10 October half-term activities for kids in Bristol, Bath and beyond 2019

Keep the kids entertained with these spooktacular activities

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October 7th, 2019

From spooktacular Halloween activities, to exciting museum activities, spine-tingling theatre and frightening trails, here's our pick of things to do in Bristol, Bath and beyond this October Half-term 2019. 


Bath Museums Week (26 October-3 November)

Turn yourself Roman, create Jane Austen-style beaded necklace, go on a spooky Halloween trail, make a constellation keyring, create a jazzy mosaic and lots more during Bath Museums Week. Participating attractions include the Fashion Museum, Bath Abbey, Museum of Bath Architecture, Prior Park, The Roman Bath, Victoria Art Gallery and No.1. Royal Crescent. For the full list of activities on offer and museums taking part, click here.

Halloween Trail at Prior Park, Bath (26 October - 3 November)

A fright of ghosts has set up camp in the gardens of Prior Park for Halloween week. Follow the trail, keeping your eyes peeled for eerie clues along the way to win a prize.

Why not start out at The Edge's Playing the Picturesque exhibition, which features a new creation of Prior Park's much-loved Palladian Bridge, and walk from the gallery to Prior Park itself? The free maps (available at The Edge) feature other picturesque routes around Bath, curated by Richard White and illustrated by Victoria Wilmott.

Palladian Bridge Prior Park Bath Photo by Rob Auckland
Palladian Bridge Prior Park Bath

The Little Prince, The Edge by Protein Dance (1-2 November)

Based on the world-famous story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is brought to life using Protein’s award-winning mix of dance, humour and spoken word. With an original score by Frank Moon, design by Yann Seabra, lighting by Jackie Shemesh and video design by Daniel Denton, Protein’s new show invites the audience to look at the world through one’s heart and to reconnect with our inner child.

In addition to the performance, families are invited to take part in an hour-long workshop with the cast, exploring the universe and landing on different planets to meet the other characters, their dances and games. 

The Little Prince at The Edge Photo by Chris Nash
The Little Prince at The Edge


The Spooky Ship: Shipwrecked!, SS Great Britain, Bristol (31 October - 2 November)

Get ready for an old-fashioned Victorian fright-fest as you follow your ghoulish guide around the darkest nooks and crannies of Brunel’s 175-year-old ship, uncovering chilling tales from the SS Great Britain’s history. Scare your friends with gory wounds and seaworthy injuries, created by professional special effects make-up artists and find about the illnesses suffered by actual passengers of the past. 

Halloween Family Event: Explore the Galleries by Torchlight at RWA, Bristol (31 October)

Do you dare experience the galleries by torchlight, with Halloween-themed children's art workshops, drinks, nibbles and more! Familes are encouraged to don their most fearsome fancy dress!


Enchanted Sudeley at Sudeley Castle & Gardens (26 October-3 November)

Follow a magical trail through Sudeley Castle and it’s enchanting gardens, discovering scenes from the much-loved fairy tales by the Brother’s Grimm, including Snow White, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. 

Victorian horse and carriage rides at Tyntesfield (26 October-3 November)

From chaos-causing hunky punks, to pumpkin carving and Victorian horse and carriage rides, there’s tons of autumnal fun to be had at Tyntesfield this October half term.

Horse and carriage rides Tyntesfield Photo by National Trust
Horse and carriage rides Tyntesfield

Halloween Tale at Cheddar Gorge (23 October - 3 November) 

You can’t get a much more eerie setting than the 500,000 year old chambers at Gough’s Cave. It’s inside here that you’re invited to go on a monstrous mystery-solving mission with the Natural Theatre Company, unravelling the secrets of literary figures with Cheddar’s detective. 

American Museum Halloween Trail (26-30 October)

Trick or treat? Solve some ghoulish clues in the gardens of The American Museum for a monstrous prize at the end.

Jurassic Weekend at Salisbury Cathedral (26, 28 October)

A roarsome programme of dino-themed events, including dinosaur crafts, a green screen encounter with a T-Rex and live dinosaur show, plus lots more cretaceous fun!

Jurassic Weekend at Salisbury Cathedral Photo by Salisbury Cathedral
Jurassic Weekend at Salisbury Cathedral
  • To see what’s on in October in Bristol, Bath and beyond, click here.
  • For even more inspiration for things to do in Bristol, Bath and beyond, check out our guides here.
  • For more ideas on things to do in half-term in Bristol and Bath, check out Visit Bristol and Visit Bath’s websites.

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