School Holidays Harrogate

October Half Term

What is on for families & kids this October half term in Harrogate & Knaresborough? 

We’ve got lots of ideas & suggestions for days out & things to do during October half term for all ages from toddlers to teens including plenty of low cost, indoor & rainy day ideas for the holidays.

We’ve got a dedicated Fireworks & Bonfires page here

As well as our special school holidays events don’t forget to check out our year round “Days Out” pages by clicking here

Is this your baby’s first Halloween?

The Little Gym Harrogate are holding a special Halloween party on Thursday 24th October 2019 1.30pm to 3pm for children aged 4 months – 1 year old. The cost is £5 per family.

Come experience The Little Gym at our purpose built venue with exploration, guided activities and of course, plenty of smiles and fun! Suitable for all children under 1 year old.

During the session you’ll get to find your way around the gym with your child, trying new skills and activities all the while in a safe environment.
Book in advance to reserve your spot; Call on 01423 701560 or email us

1 Cardale Park Harrogate, HG3 1RY

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 Eden from Stories Alive! on 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.

*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


Open for general admission from 28 October to 1 November 2019, 11am until 4pm plus Halloween evening.
General admission: adults £3.50, children £2, concessions £2.50, family ticket £10 (includes two adults and three children)
Bookable events at an extra charge
Knaresborough Castle, Castle Yard, HG5 2SA

Join us for spooky happenings at Knaresborough Castle in October half term

Explore the darker side of the castle with trails and backpacks.
Enjoy alarming arts and crafts!
Book a magic and potions or taunting textile workshop.

Join us for a Halloween craft day on 31 October, and an evening’s alternative to trick or treating with a spooky story trail.

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

Throughout half term
Open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm and Sunday from 12 noon until 4pm
Small admission charge

We’ve got some Halloween friends from the museum collection around the museum for you to enjoy, along with ghoulish games and crafts.

Have a leaf crunchingly full day out at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal this October half term. 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


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 26thOctober to Sunday 3rdNovember 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

 Knaresborough, HG5 8DD

01423 864600

Blooming babies Halloween Party – Halloween fun including baby massage for babies aged 6 weeks to crawling.

Babies will enjoy a lovely Halloween themed baby massage including Halloween songs, lights & props.

Opportunity to meet & chat with other mummies/daddies whilst enjoying a lovely potion drink & spooky cakes.

Lizzie from Luminosa Photography will also be offering a Halloween themed photo shoot. Great opportunity to dress your baby in their Halloween outfits & capture the moment on camera. Photographs can be purchased in time for Halloween.

Cost £12.50 per parent/baby for this 1 & 1/2 hr class and will take place at Nuffield Health Harrogate Fitness & Wellbeing Gym.

Limited places available, so please book soon

31 October
12 noon until 3.30pm
FREE ENTRY to grounds, free and low cost crafts and games

Come along to explore the castle, museum and underground tunnel with added crafts and games to celebrate Halloween.

At West Park UCR Church, HG1 1BL (Next to Hotel du Vin)  on Friday 1st November 10.30 am to 2 pm

• Trick ‘r’ Treat Sweet hunt

• Monster Disco

• Amazing themed venue

• Prizes for Best costume

• Safe indoor environment to enjoy Halloween

• Refreshments for kids & adults

£10 per child – Includes FREE trick ‘r’ treat sweetie bag and sweets.

AGES 2 to 11 (under 2’s are free)

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Vegan AND gluten-free sweets available

Tickets available to pre-book here or you can buy them on the door (Subject to availability)

Contact for more information

at West Park UCR Church, HG1 1BL (Next to Hotel Du Vin) on Thursday 31st of October from 5pm to 8pm

Trick ‘r’ Treat Sweet hunt

• Monster Disco

• Amazing themed venue

• Prizes for Best costume

• Safe indoor environment to enjoy Halloween

• Refreshments for  Kids & Adults

Cost is just £10 per child – Includes FREE trick ‘r’ treat sweetie bag and sweets.

AGES 2 to 11

All children must be  accompanied by an adult

Vegan AND gluten-free sweets available

Tickets available in advance by clicking on the link here or on the door (Subject to availability)

Contact for more information.

Halloween & Pumpkin Picking Patch

12th – 31st October

Spooky Activities at the Farm this Halloween … Come Along, If You Dare!

Head over to the award-winning Thornton Hall Country Park for farm fun, animal encounters, indoor/outdoor play areas and spooky entertainment for all the family!

Find your way to Thornton Hall’s mysterious Pumpkin Patch (*) where you can pick your pumpkin and take it back to the Farm to carve – to scare away those ghouls and ghosts this Halloween!

Are you brave enough to take part in the farm park’s grisly deeds such as bloody lamb and calf feeding, freaky animal petting and eerie egg collecting from 17th October?

There is a jam-packed itinerary of entertainment and special guests each week-day this October Half Term including Critters and character appearances. Visit the holiday web-page for more details

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your witch’s hat (or your broomstick!) and head on down to the Farm!

Open daily from 10am

Farm Park Admission Prices £0-£7 per person

* Additional Charges for: Pumpkin Picking (£3.50), Pony rides (£2.50), Tractor Rides (£3), Caterpillar (£2), Junior Quads (£4) & Safari ride (£3.50ea)


01282 841148


Throughout half term

Our family activity space will have some seasonal activities for all the family. See what else you can find amid the amazing artwork by local artists in the Harrogate Open exhibition.

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Humble Bee Farm at Halloween

Tickets can either be purchased in advance or you can buy on the day.

