School Holidays Harrogate

October Half Term

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Birchfield Ice Cream Farm Pumpkin Festival

13th – 14th October & 20th – 31st October  10-4pm

Join us this October for some real family fun on the farm! Head to the pumpkin patch with your wheel barrow and choose your perfect pumpkin from 1000s that we have grown from seed. Take your pumpkin to the carving shed where the creativity begins…..!

Staff will be on hand to cut off the lids for you and you then let your imagination go wild.

We have lots of hungry pigs which you can feed all the insides of the pumpkin to once you have finished carving.

Carve your pumpkin here for FREE and leave the mess with us!

We also have a children’s barrel ride
Farm tours
Corn cannon
Fancy dress competition at 2pm

The FULL festival will be running  13th & 14th October and 20th – 31st October 10-4pm
Pumpkin picking and carving shed only open from 6th October until the full festival starts on the above dates.

There is no entrance fee for this event and you only pay for the pumpkin you pick.
(Other activities are optional and cost between £1 – £2.)

Check out our website or our Facebook page Birchfield ice cream farm for more details.

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Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm Halloween & Pumpkin Festival

27th October – 4th November 2018

Fly along to our spooktactular Halloween & Pumpkin Festival at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm over October Half Term. We have lots going on including:

  • Witch and Wizard School
  • Pick your own pumpkin from the patch – with thousands to choose from you can carve your pumpkin onsite
  • Slime making with our crazy scientist.

Fancy dress is encouraged for parents and children and there will be spot prizes through out each day.

Don’t forget if you planted your pumpkin at our Sow & Grow event back in spring, bring it along, carve it with us and be in with a chance to WIN a years family pass for the largest pumpkin (T&C’s apply).

We will also have a Hog Roast on the weekend of the 27th October and the weekend of the 3rd November plus lots of themed treats in the café. All this and the usual access to the farm and play barn entry is £9.95 per child with under 2’s £2 and adults normal admission. Booking for the hog Roast is essential through our Facebook page.

Fiddlers Green, Harrogate. Tel: 01423 779759

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Creepy Castle at Knaresborough Castle

Creepy Castle bannerCreepy Castle!
27 October to 4 November 2018
Usual admission applies
Bookable events at an extra charge

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

Drop in to pick up our Vile Visitors trail, enjoy crafts, become a witch or her cat in our photo stand or get a temporary tattoo. Your ticket includes the secret underground tunnel, dungeon and museum too!

Pungent Potions and Medieval Medicine workshops (bookable, limited places)
Monday 29 October until Friday 2 November 2018
11am until 12pm
£4 per child
Suitable for those aged 7 years and above. Under 8’s must be accompanied.

Terrifying Tales – Storytelling with Harrogate Children’s Book Group
Sunday 28 October
2pm until 3.30pm (free with admission)

Witch’s Mystery Trail – bookable / limited places
Mix the witch’s potion by exploring the Castle after dark to find the potion ingredients around the site.
A great alternative to trick or treating, and a goody bag included!
Wednesday 31 October
6pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm
£4 per child. Suitable for those aged 5 years and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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‘Free Range Frights Festival’ at Minskip Farm Shop

Our Free Range Frights Festival at Minskip Farm Shop really is the best way to enjoy a spooktacular Halloween…

27th-31st October 10-4pm

Bring your little monsters to our amazing Halloween Event and be the Mummy of the year (ha!). We’re creepin’ it real this year, with LOADS of activities to keep everyone entertained.

Are your little monsters brave enough to meet our incredible Birds of Prey and Minibeasts? Do they have the guts to climb Scare Mountain and take their chances the spooky scarecrow? You can also take our farm walk and meet our Alpacas and Piggies, as well as explore the vegetable garden and look for spiders! We also have gourd-eous pumpkin carving, slime making and apple bobbing in our barn!

Each child with a ticket will be welcomed into our Activities Barn, where they can:
• Choose and carve their own pumpkin (pumpkin included in price)
• Climb Scare Mountain
• Make slime
• Bob for apples
• Take part in the fancy dress competition

Outside, they will be able to:
• Visit our Birds of Prey and scary Mini Beasts
• Take our farm walk and see the animals

Activity times:
1pm – Fancy Dress Parade (every day)

If you buy your tickets in advance, you save on the entry fee too!
Find out more and buy tickets at:
Or call us on 01423329063
Check out our Facebook Page

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Funfair (indoor) this October Half Term in Harrogate

This October half term in Harrogate, Events & Attractions and the Yorkshire Event Centre (on the Great Yorkshire Show Ground) are set to host Harrogate’s first ever indoor funfair for families throughout October half term.

