Seven Half Term Treats This October

Written by: Elmtree Press

With the weather changing it is time to look forward to some autumn treats to uplift the spirits.  Half Term will soon be upon us to here are some ideas of what to do with the kids this October.

Burton Agnes Hall & Gardens, East Yorkshire

The Autumn Festival at Burton Agnes Hall Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October 

The Festival brings together an inspiring group of local food, drink and craft exhibitors.  It is a jolly weekend of shopping, feasting and festivities in and around the Elizabethan family home - and a carefully selected band of stallholders offering their unique, hand crafted gifts and crafts has been selected to tempt you with their goodies. Amongst other events, there will be live music, art and craft demos, garden tours exploring the autumnal walled garden, and seasonal nature walks to inspire children. 

A vintage fair organ will billow tunes to entertain browsing visitors, traditional street performances include sword dancing and Morris dancing, and the Elizabethan house will be open to explore, with Christmas craft demonstrations taking place. The young at heart can enjoy letting off steam in the woodland adventure playground, which opened earlier this year. 

Halloween Horrors

Spooky Halloween Trail Burton Agnes Hall 26th October until 3rd November   

If you are feeling brave this half term, why not venture over to Burton Agnes Hall and take part in their spooky woodland trail? 

Every Halloween, fearless visitors are welcomed to an eerie hunt round the Hall’s atmospheric woodland, where clues are hidden amidst dramatic and creative spooky Halloween scenes, with fishing skeletons and much more new for 2019!  Once the entire puzzle has been solved, a treat awaits in the Gift Shop. 

After the thrill of the spooky woodland trail, visitors can relax in the comfort of the courtyard and enjoy homemade meals, light bites and indulgent treats in the café, while the courtyard shops will be brimming with original gifts and seasonal and Yorkshire-made produce. Visitors can also choose from a range of home grown plants, propagated from the gardens. 

The spooky Halloween woodland trail runs from 26th October to 3rd November and is designed for all the family to enjoy. There is no extra charge for the trail: admission is included in the normal Gardens price and is free for Burton Agnes Hall members.

Wensleydale Railway, Leyburn - SOLD OUT!

 Autumnal Afternoon Tea 20 October

A really nice and gently way to view the autumn colours of the trees changing to their autumnal glow is by taking the train and enjoying an afternoon tea.  they are  The afternoon tea will consist of a selection of locally produced sandwiches, pastries and cakes served on delicate vintage china. You will be served with unlimited tea and coffee with a bar for additional drinks. Sadly this has been so popular it has already sold out.  But look out for more afternoon tea trips as the railway runs them fairly frequently.

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresbrough

Visit England’s Oldest Tourist Attraction for a good old-fashioned scare, this Halloween which is suitable for all ages. Follow the haunted trail through the historic woodland to find monsters, ghosts and skeletons hiding around every corner. We encourage you to do your best monster impression and join in our costume competition every day at 2pm.

The attraction will be transformed into a ghoulish event for all the family. Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm).

For discounted tickets book online 
Knaresborough, HG5 8DD
01423 864600

Romans at DIG- 26th and 27th October

Ever wanted to chat to a Roman? Now’s your chance! We’ll have real-life Romans at DIG this half term – they’ll be demonstrating how Romans would have lived and you can find out what life was like for a York resident 2000 years ago, including how they would have cooked!

Plus kids can have the usual fun in our dig pits, and you can explore our new exhibition, Life and Death in Eboracum, to find out what archaeological excavations have told us so far about Roman York.

Terry Deary Book Signing – The Rotten Romans 1st November 

Come to DIG and meet bestselling author Terry Deary, who will be signing copies of his hilarious and iconic Horrible Histories book, The Rotten Romans. 

Your ticket includes a copy of the book, the chance to chat to Terry Deary and entry to our new exhibition, Life and Death in Eboracum, featuring Roman artefacts uncovered over four decades of excavations. 

Pre-booking is essential. Sessions are available from 10am to 14.30pm. Price £10.00

A new exhibition by talented Yorkshire artist Diana Bourne-Arton is to open in at The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, featuring works inspired by the landscape of Yorkshire. 

Diana is a contemporary artist living in North Yorkshire, who draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape, and from her love of travel. After raising her family, Diana completed an HND in Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University, and has since dedicated herself to painting vivid, compelling paintings full of light and colour that verge on the abstract.

 “My inspiration is drawn from the nature that surrounds me; I enjoy experimenting but there are recurring themes which run through my work that give me great pleasure to paint, such as water. Colour is all important too, a flash, or spark in this monochrome world. I still have a long way to go but the journey is fascinating.”

