With half-term around the corner, you might be wondering what you could do to keep your kids occupied for the week. Well, we've created a list of activities that are happening around Bristol this half term, from trick or treat trails to enchanted gardens to spooky skeletons at Bristol Zoo, there are tons of family-friendly activities to get stuck into during October half-term.
Bowood's Enchanted Autumn
Join at Bowood House & Gardens this Autumn and discover the spooky goings-on. An evil witch has caused mischief and mayhem, putting Bowood under a spell that is haunting the whole Estate! Help us reverse the spell and bid farewell to the Bowood ghosts and ghouls. Follow the scarecrow trail through Bowood's arboretum, children can immerse themselves in a series of challenges and autumnal activities that will lead them to discover the missing word to break the witches spell.
Experience the most breathtaking autumnal colours as you explore the grounds that come alive at this time of year. Awash with crisp oranges and deep red hues, it's worth wrapping up warm and enjoying the magic of our Enchanted Autumn. For those who prefer the comfort of the indoors, our seasonal menus offer delicious and hearty dishes with whipped cream topped hot chocolates allowing you to warm up and refuel before visiting the Adventure Playground!
Normal House & Gardens Admissions Apply, complimentary to Season Ticket Holders.
11am - 4pm
Halloween trick or treat trail at American Museum & Gardens
Trick or treat, which one will you receive when you try to solve the family Halloween trick or treat trail? There are some truly ghoulish clues and games awaiting you in the garden.
Suitable for ages 6+.
Trial costs £2.50 per person and includes a prize.
Normal admission applies.
Time: 26th of October - 3rd of November at 10am-5pm
£14.50 (gift aid)
£8.50 (gift aid)
Family ticket *
£37.50 (gift aid)
£9.00 (gift aid)
£6.50 (gift aid)
Family ticket *
£24.50 (gift aid)
* Family ticket includes 2 adults and up to 3 children
Spooky Fun at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park
This October grab hold of your broomsticks as Spooky Fun returns to the park! New for this year, visit Bunbury Square with its Broomstick Flying Hub, Wand Decorating, Slime Making and Butter Beer station.
Trick or Treat Street is back, what will be waiting behind the doors for you?! There will be immersive street theatre and characters around the park for you to meet, watch out though they may want to trick you during a spooky show!
Follow the Chalk Monster Trail around the themed park and design your own jack-o-lantern.
The pets corner team will have a Creepy Crawly Showcase. Merlin the Owl will be fronting the Flying Academy and their meet and greets.
10.00am - 5.30pm
Half Term Special Back in time Day at The New Room Museum
Step back in time to 18th century Bristol and join in with fun activities exploring historic city life!
-Dress up in Georgian costume
-Learn to use a slate
-Guess the historic objects
-Write with a quill pen and ink
-Make a lavender bag to take home
Suitable for all ages
Time: 29/10/2019 Tuesday at 10am-3pm
Tickets: Normal museum admission prices apply
Autumn Forest Fun - Little one's edition at Arnos Vale Cemetery
Does your little one love the great outdoors? Bring them along to a play in the fall woods with loads of autum themed activities to keep them entertained. They can make create plate plant gardens, explore the woods, dig in the mud, create with clay and other natural materials and make lots of seasonal things to take home.
The session is led by Learning Coordinator Janine Marriott. All under 8's must be accompanied by an adult throughout the session. This session is most suitable for 3-7. The site is not entirely pram friendly as it is steep and muddy.
Meeting point is Spielman Centre but all activities will take place in the outdoors in the landscape.
Tickets: Only the child needs a ticket, adults don't need one. Babies and young toddlers are welcome but need to be accompanying an adult and sibling with a ticket.
Half-Term Halloween Trail at Clifton Observatory
It is officially Autumn – October is here and as the nights draw in Halloween is nearly upon us!
