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What’s on this October half term in South Devon

Family walking through pumpkin patch

Broom sticks and Dracula fangs at the ready! Halloween and half term are just weeks away. There’s no doubt that the list of what’s on this October half term in South Devon looks a bit different in 2020. But there’s still plenty to enjoy here during your stay. 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.

Please be aware that events in Devon are subject to change in 2020 depending on the latest government guidance. Check what’s open before you travel. Many attractions and events will also need to be booked in advance.

What’s on at South Devon attractions this October

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.

LEGO safari at Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo’s residents have been joined by a menagerie of life-sized LEGO creatures to delight and entertain visitors. Go on the Great Big Brick Safari to spot as many as you can around this sub-tropical zoo park in the heart of the English Riviera.

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

Pumpkins and bats 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.

If it’s not raining cats and frogs, you can also venture outside for a bat-themed trail in the woodlands.

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

Halloween at Canonteign Falls

Canonteign Falls is the perfect place to head for an autumn waterfall walk on Dartmoor with plenty of Halloween activities to boot. There’s a full programme of fun planned including bat walks and night time trails. Children who come in fancy dress between from 24 October and 1 November can claim a goody bag.

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

Where’s Wally? at Torre Abbey

The lead character in the children’s book series ‘Where’s Wally?’ will be hiding in all over Torre Abbey Museum this October half term. Find all of the Wally’s, spell out a spooky phrase and receive a special “I found Wally!” bookmark.

Find out more and book tickets.

Find PYO pumpkins

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a jack-o-lantern. Pick your own at the Jolly Pumpkin near Exeter. It’s not necessary to book.

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 or hop off at Greenway Halt and visit Agatha Christie’s holiday home on the River Dart. Tickets must also be booked to visit Greenway.

Paint pottery and start your Christmas shopping at China Blue

The pottery studio at China Blue in Totnes is open for creative adults and children alike. You can paint a piece of crockery or an ornament and take it away the same day or have it glazed and sent to your home address. Book your pottery painting table in advance.

China Blue also has a wide selection of home furnishings and gifts – perfect for getting your Christmas shopping underway.

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, Paignton and Brixham. 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. Staff are not giving organised talks at the moment but they are stationed around the tanks to answer questions and help you get the most from a socially distanced visit to the UK’s largest aquarium.

Timed entry must be booked in advance.

Where to stay this October half term in South Devon

If you are still looking for the perfect place to getaway with your bubble 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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