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October Half Term

Events Things to Do & Activities for Kids in October Half Term in York 2020

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Following their acclaimed production of Joseph last year, York Stage return to the Joseph Rowntree Theatre with another west end worthy production featuring the cities best and brightest stars of tomorrow!

York Stage Musicals are set to take the whole family on a magical, musical, adventure as they fly audiences to the fabled city of Agrabah in Disney’s Aladdin this October Half Term. With all the characters you loved from the Disney film this is the perfect Half Term treat, and with an extra midday matinee on the Saturday, even the smallest theatre goers are able to come along!

Come on a magic carpet ride as we take you to the city of Agrabah and explore a whole new world!

Join us as we meet Aladdin, Jasmine and all of their friends in the Disney version of this classic tale featuring the award winning music of Alan Menken. So come along and enjoy hearing all your Disney favourites such as Friend Like Me, Prince Ali, Arabian Nights and of course the stunning A Whole New World sung live on stage you are guaranteed to be leaving singing your favourite tunes.

Joseph Rowntree Theatre
30/10-2/11 @ 7:30pm.
Sat matinees at 12 and 2:30pm.

01904 501 935


Askham Bryan College of Witchcraft and Wizardry
19/10/19 – 03/11/19

Come and join us for a fortnight of Herbology, Care of Magical Creatures and Wand Lore at Askham Bryan this half term!

Events will includes:

Daily Herbology lessons, where you can plant your own potions ingredients.
Meet creatures such as snakes, lizards and cockroaches.
Come behind the scenes and test your knowledge in our Care of Magical Creatures classes.
Our mythical beasts trail is back, with lots of sculptures of mythical creatures hidden around the park to find.
Magical crafts and colouring – you can even make your own magic wand!

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park, Askham Bryan College, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3FR

01904 772270


Autumn activities at Beningbrough

Experience the magic trees this October half term.

Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019 (closed Monday)

Tree trail: There’s an autumnal nip in the air, wrap up warm and follow the spotter trail through the gardens on any of the days throughout the week.

Leafy artrageous: Make a leafy bird’s nest from natural materials with artrageous on Sunday (27 October) and Thursday in the Hayloft.*

Bushcraft day: Take part in the bushcraft activities with Yorkshire Dales Bushcraft on Tuesday.**

Storytelling: Follow Apple Pip on his adventures – join a story promenade through the gardens on Wednesday.

Broomstick making: Work with witches and wizards of all sizes in the American Garden to create broomsticks from some of the magical trees on Wednesday.**

(Nearly) naked tree walk: Join the garden team as they take you on a trail of discovery on Thursday and Friday. Meander through the estate, learn more about how the changing seasons impact on the trees and uncover the beauty of those which are nearly naked at this time of year.

Normal admission fees apply.

*The hayloft is accessed by stairs only

**There’s a charge of £3 to cover costs for this activity. Sign up to a session on the day, on a first come, first served basis. This activity is recommended for children 5 years and over.

Beningbrough, Hall, Gallery and Gardens, Beningbrough, York, YO30 1DD

01904 472014


Saturday 26th October – Sunday 3rd November 2019

Join us at Castle Howard this October half term for a Halloween experience like no other.

Across the dormant water of the Great Lake lies our new adventure playground, Skelf Island and the naughty Skelves who live here are up to no good. Are you brave enough to join Corvus the Crow on his mischievous woodland adventure to find out the seasonal secrets of his hidden world?

Families of all ages can enjoy a day of outdoor trails and adventure play, with a series of ingenious treetop nest structures, connected by rope bridges, slides, nets and climbing equipment.

No age restriction just a brave restriction.

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA

01653 648333


Halloween Cruise on the Ouse with York Dungeon!

In an exclusive partnership between City Cruises York, the York Dungeon and their award-winning actors, raise a toast York’s gruesome past. Step aboard our Halloween Cruise this October and find out what the Black Jester, the famous Yorkshire prophetess Old Mother Shipton and the outrageous statesman and poet George Villiers, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, have in store.

As they gaze into York’s dark past, they will bring to life some of York’s most infamous ghost stories, stories of sinister scoundrels and tales of grizzly goings on.

Sailing for one hour aboard the River Prince, equipped with an enclosed heated saloon, toilets and a fully stocked bar serving beers, wines, spirits (!), soft drinks, hot drinks and snacks.

We recommend that this cruise is suitable for children aged 6 years and over.

Sailing at 6 PM and 8PM every night from 26th to 31st October, 2019. Find out more here. Book tickets here.

Please note that this is not a sightseeing cruise, but a Halloween performance which takes place downstairs in the saloon of one of our passenger boats.

01904 628324


A spooky Halloween at the Web Adventure Park 2019

Wizard Wooo Halloween Ticket

By popular demand, we’ll be welcoming back Wizard Wooo for a night of Creepy Crawlies fun! Look forward to an evening of ghostly trails, spooky games and Halloween excitement!

