Gloucestershire Halloween guide

Unleash the little devils this Halloween, with SoGlos’s dedicated guide to the best spooky spots to head to for a frightfully fun October half term in Gloucestershire.

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Find Gloucestershire Halloween events near you with SoGlos's ghoulish guide.
Find Gloucestershire Halloween events near you with SoGlos's ghoulish guide.
In partnership with Over Farm  |  overfarm.co.uk
Over Farm

A fun day out for all the family, Gloucester’s Over Farm is home to Countryside Adventure – with animals to feed, tractor trailer rides and outdoor play equipment, plus seasonal events such as PYO strawberries, sunflowers and pumpkins. Visit the family-run farm shop to pick up fresh local produce, where there's a bakery, butcher's, deli and café too.

Discover Gloucestershire’s ghoulish side this Halloween, with spooky celebrations promising fang-tastic fun for the whole family in October half term.

SoGlos never misses a trick (or treat), with its spooktacular Halloween guide revealing the very best the county has to offer for frightful family fun while the little terrors are off school.

October half term activities at Over Farm

In partnership with Over Farm  |  overfarm.co.uk

When and where?

Spookyard at Over Farm takes place throughout the half term holiday, from Saturday 22 to Sunday 30 October 2022. Gates to the farm open at 10am and Halloween-themed activities get underway from 11am.

What's happening?

This year, Over Farm announced that Spookyard 2022 will be its biggest Halloween festival ever. As well as Batilda Bristles and Minerva Moon opening the doors of their Broomstick School to new recruits, Witch Hazel and Wizard Wibble will be extending invitations to their ‘monster mash-ups’.

Don’t forget to go dressed for the occasion if you want to get involved in the annual competition to determine the spookiest, the smartest, the cutest and the fanciest visitors to Over Farm this Halloween.

Tickets for Spookyard also include entry to Over Farm’s animal trail, meaning families can be out and about all day, feeding the animals, exploring the Maize Maze, enjoying tractor trailer rides and playing rounds of mini golf.

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Come October, Over Farm’s pumpkin field will be open too, so you can use the opportunity to find the perfect canvas for some lantern carving while you’re at it – you’ll need to book separate tickets for PYO though.

The important bits

Tickets for Spookyard cost £17 on the gate for adults (£14 online), £22 on the gate for children (£18 online) and £66 on the gate for families (£55 online) – but be warned, they often sell out in advance.

How to book

Visit overfarm.co.uk/events/spookyard to book tickets online and see Spookyard at Over Farm for more information about the event.

October half term activities in the Cotswolds

October half term activities at Cotswold Farm Park

In partnership with Cotswold Farm Park  |  cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

When and where?

Cotswold Farm Park in Guiting Power is opening its pumpkin patch every day from 9.30am throughout the October half term, from Friday 21 to Monday 31 October 2022.

What's happening?

It wouldn't be Halloween without a pumpkin to carve — and families have the pick of the bunch at Cotswold Farm Park's smash-hit pumpkin patch, with gourds of all shapes and sizes to choose from. 

Explore the pumpkin trail and autumnal activities, before searching the patch for your perfect pumpkin, with this year's crop promising to be bigger, better and plumper than ever before.

With plenty of stylish selfie stations dotted around the field, it's a great opportunity to get a gourd-geous new family photo, too.

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Tickets to Cotswold Farm Park include the pumpkin patch, allowing animal-loving families to make a day of it, meeting fluffy chicks and bunnies in the Discovery Barn and feeding the greedy goats, sheep and cattle in the paddocks.

The important bits

Entry to Cotswold Farm Park’s pumpkin patch is included in the cost of admission, which starts from £14 per adult, £13 for children aged four to 15 and £9 for toddlers aged two to three. It's free for babies aged one and under.

Pumpkin Field only tickets are also available, costing £6 for adults, £4 for children, £3 for toddlers and free of charge for babies.

How to book

Visit cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/pumpkin-patch to book tickets online and see Pick your own pumpkin at Cotswold Farm Park for more information about the event.

October half term activities at Sudeley Castle

In partnership with Sudeley Castle  |  sudeleycastle.co.uk

When and where?

Enjoy an autumnal day out at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe this October half term and witness history in the making, as a team of archaeologists unearth a long lost Tudor garden.

What's happening?

Throughout this October half term, little history buffs can watch a team of archaeologists work to reveal the remains of a lost Tudor garden in the grounds of Sudeley Castle. The lost garden - originally created by Thomas Seymour for Queen Katherine Parr - is believed to consist of extensive walkways, water features and possibly even a banqueting house, with visitors to the castle able to take a daily 45-minute tour of the dig site to get a close-up look at what's been discovered.

Animal lovers can also immerse themselves in the newly-opened Bird Song Garden to listen to a musical composition including the songs of blackbirds, blue tits, robins, thrushes and tawny owls by acoustic ecologist and conservationist, Cosmo Sheldrake. Meanwhile, on the Sudeley Sculpture Safari, visitors can discover a procession of wild animals from elephants to orangutans made from natural materials like bark, grass and moss, hiding in the grounds.

