Dalby Forest, in the heart of the North York Moors National Park offers the perfect place to escape, relax and adventure
Home to 8,000 acres of breath-taking views, endless walking, running and cycle trails and Gruffalo adventures, a great day out awaits at Dalby Forest.
A visit to Dalby will uncover many magical things such as The Gruffalo orienteering course, Superworm trail, some of the very best mountain biking trails and endless stunning views. Keep your eyes peeled along the way for our unique sculptures which are dotted throughout the forest, get the adrenaline pumping at Dalby Activity Centre or test your nerve and swing amongst the trees on their Go Ape courses.
Dalby Forest is home to an abundance of internationally important wildlife species and is also a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site, where you can experience the magic of seeing the Milky Way with the naked eye.
If one day leaves you wanting more, extend your forest adventure with a stay at the Forest Holidays cabins .
Please note that barbeques and fires are not currently allowed anywhere in the forest.
Dalby Forest, YO18 7LT
Come and meet a host of terrifying characters as we guide you through the forest at night. Watch out for vampires, witches and ghoulish ghouls that lurk in the shadows waiting for unsuspecting passers-by. See terrifying tails told by twisted storytellers as you make your way through the darkness. In conjunction with Lady Lumley’s School and University of Hull.
This family friendly event is ideal for ages 5 and over. Each walk lasts 50 minutes.
Low Dalby , Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering
Sat Nav Postcode: YO18 7LT
This year Forestry England are taking some time to celebrate their fantastic cycling offer at Dalby Forest. Cycling is one of the key activities at Dalby and they already have really brilliant, well established cycling trails and facilities, and something for everyone when it comes to navigating the forest on two wheels.
As well as keeping children physically fit, research has shown that cycling can bring about a feeling of greater self-esteem, self-control and the ability to rise to a challenge.
The NEW Forest Rider pack has been designed to challenge children to complete a series of off-road rides, to help build their confidence and to enjoy the fantastic network of trails the nation’s forest have to offer. Aimed at children aged 7-11, the Forest Rider pack will encourage children to get out and about on their bikes in the forest and be safe and responsible forest riders!
In your pack, you will find:
o A logbook to record your rides
o A cool Forest Rider neck buff
o Pro cycle skill cards to help you be the best forest rider you can be. These include QR codes which, when scanned, will take you to videos teaching you how to do the tricks
o Stickers and activities
o The chance to solve a puzzle to enter a prize drawer to win £350 Halfords voucher, a family experience with Go Ape, a Forestry England Membership and more!
Packs are £5 from the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre, or £6.50 if bought online.
Thu 28 – Sun 31 Oct 2021
Tours at 7pm, 8.30pm
Do you dare explore Scarborough Castle in the dark this Halloween?
Join our storytellers as they guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past. With tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history, this is not a night for the faint-hearted.
These tours are suitable for those aged 16+. Don’t forget to bring a torch – things are going to get dark…
23 October- 31st October 2021
10am – 5:30pm
Keep the children spellbound this October half term with a week of frightful fun!
The Halloween Adventure is spooky fun and never scary, so is suitable for even the smallest of monsters! Stockeld Park will be transformed for this year’s enchanting Halloween festivities!
There will be lots of spellbinding surprises in store in the Enchanted Forest, and little ones will love to explore our pumpkin patch, to pick their very own pumpkin to take home! Every paying child will get to choose a free pumpkin!
Spooky real live characters will be dotted around the park, making fantastic photo opportunities and enchanting interactions for the whole family to enjoy!
New for this year, skeletons have taken over Stockeld, with the skeleton trail! Will you spot them all? Make sure you don’t get trapped in the Hansels and Gretel’s jail! Try your luck in the graveyard golf – our brand new Halloween mini golf – undercover so you can play whatever the weather!
There’s something suitably scary for all ages, and for those who like to be truly frightened, will you dare to enter our haunted escape rooms!? Trapped inside The Basement or The Attic at one of the most haunted houses in Yorkshire, you and your team must use all your skills and knowledge to escape before your time runs out!
There’s always scarily good fun to be had at Stockeld Park!
The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, LS22 4AN.
23rd t0 31st October 2021
The spooky Skelves are back this October half term to take you on adventure trails around Ray Wood, plus there’ll be self guided trails to enjoy, so get those wellies on and search for some magical beasts whilst enjoying fantastic autumnal colours in our woodlands!
