You may need to pull on wellington boots and wet weather clothing as in typical holiday fashion it might be a bit wet this October Half Term. But don’t dismay there is lots going on in Devon this half term both inside and out and we have put together a few ideas for you if you are looking for inspiration:
Coinciding with the launch in the US of the new Star Wars film, due over here in time for Christmas, Star wars fans can come and visit The Milky Way over Half Term where they will have the opportunity to view an amazing collection of Star Wars memorabilia on show from a private collection. On the 29th October visitors can meet the Storm Troopers and other characters from the film as they patrol the park all day. There is a reduced entry for all children in fancy dress on the 31st October!
For more information: Milky Way
Head to Wildwood Escot for some spooky fun for all the family
Between the 24th and 31st October Wildwood Escot are holding are holding a Witches Brew week’Choctober’. Hunt for clues throughout the park for yummy chocolate prizes and a certificate for each child taking part. During half term from 3pm onwards make your own chocolate lolly! Also during half term come and get ready for Halloween with Hagatha – Escots friendly resident witch who will be busy making a yucky witches brew ready for Escot’s Fright Nights. Choose and carve your own pumpkin to take home.
For more information on Escot Events
Tempt your taste buds at the Dartmouth Food Festival
From Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th, Dartmouth is holding its annual Food Festival. A great family event where you will have the opportunity to sample some of the best regional food and drink, enjoy demonstrations from some of the best celebrity chefs in the land and stock up on some of the delicious food on offer from local producers.
For more information on the Dartmouth Food Festival
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Jollyween at Pennywell Farm
With events all undercover if the weather turns wet, Pennywell Farm is the perfect venue for a rainy day during half term. Pumpkin carving for free where you can even take home your hard work, and all the animals waiting for their last cuddle of the season before winter. Entertainment and of course miniature pig racing.
For more information at Pennywell Farm
Head to East Devon and take a trip on the Halloween Tram of Terror from Seaton to Colyton. With lots of thrills and spills on the way and each child receives a ‘baddie bag’ of goodies. There are children’s entertainment and activities on board and halloween games at Colyton Station. Refreshments are available at the Tramstop Cafe and fancy dress is optional.
For more information on Seaton Tramway
Shriek Week and more at Living Coasts
Stay dry and visit Living Coasts where there is plenty for all ages to see and do. Visit the penguins at Penguin Beach and get up close to the otters and seals.From Monday 26th there will be creepy craft activities a Halloween Trail and spooky story-telling to add to the fun.
For more information on Living Coasts
What ever the weather Dartmoor Zoo provides a fun packed animal filled day out for all the family where a wide range of exotic and native animals can been seen in a natural enviroment. Visit the Big Cats – the largest variety of big cats in the South West. There is an outdoor play area and electric scooters to hire and the Jaguar Restaurant is open for lunches for meals and refreshments.
To find out more about Dartmoor Zoo
Haunted Gardens and a Spooky House at Knightshayes
Between Sunday 24th and Sunday 1st November, enjoy some Halloween Fun at Knightshayes. Explore the haunted garden trail and discover the spooky house this is a great day out what ever the weather.
For more information on Knightshayes
A day at Paignton Zoo will keep the whole family amused this half term, but to add to enjoyment children can take part in the Trick or Treat trail and receive a delicious chocolate treat. Enjoy pumpkin mask-making and don’t miss out on the special spooky animal talks.