School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

October Half Term

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Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm: Halloween Activities

27th October – 4th November 2018

Fly along to our spooktactular Halloween & Pumpkin Festival at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm over October Half Term. We have lots going on including:

  • Witch and Wizard School
  • Pick your own pumpkin from the patch – with thousands to choose from you can carve your pumpkin onsite
  • Slime making with our crazy scientist.

Fancy dress is encouraged for parents and children and there will be spot prizes through out each day.

Don’t forget if you planted your pumpkin at our Sow & Grow event back in spring, bring it along, carve it with us and be in with a chance to WIN a years family pass for the largest pumpkin (T&C’s apply).

We will also have a Hog Roast on the weekend of the 27th October and the weekend of the 3rd November plus lots of themed treats in the café. All this and the usual access to the farm and play barn entry is £9.95 per child with under 2’s £2 and adults normal admission. Booking for the hog Roast is essential through our Facebook page.

Fiddlers Green, Brimham Rocks Road, Harrogate HG3 3HB

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Half Term At Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

A family day out to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in autumn means frosty mornings, fights with crunching leaves and hot chocolates as you race round the estate.


As the trees grow orange and gold and begin to shed their summer colours, thoughts are turning to October half term. While scrambles on the wooden playground and a trip to see the deer is more than enough to keep little legs busy, this half term there’s even more to do at the National Trust site.

Find out what’s on at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal this half term in our blog here.

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Halloween Fun At Castle Howard

Saturday 27th October – Sunday 4th November 2018

Join us at Castle Howard this October half term for a Halloween experience like no other.

The House and Grounds have be taken over by a gang of ghostly pirates and ghoulish zombies and they’re on the lookout for new recruits!

Hidden deep within Castle Howard’s burnt out wing lies the ancient cure to zombification. whilst somewhere amongst the twisting woodland paths is a hoard of lost Pirate treasure waiting to be unearthed. And there’s about to be an epic clash between the two camps of the living dead.

But which team will you join? #TeamPirate or #TeamZombie?

Families of all ages can enjoy a day of indoor and outdoor trails, solving clues along the way, taking part in craft activities and joining fun workshops to learn the ways of the zombies and the pirates, before a daily battle commences. Why not dress the part (think Captain Jack Sparrow, Swashbuckle right through to Dawn of the Dead).

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333


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Halloween Fun At Ripon Museums

Spooky family activities 29th October – 2nd November, 11am – 4pm

Come to the Workhouse Museum this half term and meet our ghosts! Follow stories of our friendly ghosts through the museums, make ghostly finger puppets and meet Punch’s witchy mother-in-law during our Punch & Judy performances. Bake Soul Cakes, the Victorian trick or treat and have fun during All Hallow’s Eve. Our popular Hallowe’en Party will be on Wednesday 31st October 5pm-7pm – games, best costume competition and Corridor of Terror. Witches, ghosts, vampires and little monsters welcome!


Monster Mash Hallowe’en Party 5pm-7pm Wednesday 31st October

Bring your little monsters to the Workhouse on All Hallow’s Eve for some spooky fun. Starting with Wendy the Witch’s Monster Games, listen to creepy stories while making flappy bats and end up with a quick dash down our Corridor of Terror (if you dare!). We’re all bats here. All witches, ghost, vampires and monsters welcome – prize for best costume. Tickets £3 per person or £12 for a family ticket of two adults and three children. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Halloween – Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest

27th October – 4th November 2018

Journey through Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest to break the Witch’s curse. Come in your best Halloween costumes for the daily costume competition at 2pm.

Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure trail. Fun for all the family every day Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our website.

See the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park also has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

For more information visit or follow us @mothershiptonscave

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October Half Term At RHS Harlow Carr – Kids Go FREE!

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The Deep – Venom vs Poisons!

20th October – 4th November 2018

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).  01482 381000. Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).
Pre-booking advised.