So join us this October Half Term for some wholesome family fun. The Yorkshire Event Centre will be transformed into an indoor funfair ensuring that whatever the weather it won’t ruin your plans or dampen your spirits!

The funfair runs every day from 27th October until 4th November, 11am – 6pm, during this time two sessions are available, 11am-2pm then 3pm-6pm. Tickets are available to purchase for £10pp (under 3’s free) as well as non rider tickets for £2. As the ticket suggests – you can’t ride with a non-rider ticket.

To get yours head to the Harrogate Indoor Funfair Facebook Page. You can also pay on the door on whichever day you choose to visit if you prefer. Head to the Yorkshire Event Centre website for more details or to their Facebook page 

The funfair will run from Saturday October 27 to Sunday November 4, with free parking. Food and drink is available from the Yorkshire Event Centre’s onsite café .

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Half Term at Beningbrough Hall

Muster up some courage and join us this half term for a whole host of activities inspired by nature’s weird and wonderful creatures, with a sprinkle of magic for Halloween.

Saturday 20 October to Sunday 4 November (closed Mondays) – bugs and broomsticks

Follow the free trail around the eight acres of gardens and look out for the broomsticks as you go.

Saturday 27, Tuesday 30 October and Saturday 3 November 12.30-3pm – Artrageous

Join the ever popular free family art workshops with a creepy crafting theme (it is Halloween after all!)

Sunday 28 October and Thursday 1 November – hold a really scary beast

Tick off one of your 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 and hold a really scary beast. We have Sam’s Safaris visiting with some unusual creatures.

Tuesday 30 October – make your own broomstick

Ever fancied becoming a wizard for the day? Come along, summon up your inner witch or wizard and have a go.

Wednesday 31 October – spooky tales and dressing up on Halloween itself

Dress up in your most scary outfit and get into the spirit of things in Beningbrough’s popular annual costume parade. Before that, head over to the outdoor den to meet Eden from Stories Alive who will share some ghostly tales this Halloween.

Thursday 1 November – build a bug house

Watch the gardeners construct a new mega bug hotel and take inspiration to build your own mini-hotel to take home.

Friday 2 November, 3-4pm – owl nature walk

Saturday 3 November, 5.30-6.30pm – bat walk at dusk

As the sun starts to go down, wrap up warm and join wildlife expert Mark for a nature walk to learn more about bats and owls and their habitats.

Some events have small charges and are bookable either in advance or sign up on the day so please check online for further details visit, call 01904 472027 or follow us on social media; facebook, twitter, instagram.

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Half Term Forest School at Carlshead Farm in Sicklinghall

29th Oct- 1st Nov. 10-3:30.

Carlshead Farm, Sicklinghall, Wetherby/Harrogate.

Learn and develop skills in the woodland.  Come and enjoy crafts, games, den building, campfire and much more with Outstanding Teacher & Forest School Leader Fiona, together with Pippa Rochford from Kidz Archaeology.
Introductory offer £20 per day, book for 3 days £55


Facebook- yorkshireforestschool

Call on 07789766145

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Half Term (Spooky) Holiday Club at David Lloyd Harrogate

Book now for our October Half Term Holiday Club!
Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November
5-13 years
Join us at David Lloyd Harrogate for our action packed holiday club this October half term!

Spooktastic activities everyday including,
Monster Multi-sports
Creepy Crafts
Spooktacular Swimming lesson
Terrifying Tennis
Outdoor Play
Food Included!

10% off when booking 3 days & 20% when booking the full 5 days!

You can book today with our reception team on 01423 524 052 or Lauren on

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Halloween – Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest

Journey through Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest to break the Witch’s curse. Come in your best Halloween costumes for the daily costume competition at 2pm.

Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure trail. Fun for all the family every day Saturday 27thOctober to Sunday 4thNovember. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our website.

See the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park also has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

For more information visit or follow us on Facebook

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Indoor Funfair at The Yorkshire Showground this Half Term!

Events & Attractions and Yorkshire Event Centre bring you a half term full of all the fun of the fair!

So join us this October Half Term, 27th October until 4th November for some wholesome family fun. The Yorkshire Event Centre will be transformed into an indoor funfair ensuring that whatever the weather it won’t ruin your plans or dampen your spirits!