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One for the grown-ups, on Sunday 23 October 2022, visitors can spend an evening with bestselling author Alison Weir, where they can join her on a tour of the DigVentures archaeological dig site, enjoy a drinks reception, hear her talk about her book Six Tudor Queens: Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife and buy a book to be signed, with tickets costing £15 each. 

The important bits

Sudeley Castle is open daily until Sunday 30 October 2022. Admission costs £19.50 for adults and £8.75 for children aged three to 15. Children under three go free. Family tickets for two adults and two children are also available for £48. 

The DigVentures daily tour takes place at 12pm each day from Tuesday 25 to Sunday 30 October 2022. 

How to book

Visit sudeleycastle.co.uk.

October half term activities in Cirencester

October half term activities at the Corinium Museum

In partnership with Corinium Museum  |  coriniummuseum.org

When and where?

The Corinium Museum will be launching its brand-new Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets exhibition on Saturday 22 October 2022, offering little ones and bigger kids the opportunity to meet some real-life gladiators throughout the half term. 

What's happening?

For something slightly different this October, keen explorers will have the chance to discover the ancient world of gladiators at the Corinium Museum - with an exclusive exhibition featuring Roman skeletons launching just in time for Halloween.

As well as bringing the Roman period to life through special archaeological finds, the museum will also be hosting a selection of talks, re-enactments, lectures and historical activities - plus, kids can even take part in a Roman market and get involved with dressing up!

Visitors will have the chance to investigate six skeletons and try to work out who they were in a previous life, whether a criminal, a soldier, a gladiator - or even something else. 

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Tickets to the Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets exhibition are included in admission to the museum, allowing families to discover more about Cirencester's rich history. 

The important bits

Entry to the Corinium Museum starts from £7.40 per adult, £3.45 for children aged five to 16 and is free for under fives. 

The museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 2pm until 5pm on Sunday. 

How to book

Visit coriniummuseum.org/gladiators to book tickets online and for more information about the event.

October half term activities in Gloucester

October half term activities at Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

In partnership with Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum  |  soldiersofglos.com

When and where?

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum is hosting a selection of spook-tastic Halloween events this year, taking place throughout the half term holiday from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 30 October 2022. Doors to the museum open at 10am each day, with last admission into the galleries at 3pm.

What's happening?

This year, little witches and ghouls can look forward to painting their very own spooktacular wooden decoration to take home and display at Halloween craft events - choose from bats, pumpkins, ghosts and more.

Alternatively, brave guests can tackle the Halloween Trail and hunt for gold spiders hidden in cauldrons around the museum galleries. Once all the spiders have been found, a hidden word will be revealed and little ghostbusters can claim their prize!

Of course, visitors will also have the chance to see all of the museums' regularly changing exhibitions, the soldiers of the month display and more - plenty to keep the kids entertained this half term.  

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Not only is the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum providing spooky seasonal fun, it also offers a fascinating insight into the lives of local servicemen over the last 300 years.

The important bits

Both the Halloween Crafts event and Halloween Trail will run from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 and Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 October. Tickets for the Halloween Crafts costs 75p per child; museum admission is required for the Halloween Trail, which costs £3 per child and £5 per adult. 

How to book

Visit soldiersofglos.com or call (01452) 522 682 for more information about the event.

October half term activities at Blackfriars Priory

In partnership with Museum of Gloucester  |  museumofgloucester.co.uk

When and where?

Make the most of spooky season with two fun craft sessions from the Museum of Gloucester, taking place on Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 October 2022 at the beautiful Blackfriars Priory.

What's happening?

The Museum of Gloucester is taking over Blackfriars Priory this Halloween half term for a series of autumn-inspired craft sessions in this spectacular setting.

On Monday 24 October 2022, little ones can take part in autumn craft sessions with a chance to make their own woodland windchime, creepy crawly or frosted fairy wings; while on Tuesday 25 October 2022, the Museum of Ghoulster shows trick or treaters how to make their own sweet sack, ghoulish grub or winged creature costume, all from sustainable, recycled materials. 

After a morning or afternoon of crafting, pop into the Blackfriars café to warm up with a coffee or a hot chocolate - with Bailey's hot chocolates available for the grown-ups, too. 

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As well as their creepy handmade creations, kids can get their hands on a Halloween-themed goody bag for just £3.50 from the Museum of Gloucester reception, for an extra treat to take home. 

The important bits

Autumn craft sessions take place from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm on Monday 24 October; and the Museum of Ghoulster sessions take place from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm on Tuesday 25 October 2022 - with all sessions being held at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester. 

Tickets cost £4.50 per child, while accompanying adults can attend for free. 

How to book

Visit museumofgloucester.co.uk/events. 

October half term activities in Stroud

October half term activities at Berkeley Castle

In partnership with Berkeley Castle  |  berkeley-castle.com

When and where?

Berkeley Castle near Stroud is open from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 October, as well as on Sunday 30 October 2022, during October half term.

What's happening?

