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October Half Term Activities in Yorkshire 2021

October Half Term Activities in Yorkshire 2021

As another half-term fast approaches, parents begin frantically assembling a packed schedule to ensure the kids remain entertained. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a wide list of fantastic October half term activities in Yorkshire.

From scary movie drive-through cinema experiences to pumpkin picking and autumn walks. Instead of dreading a half-term locked indoors, take the family out and explore new exciting areas in Yorkshire, certain to keep everyone entertained.

Wentworth Woodhouse October Half Term activities

October Half-Term activities at Wentworth Woodhouse | 26th – 31st October

This Halloween Wentworth Woodhouse is hosting a variety of different Halloween events to cater to all the family. For the outdoor-loving little tykes, the Autumn Forest School with Woodland Wisdom is running from 26th – 28th October. Have a go at creating wicked potions and roast marshmallows, creating an Autumn crown and even have a go at some ceramics!

Next up, there’s Witches, Wizards and Wands (28th – 30th October) where you can meet the spooky sisters of Wentworth Woodhouse. Join them in the old stables for spooky tales and wand making.

Finally, the Scream Screen indoor cinema (30th – 31st October) is a brilliant way to celebrate the season, with indoor screenings of classic scary movies, such as Frankenweenie, The Woman in Black and many more.

Wentworth House, Rotherham, S62 7TQ

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Spooky Barn Halloween Adventure at Sledmere House | 25th – 31st October

Kicking off our list of half-term activities in Yorkshire is Sledmere House’s brand new ‘Spooky Barn Halloween Adventure’. Get stuck in with creepy crafts, have a go on the kart track, explore the spooky barn and even say hello to some creepy crawlies at the Reptile Roadshow. Visit the walled garden and take part in the petrifying pumpkin hunt and search the farm for magic spells!

Sledmere House and Estate, Sledmere, Driffield, YO25 3XG

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Burton Agnes Hall Halloween Trail | 23rd – 31st October

Over half term, head down to Burton Agnes Hall to join in a hunt around the eerily atmospheric woodland areas, looking for questions and freaky facts. Complete the trail full of spooky clues and enjoy a Halloween treat! Afterward, have fun on the woodland adventure playground with nine fabulous swings, a tower with a corkscrew slide, and a wicked double zip line!

Burton Agnes Hall, Burton Agnes, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB

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Autumn Carnival at RHS Garden Harlow Carr | 23rd – 31st October

Celebrate this Autumn with a half-term full of hands-on activities for all the family at Harrogate’s Harlow Carr. Explore the garden with a family trail, learn how different cultures welcome the autumn and get stuck in craft and well-being workshops, and even have a go at some circus skills! Free to RHS members and children under 5.

Crag Ln, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, HG3 1QB

Light spectacular North Yorkshire Moors railway - half term activity

Light Spectacular with North Yorkshire Moors Railway | 23rd – 31st October

North Yorkshire Moors Railway are hosting an unmissable October half term event this year. Celebrate this Halloween with an hour long return train ride, departing from Pickering Station. Admire the beauty of the heritage carriages, decorated with thousands of stunning lights for the whole family to love, PLUS a special appearance from Voice Over Man (X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent)! Each passenger will be allocated with an individual, interactive LED wristband which will correspond to the music, meaning all passengers can get involved in the show.

Pickering Station, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7AJ

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Piglets Pumpkin Festival at Piglets Adventure Farm | 23rd – 31st October

Get ready for tonnes of pumpkin fun for all the family with Piglets Adventure Farm’s pumpkin festival. With three Halloween-themed activities, everyone is sure to have a spooky day out. Choose from prowling the pumpkin patch, exploring the Mysterious Maize, and enjoy spooktacular entertainment from The Magic Hatter Show, plus much more.

Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST

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Ghost Tours at Scarborough Castle | 28th – 31st October

Will you dare to explore Scarborough Castle in the dark this Halloween? Head to Scarborough Castle and join the spooky storytellers as they guide you on a ghoulish journey through the history of Scarborough Castle. Will ghost tales, supernatural sightings, and historical horrors put you off? Tours are suitable for those aged 16+.

Castle Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 1HY

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Halloween Happenings at Ormesby Hall | 23rd – 31st October

Will you dare to follow the spooky trail through the house? Grab your wicked potion ingredients before searching for the potion bottles and cast your spookiest spell! With dark rooms filled with magic and spooky adventures outside – Ormesby Hall is the perfect pick for a spooktacular day out.

Ladgate Lane, Ormesby Middlesbrough, TS3 0SR

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Canon Hall Farm Pumpkin Picking | 16th – 31st October

Head down to the brand new Canon Hall Pumpkin Patch with the family this Autumn and get stuck in with a range of different autumnal half-term activities to welcome the season. From pumpkin picking to farm animals, there’s something for all the family to love. Meet farm favourites such as goats, ponies, and even alpacas! Every child’s ticket includes a free pumpkin.

Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

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York Maze HallowTween | 26rd – 31st October

Get ready for the fright of your life with HallowTween at York Maze. Aimed at 10-15-year-olds (or slightly nervous adults!) this event will definitely send a chill down your spine. Explore 4 of the farm’s mysterious buildings, each with its own spooky history to discover. You’ll have to keep your wits about you as you explore the thrills of the haunted houses. PLUS, there are live stage acts, street theatre performances, and more for the whole family to enjoy.

York Maze, Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT

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‘Creepy Carnival’ at Yorkshire Wildlife Park | 23rd – 25th October

Roll up to Yorkshire Wildlife Park this Halloween to visit The Creepy Carnival with all the family! Meet a range of characters, suitable for children of all ages, and visit the spookiest carnival on Earth. There will be live performances throughout the day plus games, craft activities and face painting for the family to enjoy. Don’t forget to experience the walk-round Safari where you might see lions, tigers, polar bears, monkeys and sea lions.

Hurst Ln, Auckley, Doncaster, DN9 3QY

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The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park | 23rd – 31st October

Visit Stockeld Park this Halloween as it comes alive, full of October half-term activities. Explore the Enchanted Forest as you hunt for some Halloween surprises, plus you might even meet a witch as you make your way down the brand-new skeleton trail. Every child’s ticket includes a free pumpkin from the pumpkin patch.

Stockeld Park, Wetherby Road, Wetherby, LS22 4AN

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Experience | 9th – 31st October

The Pumpkin Experience at Farmer Copleys has returned for 2021. Head down and pick your own pumpkin – famously fun for all the family. There will be over 27 different varieties of pumpkin to choose from, plus new and exciting Autumnal activities, so get stuck in!

Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract, WF7 5AF

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The Zombie Prom at This Green Moon | 27th October – 30th October

Next on our list of October half-term activities in Yorkshire, make your way to The Zombie Prom at The Green Moon if you dare! A spooky adventure into the forest of the undead, suitable for all the family and even pay a visit to the legendary hidden graveyard. There will be excitement and dancing, and even fine food, drinks and treats that will be available to purchase. Fun for all the family.

Swillington Organic Farm, Coach Road, Leeds, LS26 8QA

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Horsforth Pick Your Own at Kemps Farm | 8th October

Last, on our list of half-term activities in Yorkshire, why not visit Horsforth Pick Your Own this Autumn to find your perfect pumpkin. All tickets include a tractor-trailer ride to the pumpkin patch. Filled with perfect photo opportunities – don’t forget your camera. With loads of different pumpkin varieties to choose from, and carving kits available to buy – it’s guaranteed a fun-filled family day out. Face painting and refreshments are also available on site.

Horsforth Pick Your Own, West End Lane, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5ES


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