What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England


What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England

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Things are very much up in the air about what could happen over October Half Term - there may be extra restrictions in place by then and events may be cancelled. Booking anything mentioned on this page is at your own risk and please always check details with venue direct before booking anything / heading out. 

Despite everything though, I am determined to make October Half Term a good one. We have already decided that the kids won't be trick or treating this year which is very disappointing for them but we will be decorating the house for Halloween , carving pumpkins and watching lots of scary movies. 

In fact, Steve and the boys have decided they are going to watch a horror movie every day in October! 

I am hoping to get away to Scotland for a day or two but I am holding off booking anything until a few days before - then I will see how I feel. 
Apologies for the font size in this post - it is not playing ball with me today and one of those classic Computer Says No scenarios. I will try and fix it again soon. 

Free Days Out with no pre-booking required 

Rainy Day Ideas

 Mini Adventures (Less than £20 for a Family of 4)

    Most of these events / days out will require pre-booking. Please check direct with venue before making plans. Click on the blue text to be taken to the venue website.

  • Try a self-guided Murder Mystery around your local town with Treasure Trails 
  • Scarecrow Trail at Preston Park
  • Visit Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm & Village - over Half Term they have various events (check website for dates) including re-enactments, clay pottery, a pumpkin patch and carving
  • Dinosaur Crazy Golf at Dobbies Garden Centre, Morpeth  

  • Brocksbushes Pumpkin Patch 
  • Visit Howick Hall  

  • Visit Preston Park, Gardens, Victorian Street & Museum  (& Where's Wally Spooky Museum Search)
  • Visit Butterfly World 
  • Ouseburn Farm 
  • Ocean Beach South Shields Fun Fair 

  • Alnwick Castle

  • Arbeia Roman Fort 

  • Tynemouth Park Adventure Golf  & Halloween Events

  • Heatherslaw Light Railway 
  • Forest Adventure at Broomhouse Farm
  • Brick Dinos LEGO Exhibition & Space Zone at LIFE 
  • Lanchester Garden Centre are running various events
  • Big Adventures (£20+ per family of 4)

  • Hire a carriage at Tanfield Railway
  • Visit Newcastle Castle
  • Beamish 

  • Bowes Museum ( & Where's Wally Museum Search)

  • Pirate Escape Rooms Whitley Bay 

  • Whitehouse Farm  Halloween Spooktacular 

  • Northumberland Country Zoo  

  • Bamburgh Castle You can strike a Halloween coin from 24 Oct - 1 Nov for a small additional charge.

  • Alnwick Garden  

  • Raby Castle Autumn Sundays & Halloween Trail  

  • Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens Spooky Belsay & Woodland Walks  

  • Warkworth Castle  

  • Farne Islands Boat Trip  

  • National Trust Properties - pre-book tickets. They are released just after midnight Thursday / early Friday morning for the week ahead. Free to reserve for members / chargeable for non-members. At time of print, NT play areas remain closed. 

  • WWT Washington Wetlands  

  • Adventure Valley Pumpkin Festival  

  • Down at the Farm Halloween Half Term 

  • Northumberland College Zoo  

  • Vindolanda   

  • Hall Hill Farm Spooky Half Term  

  • Air Trail Tees Barrage  

  • Newcastle Cathedral Closer Look Guided Tour 

  • The Big Draw Sneak Peek & Etch & Sketch at Newcastle Cathedral 

  • Enjoy Sunday Lunch in a heated outside booth at the Woodsmans Arms

  • Halloween Events 

    Ideas for October Half Term at Home 


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