School Holidays York

October Half Term & Halloween 2021

Halloween Events, Things to Do & Activities for Kids in October Half Term in York 2021

Christmas is coming and Old Saint Nicholas is on his way to make a special visit to York School of Magic! But look alive young witches and wizards, for the evil forces of winter are prowling the city and the magical professors need your help to keep the festive season safe!

During your experience you can also dine with Santa at our exclusive magical themed café ‘Madame Mandragora’s Scrumdiddlyicious Cauldron Of Treats’. Only available to our Christmas adventurers, and hidden in a secret location in York’s city centre. Here, you can feast on delightful handmade magical sweet treats and refreshments including, Magical Milkshakes & Potions as well as glorious cakes & cookies.  Follow this link to find out more Madame Mandragoras menu — A Very Magical Adventure

The full interactive experience will last around 2 hours. Tickets include mystical quests, spell casting, potion lesson and a visit to our exclusive magical themed café where you can purchase homemade cakes, sweet treats and refreshments. Child tickets also include a gift from Father Christmas.

Tickets start from £8.95 for Adult, £15.95 for Children (including a gift from Santa), book your place at our online booking office.

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October Half Term 2021

Agility is one of the most exciting and unique centres for fitness in the UK. The main feature is two ninja warrior style obstacle courses catering for the whole family.

Agility Sports Camps are back for half term! They will run Mon – Fri. They include a range of indoor and outdoor activities, arts and crafts, our ninja warrior obstacle courses, interactive meal times and so much more.

We have our regular 5-16 years Ninja Warrior sessions running everyday, we have added more Family ninja warrior sessions so you can join your kids on the course for family fun and we also have Adults Only sessions for 18 years + for anyone who wants to come and use our course for a fun workout.

Halloween Spooktacular 29/30/31st October 4:30pm

Fun and games, prizes and a special Halloween show on our course. 5-16 years

Toddlers Halloween 29th October 10am

Fun and games and prizes to be won.

Halloween Scream Night 30th October 6pm

New to Agility this year, we wanted to make it scarier than ever. 12 years +

Parties are available to book for any occasion. We can offer bespoke packages for any event.

01904 340495
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Saturday 23 October 10am – 4pm

A Big Draw and Story-making at All Saints North Street

Free activities at All Saints North Street for this year’s national BIG DRAW.

Drop in and work with artist Alun Kirby to draw and create stories inspired by a real crime in the 1800s, when stained glass was stolen from the church. We will also be working towards creating a display of artwork in the shape of a large stained glass window throughout the day, so call in to join in, or just view the artwork.

Drop in and draw – no booking required. Aimed at children but all are welcome.

All Saints Church, North Street, York, YO1 6JD
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23rd – 31st October 2021

Talented Toxins! @ Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park

Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is proud to welcome you into the world of purposeful poisons and valuable venoms this Halloween half-term!

Join us as we explore the world of toxicity, and shine a light on the talented toxins that are helping pave the way for ground-breaking medicine!

Ranging from spitting cobras, to box jellyfish, and even duck-billed platypus, the natural world is full of irritants, toxins, poisons and venoms – all specially designed and adapted to help provide food and a scare away predators. These animal toxins are complex chemical concoctions, with the potential to inflict major damage to other living organisms. But… when we look closer, brush through the mane of the lion’s man jellyfish, and lift up the tentacles of the blue ringed-octopus, we find a world of talented toxins that can help shape our world and save human lives!

Talented Toxins will be dosed with a series of additional activities including special talks and demonstrations, crafts, quizzes and trails. All activities are included in the standard admission rate. Askham Bryan Wildlife & Conservation Park is open 7 days a week throughout halter, 10:00AM-17:00PM (last entry 16:00PM).

Pre-booking not essential. For further information, please contact the park via e-mail.

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

01904 772270
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Experience Medieval life this half-term 2021

Barley Hall is a hidden medieval gem, once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York. The building has been lovingly restored to its original splendour with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. Experience our magnificent Great Hall, ready for a medieval feast or explore the Parlour which would have been Master Snawsell’s office around 1483.

Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home, sit on the chairs and experience what it would have been like to live in medieval England.

Discover our Magic & Mystery exhibition when you visit and be transported back in time to an era of fantastical beliefs, strange remedies and superstition. Our galleries invite you to explore the role of magic in the everyday lives of people living in the Middle Ages. Displays investigate the individuals pronounced in written records as witches and wizards; the ‘science’ of magic, alchemy and experimentation; protective charms and forecasting the future through prophecies and dreams.

Don’t forget about our souvenir charm bags filled with protective healing herbs and stones, perfect for keeping the little ones entertained!
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🛸Beetle Bank Farm Spooktacular🛸
It’s Back! From Monday 25th October to Sunday 31st October. Join Beetle Bank Farm for an Out of this World Experience!👽
👽Spooky Facepainting!
🎃 Petrifying Pumpking Calving!
🛸Area 51 Scare room!
Dare you Enter Area 51!
It might be Scary!
It might be Fun!
You may see things never seen before!
Things to make you run for the door!
Spooky happenings and Flashing Lights!
Noises in the Darkness to give you a Fright!
Little Green Men and Life from Beyond!
Dare You Enter Area 51!!
Suitable for all ages Accompanied by an Adult!
A Small Fee Per Activity!

