October half term is full of fantastic events in the New Forest – and as half term runs over Halloween, there are loads of frightfully fun events for everyone to join in with too! Check out a huge variety of brilliant events for the whole family below.

If you’re interested in nature and wildlife then we have some perfect events for you! New Forest Wildlife Park is inviting everyone to their Stag Beetle Spectacular from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November, join in with their quiz trail around the park whilst learning about one of the most endangered beetles here in the UK. There will be other fun Stag Beetle and also Halloween themed crafts too.

 Or head to the beautiful Furzey Gardens between 28 October and 1 November and you will have the chance to build your own birdfeeder from natural materials., which you can then take home and hang it in your own outdoor spaces. On Tuesday 29 October at 4pm, Furzey Gardens is also hosting ‘Tales in the Twilight Garden’, grab a hot chocolate and snuggle up in Furzey’s beautiful woodland garden for tales of little folk and secret worlds.

Autumn is a wonderful season and you can learn more about it at the New Forest Heritage Centre’s Family Discovery Days on Tuesday 29 October and Thursday 31 October, by making simple take home crafts – fun for all ages. Museum is free entry, although donations towards craft material are very welcome.

Come and see the past come to life at the historic shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard this October half term, where you can join costumed characters on daily tours to discover what life was like in the 18th Century. You can also explore the village with a fun family quiz trail!

This October half term at Beaulieu there will be lots of fantasmagorical Chitty- themed fun, with activities to celebrate the much-loved musical film and it is also the last chance to see the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition. Join in with the Chitty trail around Palace House and have fun with Chitty themed crafts. All Chitty themed activities are included in the general admission ticket to the National Motor Museum, where you can also find the World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the Secret Army Exhibition and loads more. On Saturday 26 October Beaulieu are also holding their Fireworks Spectacular, this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with a fantastic ‘Out of this World’ theme. This amazing musical firework display is one of the largest in the south!

Fancy a trip to the theatre this half term? Hanger Farm Arts Centre have some great family shows in a relaxed and friendly setting, which is perfect for a first introduction to theatre. On 27 October at 2pm you can watch Marty MacDonalds Toy Machine, when Marty and friends take you on an interactive adventure to repair the Toy Machine, save the day and give the world back its toys. Or, for a sea faring adventure, come and enjoy Lily and the Albatross on Friday 1 November. And if you just fancy relaxing as a family and watching a film this half term, Hanger Farm are showing the 2019 Disney’s Aladdin on Thursday 31 October.

As we head towards Halloween, there’s plenty of opportunity to get spooky in the New Forest this half term, as a whole bunch of our attractions, activities and towns and villages are holding fangtastic Halloween events.

Join Peppa and her friends at Peppa Pig World and Paultons Park for their ghostly family event over October half term. New for 2019, Peppa Pig World will be full of Peppa Halloween themed decorations, including Grandpa Pig’s ‘World’s Biggest Pumpkin’! Around the rest of the Park, you can enjoy The Legend of Paultons Manor, a spook-tacular show that follows the adventures of Pickles the Pumpkin. There will also be ghoulishly delightful farmyard fun at Big Boo Barn, where surprises will be waiting for you around each corner! There will also be a Freaky Fancy Dress competition and the fabulous Little Monsters Ball as a finale to each day.

Another theme park with loads of wicked fun is Adventure Wonderland, enter the mysterious and enchanted giant forest maze for a family friendly ‘Into the Woods’ spooky Halloween adventure. Everyday from 26 October to 3 November at noon and 3pm you can watch the new live show ‘Hall-O-Screams Hits’ in the Happydrome Theatre. On 31 October and 1 November, the park will reopen from 6.30pm to 10pm for a Night Time Monster Bash – dress up and enjoy the scary fun with the whole family.

 A Halloween Ghost Train, Spooky Skeleton Trail, Pumpkin Carving and Halloween face painting, there is so much skele-fun happening at Exbury Gardens this Half Term, from 26 October to 1 November. Hop on board the Ghost Train around the Gardens, where you will meet Exbury’s creepy characters who have risen from their coffins, including Vampire Batty and Skeleton Boney, who will be entertaining visitors with their panto-esc comedy, there will also be zombie brides, clowns and other gruesome characters along the way.