You can also book in to make a broomstick and learn how to fly it, using materials sourced from our woodlands. And if all that wasn’t enough, pay a visit to the hot chocolate hut down at the Boathouse for indulgent and seasonal treats! All activities included in the cost of a Castle Howard Gardens Ticket or with a Friends of Castle Howard membership card, tickets will be available to book from Wednesday 29th September.
New for 2021! Visit the Castle Howard PYO pumpkin patch at the Garden Centre, open daily from 9th – 31st October, with weekend games for young pumpkin pickers on offer.
Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
EXTRA SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN AGED 4 TO 10
Come and join us for a fun filled Halloween experience. Join in with spooky stories, crafts and musical activities in a beautiful woodland setting, brought to life with puppets, props and costumes. Feel free to dress up in your spookiest costume too.
Tuesday 26th October time 2.30 – 4pm
Wednesday 27th October time 1.30 – 3pm
Spooky snacks provided FREE
2 Primrose Drive, Primrose Valley, Filey. YO149QT
Contact Fiona Dodd for more information
23rd October – 31st October 2021
6pm – 9pm
Cast light on a dark history this Halloween! See Bram Stoker’s inspiration in a new light as Whitby Abbey is bathed in dramatic illuminations once again. Have your camera at the ready as you explore the gothic splendour of the ruins lit up with all the colours of the rainbow.
Join us as we celebrate the season of all things supernatural. Seek out our Victorian characters as they try to deal with a force beyond their control that has been unleashed on Whitby.
What is it? Can it be reasoned with? What does it want? Can you help our characters stop it before it takes over the Abbey and begins its reign of terror?
Along with fantastic performances and incredible illuminations, you can also enjoy a range of delicious food and drink. Tuck into locally-sourced fish and chips from Fuscos or grab a burger and sausage sandwich made with local meats. For pudding, head over to the fire pits for toasted marshmallows and stay hydrated by popping to the trailer bar, for a hot gin, hot chocolate or hot mead!
Please be aware the abbey closes for general admission at 5pm and will re-open at 6pm for Illuminated Abbey.
6.15pm – 7.30pm
Become a seeker of knowledge; meet the Scientist, the Hunter, the Zealot, the Lost Soul & the Stranger. Follow the Wraiths as they guide you around the ruins – will you heed their warnings and who is the Stranger?
Repeated at 7.45pm – 9.00pm
The abbey will be lit up with illuminations all evening and food and drink will be available throughout.
Advanced booking is 10% cheaper than the walk up price of tickets.
Halloween Lantern Walk and story telling in the Fairywood
Guided walk with strange tales through the twilight fairy woods.
Lantern walks at dusk and first dark, aimed at little ones or those of all ages who would rather not be scared witless, but want to enjoy a more seasonal experience instead.
Arrive to the Northwood kitchen and have a free glass of alcoholic or non alcoholic punch. Then there is a guided walk with our storytelling guide cloaked in Autumn. Enjoy tales from Professor Howlands collection, as you stroll through a lantern lit fairy wood. Approximate total time 1 hour. Afterwards enjoy the Autumn grotto and the fairy museum and relax in the Northwood kitchen bar.
Very limited sessions with a maximum of 30 per session. Come dressed for the season and weather with appropriate footwear. Parts of the walk in the woods are very dark, you may want to bring a lantern or small torch. (we also have lanterns for sale – subject to availability) Please be on time for your session and arrive in good time as we cannot delay the starts.
Runs from Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 31st October 2021 inclusive. 3 sessions a day at 4pm, 5.30pm and 7pm. £14.50pp (1 and 2 year olds free)
Buttercrambe Wood, YO41 1AP.
From October 23rd 2021
Little pumpkin treasure hunt around the farm and receive a lolly pop on completion.
First come, first served, whilst stocks last.
Cafe is open fully for eat in or take away.
Lots to do for younger children including farm animal barns, indoor playbarn, outdoor playground and sandpits, tractor rides, cafe and picnic areas
Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3AT
Saturday 16th October – Sunday 31st October 10am – 3pm, Wednesday-Sunday each week
Come along to Scampston this Halloween where you can pick your own pumpkin from our ‘Pumpkin Patch’ and join in with lots of other fun things to make this the perfect Halloween experience!
What to expect:
Tickets are £5.00 per child (up to 16 years) and includes one pumpkin and a Halloween Trail (usual entry fees apply).
