The top October Half Term & Halloween events in Kent & East Sussex 2020!
There’s a terrifying total of 40+ family-friendly October Half Term & Halloween events in Kent and East Sussex this month! We’ve searched the local haunts to bring you a run-down of spook-tacular Halloween events and a host of other ways to keep the little monsters around Tunbridge Wells occupied, including holiday clubs, theatre trips and train rides.
Just remember the rule of 6 and enjoy a ‘peaceful’ half-term!
Please note many of the activities in this blog are operating on a pre-booked entry only policy during this time. Please check with the organiser before travel. Also this is an evolving blog post – we will update it as more events are added, or indeed (but hopefully
So here they are – the terrifyingly good October Half Term & Halloween events in Kent & East Sussex 2020!
Events open every day throughout October 2020 Half Term
♥ It is a beautiful time of year to visit Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. From Saturday 17th October to Sunday 1st November you’ll discover the annual Pumpkin Festival among the wonderful autumnal trees. Enjoy pumpkin spotting in the gardens, walk through the inspirational pumpkin carving grotto, visit the cosy Hygge Hut and warm up with hot food and drink from Otto’s Café. (Not open Mondays and Tuesdays).
♥ If you like the idea of getting some awesome autumnal family photos, book yourself in to a Pumpkin Patch Photo Session with Georgina Edwards Photography at Four Winds Farm Pumpkin Patch on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th October. Packages are from £99. We had our session today and it was super!
♥ On selected dates from Monday 12th October to Sunday 1st November, Phileas Foggs World of Adventures will be terrifyingly transformed for The Vampire Experience. Also, will you dare step back in time to the days of Jack the Ripper for the horrifying Halloween Ghost Walk? (These immersive experiences are suited to those age 7+ and the scare rating is adapted to the age group of each party.)
♥ There are up to 8 different movies showing a day at Tulleys Haunted Drive In Cinema between Friday 25th September and Sunday 8th November. The giant screen will be showing spook-tacular films like Casper, Scooby Doo and Hocus Pocus, and a whole host of family favourites such as Trolls, Frozen II and Home Alone. Dine in your car with food from Bentleys Steak House and experience a pre-film fire & light show.
♥ Buy your pumpkins further afield at Sharnfold Shop & Farm near Eastbourne and join in with the frightful family fun every weekend between 3rd October and 1st November and during half term week. Carve your own magical pumpkins and follow the spell binding activity trail around the farm if you dare!
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♥ Spot 50 scarecrows on Bidborough’s Scarecrow Trail and help raise much needed funds for a local play park! Pop along to Bidborough between Friday 30th October and Sunday 1st November for a very special Scarecrow Trail, all in support of Bidborough Play Park. Participants can collect their scarecrow maps (for just £1) from Bidborough Stores before heading out on a walk to spot the scarecrows and complete the scarecrow anagram! Also from 12pm to 3pm on Sunday 1st November, head along to the Village Hall for a very special Bidborough Scarecrow Trail event – collect your map and return your completed Anagram for a prize!
♥ A cheap and cheerful thing to do outdoors – visit Southborough Common for a pumpkin trail, organised by a lovely local Mum. Find 20 pictures of pumpkins dotted around the woods (start just behind St Peter’s Church) and when they have found all of them, perhaps give the kids a treat which you have brought with you?
♥ Godstone Farm invites babies and pre-toddlers to join them on a Pumpkin Hunt on Friday 23rd October or pre-schoolers can meet the Funny Bones on Monday 19th October. The hour-long interactive story-time/craft sessions start at 11am and are included in the farm entry price.
♥ Enjoy a Spooky Afternoon Tea at all three Millbrook Garden Centres in Crowborough, Staplehurst and Gravesend this Halloween. Your little ones can puzzle over cheese and ham jigsaw sandwiches, magic away a spider sausage roll, vanish some veggie batons, marvel at the giant chocolate cookie and more wicked treats! Accompanying grown-ups can also indulge in a delicious Teatime Treat! Enjoy tuna and cucumber finger sandwiches, fruit scone with cream, jam & butter and lemon drizzle cake. Tickets cost £12.50 per child (includes fun colouring activities) and £9.99 per adult (includes a tea or filter coffee).
♥ Please note this has been cancelled – Circus Zyair is back at The Hop Farm from 23rd October to 1st November. Promising a colourful and action packed hour and a half show with high energy acts from all over the world, the 2020 tour is said to be a dazzling combination of circus, music and laughter – with a heated big top, comfy seating and an electric atmosphere from start to finish.
