Autumn Half Term

October Half Term activities

As soon as you get back into the swing of school the next holiday seems to appear from nowhere. The autumn Half Term is one of my favourite holidays as you have Halloween and fireworks night to celebrate along with Christmas to look forward to. We’ve put together some holiday activities to help you plan your time with the kids, we’ll keep updating as we get closer to half term.


Join us this Halloween and take part in some spooky activities. Visit the Pumpkin Patch and take part in the pumpkin carving competition for a chance to win a terrific tiger adoption. Join our spooky witch for some creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall, bring your broom and meet our resident Wizard to take part in broomstick flying sessions before enjoying some Halloween treats at Café Graze. Have your face painted in a spooky theme (an additional charge applies).


Halloween at Paultons Park, join us at Paultons Family Theme Park this half term and enjoy a fun day with some spook-tastic surprises! Make your way to the Show Stage and enjoy The Little Monsters’ Ball, a daytime dance party where monsters move to spooky tunes! Dress to impress in your creepy costumes and join in with some frightfully fun dance moves.

Be sure to stick around after the ball to meet the spooky team for tricks and sweet treats after every show!

Staunton Country Park

Have lots of magical fun at the park with creepy crafts and frightening face painting. Follow the spooky trail, visit the magical maze, listen to spine tingling stories and visit the creepy crawlies if you dare!

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Join us for a Halloween session of fun, spooky songs and stories around the campfire in Ampfield Woods. Learn how to start a fire safely, make popcorn and toast marshmallows too.

Bushcraft sessions are fun, safe and educational with a bit of wild play like clambering over logs and getting muddy and learn new skills outdoors.

Suitable for ages 3-12 years
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Price – £12 per session (for 1 adult and 1 child)

10am to 12.30pm or 1.30pm to 4pm

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth

Marty McDonalds Toy Machine –

The Farm is delighted with the delivery of the Toy Machine that makes toys for all the world! But Crafty the Crow has been up to mischief and the machine has stopped working.

Join Marty, Sally the Scarecrow, Pongo the Pig, Molly-Moo the Cow and Sheena the Sheep and help save the day and repair the Toy Machine!

Featuring the voice of CBeebies Justin Fletcher as Pongo. Full of well-known songs performed with Makaton signing.

Recommended for ages 2-7 and their families

Nuffield Theatre Southampton

The Emperors New Clothes – Inspired by The Muppets, Danny Kaye and good old family movies, this romp through a classic, eccentric tale tells the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything. But there is a problem…Despite a wardrobe the size of Paris he’s run out of outfits and it is his birthday tomorrow! He hasn’t got a stitch to wear!

Tickets £12

Watercress Line, Alresford

Wizard Weekend -Watch the Watercress Line transform in to a place of magic and mischief on Halloween!

Take unlimited rides on the Wizard Express steam train and walk in Harry Potter’s footsteps over the famous railway footbridge where he received his Hogwarts Express ticket in the film and take a selfie!

Halloween Festival, Burley

Spot the witch competition, storytelling by flights of the imagination, tarot cards, witchy word search, apple bobbing and other attractions around the village throughout the day from 10:00 am 29th October.

HMS Sultan Bonfire and Fireworks

Join with thousands of others on Thursday 27 October as HMS Sultan hosts a fun filled evening of entertainment at the HMS Sultan Bonfire & Fireworks Night 2016.

As well as the main event there will be entertainers including fire breathers and a funfair with rides at very reasonable rates.

Royal Victoria Country Park

8th October, Autumn Pumpkin Festival, I know its not half term but this looks fun. Come and visit the Autumn Pumpkin Festival. There’s plenty to see and do: Giant pumpkin weighing, local food & produce, Live bands, crafts, circus skills & puppets and much more. Don’t forget to bring along a scarecrow! 12noon – 5.30pm. £5 per adult, parking free.

Manor Farm Country Park

Try your hand at broomstick flying and join a lesson at the School of Spells and Potions! Visit the haunted farmhouse-if you dare, try our Halloween Trail or join the craft activities and make something spooky to take home. A special welcome for all mini witches and wizards, so why not come in costume and really get into the Halloween spirit! Plus, discover all the usual fun of the farm including milking, the farmyard walk and meet the animals.

Bursledon Brickworks

Halloween Steam up 23rd October 11-4 – One of our biggest events of the year. All our resident traction engines come home to roost for the winter having spent the summer touring all over the country. Friends of their bring their engines along as well and it is usually a really good turn out.

The museum will be in steam as well including our two John Wood and Son stationary engines and the little vertical engine that runs the country estate brickworks.

Discover Arts Award 27th October – A great opportunity to get an award in one day. The award is the ‘Discover Arts Award’ which is a recognised qualification. Suitable for children 5 years up and young adults up to 25. Cost includes everything and it is only £6. Children must be accompanied by parents or carers.

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