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Fountains Abbey

Grab your coat and wellies and explore the wonderful World Heritage Site on your doorstep! The trees are dressed in their best reds and golds providing a beautiful backdrop for the water garden and abbey. It’s a little chilly now autumn has arrived but don’t let that stop you crunching through leaves and exploring the colourful landscape.

Every Saturday in October and Friday 22 & 29 join us to have an after-dark experience you won’t forget at Fountains by Floodlight. Wander through glowing ruins, under shadowed archways and hear haunting choral music ringing through the cellarium. Booking is essential.

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Are you ready to be bewitched at Mother Shipton’s this Halloween? You’re in for a treat!

It’s the Witching Hour, and deep in the spooky forest where a world-famous Prophetess was said to have been born during a terrifying thunderstorm, the spirits are flying high. You may hear the cackle of old souls wandering the ancient woodland or feel a shiver down your spine as you step into the Haunted Halloween Village.

Suitable for all ages, watch out for witches, ghosts, and creepy skeletons around every corner! There’s frightful fun to be had with photo opportunities and fancy dress competitions. Share your SPOOKTACULAR photos and inventive costumes with us on social media using the hashtag #mothershiptons to be in with the chance of winning PETRIFYING prizes and tickets awarded digitally.

See the incredible Petrifying Well as it turns items to stone as if by magic! Be SPELLBOUND as you make a wish in the Wicked Wishing Well, warm up with ghoulishly good refreshments and hot drinks served from our vintage style coffee kiosk and visit the Gift Shop for frighteningly fabulous souvenirs and gothic gifts. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground, and a Museum featuring petrified celebrity items. Access to the adventure playground is subject to weather conditions.

Saturday 23rd October to Sunday 31st October 9.30am to 5.30pm (last admission 4pm). Booking is essential www.mothershipton.co.uk

October 23rd – 31st 2021

Bring the family to RHS Garden Harlow Carr for a half term full of fun! Explore the garden on a family trail, learn how different cultures celebrate autumn, enjoy craft and wellbeing workshops and have a go at some circus skills.

Autumn Carnival garden trail

Saturday 23 – Sunday 31 October, daily
9.30am – 5pm, self-guided trail

Help our Garden Detective to collect the answers to the clues around the garden and solve the puzzle of why some leaves change colour in autumn.

Pick up a trail map at the garden entrance.

Sam’s Safaris

Monday 25 – Friday 29 October
Drop in 11am – 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre

Meet animals and creepy crawlies from all over the world with Sam’s Safaris. Learn fascinating facts about these amazing creatures.

Leaf headdress workshops

Monday 25 October
Drop in 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1 – 3pm
Get creative at our Forest School workshop and make a striking leaf headdress to take home.

Storytelling with the Garden Detectives

Tuesday 26 and Friday 29 October
Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre
Join the Garden Detectives to hear stories of how autumn and the harvest are celebrated around the world. Stories will take place outdoors if the weather is good.

Wellbeing workshops

Wednesday 27 October
Sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre
Relax and unwind as a family with wellbeing workshops from local creativity and wellbeing studio Enchanticas. Workshops will take place outdoors if the weather is good.

Circus skills workshops

Thursday 28 October
Sessions 11am – 3pm, Bramall Learning Centre
Roll up! Roll up! Try your hand at some circus skills while in the garden. Workshops will take place outdoors if the weather is good.

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Get ready for a fun family day out at Harrogate Indoor Funfair @ The Great Yorkshire Showground.

Sunday 24th to Sunday 31st October 2021. Morning sessions 10am-1pm, afternoon 2pm-5pm.

With jaw-dropping rides and amazing inflatables for all ages, Harrogate Indoor Funfair offers all the fun of the fair in an indoor, climate-controlled and family-friendly environment.

There is also a cafe and baby changing facilities for families on-site.


Online price list

  • Under 0.9m – Free
  • Riding wristband – £10
  • Spectator wristband – £3.50
  • Family of four – £36
  • Carers riding wristband* – £6
  • Carers spectator* – £2.50

On the door price list

  • Under 0.9m – Free
  • Riding wristband – £12
  • Spectator wristband – £4
  • Family of four – £44
  • Carers riding wristband* – £7
  • Carers spectator* – £3

Tickets on the door will be limited. We recommend booking online to avoid disappointment.

