What's on in October half term

Halloween spooktaculars are popping up all over Pembrokeshire this October half-term.

Ghost walks in castles, Iron Age forts and Tenby’s cobbled streets. Cawl eating competitions in Fishguard’s week long Autumn Festival

And a special River of Lights festival is awaiting for you this holiday.

Every Day

There are many firm favourites in the half-term calendar offering family-friendly events every day of the holidays. Take a look at the Carew Castle, Castell Henllys, Welsh Wildlife Centre, National Trust and National Park websites for a full list of half-term events.

Saturday 24th – Sunday 31st October

Fishguard Autumn Festival

This family-friendly six day festival is back celebrating the plethora of artisan talent, food, music and natural beauty that Fishguard has to offer. A long list of events includes live music, seal watch walks, vintage steam engines, fireworks and the infamous ‘Cawl Crawl Challenge’ on Saturday - bring a bowl and spoon! 

Welsh Wild Life

Put the Welsh Wildlife Centre on your calendar this half-term, with daily events taking place including: Make your own owl, bird feeder, autumn leaf lantern and a special Halloween Spooktacular at the weekend. 

Autumn lanterns at Welsh Wildlife Centre

Bat Hunts and Fireside Tales

Carew Castle is famed for its resident bats, which like to hide in the dark nooks and crannies of the Castle walls. Join our uest to see if you can find them all. Or settle around the fire in the Lesser Hall as our costumed storyteller recounts spooky tales and stories of brave knights and beautiful princesses. Story starts at 2:30pm.

Sunday 25th – Saturday 31st October

River of Lights

Span Arts' Cheerful Project in collaboration with The Lab Haverfordwest are spending the October Half-term holiday making beautiful willow and paper lanterns in preparation for a massive lantern procession on Saturday the 31 October. For details visit the Span Arts website.

Ghost Tour

Head to Pembroke Castle and join Howard the Guide who will take you and your children on a tour of the Castle and tell you tales of the ghostly sightings and witches' wizardry that we have encountered throughout the years. Come dressed for the occasion. Tours start at 11:30am and 1:30pm.

Sunday 25th October

Mad Hatters Tea Party

Meet the Queen of Hearts, make a mad hat and follow the white rabbit into the forest riddle trail. Oriel y Parc is having a Mad Hatters Tea Party from 1pm-3pm and you’re invited. Don’t be late for this very important date!

Monday 26th October

Druid School

Visit the Iron Age at Castell Henllys and join up for Druid School, where you get to make a staff and Druid’s crown. School starts at 11am & 2pm. Events taking place every day during half-term. 

Tenby Halloween Walks

Ghosts, fairies, witches and strange Pembrokeshire customs, omens, mysteries and murder! Light-hearted story telling and haunting tales on a leisurely walk with magnificent views. Daily ghost walks start outside the Lifeboat Tavern Tudor Square Tenby at 8pm

Tuesday 27th October

Children’s Theatre

The Tiddly Prom is a musical treat, introducing its audience to music and a full range of musical concepts. The show provides opportunities to engage and interact with the music and learn about tempo, dynamics and pitch. Recommended age 3-5 years. Show starts at 2pm. Tickets available from Span Arts

Wednesday 28th – Saturday 31st October

Freaky Fun Days

Picton Castle invites you to join in the Halloween fun with their special Halloween Craft Workshops and spooky tours of a real, live haunted castle. Daily 10am - 5pm.

Iron Age Ghost Walk

Are you brave enough to meet the ghosts of those who lived at Castell Henllys over 2000 years ago? Keep your eyes & ears open. Ghost walks at 11:30am & 2pm.

Thursday 29th October

Halloween Spooktacular

Where spookier to spend Halloween than in a castle? Carew Castle has ghostly activities and games happening all week, including spell casting and wand making. Come in your favourite spooky costume for a costume parade at 2.30pm.

Halloween at Pembroke Castle

Driftwood Sculpting

Make a magical sculpture using the resources washed up by the tide in this 2-hour workshop especially designed for young people. Participants will have access to Small World Theatre’s workshop and supervision from our talented team of artists and makers. Starts at 1pm, booking essential.  Small World, Cardigan: http://www.smallworld.org.uk

Driftwood sculptures - Small World Theatre

50 Things Autumn Challenge

Join in the fun at Stackpole Estate Lodge Park Woods where you can take part in our treasure trail and tick off as many of your 50 things as possible; fly a kite on the court site, have a go at pond dipping at the hidden bridge or stage a snail race at the stone seat. Starts at 11am.  

Friday 30th October

The Tudor Merchants House is one of the oldest buildings in Tenby and when it comes to spooky stories this building has plenty of tales to share. Join local historian, Terry John, for a candle-lit tour of the house that might make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Starts at 7pm.  

Saturday 31st October

Halloween Lantern Walk

Colby Woodland Garden’s Design and decorate your own Halloween lantern then use it to guide yourselves around our spooky woodland trail. Lantern decorating from 3.30pm to then head out on spooky trail round 4.30/5.00pm. 

Museums at Night - Halloween special

Packed full of fun activities and games, Oriel y Parc will be crawling with bugs and beasties and spine-chilling surprises! Silent World 2U will be present with an amazing collection of reptiles and insects for you to meet. £4 per child - £2 per child if in fancy dress.  Starts at 5pm – 8pm

And remember, if the kids need to run wild or whatever the weather we’ve got it covered in Pembrokeshire.

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Spooky fun at Picton Castle

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