October 2016 Events

Tuesday 4th October
Visit Powderham Castle in Exeter on the 4th October for a Deer Rut Safari and Cream Tea.
Take a leisurely ride on the tractor/trailer into the Deer Park to see the fascinating behaviour of the deer during the rutting season. Enjoy your Cream tea anytime from 11am.
Tickets cost £13.50 and can be pre-booked by calling 01626 890243



Thursday 6th October
Between 10am and 3pm, Slade House Farm in Sidmouth will be creating a Butterfly Garden and would love your help.
If you like the idea of working alongside their gardeners to create a garden that can be enjoyed by wildlife and visitors, then please consider going along. No booking required, just meet Ruth at the Visitor Centre at 10am and spend as long as you like helping them with this exciting project.



Saturday 8th October
The Thelma Hubert Gallery in Honiton have family workshops available on the 8th October between 11am and 3pm.
This is a free event with no booking required, but donations are always gratefully received.



Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October
On the weekend of 8th and 9th October The Ariel Centre in Totnes will be immersing themselves totally in the 5 Beethoven Piano Concerti together with the McLachlan family and the Torbay Symphony Orchestra, performing Numbers 1, 2 and 3 on Saturday 8th, and Numbers 4 and 5 (‘The Emperor’) on Sunday 9th.
In addition to the two concerts (on Saturday and Sunday evening), there will be masterclasses, pre-concert talks, open rehearsals and other events, all focusing on the piano, the concerto and specifically on Beethoven’s 5 Piano concerti.
Tickets cost £12 per concert or £20 for both. The whole weekend event including talks and masterclasses is £25.



Sunday 9th October
Visit the Sharpham Estate in Totnes on the 9th October for a celebration of all things apple.
The day will include a host of apple-themed activities for all the family, including taster sessions, arts and crafts and games.
Try their fresh juice grown at Sharpham’s organic orchards – straight from the press, or bring your own apples to juice. In exchange for bringing the fruit, you will be given half of this delicious freshly-pressed apple juice back in new bottles while the other half will be kept to help support the charitable work of the Trust.
If you haven’t any apples to bring, don’t worry. You can buy bottles of this delicious juice on the day.
Entry is free, but there is a £4 charge for car parking.



Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October
Oktoberfest Exeter is coming and it’s going to be one epic weekend!
Friday 14th and Saturday 15th October will see a celebration of Bavarian culture at Exeter Castle with beers, food, music and everything else that will have you dancing in your lederhosen on top of a wooden table!
The weekend will be kicked off by the fairest maiden in the land cracking open a wooden barrel signifying the start of a wonderful 2 days!
Tickets start from £8 with various packages available to suit your needs. Do visit the website to book.



Saturday 15th October
The Kingsmen International Barbershop Harmony Chorus present a 25th Anniversary Celebration featuring special guests Panache at the Kingsbridge Community College on Saturday 15th October from 7pm.
Tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £5 for concessions, and can be purchased in advance from the Kingsbridge Tourist Information Centre or on the door on the night.



Thursday 27th October
The Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum is holding an Autumn Family Day on the 27th October between 10:30am and 4pm.
The day will be filled with family activities, craft demonstrations and refreshments including homemade cake.
Entry for children is free, and only £1 for adults.




Halloween events


Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Celebrate Halloween this October half-term at Exeter’s spooky Underground Passages. Between 22–30 October there will be special ‘Witches & Wizards Tours’ where children are invited to explore under the city’s streets on special guided tours and discover ingredients for magic spells. Using the ingredients found, the young adventurers are challenged to concoct their own magic spell and enter it into a competition with the opportunity to win one of many fantastic prizes!
Admission is £6 for adults, £4 for children, and £5 for concessions, and booking is essential.



Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Woodlands Family Theme Park in Blackawton is offering a family friendly fangtastic Halloween experience this half term.
Marty’s Monster Manor is back for your chance to meet Woodlands friendly monster ‘Marty’ with spookier surprises around every eerie corner. Ezmeralda the Wicked Witch of Woodlands has lots of fangtastic activities for you to take part in, and when children over 92cms join in 3 of the 7 activities they will get a free child’s return winter ticket. From broomstick training, party dances and games, creepy crawly photo opportunities, pumpkin carving, story time and Ezmeralda very own Halloween quiz there is something for everyone to take part in.
Plus, on the 28th October join Marty’s villain themed Monster Disco from 3.00 – 6.00pm. The disco, fun and games are all included in the park’s admission price, and whilst fancy dress is optional, it is encouraged.
Tickets can be bought on the day, but if pre-booked online you can save up to 20%.



Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Visit Torquay’s Dinosaur World during half term for a week of scary Halloween fun.
Brave the ghouls and ghosts in the dinosaur graveyard to take part in their Ghastly Graveyard Quiz to help save the dinosaurs – win the Dinosaur Expert Certificate and a FREE 100 million year old fossil; and from 3.30pm everyday come back for their ‘Lights Out Torch Tour’ to explore the exhibition in the dark, and listen to the scary ghost story ‘A Night in the Dinosaur Graveyard’.
Tickets cost £5.95 per visitor, and also includes a Paleo Pass which gets you FREE re-entry for three months.



Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October
Grab your hats, broomsticks, whiskers and pussycat tails and get ready for some spooky spellbinding adventures this half term at Devon’s Crealy Great Adventure Park in Exeter.
Step onto the hotel porch where you will be led through a doorway into the Creaky Hotel, lit by a large, flickering, cobweb-covered chandelier and surrounding candelabras. Walk through the rooms of this interactive spooky hotel where you will be guaranteed some spooktacular surprises.
Each child visiting the park will receive a free pumpkin picked fresh from the Crealy fields, and the Crealy team will be ready and waiting to make creative jack-o’-lanterns in the Animal Kingdom.



Monday 24th to Sunday 30th October
Take your little monsters to Paignton Zoo this half term for a spooktacular time.
Take part in a Trick or Treat trail to receive a pumpkin mask and a chocolate treat, hop on board the ghost train, catch spooky animal talks, take part in bug-eating challenges, and treat yourself to ghoulish snacks such as creepy cupcakes and pumpkin soup in the Island Restaurant.



Monday 24th October
Exeter Cathedral are hosting a day of Harry Potter themed crafts on the 24th October between 11am and 3pm.
Join them to celebrate the magic of Harry Potter in the amazing space of the Chapter House. Imagine that you are in the Great Hall of Hogwarts and take part in a range of themed crafts. Get ‘sorted’ as you arrive, and make a banner to support your house; grab some friends and have a game of ‘Quidditch’ in the Cloister Garden; and feel free to come dressed up as your favourite character.
Entrance costs £3 per child, and there is no booking required – just turn up on the day.



Friday 28th October
The team from Dartmoor Skies will be at Hannah’s At Seale-Hayne in Newton Abbot on Friday 28th October with a Halloween Astronomy Special.
What myths, monsters and legends have been inspired by the night skies? A talk will be followed by guided stargazing with telescopes and hot chocolate and cookies around the campfire. In bad or overcast weather, other indoor activities will be provided.
The event starts at 7:30pm and tickets cost £10 per person. Booking is essential and can be done by calling 01626 325800.



Saturday 29th October
South Devon Railway’s scary Hallowe’en Express for families steams off into the gloom on the evening of Saturday 29th October. The train features a spooky night time run in the dark down the seven-mile route, complete with scary food and entertainment at Totnes.
The Hallowe’en Express leaves Bloodthirsty Buckfastleigh at 6.30pm, passing Scary Staverton, complete with ghosts on the platform en route, and arrives at Terrifying Totnes at 7.00pm. The Halloween Express leaves Totnes at 8.30pm, returning to Buckfastleigh at 9.00pm.
The wearing of scary Hallowe’en costumes and fancy dress by all attending is encouraged! Halloween themed music will also form part of the evening at both stations and on the train too.
On arrival at Totnes, families will be invited to take part in trick or treat games set up on the platform, plus there will be ghost stories in the station building before food is served as part of the all-in ticket. There will be some other fun events too, including apple bobbing, jelly dipping, a Jack o’ Lanterns treasure hunt, and a pin the tail on the cat game, plus guess the weight of the pumpkin.
Tickets cost £15 for adults, £10 for children, and under 3’s are free. Booking is essential.