Tickets for our Halloween event can be purchased on the day of your visit (first-come, first-served). The storytelling, games and crafts can be pre-booked online or purchased on the day. Please note: Usual entry tickets to the walled garden must be purchased on top of the Halloween ticket. Please visit our ‘opening times and prices’ page on the website for current entry prices.
For more information and to book tickets, visit: https://www.scampston.co.uk/DB/events-diary/halloween-at-scampston-2
Scampston Hall, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 8NG
Saturday 23 October – Sunday 31 October 2021
Entertain young ghouls and ghosts and join us during the school holidays for family fun, including free activities, crafts and storytelling.
Spooky Silhouette Trail Everyday during October Half Term – Scarborough Art Gallery & Rotunda Museum
Pick up a FREE* Halloween trail, spot the spooky silhouette animals and be rewarded with a treat!
Suitable for children aged 5 – 11.
Halloween Lanterns – Wednesday 27 October – 10am – 1pm and 2 – 4pm
Scarborough Art Gallery
Get ready for Halloween and create your own spooky lantern inspired by Atkinson Grimshaw’s dramatic moonlit paintings.
Suitable for children aged 5 – 11.
Booking essential. From Saturday 16th October call 01723 374753 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your place.
Storytelling Fun! – Wednesday 27 October 11am – 12noon and 2 – 3pm
Get comfy and join students from CU Scarborough who will be sharing their favourite stories, from dinosaurs to autumn adventures!
Suitable for children aged 3 – 11.
FREE* Drop in event!
Stay for 10 minutes or stay for the hour.
Spooky Sea Monsters at Night – Thursday 28 October 6 – 8pm
Inspired by prehistoric monsters of the deep, explore the museum by torchlight, listen to stories and make your own pop-up Kraken card. Dressing up encouraged!
Suitable for ages 5 – 11.
From Saturday 16th October call 01723 353665 or email email@example.com to book your place.
£1 per child £2 per adult (No annual pass required for this event)
Children must be accompanied at all times.
Rotunda, Vernon Rd, Scarborough YO11 2PS,
Scarborough Art Gallery, The Crescent, Scarborough YO11 2PW
Monday 25th October to Sunday 31st October
10.00 – 4.30
Join us for our brand new Spooktacular event held under cover in Home Farm Barns
Brand new for 2021 we have a fantastic Spooky Barn Halloween Adventure!
Join in with creepy crafts, have a go on the grewsome go kart track, explore the spooky barn, have a boogie in the Halloween disco and meet some creepy crawly new friends with the Reptile Roadshow who will be joining us from 11am until 12pm everyday! There will also be sorcery in the air with master class of trickery from ‘Mad Magic’ at 1pm until 2pm daily.
Don’t forget to visit our walled garden to take part in the petrifying pumpkin hunt and search the stables and farm park to find the secret spell the giant spiders are casting.
Spooky Barn only ticket – Adult £4.00 – Child £7.50 – Family (2ad/2ch) £22.00
Spooky Barn, Grounds and Gardens ticket – Adult £12.00 – Child £11.00 – Family (2ad/2ch) £42.00
Friends members don’t need to book but there will be a small charge on the Spooky Barn gates of Adult £2.00 – Child £3.75 – Family (2ad/2ch) £10.00
Sledmere House, Driffield. YO25 3XG
The Spilmans Festival is on a real authentic farm where you can pick your pumpkin from the field it was grown in – plus there are loads of other fun things to do to make this a very Autumnal, Halloween experience!
Pick and Carve your Pumpkins on site White ghost varieties plus lots of squashes and gourds as well as the traditional variety.
Corn Cannon – have some fun blasting cobs out of our corn cannon! Fire corn on the cob, at targets.
Tractor Rides – Hop on our trailer and hear all about our farm and what we grow. Drive past the pumpkin patch full of orange and white pumpkins.
Bale Mountain – Climb our huge straw mountain, right to the top. Catch a great view of our pumpkin patch and a sea of orange pumpkins!
Fairground Rides – In addition to the Pumpkin festival, there are some optional extra fairground rides to enjoy. (these are cash only and not included in the credit system)
With PYO pumpkins ready to pick from 1st October
£5pp (2 years and under don’t need a ticket). Redeemable for vouchers to spend on site.
Church Farm, Sessay Nr Thirsk, YO7 3NB
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st October 2021
10am – 5pm
Head to Whitby Abbey for a fantastical day out this Halloween half-term. Explore the abbey on our brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series. Will you find the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches and uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances? Come along in frightful fancy dress to enter our competition and maybe win a prize. It’s going to be a really wizard day out!
