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What To Do This Half Term In Southern England – October 2016

Written by Louise Winter


It’s October and the kids are off so it’s time to get out and about and enjoy some autumn sunshine. This half term there are some fantastic events taking place at an attraction near you and here’s my list of things NOT to miss!

sunbullet  Halloween Festival; Longleat Safari & Adventure Park; Wiltshire
22nd – 30th October

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Visit over the half-term holiday and you can join in with Longleat’s spooktacular Halloween celebrations! There will be lots of creepy fun to entertain your little ghosts and ghouls so best dress them in their fang-tastic finest Halloween fancy dress! From the 27th – 29th you can enjoy a superb firework display too!

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sunbullet Oxygen FreeJumping, Southampton
50% off this Half Term!

Kids will love a visit to this brilliant indoor trampoline park, where they can bounce sky high in open jump sessions and burn off lots of excess energy! There are soft walls surrounding over one hundred trampolines and lots of trained staff available to assist. Smaller kids aged 5 and under even have their own special bounce sessions! Book Here

sunbullet  Wizards and Witches Halloween Festival at Marsh Farm; Chelmsford, Essex
24th – 31st October

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A ‘fang-tastic’ week awaits all the family down on this farm over the half-term holiday! As well as all the usual fun kids can enjoy a spooky Halloween show, get lost in the scary maze and spend time in Wizard School. Meet pesky pets in the Pet Barn and join in with ghoulish crafts and activities. Don’t forget to bring the kids dressed in their best Halloween costumes!

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sunbullet  The Home of Halloween! Adventure Wonderland; Christchurch, Dorset
22nd – 30th October

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It’s ‘Schocktober ‘ and time for spooky fun for all the family with special Halloween Shows, a scary maze and a fangtastic show to see in the Happydrome Theatre so don’t forget to bring you little ghosts and ghouls dressed in their spooktastic best!

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sunbullet  Halloween! Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park; Poole, Dorset
24th – 28th October

It’s time for some Halloween fun down on the farm! Bring your little spooks dressed in their Halloween best for a day of fun activities, dancing, face painting, hunting for monsters and many other freaky events over the half-term holidays. Find out more.

sunbullet  Fright Night at Laser Quest; Bournemouth, Dorset
28th – 31st October

A fright night not for the fainthearted is on offer here this Halloween! Laser Quest fans will love blasting hordes as zombies and playing ghoulish games that will feature live actors and plenty of scary spooky special effects. Best suited to little monsters aged 6 and over. Find out more.

sunbullet Go Ape! Moors Valley, Ringwood

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With 5 sections, 39 crossings and the longest zip wire being a massive 166metres, Go Ape is sure to get the adrenaline going! Other activities include Forest Segway where you can go off exploring the forest on the latest in green technology! You can even grab a FREE £10 Frankie and Benny’s voucher when you spend over £30 with Picniq!

sunbullet  Half-Term Hauntings at Beaulieu: Brockenhurst, Hampshire
22nd – 30th October

This is the perfect place to be this Halloween as Beaulieu is one of Britian’s most haunted places! Come along and take a ride on the ‘Moan-a Rail’ or listen to ghostly stories if you dare! Follow the Halloween trail in search of clues and don’t forget to bring the kids in their Halloween best fancy dress! Find out more.

sunbullet  Happy Halloween at Paulton’s Park; Romsey, Hampshire
22nd – 31st October

Kids love a visit here as there is so much to do but if you take them over the half-term holidays they can join in with lots of spook-tastic fun as it’s time for Halloween! Look out for spooky characters to meet and greet and join in with the Little Monsters Ball. Come dressed in your spooky best for a chance to win a prize! Find out more.

sunbullet  Spooky Secret Island at Royal Gunpowder Mills; Waltham Abbey, Essex
22nd – 30th October

Kids can enjoy some great half-term fun with Dr Gore and his team in his lab who will be looking for willing and unwilling volunteers to help him create some spooky experiments. With plenty of revolting activities, workshops and shows, all the kids will have a thoroughly disgusting time! Find out more.

sunbullet  Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter Tours; Oxford
Any Friday or Saturday

Over the half-term take a delightful tour around Oxford city visiting film locations and various interesting places that inspired the Harry Potter films and Lewis Carroll to write the infamous Alice in Wonderland novels. Find out more.

sunbullet  Witches and Wizards Academy at Leeds Castle; Broomfield, Kent
22nd – 28th October

Spook-tastic fun awaits all the family this half term with flying broomstick lessons, games, a creepy children’s trail and even a scary choir to sing along with. Find out more.

sunbullet  Autumn Colour Trail at Hever Castle; Edenbridge, Kent
1st – 30th October

Summer may be over but who doesn’t love seeing the colours of Autumn arrive! Over the half-term why not get the kids outdoors, wrap up warm, pop on those wellies and enjoy a delightful time at this magnificent castle following their Autumn Colour Trail. You won’t be disappointed by the riotous colours and wildlife on offer. Find out more.

sunbullet  Halloween Spooktacular at Kent Life; Maidstone, Kent
22nd – 31st October

Treat the kids to a visit to this brilliant historical site which is all ready for Halloween! Kids can enjoy pumpkin carving and lots of ghoulish craft activities. Take a ride on the bumpy tractor and look for ghosts on a hunt or maybe the braver ones will venture into the cuddle corner to meet scary snakes and spooky spiders! Find out more. 

sunbullet  Halloween at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre; Wareham, Dorset
31st October

Dress up and visit Monkey world for free, and take part in a fancy dress costume competition with prizes for the best outfits! The activity centre is also open during October half term and there will be plenty of free Halloween fun for your little red devils! Find out more.

sunbullet  Halloween Special at Devon Railway Centre: Tiverton, Devon
22nd – 30th October

Hop on board a Halloween special and follow a pumpkin trail in search of a treat or maybe a trick! Every child over 3 will receive a free gift. Find out more.

sunbullet  Snakes and Lanterns at Powderham Castle: Exeter, Devon
23rd – 31st October

Not only is there an exciting pumpkin trail to follow this Halloween and the chance to create an artistic masterpiece when you find one but braver visitors can meet some creepy reptiles including some very slippery snakes! Find out more.

sunbullet  Halloween Ghost Show at Kents Cavern; Torquay, Devon
29th – 30th October

A Halloween show underground sounds very spooky but very exciting too! Follow a storyteller but look out for who or what might be lurking in the shadows to ‘entertain’ you! Best suited to kids over 8 years of age, as long as they are brave…mwah..ha..ha! Find out more. 

 sunbullet  Zoo Boo Halloween Week at Newquay Zoo; Newquay, Cornwall
22nd – 31st October

Enjoy a great day at the zoo this October half-term and as it’s Halloween there are plenty of themed activities and fun things to enjoy from a ghost hunt to meeting creepy crawlies if you dare! Find out more.

sunbullet  Halloweden; Eden Project, Par, Cornwall
22nd – 30th October

Not only is this a fantastic place to visit at anytime but this half-term there are ghostly goings on planned for Halloween! Storytellers have scary stories to share and there will be ghostly shows and fancy pumpkin carving to entertain you. Take a spin on the ice rink back for half-term and on the 29th kids can dress up in their spooky best for a spine chilling Halloween disco! Find out more.

I hope this gives you some inspiration for things to do with the kids this half-term. Don’t forget, visit our website Picniq for more ideas of where to take the children and share your wonderful snaps on our Facebook,Twitter and Instagram pages!





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