October half-term and Halloween in Kent

There are spooky goings on at our places during October half-term and Halloween. All sort of family-friendly activities and events are on offer to keep your little ghouls busy. Look out for Petrifying Pumpkins in the gardens at Chartwell or go batty on a Bat trail at Ightham Mote. As the leaves start to colour, curl and drop, there is much fun to be had crunching along woodland walks and ticking off 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 pumpkin trail around the gardens and see how many petrifying pumpkins you can find or guess the weight of the pumpkin. Trail is on from 20 October until 4 November, 10am-4pm.

South side of the house in the mist

Ightham Mote 

No need to be batty about bats to enjoy half-term at Ightham Mote this October. Follow the bat-themed clues around the garden to solve the trail and enjoy the story along the way. The trail has been written by children from two local schools, Weald Community and Leigh Primary Schools. From Sat 20 – Sun 28 October, 10am – 4pm.

Children playing in autumn leaves

Scotney Castle 

Follow the trail around the garden to hear about the ghosts of Scotney Castle and find the answer to collect your prize.

Children playing with leaves in autumn

Terrifying Tree Trail 2018 

Join us this half-term for a spooky Halloween adventure if you dare. Emmetts is being haunted by some terrifying trees - can you brave finding them all? Grab a trail sheet and find as many as you can. Trail runs from 20 October 2018 - 4 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 24 October where we'll be making Hallowe'en crafts for you to decorate your home. Come dressed in your scariest Hallowe'en costume - the best dressed wins a prize.

Climb to the top of the Gatehouse Tower for nighttime views over Knole


Those brave enough can climb the torch lit Gatehouse Tower all the way to the stars at Museums at Night on 26 Oct from 5.30pm.