♥ Blackberry Farm invites your little devils to dress up for some ghostly Halloween Half-term fun, including a mystery maze, pumpkin patch and scarecrow tractor ride. From Saturday 24th October until Sunday 1st November.
♥ Pop on a spooky outfit for some pumpkin spotting fun at Hever Castle between Wednesday 24th October and Sunday 1st November. Vote for The Castle staff’s most cleverly carved pumpkin and enter a photo of your own petrifying pumpkin into the Instagram competition.
♥ What is more frightful than the sights and sounds of a 13th century castle where hidden ghosts could be hiding? The half term Ghost Hunt Tour takes place in the Tonbridge Castle Gatehouse for children age 6-16, with an accompanying adult, between 24th October and 1st November.
♥ Fancy Trick or Treating with a difference? The Inside in Calverley Adventure Grounds are running a ‘free trick or treat event’ across half term, starting from Saturday 24th October and running through to Sunday 1st November. Grab your play sheet and Covid safe pen, run to find the 6 pumpkins and copy the shapes onto your play sheet and show your completed sheet to receive your free treat bag; Keep an eye out for the pumpkins with tricks for you to play out! Look out for more details over on @the.inside.tw on Instagram.
♥ Take your little monsters to Leeds Castle and download the Halloween Trail on the Leeds Castle App this Half Term from Saturday 24th October.
♥ Go along to Bligh’s Meadow in Sevenoaks from 26th October – 31st Octoberfor a spook-tacular Pumpkin Hunt. The trail itself is free and donations for Demelza Hospice Care for Children are welcomed. Follow the trail to get treats along the way and end with a special surprise! If you go in fancy dress, you may even get selected as the best dressed and win a special prize!
♥ Join the hunt for the Wally on the ‘Spooky Museum Search’ at The Historic Dockyard Chatham this October half term. In celebration of the new Where’s Wally book ‘Spooky Spotlight Search’ pick up an activity pack and find the hidden Wallys among the exhibits to collect a prize. Between Wednesday 24th October and Sunday 1st November.
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♥ Venture through the pumpkin grotto and seek out the hidden pumpkins at Groombridge Place from Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November. A surprise awaits everyone who goes along in fancy dress!
♥ Penshurst Place has been a popular location for fledgling local witches to practice their flying skills for years and apparently the class of 2020 have made some spectacular crashes. This half term Penshurst Place needs families to help look for evidence of these haphazard witches in the grounds and complete their flying reports. The famous Wicked Witch of the Wild Wood will also be back for some scary storytelling!
♥ There’s bags of spooky surprises at Drusilla Park’s family friendly half term ‘Shriek Week’. Beware of the Withes Lair, unravel the mystery of the Mummy Mayhem maze, keep your eyes peeled for the floating witch and meet creepy crawlies I you’re brave enough! Dress up your little terrors for the fancy-dress competition.
♥ A wicked week of pumpkin carving, trick or treating, creepy bugs and fancy-dress competitions awaits in Kent Life’s historic houses. Halloween Spooktacular runs from Saturday 24th October – Sunday 1st November. Are you brave enough for the spooky sights of Kent Life’s Historic Houses after dark at The Ugly Bug ball, from Thursday 29th to Friday 30th October 5-8pm?
♥ Pick Your Own Pumpkins! There are plenty of places to Pick Your Own Pumpkins ahead of Halloween. See a full round-up of venues to pick up a pumpkin, get a spot of fresh air and capture the perfect pumpkin photograph HERE.
♥ The Hop Farm will be open for a feast of family fun on the rides and at the animal farm this half term. Halloween fancy dress welcome!
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♥ Stand back and prepare for action when the crazy scientists bring ‘Exciting Science’ live to the Assembly Hall Theatre stage on Sunday 25th October. This fact filled highly interactive new show promises astounding experiments, from erupting volcanoes to firing rocket launchers.
♥ 5-12-year olds kids can participate in high-energy sports and activities at the mSporti 3 and 5-day Half Term Camps. Between Monday 26th and Friday 30th October at Skinners Primary School.
♥ Keep the kids active this half term with First Class Football’s Camps for children in years 1 – 9. They are running at Skinners School on 26th-28th October and at Cage Green or Sir Henry Fermor Primary Schools on 29th-30th October. There are two different camps to choose from; Soccer School or Mult-Sports.
♥ Check out the Ultimate Activity and Survival Camps at Rose Hill School this half term from Monday 26th – Friday 30th October.
♥ Just because it’s half term and the kids are off school you don’t need to miss out on fitness classes. On Saturday mornings join FIT in Speldhurst for an outdoor group exercise class for adults, run alongside a fun mini fitness session for children.
