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October Half Term Activities in Yorkshire 2020

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 selection 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.

Browse by location: East Yorkshire Half-Term Acivities | North Yorkshire Half-Term Activities | South Yorkshire Half-Term Activities | West Yorkshire

October Half-Term Activities in East Yorkshire

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Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt and Spooky Maize Maze at Sledmere House | 22nd Oct – 1st Nov

Join one of East Yorkshire’s finest country homes for unmissable half-term activities. Spooky Maize Maze and Grounds tickets include; entry and your activity card for the Ghastly Ghost Hunt, Petrifying Pumpkin Hunt in the Rare Breed Farm Park, games and activities such as grewsome mini-golf, freaky footpool and frightful footgolf, a Beastly Broom search in the Walled Garden and access to the adventure play area, grounds and gardens.

Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, YO25 3XG

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Burton Agnes Hall

Burton Agnes Hall, Halloween Trail – 23rd October – 1st November

This half term, join Burton Agnes Hall in a (spacious and socially distant) hunt around the peaceful yet eerily atmospheric woodland, finding a frightfully fun series of handcrafted scenes. Alongside the Halloween Trail, romp in the spine-tingling woodland adventure playground with its nine fabulous swings, tower with a corkscrew slide and double zip wire followed by refreshments in the stableyard.

Burton Agnes Hall, Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB

October Half-Term Activities in North Yorkshire

RHS Harlow Carr Gardens

Autumn at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate

Head to RHS Harlow Carr this October half term for a fun-packed outdoor adventure for all the family. Enjoy the glorious colours and fresh autumn air and explore the new sculpture trail. Let young imaginations run wild in the Logness Monster and Craggle Top Tree House play areas then finish your day out with treats and hot drinks from Betty’s Café.

In order to effectively manage social distancing measures, all visitors and members will need to pre-book a time slot ahead of their visit.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB

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Piglets Pumpkin Festival, York | 24th October – 1st November

Get ready for heaps of Pumpkin Festival family fun at Piglets Adventure Farm. Includes free pumpkin per paying child. Explore the Pumpkin Patch, with over 10,000 homegrown pumpkins to choose from in all shapes and sizes, then get stuck in carving. Run wild in the Mysterious Maize Maze, challenge friends and family on the Corn Cannon, meet adorable and their farmyard friends in the undercover animal barn then explore acres of outdoor adventure including The Beach, Barrel Train Ride, Fairy Tale Trail and so much more.

Tickets are limited, guests will need to pre-book a time slot ahead of their visit.

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

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Whitby Abbey

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

Do you dare explore Whitby or Scarborough Castle in the dark this Halloween? Join their storytellers as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted. Don’t forget to bring a torch – things are going to get dark… Afterwards, you can warm up with a hot drink and some cake. Tours are suitable for those aged 16+.

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North York Moors ‘Room on the Broom’ | 27th October

Fun sessions for all the family including park trails, storytelling and crafts with a spooky twist. “Room on the Broom” – follow a fun trail through the grounds, build a broom and escape the dragon! Booking essential.

The Moors National Park Centre, Danby, YO21 2NB

October Half-Term Activities in South Yorkshire

Cannon Hall Farm Pumpkin Picking, Barnsley

Cannon Hall Farm Pumpkin Picking, Barnsley | 17th – 31st October

Join Cannon Hall Farm this half term for a fabulous, family-friendly day of Pumpkin Picking. Enjoy an animal walking safari providing a closer-than-ever peek at their most famous animals, outdoor playgrounds and their pumpkin patch for those Insta-worthy pictures.

Fancy dress is welcome and there will be random spot prizes issued for those who have made a special effort (but please ensure to bring a change of clothes for the playgrounds).

All tickets must be pre-booked online (£6.95 pp). All paying children get a free pumpkin.