You can find a list of the local bonfires and fireworks happening across Ryedale plus surrounding areas on Mumbler here.
(Being updated currently, please check back again soon)
Pick Your Own Pumpkins AVAILABLE
Open 9am – 4pm Wednesday – Sunday. We are closed Monday and Tuesday.
No entry fee or pre booking needed, just mill about the field until you find your perfect pumpkin!
Outdoor play area and Woodland Nature Trail
Lots of spooky treats and Halloween bale art.
Beacon Farm, Sneaton, Whitby
Our Halloween Trail awaits intrepid explorers! From Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October, 11am-4pm, hunt for a frightfully fun series of handcrafted scenes in eerie woodland. Each dramatic scene asks a single question and bears a freaky fact. Decipher the full trail and enjoy a sweet treat!
Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, East Yorkshire, YO25 4NB
Pumpkin field is open 7 days a week.
Saturday 16th – Tuesday 2nd November 2021 10:00am til 6:30pm (last entry 5:00pm)
Amazing interactive life size Dinosaurs, 2 Baby Dinosaurs, life size Dinosaurs Eggs.
Also a huge inflatable Dino slide for the extra thrill.
The kids can even dig up dinosaurs bones for the ultimate experience.
Up to 1.5 hours per session.
Tickets Available from Skiddle as well as on the gate.
Under 3’s Free
The Mere Scarborough YO11 2YN
Entry price (public): £2.99 to £5.99
During half term there will be spooky halloween themes, free treasure hunt, free animal food for people wearing full fancy dress. Runs 23rd to 31st October 2021, open daily from 10am to 4pm, normal admission prices apply.
Scarborough Road, Filey, YO14 9PG 01723 514439
Monday 25th October 2021
Doors open 6.30pm
Dave Marshall’s Halloween Party
£4.50 on the door.
Filey Evron Centre, Filey 01723 232323
Spooktacular Halloween Half Term
Saturday 9th October to Sunday 31st October 2021
This Halloween, we have a host of spooktacular events, attractions and activities sure to thrill the whole family!
From 10am until Twilight daily. Peter Rabbit Pumpkin Trail. Fancy Dress Competition. Trick or Treat Trail for only £4pp to receive some yummy treats and a chilling surprise.
Evening only tickets (from 4pm) are available for £10 per person which include access to the last hour of rides (until 5PM), a selection of Twilight Rides for Kids, access to our Daily ‘Wonderland’ Show and Fireworks Displays (on selected dates).
Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire, YO17 6UX
T: 0871 9118000
Magic Mike’s Not So Spooky Halloween Show
Monday 25th October 2021 – 2pm – Scarborough Spa – 01723 376774
Sunday 31st October 2021 – 2pm – Bridlington Spa – 01262 678258
October 2021 half term activities at The Moors National Park Centre:
All children to be accompanied by an adult, no dogs. Wheelchair accessible.
The Moors National Park Centre, Lodge Lane, Whitby. YO21 2NB. Call 01439 772738 for more information
October 2021 Half Term activities at Newby and Scalby Library:
450 Scalby Road, Scarborough, YO12 6EE
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 31st October 2021, 10.30am – 3.30pm
Potions and poisons trail, Witches Dance lessons, Spooky storytelling every day at 11.30, 1.30, 2.30, 3.30. And Creepy Crawlies – 31st October, 10.30am – 4pm – Kirkleatham Owl Centre and an array of fun but frightful creatures and creepy crawlies will be joining us as we approach All Hallow’s Eve.
An admission ticket for the house and garden is needed to visit and enjoy the activities. No need to pre-book your visit or the events, just come on the day.
Ormesby, Middlesbrough TS3 0SR
Get ready for stacks of Pumpkin Festival family fun at Piglets Adventure Farm running weekends in October and daily from 23rd October- 31st October with a FREE pumpkin per paying child!
Adventure Farm is open daily from 9:30am – 5:30pm.
Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane YO32 9ST
Saturday 23rd October to Saturday 30th October 2021
Redcliffe Farm Shop Redcliffe Lane Lebberston Scarborough YO11 3NT. 01723 583194
With a 9 hole main course and a 9 hole adventure course both ideal for players of all ages and abilities. Great prices with discounts for families and groups. Open 9am til dusk on weekdays, 10am to 6pm on weekends.
