It may feel like the children have only just gone back to school however October half term really isn’t too far away at all. With loads of fantastic events and activities happening across the New Forest we will be here bringing a whole load of fun for the family…

Check out the Top 10 Things to do in the New Forest this October Half Term below:

1. Get involved in some Spooktacular Halloween Events

Happy Halloween at Paultons Park is the friendliest, most frightful fun fest in the UK; with ghostly scenes, Freaky Fancy Dress competition, a Little Monsters Ball every day & more, it’s a wicked day for everyone. Head to Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum’s Halloween Special weekend on 27-28 October, find Halloween related decorations on bikes throughout the museum. Hop on board Exbury Garden’s Ghost Train, The Monster or enjoy some frighteningly good arts and crafts and go on a 'Trick or Treat' Activity Trail at Hurst Castle, make sure you don’t miss the Creepy Crawly Halloween Shows too!

2. Meet Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty will be heading to National Motor Museum, Beaulieu for a special 50th anniversary exhibition that opens on 20 October. Alongside this, Beaulieu will be running family craft events and some spooky activities in the lead up to Halloween.


3. Hone your wizard skills

Head to Marwell Zoo this half term to see if you have what it takes to earn your Level 3 Broomstick License! Sessions last 20 minutes and take place each day in the 'flying arena' on the front lawn of Marwell Hall on a first come first served basis.


4. Practice your oohs and ahhs

With Guy Fawkes’ Night fast approaching, some of the fireworks displays will take place ahead of 5 November (as that’s a Monday). Beaulieu’s big fireworks event is due to take place on Saturday 27 October. Fireworks are choreographed to music and there will be lots of entertainment for all the family - a great way to end your half term adventures. Take a look at all bonfire night & firework displays happening in Towns & Villages in the New Forest on our What's On page.

5. Hold a barn owl

Hold a barn out, meet a giant millipede and check out some of the snakes and reptiles that will be heading to Longdown Activity Farm on Sunday 28 October. If you can’t make it this date then look out for lots of other family activities taking place at the park this half term.

6. Book your children onto a holiday adventure day

Bushcraft skills, high ropes and archery are some of the fun-filled activities your child can enjoy on a Holiday Adventure Day with New Forest Activities in Beaulieu. This half term, the day is due to take place on Tuesday 23 October. Early booking is strongly recommended.

7. Warm up in the Tropical Butterfly House

Escape the autumnal air and step into the Tropical Butterfly House at the New Forest Wildlife Park this October. How many different species of butterfly can you spot?


8. Take a wander through the Forest

The New Forest Walking Festival will be in full swing during October half term. Check out some of the family walks including Alpaca Walks, a Wild Play Wander of Ashurst and Fungi Walks.


9. Take to the waters

Ever fancied giving paddle boarding or kayaking a go? This half term you can take to the waters at Keyhaven for some one-hour taster sessions with The New Forest Paddle Sport Company.


10. Book a stay in some super family-friendly accommodation

Whether it’s at a holiday park - where there is entertainment and activities galore or perhaps a family-friendly self-catering cottage, hotel or bed & breakfast  - you can be sure to find lots of family friendly accommodation when it comes to booking your half term getaway. Don’t forget to take a look at our special offers for some fantastic deals on last-minute stays.

Finally, just to say, this isn’t all of what you can do here in the New Forest over October half term. Check out our what’s on pages for other events that are taking place and see our other blog post on some spooky events which are happening to Halloween too.




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