Longleat are celebrating all things autumnal throughout the October half term holidays (October 20th – November 4th) with everything from aerial owl shows and firework spectaculars to ghostly tours and a Halloween-themed trail.
In keeping with Halloween Longleat House is hosting its ghastly Ghost Tours. Taking place four times a day from 24th October, the tours provide a frightfully exciting experience.
Longleat’s Fantastic Fireworks also returns on November 1st-3rd with spectacular pyrotechnic displays set to an epic soundtrack of modern classics.
Come for a spooky Halloween outing and explore the giant Maize Maze. Choose your path wisely to reach the creepy turret at the centre of the maze, or face re-tracing your steps to find the correct route. Getting lost has never been so SCARY!
Once you’ve explored the huge maze, your children can have fun on our play equipment or try their luck around the track on our famous pedal-powered go karts.
*Please note that there is NO cafe on site so please bring a picnic and refreshments*
The Maize Maze is open from 10am to 5pm. Closed on Sundays. Last entry to the maze is at 3.30pm.
There's plenty going on at Corfe Castle this October half-term. Bring your brave teddy to rescue one of our knights and help them to escape down the zip wire from the Castle Keep, witness a missile launch from Corfe Castle's resident medieval siege engine or follow our spooky trail. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear. Please be aware that there are steps, steep slopes and uneven paths in the castle. There is wheelchair access to the Outer Bailey only.
‘The Vintage Bazaar’ at The Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset is the place to solve all of those festive gift problems! As featured in numerous national newspapers and magazines, this event promises the very best in vintage, antique and handmade goodies, including vintage children clothes and toys. The stallholders are carefully chosen for their beautiful and unique stock, sourced in the UK and from the brocantes in France. At this haven you can find everything you could need for a vintage and handmade Christmas. This year avoid the bustle of the high street and mass produced goods and buy from small businesses instead. www.thevintagebazaar.blogspot.com or on their FB/instagram/Twitter pages.
Brewery Square is welcoming families to the Dorchester development to take part in its annual free ghost hunt during the October half term.
Ghosts and ghouls will be hidden throughout the Square and the brave hunters who find them will be rewarded with a prize. The event runs from 10am until 3pm on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October.
This year the event is collecting donations for the development’s chosen charity, Home-Start West Dorset, which provides friendship and practical support to local families with children under the age of five years old.
The ghost hunt is open to children up to 15 years old. All entrants are required to collect an entry form on the day from the Concierge Office, opposite the Dorchester South Train Station, in order to start hunting. Completed forms should be returned for a prize.
If you are brave enough, get up close and personal with snakes, iguanas, lizards and other creepy crawlies presented by The Reptile Ranch. There will be three demonstrations during the day at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm which last about 30 to 40 minutes.
The ticket also includes a pumpkin sourced locally and a free carving kit. We look forward to seeing who can carve the spookiest pumpkin! (Please note that children under 4 years old will not receive a pumpkin or carving kit but will be able to participate in all the other activities. However the adults will be receiving a pumpkin and carving kit so that you can do this will your children!)
Doodles Play Cafe will be serving hot drinks, snacks and treats.
There will also be face painting (additional cost applies) and children can come in fancy dress if they want.
Families will also be able to enjoy play time on our climbing frames, swings, trampolines and Wendy houses. Or race on our famous pedal powered go-kart track!
Recommended Age is 4 years +.
Places are limited so book online today at The Toy Barn, Sherborne
Join us this October half term (27th Oct - 4th Nov), for a “Spook-tacular” Halloween trail.
Hunt down the pumpkins hidden amoungst the Museum's cars and bikes and unearth some fascinating Halloween facts. The Halloween trail is suitable for children of all ages.
Music | Children Love Disco | Sunday 28th October
This is a Half-Term Halloween Special of our hugely popular daytime party for parents and their children!
Children (0-10 yrs) and their families can hit the dance floor and dance to a real DJ spinning records with floorfillers from the 70s to present day, this young people’s ‘club night’ is very different to a normal ‘children’s party’, with halloween face painting, mask-making, and ghoulish decorations to take home after the party.
There is a spooktacular halloween-theme fancy dress theme.
It’s win-win, with a safe environment for the children to have a great time, whilst adults socialise and have a drink.
Children must be accompanied.