Hurst Castle is calling all witches and wizards this October half term from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November for a week of Halloween spooky madness. Visitor can get hands on with a range of frighteningly good arts and crafts and a ‘Wicked Witch’ treasure trail. All activities are included in castle admission fee.

Are you brave enough to paddle the Beaulieu River’s dark waters by moonlight? Get into your best fancy dress and paddle out in an illuminated canoe, stopping along the way to hear ghoulish ghost stories from your night-time guide. As an extra Halloween treat, there will also be hot chocolate and Halloween candy for everyone taking part! Head to New Forest Activities' website to view dates throughout October and book your place now.

Enter the Haunted Barn at your peril at Longdown Activity Farm (Saturday 26 – Thursday 31 October), where you can carve your own pumpkin, and visit their brrrrrrilliant face-painter, who will give you the chills when she turns even the most angelic child into a scary fiend! If you visit on either Saturday 26 or Sunday 27 October, any children in fancy dress will be given entry at the reduced cost of £5.50 each - if you go on Sunday 27th October, once you’re inside you take part in the magical experience of holding a real-life barn owl, as well as encountering creepy creatures, like giant millipedes, snakes, lizards, rats and maybe even a cockroach or two.

Sandy Balls Holiday Village have a whole range of un-boo-lieveably fun Halloween activities from 18 October to 3 November, including Zombie Cheerleading, Spooky Discos, Ghostbuster Nerf Challenges, and also loads of Halloween arts and crafts activities such as Spider Web Watercolours, Chocolate Apple Decoration and Halloween Slime.

If you’re feeling extra brave, head out on a ghost walk at Sandy Balls. There are two different levels to choose from – Fright in the Forest (Sunday 27 October and Saturday 2 November) is an hour-long interactive ghost walk, which will be a little jumpy but hilariously fun too. You will hear real ghost stories about the New Forest and Sandy Balls, with some live actors involved (Suitable for 10+ years). Fear in the Forest is where things get a little (lot) scarier! Get ready to scream as you explore what the forest has to offer at night (Strictly 16+ years only). Fear in the Forest is taking place on Sunday 27 October and Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November.  

Join Furlong Shopping Centre in Ringwood if you dare on Halloween (Thursday 31 October) for a day of fiendish fun for all the family from 11am to 3pm. Take part in some creepy crafts and monster mask making, get your face painted into your favourite Halloween character, watch the Halloween hula hooping show and head to scary storytelling corner. There will also be a wicked witch around the shopping centre with her creepy cauldron full of lucky dip delights. You can also see the results of the annual store Pumpkin Carving Competition at 12pm. All activities are completely free, activities are being generously funded by all of the stores.

Did you know that Burley is most famous for its witchcraft? You can join in with some spooktacular events on Saturday 26 October in this mysterious New Forest village, including some frightful competitions for carved pumpkins, fancy dress and a ‘Spot the Witch’ competition. There will also be Tarot readings and a Sausage and Cider Festival at The Queens Head Pub! As well as on Saturday 26 October, there will be scarily fun activities that you can take part in throughout the whole of half term, including a skull search, a fairy door trail, a spooky word search and loads more.  

If you find you need some simple fresh air over half-term and blow away a few cobwebs then check out the New Forest Walking Festival.  The festival takes place between 12 October and 3 November 2019, at various times and locations across the National Park - take a look at the walks on the New Forest National Park's website and book your place now on the walks that you like the look of!

For even more events head to our October half term and Halloween what’s on webpages… however you choose to spend your October half term in the New Forest, you will be sure to have a magical time!

If you’re planning to stay in the New Forest over the half term, you can find loads of fantastic family friendly accommodation options on our website, including hotels, holiday parks, self catering, B&Bs and even camping.

New Park Manor Hotel specialise in making half term holidays a happy event for every family member. And this half term they have a great special offer for you to use and enjoy a break at a great price this October half term, you can also get 2 hours a day of complimentary childcare every day of your stay, as well as activity programs to keep children of all ages entertained! 

As well as family friendly places to stay, there are also loads of wonderful places to eat that are family friendly too! From country pubs, to more formal restaurants and of course, our lovely cafes and tearooms across the forest. Many who have special menus for the little ones and great spaces for the kids to let off even more steam at lunch and dinner time. Check them all out on our website, with so much choice you will be sure to find the perfect place for your family to dine.




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