At Harrogate’s 1st Indoor Funfair you can expect to find all your favourites including Dodgems, Waltzers, the Matterhorn, Applecoaster, Chair ‘O’ Planes, Balloons, Cup and Saucer, an Inflatable Play Centre plus many more as well as prize winning games stalls (extra charges apply) including Hook a Duck and Whack a Minion!

The funfair runs every day from 27th October until 4th November, 11am – 6pm, during this time two sessions are available, 11am-2pm then 3pm-6pm. Tickets are available to purchase for £10pp (under 3’s free) as well as non rider tickets for £2. As the ticket suggests – you can’t ride with a non-rider ticket. To get yours head to the Harrogate Indoor Funfair Facebook Page. You can also pay on the door on whichever day you choose to visit if you prefer. Head to the Yorkshire Event Centre website for more details or to our Facebook page 

Keep an eye out for competitions running on Facebook and in local schools up until our opening day, 26th October for your chance to win free tickets!

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October Half Term at RHS Harlow Carr

Room on the Broom 27th October – 4th November 2018, 10.30am -3.30pm

RHS Garden Harlow Carr October half term 2018

Whoosh! Come and join us this half term for a witchy adventure with Room on the Broom at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.  Follow a spooky trail around the garden and take part in creepy crafts and a variety of outdoor workshops and storytelling.

Garden Trail: Room on the Broom trail throughout the garden – 10 clues with a large mirror at the end, with a witches hat sticker on it, framed with a scene from the book so that they see themselves as the witch. (Daily)

Craft workshops: Making spider hats (Mon 29th, Weds 31st October, Fri 2nd November 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1pm – 3pm )

Garden Detectives: Entertaining story sessions themed around the book Room on the Broom (Tues 30th October 10.30am – 3.30pm with story sessions at 11am, 1pm & 3pm)

Outdoor Workshops: Forest school style workshop making mini broomsticks to take home (Thurs 1st & Fri 2nd November 10.30am-12.30pm & 1pm-3pm)

Creepy Crawlies: Snakes, lizards, giant snails, large millipedes and cockroaches, tarantula and other mini beasts (Sundays 10.30am – 3.30pm with a show at 11am & 1pm)

Film Screenings: Room on the Broom screenings (Weds 31st October, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm )

Normal garden admission.

No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.

Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB. Tel 01423 565418


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Pick Your Own Pumpkin at Spilman Farming


Carve in the barn, get your face painted, go on a spooky walk and visit the Maize Maze.

They have a farm shop selling all their own produce, including home grown spring lamb and beef. All the produce is available PYO or ready picked.
There is a Cafe

Opening times are 10am – 6pm on 7th, 13th, 14th and 20th-31st October.
Please contact them for fruit availability.

Contact Tom Spilman:

T: 07973 746040 or 01845 501 623
Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, YO7 3NB

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Piglets Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Picking at the Pumpkin Patch

Oink Oink! Piglets Adventure Farm offers a fantastic family day out, packed with exciting attractions and buckets of fun.

With lots of spooky attractions and a free pumpkin for every child, there’s so much family fun at Pumpkin Festival (every weekend in October and every day from 27th October to 4th November). 

NEW for 2018, from the Monster Mash to the Witchy Wiggle show off your best moves at Boogie Bones end of day Laser Disco!

Dare to enter spook-tacular Mischief Manor, get stuck in with Pumpkin Carving, take on the Mysterious Maize Maze Challenge or take a ride to the Pumpkin Patch where you can take your pick from over 10,000 home grown pumpkins!

The Magic Hatter will be appearing as his wizard alter-ego, in two spellbinding 30 minute magic shows every day over half term! Help the Hatter hatch a dragon egg, float a phoenix feather, mix magical potion ingredients and much more in these fun-filled family shows.


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.

Call 01904 499700 or visit the website

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SCS Sports Coaching Services Half Term Camp

Week 1:Tues 23rd and Wed 24th October 2018 (discount for booking both days)

Week 2: Tues 30th and Wed 31st October 2018 (discount for booking both days)

SCS Sports Coaching Services provide multi-sports camps for children aged between 4 and 13.

Simon Scholfield, founder of SCS Sports Coaching Services is also Head of Prep PE at Gateways School. The camps provide a range of sports experience and activities including Unihoc, Softball, Tag rugby, Football, Basketball, Netball, Dodgeball, swimming (8 and over) and short tennis.

