Looking for activities to do in half-term? There’s plenty to choose from, so we’ve put together a list which we think you’ll love. From Halloween fun where you’ll meet creepy castle characters, to watching fascinating wildlife and enjoying adrenaline-fuelled activities, you can be sure to have an action-packed trip this half-term.
Looking for festive spooks?
Oakwood Theme Park, Pembrokeshire
Every year, Oakwood Theme Park’s Spooktacular event gets bigger and better. Are you brave enough to ride rollercoasters in the dark and go into one of the thrilling horror mazes? Head into the darkness in “Alone”, try to come out in one piece in “Dismantled” and be brave enough to head to the woods in “Teddy Bears’ Picnic”.
One of the highlights is riding the iconic Megafobia. Race across the wooden track in the darkness, not knowing where you will turn next.
Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire
After something a little more gentle? Head to Folly Farm where you can meet lots of friendly animals. From rabbits, alpacas and chicks in the barn to the pride of Pembrokeshire: Hugo (a very handsome lion), Luna and their four cubs. With rhinos, giraffes, meerkats and many more, we are sure you’ll fall in love with some of the 750 animals who live in Folly Farm. Make sure you visit the vintage fairground and experience the thrills of yesteryear.
This Halloween, you can also take part in the Scarecrow Trail and card hunts, where you can win prizes! Watch out for the singing pumpkins and be rewarded with some sweet treats if your little ones arrive in fancy dress.
Gwili Railway, Carmarthenshire
Head to the Gwili Railway in Bronwydd, Carmarthen and enjoy a nostalgic ride through the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside. If you pop along on the 30th and 31st October, you can enjoy a ride on the Halloween Ghost Train – but only if you dare! There are also prizes for best outfits and free trick or treats, so you can be sure for some spooky fun as you ride on the vintage steam locomotives. Tuck into tasty burgers, hot dogs and soup on board the train while enjoying the scenic views.
A Historic Day Out
Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire
The castle is spectacular to visit all year round – whether you’re heading inside to learn about the 2,000 years of history, or just walking around the millpond admiring the breathtaking castle. Make sure to visit the cafe which serves delicious cakes, light lunches and drinks.
There are lots of exciting activities to choose from at Carew Castle over half-term. Horrible Histories is a set of interactive talks where you can learn all about crime and punishment as well as the ghosts of Carew. Meet the Forest Fairy Friends who will be hosting interactive workshops packed with games, dancing and singing or settle around the fire and listen to the storyteller recount spooky tales and stories of brave knights and princesses.
Cardigan Castle, Ceredigion
Discover the history of this 900-year-old castle, a beautiful Georgian mansion and the Grade II listed gardens which are full of 130 different types of plants- some of which are very rare! Make sure to check out the fascinating exhibitions- both permanent and temporary these focus on the history of the castle and the surrounding area. Dogs are also welcome on a lead, £1 per dog.
You can also enjoy the Spooktacular events this half-term as you explore the grounds of Cardigan Castle. With live performers, gory effects and a walk-through trail full of interactive terrors. Dressing up is encouraged and make sure to tuck into some ghoulish goodies. The Halloween event runs from 6-9 pm 29th-31st October and tickets must be purchased in advance.
Dinefwr Castle, Carmarthenshire
Stroll through the Dinefwr estate and visit the beautiful castle which has superb views of the Carmarthenshire countryside. Head on into the historic Newton House, a Welsh country house where you can explore the rooms and the stories behind the history of the estate. With changing displays and exhibitions, there’s always something new to see. The grounds, made up of a National Nature Reserve and 18th-century landscaped Deer Park, are perfect for a stroll and if you visit in half-term, you’ll be in for some treats. Using shadows to tell stories, Dinefwr will become the host of a family-friendly Woodland Theatre. Make sure to take part in the outdoor trail and your little ones can make their own magic wand.
Wanting to see some wildlife?
Welsh Wildlife Centre, Pembrokeshire
Pop along to the Welsh Wildlife Centre in Cardigan to discover nature at its best. Discover the beautiful area, let little ones burn off energy in the adventure playground and make new friends as you get up close and personal with amazing creatures of all shapes and sizes. From badgers, owls, otters and many more, the whole family will make great memories as you explore the area, stopping off in the bird observation hides.
This half term, you can enjoy fantastic events where proceeds help with their conservation efforts. From bird watching, making a bird feeder, clay creature modelling and nature art, your little ones will love getting creative while learning a thing or two. Feeling brave? Make sure to head out on the Family Halloween Quiz Trail around Teifi Marshes Nature Reserve and see what you can find.
National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Carmarthenshire
Explore over 560 acres of parkland, where you can enjoy walking through the beautiful area taking in all the flowers, plants, lakes and exhibits. Make sure you visit the Great Glasshouse, the largest of its kind in the world, where you can see the most extensive collection of Mediterranean plants in the Northern Hemisphere. Children will love the play area and Fairywood, where they can find pint-sized woodland residents. Explore the double-walled gardens before heading for a delicious lunch in the restaurant.
If you visit at half-term, you can go BIG on BUGS! If you have a creepy-crawly lover in your family, then they’ll get the chance to see giant cockroaches, monstrous millipedes and stick insects. Test their skills as they take part in creepy crafts and there’s also a daily wildlife walk and a creepy-crawly bug hunt.
Rainy Day Activities
Ultimate Xscape, Ceredigion
Up for something challenging? Ultimate Xscape in Aberystwyth features two new escape rooms which will put your skills to the test. Escape from Jack the Ripper or Diamond Heist, with only 60 minutes to spare. Will you survive? The cryptic clues are a great way to get your team working together. A great activity to do on a rainy day and designed for up to six players, the theming and technology make this an adventure to remember, so put together your skills and see if you can escape being locked away forever.
Silver Mountain Experience, Ceredigion
There’s ghoulish fun to be had at the Silver Mountain Experience. Take part in the guided tours, where you’ll descend into the depths of the Victorian mine and learn about the gruesome history behind it – but expect some spooky twists this half term! There’s a witches potion Halloween trail to enjoy, or sit and listen to the captivating and creepy ghost stories from the storyteller. You can even carve your own pumpkin to take home with you and all ages will have a spooky time as little ones will love the colouring competition.
We’re sure you’ll have a great time visiting West Wales this half term. As well as brilliant visitor attractions, there’s plenty of quiet and beautiful beaches to explore, scenic walks to enjoy and fascinating wildlife to discover- so there really is something for everyone.