Best Halloween Events East Midlands 2021 | Things to do

We’ve found events in all of the counties in the South East and there are plenty of ideas to keep you busy during October half-term 2021.

Things to do October Half Term – Halloween – Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire – East Midlands

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Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. We are unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events. Please check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit. Booking in advance is required for most of the following, please check ahead and prebook if necessary.

Please also double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully.

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Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire – Halloween Trail – Tickets on sale

Join us on a family friendly Halloween trail through the dooms and into our formal gardens. Be careful not to disturb the undead as you enter the Castle dooms, meet frightful guides in disguise, solve spooktacular mysteries and activities. To take part in our Halloween Trail, please purchase Garden Entry Ticket

Belvoir Castle

Address: Grantham NG32 1PE

When? 17th to 31st October

How much? – Adult £12, child £7.


Bluebell Dairy, Derbyshire – Halloween Festival – Tickets on sale

A pumpkin picking patch with thousands of pumpkins, Halloween trail, and daily spooky shows, there’s always something frightening for you to enjoy. Join us at Bluebell Dairy for our fantastic festival. FREE Pumpkin with every child ticket* But it’s NOT JUST PUMPKINS, we have lots of Activities and Shows

Bluebell Dairy

Address: Locko Rd, Derby DE21 7AR

When? 23rd to 31st October

How much? Tickets are selling out fast. An adult ticket is from £9.95, child 1-16 from £11.95. Other pricing options are available. Tickets must be prebooked online.


Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire – Wizards Quest – Tickets on sale

Head to Bolsover Castle for a fantastical day out this Halloween half-term. Explore the castle on our brand-new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series. Will you find the ingredients for the Spell to get rid of Witches and uncover the location of the Cup of Second Chances? Come along in frightful fancy dress to enter our competition and maybe win a prize. It’s going to be a really wizard day out!

English Heritage

Address: Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield S44 6PR

When? 23rd to 31st October

How much? Free members English Heritage. Adult £13.90, child 5-17 £8.40.


Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire – Halloween Trail – Tickets on sale

During October why not come and join us for the Burghley Halloween Trail around the Sculpture Garden. Tread through the crispy Autumn leaves and find the hidden spooks to receive a treat. Admission is included with a House and Gardens or Gardens only ticket. Annual Pass holders and Friends of Burghley also get free admission.

Burghley House

Address: Peterborough, Stamford PE9 3JY

When? 16th to 31st October

How much? – Prebooking is essential. An adult house and gardens ticket is £20 for an adult and £11 for a child. This can be exchanged for an annual pass for no extra cost.

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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire – Half Term Halloween Fun – Tickets on sale

Enjoy autumnal fun and Halloween horrors at Chatsworth this half-term holiday. There’s frighteningly good fun around every corner… join us if you dare.

Chatsworth House

Address: Bakewell DE45 1PP

When? 23rd to 31st October

How much? Please visit their website for prices


Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Derbyshire – Ghost Trains – Tickets on sale

From the creators of our sell-out Christmas experience and Legendary summer show, comes our mystical new Halloween-themed theatrical production through the darkness! A new performance designed in 2021. Heritage railcar ride from Wirksworth in to the darkness (approx 5 miles) and back. Open style seating so you can see all the action. Experience the atmosphere from the moment you board the train to the moment you get off. Join in with the spooktacular characters as they perform, sing and entertain throughout the journey telling our story. A Halloween-themed goodie bag for every child. Interact with the characters as they move up and down the train. Show runtime including train ride approx 1 hour

EVR

Address: Wirksworth Station, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FB

When? 29th, 30th and 31st October

How much? – Adults are priced at £15.00 each, children £10.00 each or a family of two adults and two children priced at £45.00.


