Halloween Half Term Highlights in the South

Halloween Half Term Highlights in the South


Ride Exbury's haunted ghost train this October half term for some frightfully entertaining family fun! Spooky characters will captivate children and adults alike in a creepily comedic performance. Starting at Exbury Central Station, their un-dead conductors will guide passengers on a grisly journey through Exbury's wearisome woodland, festooned with gruesome decorations. Ghoulish characters will be lurking within the copse, and you might even hear some ghastly singing and see some dreadful dancing along the way, before entering our haunted tunnel!

Exbury's Halloween Ghost Train and characters may be a little too scary for some children so parental discretion is advised before booking.

Ghost train a little too scary? There’s loads going on, so why not book a session building your own spooky garden, pumpkin carving (they even clean up the mess) or explore the Gruesome Garden Trail. www.exbury.co.uk


With fang-tastic fun for all the family, this year’s safe yet spooky season sees Howl’o’ween return, from October 16th - 31st, as the mischievous Wild Witches of Adventure Point conjure up a devilish spell over the resort. With lots of tricks and plenty of treats, from The Forgotten Forest to spellbinding dance shows and the return of the award-winning Creep Caves, watch your step as you explore this October half term!

From November 27th, finish the year at Winter’s Tail where you can meet Father Christmas in his enchanting grotto and get a1e8fd3874e916c73c40e0500c93be44.jpginto the festive spirit at our wild winter wonderland - plus much more to create the perfect yuletide treat.


To give you the best possible experience, the Resort is still reducing the number of guests it welcomes each day, with pre-booking online essential at Chessington.com - where you can save up to 29% on tickets and find out more about everything you’ve read here.


Get set for an awesome autumn of epic experiments and dazzling demos at Winchester Science Centre

Brand new free live science show, spectacular Planetarium shows, immersive exhibits and huge science demos

Sound is set to get awesome this autumn. Acoustic Explorers is the final show in the Science Centre’s 2021 Year of Sound and it is not to be missed. Families are invited to put their investigation skills to the test and become an Acoustic Explorer. Find out what an acoustic engineer does, discover what reverberation is and find out how we use it to control sound. And of course, if the sound is epic, you can be sure the science demos will be too. There’ll be awesome live demos and fun audience participation finishing off the Year of Sound with the mind-blowing, light-bending laser harp. www.winchestersciencecentre.org


Let London Wetland Centre illuminate your Autumn with a light trail like no other.  Families can experience a unique and magical event in Barnes, London from this October.

Friends and family b63582707048196f64c5ed316350ba56.jpgcan follow the trail past reed beds, lagoons and the grazing marsh, seeing larger-than-life illuminations of iconic wetland wildlife like otters and swans.  There will be immersive light tunnels, hop along responsive lily-pads, and a multitude of other opportunities to interact with the lights on the journey, creating an unforgettable experience.   The immersive light trail has been specially-designed and carefully curated to work alongside the amazing natural wetlands and their wildlife.

22 October 2021 to 9 January 2022, 4pm - 9pm.
Visit the website to book: wwt.org.uk/illuminature


If you’re looking for a well-established family fireworks display near you, Salisbury Racecourse have just the event. With plenty to entertain all the family, a live set from The Deloreons and a dazzling 15 minute firework display, you won’t want to miss out! To keep you all fed and warm, look out for our choice of hot snacks, drinks & refreshments.

They’ve got a range of tickets & VIP options to suit you. Earlybird Adult tickets start at just £10 & Earlybird Child tickets at just £5 if purchased in advance before 31st October, this is a great value night out. Children under 2 GO FREE. salisburyracecourse.co.uk



The pumpkin and squash fields are open seven days a week, weather permitting, throughout October. All visitors need to have a pre-booked Farm Pass before arriving to gain entry, only available to purchase online. Dates are released to book 7 days in advance. Drive 4cffd0af6a266cdde62c49c91d245367.jpgyour car to the fields and take the kids for a half-term adventure to choose the best specimen. Or, if you don’t fancy braving the elements, pop into the garden centre and farm shop and choose from an array of pre-picked pumpkins. Don’t forget to pick up a pumpkin carving kit and some spooky decorations, while stocks last! During half term, there will be fun activities and competitions with chances to win prizes!  www.garsons.co.uk


Your Pumpkin Pick at Farmer Palmer's is a BRAND NEW event for 2021!  Halloween Half Term (Monday 25th October to Saturday 30th October inclusive) at Farmer Palmer's is always very popular with little witches, wizards, werewolves, monsters and ghouls! The whole park gets a spook-tacular makeover and the team get 'into the spirit' of things and dress up too! You'll be able to do the brilliant 'Soak-a-Spook' tractor rides. This year (2021) they're introducing a brand new optional Pumpkin Pick Event!  Pumpkin Pick at Farmer Palmer's 25th to 30th Oct 21 Tickets available now at Farmerpalmers.co.uk


Pumpkins, like us, come in all shapes and sizes, have different colours, tastes and uses.

Their names are wonderfully evocative with polar bear, goosebump and the cute munchkin giving a real sense of what each one is. Gold Medal for carving, kabocha for a wonderful soup, Casparita because how can we ignore a name like that, and the wonderful Monster Smash, to 6c90fa52730397d85d87ee66499c0c53.jpgshow off to friends and family are just some of the 20 plus varieties we have planted for you to pick.

You pay for what you pick and we price by size. They even have pricing boxes so you and your Picking team can decide how many pumpkins you need in your life, before you get to the tills!

Extra fun is available at the Picking Patch farm in Fordingbridge with the Maize Maze, including extra spooky Twighlight sessions and The Great Pumpkin Smash where you can help put the nutrients back in the earth and keep the left over pumpkins out of landfill at this new event!


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