£3 children | £2 adults advance and on the door | 10% off for Theatre Friends
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This is a standing event
Tickets available online, in person from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information Centres or over the phone 01297 442138
Booking fee will apply
Join us to celebrate Summer’s bounty at our annual Pumpkin Festival as we harvest a wide variety of squash from the Roth Bar & Grill kitchen garden. This special day includes a host of activities for adults and children, more details coming soon.
The Grand Pumpkin Competition takes centre stage this year and will be judged by local resident and renowned gardener Charles Dowding. Locals are invited to bring along their own home grown pumpkins, gourds and other squashes to enter into the categories for ‘Largest’ and ‘Best-in-Show’, each with a £500 cash prize. The winner of the ‘Misfit’ category will receive a goody bag.
Onsite restaurant Roth Bar & Grill will be serving seasonal food throughout the day, as they harvest their wide variety of squash from their kitchen garden.
The 60th year takes place in 2018 and we are delighted to be bringing you this family-friendly charity event for all the family.
Our website and ticket shop is presently being created ready for the middle of September, but in the meantime you can follow us on the social media links below or please send an email.
The home of Halloween opens its doors once again for spooky fun throughout the autumn half term!
Costume characters will be on site including our very own Witch of Wookey Hole who will be giving a free treat to every child! Come dressed as your favourite Halloween character and you could win a prize at the end of our 3pm Halloween Circus Show! There will also be circus workshops so you can have a go yourself (workshops and shows operate on alternate selective dates).
A spooky cave tour is included in your visit and at the end the Halloween grotto awaits – enter if you dare!!
The Rare Brand Market curates a wide range of rare brands across clothing, food, drink, jewellery, beauty, toys and gadgets, lifestyle and homeware. The Rare Brand Market focuses on emerging brands, brands that are likely to have been created in the last 1 to 3 years. Over 85 brands will be on offer over just 2 days at Winchester’s Guildhall; come and meet the founders and hear first-hand the passion for their work.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON 2018
Salisbury Christmas Lights Switch On will return on Thursday 15 November from 6pm until 8pm.
Last year the lights were switched on by popular Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton. With fireworks, entertainment and stalls, you will not want to miss this fun and enjoyable evening.
Wookey Hole will have you feeling festive with over a thousand lights illuminating the caves for a magical Christmas tour!
There are over 20 great attractions to give you a full day’s visit. The Christmas Circus Show will wow you with glitzy performers taking to the stage to deliver a show stopping line-up of trapeze, hula, juggling and magic!
Coldplace, the world’s number one tribute to the legendary Coldplay, comes to Andover for one night only on 24th November at the fabulous The Lights venue, as part of their 2018 UK tour.
Promising to be an unforgettable evening with an electric atmosphere of dazzling lasers and lights, tremendous sound and the songs you know and love from Coldplay, this really is an event not to be missed.cent ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ sell out tour, on a scale that is accessible to everyone.
Coldplace is made up of lead singer Shane Crofts, lead guitarist Dean Stewart, bass player Asa Crofts and drummer Wayne Birch. Having performed so many times together, the band are very much in tune with each other, creating the harmony Coldplay itself delivers on stage.
Tickets are available from www.coldplace.co.uk/tickets and are priced from £20.00
Father Christmas has been very busy throughout the year, and treated himself to a grand tour of Europe, visiting places recommended to him by Henry the Magnificent. Can you find all the postcards that he has sent to Stourhead sharing his travels...
Christmas Food & Gift Market
Get Christmas all wrapped up with Oaktrack's Christmas market. In addition to our own offerings we'll have other local artisan food and craft stalls, Christmas decorations, handmade crafts, gifts and more. Live music, mince pies, mulled wine and plenty of festive cheer as well as all our animals to see too!
Oaktrack Smallholding, Charlton Down, Near Andover Hampshire SP11 0JA and there is ample parking and toilet facilities on site too.
Charity Carol Concert Supporting Wiltshire Based Charity "Hope and Homes for Children" Opening the Concert will be Musical Director and Head of Oare Primary School with a Combined Primary Schools Choir.
