Here’s our pick of the best spooky places to visit this autumn….

The Big Sheep, Bideford, Devon.

Big-Sheep

The BIG Sheep’s annual Spooktacular Halloween Festival  takes place at the award winning family attraction during the half term holidays from Saturday 22nd October to Sunday 30th October.

This year the park will open from 10am to 8pm for extended Halloween hoots and fun. 

Children to this year’s Festival will be given their very own Halloween Passport. Once they collect all their passport stamps from the friendly Halloween characters who will wandering around the park entertaining everyone, they will be able to claim a treat from the Halloween Pump King.

Highlights include pumpkin carving, free face painting, haunted house, singing pumpkins, haunted gallery, haunted hayride, witches flying school, lakeside ghost train ride, arachnophobia ride and Phantomime.

.www.thebigsheep.co.uk

Hestercombe House & Gardens, Taunton

Hestercombe

Pumpkins and Potions Halloween Trail  –  Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October

Follow the Halloween trail and create your own magical concoction as you wander through the whispering woods and step inside the Witch’s Hut.

Trail: £1 per child. Normal admission applies. No need to book.

During half term you’ll also be able to get arty with some hands-on crafts on the Tuesday and make something to take home (small charge may apply).

Also check out other Autumn Events at Hestercombe by visiting their website for details. www.hestercombe.com

Bristol Zoo

Bristol-zoo

Halloween Festival –  Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October

All witches and wizards are invited to Bristol Zoo Gardens this Halloween for a frighteningly good time. Children can enter for just £5 with a full paying adult (terms and conditions apply).

Follow the black cat trail to the very special witches & wizards’ workshop…there will be a whole host of crafty activities for you to sink your teeth into.

Creepy creatures (children’s holiday event for 8 – 12 year olds) Thursday 27th October

Spooked by spiders? Baffled by bats? Discover the myths and truths about creepy creatures. Later make frightful felt finger puppets. Drop off children at 10am and pick them up at 3.30pm. Children will need to bring their own packed lunch.
£15.00 per child

Held at Bristol Zoo Gardens and on the Downs. To book please call 0117 9030609 or email mleivers@bristolzoo.org.uk

 Wild Place Project

Wild-Place

Halloween Harvest Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October

This October half term, Wild Place Project is celebrating Halloween with £5 child entry with a full paying adult (terms and conditions apply).

During the Halloween Harvest, from 22nd October – 30th October, there are lots of thrilling activities for everyone to enjoy from the carved pumpkin and fancy dress competitions to the #ScarecrowSelfie and spooky trails around site.

Visit www.wildplace.org.uk for details.

Noah’s Ark Zoo, nr Bristol Sat 22nd – Sat 29th October

Join Noah’s Ark Zoo for a whole 7 days of fearsome fun! On Fri 28th & Sat 29th Oct they’ll be hosting Family Fundays where you can carve your own GRRROWLING Pumpkins, watch Big Cats tuck into tasty Blood Lollies, have your face painted as a Wild Animal, and even create your own Family Pawtrait.

Plus… every day throughout the week you can complete the Jaws & Claws Family Trail to find some of their most fearsome friends, including Tigers, a Crocodile and Bears!

There will also be a £5 off child entry voucher available from their website closer to the time.

http://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/

Wookey Hole, Somerset

wookey-hole

The infamous Witch of Wookey Hole will be delighting visitors in a spooktacular new lair this Halloween season… Chamber 20 buried hundreds of feet beneath the Mendip Hills!

As well as Chamber 20, new visitors and regulars alike will be amazed at the spooky themed fun on offer at the attractions during the October half term, including their Halloween Circus Show which takes place daily at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

The 4D cinema will be delighting audiences with the exhilarating Dracula film, housed in the Witch’s Laboratory, and a new Halloween Walkabout Character will be wandering the attractions to entertain guests.

Also, don’t forget there are over 20 attractions which visitors can enjoy with just one day pass including the Magical Mirror Maze, Fairy Garden, Wizard’s Play Barns and Valley of the Dinosaurs.

Don’t forget you can save 20% on entry to Wookey Hole with your exclusive Country Mummy offer available here

Crealy Adventure Park, Devon

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October

Grab your hats, broomsticks, whiskers and pussycat tails and get ready for some spooky spellbinding adventures!

Each child visiting the park will receive a free pumpkin picked fresh from the Crealy fields. The Crealy team will be ready and waiting to make creative jack-o’-lanterns in the Animal Kingdom.

Are you brave enough to take a trek into the spooky wilderness, come face to face with the mischievous Treehouse Trolls? A trick or treat is in store for guests of all ages but the question is, “do you dare to enter the Creepy treehouse to see what fate awaits”.

