October half-term and Hallowe'en at Waddesdon Manor

Get the kids outdoors this October half-term. Adventure is on offer for all the family, with loads to see and do. With nature walks and half-term Hallowe'en activities. Play outside and discover a world of fun and exploration.

All visitors, including National Trust members must book Grounds admission in advance due to caps on visitor numbers to avoid overcrowding. We recommend booking your half-term activities such as the trail and pumpkin carving with your grounds tickets to ensure you don't miss out.

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Hallowe'en fun

Saturday 24 October-Sunday 1 November 

This half-term we've a jam packed schedule of spooky events. There are wriggly goings on with our 'Spooky' trail and crafty activities for everyone to get involved with.

A Terrifying Trail

Sat 24 October - Sun 1 November, 10am-4pm

Can you find all twelve creatures of the night hidden along Miss Alice’s Drive? There are two trails available for different age ranges. Under 5’s can count each animal’s legs and older children must answer true or false questions about the animals. Complete your trail and claim your prize at the end!

We recommend pre-booking your trail when booking your grounds admission. £3 per trail (we recommend one trail per child). Trail begins at the Woodland Cafe. Last trail is at 4pm.


How to carve a pumpkin

We're getting in the mood for Hallowe'en and are ready to perfect our pumpkin carving skills. Our Education Manager, Sarah, shows us the skills we need to create a classic pumpkin face.

Pumpkin carving - selling out fast

Sat 24 October - Sun 1 November, 10am-4pm

Carve a pumpkin to take home with you ready for Trick and Treating!

Pumpkins are selling out fast. As they are grown especially for us, we have a limited number of pumpkins each day, so we advise pre-booking your pumpkin when booking your grounds admission so you don’t miss out. Pumpkins will only be available on the day if stock is available, which we are unable to guarantee.

£5 per pumpkin, at the Stables. Last time is 4pm. Social distancing measures and additional precautions will be put in place and there will only be one household per station at each time slot.

Outdoor play

Tuck into something tasty

Useful info for grown-ups
  • Baby-changing and feeding facilities at both the Manor and Stables
  • Front-carrying slings and hip-carrying infant seats are available for loan when visiting the house
  • Children's food options available at food-to-go outlets
  • Plenty of open spaces for running about
  • Under 5's can bring their scooters and small bikes into the grounds. We suggest the pathways near the aviary and rose garden are the best places to use