3:00pm - 6:00pm | Cost: Standard Gardens Admission

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

This October half-term, we’ll have plenty of family-friendly (but slightly spooky!) events - perfect for burning off some energy. The Hestercombe Peculiar Potions trail will have your head in a spin, whilst our special events such as visits from creepy critters, a spellbinding science masterclass and a room of wicked wizardry, are all the ingredients needed for a spook-tacular day out.

Wicked Room of Wizardry

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

Spellbound Science

Back by popular demand, Sciencedipity will be visiting Hestercombe again for a spellbinding masterclass of potion making. Get your capes and cauldrons at the ready and drop in for a spell in the Bampfylde Hall. Roll up your wizarding sleeves for some messy science magic with a combination of safe chemicals that make a lovely colour changing, fizzy potion.

Creepy Critters

Exmoor Zoo are back this Halloween with a fang-tastic display of their most creepy critters! 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.

Peculiar Potions Trail

Venture into our enchanted woods..

Have you ever wondered what its like to create magic with your eyes? Find out this October Half Term with master of illusions Wurzelly the Wizard in this elusive new trail, where you can help forgetful Wurzelly to remember what eerie elements are missing from his marvellous mind bending mixture!

Spot Hester the Bat!

Hester the bat is back on a flapping frenzy around the gardens. Spot her and tell the Gift Shop where she is to get a free prize!

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 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 £3.71 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, 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



Child (5-15)


Child (u-5)


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


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


Wheelchair User

Half Price**

Halloween Spook-tacular at Hestercombe Schedule

DateWhat's On

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 30th October

Halloween Trail (all day)

Monday 24th - Friday 28th October

Wicked Room of Wizardry (all day) *please note that the messy potion making ingredients will be unavailable at weekends due to staff shortages

Monday 24th - Friday 28th October

Spot Hester the Bat! (10am - 3:30pm)

Tuesday 25th October

Spellbound Science with Sciencedipity (11am - 4pm, drop-in)

Sunday 30th October

Creepy Critters with Exmoor Zoo (11am - 3pm, drop-in)

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 £44.50 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, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells, and The Garden House.

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