Select Page

The October half term holidays are a great time to get your kids out and about. With many great days out and YHA’s offering a range of accommodation options dotted around England and Wales, we’re sure we have the perfect holiday spot for you and your little ones. Here are our top picks for things to do in October half term:


CONKERS, the award-winning attraction situated at the heart of the National Forest, is a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your loved ones entertained for hours on end. Explore the 120 acres of enchanted woodland and lakes, fly high on the fantastic adventure play areas, hop on the Conkerchoo Train, or discover the below surface of the earth with The Warrens.

Whatever type of adventure you decide to take, you’re sure to have a fun-filled day out at CONKERS this October half term.

YHA National Forest is located next door, so book your half term holiday now!

Cotswold Farm Park

Head to Cotswold Farm Park for ample autumnal activities, including pumpkin picking in the October half term holidays. There will be cauldrons of ghostly fun to be had. Get ready to find your own plump orange brutes, great for ghoulish carvings and delicious pie-making for when you return.

YHA Cotswolds is a 30-minute car journey away, making it a great base for your family day out.  

Oakwood Theme Park

Oakwood’s Spooktacular is a must for October half term holidays, filled with spooks and thrills for everyone. For younger visitors, there are plenty of family friendly attractions, whilst older families, you’re set to be in for a scare with the park’s Halloween offering and late-night coaster riding. Get ready for heart racing and spine-tingling thrills and laughter for all the family.

YHA Broad Haven is a 30-minute car journey away, making it a great accommodation choice for all the family.

Gruffalo Adventure at Kew Gardens

Set off on a Gruffalo Adventure around Kew Gardens, as you play Hide and Seek with the mighty character, hiding in the woods this autumn. Follow the footprints and objects the character has left behind and figure out the clues on the family-friendly trail. Little Gruffalo-hunters can dress up as the curious brown mouse and lead the way through the enchanted woodland.  The perfect family day out this October half term.

YHA London Earls Court is situated 20 minutes away, so book your half term holiday spot today.  

National Railway Museum

If your kids are steam engine crazy, then the National Railway Museum will have them riveted. Explore over 300 years of railway history. Let your little ones’ imaginations run wild with the family-friendly science shows and storytelling, let off steam in the indoor play area or experience the thrill of being on the footplate of the world’s fastest steam locomotive on the exciting simulator ride.

YHA York is a 20-minute walk away from the museum, making it the perfect base for a half term getaway.

Discover autumn colours

Jump in crunchy leaves, find shiny conkers, and explore beautiful parkland with all the family, as autumn is finally here for us to welcome. Ramble through the autumn colours at some of the beautiful parks and gardens the National Trust care for. More than 135 gardens and parklands are open through advance booking, making it the perfect spot for the little ones to explore and take in the beautiful surroundings around them this half term.

Some of our faves:

Trengwainton Garden– 14-minute drive away from YHA Land’s End.

The Dahlia Garden at Anglesey Abbey– 19-minute drive away from YHA Cambridge.

Dunham Massey– 20-minute drive away from YHA Manchester.

Copyright: JenkoAtaman, Angleov, Aneese, Mistervlad, kmiragaya, M-image, Tatiana / Adobe Stock

Written by Ruby Higton

Here is Ruby and she is a digital marketer at YHA. She looks after all things social media, as well as content writing for and SEO. Her favourite YHA is YHA Perranporth.

You may also like

ActivitiesThings to do in October half term 2020