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. 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. More information on their website here, or call 01723 890437, email

01723 890437

28, 29, 30 October and 1 November
11am until 12 noon
£5 per child, ages 7+
Limited places, please book in advance
For workshops, under 8s must be accompanied

Become a mad scientist and discover explosions, fake scars and blood and more in this fun workshop.

Click here to book 


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




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 at

01423 565418


Piglets Pumpkin Festival

01904 499700


Pumpkin festival on the Farm Saturday 5th October to Thursday 31st October 2019

Join us this autumn here at Birchfield for our fabulous pumpkin festival! Make sure you pack your wellie or boots as you’ll be picking from 1000s of pumpkins all  grown in the fields . We have Big ones , small ones , orange , green , white and warty ones . You’ll be sure to find your perfect pumpkin. Pumpkins can be heavy so you’ll need to collect a wheel barrow to help bring them back to the farm carefully ( you don’t want to bruise them )

Now this is where creativity begins

The carving Barn !
Whether it’s spooky , scary or happy you can create what ever design you want on your pumpkin with help from the staff . Leave the mess with us By feeding the slimy insides of the pumpkin you don’t want to the hungry pigs in the farm yard .FANCY DRESS COMPETITION
Each day there will be prizes to be won for the best dressed ! Adults as well ,  we want to see you getting in the Halloween spirit too. Warm up in our Cafe with a delicious Hot chocolate, home made food and cakes or sample our Spooky flavours of ice cream
The fun doesn’t stop there ,
We have :

Children’s barrel rides
Family farm ride through the corn maize
Try your hand at the Corn Blaster
Meet the BIRCHFIELD animals

Birchfield Family Dairies, Oakmount House, Summerbridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4J

01423 781792

Check out Little Rascals Halloween parties for some half term fun!

Visit for more information and to book

You can watch the highlights of last years parties here:

Come along to Spilmans family farm this Halloween 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 October 2019. 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


31 October
5pm, 6pm and 7pm
£7 per child (bring your adult for free!), suitable for ages 6+
This is a family event, all children to be accompanied
Limited places, please book in advance

Explore the castle and museum after dark in this interactive story trail. Enjoy some Halloween refreshments and take home a goody bag. A fab alternative to trick or treating!

Click here to book 

Harrogate Railway Sports & Social Club, Station View Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG2 7JA

🎇 Firework Display & Party Night
📅 Sunday 3rd November 2019
From 5:00pm
💷 £2 over 16’s | £1 5-15’s | under 5’s free
🍻 Clubhouse and outside bar available
🍔 Food available
🎤 Music and entertainment

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 MUMHARROGATE (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

28, 29, 30 October and 1 November
2pm until 3.30pm
£6.50 per child, suitable for ages 7+
Limited places, please book in advance
For workshops, under 8s must be accompanied

Design your own trick or treat calico bags, scary masks and other fabric Halloween items in this creative workshop.

Click here to book your space

The huge Hall 1 will once again be filled with rides to suit all ages from dodgems and waltzers to the cup and saucers and fun house for youngsters.

You can expect to find your favourites including Dodgems, Waltzers and the Mini Miami as well as our Inflatable Play Centre and more! The prize winning games stalls will return once again (extra charges apply) including Hook a Duck and Whack a Minion!

The session times for October Half Term are 26th October to 3rd November, open daily with two sessions running each day, 10-1pm and 2-5pm.  Tickets are available to purchase for £10pp (under 2’s free) as well as non rider tickets for £2. As the ticket suggests – you can’t ride with a non-rider ticket. If you book ahead on-line you can buy 4 * riding wrist bands for £35.

To get your tickets visit our website and check us out on Facebook and Instagram

A number of tickets have been made available for each session for payment on the door when you visit if you prefer but we would advise booking to guarantee your entry – we managed to sell a few sessions out in February and would hate for people to be disappointed!

The Little Gym Halloween Camp will be held on Monday 28th October, from 9.30-12.30 (£25 members, £35 non members), followed by optional lunch club until 13.30 (£5).  There is also  a full day option (5 years +) £40 members and £50 non members which will run from 9.30-16.30.

Book in advance to reserve your spot; Call on 01423 701560 or email us

1 Cardale Park Harrogate, HG3 1RY


Get ready to rock your rainbow this October at North Yorkshire’s brightest, happiest community 5k.
It’s bold and and beautiful – and it’s back to brighten up your autumn! The North Yorkshire Colour Rush community 5k takes place on October 27, at Ripley showground from 10am.

The ever-popular event, raising funds for Saint Michael’s and Herriot Hospice Homecare, will see hundreds of people walking, jogging or running round the picturesque parkland course, showered with multi-coloured paint at every kilometre.

Banish the blues and fade the greys – get your earlybird tickets today at or T: (01423) 878 628. Adult earlybird is £15 (usually £20) and Child aged 5-17 is £10 (usually 15) Please note, the course is not suitable for under 5s.

01423 878628


Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November

This Halloween and October half term, discover some of our ‘Creepiest Creatures’ here at Tropical World.

Learn weird and wonderful facts about them along the way and you’ll soon realise there’s really nothing to be afraid of… or is there?

Complete our Creepiest Creatures quiz and enter into our prize draw to win a family ticket.

If you’re brave enough, venture into the keepers lair and experience the creepiest creatures up close and personal at one of our special Halloween workshops (booking required).

You can buy your tickets at

(Places limited, booking advised, please check the times of these sessions. Last entry to site is 3.30pm).

Fancy dress encouraged!

0113 237 0754


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


Halloween Trail at Swinton Bivouac

Halloween Trail at Swinton Bivouac, 26th October-3rd November 2019

Use the enchanted trail map to navigate your way through the spooky Druid’s woodland. Dogs welcome, fancy dress encouraged. £4 per child. For bookings please call 01765 680 900