What's on this October Half Term

As the leaves start turning brown and you’re digging out the coats, the impending anticipation for October festivities is creeping upon us all. A month full of pumpkins, ghouls and witches, toasted marshmallows, the odd scarecrow and to top it off, October half-term! And on the Isle of Wight, that means a whole two weeks off school. So, what can you do with all that time off? We have put together a guide on the very best things to do and see on the Island this October.

Frights & Sprites at Blackgang Chine

Blackgang Chine’s Frights & Sprites is back! The family-friendly event takes place throughout the October half term, between 11am-3pm each day.

Brave the Rumpus Mansion and watch the ghostly characters cause mischief in their LIVE performance. Head towards the hall of mirrors and discover the spookiest of discos with ghoulish gremlins scattering the floor.

Meet Cedric the Dragon and Blackgang’s very own Fairy Queen whilst taking part in an array of spooky activities! Don't forget to put your best costume on too, there is going to be a fancy-dress competition each day!


Autumn Days and Evenings at Robin Hill

Spend an evening at Robin Hill and soak up the atmosphere with the illuminated woodland, which has been brought to life with unique entertainment. Expect to see an excellent DJ and a live band perform across two stages, with street performers and soloists parading the paths. Enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at the Woodland Pond Bar which is open until late.

Make sure to pre-book your tickets as admission for the park’s Autumn Evenings is exclusively available to ticket holders who book for those dates. Free return admission will not be permitted. This event is expected to sell out very quickly, so Robin Hill advise booking as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

To enable Robin Hill to manage visitors’ numbers, tickets will need to be purchased directly with them. Please see here to book - Book Now


Wizard Week at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

­Experience a magical week of spooky goings-on at the railway. Witches, wizards and ghouls take over Havenstreet this half term with some wickedly, wonderful fun.

There will be so much to do and see at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, expect to see a magician performing magic tricks and witches casting magic spells. Watch the sky as birds of prey from Haven Falconry swoop by, make sure to keep an eye out for the owl, because what’s more halloween-y than an owl? Look out for Greg Chapman in the station yard, he will be performing amazing illusions and telling terrible tales. Then to finish off a day of spooks and frights, take the terrifying treasure hunt trail around the grounds before boarding the steam train where treats will be handed out by a crafty witch.

Visit the Isle of Wight Steam Railway website to book and find out more. information


Fright Night at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway

­Are you brave enough to ride the spooky night train? On Halloween night, dress up in your best costumes and make your way to Havenstreet for a night to remember…

Step aboard the steam train and watch as it tracks through the pitch dark woodland and look out across the desolate countryside, is there anything out there watching you?

Back at the station, take the tricky trail of the haunted woodland walk to discover what hides in the shadows.

For a night full of frights, visit Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s website and book your tickets.


Pick your own Pumpkin Patch

­Wanda the Witch is returning to Tapnell Farm Park this October half term and she is going to be growing a magical pumpkin patch, with the help of her goofy scarecrow friends. So you and your friends can choose the very best pumpkin.

But it is not as easy as it sounds! You will have to make your way through the Spooktacular maze and past the silly scarecrows to be able to access Wanda’s pumpkin patch. But when you do, you will have the best choice of pumpkins just for you! You can then take your pumpkin home and decorate it, just in time for Halloween. Make sure to light your pumpkins on your front porch, as Wanda will be flying past to see!

PLUS if you are visiting on the 31 October, make sure to arrive in your spookiest costume as there will be prizes given to the best dressed. (Yes grownups, that includes you too!)

You must purchase your pumpkin online beforehand, keep an eye out on Tapnell Farms Facebook page for more info.


Spooky Carisbrooke Castle

­This October half term, Carisbrooke Castle will be transforming into a haunted castle of nightmares!

Gather your little monsters and visit the castle for a ghoulish day out! There will be a frightening trail where creepy clues will lead you through, followed by spooky stories for all to enjoy. Do not forget to dress up as there will be a frighteningly fun fancy-dress competition each and every day!

To book your tickets, visit the Carisbrooke Castle website now.

Red Funnel Ferry Blog

17 September 2020

By Red Funnel in Articles