Monsters-in-the-making will get to learn how to frighten their friends at Ghoul School, enrolling for new students at Berkeley Castle just in time for Halloween.

Described as an interactive, self-led audio adventure, children will meet a bunch of terrifying teachers as they follow the trail around the castle, with a timetable of ghastly lessons educating them in everything from Halloween history to becoming a successful vampire.

Anyone visiting on Sunday 23, Monday 24, Tuesday 25 or Sunday 30 October 2022 can look forward to Halloween-themed face painting, too!

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A medieval fortress that dates back to the 12th century, there are sure to be some haunted rooms at Berkeley Castle — not least because King Edward II was imprisoned and allegedly murdered there back in 1327. Brave visitors can even see the cell he was kept in!

The important bits

Ghoul School tickets cost £1 per child, in addition to standard admission fees. Tickets to Berkeley Castle cost £14 for adults, £7 for children aged three to 16 and children under three-years-old go free. 

Face painting costs an additional £4 on the day and only cash is accepted.

How to book

Visit berkeley-castle.com/ghoul-school to book tickets online and see Ghoul School at Berkeley Castle for more information about the event.

October half term activities at Slimbridge Wetland Centre

In partnership with Slimbridge Wetland Centre  |  wwt.org.uk/slimbridge

When and where?

eek! week at Slimbridge Wetland Centre is taking place from Saturday 22 to Monday 31 October 2022, with daily activities from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

What's happening?

Explore the wetlands and all of their weird wonders this October half term, with Slimbridge's interactive eek! week trail bringing a spooktacular selection of sensory activities for the whole family to test their bravery.

Find out what lurks beneath the water, pond dipping for critters; dare to reach inside the touch and feel boxes; and get even closer to nature, listening out for toads, feeling the texture of a newt and examining owl poo.

Don't miss the chance to grab a photo with the bat cut out, too!

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During eek! week, kids will get to play with the iSandbox, conjuring up swarms of moths and butterflies with the augmented reality technology, which is designed to create interactive, sensory learning experiences. 

The important bits

There are no additional costs for eek! week, with all activities included in the admission price. Tickets to Slimbridge Wetland Centre cost from £15 for adults and from £8.63 for children aged four to 16. Children under four go free.

How to book

Visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge/eek-week to book tickets online and see eek! week at Slimbridge Wetland Centre for more information about the event.

October half term activities at Cattle Country Farm Park

In partnership with Cattle Country Farm Park  |  cattlecountry.co.uk

When and where?

Cattle Country Farm Park's Halloween pumpkin patch is open every day throughout the October half term, from Friday 21 to Sunday 30 October 2022. It opens at 10am and closes at 4pm.

What's happening?

Celebrate spooky season at Cattle Country Farm Park, with thousands of pumpkins and gourds to pick from its homegrown patch.

Decorate your pick of the crop at the pumpkin carving station and don't forget to strike a pose at the pumpkin patch photo booths for a family selfie. 

There's also a ghoulish Halloween trail to follow, marshmallow toasting, face painting and a daily fancy dress parade to keep the little monsters entertained, as well as a new seasonal menu to try in the GRAZE Café.

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Perfect for rainy October days, there's lots of indoor activities for children at Cattle Country Farm Park — from meeting furry friends in the covered Animal Barn to zooming down slides and climbing around the indoor play barns — as well as the outdoor attractions.

The important bits

Tickets cost £12.50 for children aged four to 17, £10 for adults and toddlers, and are free for children under one.

Entry to the pumpkin patch also includes a full day of fun at the farm park and all pumpkins are priced by size, starting at £1.

How to book

Visit cattlecountry.co.uk/pumpkin-patch to book tickets online and see Pumpkin patch at Cattle Country Farm Park for more information about the event.

October half term activities at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester

In partnership with National Waterways Museum Gloucester  |  canalrivertrust.org.uk

When and where?

Visit the National Waterways Museum Gloucester over half term from Tuesday 25 to Saturday 29 October 2022 for some cosy family fun and fresh air. 

What's happening?

The National Waterways Museum is welcoming visitors this October half term for some cosy family fun and fresh air.

Wrap up and enjoy autumn colours along the canal towpath - offering plenty of opportunities for leaf collecting and wildlife spotting

Bring your own picnic to enjoy on the boat and warm up afterwards in the museum café with seasonal hot drinks and treats. 

Take part in a Pi-Rats trail throughout the museum or choose a fascinating activity from the activity station, with something on offer for all ages.

Autumn activities are all in addition to the museum's usual family-friendly activities and play spaces in the galleries.

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On Wednesday 26 October 2022, join the Canal & River Trust explorers team for a day of autumnal crafts. Just drop in! 

The important bits

The National Waterways Museum is open from 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

A museum ticket allows you to return as many times as you like for 12 months.

Adults over 16 cost £8.50; children (six to 15) £5; young children (five and under) are free. A family ticket is £20.

There is no need to pay for the museum if you just want to go along and relax in the café.

How to book

There's no need to book - just turn up and join the fun!

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