School Holiday Activities & Camps

October Half Term

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Discover Tree Climbing Spooky Tree Climb

If you are looking for something different to do with the kids this Halloween/October Half Term in Cheshire, why not come and join us for a SPOOKY TREE CLIMB at Arley Hall & Gardens?!

Sunday 31st October 2021

If you like dressing up you can even climb in your Halloween outfit! There will be lots of spooky props, and a Halloween sweet bag for every climber.

Find out more about Discover Tree Climbing here.

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Gawsworth Scarecrow Trail

A gorgeous Half Term activity for children in the beautiful Gawsworth Village!

Follow the scarecrow trail around the village – complete the trail, solve the puzzles and be entered int a prize draw to win a fantastic voucher.

Combine with a play in the lovely Gawsortth Park, collect some sticks from Maggoty Woods and feed the ducks by the awe inspiring St James’ Church for a very cheap but great fun Autumn day out in the fresh air!  If the weather’s kind you could take picnic to eat on the large grassy area in the park or, if you’re feeling flush, treat yourselves to lunch at the Harrington Arms who are doing a spooky meal for children – A ‘Mummy’ dog, spooky cupcake and a mocktail!! Available from 22nd October to 31st October 2021.

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Half-term at The Whirligig: Build a Terrarium

For families (min 6yrs no upper age limit).

Tickets must be pre-booked via the ticket link (see below)

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Half-term at The Whirligig: Puppetry 

Working with Mike from Dizzy O’Dare you will be guided through the steps to create your own Bunraku puppet to take home, and once complete Mike will guide you through some puppetry basics to help breath life into your creation, take it on its first few steps, and create a range of characters with just a few sheets of newspaper a roll of masking tape and your imagination. For families (min 7yrs, no upper age limit)

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Half-term at The Whirligig: Sketching & Drawing 

The workshop will be accessible to a mix of ability level, whether you’re already a keen artist or you’ve just started drawing. Come and join us and let your inner artist run wild!

Suitable for families (min 7yrs, no upper age limit).

Tickets must be pre-booked via the ticket link (see below)

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Halloween Film Screenings from Wild Rumpus

Fantastic Halloween Events from Wild Rumpus!

Watch these iconic Halloween films in the beautiful surroundings of The Whirligig Woods…..

The Corpse Bride (PG)

October 30th 2021 @ 3pm

Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (PG) is our special film screening for families. Bring a blanket, a pillow, and snuggle up with this classic film for all the family- fancy dress encouraged!

The screening will take place under cover, but please wear sturdy shoes and warm, waterproof clothes to keep cosy.

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The Blair Witch Project (15)

October 30th @ 8pm

In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary… A year later their footage was found.

An iconic film to watch in the woods! Bring a blanket, a cushion (to sit on and hide behind) and a toilet partner! For guidance this film relies less on gore and more on being psychologically un-nerving, which ramps up towards the end. References to body parts and strong language.

The screening will take place under cover, but please wear sturdy shoes and warm, waterproof clothes to keep cosy.

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The Whirligig, Lunts Moss Stoke-on-Trent ST7 3QJ

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Knutsford Pumpkin Path

Find all 11 pumpkins to enter a prize draw to win goodies from local businesses including Mr Simms!

The event runs from 4-7pm, those with younger children are advised to attend the event earlier from 4pm whilst it is quieter, whilst those with older children should ideally attend from 5.30pm.

The event takes place across King Street, Minshull Street and Regent Street. Attendees should note that Princess Street and Canute Place roads remain open during the event so care should be taken when moving around the town centre. Huge thanks go to Cheshire House Bar & Grill, Mere Day Nursery and MoviEscapes for sponsoring the 2021 event. Dressing up is optional but there will be prizes for the best dressed on the evening!

The fantastic photos below are from the 2019 event and were taken by Jonathan Farber

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Pumpkin Picking

🎃 For details of local pumpkin picking patches in Cheshire click here.🎃

Addams Family Values at Peak Cavern

A great family event this October Half Term near Cheshire.

Pop up cinema at Peak Cavern cave for a Halloween special, showing 90’s family comedy – Addams Family Values!

Live music,  street food and fully stocked bar –  meander through the village of Castleton then enjoy the film.

Sunday 24th October 2021 

Peak Cavern Peak Cavern Walk Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WP

Event by The Village Screen Pop Up Cinema.

T – 07377 449730

Adlington Petting Farm, Cheshire Halloween

Halloween ‘Spooktacular’ and ‘Fright Night’ events for kids in Cheshire.
Includes petting animals, spooky trail, pumpkin picking and more.
16th-31st October 2021
Wood Ln E, Macclesfield SK10 4PH

Autumn family adventure trail at Dunham Massey

Mini-beasts and creepy crawlies come to life in a big way at Dunham Massey this autumn on this self-led trail. Find out more about unique bugs, explore the gardens, discover what makes the deer park so special.

