rhs-pumpkinsDark nights, swirling mists and glowing orange pumpkins. It can only mean one thing – or three actually. It’s Autumn, it’s half term and it’s Halloween. Whether you’re celebrating the bounty of the season or taking part in the ghoulish celebrations on the 31st October, there’s plenty to occupy and entertain big kids and small kids alike in the coming week. Take a look at our round up of what’s on over half term.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens – Hampshire

The Hillier gardens deliver on both fronts this week – not only are the hues of the garden at their finest, with the foliage turning jewel coloured, but the garden team have lined up a great selection of events for half term, including ‘Spooky Halloween Bushcraft’, suitable for 3-12 year olds (though parents must accompany children and ‘big kids’ are sure to love it too!) Join the team for a session of clambering, climbing, fire-making and playing in the woods, rounded off with popcorn, marshmallows and campfire songs. £12.00 per session (one adult and 1 child). Full details here. Please note there are two time slots to choose from and the next and last session is 30th Oct.

rhs-batsRHS Garden Wisley – Surrey

Apart from witches, wizards and things that go bump in the night, there’s one charismatic little creature that captures the spirit of Halloween – bats. These amazing mammals are somewhat mysterious to most of us, being nocturnal and almost silent in flight, but due to habitat loss they are increasingly under threat in the uk. However, gardeners can really help bats to survive and thrive by making their gardens a wildlife friendly habitat. RHS Wisley has joined the national campaign, ‘Wild About Gardens Week‘, which runs during half term week this year, and hopes to promote bat-welfare and habitat creation. There’s also a free RHS ‘Stars of the Night’ booklet to collect, which shows gardeners which plants to grow to encourage bats. Activities also include making bat finger puppets, planting seeds and pumpkin carving (£4.00). All RHS Wisley activities are included in the entrance cost, but for more information see the website here.

nymansNymans – West Sussex

Of course you may want to avoid all things Halloween and escape the crowds by heading off for a beautiful Autumn walk. Nymans estate is situated in the high weald, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the woodland walk offers far reaching views across the lake. See the website here for details.