October half term will look a little different this year but there's still plenty of fun to be had in Yorkshire.
Throw all the leaves in the air like you just don't care – because it's the half-term holidays in North Yorkshire. There's plenty of adventure to be had at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal with a family trail and heritage crafts.
22nd October - 31st October 2021
This October the Yorkshire Dales National Park will be holding a Dark Skies Fringe Festival from 22 to 31 October as a taster for their Dark Skies Festival in February. They will be co-hosting a variety of events in partnership with the North York Moors National Park and Go Stargazing, led by astronomers and aimed at anyone with an interest in the night sky!
Discover the joy of small things at Leeds City Museum this half term. There will be a scavenger hunt to spot the teeny, tiny things around the big museum. Collect a craft activity from the museum shop that can be taken home to enjoy. Tune in to the Leeds City Museum Facebook page to take part in some fun online craft activities throughout the week.
23rd October - 31st October 2021
English Heritage is bringing light to Yorkshire's most spooky setting this October half-term, with a spectacular illumination of historic Whitby Abbey. See the setting that inspired Bram Stoker's Dracula in all its gothic glory.
23rd October to 30th October 2021
Get on board the ‘Staycation Express/Sundowner’ as it chugs along the picturesque Settle - Carlisle railway line at sunset this half-term. The Sundowner is adapted to be all first-class carriages, there is a drinks menu and a buffet car onboard and take you up through the Yorkshire Dales towards Appleby where the train will stop service and you will have to find a connecting train home. Tickets cost £19.50 per person.
25th October to 29th October 2021
Half-term at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway will be taking you on a trip to the Jurassic era, attractions include an enormous animatronic T-rex, Ranger Training Sessions and live reptiles!
26th October to 31st October
All aboard the Light Spectacular at North Yorkshire Moors Railway this half-term! The train will be illuminated in dazzling neon lights for a dazzling one-hour journey through the North York Moors. Tickets are available for £25 per person but are selling out fast.
30th October 2021
Multiple bike rides can test your biking skills at Sutton Bank this half term. Different courses are available for children up to 8, 8-10-year-olds and 10-12-year-olds so there is plenty of options for the whole family.
23rd October – 30th October 2021
The Hull Maritime Tales Week at the Hull Maritime project will be going on their second annual voyage this Half-term, this year there will be in person and digital events for children of all ages including poetry workshops, nightly bedtime stories and craft events.
16th October – 31st October 2021
At the Tropical Butterfly House in North Anston there are several half-term activities including the Realms of Camelot play park, a Dino trail and animal talks so you can learn more about the residents of the Wildlife Conservation Park.
20th October - 31st October 2021
Explore the gardens at Wentworth Woodhouse with this Autumn Trail, wander through the autumnal woods and seek out the wildlife living within. A free trail sheet is available with admission to the Hall and Gardens.
29th October 2021
The Walk is a free theatre event taking place across Sheffield, a 3.5m puppet of a 10-year-old refugee called Amal will travel through a variety of events. Creative workshops are taking place in Tudor Square during which you can craft magical lanterns and build mini homes for Amal.
23rd October – 31st October 2021
The stunning Georgian country house museum will have a free entry, forbidden forest trail around the gardens this October Half term from 11am to 3pm. Dare you enter and find out what lurks within?
This unique and tranquil location is a long stretch of sand extending three and a half miles into the Humber estuary. This half term, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust are hosting a number of family-friendly events and activities on the beaches including guided fossil walks and Spurn safari.