October 2016 half term adventures in the North West

Have an adventure this half-term! From spooky trails and ghostly goings on at Hallowe'en to sports, an Apple Weekend, family deer rut walks and workshops around fun with light and colour - there's something for everyone to enjoy.

A mother and daughter watch the deer in the park at Dunham Massey in autumn

Autumn wildlife in the North West 

Autumn is alive with colour, seasonal wildlife and one of nature's fiercest mating battles - the deer rut. We've put together a list of the 'must-see' autumnal attractions in the North West.

A family looking out of a leaded window at Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire

Half-term at Little Moreton Hall 

Join us for fun family workshops learning to play and learn about colour and don't forget our Tudor Hallowtide. There’ll be spooky stories, scary trails and mysterious lights starting 22 October.

Girl holds candle ofr Christmas carol procession Lyme Cheshire

Outdoor adventures at Lyme 

Watch out for Jumping Jack O’Lanterns, Fright Fest at the Cage and our Fright Run at Lyme this Halloween. Enjoy Family Xplorer Orienteering sessions (24 – 28 Oct) – follow the markers and complete the challenge.

A mother and daughter watch the deer in the park at Dunham Massey in autumn

Outdoor adventures at Dunham Massey

Hear spooky stories on 24, 25 and 26 October with Hallowe’en tales for all the family and return on 27 and 28 October to discover the autumn rituals of Dunham’s deer on our Family Rut Walks. Check out our What’s On page for details about all of our upcoming family events.

Get spooked on a tour of Quarry Bank at night

Half-term fun at Quarry Bank 

Hunt for Infection at Quarry Bank as we take a look at the gruesome parasites that invaded the children who worked there in Victorian times Don’t forget our Spooky Tours and Halloween weekend (29 Oct).

A red squirrel eats a nut at the base of a tree at Formby

Wild half-term at Formby 

At Formby join us to learn how to be a squirrologist or come along and have a go at making a bird box.

Colourful skies over the North Range of Speke Hall

Spooky Speke School 

There's a range of spooky activities afoot for little witches and wizards this half-term at Speke Hall.

Hare Hill pumpkins

Half-term at Hare Hill 

The Headless Horseman of Hare Hill will be haunting the woodland (29 – 30 Oct). Try candle rolling, making a hobby horse or a bird feeder, and hear some spooky stories!

Scary Pumpkin

Rufford Old Hall 

Join us for some classic Hallowe'en activities this half-term: spooky stories, terrifying trails and pumpkin carving await.

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Autumn and half-term adventures for the kids in the Lake District 

There’s no guessing that autumn is one of our favourite seasons in the Lake District. The views and colours are spectacular, which makes for perfect outdoor adventures with the kids. Check out all the half-term Hallowe’en activities - besom making and pumpkin carving are firm favourites!