What’s on 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 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.

Haunting Halloween

Throughout the whole of half term Scolton Manor are hosting their 'Haunting Halloween' with spooktacular storytelling, creepy crafts and scary quizzes. Join us in the manor house kitchen to decorate beastly bone-chilling biscuits and then eat them all as you take on the pumpkin trail around the grounds!

Welsh Wildlife Centre

Put the Welsh Wildlife Centre on your calendar this half-term, with daily events taking place including: Make your own wildlife mask, apple bird feeder, pumpkin tealight holder and a special Halloween spooktacular at the weekend.

Ghost Hunts and Fireside Tales

Carew Castle is home to many ghosts! Keep your eyes peeled for spooky sightings as you explore creepy corridors and terrifying towers, find all the ghosts and receive a fiendish prize…. Or settle around the fire in the Lesser Hall as a costumed storyteller recounts spooky tales and stories of brave knights and beautiful princesses.

Iron Age Adventure

Visit the Iron Age at Castell Henllys and travel back to ancient times to hear stories of strange adventures. Be the hero or heroine of these tales. Would-be warriors, hunters and princesses are welcome! School starts at 11am & 2pm. Events taking place every day during half-term. 

All Things Tudor

Head over to the Tudor Merchants House in Tenby for a week-long Tudor knowledge test! Do you know what these sayings mean? Can you find a superstition to help you stop Robin Goodfellow being a nuisance? Open daily 11am-5pm.

Castle Ghosts and Witches

Pembroke Castle will be offering free Halloween tours for children every day over the holidays. Their expert guide, Howard, will take you and your children on a tour of the castle, and spook you with tales of witches, wizardry and ghostly sightings. Tours start at 11:15am and 13:30pm. Visitors are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes, although make sure you wrap up warm!

Pembroke Castle Halloween

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.

Saturday 22nd October

Lantern Workshops

This year’s ‘River of Light’ will happen on Saturday 29th October. In the lead up to the procession Span Arts will be running a series of workshops at The Lab, Haverfordwest, where you can make your own lantern for the procession, it’s free and open to everyone. All workshops are drop-in 10:30am-4pm

Sunday 23rd October

Harvest Food Fayre

Oriel y Parc is celebrating the coming of autumn with a feast of seasonal delights. Food producers from around the county are joining us to sell their wares, offering cooking demonstrations, yummy tasters and hot food from the BBQ. Starts at 10am.  

Tuesday 25th October

Survival @ Colby

Come down to the woods today and join National Trust's Chris Harvey-Jones for a 2 hour woodland survival session at Colby and learn how to survive in our woods. Try your hand at shelter building, fire lighting, trail marking, tracking, distress signals, basic survival camp cooking, camouflage and concealment and much more. Age 6+. Starts 11am and 2pm. Booking essential.

Finish off the day with one of our Top Autumn Walks around the grounds of Colby followed by yummy afternoon tea in the Bothy tea room.

Children’s Theatre

The Owl and the Pussy Cat - The Owl is a poet, intent on writing his greatest masterpiece yet, but he shares his den with the Pussycat who likes telling stories too, and she has a quite a different approach! Family event starts at 2pm, Queens Hall, Narberth. For details visit the Span Arts website.

Span Arts - Owl and the Pussycat

100 years of Roald Dahl

Oriel y Parc  is hosting an arty Roald Dahl workshop from 1-3pm. With so many amazing stories and characters to choose from, this will be a feast for the imagination. Including three creative challenges each inspired by a different story, be prepared to make something really special to take home. 

Wednesday 26th October

National Trust Open Day

Enjoy a guided tour of Treleddyd Fawr cottage, chat to the team involved with the restoration and go on a short walk around the area. We'll be running one-hour tours at 10am and 11.45am with mini bus transport provided from Oriel y Parc St David's. Booking essential. See National Trust website for details.

Wednesday 26th – Saturday 29th October

Fishguard Autumn Festival

This family-friendly 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, singing, fireworks and the infamous ‘Cawl Crawl Challenge’ on Saturday – bring a bowl and spoon! 

Why stay longer and take a short break in Fishguard; there's so much to explore!

Thursday 27th October

50 Things Autumn Challenge

Join in the fun at Stackpole Estate where they have a selection of fun for you to tick off in the last '50 things' event of the year at the Courtsite near Lodge Park Woods for your list of activities, fly a kite, catch a falling leaf, play conkers and all things autumnal. Starts at 11am.

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. Age 7+. Tours starts at 5:30pm.

Friday 28th October

Seal Pup Walk

Join local National Trust Rangers on this 2-mile walk around the Deer Park on the Marloes peninsula. See the annual arrival of seals and their pups on the beaches below the cliffs then enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit at the Old Coastguard hut. Booking essential. See National Trust website for details.

NT seal walks

Family Fireworks

There will be family friendly events all afternoon on Goodwick Seafront from 1pm, followed by a dazzling display by Pembrokeshire Fire Spinners and an amazing firework display. All part of Fishguard Autumn Festival.

Friday 28th - Saturday 29th October

Saundersfoot's Big Bang Weekend

Saundersfoot harbour will be the focus for great family fun including spooky bat trail, zombies and pumpkin competition plus Saturday evening is Fright Night with free fireworks. From noon each day.

Why not make a weekend of it and spend 48 hours in Tenby: explore the walled town and visit Saundersfoot's Big Bang.

Saturday 29th October

River of Lights

Span Arts' Cheerful Project in collaboration with Confluence and artist Toby Downing have teamed up again to create ‘River of Lights 2016’. They will be spending the October half-term holiday making beautiful willow and paper lanterns in preparation for a massive lantern procession in Haverfordwest on Saturday 29th October at 6pm. For details visit the Span Arts website.

Greatest Ghost Adventure

Join Small World Theatre for a spooky experiential workshop in one of Cardigan’s oldest maritime buildings. Spend the day creating creepy costumes, making preposterous props, devising and creating gory scenes that you will later play out to audiences. Please bring a packed lunch. Suitable for ages 6 – 16.

Span Arts Greatest Ghost Adventures

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

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 Just walked the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Breathtaking, awesome, fantastic. What a fantastic part of the world. We love St Davids.  
Teresa & Chris, Neath

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