If you’re looking for something fun, educational and active for your kids to do during the holidays, look no further! Below are some testimonials from parents who have used SCS camps before:

  • ‘Best Camp Ever’ was the definitive verdict on today from my two! Both loved it and asked if they could go back tomorrow. They’ll definitely be back in the summer holidays – thank you! Parent following May camp.
  • Daniel really enjoyed his day at SCS. He played lots of games, made some new friends and said “I’d like to go back, but I’m quite tired now daddy” – bonus he slept well that night!


The camp is run by experienced sports coaches who have worked in schools and are DBS checked. The camps are held at Gateways School, Harewood with swimming sessions at Wetherby Leisure Centre (transport included). The camps run from 9.30-4.00pm with wraparound care available from 8.30 to 5pm.

For more information: or email

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The Grange Partnership Half Term Camp

Are you ready for some Autumn and Halloween fun?!

29th October to 2nd November @ Bilton Grange School


Open 8am till 6pm, flexible booking in that time, just choose the hours you need.
£5 per child per hour or SUPER SAVER 8AM TO 3PM ONLY £25

Please wear old clothes and don’t forget your packed lunch!

Call 01423 509333 for more info


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Thornton Hall Half Term & Halloween Activities

Halloween by Day / Pumpkin Picking (NEW for 2018):
Date:  Saturday 13th – Wednesday 31st October
10.00am – 4.30pm

Are you brave enough to take part in the Farm Park’s grisly activities this Halloween?  From bloody lamb and calf feeding and freaky animal petting to eerie egg collecting and scary mazes.
Or maybe find your way to Thornton Hall’s mysterious Pumpkin Patch * (NEW for 2018!) where you can pick your pumpkin and take it back to the Farm to carve – to scare away those ghouls and ghosts this Halloween!
Visit the website for details.

Half Term for Yorkshire & Lancashire (20th Oct – 4th Nov) School of Wizards & Witches!
Date:     Sat 20th Oct – Sun 4th November 
Time:    10.00am – 4.30pm
Hidden away on the border of North Yorkshire’s countryside this Halloween is Thornton Hall Country Park’s secret school of Wizards & Witches!
Complete the various daily activities, included in your normal admission, to pass your ‘Witch & Wizard exams’.  Broomstick training, scary mazes, spells & charms and more!
There really is something for everyone this Halloween.  Additional daily activities include Magical Unicorn Rides (*), scary Critters, freaky Face Painting (*) and Circus Workshops.
Guaranteed to be loved by all ages …. come along if you dare!
Visit the website for details.

Ticket Prices:  
Normal admission applies – no advance ticket required.  £0 – £7 per person.
* Small additional charge for pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving, unicorn rides, farm rides and face painting.

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FREE Global Villages music workshops for children aged 8-13

Our FREE Global Villages music workshops return to North Yorkshire this half-term. Children aged 8-13 are invited to explore music, songs and instruments from around the world in our full-day workshops – no musical experience needed! Workshops in: Beckwithshaw, Ripon, Pateley Bridge and Bilton. To book your free place visit Harrogate International Festivals website.

Frightwater Valley

Lightwater Valley is set to be transformed into ‘Frightwater Valley’ as part of its spooky Halloween celebrations (October 27th-31st).

For younger visitors there will be Spooky Character Meet and Greets (9.30am-midday), Scary Magic Shows (12.30pm – 1pm, 2pm – 2.30pm, 4pm – 4.30pm) and Trick or Treat Doors (11.30am – 12pm, 1pm – 1.30pm, 2.30pm – 3pm, 4.30pm – 5pm).

Visitors can also join  the Halloween Fancy Dress Competition which will be taking place on the Lightwater stage between 3pm-3.30pm each day.

Hairspray at Harrogate Theatre this Half Term

Hairspray comes to Harrogate Theatre 31st Oct to 3rd Nov, with extra Fri/Sat matinee performances! A heartwarming story of a dance and racial integration, with classic numbers including Good Morning Baltimore and You Can’t Stop The Beat, this production will be a hit with the whole family.

Please note this is an amatuer production presented by local musical theatre group HSAP (charity number 1057953). The society are grateful to CNG for their sponsorship of this production.
Tickets from £15 and can be purchased from the Harrogate Theatre box office on 01423 502116.