Beetle Bank Open Farm, Moor Lane, Murton, York YO19 5XD

01904 488796
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October Half Term 2021

The pumpkin pretenders

The gardens are showing off the season’s best and with a few extra layers and sturdy footwear, it’s a great time to get into the gardens.

Keep your eyes peeled for pumpkins as you explore, look high and low and around corners – especially for some of the stranger shapes and sizes. There will be a few pumpkin pretenders in among the real deals, see if you can find them all.

50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾
Tick off something new from the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ play list. Download from the website ahead of your visit or use on your phone for inspiration on the go.

Discover the wilderness play area
The biggest head to the seven-metre pyramid tower and slide, cantilever swing and clamber stack. Or discover the zone for smaller visitors to climb over and through or make home in the wendy house. If it’s a rustic den you’re after, grab some sticks and set to on the frames to build one.

Open daily 23-31 October, 10am – 5pm. Free to National Trust members, non-member standard prices:
£13 adult, £6.50 for children over 5, £32.50 for 2 adult family and £19.50 for one.

Click through to the WEBSITE for more details and to book.

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

01904 472027
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As All Hallows Eve beckons – On the Trail of the Brigante Tombs is a self-guided adventure hunt through the snickelways and secret passages of the Ancient City of York.

By the dawn of Wednesday October 20 – THIRTEEN miniature tombs will restlessly await discovery as they nestle in the windows of the city centre emporiums.

And by the eve of Tuesday November 2 – they will have all vanished from sight!

Enthusiastic taphophiles are invited to discover the location of the Brigante Tombs, take a photograph and share with the world – #LoveYork and #BriganteTombs

Every Brigante Tomb will feature a unique QR code which will direct the finder to a dedicated page of ghostly tales and horrid history on the website The Brigante Chronicles.

Cryptic snippets and tantalising imagery will also mysteriously appear ‘twixt day and dusk on social media @PoliteTourist and @LadyBrigante.

On the Trail of the Brigante Tombs is wonderfully suited for tombstone tourists of all ages with a taste for the macabre who wish to step back in time and explore York’s most extraordinary history.

A Brigante Tomb leaflet can be collected from the Visit York Information Centre in Museum Street.
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23rd to 31st October 2021

The spooky Skelves are back this October half term to take you on adventure trails around Ray Wood, plus there’ll be self guided trails to enjoy, so get those wellies on and search for some magical beasts whilst enjoying fantastic autumnal colours in our woodlands!

You can also book in to make a broomstick and learn how to fly it, using materials sourced from our woodlands. And if all that wasn’t enough, pay a visit to the hot chocolate hut down at the Boathouse for indulgent and seasonal treats! All activities included in the cost of a Castle Howard Gardens Ticket or with a Friends of Castle Howard membership card, tickets will be available to book from Wednesday 29th September.

New for 2021! Visit the Castle Howard PYO pumpkin patch at the Garden Centre, open daily from 9th – 31st October, with weekend games for young pumpkin pickers on offer.

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

01653 648333
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Calling all Mini Cosmic Coven Magic Makers aged 8- 12 yrs old!
Are you ready to share some special ‘Samhain Halloween’ empowerment?

Chill, lay back and listen to the magical deep sounds from Kat’s healing crystal bowls, koshi chimes and drum.

Make some enchanted spell jars with Anna & her wishing spell.

Set some awesome goals to make you feel ace, connect with each others and make new friends and learn all about the power of tarot ( mini version tarot suitable for kids).

All the Magic!!!

Your adult MUST attend with you & is responsible for you throughout the session.

*What you need
– Yoga Mat to sit on
– Blankets / layers
– Pillows / cushion
– Water Bottle
– Journal & Pen if you wish

Venue: Spark:York in the upstairs community space.

We will have a sign on the door.

* One ticket admits 1 Adult & 1 Child ( Child must be between 8-12yrs old)
Extra Child admission is £15 – There must be one Adult responsible per 2 children.
* So if you fancy a space snap one up now – places are limited and tend to fill up pretty fast …

If you want to avoid Eventbrite fees you can safely pay via paypal for your ticket at & for an additional child

We cannot wait to share with you!

Big love and lightning bolts

Kat & Anna xx
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October Half Term 2021

A full day of Spooktacular adventure awaits at the Web Adventure Park!