The works presented by Diana in this exhibition are a reflection of passing time, executed in both oils and watercolours. One of Diana’s favourite subjects are the Moors of the Yorkshire Dales. She says of the subject: “They are not a monotone landscape that at first glance they may appear, but full of undulations, twists and turns not to mention wildlife!  I work from sketches done in situ, which are then worked up in the studio.  The colours I use are probably irrational, but they seem right.”

 All of Diana’s vibrant paintings are for sale. “My goal as an artist is to create something which you instantly fall in love with, as well as looking incredible in your home”.

The exhibition is open to the public daily, and is free to enter. 

Autumn Colour at The Himalayan Garden, Grewelthorpe near Ripon 

Now until November 3rd 

This is one of the most stunning and important gardens in the North of England.  Visit now to see a value cloaked in autumn colour and wander amongst the interesting sculptures that grace these gardens.  Tickets £9 for adults

Lightwater Valley Theme Park, Ripon  is beginning preparations for its annual transformation into Frightwater Valley as part of its Halloween event (October 26th – 31st). 

For the past decade Frightwater Valley has provided horribly good fun for visitors brave enough to take part in its spooktacular event, and staff are aiming to make their 10-year anniversary one to remember. 

From family-friendly scares to truly terrifying encounters there’s something for Halloween fans of all ages to enjoy.

For younger visitors there will be Spooky Character Meet and Greets, Scary Magic Shows and Monster Knock Doors. Visitors can also join in the frightful fun as part of the Halloween Fancy Dress Competition which will be taking place on the Lightwater stage at 3.30pm each day. Step on board the Frightwater Spooky Train where passengers will embark upon a route around the creepy theme park.There is also the chance to enjoy some grown-up thrills and chills inside the Live Scare Maze!  The maze is definitely not for the faint-hearted and not suitable for children under the age of 12 due to the extreme nature of the scares.

The thrills and chills culminate with the Frightwater Finale lakeside fireworks spectacular (6pm Saturday, 5.30pm Sunday-Wednesday). Plus with over 35 rides and attractions for fun seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is one of the UK’s most popular theme parks. 

Among its signature rides is the 1.5 mile long Ultimate rollercoaster – the longest coaster ride in Europe - and the Eagle’s Claw aerial ride.

Frightwater Valley is taking place from Saturday, October 26th – Thurday, October 31st at Lightwater Valley, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 3HT. For details visit or call 01765 635321.

Halloween celebrations run from the 12th of October until the 3rd of November, every day during this period we have our Halloween quiz running, finding lost bones in our gardens and on the 31st we will be having our usual fancy dress competition, with prizes on offer for the best costumes, this is open to Adults as well as Children.

The Forbidden Corner,Near Leyburn

Running from the 12th of October until the 3rd of November, every day during this period we have our Halloween quiz running, finding lost bones in our gardens and on the 31st we will be having our usual fancy dress competition, with prizes on offer for the best costumes, this is open to Adults as well as Children.  Pre booking essential contact 01969 640638 to book.

York Dungeon, York

This October, The York Dungeon will become the Home of Halloween, offering unique experiences across the year’s spookiest season.

Amazing live actors and 360 degree sets will fully immerse guests in the darkest parts of old York’s history. Along the way, guests will meet such notorious residents as Guy Fawkes and highwayman Dick Turpin. This Halloween, the attraction is ramping up the scares in their most recent show, The Curse of the Witch; an intense experience featuring infamous local witch Isabella Billington. The show has been dubbed “the scariest show in Dungeon history”. 

“We’re upping the ante like never before. All of our incredible shows will push the “scary-fun” vibe of The Dungeons to new extremes, bringing to life York’s darkest history” said Performance Manager Rachael Garwood. “Honestly, it’s so exciting to showcase this unique part of York’s past and present the horrible stories in such a thrilling way.” 

Throughout the month, the award-winning attraction opens its doors to an unsuspecting public for a frightfully fun season of macabre scenes from the past. In addition to the attraction tour, the Dungeon have partnered up with City River Cruises again for their famous Halloween Cruise on the Ouse. The family friendly experience allows guests to step aboard an old, abandoned ship on the city’s famous River Ouse. Hosted by the Black Jester,  audiences will discover famous Yorkshire prophet Old Mother Shipton and the outrageous George “Georgie Porgie” Villiers - the 2nd Duke of Buckingham – shaped some horrible parts of history.  

The York Dungeon is also sponsoring the famous Great York Ghost Search, in association with VisitYork. There are many ghosts hidden around the city. Find them, and you could win some amazing prizes, including Merlin Magic Passes! 

The Home of Halloween runs 5th October – 3rd November. Halloween Cruise on the Ouse runs 27th-31st October at 18:00 and 20:00. To book, please visit The Great York Ghost Search runs 11th October – 1st November