Hestercombe Gardens are running their ever popular Spooky Spells Halloween Trail from
Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th October. You can follow their trail and create your own magical spell. Don’t forget to step inside the wizarding bookshop hidden in the gardens and find your way through the whispering woods. Trail: £1 per child I Normal admission applies.
Also, on Friday 27th October at 7pm Hestercombe Gardens are offering a stargazing evening… you can join the experts from the Somerset Levels Stargazers for an introduction to astronomy and a chance to explore the night sky and locate the stars using telescopes and binoculars. Adults: £6 I Children £3
There is lots of Halloween Half Term fun at Forde Abbey… you can try your hand at pumpkin rolling this October as Forde Abbey celebrates the very best of what’s in season. Pick a home grown pumpkin to suit your size and style and have a go!
You can also join them for a spine tingling week of Halloween fun in the grounds of this 900 year old Abbey…explore their haunted trail & take part in all manner of spooky happenings that are sure to get your pulse racing.Just be prepared for a few unexpected guests…
Running from the 21st – 29th October, between 10am – 4pm
Normal admission prices apply – £10 adults, and £5 for children under 15. Under 5’s go free.
Visit this October half term for some spooky fun!
There will be a full day of activities including a guided tour of BeeWorld, Beekeeping demos, honey tasting, as well as the chance to cuddle some creepy crawlies if you dare! Join in with some Witch Crafting and some Spooky Fun in the Play Hive; and don’t forget to try some ghoulishly delicious homemade treats in the café. You can visit anytime between 21-27 Oct and get a free return pass to be used this Oct Half term!
The family fright nights at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens offer young families the perfect way to join in the Halloween spirit (fancy dress encouraged ) in a fun and not too frightening way.
The 30 acre garden is magically lit throughout to provide the perfect spooky background for this unique event. Theatrical up lighting combined with candle lit pathways, create the shadowy nooks and corners, for costumed characters to suddenly spring from.
Spooky Fun activities are spaced around the garden paths (plan on the website ) and include :-
- Free spooky face painting,
- Live spider and snakes shows in the main pavilion ( hold a tarantula if you dare ) ,
- Fire eaters,
- A witches coven where sweets are given out,
- A scary scars station where you can have a free horrible make over,
- A ghost story area,
- Spooky dance shows…a giant spider…a children’s disco…twitch the witch and her slimy dip… AND don’t miss the Tunnel of Terror!
In addition the restaurant is open for suppers and hot drinks, as well as a BBQ, the shop offers early Christmas shopping, and it will be SNOWING AT THE ENTRANCE every night.
The gardens are open from 10am the lights go on at dusk, the activities start at 4,30pm the gardens close at 8.30pm.
The ticket price includes entry to the nearby Swannery and Children’s Farm. It is recommended that families visit the Swannery and Farm (open from 10 am ) before going over to the Gardens for the evening fun.
Adults £18 – Child 5-15 years £15 -Family Ticket 2x Adults and up to 3 children £45.
All tickets can be purchased online in advance for a 20% discount at www.abbotsburygardens.co.uk
Wookey Hole is ready and waiting to thrill visitors this October half term. Between the 21st October – 5th November visitors will be entertained by all the activities Wookey Hole is offering with over 20 Spooktacular attractions included in your ticket!
Brand new for 2017…
Learn to ride on a broomstick – our resident Wizard will train you and your family to fly on a broomstick – it really is as simple as that! Come with plenty of enthusiasm and fun!
Witch’s Grotto – come and meet their Wookey Hole Witch in her new Grotto, where each child will receive a Halloween treat! Make your way through the spooky caves and cobwebs, to where the Witch resides…
Kids Fancy Dress competition – dress up in your favourite Halloween costume and be in with a chance to win tickets! Just watch one of our circus shows and a winner will be picked at the end.
Halloween Circus Show – be dazzled and bewitched by Wookey’s star performers this Halloween! With new acts and magic it’s sure to keep all the family entertained.
Save 20% and book your tickets online www.wookey.co.uk
If you fancied a getaway this half term, you can treat your family to a memorable Halloween break at the Wookey Hole Hotel and Mendip View Luxury Lodges, with prices from £129.00 per family. Your package will include breakfast, tickets to Wookey Hole and evening entrance into the Wizard’s Play Castle.
*Hotel packages – no evening play barn from 29th Oct
There’s plenty of infectious fun to be had this October half term at Brunel’s SS Great Britain…
Sailors’ scars and woeful wounds (Included in the price of admission)11am – 4pm, daily until Sunday 29 October
Inspired by crew’s tales of Victorian injuries, kids can terrify their mums and dads with impressive prosthetics and special-effect makeovers. Explore the ship and meet other grotesque passengers with sinister scars.