For the duration of October half-term Clifton Observatory will be holding a Halloween Trail activity for children to come and enjoy! For just £4 per adult and £2.50 per child they invite your children to come and explore the spookily decorated Clifton Observatory and Cave. Climb to the top of the tower and check out the Camera Obscura, then venture down to the depths of the Giant’s Cave searching for clues, in return for a Halloween treat!
Clifton Observatory looks forward to welcoming you all to the Halloween Trail - enjoy exploring!
Date: October 26th – November 3rd between the hours of 10am – 5pm. The trail is open to all children between the ages of 4 – 14.
Skeloween at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Discover spine-tingling experiences and spooky skeletons at Bristol Zoo Gardens this October half term – if you’re brave enough!
Get into the eerie Halloween spirit and learn all about the clever bones inside your favourite vertebrates.
Little ghouls and grown-ups alike will enjoy a host of frighteningly fun activities:
- Learn more about creepy creature anatomy with bone-chilling x-rays
- Try to hold your nerve as you walk through the cobweb-covered boneyard
- Give your friends a scare with fearsome face painting
- Enjoy gruesome games and crafts galore in the Activity Centre 11am – 4pm
Whilst you’re getting into the scary spirit, don’t forget to visit the critters as they get ready for winter! There are over 400 species of endangered and exotic animals to discover, play areas, plus 12 acres of autumnal gardens to enjoy as the seasons change.
Essential visitor information
Book online a day or more in advance and save up to 10% at www.bristolzoo.org.uk.
Date: October 26th – November 3rd. Open daily from 9am to 5.30pm in peak season, closing at 5pm off-peak. Last entrance to animal houses is half an hour before closing. Last entrance to the Zoo is an hour before closing.
A-scare-ium at Bristol Aquarium
Discover what's lurking in the depths this Halloween with gruesome facts and fun tales leaving you with a new fondness for deep-sea creatures and all their creepy cousins!
Dissect a squid and make your own fish slime – you’ll love getting hands-on! Then take on a mini-tours of the scariest underwater creatures like spider crabs, piranhas and eels - and don’t forget to spot the sunken pumpkins on your way around! Delve into the deep dark depths of the ocean this Halloween, there is so much to discover at Bristol A-scare-ium!
Additional talks, feeds and activities included with usual Aquarium admission!
10.00am - 5.00pm
Autumn Discoveries: October Half Term at Wild Place Project
This October half term, Wild Place Project is celebrating the autumn season!
Autumn is a time for amazing colours, the rustle and crunch of leaves underfoot, and tasty treats like apples. It’s also the time of year when lots of animals, from big bears to little squirrels, are busy getting ready for winter!
From 26 October to 3 November, head to Wild Place Project for seasonal half-term fun. Discover nature’s amazing secrets and get into the autumn spirit with lots of exciting activities:
• Clamber your way across the big spider’s web – don’t get stuck like a fly!
• Hunt for creepy crawlies in the leaf lucky dip
• Make some woodland art with leaves, pinecones, and everyone’s favourite, mud!
• Help Cyril the sneaky squirrel find his hidden acorns
• And more seasonal surprises!
Also don’t miss Bear Wood, home to four European brown bears. Bears spend a large amount of their day eating during autumn, putting on weight before the colder winter months. Wander along the raised walkway to watch Neo, Nilas, Albie and Gemini foraging in their enormous woodland home, just like they would in the wild.
During your adventure, you can also discover cheetahs, zebras, lemurs, meerkats and more, plus lots of places to play. Don’t forget to say hello to Wild Place’s newest arrival, Tico the 20-month-old giraffe – he may be a youngster but he’s already three metres tall!
After a fun-filled day out, head to the Courtyard Café for delicious seasonal treats and warming drinks, perfect for beating the chill.
10.00am - 5.00pm
Half Term at Clevedon Pier at Clevedon Pier
Join them at Clevedon Pier for Half Term Family Fun, with activities in the Porthole Room and the return of our ever-popular Pumpkin Hunt!
Normal Pier Entry
Time: 26/10/2019-03/11/2019 at 10am - 4:30pm
Tickets: See website for full prices.