Are you ready for a spooktacular October? Looking for Halloween & October half-term events and things to do in Hampshire & Isle of Wight? We’ve got you covered. There’s so much family fun planned, undeniably, you’ll be spoilt for choice. From ghostly half-term Halloween activities to fun days out and more. Make October half-term a memorable one with Hampshire’s Top Attractions.
For a spooky October walk, check out the Creepy Crawly Creep around Lepe Country Park from 22 – 30 October. The fun-filled trail is a perfect way to explore Lepe’s local nature with your friends and family while learning about the spooky specimens that can be found in Hampshire’s countryside.
Have a haunting Halloween this year and enjoy the self-guided Halloween outdoor trail at Queen Elizabeth Country Park and Staunton Country Park. The spooky sights at these scary sites are enough to make shivers run down your spine. Head over to the parks between 22 – 30 October, to join in the fun!
The Brickworks Museum’s biggest Steam Up of the year will be held on October 23rd. To celebrate the changing of the seasons the site is decorated for Halloween. The traction engines will be rolling, there will be stalls and spooky crafts in their genuinely haunted museum.
Perfect your pumpkin carving skills and make autumnal memories you’ll treasure for years to come at pumpkin carving sessions at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. There’s no better place to have Halloween fun than by enjoying extraordinary views while carving pumpkins! Running twice a week from 22 – 30 October.
Calling all witches and wizards! The Flying Broom Academy opens its doors at Manor Farm (22 October – 31 October). Your spooky magicians can learn broomstick flying, spellcasting and herbology, visit the sweet emporium and enjoy other spectacular surprises, making Manor Farm the place to brew magical memories this October.
Magic and mischief will be in the air at the Watercress Line this October for the wickedly wonderful Wizard Week (24th – 30th October)! Children are invited to dress up as their favourite scary character and take rides on the Wizard Express, walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps at Ropley and explore the Harry Potter style coaches at Alresford, plus much more!
Find out what makes Staunton Farm go bump in the night this October! Join them for an out of hours guided activity session from 26 – 28 October. With a spooky story from their resident witch, a monstrous meeting with some of the creepy critters and a carved pumpkin to take home, you’re sure to have a frighteningly fun time.
The BRICK People return to Whitchurch Silk Mill this Autumn half term! Build Halloween-themed LEGO creations with various official LEGO sets and see custom-built models by master builders. Book your place to join in the fun on the 28th of October, as this is sure to be a sell-out event.
Prepare yourself and your little ones for a wickedly spook-tacular family evening this Halloween at the Hawk Conservancy Trust! You can enjoy some ghostly storytelling and marvel at a variety of owls as they put on two beautiful flying displays against the backdrop of their moonlit grounds.
Visitors will be treated to a new-look ghoulish woodland trail at Exbury Gardens this half term, along with spooky mini garden making, pumpkin carving and an interactive Halloween ghost train ride. For the first time, the staging of Exbury’s Halloween garden trail will switch from the Rock Garden to the much larger Witcher’s Wood so youngsters can adventure through beautiful autumnal woodland to seek out a witches’ den, gruesome graveyard and spidery lair. Visitors can climb aboard Exbury’s steam railway, transformed into a Halloween ghost train, to meet its crew of ghoulish fiends who will be haunting the steam train, tracks and tunnel, entertaining families with their slapstick comedy performances.
Head to the Isle of Fright with Red Funnel for some spooky specials this October! Little ones can brave a haunted mansion and disco at Frights & Sprites…then when the sun goes down, true horrors await at Terror Island – both at Blackgang Chine: Land of Imagination. Alternatively head to Festival of the Dead at Robin Hill, a family friendly fiesta inspired by Mexico’s Dia De Los Muertos. Bring a car and up to 7 people from just £25.50 each way – and save 10% with our exclusive HTA voucher!
Prepare for a ghoulishly good day out this Half Term at Carisbrooke Castle from 15th – 30th October. Follow Dennis, Gnasher and friends on the fun family quest, meet costumed performers to hear tales! Dare to explore Carisbrooke Castle in the dark this Halloween? Join storytellers as they guide you on a journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history. (16+).
Treat (not trick) your little swashbucklers to some scarily good fun on the Beaulieu River this Halloween. Navigate the high tides as you head out in our stable Canadian canoes on the hunt for devilishly delicious Halloween treasure along the riverside. Or why not try the new BattleZone: Apocalypse for a digital zombie shoot-off using infra-red technology guns. All at New Forest Activities!