Wizard Wooooo will be leading his interactive spooky (but not too scary!) trail for the whole of the family so please dress for outdoors and bring a torch. Children will love the Halloween games including Pumpkin Bowling, Wrap the Mummy and Slime the Adults! There’ll be a chance to win sweet prizes and take a turn on the dance floor with a disco playing themed Halloween music.

Dates: Saturday 26th October, Wednesday 30th October, Thursday 31st October

Time: The event takes place from 6pm until 8pm. Customers are welcome to come along any time from 4pm onwards to play beforehand.

Price: £10 per child, £2.25 per adult

01904 692221


Return to Days Out We have loads of family friendly attractions, parks, days out ideas etc. in our year-round ‘Days Out’ area here.

Click on the image if you want to have a look around.

It’s time for our diddi dance Halloween party!

Come along to our full of fun party and enjoy our usual energetic diddi dance session, some yummy food, some spooky treats and lots more….

Places are limited so BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment.

Join us for LOTS of Halloween fun including fancy dress, diddi dancing, spooky arts & crafts, scary treats, ghoulish games and a mini disco!!

Friday 1st November 1.30 – 3.30pm
Spearehead Hall, St Mary’s Church, Strensall

£10 per ticket and suitable from 18 months – 8 years!

CLICK HERE to book your ticket.

07825 139457


Roman Week at DIG!

Ever wanted to chat to a Roman? Now’s your chance! We’ll have real-life Romans at DIG this half term – they’ll be demonstrating how Romans would have lived and you can find out what life was like for a York resident 2000 years ago, as well as get hands-on with some Roman-themed crafting. The Romans will be at DIG on the weekends of 26-27 October and 2-3 November. Meeting the Romans is included with entry to DIG, and crafting costs £2 per child.

Plus meet Terry Deary, the best-selling author of Rotten Romans and the Horrible Histories series! Terry will be visiting on 1 November, and pre-booking a 15 minute time slot is essential – your ticket includes a copy of the book and the chance to chat to Terry.

And of course all week, kids can have the usual fun in our dig pits. For all event details, visit

DIG, St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN, United Kingdom

01904 615505


Halloteen Party Gathering
31st October & 1st November 6-9pm

3 hours for £6.66 7-17 year olds
Unlimited Polar Krush Paw Cups £4.95

All half term long:

Rethink your next family day out at Energi Trampoline Park York.

Whatever the weather, our gigantic air conditioned, indoor arena will put huge smiles on your kids faces – treat them to an experience they’ll be talking about for days.

With trampolines, reflex games, basketball hoops, dodgeball arena, foampits, balance and agility challenges and a giant airbag to bounce onto, you cannot fail to impress the whole family.

Book your slot on our website.

01904 360 500


family walk There is nothing like getting outside for a bit of fresh air!

We’ve listed 50 great family friendly walks HERE – based on the distance from York so you don’t have to travel far if you don’t want to!

We let you know which are buggy friendly and dog friendly too as well as details on any costs, parking and how long (roughly) each one takes.

Happy Walking!


 It’s a classic great (Free!) thing to do with the kids and we have loads of great places to feed the ducks in York.

We’ve put them all on a blog HERE so take your pick – or make a full day of it and do a few! If you know of any more great duck feeding spots then let us know HERE and we can add them to the list.

Have a leaf crunchingly full day out at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this October half term 2019. Prepare for a big day out as little legs can spend even more time exploring as there’s a new tower to climb in the play area. Let them explore a miniature How Hill Tower, as well as the wooden abbey, swings and zipline. The play area is pram and wheelchair accessible from the visitor centre – just a minute or two away. Make the world spin on a wheelchair accessible roundabout and swing high in a five point harness swing. Come along for the morning to let the kids run wild and know that hot drinks and cake, plus facilities are nice and close by.

October means one thing; it’s time for Fountains by Floodlight! Wrap up for an after dark adventure through the atmospheric ruins. Indulge in tasty pizzas, pies, hotdogs and toasties (veggie and vegan options are available too) before listening to the choir sing in the cellarium and have your biggest ever game of hide and seek in all corners of the abbey.

Hear the bellows of the male deer on a guided deer rut walk and pop by medieval farm building Swanley Grange to have a go at some woolly heritage crafts. You can also make a bright and colourful autumn leaf crown to wear home!

Be an historian with an audio guide or family tour in the abbey and race around the moon ponds. Have a snack stop at Mill Café or indulge in a hot chocolate with a lakeside view at Studley tea-room!