*Proof of DLA or similar will be required on entry.

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Ripon Pumpkin Trail 2021

We are absolutely thrilled to have teamed up with Blow Your Horn Ripon and The Arcade to bring you the Ripon Pumpkin Trail this year!

The trail starts on Saturday 23rd October and runs throughout half term until Sunday 31st! You can do the trail in one go or split it up throughout the week.

To take part you need to pick up a trail sheet from any of the shops taking park. Trail sheets cost £1 each – once you have found all the pumpkins and recorded the numbers displayed alongside them you can hand your form into any of the participating shops to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize  (how handy would that be before christmas?)

Don’t forget to share your pumpkin trail pictures with us on social media – on Blow Your Horn Ripon or in the Ripon and Nidderdale Mumbler chat group!


23 October- 31st October 2021

10am – 5:30pm

*This event is now Sold Out*

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.

01937 586333
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Join us from Friday 22nd October until Sunday 31st October 2021 for some spooky goings on!

Come and join in the spooky fun:

🎃 Daily spooky Family Film

🎃 Meet The Cavewoman

🎃 Halloween Trail

🎃 UV cave tours from 3pm

🎃 Open Late on Thursday until 8pm

🎃 Fancy dress competition

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Big Sheep Little Cow

Our straw maze will be returning for October half term and this year it will be bigger and better than ever before with a full range of sensory experiences great fun for all ages!

Bonfire night we are collaborating with Little Mints Play to provide an event suitable for young children with crafts, games, food, sparklers, animals, in a safe bang-free environment. This will be run 3.30 – 5 on November 5th.

Brymor Ice Cream Parlour Pumpkin Picking

Pick your own pumpkins 10-4 every day throughout half term!

No need to pre-book

Hot and cold food available from the parlour, along with some other spooky treats!


Half Term at Ripon Museums

This October, Ripon Museums will explore the nature of crime and punishment in the Victorian era, through a series of themed activities both online and in person.

During the half-term holidays, we’ll be asking Whodunnit at the Workhouse? Running from Tuesday 26 to Friday 29 October from 12pm to 3pm, this family friendly activity will take visitors on an interactive trail across the sites of our three museums as they try to solve a murder at the workhouse. Visitors will learn about how policing worked in the Victorianera, about plants and poisons in the Workhouse Museum Garden, before discovering forensic science at the Prison & Police Museum. Solve the crime and you could be in with a chance of winning a small prize! Activities are included in the cost of museum entry.

On Thursday 28 October at 7pm, Ripon Museums will host an online exploration of Victorian criminality with Shocking Murder! Investigating Suspicious Death in Victorian Ripon. In 1874, two savage murders rocked Ripon. In both cases, the formal murder investigation began with an inquest. In this talk, postgraduate student Sophie Michell will discuss how Victorian coroners worked, and how inquests formed the basis of a murder trial. Tickets cost £5 per person. The talk will be hosted on Zoom.

Visitors can also explore the darker side of the city’s history with a Ripon Ghost Walk, where they will hear tales of ghouls and ghostly goings on. Two Halloween special ghost walks take place on Sunday 31 October, at 5pm and 7pm. Tickets cost £3 for adults and £2 for under 16s.

Further information about all of our events and activities is available at riponmuseums.co.uk, and tickets for the talk and ghost walks can be booked online. Contact the museum team by emailing info@riponmuseums.co.uk or call 01765 690799.

Lightwater Valley

Spooky Happenings this Half Term at Lightwater Valley

Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 31st October

Join us for a hocus pocus half term full of activities to keep young families eerily entertained in-between rides.

Don’t forget to come along in your spookiest Halloween fancy dress costume, it’s way more fun when you do and you may even win some Halloween goodies!

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

The Halloween trail starts on the 9th October and runs daily until 2nd November.

Entrance tickets must be pre-booked via our website. Trail can be purchased on the door for £2.50 per child, which includes a themed gift.