Halloween Events in Devon and Half Term Fun   – Updated for 2020

Once again the supermarket aisles will be crammed with cheap sweets, random Halloween themed stuff and dressing up outfits as parents across the land prepare for some half term fun.  Despite it being a very odd year, there are still lots of Halloween events in Devon as well as days out to enjoy in Somerset and Dorset.

2020 really is proving to be very different. Many places require booking and advertised plans may have to change, so please,  do check these events before you travel.

I have also researched lots of places for  Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patches which are popular throughout October.

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Halloween Events in Devon

Seaton Wetlands Axe Estuary 

Explore Seaton Wetlands and enjoy beautiful marshland and reedbeds alongside the River Axe. There are five bird hides and nearly 4km of level trails and boardwalks suitable for wheelchair, bikes and pushchairs. No dogs.

Halloween Trail at Seaton Wetlands: take part in the self-guided special spooky trail and learn about curious creatures such as the Death’s Head Hawkmoth, Beastly Bats, Scary Spiders and Ominous Owls. Fill in your grid to receive a special prize including a badge, pencil and sweet goodies. 
The trail is available from the Lookout at Seaton Wetlands from 19 Oct to 1 Nov. £3 per trail to include prizes. 

Seaton Wetlands Halloween Trail poster
Halloween Nature Crafts owls

Family Activity Sessions at Seaton Wetlands – Natural Crafts  – get crafty using natural materials and small tools. Hour long sessions running on Tuesday 27th October. Booking essential.

Stream Safari  – enjoy an hour of stream dipping and exploration. Private bookings only for up to 5 people from one family group. Thursday 29th October. 

Nest Box Building in Exmouth  (Phear Park)- Friday 30th October

Join the Wild Exmouth rangers to make amazing bird nest boxes for your garden. £10 per family for 2 bird boxes. Full instruction and help on hand, you can either make them both on the day or take them home to build. Booking essential.

All details and to book on the East Devon countryside website here

 


Something Lovely Pottery Painting – Sidmouth

Enjoy Halloween pottery painting with family or friends (max 6 per table).  Over 100 items to choose from and prices starting at £6. Special treats for those in fancy dress!  Book a table via Facebook here.

You can also paint your own at Paint Pots Devon which is in Crediton and at Honiton Pottery.

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Canonteign Falls

Just on the edge of Dartmoor,  England’s highest man-made waterfall, Canonteign Falls is a magnificent example of a Victorian folly set in a natural paradise with lakes, woodland walks and an adventure play area.

Sat Oct 24th – Sunday Nov 1st. All week there will be a bat trail where children can delight in spotting bats around the estate and every entry will receive a prize. Sat Oct 31st – on Halloween itself children are invited go in in fancy dress. There will be a Halloween Trail and a Halloween fancy dress selfie competition.

Thursday Oct 29th – Explore Canonteign Falls by night, opening until 8.30pm join a night walk to Clampitt Falls and around the Lily Lake which will be lit by lights. Spot bats, look for pond creatures and giant bugs by torchlight if you dare!  The snack bar will be open serving yummy take away hot chocolate and hot food. Remember torches, warm clothes and suitable footwear.

Sun Nov 1st – Canonteign Falls take advantage of 20% off entry as well as 20% off in the shop, café and snack bar. Read my recent review here.

Crealy Adventure Park

As well as all the normal activities between the 24th -1st November 2020 enjoy the annual Crealy Spookfest.

Attractions include the Scarecrow Scare Maze and Witches of the Wilderness.  FREE pumpkins for every child who visits the Theme Park. Crealy is fun for all ages, you can see my review here about what the teens got up to last time we went.

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A Touch of the Wild – near Exeter

Perfect for younger children there will be spook-tacular fun and games including apple bobbing, broomstick making, marshmallow toasting, spooky stories round the campfire and lots more besides at this forest school event. Dress to enjoy the mud kitchen and new woodland playground.