This year, for the first time ever, the hugely popular annual fireworks finale will take place on two nights. Families will be thrilled when the skies above the park light up with an abundance of magnificent fireworks from 6pm on Saturday 29th October and 6pm on Sunday 30th October.

On both nights there will be food and drinks available and families will have the opportunity to enjoy a selection of rides and attractions in the dark until 7pm. The Park will remain open until 8pm.

Pecorama, Beer, Devon

Pecorama

Ride the Beer Frights Ghost Train for Hallowe’en!

Children’s entertainment daily from 2pm in the Station Gallery and a spooky treat from the Restaurant for those in Hallowe’en fancy dress. Hallowe’en decorations and fun games will take place throughout the week in addition to all the normal attractions.

Friday 28th & Saturday 29th October – Evening Events

The Hallowe’en dusk events this year will take place on the final two evenings of the season. Visitors will be able to ride the Beer Frights Ghost Train and enjoy terrifying treats and spooky surprises.

www.pecorama.co.uk

 

Powderham Castle, nr Exeter

23 October 2016 to 31 October 2016

A thrilling half term awaits….. children can follow the Pumpkin Trail to win their own pumpkin to carve in the Potting Shed. The braver ones can have a close encounter with Dartmoor Reptiles.

Included in admission.

http://www.powderham.co.uk/events

Longleat 

Halloween Festival 22nd – 30th October

Longleat

Activities: Ghost Tours, Scarecrow Trail, Ghost Train, Skeleton Maze, Nasty But Nice Shows, Dracula’s Bat Cave, Trick or Treat Trail and Spooky Face Painting. 

Dress up in your scariest costume and join Longleat for a host of spell binding activities. Jump aboard the ghoulish ghost train for a chilling tale of days gone by but be warned there might be something waiting for you in the woods.

To make this a haunted Halloween you’ll never forget why not book onto one of the spooky Ghost Tours. Learning about all the ghostly goings on in Longleat House is not for the faint hearted!

And don’t forget they’re ending this year’s spooktacular Halloween Festival with a bang and a series of fantastic firework displays (27th – 29th October only).

Nothe Fort, Weymouth

North-Fort

Check out this spell-binding event combining the wizardry and magic of Harry Potter with the spectacle of Christmas at the most haunted location in Weymouth.

Dirgar, Hagrid’s evil twin, will be there to demonstrate his magical powers. There will be wonderful, creepy crafts for the children to make, a Harry Potter quiz, an Owl Search around the Fort, Spell Writing, Facepainting , haunted underground passage to explore and a prize for the best dressed Hogwart character.

Due to tremendous interest in this event, please note that spaces for the Magician’s show will be limited.

The Fort View Café will be open for spooky snacks, potion soup and other refreshments and don’t forget to look in the Fort Shop for some special Halloween items and of course some wonderful Christmas presents for friends and family.

This is a Special Event – Please note Annual Passes not applicable

Wednesday 26th October 11am – 4pm Adults £9, Children £2, Family £20, Children under five FREE www.nothefort.org.uk

 

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury

The Enchanted Illuminations &  Halloween Family Fright Nights

Thursday 27th – Saturday 29th October, 4:30pm until 8:30pm.

The gardens open at 10am each day of the public event and stay open until 8.30pm (13th Oct to 30th Oct). The lights are turned on at dusk which varies from 5.45pm at the beginning of the run getting earlier each evening , by the time the clocks go back the lights are going on at 4.30pm ish.

The illuminations are timed to take full advantage of the stunning Autumn colour which the garden is famous for at this time of year.

Features during the walk include the lighted bridge, the bamboo tunnel, and stunning reflections in the ponds.  

Halloween falls during the event and so three nights are turned over to three FAMILY FRIGHT NIGHTS. The romantic illuminations take on a more sinister aspect for these three nights when lots of spooky activities are introduced to the garden such as scary witches & giant spiders.

Tickets available on the Door.

http://abbotsbury-tourism.co.uk/gardens/events/

 

The Eden Project, Cornwall

Eden-Project

Halloweden will be returning to the Eden Project with the spirit of the circus this October half-term (22-30 October).

Visitors will discover pop-up performances, ghostly sideshows and uncanny illusions throughout the day. Listen to Eden’s story tellers’ hair-raising tales of the unexpected, then marvel at some crazy pumpkin carving – also look out for a plethora of pumpkins in the gardens.

In addition to this the Little Monsters’ Ball will return on October 29, which is a chance for all to deck out in fancy dress for a spooky evening of fang-tastic fun.

