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10 Things to do this October half term in Surrey

October 20, 2020

Looking for outdoor activities in Surrey for the half-term break? Here are 10 ideas.

10 things to do in Surrey this October half term

Due to the uncertain nature of COVID and restrictions, please check the venue/event website before visiting.

1.Spooky activities at Squires

Squire’s Garden Centres has some great spooky activities for children to do at home this half term.

  • Spooky Colouring Competition – Download Squire’s spooky colouring sheet, get creative, and you could win £100 worth of toys!  
  • Haunted Dot-To-Dot – Have fun joining the mysterious dots to reveal a spooky character.
  • Scary Biscuit Recipe – Make delicious pumpkin, ghost, mummy or bat biscuits at home, then gobble them up before they come to life!
  • Ghost Pursuit – Download and print ghost clue cards, then hide them around the house for a spine-chilling treasure hunt.
  • Scary Fancy Dress Competition – Put on your scariest costume, take a photo, and you could win £100 worth of treats! 
  • Paint a Petrifying Pebble – Paint a pebble to look like a pumpkin (or any vegetable), bring your pebble to Squire’s by 8th November and exchange it for a free pack of vegetable seeds!

2.Priory Farm

Jump on your broomstick and head off on the Spooky Trail at Priory Farm’s Discovery Walk in South Nutfield. Open from Saturday, October 10 to Sunday November 12. Tickets are £5 per person,

There will also be tractor rides to the pumpkin fields. Booking essential.

Pumpkin Palace

This year, to ensure a safe distance can be maintained, Priory Farm are opening their Pumpkin Palace at the entrance to the Discovery Walk. Follow signs in the car park and choose your perfect pumpkin. Open daily from 24th to 31st October. Prices starting at £1.50.

3. Kew Gardens

Autumn half-term family programme sets a quest through the Kew Gardens Arboretum to search for the legendary beast. From 17 October – 1 November, Kew Gardens celebrates the childhood favourite character, The Gruffalo. Families can play the ‘little brown mouse’ and follow a trail to track down the Gruffalo.

Visitors are encouraged to come to Kew Gardens donning their own face-painted whiskers, ready to step into the role of the little brown mouse and learn how to be brave. On their way to find the Gruffalo, adventurers will find fox footprints, an owl feather xylophone, and a snakeskin gong inspired by the story, and learn more about the characteristics of each of these animals as they go.

4. Chessington World of adventures

Chessington have carved out lots of treats and plenty of tricks for your family this year for HOWL’O’WEEN at Chessington World of Adventures Resort. 

Wander into The Forgotten Forest and encounter enchantment in our NEW attraction, which joins Creepy Caves: Resurgence that takes the bravest adventurers on a terrifying new ‘root’ for 2020*. 

Enjoy your favourite rides at dusk, plus watch some of them come ALIVE, including the fearsome Vampire and terror-ific Tomb Blaster.

5. Painshill

The Dragons are returning to Painshill this October half-term…and this time they have brought more friends with them.

Huge dragons have taken over the landscape at Painshill! Release your inner knight and take on our dragon quest to find each statue. Find all the dragons and you might win a prize!

Saturday 24th Oct until Sunday 1st Nov 2020


This event is included with general admission. Painshill day tickets MUST be booked online in advance for social distancing measures. Free entry for members (no need to pre-book). Painshill reserves the right to amend or change the above event details.

6. Bocketts Farm

This half term Bocketts Farm have a packed programme of fun and activities in store. 

  • Encounter a range of reptiles and creepy crawlies in the REPTILE ROADSHOW. An amazing opportunity to meet some beautiful and unusual creatures!
  • You can also catch exciting SCIENCE AND SLIME SHOWS with the wickedly wonderful Einstein’s Entertainers!
  • Explore the SPOOKTACULARLY FUN TRAIL as you help find the missing clues around the farm.
  • Take home a HOMEGROWN BOCKETTS FARM PUMPKIN. Hundreds to choose from and on sale all week.
  • Hop on board the TRACTOR and TRAILER RIDE and meet our rabbits and guinea pigs in SMALL ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS SESSIONS

24th October – 1st November

7. Denbies Wine Estate 

Younger ones will love the Teddy Bear’s Train Ride & Storytelling event at Denbies Wine Estate. It will be full steam ahead at 10am and 11am, Monday to Friday, during half term.

8. Godstone Farm 

Although Halloween may be different this year, at Godstone Farm it’s going to be just as FUN! 

Come on down to the farm and join their Spooktacular celebration. Children can grab a pumpkin and carve out their very own creation, after that follow the mysterious clues around the farm to be in with a change of winning some magical prizes. Don’t forget all the animals are there – don’t forget to say hi! 

9. Brooklands Museum 

Brooklands Museum is always a good one for school holiday fun. This half term get ready for a spook-tacular week as they track down the ghosts of Brooklands’ past!

Children can become supernatural investigators whilst following their Mystery Museum Trail to track down Brooklands’ most haunted exhibit. They can also join their Monsterific Frankencraft workshop and take a spooky bus ride*.

Don’t miss the live vehicle demonstrations on the Finishing Straight, running every day at 11:30am and 2:30pm*. Explore the brand new Air Raid Shelter Walkthrough Experience which features the images and voices of the men and women who survived the raids on Brooklands during World War Two.

10. Brick or Treat at Legoland

Calling all little monsters and their monster families! This October Half Term, Lord Vampyre invites you to Brick or Treat at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort for the most spook-tacular time of the year, Halloween! 

LEGOLAND Windsor Resort will be transformed into a pumpkin-filled wonderland for what is sure to be the most frightfully fun event of the year perfect for the young, and the young at heart!


While you’re here why not check out the best places to see the Autumn colours in Surrey, a perfect outdoor activity for the half term.

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