Great British Car Journey, Ambergate, Derbyshire – Harry Potter Halloween event – Tickets on sale

Calling all wizards, witches and muggles! Come join the Great British Car Journey for a very special Harry Potter-themed event for all the family on Sunday 31 October. On the day, the Ford Anglia 105E Owners Club will be bringing along a selection of the classic cars which were immortalised in the Harry Potter film to display at Great British Car Journey. There will also be be a ‘Hedwig Hunt’ for children in the attraction’s collection of more than 130 classic cars as well as plenty of ghoulish goodies in the café and prizes throughout the day for visitors wearing Harry Potter-themed fancy dress.

Great British Car Journey

When? 31st October

Address: Derwent Works, Ambergate, Derbyshire DE56 2HE

How much? Adult £15, child 5-15 £7, family ticket £30. Other pricing options are available. children under 5 are free.


Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire – Fright Fiesta – Tickets on sale

Join our festival-style Halloween that’s bursting with colour, costumes and music. Fright Fiesta is nine days of fabulous family activities, frights and theme park fun. Come together and celebrate the spookiest season of the year at Gulliver’s. Showcase your fancy dress costume in our spine-tingling street parade or delve deep into the theme park and discover our spooktacular rides

Gulliver’s

When? 23rd to 31st October

Address: Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG

How much? Tickets from £17 per person in advance.


Hall Farm Park, Lincolnshire – Pumpkin Patch – Tickets on sale

Here on the farm, we are going pumpkin mad again during the October half term holiday in our pumpkin patch…explore the patch and have fun picking your own pumpkin. Whilst at the park you can also try to find the 9 mischievous black cats which are hiding around the park with a prize for everyone who can find them.

Take a tractor ride on our Halloween themed trailer to feed the cattle plus all of our other usual indoor and outdoor activities. After all that fun tuck into some tasty Halloween treats in our tearoom. Please note small additional charges apply for pick your own pumpkin and tractor rides.

Hall Farm Park

When? 23rd to 31st October

Address: Caistor Rd, South Kelsey, Market Rasen LN7 6PR

How much? Adult or child £6.95 each.


Heights of Abraham, Derbyshire – October Fun – Tickets on sale

The FRIGHTS of Abraham returns to Masson Hill this October half term with an enchanted witch’s grotto, colourful scarecrow displays at the summit and in the wild woods, tasty Halloween treats in the cafe and a treasure hunt to find 13 magical black cats for younger guests.

Heights of Abraham

When? 24th to 31st October

Address: Dale Rd, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NT

How much? We strongly recommend you book your cable car tickets for your October Half Term well in advance to avoid disappointment during this busy period. Adult ticket is £21, child age 5-15 £14. This is the normal entrance fee for all attractions.


Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Lincolnshire – Ghost Hunt – Tickets on sale

Join us from 10am for a spookily good walk around the park! With Ghost & Ghouls to find and treats to be won, you’re in for a fun family day out. For just a £1.00 donation to the charity, you can join in the trail to find the ghosts, and win a prize at the end if you find them all. Plus, there will be children’s activities and competitions to join in and win some great prizes, such as a best dressed competition, colouring competition and activities at the Wild4Learning hub.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

When? 31st October

Address: Dickon Hill Rd, Friskney, Boston PE22 8PF

How much? Standard admission charges apply (see website for prices). The trail costs £1 per person.


Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – Halloween Scare Train – Tickets on sale

Love Halloween? Join us on the scariest train ride of the year.Do you dare brave the Spirits of Ludborough? Ride our ghost train and conquer your fears !! Disguise behind your best Halloween costumes, fearing the spirits onboard as they travel with you.Onboard entertainment will be included with your ticket, no booking required – just turn up on the day. Seats in entertainment coach/s may fill up depending on demand therefore subject to seat availabile.  For anyone of a nervous disposition or are planning on bringing young children, please be aware we do use loud, atmospheric music and our volunteers will try to make you jump!

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Address: Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Station Road, Ludborough, Lincolnshire, DN36 5SQ

When? 31st October

How much? Adults £8.00, Children (aged 12 & under, under 3 free) £4.00. Other pricing options are available.


