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.

2020 really is proving to be a bit of an odd one and many plans will have to change. Here are the Halloween events in Devon I have been able to find as well as ideas for days out in Somerset and Dorset.

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

East Devon 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.

A countryside haven, home to an abundance of wildlife and a great place for all ages use up some energy. (no dogs)

Check for events at Seaton Wetlands –  More event details here

Seaton Wetlands Halloween Crafts
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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.

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.

A Touch of the Wild – nr 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. Children under 18 months can attend free of charge with an older sibling. More details at A Touch of the Wild.  Based at Grammarcombe Woods, Ashcombe Estate, Ashcombe, Exeter, Devon EX7 0QE

 

Halloween Events in Devon Touch-of-The-Wild Forest School
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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 nr Sidmouth

Still closed at the time of writing I really do hope this popular East Devon attraction opens up this year. There is usually a Halloween themed  trail around the sanctuary.  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. Keep checking for news – more details 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 – take part in the haunted trail and have a go at pumpkin rolling

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

National Trust –  most of our wonderful National Trust locations have something on for Halloween.  Follow the link to find out more National Trust events in your area and details on how 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

Dress up spookily for a Halloween Trail in the woods on Thursday 29 October 2020, 11am – 2pm.  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. 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.

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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.


 

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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

Half Term Events Halloween Fun Devon, Dorset and Somerset
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