October half-term and Halloween fun in Kent

These events were for 2019. The 2020 events will be updated nearer the time. There are spooky goings on at our places during October half-term and Halloween. All sorts of family-friendly activities will keep your little ones busy. Look out for Freaky Fossils on in the gardens at Emmetts or go batty on the Beastly Bat trail at Chartwell. As the leaves start to colour, curl and drop, there is so much fun to be had crunching along woodland walks and trying out some of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.

Family fun on the pumpkin trail


Creepy things are lurking in the shadows around Chartwell this half-term - it must be time for Halloween. Take the Beastly Bat trail and search for the special bat boxes hidden all around the gardens. Open up each to discover all about the different types of bat living at Chartwell with some fascinating facts about each to learn. From 19 Oct until 3 Nov, 10am-4pm.

Soak in spring with the family on a National Trust holiday

Family activities at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

There's plenty going on this spring. Read on to find what you can see and do during your next visit with the family.

South side of the house in the mist

Ightham Mote 

Enjoy the owl-themed stories written by children from The New Beacon and Dunton Green Primary Schools this October half-term at Ightham Mote. Follow the clues around the garden to hear about Little Owl and Barn Owl, there's even a chance to meet some real owls on Thursday 24. From Sat 19 – Sun 27 October, 10am – 4pm.

Children playing in autumn leaves

Scotney Castle 

Follow the trail around the garden to hear about the ghosts of Scotney Castle. Gather the names of the props to complete the ghost story and collect your prize. Trail is on from Sat 19 Oct until Sun 3 Nov, 10am-5pm.

Children playing with leaves in autumn

Freaky fossils trail 2019 

There are dinosaurs at Emmetts Garden and we need your help in finding them! Grab a trail sheet and find as many as you can. Trail runs from 19 Oct - 3 Nov, 10am-4pm and costs £1, normal admission applies. Suitable for ages 2-10 years with a buggy friendly route available.

Halloween at Penrhyn Castle and Garden, North Wales

Smallhythe Place 

Grab your broomsticks, hats and cloaks and get ready for an afternoon of spooky arts and crafts at Smallhythe Place. Join us from 1-3pm on Wednesday 23 October where we'll be making Halloween crafts for you to decorate your home. Come dressed in your scariest Halloween costume - the best dressed wins a prize.