A fun family day out at the park with some Halloween fun thrown in, perfect for all ages.
A giant pumpkin patch themed for our little ones to enjoy, pick your own pumpkin to take home (£3.00 extra while booking or on the day)
Halloween themed entertainment from the Amazing Dazzling Darren, with two magic shows and a family game show in our marquee!
Unlimited Rides all included in the ticket – Double Carousel, Miami, Apple Coaster, Formula, Sizzler, Balloons, Cups, Crazy Bulls, Helter-skelter, Pony Express and the new Wave swinger! (Subject to availability)
Visit our Jurassic Mini Golf with our friendly dinosaurs before heading to our Indoor Play Centre to warm up. There you will find various play areas, form birth in our baby sensory area up to older children in our new Ninja Obstacle area.
Halloween characters roaming throughout the park during the day – but nothing to frighten little ones, feel free to come in costume too.
A spooktacular celebration – but not scary!
Come at any time during the day from 9.30 or visit later to enjoy the sparkling lights on the rides.

Open 9.30am – 18.00, come and leave at any point during the day.

01904 692221
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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.

October 2021

Looking for a regular meet up for parents, babies and toddlers around York?

Tiny Diggers is a soft-play group with a difference. Using textures found in archaeology to introduce touch-based play, we’ve created sessions designed exclusively for babies and toddlers. Themed content each week will introduce varied stimuli, from treasure hunts to messy play, created by our Early Years team to help develop fine motor skills and engage all the senses. Fun for your little one, and you, too!

Plus, sessions can now be booked as one-offs as well as blocks of four weeks – whatever fits in around your schedule.

DIG will also be open for hands-on archaeological adventures this half term. Kids get the chance to become trainee diggers for the day and explore 200- years of York’s fascinating history. Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and Victorian finds, so you can grab a trowel and dig up the clues that show how people lived.

Pre-book your visit to DIG now via the website

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

01904 615505
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Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th October 2021

Barmy Britain is heading for Grand Opera House this October

The West End’s longest running children’s show is going on a national tour, bringing British history to life in a hilarious and eye-popping show. The Horrible Histories production of Barmy Britain arrives in York from Thursday 21 until Sunday 24 October to take audiences on a trip through the history of Britain with amazing 3D effects.

Can you beat battling Boudicca? What if a Viking moved in next door? Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry VIII? Can evil Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Dare you stand and deliver to dastardly Dick Turpin? Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria!

The special feature of the production are the amazing 3D effects called Bogglevision. Among an array of 3D illusions, skulls hover, damns burst and missiles fly into the audience. Even adults will find it hard not to duck.

This wonderful journey through the gruesome, scary and unbelievable moments in British history is perfect entertainment for anyone aged from 5 to 105!

Tickets from £12.00

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Sunday 24th to Sunday 31st October 2021

Get ready for a fun family day out at Harrogate Indoor Funfair at The Great Yorkshire Showground. Morning sessions 10am-1pm, afternoon 2pm-5pm.

With jaw-dropping rides and amazing inflatables for all ages, Harrogate Indoor Funfair offers all the fun of the fair in an indoor, climate-controlled and family-friendly environment.

There is also a cafe and baby changing facilities for families on-site.

Online price list
Under 0.9m – Free, Riding wristband – £10, Spectator wristband – £3.50, Family of four – £36, Carers riding wristband* – £6, Carers spectator* – £2.50

On the door price list
Under 0.9m – Free, Riding wristband – £12, Spectator wristband – £4, Family of four – £44, Carers riding wristband* – £7, Carers spectator* – £3

Tickets on the door will be limited. We recommend booking online to avoid disappointment.

*Proof of DLA or similar will be required on entry.

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The glamping site in Flixton, near Scarborough, will be open to the public (not just guests) for October half term, for families to enjoy their Halloween event.

Come and join us at the farm to pick a pumpkin, carve it, and then take an exciting walk around our Halloween Nature Trail. Food and drink will also be available to purchase from our NEW Cafe Bar The Hive!

The event runs from 23rd to 30th October 2021 with 5 sessions to choose from each day – 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm or 2pm. These sessions give you 1 hour at the pumpkin patch then if you wish to stay longer on the spooky trail or farm yard, you are more than welcome to. Dogs are welcome, but must be on leads at all times.

£8 per child including 1 pumpkin £5 per adult (no pumpkin). Book online in advance only using the ink below.

Or why not book glamping accommodation and stay the night!? We have luxury cottages, wigwam lodges, wigwam cabins and yurts to choose from, some with hot tubs, find out more here.

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough YO11 3UJ.

01723 890437
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Meet the Vikings this October half-term 2021

With an updated ride experience and state-of-the-art galleries – visit JORVIK Viking Centre to discover York’s fascinating Viking legacy.

Discover Coppergate
Your first experience at JORVIK is an exploration of the Coppergate Dig – which uncovered some of the most significant Viking-age artefacts in the UK – with a fully immersive display taking you back to the 1970s. What traces of Viking life can you spot under our glass floor?

Explore the Viking-Age City
Based on the discoveries of the ground-breaking Coppergate Dig JORVIK explores the everyday lives of the traders, raiders and settlers in York. As you travel around 10th century York, the sights, sounds and even the smells of the Viking Age are brought vividly back to life as you journey back 1,000 years.

