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

Be an autumn explorer at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

Pick up an autumn explorer map and tick off all the nature you find on a walk through the abbey and water garden. See if you can spot oak leaves from horse chestnut leaves. You can also help to keep birds in your garden well fed over winter, by making a bird feeder on selected days - book your place today.

The new 'Oh wise owl' art trail in Beningbrough Hall's gardens

Have a hoot at Beningbrough Hall  

21 October - 5 November (closed Mondays).
See if you can find a collection of owl sculptures in the garden in the 'Oh Wise Owl' trail. On Wednesdays - Fridays each week there'll be real life owls making a flying visit. On Hallowe'en dress up in your scariest outfit and join us for spine-tingling spooky craft making on 24 and 31 October.

Boy putting conkers into a jar

Go bonkers for conkers at Nostell 

Bring the kids and grandkids for autumn adventures including campfire cooking, conker championships and clock crafts. Join us for Hallowe'en family fun on Saturday 28 October with den building and broomstick making.

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

Hallowe'en at East Riddlesden Hall 

Follow the coloured pumpkin trail to solve spooky riddles and make paper bats to take away and hang at home. Spend spooky afternoons listening to to stories in the barn between 21 October and 1 November (Saturdays to Wednesdays). And a special children’s Hallowe’en party (booking essential) will be held on Sunday 29 and Tuesday 31 October. There'll be music, dancing, party games, face painting, crafts and lots of fun.

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

Add some magic this October Half-Term at Ormesby Hall

Ormesby Hall will come alive this Hallowe’en with the historic house hosting a programme of spooky activities. Get prepared for Hallowe'en night with some craft workshops and are you brave enough to try the Hallowe'en mystery trail?