If you’re considering what to do in October half term, look no further. We have found a variety of half term activities for you to choose from. These include free half term activities, things to do with kids over half term, and Halloween events to get you fully immersed in the Autumn spirit!
It’s all well and good planning what to do in October half term but it’s first essential to answer the question “When is October half term?”. The exact date depends on where you live, but you can find this information online.
For some, Halloween in the UK occurs in half term, or soon after the holiday. There are many Halloween-related fun things to do in half term. We have found some family Halloween events that are guaranteed to create a spooktacular time.
Things to do in Half Term in the UK
Legoland October Half Term
LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort is the perfect place to visit for some half term family fun. With over 55 rides, live shows and attractions plus a selection of events to attend throughout the year, this is one of the most fun things to do in half term. The unmissable Fireworks Spectacular will be returning this year!
If you were wondering how to entertain the kids this half term, National Trust has you covered. With numerous sites across the UK hosting Autumnal events, you are sure to find things to do in half term. Visit Ickworth House for some Children’s Crafts, discover the magical properties of Dinefwr’s trees on the Enchanted Forest Trail, or go on a family adventure and enter the magical world of herbology at Lacock Abbey.
Half Term Activities in London
London has many things to do in October half term, making it a great place to go for some half term family fun. A day out in the capital does not need to cost anything, here at HolidayParkSpecials we have found some free half term activities for you to enjoy!
Participate in the London Literature Festival by following the Fairy Tale Trail. Guided by a playful trail kit, discover the secrets of your favourite fairy tales through cryptic puzzle-solving, creative looking, drawing and games.
- When: 21-27th October
- Where: Southbank Centre
As part of Poetry International Festival, Southbank Centre is hosting ‘Poems That Pop’, a show that makes the art form accessible to children and their families.
- When: Sunday 20th October @ 12pm
- Where: Southbank Centre
Celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, with dance, music, art and a celebration of light.
- When: Saturday 26th October
- Where: National Maritime Museum
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Visit London’s highest public garden, Sky Garden, and enjoy spectacular views across the capital. Best of all, it’s free!
- When: Open every day
- Where: Sky Garden
Things to do in Half Term – Abroad
Hiking in Holland
There’s nothing quite like a hiking holiday in Holland. The rich and varied landscape is largely flat and there is an extensive network of beautiful landscapes that can be explored not only by bicycle, but also on foot. You can opt for forests, sand dunes and heathlands in the Veluwe, known for its national park and diverse array of flora and fauna. Limburg is also an option, with its rolling hills, delicious cuisine and half-timbered houses.
If you want to experience the typically Dutch lifestyle and go cycling, you can rent bicycles for one or two days and spend the rest of the week enjoying the immediate surroundings. More information can be found here.
Hiking in the Ardennes
The Belgian Ardennes, characterised by rolling hills, dense forests and picturesque villages are visually stunning in any season. Autumn in the Belgian Ardennes, however, is extraordinary. Not only will you be rewarded by the peace and quiet after the summer crowds and before the Christmas markets, but the scenery is also spectacular. Here you can read all about the best walks in the Ardennes!
One of our favourite holiday parks is Vallée les Etoiles, which has collected many awards from our HolidayParkSpecials customers over the years! The detached lodges all boast stunning views of the surroundings, and facilities include tennis courts, sauna, bicycle rental, swimming pool and entertainment programme.
Best Autumn City Breaks in Europe
Autumn is the ideal time to see some of Europe’s best cities. There’s no sweltering heat to contend with, you won’t spend half of your weekend waiting in queues, and everything is significantly cheaper than in peak season. At HolidayParkSpecials, we have the best city break destinations with many holiday parks that are near popular cities. You can spend a week in a holiday park near Bruges and enjoy the UNESCO world heritage-acclaimed city centre and its beautiful natural surroundings during your holiday, or you could stay at a holiday park near Berlin and experience the rich historical heritage of this bustling metropolis. Staying at a park near a city means you get the best of both worlds, the vibrant city life and the realxing tranquility of a park surrounded by nature and/or the coast.
Whether you want to catch the last bit of sun before winter arrives or make the most of the breathtaking beauty of Autumn, October half term is the ideal moment for a family getaway. Have a look at our special offers for this Autumn and enjoy a fantastic holiday full of half term family fun!