Starts 23rd September 2021

Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ

Baba Yaga’s Halloween Adventure

BeWILDerwood Cheshire’s Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade!

See the woods in a whole new light at BeWILDerwood’s most enchanting event of the year, The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, coming to the WILD woods in Cheshire this October half term!

Bollington Library Half Term Pumpkin Hunt

FREE October Half Term/Halloween activity for kids in Cheshire.

All through October half term there will be some cheeky and colourful pumpkins hidden around Bollington library to spot –  put your counting skills to the test and see if you can find them all

Drop in during opening hours.

23rd – 30th October 2021

Palmerston St, Bollington, Macclesfield SK10 5JX

Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Halloween Trail

This October Half term in Cheshire some spooky visitors are visiting the Nature Reserve! Can you explore the park and find them all?

23rd October 2021 – 7th November 2021

Davenport St, Davenport, Congleton CW12 4SU


Castaway Play Halloween Sessions

A Spooky week of Halloween fun at Castaway Play between the 26th and 31st October 2021.

Featuring: Jack Skeleton, Hocus Pocus Witches, Broomstick Parking

71 Moss Rd, Congleton CW12 3BP

Cheshire Pony Parties Half Term Fun

Ride a “bewitched” pony or unicorn around the halloween obstacle trail collecting goodies along the way.

23rd-31st October 2021

Kelsall, nr Chester

Cockfields Farm Pumpkin Festival

Toddler Pumpkin Festival Dates 4th to 8th,  11th to 15th and 18th to 22nd October 2021

Pumpkin Festival Dates 2nd & 3rd, 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th and 23rd to 31st October 2021


Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream

Dunham Massey Farm Ice Cream has a huge pumpkin patch for those who want to pick their own along with some ready picked pumpkins for sale too for ease.

The Dunham Pumpkin Patch

There are refreshments onsite –  woodfired pizza oven and juice pressed fresh from the farm’s apple orchards.

The autumn really does showcase the farm in all in its harvest glory!

Pumpkin picking dates 2021 (10am – 4pm each day)

25th & 26th September

2nd & 3rd October
9th & 10th October
16th & 17th October
23rd right through to 31st October

The booking system allows the farm to manage the number of people at any one time on the farm and make sure the car park is not too busy.


Frights of Abraham

enchanted witch’s grotto, colourful scarecrow displays at the summit and in the wild woods, tasty Halloween treats in the cafe and a treasure hunt to find 13 magical black cats for younger guests.

23rd October to 31st October 2021

Heights of Abraham, Dale Rd, Matlock DE4 3NT

Gandeys Circus – ‘SPOOKTACULAR’

Great day out for the kids near Cheshire this October half term.  Gandeys Circus returns with a brand-new action-packed legendary Halloween Spooktacular Big Top show for all the family.

13th-31st October 2021

Trentham Estate, Stone Rd, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG

Garden display: Green fingers and terrible turnips at RHS Bridgewater

A fun Half term/Halloween event for the kids near Cheshire.  Discover the horticultural rituals and freaky folklore behind Halloween in this new outdoor family display inspired by the RHS Libraries collections.

From 22nd October 2021 throughout October Half Term. 

RHS Bridgewater Occupation Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2LJ

Go Bananas Congleton Halloween Party

Soft Play, Snack Boxes, Disco, Competitions and more.

31st October 2021 3-5pm

Unit 2 Towerhill Court, Greenfield farm estate, Back Lane, Congleton CW12 4TR

Half Term Activities at Jodrell Bank

Fun events for children in Cheshire this Halloween/October Half term

Half-Term: Operation Earth trail

Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 31st October 2021

Brand new Operation Earth Trail. Explore the Jodrell Bank site hunting for clues and learn tips along the way about how to help protect our home planet. Trails are free with general admission and suitable for all ages.

Half-Term: Operation Earth classroom crafts

Monday 25th October- Friday 29th October 2021

Drop-in any time throughout the day

Drop by our Classroom Crafts Zone and make some items to take home which will allow you to live your life in a more sustainable way. Drop in any time from 10am – 4pm, included in general admission and suitable for all ages.

Half-Term: Operation Earth science show

Monday 25th October – Friday 29th October 2021

Show Times: 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm

You can become a trainee environmental scientist and help investigate Earth’s land, air and oceans and see if you can identify a solution to our planet’s problems.

Science Shows take place in the Wolfson Auditorium and are included in general admission. Each show lasts approx. 30 mins and is suitable for ages 5+.

Halloween at Arley Hall and Gardens

Awaiting further event info.