01765 608888


Runs 26th October to 31st October 2019. Come and join us at the farm to pick a pumpkin, carve it, and then take an exciting walk around our Halloween Spooky Trail. You can also meet the farm yard gang and enjoy our play area! The pumpkin patch and nature trail is open between 12noon and 4pm daily. £5 per person (plus booking fee) online in advance, or just turn up on the day and pay at reception.

Esmerelda the Witch will also be visiting on 27th and 30th October for some friendly Halloween fun! Esmerelda will welcome you in for a fun filled interactive Halloween show, where you can prove just how spooky you are! Come and choose your pumpkin, carve it out and enjoy our family friendly Halloween fun on the farm. Suitable for all ages, kids fancy dress welcome. Esmerelda shows are at 11am,12pm,2pm & 3pm on 27th and 30th October. £8 per child (plus booking fee) online in advance, or just turn up on the day and pay at reception.

Both the pumpkin patch and Esmerelda events are open to the public for local families to enjoy. Pre booking is essential, please book a ticket here or call 01723 890437, email Bring a picnic and spend a day on the farm! Or book glamping accommodation and stay the night (find out more about the various accommodation at the farm here).

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough YO11 3UJ.

01723 890437


***SOLD OUT!!!!***

Saturday 19th – Thursday 31st October 2019, 5.30pm

The stairs creak, and shadows flicker in the candlelight as the wind howls and rattles the windows: the ghosts of York Mansion House are waking up, ready to cause havoc. For too long, the Lord Mayor has been bothered by these sinister happenings, and needs your help to put a stop to them for good!

Welcome to York Haunted House.

This Halloween, York Mansion House will be transformed into the ultimate spooky experience for adventurous little ones (and brave adults…). With a guide, they will venture into dark halls and vast rooms to solve puzzles and crack clues, and help protect the house from the ghosts … An electrifying, immersive adventure; treasure awaits those who are brave enough to enter the Haunted House!

This adventure is designed to be spooky, not scary, and makes a great alternative to trick-or-treating. From 5.30pm each day, come and discover what lies within the Haunted House, and – don’t worry! – little ones won’t leave empty handed, as the evening will end with the discovery of a Haunted House goody bag.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £6.50 per child (including a free accompanying adult). For guidance, we recommend the event for children aged 6-13 (though parental discretion is advised).


York Mansion House, St Helen’s Square, York, YO1 9QL

01904 553663


Pizza and Pumpkins Event

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th October 11-4pm

Ooh…spooky! Join us on the farm for the BEST Pumpkin Carving and Pizza Event!

Come one, come all…bring your little monsters to our amazing Halloween Event 2019 and have amazing family time while enjoying delicious pizza. We’re creepin’ it real this year, with pumpkin carving, pizza and hot drinks to keep everyone happy.

Do your little monsters have the guts to climb our Straw Mountain? You can also take our farm walk and meet our Alpacas and Piggies, as well as explore the vegetable garden and look for spiders!

Chow down on delicious wood-fired sourdough pizza from Pizza Social in Follifoot, and delicious hot chocolates and coffees too!

Just pay for your pumpkin and carving kit – there is no ticket price.

Minskip Farm Shop, Minskip Road, Boroughbridge, York, YO519HY



This Halloween visit England’s Oldest Tourist Attraction for a good old-fashioned scare, suitable for all ages. Follow the haunted trail through the historic woodland to find monsters, ghosts and skeletons hiding around every corner. We encourage you to do your best monster impression and join in our costume competition every day at 2pm.

The attraction will be transformed into a ghoulish event for all the family. Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November 2019, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm).

See the Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, gift shop and museum. For discounted tickets book online.

Mother Shipton’s, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

01423 864600


October 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st

As the nights draw in Halloween once again arrives. Come visit us at Murton Park and have great fun carving your very own pumpkin to take home with you.*

Join our witchfinder and follow the clues past the animals and through the deserted Viking village to find the infamous witch!

Once you find her spooky house and step inside for a ghost story and maybe even a bit of a fun spooky dance.

We are delighted to welcome our friends from York Bird Of Prey Centre who will be bringing owls to meet.

The Pumpkin carving room will be open from 10.30 till 3.30 each day.
The Witchfinder will be taking groups to find the witch’s house at 11.00, 12.30, 2.00 and 3.30.

*pumpkins are £2 each



26 October – 3 November 2019

An unmissable half term, with the fiery return of Future Engineers and a face-to-face encounter with the original Rocket.

Find wonder in the everyday and inspiration in the unexpected in this year’s Future Engineers, which runs throughout October half term.

Our highlights are below, but there’s plenty more to discover during your visit.

Investigate the effects of forces on your everyday lives and learn how engineers conquer them in your favourite hands-on challenges, new activity zones and opportunities to meet real engineers.

Our star attraction is a Circus Skills Workshop, where a pair of fire-breathing circus performers will reveal the science behind their top tricks.

