Autumn in north Norfolk

what's on in north norfolk this october 2019 half term

We are lucky to have beautiful beaches and countryside and plenty of attractions offering lots of family fun and adventures for adults and children of all ages during October half term. See our list of events taking place over half term as well as Halloween activities (if you dare to go!).

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I spy spooks. Wells and Walsingham Light Railway will be running special Halloween Spooky I-Spy dates from 16 October 3 November 2019. Join in with the creepy trail and try to find clues down the line. 

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Wells & Walsingham Railway

Pumpkins at the Barns. Wroxham Barns is carving out some spooky fun with a pumpkin festival on Junior Farm over half term (19-27 October 2019). There’s lots of Halloween fun for little gory ghosties and wicked witches so youngsters are being encouraged to come dressed in their scariest costume. Check out Wilma The Witch’s Potion School, make some spooky crafts and try maggot racing.

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Wroxham Barns

Trick or tweet. Pensthorpe Natural Park is running a Halloween-themed extravaganza, which is ideal for families, from 19 October until 3 November 2019. There are spooky craft-making activities and a creepy-crawly trail weaving through ancient woodlands and wetlands. Visitors can discover the grim and gruesome side of nature, hear creepy tales from the Pensthorpe wardens and find critters lurking around every corner. There are daily activities including bird feeding and the chance to have fun at Hootz House indoor play area.

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Halloween at Pensthorpe

Glorious and glowing. Half-term week sees outdoor adventure park BeWILDerwood glowing for it. It will be hosting a Glorious and Glowing Lantern Parade from 19 – 31 October 2019 (plus over the weekend of 12 and 13 October). Explore the magical woodland, meet the BeWILDerbats and see the spooky decorations in the park. Extra fun begins at dusk when BeWILDerwood will glow in a magical light extravaganza. 

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Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade at Bewilderwood

Children go free on the Broads. Autumn half term is a great time to get out on the Broads, as the leaves are changing colour and the wintering birds are returning. Why not take advantage of Kids Go Free this half term at Broads Tours? The skipper will explain the history of the Broads, pointing out all the wildlife, while the crew will be available with refreshments. A maximum of two children go free with every full-paying adult. A limited number of manual wheelchair users are welcome on all tours. Pre booking is recommended to avoid disappointment. Sailings are 11.30am-1pm and 2-3.30pm. Tickets £9.50 per adult. Contact 01603 782207.

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Broads National Park

Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival. The annual Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival returns 1 - 31 October 2019. This popular festival, now in its fifth year, will be holding more events than ever exploring the glorious coast and countryside. Norfolk is home to lots of trails and routes with its coastal walks, country, fen and forest walking and cycling, set within a beautiful landscape. And, October is a fantastic time to be outdoors with Autumnal scenery and the best overall climate in the UK.

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Walking in North Norfolk

Halloween horrors at Holkham. There have been strange and mysterious goings-on at Holkham Hall, and the team thinks it might be witchcraft. Hear spooky spells in the hall, decipher puzzling potions in the walled garden and add to the bubbling cauldron creating your own special potion to take home in the witches’ lair. Become a gruesome ghoul with face painting, settle down to spine-tingling stories or try your hand at spell writing with quill and ink. There are mystic mystery trails to complete, plus pumpkin carving and a costume parade, so don’t forget to dress up. Holkham will be running more Halloween hauntings over half term, including pumpkin carving, tricks, treats and trails for the whole family to enjoy. There’s also Treetop Terrors at Holkham Hall, a ghost walk, through the ropes course, running 5-9pm and costs £18.

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Halloween at Holkham

Halloween online. There will be spooky goings on at the North Norfolk Railway over Halloween. A range of Halloween themed events have been organised from 19 – 31 October 2019. Separate events have been specially designed to be suitable for either children or adults, so please check the suitability of each event before booking.

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Halloween on the Poppy Line

It’s showtime! Cromer Pier Pavilion Theatre will present ‘Sid’s Time To Play’ on Monday 21 October 2019, 11am and 2pm, with the star of CBeebies TV show ‘Let’s Play’. The show is packed full of games songs and music, with Sid’s own brand of comedic playfulness and spontaneous interaction.

