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Halloween at Hestercombe October half term holiday activities web text

Double, double, toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble!

This spooky season, Hestercombe has a whole host of fantastically frightful activities to keep mini witches and wizards magically occupied.

During October half-term, we’ll have plenty of family-friendly (but slightly spooky!) events - perfect for burning off some energy. The Hestercombe Barmy Bats trail will have you in a flap, whilst our special events such as visits from creepy crawlies, a spooky science masterclass, scary storytelling and a spellbinding Potion Room, are all the ingredients needed for a spooktacular day out.

The Potion Room

Wurzelly the Wizard has come to Hestercombe this Halloween, transforming the Octagon Summerhouse into his own peculiar potion room! Come and brew your own potion to take home, as you get hands-on with mystical magics, oozing ointments, and pungent perfumes.

Spooky Science

For the first time ever, Sciencedipity will be visiting Hestercombe. Jump off of your flying broomsticks at the Bampfylde Hall for an exciting wacky wand-making workshop, in which your little ones can create their own magical wands, and perform special levitating magic (with just a bit of science to help!)

Creepy Crawlies

Creepy Crawlies are back at Hestercombe with a Halloween twist! From hairy tarantulas to icky stick insects, come and see these wonderful creatures live in person - and learn a bit more about them along the way. You can even meet some marvellous Somerset moths borrowed from our very own gardens!

Stories of the Untold

Hestercombe holds many ghostly secrets... Tiptoe down to the Mill Tunnel this October to meet esteemed paranormal investigator Henry Herbert, as he weaves his tales of strange sightings, collected over centuries in his creepy casebook! (Suitable for children aged 4+, limited availability. Book on arrival - £3 per child)

Barmy Bat Trail

Venture into our spooky woods..

Have you ever wondered what a bat eats for breakfast? Find out this October Half Term with bat-expert Coplestone in this exciting new trail, where you can help to find creepy crawly treats for a family of local bats to fill their bellies before Winter begins! Learn a bit about habitats and insect life in the gardens, with a spooky twist…

Autumn Bulb Plantathon

Join our Gardens team in October half-term week to help them plant thousands of new bulbs in Rook Wood. The Gardens team now aim to plant thousands of additional bulbs of crocus, to help bring the area to life in spring with swathes of white and purple.

Pop up to see them between 10am and 3pm daily from Monday 25th to Friday 29th October. You'll be able to find out a bit more about their gardening techniques and even plant a couple of bulbs yourself!

Fungal Foray

There’s even some autumnal activities for the adults too. Join Michael Jordan, author and chairman of the Fungus Conservation Trust, for a fun and informative walk to discover and identify mushrooms and toadstools in the gardens. (Adults £10, children £5) Please book Fungal Foray tickets here.

Two play areas to enjoy!

On your visit, stop off at either of our play areas for some magical fun. Our under-7s play area is situated by the Visitor Reception, and children both young and old will enjoy building dens up in our new wild play area by the Charcoal Burner’s Camp.

Food & drink

Treat your little ones (and yourself of course!) with some delicious home-cooked food from the Stables restaurant, which offers a child-friendly menu with full table service. Tasty light bites, cakes, drinks and Halloween-themed treats are all available from our new cafe, Caffè + Gelato.


Please note: You do not need to book to attend any of the Halloween events. Simply purchase standard garden admission (free for members) and drop-in to the events. Stories of the Untold will need to booked at the Ticket Office on the day when you arrive (£3 per child).


Make the most of Hestercombe's Halloween events with a membership

Join as a Hestercombe member from as little as £3.46 a month to get free access to all of our family activities!


Tickets & Prices

Standard gardens admission applies (Hestercombe members go free).

To visit the gardens and take part in any Halloween activity, you no longer need to pre-book a timed admission slot online - simply purchase gardens admission on arrival!

If you have any queries about your admission, please email our Visitor Reception or call 01823 413923

Admission typePrice

Adult

£13.75

Child (5-15)

£6.90

Child (u-5)

free

Family Saver 1 (1 adult, up to 3 children)

£21.00

Family Saver 2 (2 adults, up to 3 children)

£34.65

Halloween at Hestercombe Schedule

DateWhat's On

Saturday 16th October

Fungal Foray (11am - 1pm, Adults £10 and children £5 - must be booked in advance)

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 31st October

The Barmy Bats Trail (all day)

Saturday 23rd - Sunday 31st October

The Potion Room (all day)

Monday 25th - Friday 29th October

Autumn Bulb Plantathon (10am - 3pm, drop-in)

Monday 25th October

Spooky Science with Sciencedipity (10am - 3pm, drop-in)

Wednesday 27th October

Creepy Crawlies with Exmoor Zoo (10am - 3pm, drop-in)

Thursday 28th October

Stories of the Untold (10:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm and 3pm - session are 30 mins long and must be booked on the day £3 per child)

Saturday 30th October

Fungal Foray (11am - 1pm, Adults £10 and children £5 - must be booked in advance)

Membership at Hestercombe

Join today and enjoy unlimited access to Hestercombe for a whole year

Described as “one of the top twenty gardens to visit in the country”, Hestercombe is always beautiful throughout the year. Join today and enjoy unlimited access, with prices from £41.50 per year.

Your membership includes:

  • Unlimited access to Hestercombe Gardens for a year from date of joining for the Member, guests and children according to membership type
  • Half price entry for visitors accompanied by a Member of Hestercombe (one visitor per member)
  • Two full colour members’ newsletters per year & regular email bulletins
  • Discounts on tickets to selected events at Hestercombe
  • Half price entry to our partner attractions:­ Abbotsbury Sub­tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey Gardens, and The Bishop’s Palace, Wells.

Give a Gift of Membership to friends and family and they too can enjoy all the benefits of membership.


Upgrade your ticket

Visit Hestercombe and upgrade your ticket to an annual membership for just the difference in cost.

Example: pay £13.75 for adult entry, and upgrade to full adult single membership for an extra £27.75 (£2.31 by monthly Direct Debit). The upgrade must be made during the day of your visit. Prices correct as of 1st April 2021.

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