Head to the Pressure Zone to squash, sculpt and sketch your way through a world of physics and find out how animals such as the peculiar-looking blobfish are affected by the forces around them.

Slow the pace down a little with a visit to our Engineering is Everywhere living room containing objects with force-defying designs.

Come face-to-face with the original world-changing Rocket and explore our wonderful Brass, Steel and Fire exhibition, which is packed with marvellous miniature locomotives

It’s not all circuses and science at the National Railway Museum this October half-term. Feel the wind in your hair on our Steam Rides and Miniature Railway or catch a ride on our brand-new Road Train.

03330 161 010


Halloween Lantern Walk in the Fairywood

25th October to 3rd November 2019 4pm – 8pm (hour slots)

Guided walk through the twilight fairy woods.

Lantern walks at dusk and first dark, aimed at little ones or those of all ages who would rather not be scared witless, but want to enjoy a more seasonal experience instead.

Arrive to the Northwood kitchen and then be shown to the Autumn tent and have a free glass of alcoholic or non alcoholic punch. after a short storytelling from Professor Howlands collection, be taken on the lantern walk. Approximate total time 1 hour. Afterwards enjoy the fairy museum and relax in the Northwood kitchen bar.

Very limited sessions with a maximum of 40 per session. Lanterns for the walk, available to buy or borrow. Come dressed for the season and weather with appropriate footwear. Please be on time for your session and arrive in good time as we cannot delay the starts.

Book for Halloween HERE

Buttercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP.


Parks & PlaygroundsWant a change of scenery from your local park? HERE are are some great parks and playgrounds in York for you to explore this school holidays.

Let us know HERE if you know a great one that you think we should include.

Tuesday 29th October 2019

10-12 or 1-3

Avocado Events & Dinosaurs Love Fairy Cakes bring you a Halloween event at the magical The Salix Yurts (Wigginton)

You can expect cupcake decorating, craft table, dance sessions with My Baby Can Dance York, storytelling and MORE!

There will be fresh organic fruit & cereal bars for all. Plus juice for the kids & hot drinks for the adults.

Each guest will also receive an exclusive goody bag including treats from Childs Farm

All of the above for £10 per child.

Prebooking required.

Tickets HERE
Facebook Event Link


Piglets Pumpkin Festival 2019

Get ready for stacks of Halloween family fun at Piglets Adventure Farm’s Pumpkin Festival, back this October. Pick your own FREE homegrown pumpkin for every child and NEW Skeleton Stilt Walkers it’s packed full of spooky family fun.

Taking place from 10am – 5:30pm every weekend from 5th October and every day from 26th October to 3rd November, what will you do first?

NEW for 2019, see spooky Skeleton Stilt Walkers and take part in the
fang-tastic Halloween fancy dress competition- will you be crowned the Pumpkin King or Queen? From the Monster Mash to the Witchy Wiggle show off your best moves at end of day Laser Disco. Don’t forget to explore spooooky Mischief Manor, take on the Mysterious Maize Maze Challenge and walk to the Pumpkin Patch where you can take your pick from over 10,000 home grown pumpkins. There’s even a chance to get stuck in with Pumpkin Carving!

Also included in your ticket price, the enchanting Magic Hatter will be appearing as his wizard alter-ego, in two spellbinding 30 minute magic shows daily. Help the Hatter hatch a dragon egg, float a phoenix feather, mix magical potion ingredients and much more in these fun-filled family shows.

Plus, don’t miss out on your last chance to visit The Beach this year, whatever the weather bring your wellington boots to splash through rock pools, build a spooky sandcastle, take a selfie in the giant deck chair and climb Truffles Lifeguard Tower. Or why not make the most of your visit and hire a cosy Beach Hut for the day, well equipped with tables, chairs and play toys. It’s time to sit back and relax!

As well as all of the additional Halloween activities, there’s all the usual adventure farm fun too, including Indoor Bale Play Baaarn, Truffles Farmhouse & Barn, giant sandpit, bouncing pillows, crazy golf, barrel rides and go karts. And that’s all before you see the cute animals! You’ll find lots out in the paddocks and in the animal barn. Get up close to little piglets in the Piglet Maternity Ward and if you are lucky see piglets being born- such a memorable experience.

Piglets Adventure Farm is very close to the A64, just north of York, on Towthorpe Moor Lane, between Strensall Road and the A64, North of York. For Sat Navs use YO32 9ST.

01904 499700


Have an awesome autumn at RHS Garden Harlow Carr during half term.

Families can enjoy the glorious colours of autumn at Harlow Carr during October half term (Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019). Follow a daily autumn trail around the garden, enjoy autumnal crafts, outdoor workshops, bulb planting and seasonal storytelling with the Garden Detectives. From Monday to Friday, come face to face with mini beasts, from lounging lizards, supersized snails and giant millipedes to creepy cockroaches and terrifying tarantulas.