Saturday 31st October. Just £6 per person (adult or child over 18 months). Booking essential. More details at A Touch of the Wild.  Based at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe, Exeter, Devon EX7 0QE

 

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Where's Wally Torre Abbey Half Term

Torre Abbey – Torquay

This Halloween find Wally in Torre Abbey from Fri 9 to Sat 31 Oct. Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character, will be travelling the country appearing in museums, including Torre Abbey.

Find all of the Wally’s hidden around the museum, spell out a spooky phrase and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark. You can search for Wally at over 75 museums across the UK between – also being held in Tiverton Museum, Poole and Bodmin

Haldon Forest,  Exeter

We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new trail to follow at this Forestry Commission site. In the meantime Haldon Hill is fantastic for a woodland walk with easy to follow trails of different lengths. Take your own glow sticks for a spooky evening walk. This is a lovely woodland where you can also hire bikes and segways as well as have fun on the Go Ape high ropes courses.

Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway

Join the Cliff Railway Halloween Spooktacular on October 31st. Visit at night and discover it’s hidden and darker past. Candle light, zombie drivers and story telling set the scene for an unforgetable and chilling Cliff Railway experience for all ages (suitable for children).

6pm until 9pm – normal ticket prices, a return ticket for two ghostly rides and creepy tales and other surprise visits too. No booking required. More details here.

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Axe Valley Wildlife Park

Explore the wildlife park and enjoy animal talks and handling sessions all day with the Halloween theme. Dare your friends and family to go through the Scary Tunnel and put your hands in the mystery boxes. ​ A spooktacular day of fun for all ages. Details TBC for 2020.

Beer Quarry Caves

Beer Quarry caves are open daily until Sunday 1st November 2020.  A fascinating tour learning the history of the caves as well as many interesting facts. 

Tours will be by booking only.  Pre-book tours by ringing 01297 680 282 or email your name and telephone number to info@beerquarrycaves.co.uk
You can read my review here.


The Donkey Sanctuary near Sidmouth

I am delighted that the Donkey Sanctuary has reopened.   You can meet the donkeys on your scenic walk around the Sanctuary and enjoy a delicious lunch or coffee and cake in the lovely cafe.  There is usually a Halloween themed trail around the Sanctuary so keep checking for news.  This half term you will need to book a timed entry slot (between 24th Oct – 1st Nov) at The Donkey Sanctuary web site.


More Devon Attractions

Powderham Castle  Explore the castle and gardens at this lovely castle overlooking the River Exe in East Devon.

World of Country Life –  this popular family attraction open 7 days a week until 1st November 2020. Check for events over half term.

Forde Abbey – have a go at pumpkin rolling in the grounds of this beautiful former monastery (pumpkins have to be purchased). 

Wildwood Escot – see if you can spot the wolves and join in the fun activities in the Saxon Village.

National Trust –  many of our wonderful National Trust locations have something on for Halloween – most properties require you to pre-book entry.

Please check entrance fees and some attractions charge extra for the activities.

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Somerset Halloween Events

Hestercombe’s Gardens near Taunton

The family self-led garden trails returns for October half-term from 24th Oct – 1st November.  Join the intrepid Coplestone on a Halloween walk through the gardens as you keep an eye out for the special ingredients needed to complete his mother’s mysterious potion – from sweet honeycomb near the Hestercombe beehives, to a suspicious pink liquid by the Witch’s Hut. When you’re done, head back to the plant centre for a special Halloween reward.

Suitable for children aged 3+   Tickets £1 per Halloween trail, plus normal admission charges apply. Booking required. More details here.

Yeovil Country Park
CANCELLED

Dress up spookily for a Halloween Trail in the woods.  A fang-tastic fun day out in the beautiful autumnal woods at Ninesprings.  Pick up a trail leaflet from the frightful ‘Friends of Yeovil Country Park’ stall opposite Ninesprings Café between 11.00am and 2.00pm.

Follow the pumpkin markers through the woods. Find the missing letters which will be hidden at several marked pumpkin stops along the way to help craft the witches spell. Trail takes approximately one hour to complete. A buggy friendly/little legs short route will be available.