You can even see (and unfortunately smell) one Viking on the toilet!

Experience the Real Thing
Get up-close with some of the most beautiful and rare Viking artefacts in the world, from glass beads and shoes to frying pans and a board game and even a fossilised Viking poo!

Make sure you say hello to our friendly Viking hosts when you visit – they can tell you loads of extra facts about Viking life in Jorvik.
Pre-book your visit via the website

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Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October 2021

Are you ready to be bewitched at Mother Shipton’s this Halloween? You’re in for a treat!

It’s the Witching Hour, and deep in the spooky forest where a world-famous Prophetess was said to have been born during a terrifying thunderstorm, the spirits are flying high. You may hear the cackle of old souls wandering the ancient woodland or feel a shiver down your spine as you step into the Haunted Halloween Village.

Suitable for all ages, watch out for witches, ghosts, and creepy skeletons around every corner! There’s frightful fun to be had with photo opportunities and fancy dress competitions. Share your SPOOKTACULAR photos and inventive costumes with us on social media using the hashtag #mothershiptons to be in with the chance of winning PETRIFYING prizes and tickets awarded digitally.

See the incredible Petrifying Well as it turns items to stone as if by magic! Be SPELLBOUND as you make a wish in the Wicked Wishing Well, warm up with ghoulishly good refreshments and hot drinks served from our vintage style coffee kiosk and visit the Gift Shop for frighteningly fabulous souvenirs and gothic gifts. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, and a Museum featuring petrified celebrity items. Access to the adventure playground is subject to weather conditions.

9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4pm). Booking is essential

Mother Shipton’s, Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

01423 864600
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A Spooktacular Halloween

23rd – 31st October 2021

Come and join us for a spooktacular Halloween!

Have a go at carving your own pumpkin (then take it home so you can show it off to your friends!) We’ve also got a spooky Halloween treasure trail and a spellbinding storyteller in this fabulous half term event.

Plus there’s a new fairy trail to follow, animals to visit and a play park to climb on.

What more could you need from a Halloween adventure?

Tickets are just £3.50 each

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Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 31st October 2021

Halloween Lantern Walk and story telling in the Fairywood

Guided walk with strange tales 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 have a free glass of alcoholic or non alcoholic punch. Then there is a guided walk with our storytelling guide cloaked in Autumn. Enjoy tales from Professor Howlands collection, as you stroll through a lantern lit fairy wood. Approximate total time 1 hour. Afterwards enjoy the Autumn grotto and the fairy museum and relax in the Northwood kitchen bar.

Very limited sessions with a maximum of 30 per session. Come dressed for the season and weather with appropriate footwear. Parts of the walk in the woods are very dark, you may want to bring a lantern or small torch. (we also have lanterns for sale – subject to availability) Please be on time for your session and arrive in good time as we cannot delay the starts.

Runs from Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 31st October 2021 inclusive. 3 sessions a day at 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm. £14.50pp (1 and 2 year olds free)

Buttercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP.
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October Half Term painting fun at Rainbows 2021

Pop in with your little ones this October half term and you’ll find a huge selection of both Halloween and Christmas ceramics ready for your colourful painty creations. Let them loose with a paint brush or pop their handprint on to a bauble, plate, mug ..or teapot. We’ve lots of stamps and sponges to help them on their way.

If you’d prefer to paint at home, then simply browse Order your item and paint in the comfort of you home. Just pop by to collect then return in a  week for firing.

Please note we don’t take bookings in the studio so just pop along. We are usually busy during half term so we would suggest avoiding half term week if you are requiring baby prints.

Rainbows is based in the city centre, across the road from York Art Gallery. Parking on Bootham Row behind the shop, or Marygate Car Park. Rawcliffe Bar Park & Ride.


Oh and don’t forget to mention Mumbler for 10% off!

15-17 Bootham, York YO30 7BW.

01904 675533
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October 23rd – 31st 2021

Bring the family to RHS Garden Harlow Carr for a half term full of fun! Explore the garden on a family trail, learn how different cultures celebrate autumn, enjoy craft and wellbeing workshops and have a go at some circus skills.

Autumn Carnival garden trail

Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 October, daily
9.30am – 5pm, self-guided trail

Help our Garden Detective to collect the answers to the clues around the garden and solve the puzzle of why some leaves change colour in autumn. Pick up a trail map at the garden entrance.

Sam’s Safaris

Monday 25 – Friday 29 October
Drop in 11am – 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre
Meet animals and creepy crawlies from all over the world with Sam’s Safaris. Learn fascinating facts about these amazing creatures.

Leaf headdress workshops

Monday 25 October
Drop in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1 – 3pm
Get creative at our Forest School workshop and make a striking leaf headdress to take home.

Storytelling with the Garden Detectives

Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 October
Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre
Join the Garden Detectives to hear stories of how autumn and the harvest are celebrated around the world. Stories will take place outdoors if the weather is good.

