Your Family Guide to Halloween, October Half Term and Autumn in Bristol 2023

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Autumn is the most beautiful season in Bristol! We have so many fun Halloween events, festive autumn activities, as well as events for October half-term! October half-term in Bristol this year is 21 – 29 October. I hope this list helps you decide what activities and events to enjoy with your family in Bristol this autumn.

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Pumpkin Picking

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Halloween Days Out

  • Over Farm’s Spookyard Halloween Festival Oct 28 – Nov 5 Spooky shows, scavenger hunt, maize maze, corn cannons, flying school, fancy dress competition, street food, and the usual farm park activities they have: great new adventure play area, bouncy pillows, mini golf, tractor trailer rides, quad train ride
  • Avon Valley FEARless Scream Park! Enjoy epic fire shows, spooky street performers, fairground rides and side stalls. FEARless is for 11-15 year olds or those who want a less scary experience to FEAR which is the main attraction but not suitable for children. 21 & 28 Oct. Their pumpkin picking is also epic with fantastic decorations, a small fairground, spooky shows, characters walking around, games, food and a bar so you could easily spend a couple of hours here!
  • Mendip Activity Centre Halloween Themed Toboganning and Zombie Themed Target Sports! 6-29 Oct
  • Halloween displays in Bristol and South Glos Facebook page are collating a map of the best decorated halloween homes! Take a hot chocolate and visit some. This is a great free halloween activity! Link to the Facebook group Here
  • Wookey Hole Home of Halloween 21 – 29 October half Term in Bristol. Cave tours, giant pumpkin trail, 4D cinema, spooky circus show, museum, soft play, mini golf, fancy dress competition and meet the Wookey witch!
  • Bristol Zoo Project Howl-Oween Trail 21 Oct – 5 Nov Learn about animal bones, skulls and x-rays. Enter the witch’s campsite, if you dare, listen to their spooky stories and get stuck into creepy craft making. Listen to talks about the bears and wolves, plus all the usual animal fun! There is also AutumnFest 4 Sep – 30 Nov including a Nature Spotter Autumn Trail.
  • Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm Pumpkinfest 9 Oct – 5 Nov “Pumpkinfest will be filled with family fun including a pumpkin patch, a myth-busting trail, and oodles of seasonal photo opportunities. You can even pick a pumpkin to take home from the farmshop!” Bird of prey displays at 12.30pm daily.
  • American Museum & Gardens American Halloween Trick or Treat 21-29 October half term in Bristol. “Join us throughout October half term for a cool, spooky day out at the museum with a classic American Trick or Treat atmosphere. There will be lots of family activities, a scavenger hunt in the autumnal gardens and a fun potion trail around the manor house.” Brick America Lego Exhibition on throughout autumn. Free entry on Sun 8 Oct as part of Bath Kids Lit Fest and on Weds 25 Oct as part of Bath Museum Week.
  • Slimbridge Interactive Eek! Week Trail Sat 21 Oct – Sun 5 Nov “A fantastic, fun wildlife learning eek!sperience for all the family. Put your spookometer to the test with our interactive activities. Will you dare to put your hand in a snake box, grab a photo op with a bat or get up close and personal with a toad? A weirdly wild day out for the whole family.”
  • Longleat The Great British Autumn 21-29 Oct. They are celebrating all things autumnal at Longleat. Have a go at pumpkin carving, see owl displays, and become a mini-tractor driver. Head outside to find the giant pumpkins and solve the riddle for a sweet treat. Plus all the usual safari, animals and activities!
  • Sudeley Castle Halloweek at Sudeley 28 Oct – 5 Nov. “A spook-tacular week of magic, mischief, and ghoulish shenanigans at the Castle. Come and join in the fun as the temperature falls, the days get shorter, and the magic of Halloween fills the air. Discover how science, history and nature all have their part to play in the mysterious and oh-so-secretive world of magic.” Silly science workshops 31 Oct – 3 Nov. Dig and Delve magical themed nature-based crafts 1&2 Nov.
  • Primrose Vale, Gloucester Halloween Farm Trail 25 Oct – 5 Nov. Pre-book from 18 Sep (Also see PYO)
  • SS Great Britain Woeful Wounds 21-29 Oct. “Experience the magic of special effect make-up and receive your very own Woeful Wound. Make-up artists will create cuts and blisters that the galley crew would have suffered during their time working in the kitchen at sea on visitors aged 4-18”
  • Bowood House and Gardens Witchcraft & Magic Pumpkin Trail 21-31 Oct “Join Witch Ramona and black cat Luna on a hunt to break the spell that the ghosts and ghouls have cast over the Bowood Estate. Find all the things needed to complete the Ramona’s magic rhyme as you work your way around the pumpkin trail this Autumn half-term.”
  • Bristol Aquarium Sea Monsters 20-31 Oct “Join us for a spooktacular underwater adventure. Dive deep into the aquatic abyss and dare to discover a host of spine-tingling, creepy creatures that await beneath the waves. Watch our spooky squid dissection, and get involved making paper plate jellyfish!”
  • Berkeley Castle Ghoul School “Interactive, self-led audio extravaganza that will teach your young thrill seekers all they need to know to become perfect little monsters.” 22 Oct – 5 Nov
  • The Helicopter Museum Halloween Family Fun Day 15 Oct. Giant bubble shows, face painting, costumed characters, climb into helicopters and try on a pilots helmet!
  • Cheddar Gorge & Caves The Ghost of Cheddar Man Trail Sat 21 – Sun 29 October half term in Bristol. “It’s time to party with the Ghost of Cheddar Man this Halloween. To celebrate the discovery of Cheddar Man here in Gough’s Cave, 120 years ago, we are hosting a special trail and themed festivities!”
  • Old Down Country Park Half Term Spooky Spectacular. For the whole of October, one child enters for £1 with every full paying adult. Halloween Events include Pumpkin Picking & Carving (add-on tickets required), Trick or Treat Trail, and Halloween Afternoon Tea!
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Halloween Activities

