Visit the Cotswolds this half term holiday for a spook-tac-u-lar time!

Child holding pumpkin, Bolthole Retreats (Last Updated On: 14th October 2020)

While this year has seen its own frights, there are still some spook-tac-u-lar places to visit, suitable for all of the family. This October half term, enjoy the Cotswold countryside and wonderful autumn colours at:

Berkeley Castle

Enjoy all manner of ghastly goings-on during All Hallows Week at Berkeley Castle. Keep an eye out for Grim the Executioner who is prowling the grounds, and Wee Jobbie the Gaoler who is on the look-out for new dungeon residents. You had better be on your best behaviour – that goes for the children as well as the adults!

Events will be running from 25th – 28th October.

Oxford Castle and Prison

Socially distanced spookiness will be at the forefront of Oxford Castle and Prison, as they embark on their famous spooky tours. Paranormal investigators will lead you to the vaulted well chamber, punishment cells and dark, damp Crypt.

Events will be running from 16th October – 1st November.

Cotswold Farm Park

Pumpkin patch and dog, Bolthole Retreats

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Leave the scary castles behind and instead head into the beautiful autumnal countryside for a Pick Your Own Pumpkin event at Cotswold Farm Park. Choose from a small pumpkin or a big pumpkin – either one will be perfect for decorating this season. The area is also brilliant for capturing those memorable family photos, with a hint of orange to decorate.

Events will be running from 3rd – 31st October.

Over Farm

Take the whole family out for the Halloween Family Farm Trail at Over Farm. While the walk may be spooky with theatrical sets and a scarecrow hunt, the animals are nothing but friendly. A wonderful combination that celebrates the season.

Events will be running from 3rd October – 1st November.

Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace is bringing style to autumn. Take part in the #terrifyingturnip carving session, watch a mesmerising fire show, or gather the ladies together and enjoy a Dracula punch afternoon tea. With all family monsters considered for, there is something to please everyone.

Events will be running from 10th October – 1st November.

Museum of Gloucester

Partnering with Black-Frighteners Priory and Ghoulster Guildhall, enjoy family-friendly Halloween trails, spooky treats and scary films at the Museum of Gloucester. Take a look, if you dare.

Events will be running from 24th – 31st October.

Dean Heritage Centre

Stretch the legs in your scariest of costumes for a delightfully spooky outdoor trail. Stay close together though, as groups of no more than six are allowed. Afterwards, settle down for a terrifying afternoon tea or a scarily lip-smacking lunch.

Events will be running from 26th – 31st October.


Visit the chilling Cotswold countryside for a range of Halloween and autumnal events, suitable for the whole Addams Family.