October half-term and Halloween in Hampshire

Autumn’s beautiful backdrop, its crunchy leaves, glossy conkers and juicy blackberries create a natural playground for children. We’ve got lots of new activities on offer, from Mottisfont’s colourful scarecrpws to Hinton's Time for Tea trail. There's loads of Halloween fun too, such as pumpkin-carving at Winchester City Mill, plus spooky story-telling and witch’s broom-making in the New Forest. Every visit you make helps us keep these places open for future generations of children to discover.

Two scarecrows in a garden


Some strange autumn visitors have made their way to Mottisfont. See if you can spot them hidden around the gardens, on our new scarecrow trail. Kids can make their own little scarecrow too, to take home. 20 - 28 October, £1 per trail.

Children playing in autumn leaves at Bodnant Garden, Conwy

The Vyne 

There are new Halloween trails for different ages at The Vyne. Little ones can hunt for pumpkins to unscramble a secret code. Older kids need to piece together a riddle, but it won’t be easy - it’s written backwards (both trails £2 per child). There’s lots of nature-themed fun too, with our scavenger hunt, and tree bark-rubbing kits. 20 Oct – 4 Nov. £2 per child.

A picnic table set up for an afternoon tea

Hinton Ampner 

Inspired by the lovely ceramics in the house, Hinton’s Time for Tea trail sees kids turn antiques collector. This fun outdoor route uses word scrambles, drawing and other activities to get children exploring how they'd use vases, tea cups and other china in their own house. For all ages. 20 - 28 October, £1 per trail.

Little girl in jeans and cream jumper leaping onto path in autumn garden


Over 200 years ago, Uppark’s garden was created by a very famous garden designer called Humphry Repton. This half-term, kids can follow in Repton’s footsteps and become a garden designer for the day. Follow the new outdoor trail packed with activities to help little ones plan their very own garden. 20 - 28 October, £1 per trail.

Child with a pumpkin

Winchester City Mill 

Join us at the Mill for apple harvest activities, Halloween pumpkin carving and spooky storytelling. Follow the breadcrumb trail on our Hansel and Gretel fairytale treat to win a sweet treat. These activities are suitable for kids of all ages. Various dates between 20 - 28 October.

Children and ranger sit around a woodland camp fire

New Forest 

Join the rangers at our cosy New Forest basecamp, Foxbury, for two very special half-term days. Pick up den building top tips, create mud pies and wild art at our Wild Play day. There's toasted marshmallows and hot drinks too (23 Oct, £5 per child, age 5+). On 26 October, you can make your very own witch's broom, then enjoy spooky stories around the camp fire. Adults £3, children £6, age 13 and under. For both events, book on 01794 340757.