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October Half Term | North East | Non Halloween Related






Last year when we did our Halloween Half term guide we had lots of messages regarding non Halloween events. We have had some messages asking for those again so I thought I would put together a blog post for this year. I totally get that people are not crazy about Halloween in the UK, I personally love Halloween but as the boys get older I find that they are not that interested in attending scare events and parties anymore. Elliot, our youngest who is now 11 has never liked anything scary, so for Halloween every year we watch family friendly Halloween movies and carve pumpkins that is about his limit! Half Term is sporadic this year so I have gone from the 21st October until 5th November. This should cover the majority of the North East kids.


Here are the events I found that have no involvement with Halloween. Please double check each event before you attend as some attractions are hosting multiple events on the day, some with a Halloween theme some without.


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🍁Autumn Leaf Trail - Washington Old Hall NT - 21st-30th Oct

🍁Etal Fungi Festival - 21st-22nd Oct

🍁Museum Of The Moon - Hexham Abbey - Running throughout Half Term

🍁Elmer Exhibition - Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens ( Please note the museum is always closed on a Sunday)

🍁Innovation Platform Exhibition - Locomotion Running throughout Half Term

🍁Trail Of Rainbows - Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens running until 11th Nov

🍁Hancock Museum has 4 trails running from 21st Oct - 5th Nov

🍁Autumn wanderers holiday club - Rainton Meadows 23rd, 24th Oct




🍁Stay & Play - The Bowes Museum 26th October, 2nd November

🍁Artist Makers - The Bowes Museum 25th October, 1st, 4th November

🍁Sunniside Food Market 28th Oct

🍁Crafts and trails - Saltholme RSPB - 28th Oct - 5th Nov

🍁Seascapes coastal bird walks - Hartlepool - 28th Oct

🍁Weetslade Autumn Trail - 28th Oct - 5th Nov

🍁Steaming to sustainability - Locomotion - 28th Oct - 4th Nov

🍁Wildlife Watch Low Barns 29th Oct

🍁Wildlife Watch Rainton Meadows 29th Oct

🍁Seascapes Beach Rangers - 29th Oct

🍁Roman Inspired crafts at the fort - Binchester Roman Fort - 29th, 31st Oct, 2nd Nov

🍁Leafy Lanterns craft - Ushaw 30th, 31st Oct , 2nd Nov

🍁North East Community Tree planting event - Chollerford Avenue North Shields 30th Oct

🍁Flapping Owl Crafts - Discovery Museum - 30th Oct




🍁Celebrate Science in the Marquee - Palace Green Durham 31st Oct - 2nd Nov (Free event)

🍁Toddler Trails & Tales - Hardwick Park 1st - 4th Nov

🍁Pond dipping - WWT Washington - 1st Nov

🍁Family Den Building - St Nicholas Park Gosforth - 1Nov

🍁Woodhorn Museum Bird Of Prey Display - 1st Nov

🍁Autumn Trail - Seaton Delaval 1st-5th Nov

🍁Brilliant Birds Family Activity - Hauxley Nature reserve - 2nd Nov

🍁Clay Workshop - WWT Washington - 2nd Nov

🍁Autumn Animal Crafts - Head Of Steam Darlington Red Hall Community Centre - 3rd Nov

🍁Wildlife in watercolours - St Nicholas Park Gosforth - 3rd Nov

🍁North East Community Tree Planting event - Near Castle Square Backworth 3rd Nov

🍁Sea Science - Hauxley Nature Reserve - 3rd Nov

🍁Stormy Days storytelling - Hauxley Nature Reserve - 4th Nov

🍁North Pennines Stargazing Festival running until 5th Nov



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