Half Term Bushcraft Club

Learn wilderness and primitive survival skills with our experienced instructors. Covering many subjects including fire lighting, natural shelter making and wilderness cookery.
Aimed at ages 8+ however this is open to parental discretion.
9.30am to 4pm £25
8.30am to 5.30pm £35
25% sibling discount.


Halloween Crafts

A chance to drop in to the Museum and enjoy some spooky crafts.  There will be the chance to make a pipe cleaner spider, a mask or a glowstick broomstick.  All activities will be self-led and included in standard admission charges.


Halloween Crafts (27 Oct 2018 – 4 Nov 2018)
Day               Times
Monday  10:30/16:00
Tuesday 10:30/ 16:00
Wednesday 10:30/ 16:00
Thursday 10:30/ 16:00
Friday 10:30/ 16:00
Saturday 10:30 /16:00
Sunday  14:00 / 16:00

Halloween Crafts Party

Mrs Smiths Café

Join us on 31st for our Halloween Party! We’ll have a choice of homemade themed dinner for the kids, themed biscuits/cakes and a special Halloween mocktail!
Each child can make their own Halloween mask and headband and create 2 Halloween decorations all to take home!
We’ll end the evening with the lights turned off and a quick boogie to some Halloween tunes.
All food and craft materials & instructions are provided for each child but parent supervision and assistance will be required.
£10 per child or £18 for 2 siblings.
Please call the cafe on 01423 603203

Halloween Kids Camp

£50 for the day
Siblings receive a 10% discount
Minimum age is 7 Years
Drop off between 08:00 – 09:00
Pick up between 16:00 – 17:00
Fancy Dress
Pumpkin to take home
Morning and Afternoon Snacks included
Location: Ripley Castle (HG3 3AY)

Halloween Kids Camp at Ripley Castle!

Packed full of activities including Fire ‘Magic’, Archery Ghost Busters, Halloween Olympics and each child will be sent home with their own decorated pumpkin!
Drop Off 08:00-09:00 / Pick up 16:00-17:00.
£50pp for the whole day. Siblings receive a 10% discount!

01423 229780

Harrogate and Knaresborough Toy Library Spooky Special Wednesday 31st October

🚨 Toy Library Special Event! 🚨

Oooooooooooh……On Wednesday 31st October, we will be running a ‘Spooky Special’ Session – come along from 10am – 11.30am for crafts, messy play and spooky fun!

£3 per child plus 50p per additional child. Drinks and snacks provided. As this event is during half term, older siblings are welcome, but please be aware that the activities will be aimed at pre-schoolers.

Please note, we are only running this Wednesday session during half term, the other sessions will be back after the break

Henshaws Halloween Half Term Crafts

Have a spooktastic half term holiday with our daily drop in craft sessions. 
Monday 29th Oct – Friday 2nd November we’ve got drop in craft sessions every day. £2.50 per child, suitable for 6 years +, and all with a spooky theme. 

Photo is for illustration purposes only; you could create something much more shocking! 

Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm we’ll be hosting craft sessions suitable from children 6+, at just £2.50 per child.

Kidzplay Halloween Party

Exclusive Ticket Only Halloween Party 2018 at Kidzplay Harrogate
5pm until 7pm 31st October 2018

Limited tickets available… This event will sell out

The Kidzplay family will be your host,
 come dressed as yourself, a witch or a ghost!
There will be food, drink, live animals, ghostly treats and witch’s brew

When is the Halloween Party?

Who is invited?
Aimed at 9 year old and under


Pinewoods Halloween Walk

Saturday October 27th at 6pm

Meeting at RHS Car Park 2, Crag Lane, Harrogate

£1 Donation suggested to the Pinewoods Conservation Group

Stockheld Fright Night

Join us for spooky adventures from 25 October until 31 October, 10.30am – 8.30pm when Stockeld Park comes alive for the Autumn Half Term!
Journey by Nordic Ski on our woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated Enchanted Forest, travel through the Maze or enjoy our real Ice Rink.

Witch’s Mystery Trail

Knaresborough Castle : Mix the witch’s potion by exploring the Castle after dark to find the potion ingredients. A great alternative to trick or treating, and a goody bag included!

Suitable for those aged 5 years and over, all children must be accompanied by an adult £4 per child. Booking is required, with three sessions at 6.00pm, 6.45pm and 7.30pm.

Visit the website to book your place.