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15 October half term activities in Surrey

October 7, 2019

Are you looking for half term activities in Surrey for your children? Here are 15 ideas to keep the kids occupied all week long.

15 October half term activities in Surrey…

1. Squire’s Garden Centres

Create and Grow spooky half term is back with all-new daily activities. Drop-in daily from Monday 28 – Friday 1 November, 10am – 4pm at all centres.

Children can…

Paint a ceramic bat tealight holder – take home a complimentary LED tealight and decorate the holder to brighten up your room – £5.75.

Create a Halloween Scratch Art Mask – a must-have item for trick-or-treating – £2

Ghost pursuit around the centre – discover the creepy word and be in with a chance to win a prize – free.

Fancy dress is welcome and no booking is required.

*Excluding Chertsey. Mon 21 Oct – Fri 1 Nov at Squire’s Stanmore only.

2. Awesome Autumn at RHS Wisley

Celebrate ‘Awesome Autumn’ at Wisley this half-term. There will be fun activities throughout the week, including a family garden trail, drop-in craft and sow-and-grow workshops, pumpkin carving and guided walks for families with the Education team. Here is a summary of what’s on…

Back to Nature Garden

Explore Wisley’s new play garden, the Back to Nature Garden inspired by HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Fun play elements include a hidden burrow, rolling hill, trampolines and treehouses.

You will need to book timed entry for the Back to Nature Garden for half-term and weekends – book for both children and adults; free with normal garden admission.

Pumpkin carving

Saturday 26, Sunday 27 and Wednesday 30 October 2019, Grow Lab, Clore Learning Centre
30 minute workshops at 10.30am, 11.15am, noon, 1.30pm, 2.15pm & 3pm

Come and carve a pumpkin for your Halloween celebrations. Suitable for age 6+. Please book in advance; £5 per pumpkin.

Drama workshops

Monday 28 October and Friday 1 November 2019, Discovery Room, Clore Learning Centre
10.15–11.15am and 1.30–2.30pm (age 4–7)
11.30am–12.30pm and 2.45–3.45pm (age 8–12)

New for this half-term! Experience the life of a bug (age 4–7) or dramatise The Day of The Dead (age 8–12). Children can be left with the Wisley team and parents are invited to return 10 minutes before the end of the session for a mini show! Please book in advance; £6 (age 4–7)  and £10 (age 8–12)

Meet the scientists

Tuesday 29 and Thursday 31 October 2019, Clore Learning Centre
45 minute talks at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Meet Wisley scientists and learn all about the lives of bugs. Suitable for age 7+. Please book in advance; free with normal garden admission.

3. The Lightbox Woking

This October half term, celebrate Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night in an explosion of creative fun! The Lightbox has a combination of bookable and free drop-in family workshops on offer for every age and crafting ability. Here is what is on…

Halloween Lantern

Tuesday 29 October, 1.30pm – 3.00pm
£8 per Child | Accompanying Adult Free

Once Upon a Pillow Fight

Wedsnesday 30 October, 11.00am – 11.45am
£8 per Adult and One Child | £5 Add-on Ticket

Acrobalance Workshop

Wedsnesday 30 October, 1.30pm – 2.30pm
£8 per Adult and One Child | £5 Add-on Ticket

Spooky Spiders

Wednesday 30 October
Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Stop Frame Animation

Thursday 31 October, 10.30am – 4.00pm
£25 per Child

Firework Rockets

Friday 1 November
Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

Fizzy Rockets

Friday 1 November
Drop-in anytime from 1.30pm – 4.00pm
Free entry | Suggested Donation £3

4. Bocketts Farm Wizards and Witches week

As well as the usual attractions at Bocketts Farm over half term week visitors can expect to find:

  • Reptile Roadshow
  • Science and Slime shows
  • Owl meet and greet sessions
  • Bubble disco
  • Creepy Craft Corner
  • Wizard and Witches Quiz Trail
  • Full programme of farm activities

5. Pumpkin carving and Halloween fun at Claremont Landscape Gardens

Join the team on Monday 28 October for Claremonts annual pumpkin carving session. Grab a spoon, scoop out your pumpkin’s brains, and carve a terrifying face. Please bring your own pumpkin. Normal admission applies plus £2 per session.

Claremont also has a spooky walk happening on Thursday 31 Oct, 4.30-6.30pm. Bring your torch or lantern and head out on a spooktacular Halloween walk around the dark, eerie garden. Normal admission applies, plus £1.50 per child.

You can also make your own potion throughout the holidays. Search the ghoulish garden for mysterious clues and create some natural magic! Normal admission applies, plus £1 per trail, available throughout half term.

Finally, get creative with some spooky crafts in the Thatched Cottage. Mysterious masks and scary spiders. What will you conjure up? Normal admission applies, plus £2 per craft.

6. A magical trail at Winkworth

Join the team at Winkworth for autumnal walks, pumpkin carving, and a truly magical half-term trail. Here is a look in detail at some of the activities…

Peculiar Pumpkins trail

There are strange goings-on at Winkworth this Halloween. Pumpkins have begun to pop up across Winkworth with creepy carved faces – can you solve the mystery? Normal admission applies plus £1 per trail.

Tree Adventure

An exciting new Tree Adventure has opened. Complete with a climbing wall, fireman’s pole, rope tunnel and ladders, it’s the perfect way for children to let off some steam.

Pumpkin carving

Create a spook-tacular decoration for your doorstep. Bring your pumpkin along and we’ll help you carve out a creepy face.