Killerby Lane, Cayton, Scarborough YO11 3TP
Sat 23rd October – Sun 31st October 2021
Download the Love Exploring App to play the trail on your mobile phone around Scarborough Town Centre
There’s 10 or 12 businesses taking part on the trail were you will find a dancing Skeleton/Witch/Zombie/Pumpkin graphic image on your phone.
Some of the shops are doing Trick or Treat offers for the kids
Plus a selfie competition to win £100 Scarborough Gift Card
Join in with our free spooky Halloween trail to find all the hidden letters, find them all and a prize awaits in the vaults, 22nd to 30th October 2021 from 10am – 2pm.
Scarborough Market Hall, St Helens Square, YO11 1EU
23rd to 31st October 2021
Fang-tastic family fun on the Scarborough North Bay Railway. Step on board the devilishly decorated train every day from 10:40am until 4pm, and kids in fancy dress go free (with one full paying adult and child has to be in full costume). There is also a Ghost Trail to take part in, solve the puzzle and you’ll receive a Ghoulish Goody Bag! No booking required, just turn up!
Burniston Rd, Scarborough YO12 6PF 01723 368791
You can find a list of all the workshops, camps and clubs running across the school holidays on the Holiday Clubs & Workshops page here.
Ascarium event running from 9th October – 31st October 2021
Join us as Aquarium turns Ascarium this October. The Sea Witch is back for 2021. Follow an immersive trail to help her find her missing potion ingredients, which are hidden throughout the depths of the tanks, and discover some of the spookiest creatures of the sea as you explore…Make your way to the Witch’s lair where she will cast her spell to open her treasure chest revealing a special reward. Tickets must be booked online.
Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary, Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP
Halloween activities during October 2021 half term at Sewerby Hall and Gardens:
All activities must be booked in advance, and standard admission fee applies, call 01262 673769 for more info.
Sewerby, Bridlington YO15 1ED
26th October 2021, 1 to 3pm – Halloween Spooktacular, join us in the Italian Gardens for an afternoon of creepy crafts and spooky activities. This is a free drop in family activity session which takes place outdoors, please dress for the weather.
29th October 2021, 10am to 12pm – Spooky Stories and Creepy Crafts with Kate Boddy, including spooky tales and creepy crafts, suitable for 5-8 years, in the big shelter in the Prince of Wales Gardens. The session lasts 2 hrs and children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book a ticket here for each child participating.
South Cliff Gardens, Scarborough
Saturday 30th October 12pm – 3pm 2021
Tickets £5 – Parents and under 2s go free.
152 Hovingham Drive, Scarborough YO12 5DT
Call 01723 267 146 to book
Sunday 31st October 2pm
A fangtastic Afternoon full of ghoulish games & devilish dancing with Dave Marshall!
Prizes for the creepiest costumes and Hot dog & fries for all the little monsters!
Tickets just £3.50 per child!
Mayfield Hotel, Seamer, Scarborough YO12 4RF
31st October 2021, 2-4pm
Party games, fancy dress competition, food and goody bags. £6 per child, tickets available from The Met.
Argyle Road, Whitby YO21 3HU 01947 600861
Wednesday 27th October 2pm and 5pm
Mike Kenny’s delightful show for family audiences, The Princess and the Pea, comes to Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre this half-term.
In the Museum of Forgotten Things, three musical curators tell the amazing tale of the museum’s artefacts including the mystery of a little green pea and how it got there. This hour of fun is packed with humour and memorable songs, including a romp through every type of princess you can imagine, with hilarious costumes to match.
Tickets, priced from £10, are available from the box office on 01723 370541
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Sunday 31st October 2021 1 – 3pm
Family fun event and enjoy a disco, buffet, games and activities
Fancy dress – a prize for the best dressed
Adult Children: £10. Under 3s free.
Crafty Mad Hatter tea party. Thursday 28th October 2-4pm suitable for ages 5-12 years. Join us for lots of Crafts, Quizzes, A mirror trail, Riddle trail, a reading from Alice through the looking glass, drink and biscuit.
Call 01609 534350
Whitby Library. Windsor Terrace YO21 1EY
2021 Halloween Fun at York Maze:
Elvington Lane, York, YO19 5LT. 01904 607341
Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th October, where we’ll be doing some rockpooling at South Landing, Flamborough. And if you’re looking for a great wet weather activity, they’ll be doing some spooky marine-themed arts and crafts on Wednesday 27th, where you can make an angler fish lantern, a pet jellyfish and more!
Living Seas Centre, South Sea Road (South), Flamborough, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO15 1AE