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Yorkshire Arboretum

Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Alien Bugs & Autumn Activity Trails
Learn how to protect nature from pesky pests and diseases. Follow the bug hunt trail to find out more or try the woodland trail where each clue leads you closer to your prize.
Normal admission applies

Saturday, October 27 to Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Listening to Trees
Have you ever wondered what a tree sounds like inside? Come and hear the inner workings of a tree through the wonders of modern technology. Acoustics can tell us much about a tree’s health – from the stealthy munching of a beetle grub to a weak branch union, but also provide an insight into the dynamic nature of wood as it flexes in the wind.
Dave Chesmore will explain all on Sunday 28 October, or you can join us as we listen and record sounds at other trees this week. A chorus of tree sounds will be available to listen to all week.
During opening hours. Suitable for all
Normal admission applies

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Fungi Foray
Join in a hunt for fungi around the arboretum, see what you can find and get your specimens identified by our expert, Malcom Greaves. Will it be colourful, will it be unusual, who can tell?
Adult £7.50, Child £5 plus admission.
Booking required

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Junior Rangers
A fun-packed day for children aged 5-11, with seasonal indoor and outdoor nature inspired activities and crafts.
Please note that an accompanying adult must stay for the session.
£7.50 per child.
Booking required

Booking via the Howardian Hills website, call the Visitor Centre on 01653 648598 or email

Bolton Abbey Pumpkin Trail

20th October – 4th November 2018, 10am – 4pm

Follow the trail of over-sized pumpkins through Strid Wood and discover clues hidden behind mystery doors to unravel the witches spell. Behind each door is a clue to help unravel the witch’s magical spell.

This is a free event. The estate’s admission of £10 per vehicle will apply. Park in Riverside car park near the Cavendish Pavilion.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton BD23 6AL

Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope

3rd October – 14th November 2018 10am – 4pm

Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope is a sculptural piece at Ripon Cathedral depicting the return from war. Dan Metcalfe, installation artist, has used wet soil from the site of Ripon’s WW1 military hospital and donated by the Passchendaele Memorial museum, and has created five silhouettes which will gradually emerge as the soil dries and cracks. Dan teamed up with Joe Priestley, visual media artist and Jeanne Mundy, artist and illustrator. Jeanne has also incorporated the soil into some paintings to complement the piece.

Ripon Cathedral · Ripon, North Yorkshire

Frightwater Valley

October 27th – 31st
Lightwater Valley becomes ‘Frightwater Valley’ as part of its Halloween celebrations. The theme park will be hosting a series of spooktacular events to appeal to visitors of all ages. From family-friendly scares to terrifying encounters there’s something for everyone!
Water Ln, North Stainley, Ripon HG4 3HT


Halloween Fun At Bedale Library

Harry Potter Weekend At York Bird Of Prey Centre

Open 20th and 21st October 10am – 6pm

A fun filled weekend of Harry Potter games and activities with including crafts, owls, potions, the “sorting hat” and “aragogs nest”

Usual entrance fee applies: Adult – £9, Child – £7.50, Family of 4 – £28.00, Family of 5 – £32.00
Tickets can be purchased in advance (please call 01347 833214) or on the door.
York Bird of Prey Centre, Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, YO61 1JB
T: 01347 833 214

Ripon Ghost Walk

Wed 31st October 2018 7.15pm

Following the same route as the normal Ghost Walk but with some extra themed spooky stories added in – feel free to dress up in Halloween costume! Meet at the Cabman’s Shelter.

Market Place South, Ripon


Spooktacular Halloween Trail At Thorp Perrow

Oct 13 – Nov 4 2018

Scary spooks and witches, ghosts and goblins in the ditches! The spooktacular Halloween trail is back – follow it if you dare!

£2 per child inc themed gift (standard entry charges apply) No need to book.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum Wildlife Park, Bedale DL8 2PS

Spooky Scarecrow Trail At Lotherton Hall

Oct 27th – Nov 4th 2018 11am – 4pm

Lotherton’s Spooky Scarecrow Trail is back! Follow the clues around the house and estate to find all of the spooky scarecrows. While you are here why not have a go at the creepy crafts on offer in the Servants’ Rooms.

Normal admission into the estate applies.

Lotherton Hall, Collier Lane, Aberford, LS25 3EB Leeds
0113 378 2959

The Halloween Adventure At Stockeld Park

25 October until 31 October, 10.30am – 8.30pm

Join us for spooky adventures from when Stockeld Park comes alive for the Autumn Half Term!
Journey by Nordic Ski on our woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, travel through the Maze or enjoy our real Ice Rink.
Plus don’t miss our Special Spooky Events – and New Terrifying Fright Nights!

Stockeld Park, Wetherby, Leeds, LS22 4AN.

01937 586101