Wellbeing workshops

Wednesday 27 October
Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre
Relax and unwind as a family with wellbeing workshops from local creativity and wellbeing studio Enchanticas. Workshops will take place outdoors if the weather is good.

Circus skills workshops

Thursday 28 October
Sessions 11am – 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre
Roll up! Roll up! Try your hand at some circus skills while in the garden. Workshops will take place outdoors if the weather is good.

Crag Lane, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1QB

01423 565418
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We invite you to our free family activities taking place in the Shambles Market from Monday 25 October during half term. Find us daily from 1pm in the food court area.

Collect your spooky Shambles Market Trick or Treat trail at the Visit York Information Centre and find the bats, hats and cauldrons hidden around the market! Return your trail to the Visit York Information Centre and receive your treat!

Activities through the week from 1pm include Fantastic Faces face painting, The spooktacular Thunk It Theatre , storytelling, Creepy crafts and delicious cupcake decorating!

As well as the shambles spooky  trail York Mumbler have also created lots of Magical and Mythical fun for you to print off and enjoy at home for FREE! Including magical colouring sheets, a Wizard Word Scramble and ‘Make your own Wizard Quill’ activity sheet.

Hope to see you there!

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Come along to Spilmans family farm this Halloween 2021 and visit the famous PYO & Pumpkin Festival.

The Spilmans Festival is on a real authentic farm where you can pick your pumpkin from the field it was grown in – plus there are loads of other fun things to do to make this a very Autumnal, Halloween experience!


🎃 Pick and Carve your Pumpkins on site White ghost varieties plus lots of squashes and gourds as well as the traditional variety.
🌽 Corn Cannon – have some fun blasting cobs out of our corn cannon! Fire corn on the cob, at targets.
🚜 Tractor Rides – Hop on our trailer and hear all about our farm and what we grow. Drive past the pumpkin patch full of orange and white pumpkins.
🌾 Bale Mountain – Climb our huge straw mountain, right to the top. Catch a great view of our pumpkin patch and a sea of orange pumpkins!
🎡 Fairground Rides – In addition to the Pumpkin festival, there are some optional extra fairground rides to enjoy. (these are cash only and not included in the credit system)

With PYO pumpkins ready to pick from 1st October

£5pp (2 years and under don’t need a ticket). Redeemable for vouchers to spend on site.

Booking in Half hour slots so that it won’t be too busy at one time.

Church Farm, Sessay Nr Thirsk, YO7 3NB

01845 501623
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Saturday 23rd October 2021 – 3-4pm

A puppet show for all ages. 40 minutes.

Stinky The Crab longs to be human. Lucy would love her very own pet… Can they make each other’s dreams come true? Or should Stinky be careful what he wishes for? With original music and a cast of colourful characters, Marina Fishwife tells the tale of how the tiny brave creatures of the rock pools work together to make life in the rock- pools good again for everyone.

Joanna Neary (Miss Jones from CBBC’s ‘So Awkward’) proudly presents her children’s debut stage show.

Guide age is 4-8 years but is accessible to all.

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23 October- 31st October 2021

10am – 5:30pm

Keep the children spellbound this October half term with a week of frightful fun!

The Halloween Adventure is spooky fun and never scary, so is suitable for even the smallest of monsters! Stockeld Park will be transformed for this year’s enchanting Halloween festivities!

There will be lots of spellbinding surprises in store in the Enchanted Forest, and little ones will love to explore our pumpkin patch, to pick their very own pumpkin to take home! Every paying child will get to choose a free pumpkin!

Spooky real live characters will be dotted around the park, making fantastic photo opportunities and enchanting interactions for the whole family to enjoy!

New for this year, skeletons have taken over Stockeld, with the skeleton trail! Will you spot them all? Make sure you don’t get trapped in the Hansels and Gretel’s jail! Try your luck in the graveyard golf – our brand new Halloween mini golf – undercover so you can play whatever the weather!

There’s something suitably scary for all ages, and for those who like to be truly frightened, will you dare to enter our haunted escape rooms!? Trapped inside The Basement or The Attic at one of the most haunted houses in Yorkshire, you and your team must use all your skills and knowledge to escape before your time runs out!

There’s always scarily good fun to be had at Stockeld Park!


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

01937 586333
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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. There will also be wheelbarrows to avoid heavy lifting.

Keep a look out for the seasonal treats on the new Winter menu in the spacious cafe, incorporating pumpkin and squashes into all sorts of delicious dishes. There is also heated outdoor seating and further seating in the landscaped cafe garden with blankets for cooler days.

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

A great family outing, especially in half term when the new jeep ride ‘Track out back’ will be open daily for the children to enjoy, as well as every weekend in October.