On Sunday 3 November, specially trained bird ringers from the British Trust for Ornithology will identify, ring and record the birds that call Harlow Carr home, and visitors can learn how to attract birds to your own garden.

Normal garden admission applies

Find out more on our WEBSITE

01423 565418


With the October Half Term FAST approaching it is time to get organised and put some dates in the diary!!

This year during the school break ROKO have SO MANY options for your child to keep swimming and progressing!

We are running a “Group” intensive weeks for beginners and improvers and a “Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards” course!

There are still places available on both course.

If you would like more information please email

01904 699740


Thursday 31st October 2019
14:00 – 17:00

Join us this half-term for a fun filled, spook spectacular afternoon at Skipbridge Farm, with theatre performance by Wrongsemble

Theatre performance, craft workshop and story telling. A bloodcurdling, hair-raising afternoon for all the family to enjoy!

A brand new Wrongsemble storytelling show ‘A Witch’s Tale’ Before Hansel and before Gretel, there was Grizelda – a young fairytale witch who loved gingerbread!

This magical musical adventure is perfect for the whole family! The performance will be followed by an interactive workshop where you can create your very own theatrical props inspired by the show.

A Witch’s Tale to begin at 4pm with fun and games at Skipbridge Farm before.

Meet the infamous farm animals, enjoy a hot chocolate around the log burning fire in our giant Tipi, with face painting fun and much, much more! Tickets include a hot chocolate or mulled wine on arrival (mulled wine for the over 18’s only!)

Book Tickets HERE

Skipbridge Farm, York Road, Green Hammerton, YO26 8EZ



Smile Cafe – Paint a Halloween Pot

The Mile is a farmshop, gift shop and campsite in Pocklington with a great cafe, Smile Cafe. For younger children under five, there’s a lovely indoor soft play area within the cafe plus an outdoor play area. There is also a quieter seating area in the farm shop for older children and families.

This October Half Term paint a spooky pot! Pottery painting available in the cafe daily 26th October to 30th October 2019. Paints are acrylic so can be taken away that day. Pop in for lunch, a snack, a play and some painting!

Smile Café Opening times are 9am – 4pm (just drinks and snacks 3-4pm) Monday to Saturday, 9.30am – 12.30pm Sundays.

The Mile, Pocklington, YO42 1TW. On the road out of Pocklington towards Millington. For more information and bookings please contact Jo:

T: 01759 305420

01759 305420


Come along to Spilmans family farm this Halloween 2019 and visit or famous PYO & Pumpkin Festival.

With PYO pumpkins ready to pick from 1st October and festival dates running on; 5 & 6th, 12 & 13th, 19 & 20th, 23rd – 31st. Pre book your tickets to our carving barn, with lots of fun filled activities including spooky walks, singing pumpkins, face painting, spooky cinema, tractor rides, bale mountian and much more!

No pre booking required for PYO which runs everyday throughout October.

Address: Church Farm, Sessay Nr Thirsk, YO7 3NB

01845 501623


26th October – 3rd November 2019, 10.30am – 8.30pm

**See below for Mumbler offer on pre-booked tickets**

There’s loads of spooky fun to be had when Halloween arrives at Stockeld Park this October half term!

It’s a magical playground full of activities to provide you with tonnes of Halloween themed, spooky family entertainment! There will even be prizes for Halloween fancy dress and plenty of opportunity to dance, scream and sing-a-long!

Special Halloween events include:

The Monster Mash Show – mini panto!
NEW for 2019: Pumpkin Picking! FREE pumpkin for every paying child when tickets are booked before 26th October!
Real Witches in the Enchanted Forest!
Ghouls in the Maze
Halloween Catwalk!
All of these amazing events are included for FREE with your Forest and Maze passes!Later on as dusk sets in, Stockeld Park turns to Stockeld Dark from 6pm – 10pm! 3 events for the slightly older children and parents including:

Ice Disco with DJ Bloodbath!
The Haunted Farmhouse!
Zombie Laser tag!
As if that wasn’t already enough excitement, the famous Stockeld Park winter illuminations will be lighting up the Forest and Maze for Halloween too!

AND…Mumblers get 10% discount off the price of pre-booked Halloween Adventure Forest and Maze tickets using the code MUMYORK (excludes Sunday 3rd November – Fireworks). BOOK HERE.

Sunday 3rd November see Stockeld Park host is BIGGEST Firework Spectacular yet! This event is included FREE with Forest and Maze tickets! Live entertainment with a band and Fire Breathers starts at 4:30pm. Fireworks at 5:30pm!

The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN.