Lincolnshire Wolds Railway – Halloween Scare Train – Event Confirmed

Love Halloween? Join us on the scariest train ride of the year.Do you dare brave the Spirits of Ludborough? Ride our ghost train and conquer your fears !! Disguise behind your best Halloween costumes, fearing the spirits onboard as they travel with you.Onboard entertainment will be included with your ticket, no booking required – just turn up on the day. Seats in entertainment coach/s may fill up depending on demand therefore subject to seat availabile.  For anyone of a nervous disposition or are planning on bringing young children, please be aware we do use loud, atmospheric music and our volunteers will try to make you jump!

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

Address: Lincolnshire Wolds Railway, Station Road, Ludborough, Lincolnshire, DN36 5SQ

When? 31st October

How much? Adults £8.00, Children (aged 12 & under, under 3 free) £4.00. Other pricing options are available. Tickets purchased on arrival from the ticket office.


Manor Farm Park, Leicestershire – Half Term Halloween Fun – Tickets on sale

Join us on the farm this October half term, for our famous Spooky Maize Maze and all-new Ghoul School! Young thrill-seekers will love our Spooky Maize Maze, with frights and sprites around every corner, along with Ghoul School, a new twenty-minute audio extravaganza, teaching kids how to become perfect little monsters. The Halloween family fun doesn’t end there, with a free pumpkin for every paying child to take home and carve. Send us a picture when you’ve carved your spooky design at home and you could be in with a chance of winning a free one-day family pass. Our own farm-grown pumpkins will also be available to purchase from the farm shop, with prices starting from £1.50.

Manor Farm Park

When? From the 16th October

Address: Castle Hill, East Leake, Loughborough LE12 6LU

How much? Adult ticket £10.50, child age 2-17 £11.50. Under 2’s are free.


Matlock Farm Park – Fang-tastic Halloween Festival – Tickets on sale

The return of our PUMPKIN PATCH, for children to pick their own pumpkin* and carve at our carving station. A daily spooky trail to follow in our ENCHANTED FOREST, with prop based sets and riddles galore. From Wednesday to Halloween Sunday there will also be brilliant Live fun (not scary!) Halloween characters to meet on your way at set times of the week. They’ll be pottering around the park too to meet with our visitors and have lots of fun with!

Witch Wendolyn’s Craft Workshops for the children. Matlock’s legendary Headless Horseman making an appearance late afternoon as the light goes down.

When? 23rd to 31st October

Address: Jaggers Ln, Matlock DE4 5LH

How much? Adult ticket £11.50, child £10.50.


Midland Railway Butterley, Wizards and Spooks, Derbyshire – Tickets on sale

Halloween at the Midland Railway – Butterley is a very ‘spooktacular’ affair. Wizards & Spooks trains operate every day of the Derbyshire schools’ autumn half term holiday.

Trains every day from 11am. Wizard Competition. Railway Museum. West Shed Experience. Victorian Railwayman’s Church. Demonstration Signal Box. Shops & Buffets.

Midland Railway

When? 23rd to 31st October

Address: Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ

How much? Adult standard ticket £11, children 5-16 £5.50, under 5’s are free, other pricing options are available.


Mini Meadows Farm, Spooky Farm Week, Northamptonshire – Halloween 2021 – Tickets on sale

Join us at Mini Meadows Farm for some spooky fun. Find your perfect pumpkin from our pumpkin patch and use our mini wheelbarrows to get it back to the carving station. Have fun scooping out the seeds and then let your imagination run wild. What will you turn yours into?

After carving your fangtastic pumpkin, explore our spooktacular ‘trick or treat’ trail, which is undercover so no need to worry about the weather, just watch out for the skeletons! The trail is designed with little ones in mind, so a little bit of spook without anything too scary.

Mini Meadows Farm

When? 17th to 31st October

Address: Naseby Road, Northampton NN6 6HZ

How much? Normal farm entry (£7) plus £5 each for entry to House of Spooks and £3 per pumpkin. Under 12 months free, reduced prices for toddlers. Pre-booking online is essential.