Eden’s eerie ice rink will also be opening from Saturday October 15, with skating slots available throughout the Halloweden period and beyond.

Please note tickets for the Little Monsters’ Ball do not include ice skating. For more information and to book please see: www.edenproject.com

Weymouth Sealife Adventure Park

Spooky Seas 22nd – 31st October

SEA LIFE will be turning the spotlight on scary critters of the deep this October.

As well as meeting freaky bio-luminescent coral, piranha, eels, batfish and other appropriately named creatures, visitors will learn that it is we humans who are the real monsters during “Spooky Seas.” 

There will be lots of fishy fun too, of course…including a novel pumpkin hunt, spooky fact finding, origami making, crafts and fancy dress.

This all-new event for Halloween will also introduce “Enchantress” in the Enchanted Cabin set among the Wetlands where spooky and ghoulish potions are ready to be made! Will you choose love or invisibility? The Halloween entertainment provides another chance for visitors to help celebrate the sea and all its inhabitants. With daily talks and stunning displays visit SEA LIFE and embark on your amazing journey of discovery.

www2.visitsealife.com/weymouth

National Trust Properties…our pick of the best national trust events in the South West

 

Barrington Court

Barrington-court

One of our favourite local National Trust properties with lots of events going on during half term. You could visit every day of the holidays and find something different to do!!

Hallowe’en creepy creatures and scary faces trail

Sat 22 – Sunday 30th October 11:00-16:30

  • Pick up a Hallowe’en trail and find the creepy creatures and scary faces as you go through the garden.
  • Den building

Tues 25th & Thursday 27th October

  • Build a den to play in, enjoy the autumn weather, heap up piles of leaves and run around. 
  • Apple Days

Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd October

  • Barrington Court is famous for consistently producing award-winning cider and apple juice, and you can join them for a day of picking, pressing, identifying and tasting. Lots of apple games and activities and orchard walks, there is something to interest all the family.
  • Creepy Creatures Shadow Play

Monday 24th & Wednesday 26th October 11.30 – 16.00

  • Be inspired by all the carvings and details around the grounds and inside the court house to create a scary monster or creepy creature as a shadow puppet. You will be guided by experienced professionals from ‘ The Armchair Puppet Theatre’ who will show you the tricks of the trade, and help you show your puppets on their theatre screen. Cost; £4
  • Spooks parade

Sunday 30th October 11.30 – 16.30

  • This is your chance to show off your spooky side, you are invited you to dress up and celebrate Halloween. Then parade through the gardens and house looking out for other spooks, as you enjoy your visit.

 

Hallowe’en at Corfe Castle

corfe-castle

Go along and explore the castle this Hallowe’en say boo to all their pumpkins as they welcome you. Take part in the horrid spooky trail and enjoy other Hallowe’en activities on offer.

Everyday throughout half-term hear the tales of professional spooky storyteller Granny Cousins at 11am and 1pm. Bring along your own brave teddy to have a go at the fearsome Zip Wire Challenge, 10am to 3pm and witness the mighty Warwolf II the castle trebuchet in action, launching at 11.30am and 2pm.

 

Dunster Castle –  22nd – 30th October

Pumpkin Trail 

Join them for a spooky time in the gardens. Complete the pumpkin trail if you dare!

£2 per trail (includes prize)

Creepy Critters with Exmoor Zoo – 24th – 29th October

Exmoor Zoo have set up in our Tenant’s Hall. Dare you step inside to see the scary creatures?

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

Ghost Tours 27th & 29th October 18.15 – 23.00

Dare you join a candle lit tour of the most haunted parts of the castle? Join one of the tour guides and see the castle as never before. Listen as your guide tells tales of ghosts and apparitions, leading the way though the candlelit castle. Adults £12 & Children £8. Booking essential.

Knightshayes

Half-term holiday fun – 22nd – 30th October

Keep the kids occupied this half term at Knightshayes. With a week of nature craft activities to keep them occupied and a wild child trail in the garden to keep them busy – keep the bogeyman of boredom away.

Halloween Late night opening – 28th & 29th October 18.00 – 20.00

Dare you go and and vist Knightshayes after dark this Hallowe’en? With a spooky trail around the darkened house, illuminations and ghoulish crafts, this isn’t for the fainted hearted and there’ll be no excuse for being bored!

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Kingston-Lacy

Celebrating Autumn

22nd – 31st October

Join them for some fun over half-term; celebrate the harvest, autumn produce and all the beautiful autumn colour with a series of hands on activities.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/october-half-term-events

Wherever you head to this Autumn we hope that you have fun x

Have you had the chance to look around the rest of our site? Our days out page is full of ideas, as is our blog & our offers page has lots of family friendly deals