01937 586333


Pick Your Own Pumpkins at The Balloon Tree
October Half Term 2019

What better way of choosing your perfect pumpkin, than actually choosing it from the field it was grown in?! The award winning Balloon Tree Farmshop has a unique take on pumpkin picking…PYO pumpkins! Take a walk into the pumpkin patch to find the size and shape you like the best, or if you don’t have the time, there will be plenty to choose from in farmshop.

Keep a look out for the seasonal treats on the new Winter menu in the newly extended cafe, incorporating pumpkin and squashes into all sorts of delicious dishes.

We have the usual supply of homegrown superfresh fruit and vegetables available in the farmshop, as well as super tasty homemade ready meals & soups and award winning cakes.

A great family outing – relax in the landscaped cafe garden, blankets available to keep cosy on the cooler days, while the children play in the newly renovated play area.

The Balloon Tree, A166, Gate Helmsley, York, YO41 1NB

01759 373023


Magic and Saw-cery

Join us this October half term and be amazed as we explore the myths and legends around one of the world’s most endangered species, the sawfish. Runs 19th October to 3rd November 2019.

Take part in the very special magical interactive presentation at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily, complete the fun-filled activity trail as you make your way around the building as well as family activities in Craft Corner between 11am and 4pm. We’ll make sure we bring our own special ‘saw-cery’ to the occasion too!

The Deep offers FREE return visits for 12 months with the Day Plus Pass. Simply complete your details at reception and retain your tickets to make use of this offer. Full terms and conditions can be found on The Deep’s website.

Tower Street, Hull, HU1 4DP (Sat Nav HU9 1TU).

Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm).

01482 381000


Be brave at Treasurer’s House

Saturday 26 – Thursday 31 October 2019
, 11am – 4pm

Head to Treasurer’s House this Halloween for ghostly tours and spooky trails.

Ghost tours

There is something slightly eerie about a visit to the cellar at Treasurer’s House. Back in the 1950s, a young workman who was excavating the basement above the Roman Road that the house sits on had a ghostly sighting. He saw a legion of soldiers floating across the floor. The experience shook him to the core and today you can hear the famous tale and many of the other strange happenings on a tour to this otherwise inaccessible part of the House.

Tours are £4 and recommended for 5 years + at the parent or guardian’s discretion. You do not need to buy a house ticket for the tour.

Spot the spooks trail

Wander up and down the stairs in the house to spot the spooks and find out more about the ghostly sightings at Treasurer’s House. Dip into the trick or treat cauldron at the end for a surprise.

Normal admission charges apply. Free to enter for National Trust members and under-fives.

Treasurer’s House, Minster Yard, York YO1 7JL

01904 624247


Half-term at York Army Museum: The Big Draw, Codebreaker and our Object Handling HQ

26 October 2019 – 31 October 2019
OPen 10am – 5pm (Closed Sunday & Monday)

The Big Draw 2019 – Graffiti Day
Saturday 26 October
Celebrate the Big Draw 2019 at the York Army Museum. Taking inspiration from the museum exhibition and collections families can work with experienced local artists Mary and Sydnie to create colourful graffiti banners and artwork for display in the museum. York Army Museum is officially registered with the Big Draw, so all participants are awarded The Big Draw certificate.

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th October
10am-12.30 and 1.30-4pm
Drop into our codebreaking sessions in the museum, join Mrs Taylor recruiting for WW2 codebreakers and learn to send and decipher morse code messages.

Object Handling HQ
Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th and Thursday 31st October
Our Object Handling HQ is back again this half-term. Take this chance to handle some of our historic objects and discover the stories behind them.

These activities are included in the museum admission price. With a York Card tickets are £2.50 per adult and £1.25 per child. Tickets are valid for 12 months from date of purchase so you can visit as many times as you like for a year.

York Army Museum, 3 Tower Street, York, YO1 9SB

01904 461010


Make a Masterpiece

Saturday 26 October, Sunday 27 October and Saturday 2 November 2019, 10.30am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm

Family Friendly drop in activities based on the exhibition, Making a Masterpiece: Bouts and Beyond.

Included in admission. No need to book.

Plus all the usual Art Gallery exhibitions to enjoy:

Spot the L.S. Lowry, Turner and Hockney and surround yourself with some of the best ceramic art in the world at York Art Gallery.
With a programme of changing exhibitions and events for all ages, there is always something new to see and do.

Adult £8, Child (0-16) Free with paying Adult, YMT Cardholder – Free.
Open 10am-5pm

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

01904 687687


October Half Term: Big Draw Family Activities

26 October – 3 November 2019, 10am – 12am and 1pm – 3pm

Drop-in Family Friendly Big Draw sessions. Use everyday objects from York Castle Museum’s collection to inspire your drawing.

Included in admission. No need to book.

