Five fun family events to kick off midterm this weekend


It’s the start of half term and a host of Halloween events are taking place in Hampshire this weekend.

Here’s our pick of five of the best fun events for the whole family happening this Saturday and Sunday.

New forestry activities, all weekend

With a variety of adventure activities, there’s plenty to keep all your little monsters enchanted in The new forest halfway through, starting on Saturday.

From water to land, there’s a whole host of Hubble Halloween bubble jobs and problems to choose from.

Gather your crew and head to the Beaulieu River on Halloween canoe scavenger hunts for missing Red Beard candy, or enjoy Spooky River Tours by moonlight.

For land prowlers, New Forest Activities will be holding its popular pumpkin archery sessions for another year, as well as a new spook-tacular laser tag activity; Battle Zone: Apocalypse! See if your troops dare to brave the bloodcurdling battlefield to emerge victorious.

Dressing up is encouraged!


Longdown Activity Farm, all weekend

Enter the haunted barn at your own risk!

The pumpkin quest promises to be fun for the whole family, everyone will enjoy spotting the mischievous orange faces around the farm as they discover each naughty pumpkin in unexpected places.

After all that scary stuff, calm down with the friendly farm animals and take part in a full program of farm activities throughout the day.

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Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway, all weekend

Visitors will be treated to a ghoulish new forest trail at Exbury Gardens from Saturday, as well as spooky mini-gardening, pumpkin carving and an interactive Halloween ghost train ride.

For the first time, the staging of the Exbury Halloween Garden Trail will shift from the Rock Garden to the much larger Witcher’s Wood so youngsters can venture through beautiful autumnal woods in search of a lair of witches, a gruesome graveyard and a lair of spiders.

Visitors can board the Exbury Steam Railway, transformed into a Halloween ghost train, to meet its crew of macabre demons who will haunt the steam train, tracks and tunnel, entertaining families with their comedies slapstick – with a few scares along the way!

Youngsters will be able to get creative with pumpkin carving and learn how to create a spooky mini garden in workshops specially designed for family groups.

For those looking for a much less spooky fall, the 200 acres of Exbury Gardens in full fall colors can be explored.

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Beaulieu, all weekend

Make your destination a great fall family day out with your last chance to see Bond in Motion – No Time To Die, plus opportunities to enjoy Little Beaulieu, the seasonal splendor of the grounds and gardens, and a new trail of adventure.

Get an up-close look at many of the original vehicles, gadgets and costumes from the latest Bond film and learn about some of Q Branch’s top-secret creations.

Younger visitors can get involved in the brand new adventure stamp trail while exploring the attraction.

Blue Light Day on Sunday is your chance to get closer to emergency service vehicles. See all sorts of useful machinery on display in the grounds of the National Motor Museum, from fully equipped fire trucks and ambulances to engines for the police, coastguard, RNLI and other vital services. Meet the crews who drive and cruise in these fast-reacting vehicles and marvel at the feature displays.


Autumn Festival, Southampton City Farm, Saturday

It’s a holiday on the farm.

Southampton City Farm will feature Julie’s Kitchen, Pumpkin Soup, Wildlife Craft Workshop, Drumming Workshop, Sea Song Workshop, Community Stalls, Farm Stall and Food and Drink Hours. animal handling between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Pig and Pirate Treasure Hunt is also happening this weekend and halfway through.

Enjoy a day to find treasure with Penny the pig and win cool prizes.

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