Best UK October Half Term Breaks For Families - with Camplify discount!
Monday 21st October 2019
Have you booked a holiday for half term yet? Whatever your children’s ages or tastes, there’s plenty to do around the UK on October half term holidays . Hire a caravan, gather the family and set off on a half term trip.
From indoor surfing to brick building, we’ve rounded up the best activities and events for keeping the whole family happy this half term – and beyond.
When is October half term in the UK?
Dates for half term can vary by region, but generally speaking the dates for October half term in 2019 are over Halloween week, from Monday 28 October until Sunday 1 November.
Best half term breaks for families -Animal adventures
Animal adventures are available all over the UK this autumn, with many zoos, safari parks and farms offering special deals.
If you’re hiring a caravan for a holiday around the Midlands, take the family for a day at West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire, where a Spooky Spectacular event with pumpkins, glowing lights, scarecrows and the country’s biggest animatronic T-Rex runs until 3 November. During daylight hours, there are funfair rides to try, and around 165 species of animals to see in zones including African Plains and Reptile World.
Touring pitches near West Midland Safari Park
Blackstone Meadow Holiday Park (1 mile): Large pitches on a three-acre site a few minutes’ drive from the Severn Valley Railway and Go Ape. Open all year, touring pitches from £20.
In the southwest, the famous Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre at Wareham in Dorset, home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates such as chimpanzees and orangutans, has a “Find Fennel” event over half term where children can look for the ring-tailed lemur around the grounds.
A Find Fennel activity sheet with Monkey World’s Halloween half-term pack is available every day from 26 October to 3 November; the children’s activity centre has “spooky sand art and creepy crafts”; and there’s a spook station in the park introducing creatures of the night.
Brewery Farm (10 miles): Family run farm park in Ansty village, with farm shop on site. Open all year, touring pitches from £24.
BRICKLIVE, Birmingham - discounted for Camplify users!
A family events for children aged 12 and under, BRICKLIVE is the biggest LEGO® event in the UK. Over 10 million bricks will be there to construct, in an event designed to get the whole family involved. There are LEGO® master builders’ workshops, loads of free build activities, live stage challenges and “a fully immersive educational brick experience”. The theme park Drayton Manor is a short drive away.
BRICKLIVE is at the NEC, Birmingham, from 31 October to 3 November. The organisers have arranged an exclusive discount for Camplify users: add the code 15BRICK19 to get 15% off the entry price.
In the New Forest, Paultons Park is the home of Peppa Pig World, the theme and amusement park dedicated to all things Peppa Pig.
The October half term events for 2019 include Peppa Pig’s World in the Paultons’ celebrations for the first time, when children can meet Peppa in her Halloween costume. The Big Boo Barn will be open too, with all sorts of spooky sights. Halloween events run until 4 November.
Elsewhere, Paultons has big and little rides, indoor and outdoor play areas, events and entertainment and a menagerie of birds and animals, all set in parkland on the edge of Hampshire’s New Forest National Park.
If you have older children or want something active for your half term holiday, take a look at Twinwoods Adventure just outside Milton Keynes, where visitors can try indoor surfing, indoor skydiving, shooting, climbing and jumping 125 feet from a building on the Bodyflight Vertigo simulated BASE jump.
For younger children, the Playhouse soft play centre has activities, plenty of equipment, a baby and toddler area and kids’ private party rooms. A therapy room offers treatments and massages for the adults.
Top End Farm (8 miles): Family run and owned farm over 11 acres, with village store and local produce. Open all year, touring pitches from £20 per night.
Billing Aquadrome (14 miles): Award-winning fishing site on 235 acres of parkland and lakes in the Nene Valley. Open February – January, touring pitches from £20 per night.
Haunted Forest at Kelburn Castle and Country Centre, Ayrshire
The Kelburn Estate opens its doors to spooky events this October half term with the addition of Quarantine, an event by Kelburn Haunted Forest where the undead roam the woods. Battle hordes of zombies to find the epidemic cure and save civilisation.
The National Trust is a great resource for finding things to do for families, with specific events and activities for Halloween and half term as well as their “50 things to do before you’re 11¾” resources covering everything from den building to wild art for all year round.
Head down to Home Farm on the Wimpole Estate from 19 October to 3 November to carve your own pumpkin lantern, on a working estate with gardens, parkland and the biggest county house in Cambridgeshire.
Highfield Farm Touring Park (7.1 miles): Quiet award-winning touring park over eight acres, part of a working farm. Open until 31 October, touring pitches for two people £17, additional adults £4, children five to 16 years £3, children one to four years £3.
Waterclose Meadows Campsite (19.2 miles): Run by the National Trust at Houghton Mill in the Ouse Valley. Open until 2 November, touring pitches £16 for one pitch, one adult and one car; additional adults £6, children £2.50.
Spooky Halloween at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire’s award-winning Folly Farm theme and amusement park has lots going on for Halloween this year, including a ghost hunt, slime making and a meet and greet with Professor Hal O’Ween. There’s also a Trick or Treat ghost train ride and a new Halloween themed room with singing pumpkins.
Also at Folly Farm are a zoo, the Jolly Barn petting farm, a vintage fairground, a land train, regular events and eight adventure indoor and outdoor play zones.
Touring pitches near Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo
Croft Holiday Park (3.4 miles): Hoseasons park with spa, pool and gym, in secluded woodland between Kilgetty and Tenby. Open until 1 December, touring pitches from £17.
Carn Springs Camping (5.1 miles): Lakeside park close to the coast at Tenby, within a mile of Heatherton World of Activities. Open until 4 November, pitches from £23.50, lakeside pitches from £27.50.
The programme includes Over Throne at Shakespeare’s Birthplace, where children can learn about Shakespeare’s royal heroes and heroines; Ghostly Goings On, two of Shakespeare’s famous ghosts, Old Hamlet and Julius Caesar; Hubble Bubble, a plant trail at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage; and pumpkin carving plus a haunted Halloween hunt at Mary Arden’s Farm.
Touring pitches near Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Dodwell Park (2.2 miles): Touring park two miles southwest of Stratford-upon-Avon. Open all year, touring pitches from £23 per night for two people, additional adults and over-16s £3, children £2.
Other options for October half term - Pick Your Own Farms, nationwide
The Pick Your Own Farms (PYO) organisation collates farms and orchards from all around the country where visitors can go and pick their own fruit. Their website also has information on bottling, canning and preserving fruit, and making condiments like jam and spaghetti sauce.
Take your pick from the many activities and events above for this October half term, then arrange your holiday at one of the local touring parks. No caravan? No problem! Browse locally-owned caravans, campervans, motorhomes and camper trailers for hire with Camplify to start your half term holiday.
Camplify is the UK’s fastest-growing peer-to-peer caravan hire and RV sharing community, like Airbnb, but for caravans, campervans, motorhomes, trailer tents and lodges. If you’re an RV owner who wants to make extra money over half term, we connect RV owners with holidaymakers in a safe and secure sharing environment. It's free to list and we take care of insurance and breakdown cover while your RV is out on hire.