As usual there are lots of cheap October half term activities going on across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. I’ve put together the details of some of the highlights. There are lots of local pumpkin patches as well. Because many of them are open for longer than just half term I’ve put those together into a separate post. You’ll find all of them here. I’ve also included the details of some of the places that are doing lots of activities as well here.
I’m going to continue adding new events to this post so keep checking the website for the latest details. If there’s anything you think I’m missing please get in touch.
October half term activities in Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts will run from 24th October 2020 to 1st November 2020. We all know that events this year are going to be a little bit different. Lots of places will require pre-booking and there may be changes at short notice if social distancing restrictions are altered. Please always double check before visiting if you’re interested in any of the events.
Buckinghamshire October Half Term activities
Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire (reviewed here) has lots of different events going on as part of their October half term activities. There’s a trail (£3 per trail) and pumpkin carving (£5 per pumpkin, pre-bookable in advance). The website says there will be lots of other spooky activities, but it doesn’t say what they are.
The Bucks County Museum and Roald Dahl Children’s gallery are currently closed. They’re hoping to open on the 30th/31st October – full details TBC.
JC Farming, Little Kingshill from 19th October to 3rd November. There’s pumpkin carving and lots of other activities such as tractor rides, petting barn, biscuit decorating, sand-pit, woodland walk and more. Visit their website for all the details.
Milton Keynes Museum will be open throughout the week for demonstrations, displays and activities. Included with admission. Read my review here.
The very popular Pumpkin patch MK is back! Open weekends in October and then daily from the 21st October. There will also be a bale maze, rides and food, similar to what was on offer in their sunflower patch this summer. £5.95 for a family ticket. You can read my full review of the pumpkin patch 2020 here.
Creation Station in Princes Risborough (27th October) and Chearsley (28th October) are running a holiday club from 9-3pm. £35 per class.
Stowe Gardens nr Buckingham are not running a trail this October half term. They are asking people to carve their own pumpkins from the 19th October which will be displayed throughout the grounds.
The Gruffalo Spotters 2 trail is now open at Wendover Woods. There’s a free app (best downloaded before you visit) and the trail itself is free. There is a pack that you can buy as well for £3.50 and I do recommend it as it really adds to the trail. The app is initially available on apple with the android version coming soon. The trail runs until next Autumn.
The Bucks Railway Centre, Quainton are running steam days each Sunday in October. There are also special trick and treat events on the 28th and 31st October. £31 for a family of 4. Their miniature railway is now open as well (£1 per ride)! Read my review here.
Green Dragon Eco Farm, Hogshaw. Halloween half term (Saturday 24th to Sunday 1st November 2020). Pick and decorate your own pumpkin. Spooky animal encounters and a scarecrow trail. Pre-booking essential. Read my review here.
Odds Farm Park, Wooburn Green nr High Wycombe. Halloween festival from 24th October – 1st November 2020. Pick your own pumpkin, wicked witches’ walk and spooky surprises. £15.95 per person.
Thrift Farm is holding a Pumpkin Hocus Pocus week in October half term. There will be pumpkin carving, wand making and a pumpkin hunt, all included in the admission price. You can have a look at my review of Thrift farm here.
Jacqui’in the Box are running spooky slime making sessions in Wendover (29th & 30th October) and Amersham (31st October). £14 per child, 4-12 years. Pre-booking essential.
Bedfordshire October Half Term activities
Jordan’s Mill, Biggleswade are running a Halloween spook-tacular trail from the 21st October to the 1st November. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 3.30pm. £2.50 per trail. You can find my review here.
Things are getting spooky at Wrest Park from the 24th October until 1st November with a free trail and fancy dress competition. There are also Hotel Chocolat workshops from the 29th October – 1st November. £10 per child. On the 29th, 30th and 31st October there will be spooky woodland walks at 5.30pm, 6.30pm & 7.30pm. There will be ghost-hunting storytellers with tales full of spooky, strange and silly goings-on. Click here for all the details.
Mead Open Farm freaky fun fest. 21st October – 1st November. 4 walk-through spooky attractions, tractor rides, shows, magic show. For booking and details click here. You can read my review of Mead Open Farm here.
Halloween activities at Whipsnade Zoo. There’s a trail and Halloween themed animal talks throughout the week. Oh and Poo at the Zoo!
Hertfordshire October half term activities
Willows Farm have their usual pumpkin patch but there’s also lots of other half term activities taking place. Pumpkin Festival from 17th October – 1st November.
Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin. Details TBC. Visit their website for more information
Aldenham Country Park, Elstree. Spook-Fest from Friday 16th October to Sunday 1st November. Pre-booking essential. Hay ride, fairground rides and lots of other games. £5.50 children, £6.50 adults. Book here.
Harpenden Town Council are running a Halloween trail n the 25th October. The trail will have multiple stops, starting on the High Street and ending at the Farmers’ Market at the Rothamsted Park car park. At each stop, you’ll collect collect spooky items to create your very own Halloween Mask. The trail if FREE but pre-booking is essential.
Oxfordshire October half term activities
Cogges Manor Farm, Witney will be transformed into a witches’ house on Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th and Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November from 10:30 – 15:30. Season Ticket Holder price £10.00 per group. Non Season Ticket holder price £30.00 per group. Includes admission to the farm for up to 6 people. Read my full review of Cogges here.
Blenheim Palace is brilliant at Halloween! There are activities from the 10th October, but most of the activities are during half term. There’s the ghost miniature train (which my kids LOVE), spooky stories, spooky walks and turnip carving (yes you did read the right!!). My review of Blenheim is here.
Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway are running special train rides on certain dates in half term. The trains are running on the 29th October and 1st November at various times throughout the day. £3 per child, residents £6, Adults £12. Private compartment options available.
Waterperry Gardens nr Wheatley. Halloween Bat Hunt throughout the October half term from 24th October to 1st November. Find the bats hidden around the gardens and collect a prize at the end! £2.50 per child. For my full review of Waterperry Gardens click here.
There are illuminated evenings every night from the 10th October to the 29th November at Fairytale Farm near Chipping Norton. There’s an enchanted walk, mermaids garden and even a giant camera.
There are a lot less October half term activities across Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts this year. Some places haven’t announced their events yet but I’ll keep updating this post as they do. Please keep checking back for the latest events and activities. You can also follow me on Facebook for the latest events and recommendations; www.facebook.com/freetimewiththekids
As always, if you have any recommendations for October half term events, then please just get in touch!
Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with our three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch via Facebook