Exbury Gardens, The New Forest
The Exbury Ghost Train
Sat 25 Oct to Sun 2 Nov 2014
The Exbury Ghost Train takes to the rails again this half-term for hair-raising and rib-tickling family fun. With skeletons, scarecrows and other ghoulish characters en route, dare you ride and experience a Halloween week ‘Phantomime"?!
Why not come along in Hallowe’en fancy dress and receive a free treat bag? And, after a brush with all the things that go bump in the night, there’ll be time for a walk around the Gardens, which will be near their autumn best with flaming colours through the spectrum from brilliant scarlets and crimsons, to smouldering plum and orange. www.exbury.co.uk
Marwell Zoo, Colden Common
Halloween Family Fun
25th October to 2nd November
Have a hauntingly good time this Halloween with Marwell’s packed programme of things to do. Be enthralled by spooky storytelling with the resident witch, take a mysterious tour with the mysteries of Marwell talk, have bundles of fun with the scarecrow photo opportunity, bring in your pumpkin or buy one for carving in the craft tent. Also, watch as the animals are given pumpkins filled with their daily foods and learn how they use their natural instincts to explore and find it. This fun-filled half term Marwell has it all – it’s so much more than just a walk in the park!
Longdown Activity Farm, Ashurst
It’s Frightfully Fun at the Farm
Friday 31st October 2014
What could conjure up an atmosphere of spells and magic better than meeting and holding a real life barn owl? You can take part in this magical experience, and because Halloween has to be a bit scary too, you can also encounter creepy creatures like giant snails, snakes, lizards, rats and maybe a cockroach or two!
There will be lots of other spooky stuff to see and do. Have a go at carving your own pumpkin into a grimacing ghoul and make your own blood-curdling bats; all ready to take away for your own Halloween party. Don’t forget to visit our resident face-painter* who can turn the most angelic child into a scary monster! www.longdownfarm.co.uk
Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Stories & Spooks
Saturday 25 October - Sunday 2 November 2014
Join Spinnaker Tower for a half term of Stories & Spooks on the view decks 100 metres above Portsmouth Harbour. The highlight of the week will be a special visit from children’s character favourite, The Gruffalo, who will be entertaining visitors at the tower on Monday 27th October from 1pm (spaces bookable online in advance).
Portsmouth’s mobile library will be at the Tower on Tuesday 28th October to inspire families to get reading and to find out more about what the service offers. Then, from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st October, Groundlings theatre will present interactive performances of Hans Christian Andersen’s Snow Queen on the view decks, and for older guests, a murder mystery themed performance. www.spinnakertower.co.uk
New Forest Centre
Tue 28 Oct & Thu 30 Oct
The New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst will be hosting their popular annual Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Carving sessions during half term week.
Two bookable sessions per day: Pumpkins supplied. Booking required, £6 per pumpkin, Tue 28 Oct & Thu 30 Oct 1.30 - 3.00pm.
Drop in sessions: Bring your own pumpkin to carve. Booking not required, £5 per session
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Creepy Crawly Encounters
Wednesday 29 October
Join Animal Encounters to meet some of the strange and sometimes scary stowaways that hid on ships as they travelled around the world. Come face to face with snakes, scorpions and rats and find out about the pets sailors kept on board. Free; drop in activity, all ages welcome
Museum by Torchlight
Wednesday 29 October
Get dressed up, grab a torch and come along to the National Museum of the Royal Navy to explore our galleries as darkness falls. Follow our Skeleton Crew Trail, handle some of our exciting artefacts and take part in spooky arts and crafts. £2.50 per child, accompanying adults free, all ages welcome, booking essential. Telephone 02392 727587 or email email@example.com
HMS Victory, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Ghost Ships & Skeleton Crews
Thursday 30 October
Join us on board HMS Victory to find out about the ghost ships, scary crews and sea monsters that have haunted sailors. Free with a valid attraction ticket; drop in activity, all ages welcome
Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport
Halloween – Creepy Costumes
Thursday 30 October
What would you look like as a squid or a shark? Come and make a creepy costume. Free with a valid museum ticket
Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch
Children's Halloween Cup Cake Workshop
Tuesday 28 October
Come and have a go at modelling in sugar craft and make some Halloween themed cupcakes, under the tuition of Jeanette Chappell of Bridal Cakes Whitchurch. £8.50, booking is essential as places are limited!
