This October half term, spend time exploring Exeter and its surrounds with your family. See our top picks of what to do below, or simply spend time exploring Exeter's outdoor spaces

Visit the RAMM

Exeter's Royal Albert Memorial Museum reopens to the public on Saturday 24th October, ready for the half term week. In order to manage the flow of visitors, you will need to book a free timed ticket online before you visit.

Join a free Red Coat Guided Tour

Exeter's Red Coat Guided Tours are now back up and running daily at 11am. Whilst still free of charge, you just need to book your space in advance. Check out the new tour schedule and book your tickets here.

Have an action-packed climbing adventure! 

If the kids are feeling adventurous - or you want them to burn off some energy this half term - book them into Clip n Climb on Exeter Quayside, the ultimate vertical playground!

Take part in Crealy's Spookfest

The Crealy Spookfest is back for another year and is set to be more spooktacular than ever before with a range of Halloween activities and events, plus a free pumpkin for every child! Find out more and book tickets here.

Enjoy the great outdoors at Haldon Forest Park

Get some fresh air at Haldon Forest Park's 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Exeter. With miles of walking and cycling trails, forest play areas, treetop adventure at Go Ape, and The Ridge Café with its selection of homemade light bites and delicious cakes, this is the perfect place to spend the day enjoying the great outdoors!

Take part in family activities at St Nicholas Priory

Uncover the secrets of Exeter’s oldest building as part of a detective quiz, play games from the Tudor period, create your own brass rubbings, learn how to identify herbs and spices, and discover how to make butter and oils. Sessions are free but donations are welcomed. Find out more and book your space in advance here

Set sail with Stuart Line Cruises

This half term, get out on the water with Stuart Line Cruises from Exmouth. Check out the timetable for the week here, which includes cruises along the River Exe and out to sea to see some of the world’s most magnificent cruise liners, currently at anchor close to Teignmouth and Babbacombe.  

Visit the Donkey Sanctuary

Whilst the Donkey Sanctuary has been closed for a few months during the lockdown period, the donkeys have been pampered and spoilt and are now really looking forward to your visits again! The sanctuary has introduced ticketing during the school holidays between 24 October to 1 November. Book your free tickets here.

Halloween at the World of Country Life

Visit the World of Country Life in Exmouth this half term for Halloween fun and games. There will be a Halloween Trail, fancy dress competition and pumpkin carving. Find out more here.

Follow Killerton's Halloween Trail

Enjoy an autumnal wander around National Turst Killerton's beautiful grounds, whilst following the fun pumpkin trail! The trail is free but normal Killerton admission fees apply, book your visit in advance here

Spooky fun at Wildwood Escot

Visit Wildwood Escot to meet the infamous Witch of Wildwood for a spellbinding week of howl-oween half term fun, where the Saxon Village will fall under the spell of the Witch, and the Saxon Villagers will be on hand to share tales of England’s distant Anglo-Saxon past. Turn your hand to making your own magical wands and broomsticks and put your pumpkin carving skills to the test! Find out more here.

Half term adventure at Haven Banks 

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre on Exeter quayside offers outdoor courses and activity sessions for 8-14 year olds and 5-8 year olds on the "Little Adventurers" sessions. Courses and activity sessions include kayaking, canoeing, canoe expedition, sailing, rock climbing, climbing wall and stand up paddle boarding, improvised raft-building, archery, orienteering, team-building and bush craft skills! Find out more and book online here.

Escape the everyday with Red House Mysteries

Test your family's mystery-solving skills or pull off a heist with Red House Mysteries in Exeter, Devon's foremost interactive game and escape room company!

Search for Wally at Tiverton Museum

Join the search for Wally with your family at Tiverton Museum this October half term, part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search. Find out more here

Pick your own pumpkin at Darts Farm

Join Darts Farm for their first ever Pumpkin Festival, where you can pick-your-own pumpkins to take home & carve! Booking is not required, however, there is a limited entry protocol & therefore you may be asked to wait.

Visit our October half term page to find out what else is going on during the week. Looking for ways to celebrate Halloween safely at home? Check out our Exetercation: Celebrating Halloween at Home blog for tips and tricks to keep the kids entertained within the comfort of your own home! 

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery - RAMM
Museum
Royal Albert Memorial Museum Queen Street Exeter

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) is one of Exeter City Council’s flagship services. RAMM is also supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Stunning displays reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections. Exotic animals, birds and insects delight children and a changing programme of exhibitions and events means there is likely to be something different to see on every visit. Free entry gives everyone the freedom to visit many times and to stay any length of time.

