Halloween Activities & Autumn Half Term

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Photo of a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch Halloween activities for autumn half term

As the days get colder it can be hard to enjoy the outdoors – but with so many fun things to do this Autumn Half Term in The Cotswolds, the kids will be dragging you out! So, grab your wellies & waterproofs, get stuck in and make this Half Term one to remember!

Photo of a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch Halloween activities for autumn half term

Pick You Own Pumpkin at Jolly Nice Farmshop

Fri 14th Oct – Sun 30th Oct

Grab your coats and wellington boots, it’s time to find the perfect pumpkin for this season’s festivities! We have a harvest of locally grown pumpkins in all shapes and sizes, ideal for carving or making warming soups and seasonal dishes.

Jolly Nice Farm Shop is a 20-30 minute drive (approximately) from the Cotswold Water Park. It is well known for their exceptional homemade ice cream, native breed butchery and ever-changing array of locally sourced goods.

Owl flying illustrating Halloween activities and autumn half term

Shriek Week at Birdland

Sat 22nd Oct – Sun 30th Oct

Bourton-on-the-Water is a quintessential Cotswold Village offering a variety of attractions for all ages. High on the must-visit list this Autumn Half Term is Birdland Park & Gardens.

Let your imaginations fly away with a Special Halloween themed ‘Myths & Legends’ event during October Half Term. Discover why owls are considered to be so wise, where the legend of the phoenix came from, and find out which bird call the Romans believed to mean imminent death!

Photo of a pumpkin in a pumSpooky headless horseman in a castle doorway at night. Halloween activities for autumn half term

Halloween Trail at Blenheim Palace

Fri 21st Oct – Mon 31st Oct

Are you brave enough to take on the Halloween trail at Blenheim Palace? Wander from dusk into darkness between one ghostly space to another. Can you make it out of the illuminated haunted woods or will you be caught in the creepy neon cobwebs? Watch out for the ghastly ghouls, wicked witches, larger-than life spiders and beastly neon bats. If that’s too scary, you can enjoy the Secret Garden where you will be welcomed by friendly trolls, wonderous witches and hidden surprises.

Event poster showing Halloween activities for autumn half term

Haunted Hayride & Halloween Activities at Roves Farm

Thurs 20th Oct – Sun 30th Oct

Roves Farm is a a great day out, rain or shine, and this Autumn Half Term they are really pushing the boat out with their spooktacular events, including: Wand Making, Autumn Nature Trail, Spooky Tractor Rides, Pumpkin Carving, Fancy Dress Competition plus all the usual farm fun.

If that’s not enough, from Fri 28th – Sun 30th they will be running their Haunted Hayride. Who, or what, will you encounter the Hunt for the Pumpkin King? Venture out on the haunted hayride, through dark woodlands & fields to try and uncover the myster… if you dare! Make sure you dress to impress – for the Monster Mash Disco!!

Couple with baby sitting in a pumpkin patch during October half term

Pumpkin Patch at Cotswold Farm Park

Weekends in Oct and EVERYDAY in Oct Half Term

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, is a 35-minute drive from our self-catering lakeside lodges and is the perfect place to visit in Autumn. Meet the animals on the Rare Breeds Trail and spot new arrivals in the animal barn. There is a wildlife walk to enjoy the wonderful views, bouncy pillows, an outdoor play area and an epic adventure barn. This Autumn kids (and adults) can enjoy a range of Autumn activities, explore the pumpkin trail and even pick a pumpkin to take home for crafts and pies.

Row of Halloween pumpkins during autumn Half term

Halloween Trail at Bibury Trout Farm

October Half Term

Bibury Trout Farm is home to more than fish during Halloween. Can you spot the spider in the tree or the ghost of Bibury? How many pumpkins can you find? Enjoy a range of Autumn activities as well as all the usual fun to be had on the farm. Fancy Dress optional but encouraged.

Family chasing fallen leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum during autumn half term in the Cotswolds

Westonbirt National Arboretum

Weekdays 9:30am -5:00pm & Weekends 9:00am -5:00pm

Autumn is a spectacular time of year to enjoy the 2,500 different species of trees at Westonbirt Arboretum. Enjoy the colour, peace and quiet as you meander through the woods or take to the heights and walk through the canopy on their award-winning treetop walkway. The little ones can have an adventure of their own as they try to find the Gruffalo and his friends hiding in the woods.

Photo showing autumn trees at Batsford Arboretum in the Cotswolds during autumn half term

Batsford Arboretum & Garden Centre

The Arboretum and Garden Centre are open from 9.30am-5.00pm Monday-Saturday and 10.00am-5.00pm on Sunday.

Batsford Arboretum has a range of attractions perfect for keeping the whole family happy. The kids will love watching the flying demonstrations at the Cotswold Falconry Centre or perhaps they would like to learn how to shoot the bow and arrow with Cotswold Archery. There is also a beautiful Garden Centre and Gift Shop on site, not forgetting the main attraction – a wide range of plants and trees from around the world, with an emphasis on the Far East.

The Cotswolds is an incredible place to holiday with the family! It’s even better when you can retreat and feel at home in one of our Self-Catering properties after your day of exploring. Browse our Lakeside holiday homes and country properties and book here.