebrate autumn with the family - join our apple harvest on the working farm and enjoy some Hallowe'en activities during the October half-term, or simply take in the golden autumnal colours on a walk around the woodland and meadows.

Children enjoying a bushcraft lesson

Pembrokeshire 

Pembrokeshire’s alive with spooky happenings this half-term. Make pomanders at Tudor Merchant’s House in Tenby, go on a bushcraft adventure at Stackpole and get crafty with Hallowe’en lantern making and spooky trails at Colby Woodland Garden and Southwood Farm.

A spooky image of the front door at Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor 

Legend has it that when rooks leave their rookery, it is an omen of bad fortune ahead... Visit Penrhyn Castle and help solve the mystery of Rook Wood, before it's too late.

Two red squirrels on a feeder box

Plas Newydd, Anglesey 

Find out more about our furry friends during Red Squirrel Week with the Anglesey Red Squirrel Trust. Enjoy arts and crafts, talks, activities and green wood demonstrations and see if you can spot one of our resident reds on the squirrel trail.

Witches at Plas yn Rhiw’s autumn adventures

Plas yn Rhiw, Llyn Peninsula 

Bring the family for an autumn adventure at Plas yn Rhiw. Play Hallowe'en games, follow the spooky trail, create wild art or explore the wild woodland. The gardens and grounds overlooking the Llyn Peninsula are the perfect place to immerse yourselves in autumn.

Carved Hallowe'en pumpkins hidden along the terraces at Powis Castle

Powis Castle, Welshpool 

As our First World War story draws to a close, tackle our rationing trail which will lead you around the castle’s state rooms. Finish in the Old Kitchen where you’ll be able try some authentic war time recipes. In the garden, hunt along the terraces and in the shade of giant yews for hidden Halloween pumpkins; some will hold important clues that will help you solve the Powis Hallowe’en mystery.

Children in Halloween costume

Hallowe'en at Porth y Swnt, Aberdaron

Are you brave enough to take on our spooky trail around Porth y Swnt? Join us for an evening of Hallowe'en fun, 6-7.30pm.

A close up of a hedgehog on the lawn

Tredegar House, Newport 

Celebrate the humble hedgehog on our special trail at Tredegar House and get stuck into some critter crafts as you explore outdoors and make the most of the changing season.

Cwm Ivy Lodge Bunkhouse Whiteford External

Whiteford and North Gower 

Come along in your Hallowe'en fancy dress and join us for an afternoon of spooky arts, crafts and activities at our Cwm Ivy Lodge Bunkhouse.