Half Term in Dartmouth is a delightful time for families to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy a break filled with adventure and exploration. Dartmouth is known for its stunning landscapes, and autumn offers a captivating display of changing foliage and crisp sea air.
Halloween is a particularly exciting time in Dartmouth. The town’s historic architecture, including its medieval and Tudor-style buildings, creates a spooky and mysterious atmosphere that is perfect for Halloween festivities! Walking through the cobbled streets, you’ll find charming shops and restaurants adorned with pumpkins, skeletons, and cobwebs.
If you’re visiting Dartmouth over Half Term or Halloween, check out some of the top things to do and events to partake in below!
Attractions to visit near Dartmouth:
Babbacombe Model Village, Torquay
As you stroll through this enchanting village, you’ll marvel at the tiny residents, cars, and even working railways that bring this miniature world to life. It’s a captivating experience that appeals to all ages and provides a unique perspective on the beauty of the English countryside.
Over Half Term and Halloween, from the 21st – 31st October, Babbacombe Model Village will be transformed into a spooky wonderland with Halloween-themed character and scenes haunting the miniature folk of the village. Find out more about this spook-tastic event here.
Pennywell Farm, Buckfastleigh
Nestled in the heart of South Devon’s rolling countryside, Pennywell Farm is a charming and family-friendly attraction that offers a taste of rural life.
This working farm allows visitors to get up close and personal with a variety of adorable animals, from miniature pigs and fluffy bunnies to playful goats and friendly deer.
The farm’s activities include hands-on animal encounters, entertaining shows, and opportunities to engage in traditional farming activities like milking goats.
Pennywell’s Pumpkin Festival runs from the 30th September – 29th October during weekends and the half term holiday and promises to be bigger and better than the years before! You’ll have access to the pumpkin patch, the fang-tastic pumpkin trail, live music, marshmallow toasting, a dress-up competition and so much more!
Coleton Fishacre House & Garden, Kingswear
Coleton Fishacre is a hidden gem located in Kingswear, overlooking the coastline. This Arts and Crafts-style house, surrounded by lush gardens, was the former country retreat of the D’Oyly Carte family, known for their connection to the Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
The house itself boasts elegant interiors, filled with Art Deco features, period furniture, and a rich history. However, it’s the meticulously landscaped gardens that truly steal the show. Visitors can explore the terraced gardens, featuring exotic plants, vibrant blooms, and breathtaking coastal views.
This autumn Coleton Fishacre have a free Wild Colour Trail to be explored. Explore how different plants are used to make dyes and have a go at natural art on Wild Wednesdays during half-term. Find out more here.
Greenway House, Galmpton
Situated on the banks of the River Dart in Galmpton, Greenway House is a historic and picturesque property with a fascinating history.
This grand Georgian mansion was once the beloved holiday home of the famous mystery writer Agatha Christie. Visitors to Greenway can explore the beautifully preserved house, which provides an intimate glimpse into Christie’s life, with rooms filled with her personal belongings, collections, and even some of her works.
The months leading up to winter are a feast for the senses at Greenway – from spotting wildlife getting ready to hibernate to the changing colours of the trees, the crunch of leaves underfoot and fallen forest gems to discover. From the 7th – 29th October Greenway are hosting a fun, free family-oriented self-led trail which encourages you to stop and see, smell, feel and be active. You can pick up the free trail and pencil on arrival at Visitor Reception and explore the different areas of the garden at Greenway.
Plus, on Friday 20th & 27th October Join Sarah, Founder of The Seal Project, for a pop-up talk down at the Boathouse all about seals. You might even be able to spot a few too! Click here to find out more.
Events in Dartmouth
Dartmouth Food Festival (20th – 22nd October)
The Dartmouth Food Festival is a culinary celebration that tantalizes taste buds and showcases the finest flavours of the South West. Taking over the whole town, this festival gathers together local chefs, food producers, and artisans to offer a delightful array of gourmet treats and culinary delights.