7. Discover the stories of supersonic flying at Brooklands Museum

Another favourite half term activity in Surrey is a trip to Brooklands Museum. This October half term get transported back in time to discover the stories of transatlantic flights at Brooklands Museum this half term. Discover the story of Alcock and Brown’s 1919 crossing in the First to the Fastest storytelling sessions and activity trail. Children can get dressed up as a Concorde pilot, make their own supersonic badges and explore a Concorde mini-exhibition.

Brooklands will also be running their famous car rides, pedal planes, Kids Tours on Concorde and London Bus Museum will be operating bus rides around the local area.

8. Wiglet’s great Spook-er-ree at Godstone Farm

Godstone Farm will have Halloween themed activities all week long, from Pumpkin Carving, Trick or Treat games to their new “Light Illusion Tunnel” with 3D glasses! Their amazing Halloween glasses transform any point of light into Brain Chilling Bats, Scary Skulls and Petrifying Pumpkins!

There will also be crafts, a spooky quiz, face painting and spooky tales too.

Tickets for the half term can be purchased here: (all days except 31st October and 1st November where Godstone Farm are running low bangs fireworks including entry to the farm all day)

If you want to visit and enjoy fireworks too, then book here

9. Halloween activity week at Birdworld

There are lots of fun activities to keep children entertained at Birdworld this half term. Join the Wizard as he entertains you with his impressive and daring magic tricks (Mon-Thurs) or follow the spooky activity trail around the park to learn gruesome facts about different species. From 11am – 4pm there will be themed arts and crafts as well as face painting (separate charges apply) Finally, jump aboard the chilling Safari road train for a tour around the back of some of the larger bird paddocks.

They also have a Halloween Grotto which will be open from Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November. 

(No booking required and usual park entry ticket prices apply)

10. Follow the Hatchlands Park trail for a pumpkin prize

Hatchlands Park will be running a trail over the half term where children can discover myths and folklore through the parkland and at the end they can claim their pumpkin prize.

11. Denbies Halloween fun at the vineyard

Denbies have a number of events over half term including:

Halloween fun run

On Sunday 27 October at 10am you can join in with a terrifying 10K run hosted by Denbies Vineyard near Dorking in Surrey. The route covers paved tracks and off-road trails and meanders in and out of the vineyards.

There will be carved pumpkins to show you the way to the haunted woods where you’ll find a few surprises. There’ll be ghosts and ghouls to show you the way and a few zombies and vampires to quicken your pace back to the finish where there’ll be lots of Halloween treats waiting. For those who aren’t quite ready for 10K there is a family-friendly, scary sprint over a shorter 2K course.

A Spooky Train Ride & Storytelling!*

10am, 11am &12noon

Dress-up in your best spooky costume for a vineyard train ride and storytelling. £7.50 per child which includes a chocolate treat / £3.50 per adult which includes a hot drink

*Taking place on the outdoor Vineyard Train, warm clothing recommended

Tropical Creepy Crawly Roadshow

On Friday 1st November meet Snakes, Lizards, Mini-Beasts, Frogs for an inspiring animal encounter. Times are 11.30am & 2.30pm. £7.50 per child / Accompanying adults free of charge

12. Halloween fun at Garsons

Garsons will have plenty of fun activities this half term with amazing magical prizes to be won including a guess the ‘Ghost’ pumpkin weight, colouring competition and an in-store pumpkin word trail. Plus, visit Garsons Esher Farm Shop from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th October to see pumpkin carving demos and a chance to win a prize in a fun lucky dip.

PYO Pumpkin at Garsons, Esher

A great half term activity in Surrey is Garsons family-run farm. The PYO farm nurtures roughly 30,000 pumpkins every year in the lead up to Halloween, specifically growing the remarkable Racer variety on our 155-acre PYO fields.

The pumpkin fields are open seven days a week (weather permitting) throughout September and October. Bring the children during half-term for some Halloween fun and involve them on their epic adventure to find the best specimen, which they can take home and carve themselves (with adult supervision!).

Garsons, Esher, PYO Farm – more details at PYO

13. Scary Skywalk at Skywalk Adventure

This ghoulish event is only running from 26 – 31 October so if you are brave enough to clamber through the cobwebs and tackle the Scary Skywalk you need to get booked in quickly!

14. Fairy tale fun at Painshill Park

There are 10 fairy tale stories to discover this autumn including…

  • The Cat’s Grin Theatre Company is bringing fairy tale theatre to the Painshill marquee. The performances incorporate three stories – Hansel and Gretel, Snow White and The Elves and the Shoemaker and are perfect for 4 to 9 year olds.
  • During the whole of half term, incredible huge dragons will take over the landscape around the Grade 1 listed Crystal Grotto. Release your inner knight and go on the Painshill quest to find all the statues and protect the Grotto. The dragon trail is included in general admission so you can also walk the gardens and enjoy all the follies.
  • There is a Halloween Craft Afternoon Tea on Monday 28 or Tuesday 29 of October. Make paper bats and decorate biscuits while enjoying witches’ finger sandwiches, pumpkin scones, bug jelly and cake.
  • On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October Painshill will be celebrating all things autumn trees with their Autumn Tree Festival.

15. Spooky trail at Gatton Park

On 27th October 2019 drop-in at Gatton Park for Halloween activities and enjoy a spooky trail around the grounds. This activity is ideal for younger chidren.

No booking required. Children £2, Adults £5. 1.00-4.00pm

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What half term activities in Surrey will you be doing this year? If you’re looking ahead to Christmas fun then here are some ideas

Sarah x

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