With the spooky season upon us you might be trying to plan some ‘fang-tastic’ days out with the family over half term. Luckily for you, Dartmouth has plenty of great events and attractions to visit throughout the week to keep everyone entertained.
Autumn Family Trail at Coleton Fishacre, Kingswear (3rd October – 27th November)
Soak up the changing of the season with a family trail at Coleton Fishacre, a beautiful 1920s Art Deco house and state set in Kingswear. Hunt for the bright colours of autumn, listen to the sounds of nature and keep an eye out for fallen forest gems. The trail guide is available to pick up from the Visitor Reception and runs every day through October and on weekends in November.
Autumn Family Trail at Greenway, Galmpton (3rd October – 27th November)
Greenway House is the beautiful estate in Galmpton near Brixham where the iconic crime writer Agatha Christie would spend her holidays relaxing by the river, or imagining her next mystery book in the library! The house is filled with a lovely collection of books and silver wear once owned by Agatha herself, and in the garden, the woodlands trail all the way down to the river. Take part in their Autumn Family Trail and travel through the trees in the Greenway garden.
Pennywell Pumpkin Patch, Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh (1st– 30th October)
If you’re looking for a day out filled with friendly animals and some ‘spook-tacular’ Halloween activities, perhaps take the family out to Pennywell Farm. Alongside their hands-on farmyard activities, rides, shows and displays, all visitors will be able to choose their very own pumpkin from their pumpkin patch. Pennywell Farm will also be hosting their haunting Halloween trail so if you help Paddy the Pumpkin to find it’s friends, you’ll receive a Halloween treat!
Dartmouth Food Festival (21st – 23rd October)
Loved by locals and visitors to Dartmouth alike, Dartmouth Food Festival returns to our town for another year of foodie festivities! There’s an exciting and eclectic array of events with celebrity chef demonstrations, tasting experiences, food markets and more, all set within the beautiful backdrop of the River Dart and Royal Avenue Gardens.
October Half Term and Halloween at Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay (24th – 30th October)
Over the half term and Halloween Babbacombe Model Village will be transforming their grounds into a devilishly delightful garden with miniature Halloween themed characters and scenes spooking their usual residents. With your ticket you can stay until the evening for their Halloween illuminations which will light up the garden in a truly ‘boo-tiful’ manner.
Lantern Making Workshops at The Flavel Arts Centre (26th – 28th October)
This half term The Flavel Arts Centre will be hosting a ‘fang-tastic’ 3 days of children’s Halloween lantern making workshops led by Candlelit Dartmouth. Your tickets give you access to two sessions over two days, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th will be structure making, whilst Friday 28th will be a decorative session. Two workshops a day will take place, the first from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm and children under 12 are required to be accompanied by an adult.
Rocky Horror Picture Show at The Flavel Arts Centre (29th October)
The iconic Rocky Horror Picture Show will be screened at The Flavel Arts Centre on Saturday 29th October. Get ready for Halloween and the spooky season with this 1975 classic starring Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon and Meat Loaf. Whilst this isn’t a sing along event, it’s very much encouraged and fancy dress is very welcome. Tickets cost £10 and include a welcome Halloween cocktail on arrival.
Forest Bathing – Reconnecting with Nature from the Inside Out, Dittiscombe Estate, Slapton (29th October)
If all this spookiness has got you a little on edge, why not step into the magic of the woods to enjoy a total immersion into the joy, beauty and healing power of nature at Dittiscombe Estate. Enjoy a forest bathing session at this beautiful estate to relieve yourself from the stresses of everyday life on Saturday 29th October.
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