What better way to enjoy the crisp autumn months ahead than with an October half-term escape to Devon? Autumn in Devon is one of the best times to go on a country adventure and enjoy the dreamy peacefulness that Devon has to offer at this time of year.
There’s nothing like taking a break to spend some quality time with loved ones, and now is the time to do it. The weather is still glorious, and the countryside is starting to turn a lovely shade of golden.
We have put together a list of some of the best Halloween events in Devon including pumpkin patches, attractions for the whole family and chilling experiences not for the faint-hearted.
Pennywell Farm, near Totnes
Photo credit: Pennywell Farm
Pennywell Farm, near Totnes, is the biggest activity farm in the South West with over 150 animals and has something for everyone from pig racing to tractor rides. This autumn, from 30 September to 29 October, the Pennywell Pumpkin Festival is back!
There’s so much for visitors to see and do – you’ll be spoilt for choice! Pick your own pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, explore the farm and complete Paddy the Pumpkin’s Trial, live music, marshmallow toasting, as well as all the usual animal activities, farm rides, shows and displays.
Address: Pennywell Farm, Lower Dean, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0LT
Prices: Adult tickets are £19.95 and child tickets are £15.95. Online booking in advance is essential
Opening times: 9am-4pm every day
Jolly Pumpkin, near Exeter
With over 50 varieties of pumpkin, squash and gourd available, all in an array of different shapes and sizes, Jolly Pumpkin really does have something for everyone.
Every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, as well as every day during October half-term week, Jolly Pumpkin will be open to keep the little pumpkins busy with a spooktacular maize maze, bale mountain, vintage tractor and much more!
Address: Jolly Pumpkin, Silverton, Exeter EX5 4DU
Prices: Online booking in advance is essential, and tickets are £1.50 per person
Opening times: 10am-5pm, with last entry at 4pm
Braunton Pumpkin Patch, Braunton
During October half term (between Saturday 21 and Saturday 28 October), Braunton Pumpkin Patch will be open for visitors to enjoy! There’s no entry fee, you just pay for what you pick!
Dogs are also welcome but must be kept on leads, and don’t forget your wellies too!
Address: Moor Lane, Braunton, EX33 1HG
Prices: Free entry, just pay for what you pick!
Opening times: 10am-4pm
Crealy Theme Park, near Exeter
Spook-Fest returns to Crealy on 14 and 15 October as well as every day throughout October half term. Trick or treat yourself to a Crealy spooky day out and discover the most rides in Devon and their frightful Halloween attractions.
The Scarecrow Scare Maze is back, and Dino Jeepers Creepers, new for 2023, is an immersive dinosaur experience with a roar-some trip through the prehistoric jungle – oh and there’s a free pumpkin for every child too!
Address: Crealy Theme Park, Sidmouth Road, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1DR
Prices: Tickets from £18
Opening times: Opening days and times vary depending on time of year
Kents Cavern, Torquay
Photo credit: Kents Cavern
Kents Cavern near Torquay is one of Europe’s top Stone Age sites with an extensive maze of caverns. Discover the 400-million-year-old story of Kents Cavern brought to life by one of their guided tours.
Between 21 and 31 October, things are turning a bit batty at Kents Cavern for Halloween! Head over to take part in some bat-astic activities including the bat challenge, craft bats, pumpkin hunt, batty joke trail and much more all included within the Cave Tour ticket price.
Address: Cavern House, Ilsham Road, Torquay, Devon TQ1 2JF
Prices: Online ticket prices are £15 for adults and £13 for children between 3-15 years
Opening times: Open every day from 10am
The Big Sheep, Bideford
Photo credit: The Big Sheep
Set in 40 acres of parkland, The Big Sheep is an award-winning family attraction including Devon’s largest roller coaster, thrilling rides and sheep races. You will adore the animal magic plus enjoy a brilliant selection of indoor and outdoor play, and activities to keep everyone in the family entertained.
This October half term, enjoy their frightfully good rides, take part in a pumpkin carving masterpiece as well as all the usual animal shows, rides, outdoor fun and indoor play – there’s lots for ewe to do!
Address: The BIG Sheep, Abbotsham, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5AP
Prices: Online ticket prices are £15 for adults and children
Opening times: Opening days and times vary depending on time of year
Not for the faint hearted
Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totnes
Believed to be one of the most haunted places in England, Berry Pomeroy Castle was started in the late 15th century as the home of the de Pomeroy family. The land was sold to the Seymour family in the mid-16th century with the intent to create the most spectacular home in Devon, but work was never completed and by 1700 it had been abandoned.
Nowadays the site is managed by English Heritage and all that remains is the shell. Over the years, tales of ghosts and ghouls have enveloped the Grade I-listed building and it even featured on the television show ‘Most Haunted: Live’.
Address: Berry Pomeroy, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6LJ
Prices: Online ticket prices are £8.50 for adults and £4.50 for children between 5 and 17 years
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Chambercombe Manor, Ilfracombe
This Norman Manor House in Ilfracombe dates back to the 11th century. The residence is said to be haunted by a woman who, after suffering injuries in a shipwreck off the North Devon coast, sought refuge but died – her skeleton being discovered years after her death. Rumour has it the cradle in the chamber where she was found moves on its own, while a ghostly face has also been photographed…
Address: Chambercombe Manor, Chambercombe Lane, Ilfracombe, EX34 9RJ
Prices: Paranormal evening event tickets are £45 per person and bookable here.
Buckland Abbey, Yelverton
Now owned by the National Trust, Buckland Abbey was once the home of Sir Francis Drake, who is now believed to haunt the Abbey.
Drake was sold the Abbey in 1580, however, he was out of favour with locals in the area who believed he possessed supernatural powers granted to him through a pact with the devil.
According to reports, Drake’s ghost is said to travel across Dartmoor in a black coach driven by several headless horses, followed by a pack of howling hounds.
Address: Buckland Abbey, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY
Prices: Online ticket prices are £14 for adults and £7 for children
Opening times: Depends on day of the week and time of year
Stay with us in Devon
If you haven’t booked your October half-term holiday to Devon yet, what are you waiting for? Browse our excellent range of self-catering holiday homes and cottages throughout Devon and pick out the perfect retreat for you. Whether you are travelling to the area with your loved one for a romantic break or a break with friends and family, we have accommodation large and small to fit your chosen occasion.
Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing,
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