25th-31st October 2021.

Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich CW9 6NA

Halloween at Biddulph Grange Garden

October Half Term/Halloween activity for kids near Cheshire – from Saturday 16 to Sunday 31 October 2021, pick up a Halloween trail from Visitor Reception for £1 (no need to book).

Search the garden to spot ingredients to make a magic potion and make your way to the witches cottage. The much-loved spooky tunnel will also be back this year.

Grange Rd, Biddulph, Stoke-on-Trent ST8 7SD

Halloween at Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock

Festival-style Halloween that’s bursting with colour, costumes and music.

23rd – 31st October 2021 

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG

Halloween at Gulliver’s World, Warrington

23rd – 31st October 2021

Festival-style Halloween that’s bursting with colour, costumes and music.

Shackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9YZ


Halloween Crafts in Queens Park, Crewe

Halloween activities for children in Crewe, Cheshire.

Small charge for activities.

30th October 2021 11am – 2pm

Bowls Pavilion, Queens Park, Crewe

Halloween Ghost Train East Lancashire Railway

Halloween Ghost Train – tricks, treats and fun for all the family.

28th – 30th October 2021

Ghost Trains start and end at Bury Bolton Street Station

Halloween in the City Manchester

Mark the arrival of Halloween with a weekend of terrifyingly good events in Manchester city centre.

Halloween Make a Bear Special

Halloween crafts a plenty and make a beautiful bear with a Halloween costume.

Hosted by Little Learners Stockport

23rd October 2021 10.30 am

Fir Road Scout Hut, Fir Rd, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 2NP

Halloween Pizza Making Party

Celebrate Halloween at the Mulberry Leaves on Sunday 31st October 2021.

Make Bat and Ghost shaped pizzas – £8 per child, they will get all the pizza toppings, chef hats and a juice included and a meet and greet with peppy the pizza mascot.

Macclesfield Rd, Leek ST13 8YG

Halloween Trail & Ghoulish Gardens

Wander around the Ghoulish Gardens and interactive halloween trail searching for clues with your family to help Dorothy & Toto journey through the haunted forest and find her 3 iconic friends to reach the Wizard of OZ .

25th-31st October 2021

Stonyford Cottage Gardens & Nursery, Stoneyford Ln, Northwich CW8 2TF

Harry Potter Forbidden Forest at Arley Hall and Gardens

A nighttime woodland trail experience filled with magical creatures and wizarding wonders from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films.

Various Dates from 19th October October to 28th November 2021.

Arley Hall and Gardens, Arley, Northwich CW9 6NA

Hocus Pocus at Peak Cavern

A great family event this October Half Term near Cheshire.

Pop up cinema at Peak Cavern cave for a Halloween special, showing 90’s family comedy – Addams Family Values!

Live music,  street food and fully stocked bar –  meander through the village of Castleton then enjoy the film.

Thursday 28th October2021 

Peak Cavern Peak Cavern Walk Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S33 8WP

Event by The Village Screen Pop Up Cinema.

T – 07377 449730

Kids Halloween Party at De Trafford

Children’s Halloween party in Alderley Edge.

Games, food and goodie bags.

30th October 2021 3-6pm

De Trafford, 2 Congleton Rd SK9 7AA Alderley Edge, Cheshire

Knutsford Pumpkin Path

The event will be back to its full glory with the trail, live entertainment and exciting photo opportunities from 4-7pm!

30th October 2021 4-7pm

King Street, Knutsford

Little World for Scholars Halloween Week

Enjoy a day out this October Half Term near Cheshire at the Halloween themed week at Little World for Scholars.
Spooky treats in the cafe, not-that-spooky dress-up clothes to play in, a find the pumpkin game and a sweet treat on exit.
25th-31st October 2021
28 Stamford New Rd, Altrincham WA14 1EJ

Macclesfield Library Halloween Storytime Event

Spooky stories to get you in the mood for Halloween.

Free and Drop In.

For 4-8 year olds

30th October 2021 from 11.30am

Jordangate, Macclesfield SK10 1EE

Macclesfield Light Party

Jam-packed evening with Songs, games, sweets, craft, stories and an extra messy surprise!  Hot dog supper.
31st October 2021 from 5.30pm
Tytherington Family Worship Church, Sandwich Dr, Tytherington, Macclesfield SK10 2UD

Magical Woodland

Dazzling displays under cathedral canopies of fairy lights, showers of glow-in-the-dark stars, and dancing tunnels of borealis-style lasers.

Until 7th November 2021

Blakemere Village, Northwich

Marc Makes Comics Spooky Toons

Halloween exempt for kids Macclesfield – Halloween themed cartoon Club.