Halloween Needle Felting Workshop
Wednesday 29 October and Thursday 30 October
Come and spend the morning with Rebecca Anning learning how to needle felt and create a seasonal pumpkin just in time for Halloween. £15incl materials, age 10years+. Places are limited so booking is essential
Trick or Treat at the Mill
Friday 31 October
Drop into the Mill for a trick or a treat if you dare! We’ll be in the Mill’s car park
Butser Ancient Farm
Mon 27 Oct & Fri 31 Oct
Mon to Fri of half term week there is a ghost hunt at the farm. On Wed 29th October at 2pm there is a story being told in the grand roundhouse - 'Fairy Bigtoe and the disappearing moon'. This is aimed at children and included in general admission to the farm.
On Fri 31st Oct in the evening there is a special Samhain Festival. This is the ancient equivalent of Halloween. Tickets cost £10 and the event runs from 7pm to 10pm. There will be live music, a Roman ghost hunt, adult storytelling, fire sculpture, bar and refreshments. www.butserancientarm.co.uk
25th October to 2nd November
There are strange goings-on at Beaulieu this half term, with spooky activities for all the family to enjoy.
Take a ride on the moan-a-rail, shiver at spooky stories, have your face painted, and brave the Halloween quiz trail. Plus half price entry for all children in Halloween costume! (See website for terms). www.beaulieu.co.uk/beaulieu-events/ghost-and-ghouls
Be wowed by the explosive and dynamic fireworks display, set to a "Rock Legends" theme. Have fun on the Beaulieu Rides & Drives and Old-Time Fairground, all at good value extra charges. Hot food and drinks are available both inside and out, as well as roast chestnuts and candyfloss. Everyone is invited to get in the spirit of the night...in fancy dress...with prizes going to the best dressed. www.beaulieufireworks.co.uk
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Tuesday 28th – Thursday 30th October
Come and carve a pumpkin to take home, We are here to help! Children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. £2 to carve a pumpkin, normal admission applies for adults
Monday 27th and Fri 31st Oct
Autumal session of fun, spooky songs and stories around the fire. Start a fire, have some popcorn and toast a marshmallow too. Price £10 for 1 adult and 1 child age 3 – 12 per session . Booking essential,
Not so Spooky theatre fun
Fri 31st October
The very popular Forest Forge Youth Theatre Company bring their own fun twist to make Halloween a little less spooky for U11s. With skits and stories in the Education Garden. Children are encouraged to dress up and join in. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking required. Price - Adults free with normal admission. Children £2.
Tudor House & Garden
Halloween at Tudor House & Garden
Fri 31 Oct
The home of Halloween! Meet our friendly spirits in the banqueting hall, pick up your witch trail, make spooky craft items and meet some of the spooky residents of Tudor House. Fancy dress is becoming Increasingly popular with visitors of all ages so why not get into the spirit (pun intended!) and come in some ghoulish garb? Small charges will apply to some activities. Children go FREE with a paying adult
Halloween Torchlight Tour
Fri 31 Oct
Explore the Old Town at night with Dr Andy Russel by visiting a number of Southampton’s medieval vaults. Please bring a torch with you to ward off ghosts! This is an outdoor walking activity which is not accessible for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues. £5 (conc. £4) Pre-book.
Gilbert White's House, Selborne
Tortoises and Apple Trail
Saturday 25th October – Sunday 2nd November
Gilbert White & The Oates Collections are hosting Autumnal Family Fun this half term with our Tortoises and Apple Trail. Follow in the footsteps of Gilbert White and his pet tortoise Timothy through the house and grounds with plenty autumn apple and tortoise themed activities.