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What’s on this October half term in South Devon 2021

Little boy having fun on a tour of a pumpkin farm in autumn.

Broom sticks and Dracula fangs at the ready! Halloween and half term are just weeks away. Here’s what’s on this half term plus lots of ideas for autumn activities to tempt you away from your cosy South Devon holiday cottage.

Events in South Devon this half term

Here’s what’s on in South Devon this October:

Dartmouth Food Festival – 22 – 24 October, 2021

This delicious free event in South Devon is packed with food and drink to suit all taste buds.

Dartmouth Food Festival comes with three days packed with cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, talks with food writers, and cookery workshops for adults and children.

Find out more on the event website.

What’s on at South Devon attractions this October

Here’s the frightfully good events taking place at South Devon attractions this Halloween:

Have a scream at Woodlands

There will be spooks and thrills aplenty at Woodlands Family Theme Park this October half term. Full details of what’s on at this theme park near Dartmouth are still to be released, but expect lots of freaky goings on as well as the usual rides and outdoor play.

There’s a list of rides and attractions that are open on the website.

Visit the Woodlands website for more information and to book your visit.

Spooky workshops at Paignton Zoo

Grab your broomsticks and head to Paignton Zoo for some frighteningly good Halloween half term fun.

There will be free wizard craft workshops and fang-tastic talks outside some animal enclosures every day.

Find out more about what’s happening this October at Paignton Zoo and book tickets on its website.

Tiny terrors at Babbacombe Model Village

A gaggle of mini gouls will be joining the usual residents at Babbacombe Model Village this half term. Spot them all around the four acres of this award-winning attraction.

Visit from 27 to 29 October 2021 to see the village illuminated during the evening.

Find out more on the Babbacombe Model Village website.

Pumpkin trail at Kents Cavern

Dress for the occasion and venture into the frightfully atmospheric caves below Babbacombe in South Devon.

The team at Kents Cavern will guide you through the passageways to spot pumpkins as well as stalactites and stalagmites that are older than Dracula himself. Discover all the hidden pumpkins and there’s a prize for young visitors.

You can also guess the weight of one of the pumpkins. It’s too heavy for the Kents Cavern’s friendly caveman, Cavog, to pick up! So go large with your estimate!

For more details and to book your visit see the Kents Cavern website.

Halloween at Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls – the home of England’s highest manmade waterfall – is hosting a spooktastic Halloween trail. Come in fancy dress and you could win a family day ticket for 2022.

The special Halloween trail costs £2.50 in addition to the entrance charge. This includes a fun activity pack with a scratch mask and spooky jigsaw.

Find out more about what’s on at Canonteign Falls this October half term and pre-book tickets by visiting its website.

Find PYO pumpkins in South Devon

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a jack-o-lantern. Pick your own at these farms in South Devon:

More things to do in Devon in October

We have everything crossed that October half term will come with its own autumn heat wave so you can enjoy some of the wonderful South Hams beaches and coastal walks.

You might even like to do a spot of bird watching or find South Devon’s best beaches for water sports.

However, if things take a damper turn then here are some ways you can avoid the rain in South Devon:

Book a ride on a Devon steam train

Dartmouth Steam Railway is taking bookings for scenic rides between Kingswear and Paignton over October half term.

Make a day of it and take a wander along the seafront in Paignton.

Heres where to find more steam trains in Devon.

Soft play in South Devon

If you have young children it’s always handy to know where your nearest soft play is for those wet autumn days.

In South Devon you’ll find soft play cafes in Plymouth, and Paignton. Check with each centre for booking requirements.

Meet creatures under the sea

The National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth is an awe-inspiring place to wile away a few hours whatever the weather.

Meet sharks, stingrays, turtles and star fish that are native to the waters around South Devon and further afield.

Where to stay this October half term in South Devon

If you are still looking for the perfect place to getaway this October half term then we may have just the holiday cottage in South Devon for you.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Give us a call – our team know the ins and outs of every cottage.

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