We know what you're thinking - "how is it October half term already?" and "where is this year going?" If you're wondering where to take the kids this year, look no further than a day out in Exeter. Packed with historic attractions, live theatre, thrilling activities and more - Exeter is a city break that won't break the bank this October half term. Read on and let us inspire your next visit to our city...

Embark on the Gruffalo Spotter Trail at Haldon Forest

Head up to Haldon Forest this October half term and embark on the Gruffalo Spotter Trail - spot the signs and see what creatures you can find! You'll interact with all your favourite characters as you search for the Gruffalo, with Haldon's interactive app! Find out more here. Be quick, the trail is only available until December!

See The Dong with A Luminous Nose at Exeter Cygnet Theatre

Book your tickets to see The Dong with A Luminous Nose at Exeter Cygnet Theatre, on 28th & 29th October. With a huge and colourful cast of 100 puppets, this production explores that difficult age between being a child and becoming an adult. 

#ExploreIndoors 

A trip to Exeter during half term would be incomplete without visiting our award-winning indoor attractions! You can travel back in time as you delve into Exeter’s past, set yourself a new challenge with an exciting activity and even let our city entertain you at music and theatre events. Did you know? Many of our historic attractions are free to enter, making discovery available to all in our city! Find out more start planning where you'd like to visit first.

Treat yourself to a scrumptious lunch

One of Exeter's amazing qualities is its incredible food and drink, with most eateries offering child-friendly options. Haven't tried it for yourself? Download the Exeter Food and Drink Trail and choose where you'd like to indulge - after all, you'll need to refuel after your busy morning of exploring! 

Purchase tickets for Stickman at Exeter Northcott 

Stick Man, the award-winning production is back at Exeter Northcott Theatre! The delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s book prides itself to be "touching, funny and utterly original." 

Challenge yourself at Quay Climbing Centre

Let the kids burn off some steam and challenge themselves at the Quay Climbing Centre, the South West's largest indoor climbing wall. Inside they even have Clip 'N Climb - a colourful, action-packed experience for the young ones and the young at heart!

Experience a 'Museum at Large' Event

Have your heard? The Royal Albert Memorial Museum is teaming up with Northcott Theatre, the Phoenix, Princesshay and even more partners and artists, to bring the museum’s collection to the streets of Exeter, from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 October. Find out more here.

Try something new at Land Rover Experience West Country

Perhaps you're looking for a special present, for a loved one to experience this October half term? Get the kids behind the wheel at Land Rover Experience Westcountry, with their Young Off-Roaders Experience, especially for 11-17 year olds! Tackle slopes, move around obstacles and drive through water - all will be recorded so they can impress their friends. Visit their website for more information.

Get on the water

Discover your adventurous side with a session on the water on a paddleboard, kayak or canoe at Exeter Quay. Stop by AS Watersports or Saddles and Paddles to hire all of the equipment you need!

Take a dip in the pool

Have you heard? Riverside Leisure Centre re-opened to the public last year! Book your October half term session and enjoy the 25m swimming pool and learner pool. 

Meet new furry friends at The Donkey Sanctuary

Visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, the home of hundreds of friendly donkeys. Get to know them and how they're taken care of, take a gorgeous autumnal walk and grab a bite to eat in their award-winning restaurant. 

Test your problem solving skills

Put your problem-solving skills to the test at Locked In Room - with 4 themed rooms and 2 exciting storylines, this new attraction is the ultimate multi-escape experience. You will have a total of 60 minutes to solve a series of tests, puzzles and clues, there's even capacity for a group of 24 players!

Find something special at the Fore Street Flea Market

Head to Exeter's West Quarter on Sunday 24th October, for the Fore Street Flea Market! The event will celebrate our local businesses and will be open to the public between 12pm – 4pm. Expect local artists and makers, vintage fashion, collectables, furniture and much more, plus street food and children’s activities on the day! There's even a special Halloween Fore Street Flea on 31st October! Find out more here.

Travel back in time at St Nicholas Priory

Tales and Temporality Art Exhibition - 24th October

You're invited to attend a special exhibition launch at St Nicholas Priory on 24th October! Join art historian and local artist Sarah Spencer as she showcases her work, which has been inspired by Exeter's oldest building. Find out more here.

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“Soul Cake” baking, plague masks, and pomanders - 26th October

Be inspired by St Nicholas Priory's wonderful building and kitchen, learn how to bake “soul cakes”, make plague masks, and pomanders! This fun family activity session is suitable for children aged 6 – 12 - find out more here and book your space, you have a choice of a morning or afternoon session.

Get creative at RAMM

Head to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum this October half term and let your imagination run wild with their Ancient Jewellery Workshop. Create your very own unique, ancient necklace or tablet decorated with your name written in cuneiform, just like the Egyptians!

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Ham and Passion at the Cygnet Theatre (c) Maria Falconer

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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.

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The Exeter Northcott Theatre has been the home of high-quality professional theatre in Exeter and Devon for 50 years. The varied programme includes drama, dance, opera, ballet, music, workshops, community and educational events.

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