October half term is almost here, so now is the time to start planning your week’s adventures. There are a whole host of events taking place all over the county and something to suit everyone – whatever your age, so check out some of these suggestions and have a great half term in Devon this October.

Half term in Exeter

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If you’re visiting Exeter, check out these activities.

October half term fun
Canonteign Falls, Christow, Exeter EX6 7RH

Running throughout half term, head to Canonteign Falls for a spooky code breaking treasure hunt, which is free with your entry. Kids will also get to join in with a pumpkin colouring competition and you can do all the usual fun, including the alpaca experiences.

Spook Fest at Crealy
Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR

The popular Halloween event is back at Crealy – Spook Fest runs on 14th, 15th, 20th and 29th October and features some new attractions including Creaky Hotel, Dino Jeepers Creepers and a return of familiar favourites like Treehouse Trools, Scarecrow mazes and amazing live shows!

Project Buzz
Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

Project Buzz is a creative arts project with 12 different community groups from around Exeter. The free exhibition features art produced by local children as well as local artists and a chance to learn more about the natural world.

Zog Activity trail at Haldon Forest Park
Forestry England Haldon Forest, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7XR

Get ready to join Zog on his latest forest adventure with a brand new activity trail which is running all year long

Half term in Plymouth

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If you’re visiting Plymouth, check out these activities.

Boo at the zoo
Dartmoor Zoo, Plymouth PL7 5DG

Held on 27th and 28th October, head to Dartmoor Zoo for two frightfully good evenings, the event is suitable for most families, but keep an eye on the map to avoid some of the scarier areas if you have young children!

Storytelling at The Box
The Box, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AX

Running every Friday morning from 6th October and perfect for under 5s – these free events are a great way to get out of the house and explore the museum.

Family fun: Blooming Marvellous
The Box, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AX

A chance to delve into the National Gallery’s Dutch Flowers exhibition running at The Box, with an array of creative activities from 24th-28th October.

Harvest Weekend at Buckland Abbey
Buckland Abbey Yelverton, Plymouth PL20 6EY

Join us for harvest displays of produce grown at Buckland Abbey and learn more about the history of the estate. There will also be seasonal Tudor cooking to sample and pumpkin spotting around the Abbey.
Running over the 21st-22nd October.

Magic and Myths at Saltram
Saltram, Plymouth PL7 1UH

Starting on 21st October, follow the trail around the gardens to discover the folklore of the area. Collect a wand at the Welcome Centre and cast spells around the gardens and keep an eye out for the pumpkins.

Half term in South Devon

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If you’re visiting South Devon, check out these activities.

Halloween at Babbacombe Model Village
Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay TQ1 3LA

Running from 21st – 31st October, you can enjoy a miniature pumpkin hunt, evening illuminations and a series of mini Halloween themed characters dotted around the village.

The Abbey After Dark
Torre Abbey, Torquay TQ1 3DR

Running from 25th -28th October, head to Torre Abbey after dark for a spooky Halloween adventure, with illuminations, projections and a Halloween themed selection of treats and games.

Autumn Adventures at Coleton Fishacre
Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear TQ6 0EQ

Head to the National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre for their free Wild Colour trail and take part in Wild Wednesdays from 18th – 25th October.

Autumn wonders at Greenway
Greenway House, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0ES

Free with your entry, the Autumn Wonders trail looks at how the natural world changes during this season with a free guide for a family trail.

Halloween fun at Becky Falls
Becky Falls, Newton Abbot TQ13 9UG

This year’s activity include pumpkin carving and a chance to win a family season ticket for visits next year!

Half term fun at River Dart Country Park
Holne Park, Ashburton TQ13 7NP

Park will be open daily from 21st-29th October with free activity trails with day admission at just £3 a person.

Half term in Mid Devon

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If you’re visiting Mid Devon, check out these activities.

Halloween at Bear Town
Bear Town, Cullompton EX15 1RZ

Starting on 19th October just in time for half term and running through til 1st November, there are all tricks and no treats to be found at Bear Town. Along with a two hour play session, all children can take part in a Halloween hunt!

Half term in North Devon

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If you’re visiting North Devon, check out these activities.

Halloween Hocus Pocus at the Milky Way
Milky Way, Bideford EX39 5RY

This half term, from 21st – 29th October, there will be lots of extra Halloween activities to enjoy throughout the park, including a School for Witches and Wizards and a show hosted by Merlin himself!

Autumnfest at Arlington Court
Arlington, Barnstaple EX31 4LP

Included with your entry fee, Autumnfest is the perfect chance to enjoy the beauty of autumn colours at Arlington Court. There is also a scarecrow trail taking place across the site running from 7th – 30th October.

Apple and Honey Harvest
Quince Honey Farm, South Molton EX36 3RD

Come along to see the Apple Show, a live demonstration and learn about the harvesting of the apples and how to harvest honey. There is also a chance to try some honey straight from the hive!

Pumpkin patch at Quince Honey Farm
Quince Honey Farm, South Molton EX36 3RD

Find your own pumpkin and take it home ready for the big day!

Spooktacular half term at RHS Rosemoor
Great Torrington EX38 8PH

Explore the spectacular colours of the garden and join in a host of activities including creepy crafts, pumpkin decorating, a Halloween disco and an interactive magic show! Running throughout half term.

Haunted Halloween at Watermouth Castle
Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe EX34 9SL

This October, Watermouth Castle have a host of spooky things to do including a Great Halloween Challenge and more! Head online to find out what is on during your visit.

Spooktacularly Good Halloween Fun at the Big Sheep
The BIG Sheep, Bideford EX39 5AP

Come to the BIG Sheep in your best Halloween fancy dress, with daily prizes for the best dressed! There’s pumpkin carving and additional activities on top of all the usual fun and games.

Half term in East Devon

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If you’re visiting East Devon, check out these activities.

Haunted Hay Bales
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth EX10 0NU

Running throughout October, head to the Donkey Sanctuary and explore the haunted hay bales to find all the Halloween Neddies that are hidden across the site. There are prizes at the end for anyone who can find all the Neddies!

Halloween half term fun at World of Country Life
World of Country Life, Sandy Bay, Exmouth EX8 5BY

Running throughout half term, there will be spooky Halloween activities, including pumpkin carving, Halloween trail and an Angus Clotter and the Battle for WOCL Wort mini show, just before the ferret racing. Don’t forget to bring your best Halloween costumes for your visit!

Halloween at Pecorama
Beer EX12 3NA

Join the team of an evening at Halloween to enjoy a ghost train and lots of spooky things to spot!

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