I can’t believe we are coming to the end of the first school term of the year and there is half term looming, with the added fun of Halloween tagged on the end.
I have to work the early part of the half term week and the hubby will be entertaining the girls. I’m then off for the rest of the week but the hubby goes back to work, so we are basically tag teaming the girls. We do have the weekend off together though, so silver cloud and all that.
Anyway, because of this I have been looking around at what activities there are for the girls to do and thought I would share them with you. So if you are local I hope you find these helpful, if not, sorry!
Torre Abbey Gardens Horrible Halloween Trail
Date: 26 October 2016 – 30 October 2016
Time: Daily – Noon to 5 pm
Price: Under 18’s go free, £1.50 for accompanying adults (garden entry only)
Torre Abbey, which has a vast history, is in Torquay and is close to the seafront, with a short walk to the harbour. During half term the Abbey will be running a spooky garden trail including witches, zombies and tarantulas galore. This self led trail is not for the faint hearted or squeamish apparently!
To find our more visit: www.torre-abbey.org.uk/homepage
Cockington Court Halloween Festival
Date: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October
Time: Daily – 10.30 am -4 pm
Price: £2 per person for the trail
Come and enjoy their trick or treat skeleton trail around the Court – find all of the skeleton’s bones and collect a tasty treat.
You can also take a spooky horse and carriage ride to and from the Manor with Dracula and our wicked court witch (charges vary depending on the distance)
On Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th you can also take part in some free craft activities courtesy of the Creation Station. Create cotton bud skeletons and spider webs, monster crowns and paper cup monsters.
Come and meet creepy crawlies of all shapes and sizes with Animal HQ (Sunday 30th only). The Hawk and Owl Sanctuary will also be there to introduce you to some beautiful owls and birds of prey
And after all that ghost and googling around you can take a break and taste the magical food in the Court Tea Rooms – and I can vouch for their cream team, yum!
More information can be found at: www.cockingtoncourt.org
Occombe Farm Halloween Hob Goblin Trail
Date: Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th October
Times: Daily – 10 am to 3 pm
Price: £2.50 per child
Suitable for: 5-12 years old
Occombes Hob-Goblin Trails is for brave young adventurers to take part in the urgent quest to save Occombe from the naughty hob-goblins & their monsters who have stolen the heart of Occombe.
To see what else is on visit: www.countryside-trust.org.uk/occombe
Dates: Monday 24th – Sunday 30th October
Times: Daily – 10 am to 5 pm
Price: Normal admission
This half term and Halloween Paignton Zoo are planning on getting a lot scarier! Halloween horrors will give little monsters a truly spooktscular time. You can take part in their Trick or Treat train and receive a pumpkin mask and a chocolate treat. You can also hop on board the ghost train for a freaky surprise.
For more information visit: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk
Living Coasts – Super Villains Week
Date: Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October
Time: Daily – 10 am to 5 pm
Price: Standard admission. *£1 charge for the coffin trail
There are some ghastly things taking place at Living Coasts this Halloween, including – Super villain appearances, Halloween Fancy dress competitions, Spooky puppet shows and a Creepy coffin trail*
Visit their website to find our more: www.livingcoasts.org.uk
Dartmouth Castle – Creepy Castle & Crafts
Dates: Monday 24th to Friday 28th October
Daily: 11 am to 4 pm
Price: Normal admission
Grab your cloaks and steady your nerves, thrilling tricks await and children will love the special spooky crafts in the tower. There is also a creepy kids costume competition at 3pm each day to win a wicked prize for the best costume.
More information can be found at: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/dartmouth-castle/
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Date: Saturday 22nd – Sunday 30th October
Times: 9.30 am to 5 pm
Price: Normal park entry
This year Woodlands are running loads of different activities, including:
- Pumpkin Carving
- Ghost Farm Tractor Ride
- Ezmeralda the Wicked Witch and her spooky activities (only Monday to Friday)
- Marty’s (the friendly) Monster Mannor
- Marty’s Monster Disco on Friday 28th October
For more information visit: www.woodlandspark.com
Crealy Adventure Park & Resort Halloween Week
Date: Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Times: Daily 10 am to 5 pm but later for the firework nights
Price: General admission
This year Crealy are going all out and have launched a brand new feature for Halloween – the Creaky Hotel, alongside three other special features to celebrate Halloween.
Brave youngsters who dare to step on to the hotel porch and enter the Creaky Hotel will discover what lies beyond – from the cobwebbed chandelier to the hotel’s ghostly rooms with frights and spooktacular surprises.
A trek into the wilderness will bring guests face-to-face with the mischievous Treehouse Trolls. A trick or treat is in store for guests of all ages but a trip into the Creepy Treehouse is optional what with those ghosts lurking in the shadows!
Free Pumpkins are also available to each child who visits the park during the week. The Crealy team will be ready and waiting to help guests make creative jack-o’-lanterns in the Animal Kingdom. You are then invited to bring their creating to the Piazza Stage for the daily Pumpkin Patches Carving Competition at 1 pm and 3 pm. The top 10 at announced at 4 pm.
There will also be a fantastic Firework Spectacular on Saturday 29th October at 7 pm and Sunday 30th October at 6 pm. Guests are invited to spend the day at the Park and see the jaw-dropping display light up the sky. There will be live music being performed from 5pm. Selected rides will stay open late and the park will be open until 8pm. Guests can enjoy the Firework Spectacular for FREE with an admission ticket to the park.
Full details can be found at www.crealy.co.uk
Powderham Castle – Snakes & Lanterns
Dates: Sunday 23rd to Monday 31st October
Times: Daily 11 am to 4.30 pm
Prices: Adult – Castle & Gardens: £11.50, Gardens Only: £8.50
Child (4-16yrs) – Castle & Gardens: £9.50, Gardens Only: £6.50
Family 2+3 – Castle & Gardens: £32.50, Gardens Only: £23.50
Take a guided tour inside the 600 year old Castle and follow the Pumpkin trail to win your own pumpkin which you can then get creative with and carve in the Potting Shed. You can also have a close encounter with Dartmoor Reptiles family of snakes and spiders And join the Deer Park Safari at 1:45 pm daily (small extra charge applies)
They are asking everyone to bring a bag to take your pumpkin home in.
To find out more visit: www.powderham.co.uk
Hannah’s at Seale Hayne – Bumpkin Pumpkin Treasure Hunt
Dates: Saturday 22nd to Monday 31st October
Times:Daily 10 am to 3 pm
Price: £2 each
Your little monsters will love hunting down our fun pumpkin-head scarecrows to win a sweet treat.
10am – 3pm daily. Buy your quiz sheets from the shop. Just £2 each
There is also a Halloween Roller Disco taking place on Saturday 29th October. Don your very best fancy dress, as the Revolution Skate team return with a wheelie wicked Halloween special. Family Skate: 3.30pm – 5.30pm. Open Skate: 7pm – 9.30pm – everyone welcome. The Sports Hall. £5 entry, 50p skate hire.
More information can be found at: www.discoverhannahs.org
There is so much going on, we are certainly split for choice.
Whatever you decide to do this half term have a fab time, I would love to hear about it in the comments below.
Lets get organised & have a fun half term!