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

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Daisy Dukes Drive-in Cinema Halloween Experience, Sheffield | 30th October – 1st November

Daisy D̶u̶k̶es̶̶ Spooks Drive-In Cinema Experience will be arriving at Sheffield’s FlyDSA Arena Sheffield for 3 days of Covid-Safe Halloween fun.

Cinema-goers will be treated to a schedule of Halloween screenings ranging from Children’s Daytime Faves, Tea Time Cult Classics and Late Night Thrillers for the not so faint-hearted. The line-up features; Hocus Pocus, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Scary Movie, The Exorcist, Casper, Beetlejuice, Scream, Nightmare Before Christmas, Shaun of the Dead, The Blair Witch Project and The Joker.

Children will be greeted by their favourite characters during the day, adults will bump into some of their worst nightmares by evening! Tickets, priced from £30 per car.

FlyDSA Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

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Fantastical Enchanted Tales at Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster | 24th – 28th October

Take a walk through the enormous Mushroom Forest and visit an evil Queens Castle, if you dare! Experience the magical realm of unicorns, roam the colourful Rainbow Woods and take a trip to the Evil Dungeon. Don’t forget all the excitement of a walk-round safari where you might see Lions, Tigers, Polar Bears, mischievous Lemurs plus spotted Hyenas and their very own Red Panda princesses, Ariel, Alice and Aurora.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Branton, Doncaster DN4 6TB

October Half-Term Activities in West Yorkshire

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Trick or Treat Trail at The Piece Hall, Halifax | 30th – 31st October

Join The Piece Hall in Halifax for some spooktacular fun this Halloween! Don your vampire teeth or witches hat and trick or treat around the shops for some sweet treats with their Halloween bags and trail map. Don’t miss your chance to win £20 worth of Blondin’s ice-cream for the best Halloween costume.

The Piece Hall, Blackledge, Halifax HX1 1RE


Farmer Copley’s Pumpkin Festival, Pontefract | now until 31st October

Join Farmer Copleys this October half-term for their famous pumpkin picking festival.

With over 130,000 pumpkins planted of every shape, size and colour, you’re guaranteed to find your perfect pumpkin. Don your wellies, your big coat and head to the fields for a fun-filled day of pumpkin-related fun. Don’t miss the ‘Not so’ Wicked Witch’ who’ll be flying in to make an appearance.

Farmer Copley’s, Ravensknowle Farm, Pontefract Road, Pontefract WF7 5AF

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The Beck and Call, Leeds – Family Fright-Fest | Friday 30th October

Located in the leafy suburbs of North Leeds is the highly popular Beck and Call. This October half term, expect spooky film favourites for all of the family to enjoy. With Hotel Transylvania showing on the big screen in the beer garden from 4 pm or catch the Addams family screening at 7 pm.

Tickets for each screening are £10 pp and include a hot pie or sandwich and a drink.

The Beck and Call, Stainbeck Rd, Meanwood, Leeds LS7 2NP

 Trick or Trees at This Green Moon

Trick or Trees at This Green Moon, Leeds | 28th – 31st October

This Green MOOOOOOOooon invites you to wind your way through the ancient woods, find your seats under the giant witches hat then prepare to be entertained and partake in the feast of Hallows eve! Let the resident vampires take you under their wing. To survive and thrill, dress to kill. Bloodsuckers, zombies, fuzzballs, killer clowns, warlocks and witches. Food will be available to buy from Yorkshire Pizza Company and Ritas Indian Street food Kitchen as well as a fully licensed bar.

This Green Moon, Swillington Organic Farm, Coach Road, Leeds LS26 8QA

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Kemps, pick your own pumpkins, Horsforth | 10th – 31st October

Choose from over 1000 available on the pick your own pumpkin site in Horsforth.  There’s also the opportunity to carve your pumpkin onsite or take it home with you.  Kids face painting will also be available, as well as tractor and trailer rides. Tickets are limited, guests will need to pre-book a time slot ahead of their visit.

Horsforth Pick Your Own, W End Ln, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5ES


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Written by

Peter Henry


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