School Holidays Ripon and Nidderdale

October Half Term

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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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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

Halloween & Half Term At Thornton Hall Country Park

20th October – 2nd November 2018. 10.00am – 4.30pm

NEW for 2018 – Pumpkin Picking

School of Wizards & Witches, scary mazes, pumpkin picking*, fearsome face painting *, bloody lamb & calf feeding,  freaky animal petting, eerie egg collecting & much more!

Normal admission applies

* Additional charge of £3.50 for pumpkin picking and face painting:

Thornton Hall Country Park, Thornton-in-Craven, BD23 3TS

01282 841148