Half-term adventures in the North East

From spooky outdoor trails to indoor crafts on rainy days, there's plenty to keep young imaginations busy during October half-term. Check out our suggestions for an adventure-filled autumn break.

Children at a Halloween event

Cast a spell at Cragside 

Wannabee witches and wizards should head to Cragside at Hallowe’en half-term for the potion emporium and wand making masterclass. Bring your wand with you into the labyrinth to cast a spell on the whimsical wooden statues that you find along the way.

Children helping with a pumpkin crop

Have a spooky adventure at Wallington 

Enjoy outdoor adventures at Wallington this autumn; feel the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, and bring your bike to explore on two wheels. Visit at half-term for Funny Bones and Hallowe’en fun. See how many skeletons you can find in the woodland, make a spooky mask, create a mud face and book your place on a pumpkin carving session so you’re all ready for Hallowe’en.

Pumpkin carving at the National Trust

Perfect your pumpkin at Seaton Delaval Hall 

Bring along your pumpkins ready to join the pumpkin parade where there'll be prizes for the most terrifying creations. Then gather round for spooky storytelling in the woodland from the Delaval ghoul.

Visitors in the pub beer garden at Gibside

Hallowe'en at Gibside 

Celebrate all the creepy crawlies that many people are scared of. Use the trail to head deep into the grounds and discover nature along the way. On a select few days pumpkin carving will take place at the Stables and don’t forget about the family-friendly Beer and fright night on Saturday 26 October.

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Be a bogle buster at Cherryburn 

Get inspired at Cherryburn and discover ‘Birds want you to listen to their songs’, an exhibition by arts duo Juneau Projects featuring an interactive print kit. Little ones can make their very own print to take home. Plus, visit over Hallowe’en half-term and try the boggle busting trail; follow the trail to defeat the naughty spirits and become a certified boggle buster!

Half-term at Souter Lighthouse and The Leas

Explore the tales of Souter Lighthouse 

With its very own lost village and tales of deadly shipwrecks, Souter Lighthouse and The Leas is packed full of scary stories. Take part in creepy crafts and a spooky outdoor trail.