October half term events Gloucestershire 2016

Looking for inspiration for entertaining your kids over the October half term holidays?  Below you will find many ideas handpicked by me, a local Gloucestershire mum, taking place over the next couple of weeks including lots of Halloween themed events!

I will continue to add events to this list as I find them so please share with your local friends, bookmark this page and keep checking back for October half term fun!

**Please click-through the links to the attraction websites for specific details and to check dates/details have not changed before you travel**

October half term events Gloucestershire 2016

Spooktacular Halloween – Cattle Country

Thurs 20 to Sun 30 October 10am – 4pm
The attraction is promising its best ever Halloween event this year with many spooky activities on offer… tractor and trailer ride around a fairytale maze, free treats being handed out by a witch, toasting marshmallows on an open fire, pumpkin carving and scarecrow trail. We visited the attraction last year over Halloween and can thoroughly recommend it.  Our full review can be found here

Halloween Tea Party – Cotswolds Farm Park

Mon 24 to Sun 30 October
This year the popular farm park is hosting a Witch’s Tea Party. Kids are encouraged to get creative with costumes in return for a treat from the lucky dip trick or treat basket. Kids will love meeting a beastly collection of reptiles, arachnids and insects in the creepy animal encounters den and taking part in ghoulish party games inside a giant witches hat!  Please note Cotswold Farm Park closes for development work from the 30 October.  For our tips on visiting Cotswolds Farm Park click here

Steam and Scream – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Sat 29 October
Join the ‘Spooky Special’ at either Cheltenham Racecourse or Toddington Station.  Take part in a special Halloween quiz and fancy dress competition plus travel through the haunted Greet tunnel. Meet the wicked witch and join in with spooky activities including a ghost hunt at Winchcombe station.   For our tips on visiting GWR click here

Halloween Farm Trail – Primrose Vale

Thurs 20 to Mon 31st October
Follow the Halloween trail around the farm to discover various challenges, tasks and puzzles. Thousands of home grown pumpkins, hot refreshments and goodies from the farm shop will also be available to purchase.  We attended Primrose Vale at Halloween last year and had a blast! The event is suitable for children of all ages, but most enjoyed by those between 3 and 15.  I would recommend wearing wellies as it does get very muddy!  The trail is only £5 per participant (accompanying adults go FREE) including a small prize for all participants.

Gloucester Zombie Walk – Gloucester City 

Sat 29 October
This annual event involves walking through the streets of Gloucester in zombie fancy dress!  All ages are welcome to take part.  Admission is free.  Meet at Cafe Rene 1pm for a 1.30pm departure.

Autumn Activities – At-Bristol Science Centre

Several autumn activities are on offer at this city based science centre from now until December.  Kids will enjoy activities celebrating autumn in the greenhouse, harvest time in the kitchen and autumn 3D stargazing (ages 6+).  For our tips on visiting At-Bristol click here 

Autumn Family Trail – Westonbirt Arboretum

To truly experience autumn there is nowhere better to visit than Westonbirt Arboretum, home to 15,000 trees.  The Forestry Commission recommends October as the peak leaf-peeping time so the scenery for the October half term holidays will be incredible.  From 24 – 28 October the arboretum is hosting a ‘Inspired by Colour’ family event with different crafts taking place daily. From 12 October – 30 November the Autumn Family Trail is open which is perfect for discovering the variety of colours, shapes and textures that the trees create.  For our tips on visiting Westonbirt Arboretum click here

Family Halloween Fun – Over Farm, Gloucester

22 to 31 October 10am – 4.30pm
Lots of spooky Halloween fun for all the family including tractor-trailer rides, pumpkin picking, a scarecrow hunt, Halloween arts and crafts, inflatable rides, daily live shows plus a fancy dress competition.  This year there is a charge for entering the event – Adults £6, 5-13 year olds £10, 2-4 year olds £6, under 2’s free.  Fairground rides, arts and crafts and face painting are NOT included in the ticket price.

Slimbridge Spooktacular – WWT Slimbridge

Fri 28 October to Sun 30 October
Slimbridge are running Halloween craft activities, creepy colouring in and a witch hat hoopla over the Halloween weekend.  Certificates will be presented to every guest that wears spooky costumes and their LEGO sculptures will be dressed up in spooky accessories too!  Also over the half term Slimbridge are hosting the giant LEGO brick animals again and LEGO brick workshops (now until Sun 6 Nov).  Karen, local mum of two, recently visited and shares her review and tips for visiting here

Halloweek & Halloween  – Sudeley Castle

24 to 30 October 10am – 4pm
Sudeley Castle has an entire week of spooky activities taking place including ghost tours, storytelling, Halloween magic shows and themed arts and crafts. On the final day (Sunday 30) the castle has even more special treats in store including creepy crawlies, the Sudeley Witches in their lair and seasonal crafts with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

Halloween Witch Hunt Puzzlewood

22 to 30 October 10am – 3.30pm last entry
Mischievous, colourful witches have crashed landed in Puzzlewood, the magical forest. They are hiding in the woods and are very amusing!  Kids will enjoy searching for clues and working out the name of the cheekiest witch. Normal admission prices plus £1.50 per Halloween trail.  Our recent review of Puzzlewood including top tips for visiting can be found here 

Half term activities – Dean Heritage Centre

Thurs 20 – Sun 30 October
Craft and living heritage activities will be taking place daily at the Dean Heritage Centre catering for all ages. Situated in a picturesque Heritage Mill building in the Forest of Dean, the Dean Heritage Centre has five galleries, a reconstructed Victorian Cottage, a Charcoal burner’s camp, a woodland playground, ferrets to walk and the Gruffalo trail to explore and enjoy.  Our recent review of Dean Heritage Centre including top tips for visiting can be found here 

Looking for October half term fun further afield?

Check out our UK family friendly attractions handpicked by local mums.  This helpful article includes recommendations for the best theme parks, parks, castles, beaches and forests throughout the UK, from local mums in the know!  So whether you are planning a trip to Cornwall, London or Glasgow you will find ideas to entertain your kids.

**Please click on the links above and visit the attraction websites prior to travel as dates and activities may change.

Do you know of any other October half term events in Gloucestershire?  Share the information with other local parents by commenting below!

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