Halloween Parties

Autumnal Walks

  • Westonbirt Arboretum Walking amongst the autumn colours at Westonbirt is the ultimate autumnal walk. The maples are stunning and remind me of New England. There is a Gruffalo trail and Autumn Family Trail mid Sep – 30 Nov. Pre-booking required 30 Sep – 12 Nov as this is peak season! Tickets are usually released a week at a time.
  • Claim your free national trust pass currently valid between 18 Sep – 20 Oct. If there are more available for half term week I will update here and share on my Instagram stories!
  • Tyntesfield National Trust See their iconic pumpkin display in the orangery! Halloween Trail 21-29 Oct – Help catch the mysterious beast who’s been stealing pumpkins!
  • Dyrham Park National Trust Half-term spider trail 19 Oct – 1 Nov. There will be clues and facts about our favourite eight-legged friends to tie in with the half-term holiday and halloween.
  • Newark Park National Trust Wild Art, Sculpture and Storytelling 21 Oct – 5 Nov
  • Prior Park National Trust Autumn Half-Term Trail 21-29 October half term in Bristol. During half term follow the autumnal adventure trail around the garden. From spooky to nature related, there’s something to find at every location. Participating in Bath Museums Week so check for any free entry days.
  • Stourhead National Trust Autumn Storytime 3, 10 & 17 Oct. Forest school sessions 21 & 28 Oct booking advised.
  • Leigh Woods
  • Ashton Court
  • Blaise Castle
  • Oldbury Court Estate/Snuff Mills
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Indoor Autumn Events

  • Bath Abbey is hosting Luke Gerram’s Gaia 18 Sep – 29 Oct and Playful Planet Children’s and Family Events
  • Unicornfest Farewell Festival at Propyard. 23-24 Sep. See all the unicorns from the magical Unicornfest 2023 celebrations in one place!
  • Bath Children’s Lit Fest Books and stories come alive this autumn in Bath! 29 Sep – 8 Oct
  • Avon Valley Railway – Chocolate Sundays (See the steam locomotive from the old Fry’s chocolate factory in Keynsham and chocolate treat) 1, 8 & 15 Oct and Family Fun Weekend (steam train ride, birds of prey and autumnal trail) 28-29 Oct
  • MShed Steam Train Ride Take a steam train ride on Bristol Harbour Railway from M Shed on 7/8, 21/22 & 28/29 Oct!
  • Storytale Festival Storytelling events and activities for the children of Bristol! 20–23 October
  • Aerospace Bristol Concorde20 Half Term Sat 21 – Sun 29 October half term in Bristol. Join Aerospace Bristol this October half term to mark the 20th anniversary of Concorde’s final flight. Family concorde tours, pilot training and other activites.
  • John Wesley’s New Room Quill Pen Art Workshops 26/27 Oct
  • Luxmuralis Force of Nature Light Show at Bristol Cathedral 30 Oct – Sat 4 Nov. Pre-book. This was spectacular last year!
  • Flourish Adult & Child Autumnal Printing 28 Oct
  • Flourish Adult & Child Make Your Own Bristol Balloon Print (6yrs+) 29 Oct
  • Kingswood Heritage Museum Museum at Night 29 Oct
  • Wolfridge Alpaca crafts multiple dates including needle felt hedgehog and pumpkins
  • Whitehall Garden Centre Lacock Lots of craft and halloween activities. Pumpkin carving at Whitchurch.

