There are some lovely things to do in Shropshire and the surrounding areas this October half term and Halloween. This is a comprehensive list of days out in Shropshire, as well as other activities such as pumpkin picking. You can jump straight to each one using the links in the table below. Please do let me know if I’ve missed any brilliant events off the list, I’d be happy to add them in. Advance booking is essential at all attractions unless otherwise stated.
This post covers the county of Shropshire only. If you are looking for October half term days out in nearby counties, please see below:
Apley Farm Shop Shropshire October half term
On 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th and 22nd to 30th October 2022, it’s all aboard the Spookley Express at Apley Farm Shop to listen to Spookley’s story being told by Mrs Pumpkin. Head on a journey around the Apley field to the pumpkin patch. Here, you can choose your own pumpkin to pick. Next stop is the carving cavern to carve your pumpkin to take home. If you would prefer to just go along and pick your own pumpkin, you can also book a ticket to do that. They advise wearing wellies. After visiting the pumpkin patch, the Apley Kitchen Cafe and a takeaway catering van will be open for refreshments. Head to the Apley Farm Shop website for full details and to book. Booking is essential for pumpkin carving although limited walk-in tickets are available for the Spookley Express.
Boscobel House English Heritage Shropshire October half term
Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and their friends will be at Boscobel House for October half term 2022. Children can follow a family quest around the grounds, solving creepy clues. Costumed performers will be on hand with supernatural, strange and silly tales. Advance booking is not essential, but will work out cheaper. Full details are on the Boscobel House website.
Park Hall Farm
Head to Park Hall Farm for Pumpkin Fest this October half term. All paying children will be able to choose a free pumpkin to take home. Pumpkin carving equipment is on hand so you can scoop out and carve it at the farm. Other entertainment includes a giant scarecrow trail through the woods, pumpkin alley and the little scary house if you’re feeling brave. Singing pumpkins are on hand to amuse visitors and children are encouraged to wear their spookiest outfits to visit. Usual farm activities, indoor and outdoor play, a tractor ride and the role play village are all open too. Full details are on the Park Hall Farm website.
Exotic Zoo Shropshire October half term
Halloween at Exotic Zoo allows visitors to pick their own pumpkins in the Haunted Woods. They don’t give any more details than that on their website at present but it looks like they are open as usual during October half term 2022 with the added bonus of their Halloween event. Head to the Exotic Zoo website to find out more.
Hawkstone Park Follies
The October 2022 half term event at Hawkstone Park Follies is called Hawkstone trails and terrible tails. Meet characters and follow a family trail around the grounds. The event is included in the cost of admission, and booking online in advance is £1 cheaper. Full details are on the Hawkstone Park website.
Jackfield Tile Museum Shropshire October half term
Children can learn traditional tube-lining techniques this half term at Jackfield Tile Museum. They’ll apply their new skill when decorating a ceramic tile. Use clay slip to create an outline before filling the gaps with colourful glazes. Tiles will need to be left at the museum for firing in their kiln at over 1000 degrees. A few days later, you’ll be able to collect it or they can post it to you. Tile decorating workshops cost £10.75 each and pre-booking is essential for this event. Full details are available on the Ironbridge Museums website.
From 21st to 30th October 2022, visitors to Ray’s Farm can choose their own pumpkin and explore the creepy corners of Fairytale Forest. Children will receive a free Halloween activity pack and have the opportunity to solve a spooky trail around the farm. Pay a visit to the friendly birds and animals too. Ray’s farm recommend wearing wellies for your visit. Full details of the event are on their website. Tickets should be booked in advance.
Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre October Half Term
Discover the magic in science this October half term at the Shropshire Hills Discovery centre. Children can find out how they can fit through an index card, make invisible ink writing appear and turn glasses of water upside down without spilling them. This event takes place from 24th to 28th October 2022 and is recommended for children aged 4-11 years old. Advanced booking is essential and full details are on the Discovery Centre website.
Dennis the Menace, Gnasher and their friends will be at Stokesay Castle in Craven Arms, Shropshire for October half term 2022. Children can follow a family quest around the grounds, solving creepy clues. Costumed performers will be on hand with supernatural, strange and silly tales. Advance booking is not essential, but will work out cheaper. Full details are on the Stokesay Castle website.