As the nights draw in and the great outdoors transforms into a kaleidoscope of autumnal colour, the National Trust has a whole host of events and activities planned to keep your little explorers entertained. From ghoulish tricks to nature’s treats, get ready to enjoy heaps of family fun this October half term.

Track down the best autumn colour you can find on a walk with your family this October. Embark on a leaf hunt to find the biggest and brightest leaves, challenge your family to a game of Top Trunks, enjoy conker battles with friends or head off on a scavenger hunt to see what autumnal treasures you can find.

Discover the spooky side of National Trust places with Halloween themed activities and events, from pumpkin spotting and creepy crafts to ghostly storytelling and spine-chilling Halloween trails. 

Here we’ve rounded up some of the best and most exciting National Trust events and activities to keep the whole family busy this October half term.     

Bedfordshire's Dunstable Downs

  • A Witch in the Woods Halloween trail, 21 – 29 October, 10.30am – 3pm, £3 per trail (plus car parking charges), no pre-booking needed.
  • Spooky Afternoon Tea, 23 – 27 October, 12pm – 3pm, £8.95 per child, £5.95 per adult (plus car parking charges), booking essential.

With wide open spaces to explore and a whole host of family activities on offer to help you discover more, Dunstable Downs is the perfect spot for your little explorers to run, play and burn off some steam. Get into the spooky mood with a brand-new Halloween trail - A Witch in the Woods. Can you help Witchsnade restore the magic to Chute Wood? The resident witch needs a helping hand to bring the magic back to her woodland home. Make your very own wand and explore the woodland on this mystical trail. You can also enjoy a Halloween themed afternoon tea this October Half-Term. Children are treated to scary sandwich, spooky sweet treat, and spell-binding soft drink. Adults can indulge alongside with terrific tea or coffee and slice of seasonal cake.

Image from Annapurna Mellor, National Trust