October Half Term Family Fun

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October Half Term Family Fun (24th October – 1st Nov) 

Whether you’re looking for some spooky fun or wanting to get creative with the kids, have a look at our suggestions for things to do to keep you and the family entertained throughout October half term. 

Things might be a bit different this year, but so many tourism businesses and destinations across South East England have been working hard to put in place new measures to help keep you safe, you can still enjoy some great family fun.

Take a look at the following half term activities across South East England

Halloween at Leonardslee 2020 Saturday 24 October - Sunday 1 November Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens Lower Beeding Nr Horsham

All ghouls and boy are invited to a spooktacular day out filled with joy. For some ghoulish fun, come and spend the day in the sun. Enjoy a spooktacular pumpkin trail and meet animals that go bump in the night! 

Halloween Shriek Week Saturday 24th October - Sunday 1st November Drusillas Park Alfriston,1066 Country

There's plenty of frightful fun at Drusillas family friendly Halloween! Keep your little horrors happy at half term with light-hearted spooky fun! Get ready to come face-to-face with g-g-ghosts, ghouls, witches and more at their fang-tastic Shriek Week! Keep your eyes peeled for the mummy lurking in Mungo’s Maze and a 2020 surprise! 

Wizard Week Tuesday 27 Oct 2020 - Friday 30 Oct 2020 Isle of Wight Steam Railway

There's Wickedly Wonderful Halloween fun during October half term holiday at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Help the friendly witches of Havenstreet, see the owls and birds of prey and be amazed at the magic shows.

Take the terrifying treasure hunt trail and explore the grounds before boarding the steam train where a witch will be dealing out treats (maybe a few tricks) then settle back for a journey through 'haunted' woodland.

Marvellous Mechanicals Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays Gosport Gallery Hampshire

Discover an exhibition for all ages which features modern automata, or mechanical sculptures, with clever mechanisms and often humorous ideas! 

Come along and marvel at these comical masterpieces which come to life at the push of a button. With hands on opportunities, you can get involved and learn how some of these machines work! 

Tickets: Free, donations welcome Gosport Gallery.

A brand new experience awaits at Winchester Science Centre! From Saturday 17 October onwards Winchester Science Centre

From Saturday 17 October, find out how far your curiosity will take you as you embark on an exhilarating adventure around Winchester Science Centre’s brand new visitor experience! 

Feel your senses come alive as you explore the sights and sounds of an exciting new interactive sound and hearing exhibition, get set for explosive Science LIVE demos taking place right on the exhibition floor and have a go at nature-themed challenges in the inside/outside experimentation zone BIO:SPACE. 

Autumn colour and dragons at Painshill Saturday 24th Oct - Sunday 1st Nov Painshill Surrey

Huge dragons have taken over the landscape at Painshill! Release your inner knight and take on our dragon quest to find each statue. Find all the dragons and you might win a prize!

Discover Autumn Days and Evenings At the Country Park Saturday 17th - Saturday 31st October Robin Hill Isle of Wight

Soak up Robin Hill's Autumn atmosphere this half term! The illuminated woodland will be brought to life until 9pm on October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th & 30th with live entertainment, street performers and soloists making it fun for all the family!

Gruffalo Adventures Saturday 17th October –  Sunday 1st Nov Wakehurst Haywards Heath

Join in the Gruffalo family fun this autumn at our wild botanic garden. Set out on the Gruffalo trail, go on an adventurous Gruffalo crumble hunt, join a wild Gruffalo workshop and listen to tales around the fire. Tickets on sale now. 

Fun for All the family Saturday 24th October – Sunday 1st November Harbour Park Littlehampton 

Fun filled rides re-open for half term at Harbour Amusement Park, so if you're planning a great family day out where you can enjoy some fresh sea air, have a look at our website for booking pre-ordered tickets.

A Spellbinding Halloween Trail  Saturday 17 October - Sunday 1 November Bordehill Surrey

Calling all budding witches and wizards this Halloween Half Term! Put your skills to the test to become a fully-fledged expert in magic. Ballimore the wizard has been practicing his spells, but has unfortunately turned his fellow wizard, Lumos, into a guinea pig!  Can you help Ballimore by completing all the challenges on a story trail around the Garden, discovering the magic word to turn Lumos back into a boy?

Halloween Half Term Fun Saturday 24th October - Sunday 1st November Beale Wildlife Park Near Pangbourne, Visit Thames

Free entry for any child fully dressed up for Halloween (if accompanied by a full paying adult).There will be a Halloween trail, make and take activities and the Park will be dressed for the spooky season.

Keep an eye on our social media sites for updates on the Halloween fun we have planned!

Spooky Museum Search Saturday 24 October 2020 - Sunday 1 November The D-Day Story Portsmouth

Can you find Wally in our collections? We’re part of the national Where’s Wally? spooky museum search from Kids in Museums Walker Books UK. Join us in October half term and get searching to win a small prize!

Included in museum ticket price, no need to book. Please visit the museum page before you come to find out how you can help us keep our visitors safe.

Larger than LifeArundel Wetlands Centre (WWT) West Sussex

Special visitors will be coming to the wetlands centre this Autumn! Some of the Giant Lego® brick animals will be visiting their real life pals including friendly favourites Walter the Water Vole and Flavia the Flamingo, made up of over 50,000 bricks combined – wow! Book a visit online to meet them and all the other residents at this beautiful outdoor attraction

Miniature Mayhem Saturday 24th October - 1st November Beaulieu Hampshire

Go large with miniature mayhem at Beaulieu this October half-term, 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.

Half Term Gothic Garden Trail Chawton House Monday 26 Oct - Sunday 1 Nov Chawton House Near Alton, Hampshire

All kids wearing their Halloween costume get to visit for free! Bring little ones dressed as green witches and warlocks to fly around Chawton House’s autumnal gardens this October half-term. Explore the grounds on a brand new ‘Spooky Trail’, featuring witches marks, giant pumpkins and a visit to the old pet cemetery…

The World's Oldest Operating Aquarium - Sea Life, Brighton 

Take a fascinating journey and discover the underwater world, as you explore 5,500 mesmerising creatures including Rays, Sharks, Turtles and lots more, look upon the curious and the rescued, to the rare and the enigmatic.

Illuminated Woodland - Robin Hill, Isle of Wight - 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th, 30th October only

Soak up the atmosphere of the illuminated woodland until 9pm, brought to life with entertainment including a DJ and live band across two stages. 

Looking to make your half term day out a half term break away then take a look at our Autumn/Winter Staycations & Days Out page for more information or visit our Accommodation page and use the search bar to find your ideal accommodation in the ideal South East England destination.  Remember to share your adventures with us using the #SouthEastAdventuresAwait.