Newstead Abbey – Indoor & Outdoor Trails – Nottinghamshire – Tickets on sale

Outdoor spooky spells trail – Uncover our spooky spells trail outdoors in the park & gardens. Plus indoor pumpkin trail – Children visiting the Historic House can enjoy spotting the pumpkins and animal friends which are hidden around the house. Pick up a trail sheet and see how many you can spot!

Normanby Hall

When? 9th to 31st October (outdoor trail – indoor trail only available weekends in October from the 9th)

Address: Newstead Village NG15 8NA

How much? Outdoor trail – Price: £2. Site entry & car parking charges apply. Indoor trail – FREE for all children on standard entry tickets to the Historic House.


Normanby Hall – Spooktacular Day – Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

Calling all witches, wizards, ghosts and ghoulies! Prepare for some seriously spooky goings on at Normanby Hall Country Park, with the long-awaited return of our seriously scary Spooktacular event. For one day only, Normanby Hall will transform itself into the creepy capital of North Lincolnshire.

Normanby Hall

When? 31st October

Address: Normanby Rd, Normanby, Scunthorpe DN15 9HU

How much? Park admission charges apply for non-members.


Northampton and Lamport Railway – Halloween Specials – Northamptonshire – Tickets on sale

This year the NLR Halloween weekend is going bigger and better! We’ve got daytime ‘Trick or Treat Trains’ running both Saturday and Sunday, suitable for all ages. For an additional fee you can upgrade to include the Children’s Activity Bundle, which includes crafts and games. We also have 2 special ‘Fright Night Trains’ running after dark on the Saturday. These are aimed at slightly braver souls!

NLR

When? 30th and 31st October

Address: Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA

How much? Trick or treat train – £6 per adult online, £8 per child age 2-16.


Nottingham Castle – Halloween Fun – Nottinghamshire – Tickets on sale

Coming to Nottingham Castle this Halloween! Black Knight Historical proudly present ‘Abramelin’s Academy of Arcana’, an amazing and interactive School of Wizardry! oin wizard Abramelin and his mystical friends Morgana the Oracle, Melchizadek of Caerfyddin, Margot Henbane of Avignon, Devorguila of Geary, Nystul of Britannia, Estrella Darkmoor of Hurncastre and Fizban the Fabulous as they entertain, educate and fascinate in the oldest of the mysterious arts

Nottingham Castle

When? 29th to 31st October

Address: Lenton Rd, Nottingham NG1 6EL

How much? Included in general admission. Adult £13, child 5-17 £9.50, under 5s are free. Other pricing options including family tickets are available.


Pink Pig Farm, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire – Pumpkin Festival – Tickets on sale

Join us in October half term to take your little wheelbarrow to the pumpkin patch (with lots of great photo ops), choose your own pumpkin then return to the carving barn to create your masterpiece. Windle the witch will be on hand to teach you how to make potions and there will be spoooky food and cakes in the Greedy Pig cafe and playbarn cafe.

Pink Pig Farm

When? 23rd to 31st October

Address: Holme Hall, Holme Ln, Scunthorpe DN16 3RE

How much? An adult ticket is £8.50 and £12 for a child including a pumpkin.


Rand Farm, near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire – Halloween Pumpkin Festival – Tickets on sale

Included in your Pumpkin Festival Half-Term admission. Visit the Pumpkin Patch. Meet our Halloween characters . Receive a FREE pumpkin for every paying child. Leave your mess with us and carve your pumpkins within our pumpkin patch (additional charges apply) and more

Rand Farm

When? 22nd to 31st October

Address: Rand, Market Rasen LN8 5NJ

How much? £12.95 per person age 2 and over


Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire – Halloween Fun – Tickets on sale

The witches and wizards have been hard at work decorating the Castle and carving pumpkins. Can you work out what character the pumpkins are decorated as you explore the historic Castle? There will also be a trail around the gardens to find the hidden word. Letters are hidden throughout the Gardens and make up a spooky word, can you find them all? Be sure to also see if you get closest to the witch with your pumpkin rolling skills!

