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Autumn half-term is the time put on your thinking caps and prepare the best and spookiest costumes for Halloween. There’s so much to do and explore this half-term in Dorset, that we thought we’d share with you a few suggestions.

Dig into the list of activities, there’s something for kids and adults alike, and we are sure – you will have lots of fun!


October Half-Term @ Corfe Castle

20th – 28th October, Corfe Castle

Explore the castle grounds and take a quest to find all missing pumpkins. Rescue the knights and help them to escape down the zip wire from the Castle Keep. Witness the medieval Trebuchet missile launch and see how far it will go from Corfe Castle.

National Trust website

Adventure Wonderland: Home of Halloween

20th – 28th October, Christchurch, Bournemouth

Adventure Wonderland is the Home of Halloween with an indoor play centre, maze and theatre transformed into a world of spooks, skeletons and fang-tastic adventures… Meet the Gruffalo and join the Night Time Monster Bash on the 26th and 27th October.

Adventure Wonderland website

Celebrating Autumn Half-Term at Kingston Lacy

20th – 28th October, Kingston Lacy, Wimborne

Celebrate the harvest, autumn produce and all the beautiful autumn colour with a series of hands on activities at Kingston Lacy, Wimborne. Meet the beekeepers, explore a family nature trail and learn new things in various workshops. See full programme on the National Trust website.

National Trust website

Fang-Tastic Halloween Half Term: Farmer Palmers

22nd – 26th October, Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, Poole

Fun for families with little ones. The team at the Farmer Palmer’s will have some ghoulish and fang-tastic entertainment prepared for you as well as special daily programme. Put on your fancy dress and costume, and have a wonderful Halloween celebration with all family.

Farmer Palmer’s website

Spooky Fun

23rd – 26th October, Lulworth Castle & Park

Prepare for some spooktacular fun with lots of themed activities to enjoy with your family and friends. Meet Merlin the Magician, play in the leaf pile, hunt the bats or make a spooky mask!

What’s on in Dorset website

Creatures of the Night

20th – 28th October, Knoll Beach Studland

Take a nature themed Halloween trail for the whole family. See the timings and dates on the website.

National Trust website

Monkey World’s Spooktacular Day Out

31st October, Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, near Wareham

Free entry for children showing off their best Halloween themed costumes to win some prizes.

Monkey World website

Check out our special offers for this October’s half-term

Browse our cottages by location, check our recommendations or call us and our Bookings team will be able to assist you!