Outdoor Autumn Events

  • St Werburghs City Farm Farm Fair 23 Sep Local traders, music, storytelling, family fun, samba procession.
  • We The Curious Festival for our Future 23 & 24 Sep. Free event celebrating collective action on climate change with a food theme. Family activities, film screenings, cooking demos, music and more. Please note this is in Millenium Square as We The Curious is currently closed.
  • Glow Illuminated Fun in Two Mile Hill 23 Sep Children’s Art Workshops, Magical Lantern Garden, Music and Refreshments
  • Graveyard Bat Walk Greenbank Cemetery 3 Oct
  • Harvey’s Scarecrow Trail A great trail of homemade scarecrows to find across Chew Valley. This years theme is “Mother Nature’s Magic”. Money raised goes towards a charity for bereaved children. Purchase trail maps in Winford or Radstock, or download the app. Running 1-29 Oct
  • Ashton Court Miniature Railway Services running Sun 1, 8, 22 & 29 Oct
  • Stargazing at Failand Observatory “Experience an exciting tour of the night sky guided by friendly astronomers from the Bristol Astronomical Society. Observe the Moon, planets and fascinating deep space objects through their telescopes at their wonderful observatory. Attending this event requires prior booking. Tickets are made available via the Eventbrite website on the morning of the event, only if the forecast permits stargazing.” Potential dates 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21 October 8-10pm so better for older children! When I was a leader at Brownies, I arranged for our group to go here for their Stargazer Badge and it was fantastic!
  • Westbury Wildlife Park Autumn Mushroom Event 7 Oct
  • University of Bristol Botanical Gardens Apple Day 8 Oct – Donate your apples and help make a proper Bristol cider!
  • Winterbourne Medieval Barn Orchard Harvest Day 8 Oct
  • Hartcliffe City Farm Harvest Festival 21 Oct
  • West Country Water Park Halloween Night Glow Swim 27 Oct
  • St Werburghs City Farm Apple Day at Boiling Wells 28 Oct
  • Painswick Rococo Gardens The Great Scarecrow Hunt 28 Oct – 5 Nov
  • Stories From The Stars Storytelling about the night sky from We The Curious at The Garden Theatre Windmill Hill City Farm 2, 9 and 16 Nov
  • Perrygrove Railway “Halloween-Free October” Train rides and play areas. No halloween decorations if you want to avoid halloween!
  • Arnos Vale Cemetery Half term events: Fire Lighting Workshop 23 Oct, Leaf Crown Making Workshop 23 Oct, In A Dark Dark Cellar Stomping Story 24 Oct, Coffin Decorating Activity 24 Oct, Grusome Tour For Teens and Tweens 24-26 Oct, Create a Miniature Gravestone 25 Oct, Creepy Kids Tour 25-26 Oct, The Broom Stomping Story 26 Oct, Creepy Creatures Craft Workshop 28 Oct. Some of these activities require pre-booking.


Free and Cheap Days Out

For more free and cheap days out ideas for Bristol summer activities see this post! Lots of lovely walks included.

New Openings

New openings in Bristol to check out!

Thank you for reading!

Thank you for your support! I would really appreciate any shares of this post if you find it helpful as it is a labour of love! Follow us on Instagram (most active here) or Facebook for upcoming events and more days out ideas. We will have a Christmas post coming soon! Any additional events I see I will add to my Instagram stories and highlights!

Disclaimer: This post was correct to the best of my knowledge when posted on 21/09/23. I cannot be held responsible if any of the above venues are sold out or events are cancelled.

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