Cost £2 per child Under 2’s free.  No need to book. More details at the South Somerset Countryside website 


Ferne Animal Sanctuary – nr Chard

Head along to the lovely Ferne Animal Sanctuary this half term which will be hosting its first Halloween Festival during the October half term week, 24th Oct to 1st November.

Treats in store for all the family including activities, competitions and a very spooky sanctuary to enjoy. Get involved with the Black Cats and Bats Trail, join in with the spooky mini games and enter the Build Your Own Scarecrow Competition for a chance of winning some brilliant prizes. Take along your own scarecrows and carved pumpkins to gain FREE entry into the Sanctuary:

Ferne has an accessible trail throughout the Sanctuary, through a woodland with lily and dragonfly ponds, spot the ducks and other animals. There is a play area, café and gift shop.  Perfect for pushchairs and the like. There is also a plaque rubbing trail at Ferne Animal Sanctuary.  Admission charges apply or for a small monthly donation enjoy all year round entry.

Coates English Willow Visitor Centre in Stoke St Gregory (near Taunton)

Halloween Willow Sculpture Trail –  opens 16th October. No need to book, £2.50 per person including a prize.
The footpath is fairly smooth but not tarmac. There are some steepish bits to navigate,  suitable for most buggies/pushchairs.  
Closed on Sundays, dogs are allowed on leads. There is an independent cafe at the centre,  winter opening hours 9-4.
More details on Facebook at Coates English Willow

www.coatesenglishwillow.co.uk

Coates Willow and Wetlands Halloween Trail large willow witch
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Dorset Autumn half Term Days Out

Shire Hall – Dorchester

Throughout the half-term holidays (26th – 31st Oct), Shire Hall will become home to spooky family-friendly fun. With slippery slime-making workshops and count the spiders trail.  Visit the spooky underground cells for story telling at the most haunting time of the year.

After your visit, pop into the café for some seasonal autumnal recipes and Halloween treats. Kids who are dressed up go free*. Subterranean slime workshops £2.00 per child to cover costs of materials.


More Halloween Events in Dorset

Nothe Fort in Weymouth is possibly the spookiest place to be this season! With ghost tours, spooky magic shows and much, much more.

Visit the spooky shrubbery at Minterne Gardens and explore The Halloween Trails (between Dorchester and Sherborne).

At SEA LIFE Weymouth help find the sea witches missing potion ingredients and solve a riddle to earn a special Halloween treat (if you dare!)

Join an entertaining Ghost Walk around Dorchester to hear about some of the places, people and events that have contributed to the town’s 6000 year story. They take place every Thursday during October, as well as Tuesday 27th October during half term and of course on Halloween too.

 

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Trick or Treating

This year instead of Trick or Treating in the traditional way, many communities are setting up local pumpkin trails. Walk around like you would trick or treating and spot pumpkins in peoples windows or Halloween decorations. Don’t forget to decorate your own.

Parents,  you take the treats for you own children and add to the stash as they find the pumpkins. Many local communities are doing this so check on your local Facebook pages or make a plan with friends or neighbours. Here are a few I have found on Facebook: 

Dorset Pumpkin Trail

 The Big Neighbourhood Pumpkin Trail – includes arts and crafts ideas.

For free days out  there’s plenty of fun to be had walking on the beach or in the woods to find conkers and kick leaves. Take a look at my ideas for walks in the East Devon and Dorset Area.

Have a great half term and please leave some feedback in the comments below if you would like to.

Have a great Halloween week everyone. 

This list is by no means exhaustive so please look out for other local events to join in with and I will keep updating this post.

Make the most of our lovely free outdoors and try one of my walks that I’ve featured, they range in length so you should find something to suit most families including ideas for when the mud takes over with these buggy friendly walks.

Thank you for reading my Half Term Events and Halloween Guide. Don’t forget to check out my guide to Pick Your Own Pumpkin Patches as well.

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