What’s on in Derbyshire – Halloween Half Term

We know it can be hard to keep busy during the holidays, so we’ve rounded up some of our favourite activities happening in Derbyshire, for all the family to enjoy this Spooky Season!

Halloween Half Term Family Funfair

20th Oct – 2nd Nov

Derby Market Place

Family funfair this October half term.

Family Funfair rides and attractions to keep the whole family entertained over half term, plus special character appearances.

Eventive Funtime Facebook

The Spooky Tunnels at Calke Abbey

24th Oct – 5th Nov

Calke Abbey

The spooky tunnels are once again returning to Calke Abbey to celebrate Halloween and all things spooky!

Step through the west door, if you’re feeling brave, and watch out for menacing pumpkins and scary scarecrows.

Looking for more family fun? This is just one of many activities taking place throughout October and October half term.

Pick your own Pumpkins at Mr Pumpkin

24th – 31st Oct

Mr Pumpkin, Lime Farm

Come and pick your own pumpkins this Halloween at Mr Pumpkin, Derby. 30,000 pumpkins to choose from. Free entry and free car parking. Just pay for the pumpkins you pick! Hot and cold food and drinks and oodles of fun to be had.

Halloween Creepy Crafts

24th – 31st Oct

Denby Pottery Village

£7 per child – Book in advance

Visit the Denby Craft Studio throughout the October Half Term Holidays for lots of spooky fun. Secure your space today and choose from one of the following activities on the day of your visit:

1. Paint a Spooky Plate: Using colourful glazes, paint a pre-stencilled Denby Tea Plate in a Halloween-themed design with a spooky selection to choose from.


2. Create a Scary Clay Monster: Let their imagination run wild as they craft (and paint if time) a scary monster using our Denby clay.


3. Craft a Spider’s Web Hoop: Make a Spider’s Web Hoop complete with a dangly spider to take away.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – Outdoor Cinema

27th Oct – 6pm – 9:10pm

Calke Abbey

From £14.50

Take a blanket or camping chair, wrap up warm, and watch Rocky Horror on a giant cinema screen under the stars!

Plus, music to enjoy before the movie with a spooky soundtrack of specially curated songs.

Gates open 6pm, film starts approx. 8pm

*Fancy dress encouraged

Autumn Festival

1st – 4th Nov

Bluebells, Brunswood Farm

Scarecrow Maize Maze

Enter the Spooktacular Scarecrow Maize Maze and prepare for a harvest-season adventure filled with celebrity-themed scares!

Scarecrow Dressing

Take part in a scarecrow dressing activity, creating imaginative costumes for these straw-stuffed crop guardians!

Little Pumpkins Disco

Join our crew for our Little Pumpkins Disco.

Creepy Creatures

Learn all about these creepy crawlies and get up close to these mini monsters and face your biggest fears!

Piggy Apple Bobbing

Our piggies want to join in the too! They can’t wait to show you all the tricks they have learnt and at the end they get to play their FAVOURITE game!

Regular Farm Fun

Included in your ticket is access to all the regular farm fun including animal activities, play areas and meeting our animals!

Sheep Race

ROLL UP, ROLL UP, Place your bets! Cast your eye over our Thoroughbred Racing Sheep. Cheer them on as they playfully race around our course.

Alton Towers Scarefest

24th – 31st Oct

Alton Towers

Spooktacular fun, spine-tingling scare mazes and rides in the dark!

As the nights get longer, Scarefest beckons. On October’s spookiest dates, tiptoe into Alton Towers Resort for all sorts of creepy scares and shocks as its award-winning Scarefest returns for 2023 with live entertainment for all ages and our award-winning spooktacular scare experiences for the bravest of souls.  Open until 9pm each day daring guests can face our head-spinning, hair-raising rides and attractions in darkness including Wicker Man and The Smiler! 

Alton Towers Fireworks

3rd – 5th Nov

Alton Towers

Thrills, Fireworks & Family Entertainment

For a firework display dazzling enough to make your jaw drop and your eyes pop, there’s only one place to be – Alton Towers Resort. Our Fireworks nights provide a final chance to enjoy our mind-blowing, heart-pounding, record-breaking rollercoasters, rides and family attractions before we bid our season goodbye. And because we’re open late for the fireworks, you can ride our coasters in the dark for extra scares, screams and shrieks. For a truly head-spinning, mega-grinning experience, book your ticket today! 

Derby Fireworks and Funfair

3rd Nov

Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Tickets are now on sale, as Derby’s biggest fireworks display returns to The Incora County Ground on Friday 3 November. 

Our popular Fireworks Night & Fun Fair event will see a huge array of bright colours and awe-inspiring pyrotechnics illuminate the skies over Derbyshire to kick off the Bonfire Night weekend!

But that’s not all, the event will also feature a huge Fun Fair, with rides, games and tasty treats for the whole family, as well as musical entertainment, courtesy of Gem Radio, to get you in the party mood.

The best value way to buy tickets for this event is online, in advance, so be sure to get yours early to avoid missing out!

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