The River Dart journeys from its source high up on spellbinding Dartmoor towards the South Devon coastline. From Dartmeet,...
With the summer holidays officially over, we find ourselves making plans for the next break in the school calendar year, which luckily, is soon to be here! Whilst South Devon is one of the UK’s most popular summer holiday destinations, it’s a region that positively thrives year round, and you will find some exciting events for families to enjoy during the October half term. We’ve collated a list of what’s on this October half term in South Devon to inspire your holiday adventures.
Make the most of quieter streets and shorter queues, mild weather and excellent accommodation offers, and book a South Devon break this autumn.
Take the kids to Overbeck’s in Salcombe on Thursday 31st October, where you will find an open invitation for ‘all budding witches and wizards’ to join in the Halloween fun in their most spooky fancy dress. With craft activities, storytelling and a ghostly garden trail to enjoy it’s an event not to be missed this October. To find out more about Overbeck’s spookytastic Halloween, click here.
|Family (1 adult)||£16.80||£15|
|Group adult (minimum group size 15)||N/A||£9.50|
|Group child (minimum group size 15)||N/A||4.70|
|Children under 5||N/A||FREE|
|National Trust members||N/A||FREE|
On Saturday 26th October, Riverford are hosting their ever popular annual pumpkin day, running from 11am to 4pm. Expect a jam packed day of pumpkin carsving, wildlife spotting, live music, face painting, arts and crafts, and tasty organic food, alongside a great dose of fresh Devon air.
This event usually sells out pretty quickly, so to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action.
From Saturday 19th to Monday 21st October, the South Devon Railway, which runs along a stunning stretch of countryside between Totnes and Buckfastleigh, are running a ‘Day out with Thomas’. This famous blue tank engine train will be visiting South Devon, along with Thomas’ friends Diesel and Toad, for you to enjoy an unforgettable journey. The Thomas shuttle will last 15 minutes, followed by a 1 hour and 15 minute journey on the South Devon steam train to Totnes and back…. and the best bit is that Thomas shuttle rides are unlimited! Opening times run from 09:30am to 6pm.
|Family (2 adults, 2 children)||£70|
|Toddlers (under 2 years)||FREE|
To book this fantastic family day out, click here.
Running from Saturday 19th to Sunday 27th October, between 11am and 4pm, families can scare themselves silly at Dartmouth Castle. Expect spooky tricks waiting around every corner, get crafty with kids’ activities in the old gun tower, and take part in a mysterious Halloween quest around the castle. Tickets for the event will be available to buy at the castle on the days of the event.
|Child (5-17 years)||£4.30|
|English Heritage members||FREE|
Pennywell Farm will be hosting Goat Week from Sunday 20th to Monday 28th October! Expect an array of goat themed activities, including a great goat show, agility course, treasure trail and walks. You can also watch magic and juggling entertainment in the theatre at 1pm and 3pm throughout the week.
Although not goat themed, a trip to Pennywell wouldn’t be complete without seeing the popular pig racing that takes place every afternoon from 2:30pm, so make sure to plan this into your day. Afterwards, head to the cuddle barn where you can snuggle up to lovely piglets.
Pennywell is great fun no matter what the weather, but if the rain does decide to shower during your day out on the farm, then you’ll be happy to know that you will receive a FREE wet weather return ticket.
|Child (3-16 years)||£12.95|
|Children under 3||FREE|
The wicked witch of Woodlands returns for another year of Halloween activities, from Monday 21st to Friday 25th October and Monday 29th October to Friday 1st November. Expect creepy crawly photo opportunities, a halloween quiz, broomstick training, party games, story time and party dances.
The full programme of activities is yet to be released, so keep an eye on the Woodlands website for more information.
During October half term (Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October), the historic town of Dartmouth will host the 16th annual Dartmouth Food Festival. This is a top-10 UK food event which is particularly renowned for celebrating the best in local seafood. This fantastic foodie festival gives visitors the chance to learn from the best chefs through demonstrations and hands-on workshops. Alternatively, just sit back and sample some true culinary delights from around the region, or visit our Coast & Country Cottages stand for free children’s activities!
There’s plenty to enjoy in South Devon whatever the weather is doing, from soft play and craft centres for kids to historic houses and castles. For more inspiration, read our article on things to do in the rain in Devon.
Ready to book your autumn break? Take a look at our family-friendly holiday cottages here.