This week I'm writing a quick summary of the best places to take the kids for some fun and spooky Halloween adventures! I've tried some of these out myself in the past and look forward to visiting some others over half term!
Cwmcarn Forest Drive
A personal favourite of mine and my daughters, we just love Cwmcarn Forest Drive and all that it has to offer, I've no doubt that the Halloween activities here will be fab fun for all the family. Here's a quick low down of what they have on, booking is essential for the activities on Tuesday and Wednesday so don't forget to call ahead to check the session times and book your spot.....
Tuesday 29th October: Pumpkin Carving £5.50 per child, ages 4 plus A sticky, gooey workshop where you can create your very own spooky carved pumpkin! Messy hands guaranteed, sounds great fun!!
Wednesday 30th October : Spooky Tree Mobiles £3 per child, ages 4 plus. Make your very own spooky tree decorated with bats and ghosts! Lots of painting and sticking, loads of fun to be had!!!
Thursday 31st October: Hocus Pocus Trail £4 per child (prize included), ages 3 plus. Venture into the woods to find all the ingredients for the witches potion! But beware, somewhere out there is the scary witch who would love to add you to her cauldron!!!
For more info on all the activities at Cwmcarn Forest Drive visit https://your.caerphilly.gov.uk/cwmcarnforest/events/events
Tredegar House, Newport
25th to 31st October 11am-3pm: Pumpkin Carving. £4 plus any normal admission charges apply.
Join in the fun all half term with pumpkin carving every day at Tredegar park. Choose you own pumpkin form their haul and they give you all the tools you need to carve your masterpiece. No advanced booking needed.
25th& 26th October: Torchlight Tours £14.50 per person, booking essential.
Enjoy a drink and some homemade Welsh rarebit in the Brewhouse Tea-room before you experience Tredegar House on a dark autumnal evening by torchlight.
31st October: Bat & Spider Craft Making Free activity (normal admission charges may apply)
Get crafty with bat and spider decoration making this Halloween! Volunteers will be on hand in the Orangery to help you create some spooky decorations.
For all the information on these and other activities please visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tredegar-house/whats-on
Raglan Farm Park, Monmouthshire
Last we visited Raglan Farm Park for some Halloween themed fun and had a great few hours. With animals, a huge outdoor park with ride-ons and space to run AND a huge indoor soft play area it's a great place to visit for family fun and the best bit is.....children get half price entry if they arrive in fancy dress!! For more info, visit them on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/groups/476913719139118/
Caldicot Castle, Monmouthsire
Saturday 26th - 31st October: Haunted Halloween Quest £3 per child
Visit the fantastic Caldicot Castle with your little ones this Halloween! See inside the spooky castle walls and explore the creepy castle grounds with a Halloween trail exploring the cobwebbed nooks, haunted crannys and spooky towers of Caldicot Castle. There's a Halloween goody bag for every child taking part! For more info visit the Caldicot Castle Facebook page and head to the event https://www.facebook.com/caldicotcastle/
Greenmeadown Community Farm
Well.....there is so much going on at Greenmeadow Farm this Halloween I don't know where to start. All half term week there are scheduled activities throughout the day EVERY day, all the usual activities like 'cuddle corner' are on as usual with some Halloween themed activities added to the daily line up!
26th to 30th October: Spooky Fun for Little Ones Normal admission charges apply
10.00 Farm Opens 10.30 - 12.30 Cuddle Corner - come and meet and handle some of our smaller animals 11.30 - 3.30 Pumpkin Carving (£2.50 pay in Shop) Carve your devilish designs in a pumpkin of your own to take home! 11.30 Milking Demonstration - join us in the Dairy to see our lovely Holstein Friesian 'Dipsy' milked and learn more about cow's milk and all the milk based products we enjoy! 12.00 Tractor & Trailer Ride - hop aboard! 12.30 Chicken Lunchtime with some Spooky Fun sprinkled in! 2.00 Tractor & Trailer Ride– hop aboard! 2.30 Pig Agility & Apple Bobbing - join in and enjoy as our perky pigs tackle the assault course and take part in their favourite Halloween pastime of apple bobbing! 3.00 - 4.30 Cuddle Corner - come and meet and handle some of our smaller animals 3.30 Meet the Rats - come and learn more about our friendly rats! 4.00 Tractor & Trailer Ride—hop aboard! 4.30 Piggy Pumpkin Teatime - we can't let all that pumpkin flesh go to waste! Come and help us give our perky porkers a tasty teatime treat 5.00 Farm Closes—time for the animals to hit the hay before another busy day!
You can get crafty in the LOFT throughout the day and make your very own Halloween themed Handprint Ghost or Scrap Mag Cat!!!
31st October: Spooky Fun for Little Ones
10.00 Farm Opens 10.30 - 15.00 Cuddle Corner - come and meet and handle some of our smaller animals 11.00 - 3.00 Pumpkin Carving (£2.50 pay in Shop) Carve your devilish designs in a pumpkin of your own to take home! 11.30 Milking Demonstration - join us in the Dairy to see our lovely Holstein Friesian 'Dipsy' milked and learn more about cow's milk and all the milk based products we enjoy! 12.00 Tractor & Trailer Ride - hop aboard! 12.30 Chicken Lunchtime with some Spooky Fun sprinkled in! 2.00 Tractor & Trailer Ride– hop aboard! 2.30 Pig Agility & Apple Bobbing - join in and enjoy as our perky pigs tackle the assault course and take part in their favourite Halloween pastime of apple bobbing! 3.30 Farm closes to prepare for our evening Halloween Spooktakular
Halloween themed craft in the LOFT throughout the day!
Don't forget to come in your Halloween Costume!
31st October at 6pm Halloween Spooktakular! £8 per person on the night
Not for the faint hearted…moonlit tractor rides, Halloween games and much more!! There will also be delicious food from Café Cwtch and a licensed bar.
Please be aware there will be some loud noises, strobe lights, scary characters and some gory scenes. For all the information please visit https://live-webster-tfaen.cloud.contensis.com/Businesses/Greenmeadow-Community-Farm/Home.aspx
RSPB Wetlands Center, Newport
28th October to 1st November: Wild Things at Halloween 10:30am £4.40-£5.50
Are you brave enough to explore the creepy crawly world of Newport Wetlands woodland? You'll need plenty of courage and a few magic spells to keep away the gremlins and ghouls in the the deep, dark woods! But you'll be able to keep safe by making a spooktacular den, a magical wand and a smelly autumn potion! And why not make your own terrifying tree to keep the monsters at bay, by making creepy clay faces on on their gnarly tree trunks? For those that dare you can go on a special trail of terror and see how many creepy crawlies you can find in the depths of the weird and wonderful woodland! Booking is essential, for all the info or two book please visit
Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
27th, 28th, 30th & 31st October: The Ghost Train! £6 per person Trains are running from the Spooky Furnace Sidings station at regular intervals from 4pm through to 9pm. All visitors are encouraged to dress up in their spooky clothes (but not essential). Be prepared to be scared! Pre-booking is not available for this event, please pay at the ticket office on the day.
That's just a few of the amazing activities on for families in South Wales this Halloween, I'd love to know which ones you'll be visiting or if you've visited these before, leave me a comment below and let me know which you'd recommend.
Next week I'm going to be blogging about something very exciting......my new maternity photography packages!! I'm training with the UK's top maternity photographer this week and I cannot wait!
Photographer friend of my Tianna, of Tianna J-Williams Photography is an amazing maternity and newborn photographer in Birmingham. Tianna encouraged me to book this training after doing it herself a few years back, her work is breathtaking and she's a real inspiration to me.