30th October 2021 1-2pm

Room for Comics. Macclesfield Cheshire SK10 1EB

October Half Term at Quarry Bank

From 20 September 2021, pick up a trail from the welcome building and search for the pumpkins in the mill.

In October half term, you can listen to campfire stories (at intervals from 11am – 3.30pm every day) and dive into apple day activities.

Please see organisers website for details of apple day.

Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA

Pavilion Gardens Halloween Trial

October Half Term/Halloween Fun for Kids near Cheshire!
Halloween trail in the grounds of the Pavilion Gardens.
Taking place every day between Saturday 23rd and Sunday 31st October 2021.
10am – 4pm each day (last entry 3pm)
£2.00 per child (Adults and under 1’s go free)

Plumleys Pumpkin Trail

A fun October half term/Halloween event for the kids – Halloween Trail at Plumley’s Garden Centre. Locate the pumpkins hidden by naughty witches around the garden centre!

25-31st October 2021

Plumleys Garden Centre, Plumley Moor Rd, Plumley, Knutsford WA16 9SD


Reddish Vale Farm Halloween Event

Pick your own pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and take it to carving cavern to create your own master piece – one pumpkin included per child attending the Halloween event.

Visit the animals and outdoor play areas and then join in some fangtastic fun – ‘Spooky Express’ tractor ride, Vampire Archery and more.

2nd – 31st October 2021

Country Park, Reddish Vale Rd, Stockport SK5 7HE

Sandbach Library Junk Modelling

October 27th 20210 at 2.30 pm

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Scare Skate Manchester

New Scare Skate from Skate Manchester, opens from 22nd October until 31st October 2021, offers a spooky skating session for monster hunters and skaters alike in Cathedral Gardens Manchester.

Corporation St, Manchester M4 3BG



Scarefest at Alton Towers

This unmissable experience takes place on selected dates in October/November when the Resort becomes home to Halloween. Open until late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark!

8th – 10th, 15th – 31st October 2021

Alton Towers Theme Park Alton Towers Resort, Alton ST10 4DB

Seven Sisters Ice Cream Halloween

Day time and night time mazes.  Live boo crew and scarecrows.  Ice creams and scary treats.
Please check dates with organiser 

Holmes Chapel Rd, Knutsford WA16 9ER

Severn Trent Halloween Trail

Take the kids for a day out near Cheshire and enjoy the Spooky Halloween trail this October Half term, from the 23rd – 31st October 2021. Fancy dress is not mandatory but is highly encouraged.

No booking required, buy your trail map for £3 each from the shop in the visitor centre.

Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 8SW

Spooky Day Fun by Day/Fun By Night

Halloween themed day out on a rural farm in Warrington.

Stretton Road, Appleton WA4 4NW Warrington, UK

Please check dates with organiser 

Tatton Park – Halloween at the Old Hall The Lost Crystal (a wizard’s quest)

90 minute open-air family-friendly Halloween quest combines self-led trail, fun activities, and interactive theatre.

26 – 31 October 2021

Tatton Park, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford WA16 6SG

Tegg’s Nose Country Park Halloween Trail

A great (and cheap!) Halloween/October half term event for kids in Cheshire. Can you explore the park and find them all? Buy a map from the Tegg’s Nose Tea Room for 50p, and get searching around the top of the park.

23rd October – 7h November 2021

Buxton Old Rd, Macclesfield SK11 0AP

The Missing – Family Escape Room at The Ice Cream Farm

Special October Half Term Halloween event in Cheshire, ‘The Missing’, is an escape room suitable for the whole family.  No scares or loud noises – just tons of fun!

9th – 10th Oct, 16th – 17th Oct and 23rd – 31st Oct 2021

The Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall, Newton Ln, Cheshire, Chester CH3 9NE

Totally Locally Leek Spooktacular Halloween Trail

Fun October Half term/Halloween Event for Kids Near Cheshire.  Pick up a Map follow the trail around Leek to spot the Spooky Bat collecting treats along the way, complete the trail and get a Halloween Goodie Bag at the end.
Family Friendly and a safe alternative to ‘Trick or Treating’.
30th October 2021 9.30-4.30pm

Trentham Estate Room on The Broom Activity Trail

The ‘Room on the Broom’ trail will be taking place in the Gardens from 1 -31 October.

The trail will take you and your children on an exciting journey as you uncover hidden secrets, learn more about the nature around you and unravel the full story.

Trentham Estate, Stone Rd, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 8JG

1-31 October 2021

Tytherington Club Halloween Party

Spooky fun with the creche team – food included.

28th October 2021 4-6 pm

90 Dorchester Way, Tytherington, Macclesfield SK10 2JP

Wilmslow Library Half Term Events

Events on every day over the Has Term – click here for full sized poster with details.