Plus all the usual Castle museum fun:

A trip down our Victorian Street, Kirkgate, is something you will never forget. Meet the local characters, visit authentic shops and discover the weird and wonderful collections from this bygone era.
Swing by the Sixties gallery, discover toys from days gone by, venture into the original prison cells that held Dick Turpin and surround yourself with a spectacular costume collection from the past 400 years.
With family-friendly activities and fascinating exhibitions, there is something for everyone at York Castle Museum.

Open 9.30am – 5pm.
York Castle Museum, Eye of York, YO1 9RY

01904 687687


Hallowafternoon at Dringhouses Library
Dringhouses Library, Tadcaster Road, Dringhouses, York YO24 1LR
Thurs 31st October 2.30-5pm
Join Dringhouses Library to celebrate Halloween, with an afternoon of Halloween crafts, activities and spooky fun. Free, just drop in, no need to book. Dressing up encouraged – come along before you go Trick or Treating!

Halloween Stories & Crafts at Clifton Library
Clifton Library Rawcliffe Lane, Clifton, York YO30 5SJ
Weds 30th October 3-4pm
Spooky stories & rhymes. There will be a ghostly ghoul hunt around the library and various spooky crafts to make. Please bring a pumpkin to carve. Fancy dress optional. Free, call 01904 552662 to book your place.

Bloodaxe Reading challenge
Saturday 26th October 19 to Saturday 11th January 2020

A partnership event between Jorvik Viking Festival and Explore York Libraries and Archives.
Are you brave enough to take part in Eric Bloodaxe’s Book Challenge?
Read 4 books to collect stickers and get a certificate, a free child ticket to Jorvik Viking Centre and the chance to meet this year’s author, Hilary Robinson.
Sign up at your local Explore York Library from Saturday 26th 0ctober 2019.

See the Mumbler events calendar for other events happening throughout half term across the York Libraries.

01904 552 828



York Maze are not staging their usual pumpkin themed Halloween event for young children this year. In its place is ‘Hallowtween’, a new event for 10 – 15 year olds and adults of a nervous disposition!

Visitors to Hallowtween can venture into three of Hallowscream’s infamous haunted house attractions but without the monsters that roam the passageways at night! Visitors also get an age appropriate version of the Hallowscream stage acts, plus music, side-shows, Halloween characters, hot food and more.

Hallowtween is open daily Saturday 26th – Thursday 31st October 2019, 2.00pm – 5.00pm (last entry 3.30pm).

Tickets need to be booked online in advance. Visit

01904 607341

From 24th to 31st October, you can see York Minster in a different light as the awe-inspiring Northern Lights returns by popular demand.

The sound and light installation, which debuted to sell-out audiences in June 2018, will again transform the cathedral’s cavernous Nave with images and audio inspired by the medieval Minster’s stained glass and stone.

Visitors will have the chance to explore the empty Nave after dark before the installation illuminates the space, spanning the full length of the ceiling and West End and surrounding the listener with soundscapes and music.

Funds from the events will support the Minster’s 20-year campaign to ensure all its 128 windows, which hold the largest collection of medieval stained glass in the country, have external glazing to protect them from the elements. Learn more about the project here.

Event details and prices:

There will be two showings of the installation each evening at 7pm and 9pm, except on Sunday 27th of October when the times will be 6pm and 8pm. These showings also have a reduced capacity and we would recommend them to people who wish to come to a more accessible event.

Doors open 45 minutes beforehand (6.15pm for a 7pm start, 8.15pm for a 9pm start) allowing visitors to explore the empty Nave before the projection is shown at 7pm or 9pm. The experience will last approximately 30 minutes, during which time the projection will be shown twice.

Tickets are £6 in advance or £8 on the door (Under 2s are free)

01904 557200


Don’t forget we list all the one off events throughout the holidays on the York Mumbler Events Calendar.

Click HERE to see what other family friendly events are happening.

What a Wonderful World!

Friday 1st November 11.30am & 2.30pm

Take your little ones on an adventure through the universe, hop aboard a sleeper train, create magical worlds with fluffy snow and bright pink flamingos and get your hands on the stuff of creation.

Written by Marchello Chiarenza, adapted and performed by Patrick Lynch, with original music by Carlo Capelli, comes a magical new theatre show taking you on a wild ride of charming storytelling from theatre company Lyngo.

01904 623568


Yorkey Dads are launching their latest fantastic initiative this Easter – this time for dads with their daughters & sons. Working in association with Complete Life Fitness,  it’s a fun fitness initiative which will run in every school holiday this year.

This is completely FREE to attend and is for children aged 11+ and their dads.

It is running on the following dates this Easter holiday 2020:

· 7 & 9 April
· 14 & 16 April

Booking is essential for this as spaces are limited.
Contact steve on: or 07921 919441

Click ‘more info’ for the dates for the rest of the year.