Meet the ragged Victorians… (Included in the price of admission) 10am – 5.30pm, Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 October
Bump into the Ragged Victorians, unsavoury characters of the lower classes, including a policeman, dock worker, fisherman’s wife and even a rat catcher accompanied by his live rats.
Step on board after dark for spooky ship…various times, Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 October £9 – £14 (plus booking fee) book via Bristol Old Vic.
Settle in for a good, old-fashioned Victorian fright-fest this Halloween with Spooky Ship. Follow a ghoulish guide and navigate the nooks and crannies of the 174-year-old ship; watch out for characters lurking in the shadows, hoping to share their terrible tales.
Climb the rigging…12pm – 5pm, daily until Tuesday 31 October £10 per person
Go Aloft! Become a true sailor and climb the huge mainmast. Brave souls can ascend the rigging to a viewing platform at over 26m above ground level and even step out over the harbour on the main yard.
Royal Family Fun Saturday 21st -28th October…Families visiting the museum over half term can celebrate the ‘Return of the King’ with special themed activities including a ‘Castle Trail’ and a ‘Royal Selfie’ photo opportunity! Activities as part of Henry VII portrait on loan from the National Portrait Gallery for a limited time only.£1 per child
Mask & Hat making Saturday 21st October 10.30am – 2.00pm – Make a mask or hat and explore the wonderful world of colour as part of their Hans Schwarz exhibition of paintings.Part of Taunton Carnival with prizes for the best masks and hats – judging will be at 2.00 pm.
Dino Day – Sunday 22nd October 10.00am – 5.00pm – giant Dino fun with dino crafts, activities, dressing-up and meet our experts. £3pp (£10 family ticket)
Tues 31 October, 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm – explore the museum in the dark on the spookiest night of the year. Family activities and craft. Bring your torch and dress up if you dare!Age 3+ £3pp (£10 family ticket)
Halloween Trail at Yeovil Country Park – Friday October 27th 11.00 – 14.00pm
Experience blood curdling Ninesprings Halloween trail this horrifying half term…follow the pumpkin markers through the haunting woods and collect the missing letters from the witches spell. Help her complete the wicked spell to conjure up a prize.This is a self- led trail and there is an adventurous pushchair/short trail available.
Turn up anytime between 11.00am – 2.00pm. Last entry at 2.00pm. The trail takes approx. 1 hour to complete.
No need to book just turn up.
Cost £2.00 per child
Are you ready for a Spooktacular Halloween at Wild Place Project this October Half-Term? From the 21st – 29th October Wild Place Project is getting supernatural!
Meet the Witch of Wild Place Project – join in her bewitching story time, with magical creatures, spell-casting, songs and loads of frightening fun. She’ll be roaming throughout Wild Place Project so make sure you don’t miss her!
Discover their magical creature enclosure – walk through Webb’s Brake and see if you can spot all of their mysterious creatures that are hiding up in the trees.
Explore the witch’s house – follow the spell-binding Barefoot Trail, make a marvellous mess in the witch’s kitchen, and find her cauldron for a spooky surprise.
With child entry at just £5 from 21st October until 29th October (online only*) this is a fantastic Halloween day out.
Barrington Court, Barrington TA19 0NQ
Apple days Sat 21 & Sun 22 Oct, 10.30am – 4pm – two days of fun celebrating all things apple related, you’ll be able to pick, press and identify apples as well as join in with apple themed games, crafts and informative walks in our orchards.
Spooky shadow play puppet workshop Mon 23 & Wed 25 Oct, 11am – 4pm – is it a bat or a beast or a creature that you invented? This drop in shadow puppet workshop is great fun for everyone and led by professional artists from the Armchair Puppet Theatre. £4
Den building Tue 24 Oct & Thu 26 Oct, 11am – 3pm – lots of outdoor fun, learn new skills and use your imagination to build the perfect den, our ranger team will show you how.
Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey TA5 1NQ Apple day, Sat 21 Oct, 11am-5pm. Join Coleridge for apple-related fun for the whole family, including apple pressing and juicing. Bring some empty bottles, some apples, and let us turn them into scrumptious juice.
Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury BA6 8BH Family apple picking, Sat & Sun, 14 & 15, 21 & 22 Oct, 11am – 3pm. Help the team gather this year’s harvest in Avalon and Hermitage orchards at Glastonbury Tor. Join the National Trust and the Somerset Rural Life Museum to pick apples and play some apple-themed games.
