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Have a spooktacular time in Dorset this half term

Halloween pumpkins

Visit Dorset this October Half Term for some spooky fun.

October half term is a fantastic opportunity to relax and enjoy some family time, taking in the stunning autumnal scenery of our woodlands, a bracing coastal walk with some of the best views in the country or simply enjoying a pub lunch by an open fire, it’s a chance for kids and adults alike to recharge after that hectic first few weeks back at school.

Dorset is full of amazing days out, from historic castles, to children’s farms or even an Olympic sailing academy, so whatever the weather there is a day out for everyone.

We have rounded up some of our favourite October Half Term activities for you to try.

Lyme Regis

Lyme Slime October 21st– 29th

Witches, ghosts and zombies descend on Lyme Regis this October half term.  Try your hand at creepy crafts, the town trail, or dare to brave the Lyme Slime fun run on the sea front.


Weymouth Pavilion Theatre – The Wizard of Oz 28th October

Returning from an acclaimed international tour, this much-loved adaption is sure to get your feet tapping as you follow Dorothy and friends though their magical adventures in Oz.

Bovington / Wool 

The Tank Museum Book Signing and family fun 24th -25th October

See the tanks roll into action and learn about their military past, enjoy the thrill of riding in a M584 vehicle or take part in a whole host of family activities. Enjoy a book signing by Ivan Petrus of his graphic novel ‘The last Braedy’.


Kingston Lacey 21st– 28th October

Visit this beautiful National Trust property this half term and learn all about Autumn, from storytelling to themed daily crafts, there is something for all ages.


Halloween at Monkey World 23rd-31st October

Join in the fun at the world renowned ape rescue centre, meet the primates as well as enjoying spooky craft activities this half term, there is free entry for all children dressed in Halloween costume on 31st October.


Dorset County Museum – The Great Dinosaur Hunt 21st – 28th October

A fully interactive and immersive experience for youngsters. Hunt for clues around the entire museum, and crack the code to be awarded a dinosaur hunter certificate.

Poundbury / Dorchester 

Poundbury Garden Centre – Hedgehog Day 21st October

A day dedicated to all things prickly, come along and find out all about these much-loved garden creatures.


Westbay East Beach – Bonfire on the beach 28th October

End your half term with a riot of colour, with hot food stalls, live music and spectacular firework display.



Where to stay this half term: 

We have a great selection of cottages available over October half term, that will provide the perfect base for your family holiday.

From quintessential thatched cottages, to town houses and appartments, with 3 days availability between October 20th – 28th 2017,  we are sure you will find your Dream Cottage with us.



Dorset in Autumn
Muddy puddles and autumn leaves

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