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The Guy Fawkes Conspirator

25 October- 6 November 2021 (Not including Sunday)
10am-5pm (Last admission 4pm)

Self-led trail Included in admission

You might have heard of Guy Fawkes and the famous plot to blow up parliament in 1605, but he didn’t work alone…

I was friends with Guy Fawkes at school and, together, we tried to overthrow King James I. Needless to say, we weren’t successful, but the Gunpowder Plot made history.

Guy Fawkes became one of the most infamous names to come from York, whereas I am hardly known in comparison.

If you want to discover my identity, and about my links with the Bar Convent, you’ll have to follow my trail.

Look out for my letters hidden through the exhibition, they’ll give you a clue. If you can do it, there’s a prize in it for you.

The Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, 17 Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AQ

01904 643 238
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The Potions Cauldron is the World’s most magical drinks emporium and serves magic every day on Shambles in York. You can enjoy a potion drink that comes to life if you do the potion spell, a delicious Spellbound Butterscotch Beer, or mix your own slush potion that comes with magical powers.

You can also try their Potion Experience with a chance to see the all new Secret Potion room and have a potion mixed for you by a Wizard with a few surprises as the room comes to life and you learn the secrets of potion making!

Find out how Basilisk Blood, Tears of A Wizard, Serpents Venom and Unicorn Essence are made and see if you can taste the magic.

Grown up Wizards can event try some poison in their potion.

The Potions Experience at The Potions Cauldron lasts 25 minutes and is £5.99 per Wizard.

The experience may not be suitable for Wizards under 6 years old or anyone of a very nervous disposition.

There is a date night version of the experience for grown up Wizards that lasts 50 minutes.

You can book your magical potions experience online

9 3/4 Shambles, York, YO1 7LZ

01904 692192
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A Big Draw to Remember – Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th October 2021. 

Free drawing activities at York Army Museum for this year’s national BIG DRAW.

Come join in our Big Draw for Remembrance 2021.  We’ve a huge canvas just waiting for people to doodle and draw.  Add a poppy, be inspired by our collections or archives, and get drawing tips and guidance from artist Stephen Lee Hodgkins.

Drop in and draw – no booking required.  All welcome.

Saturday 23 October & Monday 25 October 1-4pm

Tuesday 26 October – Friday 29 October 2-3pm

[If you can’t join us at the museum – follow our guide to drawing a poppy, snap a pic and share it with us on social media]

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

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Come and enjoy brilliant art for free at York Art Gallery!

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.

Visit our families page to download activities to do on your visit, such as our Art Heroes Fact Sheets, and the Curious Create Colour Export colouring sheets.

Or why not pick up one of our YAG Activity bags, full of ideas and activities to try while at the gallery and souvenirs to take home afterwards!  The bags are priced at £7:50.

Visitors will need to book their free timed tickets online at where they can also find out about the new exhibitions and the changes we have made to ensure a safe and relaxing visit.

Exhibition Square, York, YO1 7EW

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Monster Invasion in York!!

The York Quest App has a new ‘Monster Invasion’ trail for Halloween. This interactive and free activity gives families something to keep young ones entertained, and helps you discover more of the city.

The York Quest App is free to download from the Apple iStore and Play Store.

Through The Window

York Station,  31 October, Sunday-Friday 8am-7pm, and Saturdays 8am to 4pm

What used to be a Cornish pasty shop has been transformed into a surreal Hansel and Gretel forest – complete with giant cobweb-covered lollipops and a gingerbread house.

Doesn’t sound too creepy… until you spot the skulls, a demonic wolf and, most frightening of all, glowing gummy bears!

Ghosts In The Gardens

Museum Gardens until 7 November 2021, from 10.30am to 6pm

A short walk from York Station is Museum Gardens. But beware – you may now spot a few phantasms on your stroll through this beautiful city centre park.

Eerie, translucent 3D sculptures have emerged across the gardens. There are ghostly monks and Vikings – and even a spectral squirrel! But can you spot all ten?

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Halloween Traditions Family Tour

29, 30 & 31 October 2021, 10am
Book your tickets here.

Discover the history of Halloween Traditions this October half term! This half hour guided tour is for young children and their adults. It will lead you through the history of Halloween, looking at past beliefs about witches and evil spirits, as well as the origins of Halloween party games and traditions such as trick-or-treat.

This tour will take place in our Period Rooms and Toy Stories Galleries.

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Get ready for some eerie chills and spooky thrills as York Dungeons is frightfully pleased to announce a Halloween city walking tour around the historically (in)famous city.

This family-friendly trick and treat walking tour takes in some of York’s most iconic sites, delving into all the frightful history of one of the UK’s most historic cities with the Dungeon’s dynamic duo Jester and Smedley.

The ghostly tour is the best way to enjoy 2000 years of York history in a welcoming environment, whilst meeting famous characters from York’s past. Visitors will be sure to laugh, and scream, as they experience surprises both petrifying and pleasant.

Tours depart from outside The York Dungeon, see timings below:

· Saturday 16th October – 4 tours (12:00, 1:30pm, 3pm & 4:30pm)

· Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st October – 4 tours (12:00, 1:30pm, 3pm & 4:30pm)

The Trick AND Treat Walking Tour is recommended for all ages, tickets prices are £9.75 for adults and £7.75 for children (Under 3’s go free).

