Things to do with the Family this October Half Term


Things to do this October with the family

October half term could be a pleasant respite from school runs, homework and packed lunches or, you could find yourself struggling for childcare and looking for affordable things to keep you and your family entertained! We’ve come up with a few ideas which may help – and not all involve booking a short break here with us in sunny Torquay! This being said, why not check out our special offers and join us for a October Half Term?

This year, Halloween falls on Wednesday 31st October which means for most of us in Torbay, this is a school night. With this in mind most of the Torbay attractions, including us here at TLH Leisure Resort, will be enjoying a weekend of spooktacular fun. If you’re staying on the English Riviera, or live locally, we’ve highlighted some of our favourite Halloween activities.

Halloween in the Caves

The prehistoric caves of Kents Cavern lend themselves brilliantly to terrifying the socks off even the most cynical teenager! Between 20th and 31st October, you can join them for some spooooky activities…. with cave tours, the Ghost joke trail, Spooky Dig and the Underground
Pumpkin hunt.  There are regular tours throughout the day, plus Halloween themed activities including an underground pumpkin hunt, woodland bat challenge, guess the weight of the pumpkin and make your own bat  friend to take home with you. No need to book – just turn up! Visit their website to find out more!

Venture a little further afield and Woodlands Park have a host of family fun Halloween themed activities planned, suitable for all ages, while back in Torquay, Cockington Court will be hosting a Halloween Festival with arts and crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Dinosaur Halloween Horrors

During half term discover the Halloween Horrors that have invaded Torquay’s Dinosaur World. Save the dinosaurs from the wicked witch and the ghastly ghosts and ghouls, and take the Halloween Horrors Hunt to win a Dinosaur Expert Certificate and a FREE 160-million-year-old fossil. PLUS, from 3.30pm everyday visit for their ‘Lights Out Torch Tour’ to explore the exhibition in the dark, listen to a scary ghost story, and meet our NEW baby T Rex. Will you be brave enough?

halloween-dinosaur world

Dinosaur World Torquay

And don’t forget you can get up close and personal with amazing dinosaurs, learn about these amazing creatures, discover fascinating fossils, & even sit on deadly dinosaurs. Don’t miss out on all the scary Halloween fun during October ½ term – it’s rooaarsome!!

World Scrabble Championships 2018

Mattel, is delighted to announce that the World Scrabble Championships 2018 and the World Junior Scrabble Championships 2018, will be held at The Riviera International Conference Centre (ERC) – located in the heart of the English Riviera, in Torquay. The event will run from 20th October 2018 to 28th October 2018.

scrabble 2018

World scrabble championships 2018

World Junior Scrabble Championships open to players aged 21 and under and will take place over 24 rounds will be played over 3 days (Saturday 20th October – Monday 22nd October). World Scrabble Championships open to all players will be 2 divisions with 35 games will be played over 4 days with the top 8 returning to play on the final Saturday in a Quarter Final and Semi-Final with the Grand Final to complete the week on Sunday 28th.

Throughout the week we will be holding various fun and educational activities, for children and adults of all ages, schools and families, to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Scrabble™ . You can find all the information you need at their official site.

Kids for a Quid at South Devon Railway

There’s a special half term treat for lovers of steam trains and beautiful Devon countryside on the South Devon Railway: it’s Kids for a Quid week! From 20 – 26 October 2018, all children will be able travel between Buckfastleigh and Totnes for just £1, as long as they come with a grown up, of course! All children age 3-15 travel for £1. Children age 0-2 travel FREE. No need to book ahead, just pay your £1 at the booking office!

Come and take a ride! Trains run all day.



Halloween at TLH

Come and celebrate Halloween at with us at TLH. Aztec Bistro has a special menu all ready for Halloween including burgers, cocktails and ice-screams! Head over the Alberts Bar for their Halloween Bash on Saturday 27th October with karaoke and disco. Why not try a pumpkin spice Baileys or their special burger. For our younger visitors, come on down to Aztec Games for a free family Halloween Party on Saturday 27th October from 6pm-9pm. There will be themed menus, lots of fun and games, fancy dress competition plus lots more.

aztec games halloween party free entry

If  you’re looking to take a short break over the October Half Term,  then head over to our Autumn breaks pages and take a look. There are Kids Under 10 Free offers even over half term!

Whatever you decide to do this Halloween, make sure you check out our Halloween Pinterest board for lots of fun and unusual Halloween ideas and above all, be safe!

Sally Starling

Sally Starling

Marketing Assistant at TLH Leisure Resort
Second generation full 'Torquinian'. Passionate netballer, big fan of the great outdoors and all things unusual.
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