Top things to do this October half term!

September 21, 2021

October half term is creeping up on you… have you got your spooktacular days out planned yet? Hampshire’s Top Attractions has got lot’s of fun planned, so if you’re ready to fill up your itinerary with lot’s of family fun days then check out this blog for all the best days out!

There’s always so much to spot in the view from Spinnaker Tower, but this half term, watch out for surprises around the Tower, as you play a spooky sky-high game of i-spy. Plus brace yourself for a nerve-jangling experience as you brave the glass Sky Walk.

The Wizard Weekend at the Watercress Line will be full of mischief & spookiness this Halloween (29th – 31st October). Get whisked away on the Wizard Express, be spooked by spooky characters roaming the railway, be brave and meet some creepy crawlies and visit the famous footbridge used in the Harry Potter films!

New Forest Activities
New Forest Activities

Entertain the kids all year round at New Forest Activities, with spooky themed activities! Join their ‘Halloween Candy Canoe Hunt’ and hunt for ghoulish treats or shoot terrifying targets in their ‘Halloween Archery Pumpkin Shooting’. 

Discover hundreds of incredible animals at Marwell Zoo! Get up close to endangered and exotic animals in 140 acres of lush parkland. Embark on a walking safari and spot binturongs, giraffes, rhinos, tigers, gila monster and more! By visiting, you’ll be supporting Marwell’s vital conservation work worldwide.

The Brick People are bringing LEGO® back to the Brickworks Museum with a Halloween twist on their popular event. With a new LEGO® trail through the museum, an exhibition of Halloween themed LEGO® builds and an EVEN BIGGER Great Ball Contraption.

Sound is set to get awesome this autumn with the new live science show, Acoustic Explorers at Winchester Science Centre. From Saturday 25 September to Sunday 21 November, discover more about epic sounds through fun audience participation and awesome live demos including the mind-blowing, light-bending laser harp.

Kids from 8 years old can race wheel-to-wheel at Thruxton Kart Centre. Located next to the main circuit, Thruxton Kart Centre is a purposed built, licenced kart circuit. Arrive and Drive sessions are available plus group bookings for large and small groups. All equipment is provided. 

How many pumpkins can you spot at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens? Try this autumn fun with the pumpkin spotter challenge. Also, get creative with pumpkin carving and try the spooky menu. Booking is essential, for prices click here.

Butser Ancient Farm
Butser Ancient Farm

This October half term step back in time to the age of alchemy as Butser Ancient Farm unveil their latest reconstructed building – a Bronze Age roundhouse. Enjoy ancient skills activities and demonstrations, a themed trail and a special exhibition about how the house was built. 

It’s all about birds at the Army Flying Museum this October Half Term. Visit to enjoy ‘Brilliant Birds’ craft activities, plus an Eagle trail inspired by Zephyr, the Army Air Corps mascot, who’ll also be visiting! And don’t miss K&H Falconry, who’ll be bringing along some awesome birds of prey. 

Have a frighteningly good time this October half term with a visit to Artillery Fortress – Hurst CastleWith a wicked treasure trail and plenty of dark spaces for the kids to enjoy it’s a spooky day out for all!  Take a leisurely ferry ride from Keyhaven or a 2-mile walk along Hurst Spit.

Kids love going on a Text Quest. They will enjoy finding the clues and will spot things that you might miss. It is great fun and a good way to tire them out! 

Based on the poem Edward Lear, The Dong with a Luminous Nose heads to Theatre Royal Winchester on Tues 26 – Wed 27 October. This absurd tale on Lear’s nonsense classic explores that difficult age between being a child and becoming an adult.

Hawk Conservancy Trust
Hawk Conservancy Trust

Take the family outside this October half term to enjoy the best of nature at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. Marvel at the world-class bird of prey flying displays and the kids can enjoy the giant Top Trumps activity trail, the bird of prey playground, pond dipping and tractor rides!

Abigail’s Party is coming to the Brickworks Museum on October 29th. As the drinks flow, the thin veneer of middle-class respectability slowly peels away in Mike Leigh’s iconic seventies comedy play. Visit the museum’s website for ticket details. 

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