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With the summer holidays officially over, we find ourselves making plans for the next break in the school calendar year, which luckily, is just six weeks away! 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 days out, which this year falls between 22th and 26th October.

Make the most of quieter streets and shorter queues, mild weather and excellent accommodation offers, and book a South Devon break this autumn.

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What’s on this October half term in South Devon

Halloween Activities for Kids pumpkins


Take the kids to Overbecks in Salcombe on Friday 26th October, where you will find an open invitation for ‘all budding witches and wizards’ to join in the spooky fun. With craft activities, storytelling and a ghostly garden trail to enjoy it’s an event not to be missed.

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Riverford Pumpkin Day

On Saturday 27th October, Riverford are hosting their ever popular annual pumpkin day. Expect a jam packed day of pumpkin carving, worm digging, bean seed potting, live music, face painting, arts and crafts and tasty organic food, alongside a great dose of fresh Devon air. Tickets aren’t yet on sale, but be sure to check the website frequently over the coming weeks as the event usually sells out pretty quickly!

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The South Devon Railway and Dartmouth Steam Railway are great reasons to visit South Devon.

South Devon Railway

Throughout the half term week, the South Devon Railway, which runs along a stunning stretch of countryside between Totnes and Buckfastleigh, are running ‘Kids for a Quid week’. All children will be able to travel between Buckfastleigh and Totnes for just £1, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

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Dartmouth Castle

Running between the Monday and Friday of the half term week, families can ‘scare themselves silly’ at Dartmouth Castle, with scary tricks waiting around every corner and kids’ craft activities in the spooky tower. They even have a daily fancy dress competition, so be sure to dress to scare!

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Pennywell Farm

Throughout the half term week, Pennywell Farm welcomes a busy schedule of Halloween focused activities. Expect pumpkin carving, cuddly pigs, rainbow railway, tractor, go kart and even pony rides. They also have several special guests including Matt Pang the gentleman juggler, Poco Drum, Mr Phil and even Magic Martin!

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Dartmouth Food Festival

During the first weekend of the October half term holiday (19th to 21st October), the historic town of Dartmouth will host the 15th annual Dartmouth Food Festival. This 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.

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Half-term fun whatever the weather…

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 special offers or explore our family-friendly holiday cottages here.

Book your October half term break now!