Lytes Cary Manor, Nr Somerton TA11 7HU Hallowe’en trail, Wed 25 – Sun 29 Oct, 11am – 3.30pm LyteScary – Pick up a trail, follow the clues and be rewarded with a little prize. £1.50
Montacute House, Montacute TA15 6XP Autumn half-term activities, Sat 21 Oct – Sun 29 Oct, 11am-4pm – Celebrate this glorious, colourful season in and around the garden with a selection of activities.
Arlington, EX31 4LP
Haunting Halloween trail, Saturday 21-Sunday 29 October, 10:30-4pm Take part in our haunting Hallowe’en trail in the grounds; find clues to claim your spooky prize. £1 per trail. Starts and ends in the garage
Hallowe’en crafts, Tuesday 24 & Friday 27 October, 12noon-4pm – bring along your imagination and make some spooky Halloween crafts. Crafts are different each day and donations for materials are welcome. Children must be supervised at all times by an adult. Tuesday: Bats & spiders. Thursday: Hallowe’en paper lanterns
Spooky night walk Friday 27 October, tours starting at 6.30pm, 7.15pm, 8pm Book on a tour of the grounds at night and follow a spooky tale of unusual happenings at Arlington. Listen out for bumps and shrieks in the night and see if you can spot any ghostly visitors. Dare you venture out in the grounds after dark? Adults £5.00, children £3.50 Booking essential on 01271 850296.
Knightshayes, Tiverton, EX16 7RQ
Creepy crawly quest Keep the bogeyman of boredom away with our creepy crawly activity trail in the garden this October half term. Saturday 21 October to Sunday 29 October, 10am – 5pm. £1 per trail. Normal admission fees apply. National Trust members free.
Create a wooden bug hotel Join Knightshayes to build a special bug hotel to take home and help the local bugs in your garden. Tuesday 24 October, 11am – 16.30pm. £2.50 event ticket price. Normal admission fees apply.
Hallowe’en late night opening Immerse yourself in spine chilling stories throughout the darkened house this Hallowe’en, with ghoulish crafts and cobwebs galore, this isn’t for the fainted hearted. Dare you come up and see us after dark? Please note that timed entry will be in effect for this event.Friday 27 and Saturday 28 October, 6pm – 8pm. £3 event ticket price. Normal admission fees apply.
Killerton, Exeter, EX5 3LE
Pumpkin Trail Enjoy exploring off the beaten track to come across secret paths, the Bear’s hut and the ice house. Crunch leaves underfoot while you take in the natural beauty of the changing season. The pumpkin trail runs from Saturday 21 October to Tuesday 31 October, 11am – 4pm. This is a free trail, but normal admission fees apply. National Trust members free.
Castle Drogo, Exeter, EX6 6PB
This half-term you could take part in the hibernation trail which runs from Saturday 21 October until Sunday 29 October (£1, includes a prize). The trail is all about animals which hibernate over the winter and signs to spot them when they wake up.
Or you can take part in the crafty castle capers activity on the weekend of the 28 and 29 October, 11am-4pm. On Saturday 28 the craft activity will be clay modelling (£2).
We hope that everybody has a fantastic Halloween and half term break wherever you & your family decide to head 🙂
Following the half term break Country Mummy will be gearing up for our first workshop event… ‘MAMAS MEET…SELF EMPLOYMENT’ (details of this can be found on our Country Mummy facebook page) and we just wanted to say a massive thank you to Gill from Little Upton Holiday Cottages where we are hosting our events for her support.
Have a look at one of the kitchens from her beautiful properties below and then please read what Gill has to say about how you can host your own celebration there 🙂
Celebrating a special event and want to bring all your friends and family together? It could be a big birthday, your parents golden wedding anniversary,a reunion with all those friends you don’t see often enough, maybe a hen party or an extended family holiday to organise. At Little Upton in South Somerset we have designed houses that ensure you have a fantastic time, large social spaces,a huge dining table, comfy beds and chairs, entertainment for everyone from hot tubs and saunas to table tennis, pool or board games,toys for the little ones,great music systems and a website that lets you arrange everything from a chef to axe throwing or pampering to cider tasting. You can even explore the local countryside on the way to some fantastic pubs. Our bespoke houses sleep from 12 to 20 people and you can choose from a Traditional Barn, Loft or Grand Designs house. Check us out at https://www.facebook.com/LittleUptonBridge
P.S We currently have the most gorgeous personalised wooden Christmas Eve boxes for sale with contents included! Have a looksee below and then head over to our shop to buy one