Half-term adventures in Yorkshire

There's something to do every day this October half-term. Come and build a den, hunt for bugs or make a home for a wild animal. If it gets a bit cold or wet, head indoors to make some wild art or search for clues on one of our trails. And as Hallowe'en arrives, don't forget to dress up in a scary outfit to enjoy the scary fun! Here's a round up of great days this school holiday.

a family plays in the fallen autumn leaves next to the abbey ruins

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

Get creative at Fountains Abbey this half term, with playful artworks in the garden to explore and hands-on workshops to enjoy. Take inspiration from the abbey’s monks and have a go at creating your own illuminated bookmark using a quill and brightly coloured inks. Or if you need to burn off some energy, play wild this October in the Fountains Abbey play area.

Holding a scary beast at Brimham Rocks

Beningbrough Hall  

Head to Beningbrough Hall this half term and celebrate nature’s weird and wonderful creatures. Get the chance to hold giant millipedes, legless lizards and hissing cockroaches in a week of bugs and broomsticks. For a sprinkling of Halloween magic, Stories Alive! will tell magical tales and Artrageous will hold spooky creative workshops in the Hall. Activities vary every day, so there’s plenty to keep you busy.

A child holds out a handful of conkers.


Unleash your creativity outdoors this half term with wild art and conker hunts, or step inside to join a creative workshop inspired by Nostell’s world-class Chippendale collection. If you fancy something spooky, head to Nocturnal Nostell on Halloween night to try and spot wildlife as the sun goes down.

Girl dressed in Hallowe'en costume holding two pumpkins

Haunted happenings at Nunnington Hall 

There are ghoulish ghost tours and haunted happenings this half-term at Nunnington Hall. Dare you follow the haunted trail through the house? Swoop by and book onto the family ghoulish ghost tour to hear the haunted tales of Nunnington's past on Hallowe'en itself

A young boy in a skeleton costume playing

East Riddlesden Hall 

Follow the rainbow of painted pumpkins around the garden this Halloween half term, and get crafty in the Discovery Room. Are you feeling brave? If so, then head to the spooky old barn at 1.30pm to hear terrifying tales.

Halloween trail Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire.

Hallowe'en at Brimham Rocks

Each year near the end of October spooky spirits descend upon Brimham. In 2016 on 27 and 28 October visitors brave enough to venture through the rocks are faced with a series of ghoulish challenges.

Children at a Halloween event

A Witchy Halloween at Ormesby Hall this October half term

Ormesby Hall will come alive this Halloween with a Witchy trail through the house.