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
Walking Tour
Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

The City's award winning Red Coat Guided Tours are provided by Exeter City Council and are the perfect way to explore Exeter, one of the oldest cities of England. Run by experienced qualified volunteer guides a variety of tours are available, each one focusing on a different aspect of Exeter's history and culture

Crealy Spookfest
Event
Spookfest Logo

The Crealy SpookFest is back for another year this October half term and is set to be more spooktacular than ever before with a range of Halloween activities and events for the whole family to enjoy! Plus, with free pumpkins for every child, you’re in for a treat, not trick, this Halloween!

Clip & Climb - Exeter Quay
Activity Centre
Person using Quay Climbing Centre

Enjoy climbing with your family or friends at the South West’s largest indoor climbing wall. The Quay Climbing Centre is located in the heart of Exeter’s Quayside in the Old Electricity Building.

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
Country Park/Nature Reserve
Haldon Forest Park - Forestry Commission - walking with view

COVID-19: Most facilities are open but running a little differently. Please check before you travel. Haldon Forest Park is made up of 3,500 acres of woodland, just 15 minutes from Exeter. Open 364 days a year, it’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors. With miles of trails for walkers, runners, cyclists and horse riders, there’s something for everyone at Haldon Forest Park. Enjoy expansive views, exhilarating mountain biking, tree top adventures and orienteering courses. What will you discover? Walking Whether you’re looking for an easy-going trail for all abilities, play and adventure for the children or peace and quiet to observe the wildlife, we have a trail for you. Cycling Head out onto trails to suit all ab

St Nicholas Priory
Abbey/Priory
St Nicholas Priory, exterior

Exeter’s oldest building, the original priory was turned into Tudor home and is now a performance and community venue. Come and experience 900 years of Exeter’s history and join us in discovering the secrets of our wonderful building.

Stuart Line Cruises
Boat Trip
Geology Day Trip

A family owned passenger boat business operating from Exmouth. With sailings along the East & South Devon coastline & River Exe. A large variety of trips available from scenic river cruises to all day excursions. Operating all year round.

The Donkey Sanctuary
Animal Collection
Family enjoys meeting donkey

Bring out the best in your herd and make memories that last a lifetime at The Donkey Sanctuary. Meet hundreds of adorable rescue donkeys for FREE and discover so much more besides.

Halloween Happenings at World of Country Life
Halloween
Halloween Happenings at World of Country Life

It’s that time of year again, join us at World of Country Life this half term for Halloween fun and games! There will be a Halloween Fancy Dress competition, so be sure to dress for the occasion, you can bet the team will be there in usual spooky attire. A super Halloween trail around the Exhibition Hall will entertain all the family, and Halloween wouldn’t be the same without the ever popular pumpkin carving.

Half Term Pumpkin Trail at Killerton
Participatory Event
Half Term Pumpkin Trail at Killerton

Enjoy a wander through the autumnal colours at Killerton while looking out for pumpkins and fun facts.

The Witch of Wildwood Escot
Halloween
The Witch of Wildwood Escot

The Witch of Wildwood returns this Halloween half term From Saturday 24 October – Sunday 1 November, we welcome back the infamous Witch of Wildwood for a spellbinding week of howl-oween half term fun. The Saxon Village will once again fall under the spell of the Witch, who may share some of her tricks with brave young witches and wizards.  The Saxon Villagers will also be on hand to share tales of England’s distant Anglo-Saxon past, when Halloween was celebrated as Samhain, and was a traditional Pagan festival marking the changing seasons – summer to winter, light to dark.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
Outdoor
View from across the Quay at Haven Banks

Outdoor activity centre. Sailing, windsurfing, caving, climbing and orienteering, raft building, canoeing. Overnight camps and residential visits.

Red House Mysteries
Alternative Days out
Red House Mystery

From Devon's most exciting Escape Rooms to monthly supernatural murder mysteries, large scale treasure hunts to postal and web-based interactive games - Red House Mysteries are here to inspire, intrigue and thrill.

Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life
Museum
Tiverton Museum bicycle

Tiverton Museum is an award-winning, family friendly local museum telling the history of Tiverton and Mid Devon. Explore the large collections from laundry to lace making, bicycles to brewing and carts to costume.

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Festival at Darts Farm
Agricultural
Pick Your Own Pumpkin Festival at Darts Farm

Come and join us outside on the farm for our first ever Pumpkin Festival, where you can pick-your-own pumpkins to take home & carve! Price will vary depending on the size & number of pumpkins you pick Please note, booking is not required. However, this is a COVID safe event with a limited entry protocol & therefore you may be asked to wait. We have been able to achieve rich pastures and thriving biodiversity through holistic land management and regenerative farming practices and we’re now growing more fruit and veg than ever... including our 'perfect for carving' pumpkins!

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