What’s on in Wales in Half Term?

For the kids, October might mean a week off school, carving pumpkins, dressing up in spooky costumes, trick or treating and lots of sweets Mum and Dad wouldn’t usually allow! For the parents, the thought of the looming October Half Term often presents with it the challenge of coming up with things to do that will keep the children occupied. Here at Rare Hideaways, we’re prepped with suggestions for lots of fun activities taking place at the end of October in Wales to get you and the kids in the spooky spirit!

This year, the Half Term holiday is taking place between Monday 25th and Friday 29th October. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many establishments saw their events cancelled in recent years, so this year, we’re looking to embrace all things ghostly and ghoulish with extra enthusiasm! Even if celebrating Halloween isn’t your thing, we’ve still got lots of suggestions to keep you busy in the Half Term, whilst enjoying the beautiful Autumn season in all its colourful and leaf-crunching glory.

Keep reading to find out what’s on in Wales this October Half Term…

The Silver Mountain Experience: October 23rd – 31st

Offering a whole host of ‘not too scary’ Halloween activities, the kids are certain to love a visit to The Silver Mountain Experience this October! Located just outside of Aberystwyth, The Silver Mountain Experience is a thrilling family day out, suitable for children big and small.

Running right up until Halloween itself, there’s a great mixture of events including everything from classic ‘Trick or ‘Treat’ trails, colouring competitions and pumpkin carving to spine-chilling guided tours including The Black Chasm: if you dare take it on! You can even save 10% if you book your tickets for The Silver Mountain Experience online.

If you’re thinking about heading to The Silver Mountain Halloween Experience this October, why not make a holiday of it and stay in nearby Aberystwyth?

Rare Hideaways property, Awel Môr, is a wonderful base from which to explore Mid Wales’ coast and country. The Victorian resort is made up of luxurious and stylish apartments overlooking Aberystwyth’s curving promenade and scenic Cardigan Bay.

Within a 30 minute drive of The Silver Mountain Experience, Awel Môr’s seafront suites will be ready and waiting to welcome you back for a well-deserved good night’s sleep… that is, if you can sleep after the day’s spooky events!

Book your stay at Awel Môr…

Terror Mountain 2021

If you’re looking for a step-up from The Silver Mountain Experience, children aged 12 and above can take part in Terror Mountain 2021 – but be warned, it’s not for the faint-hearted! Based at The Silver Mountain Experience, but a completely separate event to the comparatively ‘light-hearted’ activities designed for younger children, Terror Mountain is a fully immersive horror experience that you won’t easily forget.

As you walk through a variety of unique, live horror attractions, you can expect to discover what lies within a dark, creepy Victorian mine, all the while coming face-to-face with freakish specimens from your favourite horror genres!

Designed to quicken your pulse, get your blood pumping, spine-tingling and adrenaline surging, this terrifyingly fun experience is better suited to families with older children. That being said, it’s often the adults that are the scaredy-cats, rather than the children! Book your tickets on the Terror Mountain website for either the 22nd and 23rd October, or the 28th to the 31st.

Go Pumpkin Picking at Powell’s Farm

One of October’s classic traditions: the carving of pumpkins! Fun for all the family, Powell’s Farm near New Radnor in Radnorshire has a ‘pick your own’ pumpkin patch where visitors can enjoy a seasonal autumnal walk throughout the farm whilst choosing their very own pumpkins! Small, large, knobbly or wrinkly, there are pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, grown right on the farm especially for you.

With an array of friendly animals to meet along the way, gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside and an opportunity to soak up the fresh Welsh air, a walk around Powell’s Pumpkin Farm is a great way to spend a day in the October Half Term. And best of all, if in classic October fashion the heavens decide to open, there is a spacious and equally spooky barn onsite with a range of pumpkins to choose inside.

Whether you want to carve a classic Jack O’Lantern, recreate your favourite character in pumpkin-form or work your chosen pumpkin into a delicious, hearty pie, Powell’s Farm is the place to be this October Half Term!

If you like the sound of spending a day exploring all that Mid Wales has to offer, including Powell’s Pumpkin Farm, Rare Hideaways property, By the Wye, is a great option for those that enjoy reconnecting with the great outdoors. Offering the ultimate glamping experience, and only a 30-minute drive from Powell’s Farm, guests can enjoy a luxury stay in a treetop hideaway near the famous bookshop town of Hay-on-Wye.

Whilst you experience the nostalgic feel of reliving your childhood tenting memories, the kids can enjoy making the most of an October holiday like no other! Don’t worry, you may be out in the sticks but there’s hot running water, power showers and more luxuries than you could ask for.

Learn more about glamping at By the Wye…

The Sculpture Trail at Fforest Fawr

Although a magical woodland walk at any time of the year, Fforest Fawr truly comes alive in the Autumn season. As the trees adopt their familiar reddish-brown hue and the forest is filled with the sounds of rustling branches and leaves crunching underfoot, it’s a beautiful time of the year to explore the great outdoors.

Perfect for families, and accessible for those with pushchairs, the forest, which lies near the Cardiff village of Tongwynlais, has three heritage trails to choose from; but, of course, the children are bound to choose the Sculpture Trail! Whilst the surrounding views of tranquil woodland and the impressive fairytale-esque backdrop of Castell Coch are mesmerising in themselves, along the walk you can expect to discover all manner of giant wood-carved sculptures. Make sure you’ve got your camera ready because there will definitely be a photo opportunity or two!

All based on woodland animals that have lived in the forest in the past, just some of the creatures you might find include: a European lynx, a red deer, a European wolf, an otter and more.

After you’ve spent the day posing for pictures next to the sculptures, running through the autumn leaves and taking in the fresh forest air, the Fforest Fawr café is a welcoming end to the trail where you can grab a bite to eat and a warming seasonal drink.

Whatever you choose to do this October Half Term in Wales, there’s always a Rare Hideaways property ready and waiting to welcome all the family in for a peaceful night’s sleep.

You can discover our full collection of properties throughout Wales here.