School holidays in Yorkshire

October half term is the perfect time to explore these special places in the Yorkshire. Whether you want to take on a family discovery trail, spot wildlife or encounter spooky goings on, we've got plenty for families this half term.

'Bridged' by Steve Messam These Passing Things at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

These Passing Things comes to a close during half term so it's your last chance to come and walk over a giant red bridge or count how many pyramids are floating in the water garden. Pick up a family trail and have a go at getting creative yourself making mini follies and adding to a giant symmetrical pattern. On Friday and Saturday visit Fountains by Floodlight to see the abbey lit up and glowing.

Close up on a vast array of pumpkins and squashes

The pumpkin pretenders at Beningbrough Hall 

Visit this half term school holidays (23 – 31 October) for a brand-new autumn challenge. Search high and low to see how many pumpkins you can spot around the gardens. However, watch out for the pumpkin pretenders that are hiding in plain sight and aren’t pumpkins at all!

Family walking in a woodland in autumn


Treasure a family day out at Nostell whatever the weather. There's autumn nature to spot, treasure house trails to explore as well as self-led indoor and outdoor activities during the school holidays.

Organic apple orchard at Nunnington Hall

Nunnington Hall 

Throughout the holidays the house will be decorated for autumn bags of autumn colour coming inside from the gardens. We'll also be exploring folklore tales. On 23 and 24 October come and celebrate our autumn festival with garden tours and demonstrations.

Children at a Halloween event

Enjoy Halloween Happenings at Ormesby Hall  

Let your imagination run wild this half term as Ormesby Hall comes alive for Halloween.....Follow the Potions and Poisons trail through the house and garden to find out about the darker side of nature, learn the witches' dance and enjoy spooky storytelling by the fire in the kitchen. On Sunday 31 October, Kirkleatham Owl Centre will be visiting too, with a collection of fun but frightful creatures and creepy crawlies.

Family throwing leaves

East Riddlesden Hall 

Follow an indoor trail in the house and an outdoor one in the garden. The mud pie kitchen is always especially muddy during autumn, so it's the perfect time to visit the Discovery Garden for an afternoon of natural play. Falling colourful leaves are perfect for wild art and ripe apples fall from the trees - why not se how many you can collect for us?

A family exploring Wentworth Castle Gardens in autumn

Go wild at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Spend time together in the outdoors at Wentworth Castle Gardens this half term. Get a great view of the autumn colour from Stainborough Castle and be sure to stop by Lady Lucy’s walk to snap a family selfie.

Mother and child build a den out of wood in a forest clearing

Hardcastle Crags 

Get close to nature on a visit to Hardcastle Crags. Autumn is a great time to try some of the 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4. Make a wild crown or wild art creation with the colourful autumn leaves, or head to the den building area to make a cosy woodland home. Lots of the walks at Hardcastle Crags are suitable for families, with walks perfect for little legs.

 Visitors in the garden in autumn at Wallington, Northumberland

Autumn family activities  

Delve into our garden shed of fun activities for the kids throughout autumn. Explore things to do, games to play and recipes to bake. There's lots to be done outdoors in nature or indoors on a rainy day