For more information or to book tickets to The York Dungeon’s creepy city walking tour, please visit the website:

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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.

York Museums Trust invites you to explore, play and let your imagination run wild in York Museum Gardens this half term with a series of FREE fun activities for children and families.

Giant marble runs, role play spaces and a variety of hands-on craft activities are included in the activities taking place between Wednesday October 27 and Saturday October 30 on the Pavilion Lawn.

York Museums Trust hope that the workshops will inspire York families to come and share their thoughts on what playing they would like to do in the Gardens in the future.

Richard Saward, head of visitor experience and commercial, said: “We want to introduce a permanent area of play in York Museum Gardens – and we need your help!

“This half term we are working with Playful Anywhere to put on a variety of activities for families to enjoy and hopefully spark conversations and ideas about how we can make the Gardens a more enjoyable space for children and families permanently. This could be through a series of events or activities, trails or play facilities – all ideas are welcome to help shape our exciting plans for the future.”

The events will take place between 11am and 3pm and are free to all, with no need to book. Some of the activities will be under cover in case of bad weather.

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Thursday 21st – Tuesday 26th October 2021


Do you want to hear a true story?
Imagine a place where what you see is not what it seems,
with forgotten stories and forgotten things

Do you want to hear an exciting story?
Imagine princesses who don’t know they are princesses and
a prince who doesn’t want to be king

Do you want to hear a happy story?
Imagine a real prince, discovering a real princess, and a story which ends happily-ever-after!

Set in the Museum of Forgotten Things, three musical curators, tell the amazing tale of the museums artefacts including the mystery of a little green pea and how it got there. This one hour of fun is packed with humour and memorable songs, including a romp through every type of princess you can imagine, with hilarious costumes to match.

The audience meet a demanding queen, an array of wannabe princesses, and our main characters, an unknown girl who is blown into the palace by a gust of wind, and an indecisive prince under pressure to find his real princess.

Will he ever find a real princess or his happy ever after?

This show was originally made by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal in 2014 with an extensive tour and Christmas run at the Sheffield Crucible before playing to sell out audiences in Hong Kong and Singapore in January 2015. In this new and updated adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s popular story, Mike Kenny and the inventive tutti frutti team will once again create a funny, original, beautiful retelling of this familiar tale. For children aged 3+ and their families.

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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.

NEW! – The world-famous late 16th century portrait of Richard III is on display at the Yorkshire Museum as part of a new display.
The painting, which has become synonymous with the depiction of Richard III, is on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London, and will be displayed alongside the museum’s outstanding collections associated with the King such as the magnificent Middleham Jewel, The Ryther Hoard and the Stillingfleet Boar Badge worn by one of his supporters.

Museum Gardens, York YO1 7FR

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Come join us this October to pick your own pumpkins at Yorkshire Pumpkins!

With over 15 varieties of pumpkins we’ve got the perfect pumpkin for everyone, from the decorative candle pumpkins to the delicious eating pumpkins. Last year you loved our decorative pumpkins so this year we’ve grown even more, including some amazing looking gourds! It’s been a great year for growing pumpkins so we’ve got lots of ginormous orange pumpkins to chose from.

Please buy your tickets in advance online, the price of the tickets is redeemable against the cost of your pumpkins.

We will have bale mountain, our bale sofa and lots of stunning photo opportunities on site, as well as our pumpkin cafe and pizza van!

Yorkshire Pumpkins is open 16th & 17th October then every day from 21st – 31st October from 10am to 4pm.

Do let us know if you’ve got any questions and tag us in any of your pumpkin carving posts!

Yorkshire Pumpkins is located 6 minutes from the A1(M) J49 and 3 minutes from the A168 Asenby junction.

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African Sound Safari – Accessible Arts & Media

Join us on Tuesday 26th October at New Earswick Folk Hall, where we’ll be playing a wide range of percussion instruments – drums, bells, chimes, shakers and scrapers- as we explore the sounds, rhythms and beats of Africa. Fully inclusive for ages 8+ 

Tickets £10  

To book call 01904 626965  

Copmanthorpe Spooky Trail

Saturday 30th – Sunday 31st October 2021 10am – 7pm

Maps are available from: Little Acorns, Post Office & Copmanthorpe Library Monday-Saturday. Trail maps £2 each.

Foss Fairy Trail Halloween Event

Sunday 31st October 2021

Book a pumpkin lantern or make your own and dare to place your lantern down the trail
Contact us by Monday 25th October to book a pumpkin.
Any donations will go to The Island Charity

T: 07759 937093

Free Halloween activities for kids from York Mumbler

We’ve created some Halloween activities you can print out and use at home to decorate your house, yourself and your pumpkins!

