Guide to October Half Term Activities

Mellow autumn has arrived and with it a half term week full of magic. Here’s a round-up of sights and sounds to experience on the Isle of Wight this autumn half term.


Diwali at Robin Hill

A spectacular festival of lights fills the woodland area of Robin Hill from 6pm to 10pm daily from September 29th to November 4th. There’s the Woodland Ponds water projections and the Taj Mahal Garden, plus clouds of colour in the Holi powder arena and a new Neon Jungleand electro-lights circus in the amphitheatre. Also new for 2018 is Jungle Heights, in the treetops.

On Fridays and Saturdays you can try Rangoli Art and Lantern Decorating workshops, traditional henna art and watchstreet entertainment. And during October half term, there’s Spirit of Yoga and Dancing the Chakras workshops as well as Dr DJ and Bollywood dancers.

To complete the authentic Indian experience, there authentic Indian curries and kebabs, Asian sweet treats and traditional teas.

Wicked Nights at Blackgang

Brand new for 2018 is Wicked Nights at Blackgang Chine, a themed horror event that includes a terrifying tour of the Demolition site, The Cursed Mill, which will be opening its doors every evening, from the 20th October to 3rd November, from 6pm – 10pm. Plus you can ride the blood red slaughter slide, plummet and dive into darkness on the Coaster of Doom, and enter the Hall of Horrors that will come alive after dark. There’s a Poison Emporium, a real Ghost Train ride and the Freaky Fair, which is the spooky hub of all of this wicked entertainment.

Spooky Steam Trains

It’s Wizard Week from October 22nd to 26th at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Throughout the week there are magic shows and you can meet the friendly witches of Havenstreet to help them with magic spells and potions. Wander into the enchanted woodlands and, of course, take a trip back in time on a traditional steam train ride. Dress-up as wizards, witches and other spooky characters because there are daily prizes for the best costumes and there’s also a Halloween Treasure Hunt, along with Halloween crafts, and Haven Falconry Centre’s themed 'Owl-o-ween' experience, all included in the ticket price.

Haunted Castle

Where better to be scared than a proper Motte and Bailey castle that may be haunted. Carisbrooke Castle has ghostly themed activities going on from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October that include Victorian ghost hunters who will be wandering the grounds, telling tales of macabre times gone by. A princess died in a room in the castle and her father the king had his head cut off! Wander past the graveyard and hear the gruesome stories from its inhabitants.

Create your own terrifying Halloween crafts and don’t forget to dress up as a prize awaits the best Halloween costume each day.

Tapnell Park Farm Fun

Tapnell Farm Park has activities and Halloween treats every day from Saturday 20th to Sunday 28th October, 10.00am to 5pm. Their Pumpkin Festival runs on Tuesday 23rd October until Saturday 27th October, and you can come and pick your own pumpkin down on the farm. Then 'Pimp your Pumpkin' by decorating it with glow-in-the-dark and neon paint, as well as other cool stu, in their Glow Tent.

Then on Sunday 28th October from 2 - 4pm the Glow Tent hosts the very first Tapnell Family Rave, 'The Little Monsters Ball'. A live DJ will be providing the tunes and it’s suitable for all the family, although adults must be accompanied by a child. Bring children's headphones if you are worried about noise.

Bonfire Night at Arreton Barns

At Arreton Barns there will be Halloween fun for kids daily from Monday October 22nd to Thursday 25th, from 11am till 4pm. Then on the Friday night (October 26th) there’s a massive bonfire and firework display in the field next to this village style attraction, which has its own pub, The Dairyman’s Daughter. Their great farm shop ‘Farmer Jacks’ has a Pumpkin weigh-in and best dressed pumpkin competition on Saturday 27th.


Jo Macaulay

1 October 2018

By Jo Macaulay in Articles