Visitors can savour delectable dishes, sample artisanal cheeses, sip on local wines and craft beers, and enjoy cooking demonstrations by renowned chefs.
With its vibrant atmosphere, waterfront setting, and a wide variety of food and drink experiences, the Dartmouth Food Festival is a must-visit for food enthusiasts seeking to explore the rich culinary traditions of the region.
The Canterville Ghost, The Flavel Art Centre (21st – 26th October)
Looking for the perfect family-friendly film for the upcoming half term? Look no further! This captivating, animated adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s timeless children’s story features an all-star voice cast, including the likes of Stephen Fry, Miranda Hart, Emily Carey, Hugh Laurie, and Imelda Staunton.
The film follows the centuries-old plight of Sir Simon Canterville, a spectral resident of his castle, in search of a descendant who can break his curse through a brave act. There’s just one problem—he keeps scaring away potential saviours! However, hope arises when a fearless family moves in, refusing to be frightened, and Sir Simon finally has a chance to recount his tale to the curious and brave Virginia.
Can this unlikely pair withstand the challenges posed by The Ghost Catcher and The Reverend and bring harmony to the haunted house, ultimately setting Sir Simon free? Don’t miss this enchanting adventure for the whole family during the half term break!
AngelHeaded Hipster, The Flavel Arts Centre (21st October)
This documentary is the perfect film for music lovers. Showing at The Flavel on the 21st October, AngelHeaded Hipster marks the pioneering documentary that delves deep into the intricate and groundbreaking music and lyrical genius of Marc Bolan and T. Rex.
This film weaves together archival performances and insightful interviews with Bolan himself, as well as music icons like Elton John and Ringo Starr. Additionally, it presents captivating musical renditions by esteemed artists such as Nick Cave, John Cameron Mitchell, Joan Jett, Macy Gray, U2, Lucinda Williams, Father John Misty, and the talented son of Marc Bolan, Rolan Bolan, among others.
Aerial Silks and Hoops Workshop, The Flavel Arts Centre (23rd October)
Due to the overwhelming popularity of our aerial workshops last year, The Flavel Arts Centre are excited to announce their return this upcoming October half-term.
Join the talented Onyx Circus team at The Flavel for a unique and thrilling experience that combines aerial and acrobatics. This workshop will be dedicated to the captivating world of aerial silks and hoops, featuring distinctive poses, seamless transitions, and breath-taking drops, all with a dash of acrobatic flair.
No matter your skill level, we welcome participants of all backgrounds, and our workshop is led by two expert aerial instructors. For more details, please visit our website. Don’t miss this opportunity to soar to new heights with us!
Dartmouth Rock Choir & Pre-Show Supper, The Flavel Arts Centre (27th October)
Head to The Flavel on the 27th October for a thrilling concert featuring the Dartmouth Rock Choir as they perform an array of song arrangements from acclaimed artists like Queen, Keane, Elbow, Billy Joel, and Fleetwood Mac.
Dartmouth Rock Choir is an inclusive adult choir that warmly welcomes participants of all vocal ranges and abilities. With weekly rehearsals during term time, we’re always excited to embrace new members into our musical family.
In honour of this special performance, The Flavel Bistro is delighted to offer a delectable two-course meal. Indulge in their Slow Cooked Lamb and apricot tagine, accompanied by herb yogurt and toasted almond couscous. (A Vegetarian Tagine option is also available.) As a sweet finale, enjoy their mouth-watering Sticky Toffee Pudding served with a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream. Yum! Find out more here.
Dartmouth’s Half Term and Halloween celebrations provide a perfect blend of natural beauty, family-friendly activities, and spooky fun. Whether you’re exploring the stunning landscapes during Half Term or immersing yourself in the magical Halloween atmosphere, Dartmouth promises an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages. So, pack your costumes, grab your candy bags, and set off for a memorable adventure in this charming coastal town.