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Cromer Pier

Crafty creepiness. Make some creepy Halloween decorations and hear spooky local stories at Cromer Museum on Wednesday 23 October 2019, 11am-4pm. Creative little ones can let their imagination run riot. It’s £4.10 for adults, concession £3.90, young person £3.50 and £10.85 for a family ticket. A twilight ticket (one hour before closing) is £1.50. Call 01263 513543.

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Cromer Musuem

On the trail of fun. Holt Country Park is going spooky for half term with a Halloween fancy dress trail, pumpkin carving and some spooky stories. Follow the breadcrumb trail through the woods and learn about the tricks that wildlife play. Find the witch’s house and search for a treat. There are prizes for the best fancy dress. Tuesday 22 October 2019, 10am-12pm and 1-3pm. Adults must accompany children throughout this event, and cost is £5 per child.

Pumpkin carving and spooky stories: Carve your own pumpkin and listen to spooky Halloween stories. Prizes for the best pumpkins. Fancy dress is optional. Thursday 24 October 2019, 10am-12pm. Cost is £3 per child, adults must accompany children throughout this event. Entry tickets and parking spaces are limited for both of these and you are advised to pre-book.

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Holt Country Park

Let’s hear you roaaaar roarr! Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure has plenty of spooky fun to keep the family amused during half term and Halloween. New for 2019 is a live 20 minute show featuring pantomime legend and Britain’s Got Talent Star Ben Langley. Dippy and his fiendish friends have decorated the park and laid on games, activities and entertainment for everyone – with some special spooky surprises. You can enjoy a brand new interactive experience, Day of the Dead theming and crafts, Dippy’s Spooky Maze and face your phobias in the Secret Animal Garden. Halloween Days run from Saturday 19 October to Sunday 27 October and entry is £14.95-£16.95 daily from 9.30am. 50% off gate admission price for those who arrive in full fancy dress.

Norfolk’s biggest scare experience. The Primevil experience at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Norwich, is not for the faint-hearted. Check out the Circus of Terror – Freaked Out! with badly-behaved clowns, Forest of Fear – Fresh Meat where hillbillies will sniff you out and come looking for some new playthings, scary street performers, the Mayhem Manor Hotel, The Crypt, where you must repent your sins and Arachnophobia, where the humans have become infected by spiders and are beginning to mutate.

The event runs on selected dates from 11 October to 3 November 2019, 6-11pm (last admission 9pm). Allow 3-4 hours. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

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Halloween at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure

On track for spooky fun. Hop aboard the Spooky Express at Bure Valley Railway from Saturday 19 October to Sunday 27 October 2019 and join the railway’s mascot bear for a week of spooky fun. There’s free travel for every child when accompanied by a full fare-paying adult (max 2 children per adult). The railway says don’t expect to be scared as the week of events are aimed at younger children and not a ghost train or scary event. Usual running times apply during the week. There is disabled access and toilets at both Aylsham and Wroxham Stations, plus disabled coaches and free parking. Cost is £14 per adult.

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Spooky Express

Woodlands and water. There’s a spooktacular Halloween party at Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden on Thursday 31 October 2019. Dare you take a walk in the wicked woodland at night? There will be electrifying live music, cheerful children’s entertainers, hot dogs and more. Dress code is ‘diabolical’. The night finishes with a fireworks finale at 7.45pm. It runs 6-8pm and tickets are £9.50 adult, £5.50 child booked online in advance. The event is not suitable for children under three, pushchairs and dogs, plus all children must be accompanied by an adult. There is plenty of parking but please leave your torches at home.

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Halloween at Fairhaven

Back to nature. Felbrigg Hall Garden and Park is hosting a couple of great family events over half term week to get the children back to nature. There’s a Family Fungi Foray and an Owl Prowl on Tuesday 22 October 2019. Mushrooms come in all shapes, sizes and colours and there is a fantastic display in the woods at Felbrigg at this time of the year. The event includes a fungus craft activity and a guided walk and cost is £3-5. aimed at families with children. 

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The Owl Prowl runs later in the day, 6-8.30pm and includes the chance dissect an owl pellet to see what owls eat and learn to call like an owl. As dusk falls, listen out for tawny owls. Should be a hoot, they say! The event includes a walk of around two miles with some rough ground so it’s not suitable for pushchairs and no dogs. Wear outdoor clothing and footwear and remember to bring a torch.

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Owl Prowl