15th December at 4.00 pm - Tickets £10 Children under 12 free
Available from KIM VINE 113 HIGH St Marlborough or Tel 01672 562777
A special evening to kick off the festive season. You will be welcomed by the festive sounds of The Blue Horizon Handbell Ringers. Join in with Christmas carols, both traditional and modern, under the night sky accompanied by Test Valley Brass and the voices of Andover Museum Loft Singers. Warm up during the interval with mulled wine and a mince pie. Step into the magical world of our owls for the second half of the evening as you witness our beautiful owls twist and turn in the night sky and skim silently over the top of your head.
Ticket includes a mulled wine and mince pie – please email firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week in advance of the event to notify us if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Although lighting is provided, bring along a torch but do not shine it directly into any aviaries.
The world's premier 10-mile running event is returning to Portsmouth in October 2018.
The Great South Run is a flat, fast course along paved routes for the entire duration - which means it's perfect for setting a new personal best. The route will also take runners past some of Portsmouth's best scenery, including the Spinnaker Tower, Southsea Seafront and through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (past Nelson's flagship HMS Victory).
Starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, the fast and flat course takes you through Old Portsmouth, home of the Portsmouth Cathedral, before entering the Historic Dockyard. Here you’re granted permission to run past the Royal Navy’s current naval ships, and some of the most famous in the world – including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose museum.
After exiting the Dockyard you reach the halfway point on Winston Churchill Avenue, before making your way back towards Southsea Common, where you’ll complete the final two miles on the scenic seafront.
The course is steeped in history dating as far back as 1212 and features charity cheering points, boost zones, bands on the run and unrivalled support from local residents and spectators.
It's not all about the big event, though. There are a number of other races taking part across the weekend, to suit all ages and abilities.
The Baby Show is one of the UK's biggest pregnancy and parenting event of the year, with over 200 baby retailers all under one roof, is taking place Friday 19th - Sunday 21st October 2018 at Olympia London. It's a fantastic shopping event and will give nervous parents the chance to speak to experts either one to one or hear from them live on stage as they tackle topics such as birth choices, breastfeeding, sleep, post-partum fitness and weaning.
A charity festival to celebrate the very best of Autumnal treasures with the spotlight on Pumpkins and Scarecrows at Royal Victoria Country Park
Royal Victoria Country Park welcome you to the Jubilee Sailing Trust Autumn Pumpkin festival and Scarecrow Avenue. Fun for all the family with Autumnal food, drink, music, dance, Big Draw art and flower arranging workshops, crafts, gardening advice and produce, storytelling, Pumpkin games, stalls and much much more.
This year the Southampton’s traditional Pumpkin Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary.
Bring your own Scarecrow for our Scarecrow Avenue. The biggest pumpkins in UK will be paraded, celebrated and serenaded trying to beat last year's winning giant pumpkin. Small pumpkins are welcome too! Arrive early and stay all afternoon.
The event will also see children's activties, sports and games, circu skills and puppets, crafts, gifts, real ale and cider, local food and poduce and much more.
Dogs on leads welcome.
We return to you, the world famous Oktoberfest Swindon for the second time in 2018! Experience the real Oktoberfest atmosphere with live oompah bands, steins of beer and the all important Bratwurst at the amazing Swindon Country Cricket Grounds for three sessions of Beer, Food and Entertainment.
From traditional folk to 'Oompop' expect foot stomping, table bashing and hearty singing galore. Grab some traditional German grub from the outdoor food court as you raise your steins at Oktoberfest Swindon!
When a lion is chased out of town, a little girl, Iris, helps him to find somewhere to hide. Iris embarks on a mission to squash her new friend into a variety of sneaky tight spots, as the misinformed town folk try and track him down. Helen Stephens’ magical book, How to Hide a Lion, comes to life with playful humour, dazzling puppets and jazz.
Community and Arts Centre, 1High StreetTownChippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 3ER
Phone 01249 446699
One of the largest firework displays in the south on Saturday 27th October, choreographed to music with a range of entertainment for the whole family.
Arrive early and enjoy the attractions of Beaulieu before fireworks and live entertainment. For a great value extra charge enjoy old time fairground entertainments, including a big wheel, gallopers and a coconut shy. A firework party to remember.
The Dummer Fair has been held around Michaelmas for over 20 years and 2017 saw one of the busiest fairs to date.
With 96 stalls and over 1,000 visitors, the Fair remains one of the most successful in Hampshire, and the proceeds were used to help the young people at Treloar School and College.
