5 fun ideas for Autumn half term

Natalie Wilson By Natalie Wilson

​The Autumn half term is the perfect excuse to get the kids off the computers, away from the TV and out of the house for the day. Thanks to the change in seasons and Halloween on the horizon, there’s so much to do that you’ll be stuck for choice. ​

Everyone loves a chilly walk in the park, exploring all that nature has to offer or taking part in a spooky ghost hunt, so here are 5 fun things to do this Autumn half term that are suitable for all the family!

1. Pick-your-own pumpkin

Kenyon Hall Farm pumpkin field

Kenyon Hall Farm

With Halloween creeping closer, pumpkin picking is a great way to get the family out into the countryside. Often set on family-run farms, picking your own pumpkin is a sure-fire way to get the kids more interested in more than just sweets this Halloween and away from their screens!

This Autumn-tradition is huge in America, and more and more farms across the UK are taking part in the trend. Whether you want to carve them, make soup or just decorate them, you’re sure to have a fantastic day out!

Child pumpkin picking

2. See where the magic happened

A time for magic and things that go bump in the night, Halloween can often be a bit overwhelming for younger children and boring for older children. This Autumn half term, leave the broomsticks at home and take part in a walking tour around London exploring the filming locations of the Harry Potter films.

During this two-hour tour, you’ll see everywhere from Charing Cross to Borough thanks to your tour guide, who will be only too happy to tell you all the secrets from the locations across the capital. Whilst true fans are sure to be completely captivated by the stories and behind-the-scenes magic, even those who aren’t huge fans of the franchise will enjoy the guided tour around London’s hidden locations.

3. Explore your local park

Felbrigg Hall

Felbrigg Hall

With crisp Autumn air, stunning colours and conkers to collect, a walk through your local park is the perfect way to dust off the cobwebs with your family this half term. At this time of year, there is so much to discover in your local park that you can while away the hours for little to no cost.

National Trust parks often have fun, free things on during the half term holidays for little ones, or you can enjoy a walk through the stunning grounds. Spot red deer at Lyme Park in the North West or walk through the famous tunnel of colour underneath tall, towering trees at Felbrigg Hall.

Lyme Park

Lyme Park

Manchester Science Museum sign

4. Visit the science festival

The Manchester Science Festival is the largest science festival in England and is set to be packed full of fun, and mostly free, family activities for all ages. The events take place in the Science and Industry Museum, as well as across other venues in the city.

Whether you want to tackle the plastic problem, explore with virtual reality or pedal to generate your family, there is plenty on for everyone to do.

There are plenty of family-friendly places to eat in Manchester, as well as other fun-filled activities for everyone to get involved in, no matter their interests. Manchester is easy to reach by train and is just 2 hours from the centre of London.

5. Take part in a ghost walk

With the night's drawing in, there’s no better time to take part in a ghost walk than the Autumn half term. The Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trail in Oxford has been voted as one of the Top 10 in the world and is suitable for younger children. Complete with props and mystical illusions enjoy a spooky stroll around Oxford whilst listening to the city’s ghostly history and stories.

If you want to do something different than trick-or-treating and apple bobbing this Halloween, this ghost tour is a great way for the family to take part in some light-hearted, spooky fun.

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Natalie Wilson By Natalie Wilson


Natalie Wilson is a freelance writer in the travel niche, and can provide advice on anything from packing essentials to hidden gems. When not writing, Natalie can be found reading a good book with a cup of tea or planning her next travel destination. You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.