07921 919441

19.10.2019 – 31.10.2019

Join York’s Chocolate Story on York’s only family Trick or Treat walking tour where you will encounter Count Fectionery and Miss Terry. Walk the streets of York, but make sure not to stray too far from the path whilst Count Fectionery uncovers terrifying tales within the grizzly walls.

Get up to mischief in the streets with Miss Terry? York’s Chocolate Story are seeking a brave soul – do you have what it takes, as they play their old tricks again. It could be a trick or a treat but play along and you will not regret it, there will certainly be shock-olate and sweets on hand to indulge on.

Make sure to come dressed up scarier the better as there will be a prize for the best dressed. Have you got what it takes?

Trick or Treat Trek Dates and Times
19th – 25th October Trick or Treat Trek at 13.00 & 15.00
26th – 31st October Trick or Treat Trek at 13.00, 15.00 & 17.00
31st October Halloween Special Trick or Treat Trek at 18.30

The Trick or Treat Trek takes 1 hour.

01904 527765


October Half Term: Photo Fabulous!

Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November 2019

Some of the earliest photographs of York date back to 1844. To accompany a new exhibition in York Museum Gardens join us this half term at the Yorkshire Museum for self-led activities. Recreate some of the first portraits taken in York as you dress up and become a leading Victorian visionary.

Included in museum admission. No need to book.

Plus all the usual Yorkshire Museum fun:

From prehistory to Romans, Vikings and the city’s medieval splendour; see some of the finest collections of archaeological and geological finds in Europe.
Don’t miss our ground-breaking exhibition Yorkshire’s Jurassic World, opened by Sir David Attenborough. Take an epic journey back through 150 million years of Yorkshire to discover lost giants and the changing worlds they inhabited in.

Adult £8, Child (0-16) free with paying adult, YMT Cardholder – Free.
Open 10am-5pm.
Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR

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Open on 12th and 13th October then every day from the 19th October until the 31st October from 10am-4pm.

Bring the whole family to enjoy the fun on the farm this half term!

Pick your own pumpkins from our pumpkin patch and choose from thousands of pumpkins of all shapes, colours and sizes. We’ve got the perfect pumpkin for everyone, from orange carving pumpkins, decorative candle pumpkins and blue eating squashes through to giant pumpkins so big you’ll find them hard to pick up!

Free entry and parking – pay for what you pick (prices start at £1) and for the children’s play areas (£3):

Indoor soft play
Pumpkin Bowling
Ride on tractors
Pumpkin Golf
Bale Mountain
Bale Slide
Slack Line

We’ve got our pumpkin café on site serving delicious homemade refreshments (including pumpkin soup!) and fresh coffee.

Find us at Lodge Farm, Cundall, YO61 2RN – just 5 mins from J49 of the A1(M)!

01423 360203


Dobbie’s – Little Seedlings Club: November – We love garden art!

11.00am – 12.00pm

Join us for a creative workshop full of activities and arty ideas your little ones will love – including painting stones to make ladybirds!

Workshops last for approximately 60 minutes and are free to attend. Advanced booking is essential.

Dobbies Garden Centres, Northfield Lane, Upper Poppleton, North Yorkshire, YO26 6QE

T: 01904795920

Manic Chord Theatre present The Unknown

28/10/2018 – 30/10/2019
10am – 3.45pm
Join us in Selby this October half term for a very special Selby 950 event, as Manic Chord Theatre perform their 80’s inspired extra-terrestrial adventure show ‘The Unknown’ in the grounds of Selby Abbey.It’s a fun and interactive show for families – that comes complete with its very own alien app! Best of all – it’s completely FREE!

Selby Abbey, Selby, YO8 4PU
T: 01757 705101

Spooky Family Yoga

30 October
10.30 am-12pm
£15 (1adult+children)

Spooky Family Yoga! Mindful creativity, traditional yoga and unique family time. Aimed at 4+ but all welcome! Book in advance directly with Vikki

York Yoga Studio 112 Acomb Road YO24 4EY

Tamar’s Toy Box – October Half Term

Pumpking calving every Wednesday in October.
Hocus Pocus slime making every Friday in October £5 (Book now to avoid disappointment)

26 Acaster Lane, Bishopthorpe, York, YO223 2SJ
T: 07717 466733

The Great York Ghost Search

The Great York Ghost Search will run for an extended three week run (11 October – 1 November 2019) for the October half-term, with 26 ghost lamps tucked away in shop windows all around the city and the mini-ghosts making an appearance for the last week of the search, finders of which will be able to go home with their own pocket poltergeists.

York’s Chocolate Story – October Half Term

York’s SHOCKolate Story (19 – 31 October 2019)
Join us on our Trick or Treat Trek where you will encounter Count Fectionery and Miss Terry. Walk the streets of York, but make sure not to stray too far from the path whilst Count Fectionery uncovers terrifying tales within the grizzly walls. What mischief will you get up to with Miss Terry?