Half-term and Halloween fun in Hampshire

September 18, 2020

We love this time of year, it means it’s not long until half-term fun and spooky Halloween activities in Hampshire! This year our attractions are going all out with screamishly-good events for families this half-term. Take a look and don’t forget to pre-book your tickets where necessary!

Please note: All events information is correct at the time of this post (18th September 2020). With ever-changing guidelines, please check directly with the attraction before travelling to an event.

Halloween and half-term events in Hampshire

Winchester Science Centre New Visitor Experience

This half-term, discover how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure around Winchester Science Centre’s brand new visitor experience! Venture through the interactive sound exhibition, be wowed by explosive Science LIVE demos and try some nature-themed challenges in the new BIO:SPACE experimentation zone.

This autumn half-term at Gilbert White & The Oates Collections meet the creatures of the twilight who come out to hunt as darkness falls. From badgers to bats, this session gives you the chance to discover the secret lives of night time creatures. Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th October 11am-12.15pm and 1.30pm -2.45pm. Age 5 and up, £5 per child, accompanying adults free of charge.

Go large with miniature mayhem at Beaulieu between 24th October – 2nd November, as fun family activities celebrate new exhibition Motoring in Miniature – the Toys of Your Childhood and Little Beaulieu, an enchanting new play area modelled on Lord Montagu’s ancestral home of Palace House.

See Peppa & George in their spooky Halloween outfits over in Peppa Pig World or head over to the Show Stage for return of popular stage show, The Legend of Paultons Manor – all included in a ticket to Paultons Park this Halloween. Happy Halloween takes place from 15th October – 2nd November and due to limited capacity, all tickets must now be pre-booked.

Mwaa-haha – it’s that time of year again, and at Go Ape they’ve got plenty of Halloween activities to keep everyone entertained! For a limited time only, The Hampshire based Go Ape sites will be opening their doors after dark, for family-friendly activities with an added dose of spook.

Exbury Garden’s crew of ghoulish characters are returning to their steam railway this October half term. They will be haunting the train tracks and entertaining families with comedy performances and a few frights along the way of course!

Blackgang Chine’s spooky family-friendly festivities will run throughout October half term, on the lead up to Halloween from 19th – 23rd & 26th – 31st October! So, what are you waiting for? Put on that witch’s hat, pick up your broomstick and grab your tickets online now to join your favourite characters from 11am – 3pm!

Enjoy a family day out at the Watercress Line: ride on a steam train, visit the footbridge used in Harry Potter films, get up close to the locomotives in the loco yard and relax in the south-facing picnic areas. Children under 5 years go FREE (standard travel only).

Butser Ancient Farm Iron Age Roundhouse smoke and mist – Photo Rachel Bingham

Butser Ancient Farm is open throughout the half-term week. Find out more about the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, a precursor to Halloween, when the spirits could pass more easily between this world and the next. Enjoy ancient skills demonstrations and activities and a family trail.

Families can visit the Emirates Spinnaker Tower this half term for a spooky game of sky high i-spy and a daring walk across the incredible glass Sky Walk – 100 metres above Portsmouth Harbour.

Bring history to life and put the wind back in your sails this half-term. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard’s new Ultimate Explorer family ticket, which includes entry to the Mary Rose Museum, can be used for family days out, again and again, as often as you like, for a whole year!

Dress to distress in your scariest costume on the streets of Milestones Museum this half term and claim a sweet treat!* Included in normal admission, come along and enjoy a “Trick or treat” trail and more, as well as all Milestones has to offer in our spacious, undercover venue.

Visit the Hawk Conservancy Trust this half term and see our Spooky owl show, every day between Saturday 24 October and Sunday 1 November. See our daily owl display as never before, with enchanting Halloween tales as our owls fly! Pre-booking essential.

Riverside Bowls Halloween extravaganza is back! Join them for a spooktastic half-term week on Monday 26th October until Sunday 1st November 2020. The Glow in the Dark golf will be mysteriously transformed for the week, and extra treats will be added to their drinks menu. Book online before Friday 23rd October and receive an additional 10% off your booking using the code SPOOKY10.

In addition to daytime opening this October half term, Robin Hill will stay open into the evening on six exclusive dates (21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th & 30th October). Soak up the atmosphere of Robin Hill’s illuminated woodland, brought to life with unique entertainment including a DJ and live band across two stages, street performers and soloists…with their Woodland Pond Bar open and food served until late.

Catch the annual Spooky Halloween River Tour at New Forest Activities. Come in your spookiest Halloween costumes and experience paddling on the Beaulieu River by the moonlight (with a ghost story or two along the way!) Book as early as now to avoid missing out!

The Brickworks is Officially Haunted! If you don’t believe it why not go and see for yourself? Families can book in for a scary tour that will include stories and activities. Younger children during the day and a more scary version in the early evening. Oooooh Spooky! Booking is essential and details will be on the website very soon.

Have a frighteningly good time this October half term with a visit to Hurst Castle.  With a wicked treasure trail and plenty of open spaces for the kids to enjoy it’s a great day out.  Take a leisurely ferry ride from Keyhaven or a 2-mile walk along Hurst Spit.

Tapnell Farm Park – Wanda the Witch, Pumpkin Patch 2020

The wonderful Wanda is returning to Tapnell Farm Park this October half term to grow her pumpkins in their magical soil! Accompanied by her trusty (and slightly goofy!) scarecrow friends, Wanda will be waiting to see which pumpkin you pick!

During half-term week Whitchurch Silk Mill’s outside Fairy Trail and Mill Mice trail will be decorated for Halloween with a spooky twist! A selection of Covid-safe Halloween takeaway craft activities will be available from the entrance to the Mill. Why not join in the Wicked Weaver of Whitchurch Trail, on Saturday 31st October 2020, 10.30am-8pm.

Enter their Haunted Barn at your peril from Saturday 24th October through to Saturday 31st October at Longdown Activity Farm. On selected days, you can encounter real-life barn owls and creepy creatures with the Creature Teachers, and zany fun with Crazy M (see website for details). Their Pumpkin Quest promises to be fun for all the family too. After all the scary stuff, calm down with their friendly farm animals, and join in with a full schedule of farm activities throughout the day.

Wendy Witch has accidentally made her pets disappear. Can you help her find the missing ingredients for the spell to bring them back? Take part in the Spooky Cauldron Trail at Queen Elizabeth Country Park from 24 October to 1 November and take home a Halloween craft and a spooky prize.

Follow the spooky Halloween pumpkin trail around Jane Austen’s House and grounds, to discover quotes, riddles and games from Jane Austen’s writings. Fun for all the family!

Birdworld, home to over 2000 birds and other animals, is hosting its annual Halloween Spooktacular from 24th October – 1st November. Enjoy spooky seasonal entertainment on selected days throughout the week, as well as new socially-distanced Halloween theming throughout the park; all within the autumnal setting of 26 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens! Pre-booking is essential.

There’s lots to do at The D-Day Story this October half term. Can you find Wally in their collections? They’re part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search from Kids in Museums Walker Books UK. Join them on 24th October to 1st November and get searching! Take part in fun, energetic and fact-filled family theatre with Mr Dilly’s World of History on the weekend, or have a go at making and painting an Airfix model to take home during the week. All activities must be booked in advance.