Rockingham Castle

When? 19th to 21st and 26th to 28th October

Address: Rockingham Castle Estate, Rockingham, Market Harborough LE16 8TH

How much? Adult £12.50, child 4-16 £9, other pricing options are available.


Rufford Abbey, Nottinghamshire – Spectacle of Light – Tickets on sale

Enjoy the brilliant Illuminated highlights along this magical trail around Rufford’s stunning grounds. Gaze at the garden of Glowing Spheres. Walk through the Kaleidoscope of Colour and marvel at the flickering Field of Fire! Captain your own ship and scale the castle walls as you explore the night-time wonder of the amazing Adventure Play Area.

When? 28th October to 14th November

Address: Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF

How much? Early bird adult £16, child £8.


Springfields Adventureland, Lincolnshire – Tickets on sale

Visit Adventure Land this Halloween for some extra spooky activities! You can enjoy: Goldies Slime Mine; Witches Walk (amongst the Tree Tops); Little House of Horrors and Ghostly Golf! There will be games and activities on the terrace including Spooky Bingo, Toss the Witches Hat, Halloween Twister and Face Painting*. Fancy dress is actively encouraged! All paying children will receive a Spooky Gift Bag too!

When? 31st October

Address: Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure, Camel Gate, Spalding, Lincoln PE12 6EU

How much? Children age 3+ £9.50, adults £3. Other pricing options are available.


Sundown Adventureland, Nottinghamshire – Spooktacular – Tickets on sale

This year we’ve had even more time to think about things and we wanted to make sure we give you and the kids a great, fun-filled, spooky day out. The fun starts with a brand new step by step Lucky Black Cat Puzzle Trail to complete. Enjoy the park (Exploring all of the rides and attractions on the way) and find the eight hidden Black Cats and tick them off your Missing Witch’s Black Cat Puzzle List. They are fiendishly hidden throughout the park, so you’ll need your best exploring shoes, a keen eye and your big brave pants on to complete it. We PROMISE you don’t need to worry about the little ones as it’s only ever spooky and NEVER scary

Sundown Adventureland

When? 16th to 31st October

Address: Springfields Outlet Shopping & Leisure, CamelTreswell Rd, Rampton, Retford DN22 0HX

How much? Adult or child over 90cm £16.50 each, other pricing options are available.


Tattershall Farm Park, Lincolnshire – Pumpkin Pass – Event confirmed, tickets on sale

The usual entry £7.95 applies, and if you want, you can add on our Pumpkin Pass for £6.99. It includes a visit to our patch where you can pick your own pumpkin, a Halloween craft, spooky sweet treat and a glitter tattoo Farm park entry for under 2’s is free. Adults and 2+ £7.95. Pumpkin Pass is an optional add on. Annual pass holders just need to pay for the pumpkin pass (if they want).

Tattershall Farm

When? 1st October until Halloween

Address: Marsh Ln, Tattershall, Lincoln LN4 4JR

How much? See above


The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin the Chimp – Various Locations – Tickets on sale

Award-winning Ditto Theatre Company presents this original story that combines storytelling, puppetry and movement. Join us on an adventure of friendship, family and what it means to be home. ‘The Unexpected Adventures of Darwin The Chimp’ has been developed with the help of the No Strings Attached Grant, which was awarded to Ditto in October 2018 by Farnham Malting

Ditto Theatre

Address: Various locations across the East Midlands

When? • Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester – 24th October, 11 am and 1 pm
• Buckden Village Hall (part of ‘The Library Presents’ programme) – 25th October 3 pm
• Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton on Trent – 26th October, 1.30 pm
• Stamford Arts Centre – 27th October, 2 pm
• Mansfield Palace Theatre – 28th October, 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm
• Loves Farm, St Neots (part of ‘The Library Presents’ programme) – 29th October, 3 pm
• Circus Hub, Nottingham – 30th October, 2 pm