Autumn Open Day
Come & join us in a celebration of all things Autumn! There'll be lots for everyone including local food stalls and farm shop; apple pressing and tastings; a pumpkin trail and wheel barrow racing for the kids; homemade refreshments, hot food, mobile bar and more.
A fun-packed family event celebrating the County's food and farming in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. The weekend includes live music, children's activities, vintage tractors, falconry displays, farm animals, horse-drawn wagon rides, Hampshire Fare market, local beers and ciders and, new for this year, a vintage food van offering delicious hot food, wonderful cakes, scones, tea and even a glass of fizz.
A special Evensong service celebrating harvest will take place in the Cathedral at 3.30pm on Sunday afternoon, all are welcome and full details will be available in the coming months.
This is a free event all are welcome.
This is an autumnal session of fun, fruit, and food around the fire. Set within a special site in Sir Harold Hillier Gardens' woodland, bushcraft sessions are fun, safe and educational. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Come and join for a play in the woods! No need to book.
Actor, star of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, as well as successful children’s author, David Walliams, has been announced as Marlborough LitFest’s children’s author for 2018. He’ll be appearing on Sunday, 30 September at 3pm at the Memorial Hall in Marlborough College. LitFest aims to bring the best of good writing to the historic market town of Marlborough, with nearly 40 events during the festival weekend. The children’s programme for 2018 includes a variety of events for all ages, to help stimulate a passion for reading amongst local younger readers. www.marlboroughlitfest.org
Dauntsey Academy Primary School in West Lavington will be hosting their first Scarecrow Trail on the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd September 2018 from 10am – 4pm on both days.
With both a Main Trail and Children’s Trail the whole family can be involved. Please come along and share in this fun filled family weekend!
Stalls include a BBQ, Bar, Tea & Cakes, Grand Raffle, Tombolas, Games and much, much, more!
For further information please check out our Facebook page: DAPS Scarecrow Trail
This September, our spectacular Sky Safari is returning to make your visit extra special and it’s going to be even bigger and better than ever. Over the course of the three day event over 150 balloons of all shapes, sizes and colours will be taking to the skies above Longleat. You’ll get breath-taking views (and pictures) during our mass launches and tethered displays.
As well as flying more balloons than ever before, to make this year’s event even more memorable, we’ll be showcasing lots of beautiful (and sometimes bizarrely) shaped balloons! As ever, our very own lion hot air balloon, Simbaloo, will be taking flight along with a brand new addition to the Longleat fleet. Keep your eyes peeled for penguins; Puddles, Splash and Tall Steve, Wes the Wolf, an owl, a donkey, Bertie Basset and even a balloon themed around Disney’s hit movie ‘Up’ to name but a few.
Back by popular demand – our spectacular Night Glows! On both Friday 14thand Saturday 15tha selection of our favourite balloons will light up Longleat – firing their burners to an amazing musical soundtrack. You’re not going to want to miss this; between the animals, Longleat House and the balloons you’re going to be busy from dawn till dusk!
The fifth Cherubim Youth Music Festival takes place at Compton Marbling, Lower Lawn Barns, near Tisbury, Wiltshire SP3 6SG on the weekend of 14-16 September, featuring the music students performing on instruments on loan from Cherubim Music Trust. Website & Booking http://cherubimtrust.org/ Children admitted free to all events
Come along to Salisbury City Council's very first Car Fest on Sunday 9 September from 11am – 4pm in the Market Place and Guildhall Square!
Salisbury Car Fest is a fantastic FREE event celebrating motor vehicles and will include rally cars, sports cars, classic vehicles and much more.
Exhibitors include Marshall Motor Group, SJS Motorcycles, Army Sports Car Racing and XDR Motors.
The Midnight Beach Walk will once again be a shining light across the night sky this September. Whether you’re taking part in memory of a loved one or are just out to enjoy a stroll along the beach with friends, you’ll have a brilliant time while also supporting Weston Hospicecare.
A celebration of Calne’s industrial, social and built heritage with a daily programme of free events including:
- A town-wide Open Doors Day on Saturday 10th September, with the opportunity to step inside many historic buildings within Calne’s Heritage Quarter.
Picnic in the Park will take place on Wednesday 29 August in Victoria Park from 12pm until 4pm. This event is FREE to attend and offers an opportunity for you to meet family and friends and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful setting of Victoria Park. There will be lots of entertainment and activities including workshops, fair rides and street food.