Bring your little witches and warlocks to Chawton House over the October half term and brave the Gothic Garden Trail. Come face to face with peculiar pumpkins and ghostly ghouls, with all children in Halloween costumes getting to visit Chawton House for free over half term.
Prepare for a ‘spooktacle’ at Paultons Park this Halloween with special late-night openings and spooktacular Halloween shows on selected dates in October! The Park will be festooned with thousands of pumpkins and straw hay bales, transporting families into the fang-tastic season with Tornado Springs and Peppa Pig World included in the spooky fun!
Explorers of all ages can put their nerves to the test on a Go Ape Sundown Adventure. There’s Treetop experiences, which take on a whole new character lit just enough to see where you’re going. Plus, Segway rides beneath the stars or bounce the night away on a Nets Adventure at night.
Haunt the cobbled streets of Milestones Museum, Basingstoke this Halloween half term as you follow the spooky trail around the museum’s life-sized buildings. With eerie effects and traditional Halloween decorations amongst fascinating exhibits, the museum offers fun for all the family!
Fancy a Halloween cycling adventure in The New Forest? Why not hire bikes for the day from Cyclexperience bike hire in Brockenhurst and experience the forest in all its Autumn colours….. but the real question is, will you be brave enough to collect your bikes from our hire centre which will be kitted out with all things spooky inside and out!?
Outdoor Half Term fun
The BRICK People bring LEGO back to The Brickworks Museum on October 26th – with a minifigure trail, LEGO builds on display, a variety of hands-on free play areas AND the museum’s two play areas it is a great day out. Visit the Museum’s website for details of how to book.
This half term Head to Thruxton Kart Centre for some wheel-to-wheel racing. Adults and juniors (from 8 years old) can get on track for some racing action. Prices start from just £20. Arrive and Drive Sessions, Grand Prix Events, Birthday Parties and Private events are all available.
Come and have a crack at a challenging code-breaking trail and find out about spies and secret agents in the Second World War at Royal Armouries Fort Nelson this October half term, plus there’ll be a fun free Halloween trail for our younger visitors.
Admire the wonderful autumn colour at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, Hampshire home to the largest collection of champion trees in the UK. Spot signs of autumn in the Gardens on the ‘Autumn Garden Explorer’ Look out for fungi, different shaped leaves, fruits, acorns and garden animals.
The ‘Creatures of the Twilight’ will be revealed by Gilbert White’s House & Gardens on October 25th, as families can investigate tracks of nocturnal animals! On October 26, autumnal tales are brought to life by author and storyteller Dawn Nelson – children can make take home crafts inspired by the Autumn. Or Listen to Latern Tales for the Brave and The Bold for the ‘Spooky Season’, with stories of ghosts, giants and heroes on 26th
Enjoy the amazing half term events on the Isle of Wight for less with Wightlink. During school holidays up to two children aged 5-15 go FREE with every adult or senior foot passenger day return ticket, so, strap on your backpacks and get ready for some island fun!
Indoor Half term fun
This half term, join the audience of Science Starz, a brand-new free science show at Winchester Science Centre. Watch as music comes to life through exciting live experiments. The dancing fire of Ruben’s tube and mind-blowing laser harp bends light right before your eyes, will wow you!
There’s so much to see and do at Beaulieu this half-term. From the last chance to see Bond in Motion – No Time To Die to autumnal walks in the crunchy leaves, and rides in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, there’s something for all the family.’
On the 22nd October, The Theatre Royal Winchester are showing the Unofficial Improvised Parody Spontaneous Potter Kidz. Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the box office! This smash hit Spontaneous Potter Kidz is an entirely improvised comedy show, you’re bound to love it!
Get ready for blast off at the Army Flying Museum this half term with Spectacular Space-themed fun. Get up close to genuine pieces of space history, including lunar samples and meteorite fragments. There will be astro craft activities every weekday between 10:30 and 13:30 and a space-themed trail, so you’ll have endless fun.
The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland comes to Theatre Royal Winchester! In a land where madness is gently balanced, visitors should tread carefully. Featuring puppetry designs by Matthew Forbes (War Horse), this visually beautiful new production is suitable for all ages. Monday 24 October – Wednesday 26 October, various times, recommended age 3+.
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