You can pick up lots of fun props, creepy decorations and spooky lights to transform your house this Halloween but why not use this as an opportunity to have some fun with the kids to create your own decorations this year. We have created some colour in and cut out sheets you can download and decorate. Check out our York Mumbler Pinterest page for more DIY Halloween decorations.

Click here to download the Mumbler Halloween colouring sheets

If you are struggling to get hold of a Halloween costume this year why not have a go at colouring in one of our ‘day of the dead’ masks. As well as using crayons, felts and pencils why not use some glitter, gems and beads to add some extra fun!

Click here to download the Mumbler Halloween masks

When it comes to carving a pumpkin this can often be tricky for smaller hands to cope with, so it’s often the parents who get to show off their creative skills. To help your child work out what design to carve on their pumpkin we have created a ‘design your own pumpkin’ worksheet. Encourage your child to experiment with a few different designs then choose their favourite to have a go at drawing onto the pumpkin for you to carve out for them. Check out the York Mumbler Pinterest board for some inspiration and see some amazing pumpkin designs.

Click here to download your Mumbler Halloween design your own pumpkin sheet

For alternative ideas to trick or treating visit our Halloween blog!


Friends of Bishopthorpe Halloween Clue & Display trail

25th – 31st October 2021

Maps can be purchased from the co-op, library or newsagents in Bishopthorpe, with a prize for 5 lucky winners, vote for your favourite display on Halloween weekend.

£2 per trail map.

National Railway Museum – October Half Term

Inspire the family this half-term, with hands-on activities located among engineering giants that changed the world.

Think like an engineer and explore how the railways are designed to get things moving! Get inventive with LEGO design and building activities and explore the challenges faced by engineers past, present and future.

033 0058 0058

Poppleton Halloween & Pumpkin Trail

The trail runs from Saturday 30th October – 31st October.  Maps only £2, available 10am-1pm both days from the Poppleton Centre or Poppleton Post Office on Allerton Drive.

Poppleton Centre, Main Street, Poppleton, YO26 6JT

The Black Bull – Halloween

Sunday 31st October 2021
3.30pm – 5pm
Childrens Halloween Party
£5 per child – under 12s only
Disco, Games, Best Fancy Dress, Buffet.
Limited Tickets. Tickets can only be purchased in person from the bar, payment by cash only.

The Black Bull, Hull Road, York, YO10 3LF

Willow Farm Cafe – October Half Term

Halloween Reptile Show Spooktacular
31st October 2021
5pm – 7pm
Reptile Show & other Critters, Spooky Lunch Box & Treats, Prizes for best dressed, Tattoo Parlour, Creepy Crafts & More…
£10 per child, £2 per adult (Adult admission goes to SANDS charity)
Book in person at Willow Farm Cafe or call
T: 07399959220

York Explore Library – October Half Term

Free children’s craft activity
Hungate Reading Cafe
Saturday 23rd October, 10.30-11.30am
Join local author and artist Lucy Monkman for a fun craft activity creating figures from household objects.  Please contact any City of York to library to book your place or book on Explore York Eventbrite.

Create Cloud Tales
New Earswick Library Monday 25th October
Clifton Explore Library Thursday 28th October
Create Cloud Tales at our meet the author drama workshop with Jenna Drury of Mud Pie Arts. Please contact any City of York to library to book your place or book on Explore York Eventbrite.

The Bloodaxe Challenge in partnership with York Archaeological Trust and the Jorvik Viking Centre will be running in libraries, but not reading cafes, from Sat 23rd October until Sat 15th January 22. Read 4 books, get stickers for each book read and a certificate for completing. Children completing the challenge will be invited to meet author Cat Weldon at The Centre at Burnholme on Saturday 19th February 1.30 pm when she will be talking about her How to be a hero books.

Please contact any City of York to library to book your place or book on Explore York Eventbrite.

York Ghost Merchants – York Ghost Week

Monday 25th – Thursday 28th October  2021, 6–8pm only

The Little Ghost Hunt, where the ghost merchants hide scores of handmade ghost figures all across the city and task ghost hunters, big and small, with finding them. Those who are fortunate to find a ghost can keep it as a memento of their visit. A special Ghost week map is available from the Visitor Information Centre or Ghost Merchants themselves and gives details of the hiding route.


York Maze – Hallotween

Tue 26th – Sun 31st October 2021

Hallowtween at York Maze is the UK’s only Halloween event specifically for families with children aged 10-15yrs.  Opens 12.30pm, last entry 3pm, closes 5.30pm. Visitors will get to venture inside 4 of the Hallowscream scare houses but without the monsters that inhabit them at night. Plus street theatre Halloween characters, death defying stage shows and more. Tickets must be booked online with limited numbers each day.

T: 01904 607 341

York’s Chocolate Story – October Half Term

October 2021

Join us on our Trick or Treat Trek where you will walk the streets of York, but make sure not to stray too far from the path where our spooky host uncovers terrifying tales within the grizzly walls. What mischief will you get up to?

T: 01904 527775