What’s on this October at Hampshire’s Top Attractions

September 10, 2021
New Forest Activities
New Forest Activities

Heading into October doesn’t mean that the fun stops, so if you haven’t got your family fun days out planned this autumn, we’ve got you covered! There’s lots of spooky fun for the family to enjoy at Hampshire’s Top Attractions this month! Fun for all ages to stuck into this autumn, keep reading to find out more!

The Watercress Line transforms into a place of magic and mischief for Halloween (29th – 31st October)! Get whisked away with unlimited rides on the Wizard Express, be brave and encounter creepy crawlies, visit the famous footbridge used in the Harry Potter films and be spooked by spooky characters roaming the railway!

Come and discover the stunning autumn colour from yellows, reds, and oranges it is a great time to explore the arboretum at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. Find the woodland treehouse, and run along the boardwalks. Don’t miss the Fungi Weekend on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October. Normal Garden admission fees apply.

Thruxton Race Circuit
Thruxton Race Circuit

Drive your dream supercar and sports car or feel like an F1 driver in a single-seat racing car on the fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton Race Circuit! Get behind the wheel of a Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin, Porsche, plus models from Jaguar, Alpine, Ford and BMW. All driving experiences can be purchased as an open voucher or book a date to attend this year. Dates available in October.  

Make sure you visit Paultons Park this Halloween! Their new land, Tornado Springs will have a ghostly makeover and Peppa Pig fans will delight in seeing Peppa Pig World transformed for the occasion, including Grandpa Pig’s ‘World’s Biggest Pumpkin’ growing in its greenhouse. Don’t forget, tickets must be pre-booked online! 

The sun may be gone but the fun never stops at New Forest Activities, with their range of seasonal activities including a ‘Spooky Halloween River Tour’ that involves exploring the Beaulieu River at nightfall in your own illuminated boat as you learn all about the village’s ghoulish past. 

Under three’s go free at Marwell Zoo! Little monkeys will love spotting and learning about hundreds of exotic and endangered animals. From giraffes and tigers to penguins and stunning tropical birds, there’s an entire animal kingdom just waiting to be explored. Just by visiting, you’ll support Marwell’s worldwide conservation work. 

Prepare yourself and your little ones for a wickedly spook-tacular family evening this Halloween at the Hawk Conservancy Trust. You can enjoy ghostly story-telling and marvel at amazing owls as they put on a beautiful flying display against the backdrop of the moonlit grounds.

At Butser Ancient Farm witness the turning of the seasons at this magical time of year, known to our ancestors as Samhain… enjoy fireside storytelling at their Samhain celebration(29 October) or explore the farm’s ancient buildings at weekends or during the half term holiday with crafts, demonstrations, and re-enactments. 

As New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth springs back to life and the audiences return, there’s an abundance of events to capture your imagination. From the retellings of the Horrible Histories or Mr Jekyll & Mr Hyde. Or the vocal dexterity of Paul Zerdin and tales from the Snooker greats. All within the splendour of this Victorian Theatre in the heart of Portsmouth.  

The Brickworks Museum’s spookiest steam-up and craft market is being held on October 24th this year in their haunted Victorian buildings, which will be decorated with ghouls, ghosts, bats, and rats. Tickets must be booked online in advance.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Theatre Royal Winchester on Sunday 17 October features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle’s stories, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly, and of course, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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