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♥ For a special treat why not book a private compartment for up to 6 people on the Spa Valley Railway on the weekend of 24th and 25th October. Travel return between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge Stations for £40 per compartment or there’s a special offer of £25 on the 4.15pm departures.
♥ The heartfelt, beautiful children’s animation My Neighbour Totoro is coming to Trinity Theatre on Sunday 25th October at 5pm. Look out for ‘Spooky Saturday’ screenings on 31st October too – with shows including Hotel Transylvania, The Addams Family and Rocky Horror Picture Show being shown. Coco and Labrynth are being screened on 27th October so there are plenty of great films to choose from.
♥ On Monday 26th October children can join illustrator Pete Williamson at Arty Farty Retreat to create a collaborative ‘Stitch Head’ style bits and pieces monster and then create their own to take home.
♥ Entice the kids away from their screens at Bore Place’s Autumn Holiday Clubs for mini-adventurers age 6-11 year olds. Choose from action-packed Den Building & Campfire Fun on Tuesday 27th October, Autumn Arts & Crafts on Wednesday 28th October and Halloween Fun on the Farm on Thursday 29th October.
♥ Spot the local wildlife in the beautiful countryside between Tenterden and Bodiam on the Kent & East Sussex Railway. At weekends in October and from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th October during half term.
♥ There’s so many lovely sounding outdoor family friendly events at the fantastic Wilderness Wood this half term. They start on Tuesday 27th with a small group of children who will be supported to craft their own creations in a half-day Green Woodworking Workshop. Alternatively, Lucy’s Little Forest School will take you and your little one along the secret path to the fairy and elf glade, where together you’ll make a secret fairy garden and decorate a willow wand to take home. One for the family to enjoy together, Where the Wild Things Are storytelling and woodland fun, including clay crafts and toffee-apple making on the fire.
♥ Discover how apple juice is made at Brogdale’s Heritage Orchard Juicing Days from 28th to 30th October. If your children are apple juice fans like mine, they will love picking their own fruit, turning it into tasty juice and following the apple trail through the orchards.
♥ Temper Temper Chocolate in Southborough is hosting workshops for children age 5+ who fancy a go at making their own chocolates this half term. Choose from sessions on the 28th and 29th October.
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♥ Lucy’s Little Forest School is getting into the spirit of Halloween at Wilderness Wood on Thursday 29th October. Enjoy themed activities for the whole family, including broomstick and weird potion making, storytelling and toffee apple cooking on the fire.
♥ Calling all pumpkins, witches and wizards! Put on your running shoes and get spooky for local social care charity Aspens’ first ever virtual run. Run or walk 5K in your most spooktacular fancy dress costumes over the weekend of 31 October/1 November- in your garden, in the park or anywhere there is space – and help Aspens continue their vital work supporting people of all ages with disabilities, complex needs and those on the autism spectrum. Register HERE.
♥ To celebrate the last day of their season and 15 years of the garden, on Saturday 31st October Lullingstone Castle & World Garden is spreading a little Halloween magic with pumpkin carving and fancy dress! From 12 noon onwards.
♥ For a spook-tacular family day out this Halloween head over to the Mount Ephraim Gardens near Faversham on Saturday 31st October. Enjoy a themed nature trail with surprises along the way, a chance to hold the creepiest of crawlies, frightening mask-making, themed games, face-painting and storytelling.
Visit the following National Trust venues for their family trails this October Half Term….
♥ Look out for the #challenge when you visit Bateman’s National Trust – can you find all the colours of the rainbow? As you venture round the garden and estate, listen out for the crunch of leaves underfoot, peek through the branches to see what you can see or collect up leaves in different shapes and colours.
♥ Half term is harvest time with the pumpkins that have been growing in the veg garden displayed at Chartwell and around the grounds. There a kid’s spotter sheet with different things to look out for as you wander, and the play area and bomb crater are great for running off some steam.
♥ Find out all about the folklore of the trees at Emmetts Garden and make your own story, picking words from a wordcloud as you follow the route. A spotter sheet is provided to guide the way round and the natural play area will get the littles ones tired out ready for the journey home.
♥ Look out for the trail around the garden at Ightham Mote. Can you spot the ten different animals that like to hibernate there? The charming little images are a great way of getting everyone involved and talking about our friendly wildlife.
♥ The garden team at Scotney Castle have chosen their best autumnal trees around the garden. Discover all about what makes them special with fun facts about each one. It’s also the perfect time to capture photographs, with colourful reflections in the moat.
Remember to also check out our guide to Pumpkin Picking this October too!