How much? – Please visit the appropriate venue for pricing


Twinlakes, Leicestershire – Family Scream Park – Tickets on sale

PYO Pumpkins & Pumpkin Carving We have thousands of pumpkins that farmer Phil has been growing for you all to carve. Visit Farmer Phil’s pumpkin display, located at Red Rooster farm and choose any pumpkin of your choice. Then take it to the barn to carve. This activity is charged at £2 per pumpkin, with more details coming soon on how to pre-book. PLUS a huge number of Halloween related activities.

Twinlakes

When? 2nd to 31st October

Address: Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray LE14 4FF

How much? Child or adult over 108 cm £22.95 each, child 95 – 108 cm £17.95. Child Witches Wagon ticket must be prebooked for the same day if desired this costs £3.99 per child. Please see the website for further information.


Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire – Boo at the Zoo – Tickets on sale

Boo at the Zoo is back with even more frightful fun for the whole family this October Half Term. As you’re exploring 100-acres of zoo, see if you can spot these cheeky pumpkins singing a selection of Halloween classics! Join in with the witch outdoors and follow some spooktacular dance moves on your socially-distanced pumpkin markers. Journey around the zoo and try to find spooky toys waiting for you. What you find, you can keep – this isn’t a trick but only a treat and more.

Twycross Zoo

When? 23rd to 31st October

Address: East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Rd, Atherstone CV9 3PX

How much? Adult standard ticket £19.95 and £15.40 for a child. Under 2’s are free.


West Lodge Farm Park – Northamptonshire – Spooky Half Term Fun – Tickets on sale

Collect your Pumpkin Passport on arrival at the farm…. Choose a pumpkin from our Pumpkin patch, head to the carving barn where you can scoop out all of the insides and leave the mess with us! One of our Perfect Pumpkin Carvers will do the tricky job of carving out your design ready for you to take home! Head over to the wand making area to make your own wand. Watch our animated talking pumpkins and finish off with a visit to Daisy the Witch’s House!

West Lodge Farm Park

When? 16th to 31st October

Address: Back Lane, Desborough, Kettering NN14 2SH

How much? Adult £10.50, child £15 (including pumpkin passport)


White Post Farm – Nottinghamshire – Halloween by torchlight – Tickets on sale

Join us for an evening visit to the farm, meet our spooky guests, pick a pumpkin, grab a hot drink and enjoy the farm at night! Tickets include a pumpkin per child and a hot drink per adult, under 2’s do not require tickets but you will need to book them a pumpkin if you would like them to have one. 

White Post Farm

When? 23rd, 24th, 29th, 30th October

Address: Mansfield Rd, Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HL

How much? £8.50 per person for one of the events. £6.50 per person for the other.


Wicksteed Park – Northamptonshire – Autumn Half Term Fun – Tickets on sale

Come and enjoy a fantastic family day out during October Half Term! Our favourite, The Train will be running along with all of our rides and attractions in The Adventure Zone! Plus brand new Wicky’s Monster Mash Show.

Wicksteed Park

When? 23rd to 31st October

Address: Barton Rd, Kettering NN15 6NJ

How much? Ride wristbands £12


Wollaton Hall – Nottinghamshire – Halloween – Tickets on sale

Discover Titus the T. rex’s bone-chilling and spook-tacular skeleton. From one skeleton to another, Wollaton Park is full of spooky skeletons with its outdoor trail. To prepare young visitors for perhaps encountering a terrifying T. rex one day, we’re running Dinosaur themed Family Workshops. The Traditional Rides fair returns with a Halloween twist. Enjoy fair food – mushy peas & beef burgers in our cafés in Wollaton Park.

Wicksteed Park

When? 16th to 31st October

Address: Barton Rd, Kettering NN15 6NJ

How much? Trail £2, Titus, tours, workshops have a separate charge and can be prebooked online.


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