What's On For Kids In Sussex -

October Half Term 2020

Keep the kids entertained this October half term with our pick of the best Halloween themed family activities and events in Sussex!

With social distancing in place, there are understandably fewer events for children this half term. Don't fear(!) there's still lots to do - you'll just need to be organised and book ahead, as the majority of events require advance booking.

In addition to the events detailed below, I Spy Fun has over 100 other ideas for days out and places to visit in Sussex with kids - the majority are free and you can search to meet your needs - wheelchair, pushchair, scooter, bike and dog friendly activities too!

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Published 10th October 2020

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SOMPTING PUMPKIN PICKING PATCH 

Why visit?​

* PYO pumpkin - there are 60,000 across 14 acres!

* Go on a hunt for missing Toad & check out the straw bale sculptures along the way

* Halloween crafts - make your own witch's broom, wand, or tin can bat and spider!

* Free entry & free parking

Amenities:​

Hot and cold snacks and drinks on site + toilet facilities.

On the A27 between Worthing & Brighton

When?​ Open 9.30am - 4.00pm on 17 & 18th October and 23rd-31st October.

 

Link to further information​ Sompting Pumpkin Patch

TULLEYS FARM PYO PUMPKINS

Why Visit?​

* Around 150,000 pumpkins are produced annually across 20 acres - so there are not only plenty choose from, but some amazing photo opportunities too!

Near Crawley, West Sussex

When?​

10am-5.30pm daily (26th Sept - 31st October)

Do I need to book?​

Yes - tickets on sale now. Admission ticket prices vary depending on date selected.

BIRCHDEN PYO PUMPKINS

Why visit?​

* Over 18,000 pumpkins spread over 5 acres!

* Wheelbarrows to transport your chosen pumpkins back to the car 

* Tickets are just £5/car, which includes £3 towards pumpkins

Groombridge, East Sussex/Kent border

(10 min drive from Crowborough)

Do I need to book?​ 

Yes! The number of tickets per session is limited to ensure social distancing can be maintained - book tickets here

When?​ Open 10/11th, 17/18th and 24th-31st October 2020 

PUMPKIN PICKING AT LATCHETTS FARM

Sheffield Park (between Haywards Heath & Uckfield)

Why visit?​

* Pick your own pumpkin from the field then treat the family to a delicious ice cream made from the farm's own herd!

* Free entry

Do I need to book?​ 

No! View latest information about this event here.

When?​ 

Open 10am-4pm (3pm on Sundays) 17/18th and 24th-31st October 2020 

HALLOWEEN AT SHARNFOLD FARM

Near Eastbourne, East Sussex

What's on?​

* Halloween trail around the farm - answer questions and follow clues as you go. Prize for each child!

* Pumpkin carving (in large barn)

When?​ 

Trail: Every day throughout October

Pumpkin Carving: 24th-31st October

Do I need to book?​ 

Trail - no booking required

Carving - Booking is required - click here to book your time slot

No groups larger than 4 can be accommodated at this event 

Haywards Heath, West Sussex

BORDE HILL GARDENS - ACADEMY OF WITCHES & WIZARDS 

What's there?​

* Spellbinding story trail - complete the challenges on the spooky garden trail to win a prize 

* Brilliant natural wood Adventure Playground

* Over 200 acres of parkland and woodland to discover

Amenities:

The Gardeners' Retreat Cafe will be open on a takeaway basis

When?​ Open 10.00am - 5.00pm, 17th Oct - 1st November

 

GRUFFALO ADVENTURES AT WAKEHURST

Why visit?​

* Gruffalo Trail - a fun way to explore these stunning botanic gardens; follow marks and feathers, solving clues along the way (price included in garden entrance) 

* Gruffalo Crumble Hunt (additional cost) - can you find all the ingredients needed to make the recipe? Return your shopping list to receive a Gruffalo prize 

* Garden entrance is free for NT and Wakehurst Members

Near Haywards Heath, West Sussex

When?​

10am-4pm, 17th October - 1st November

Do I need to book?​ 

Yes - pre-booking required! Click here to book your time slot

The Gruffalo Crumble Hunt can be booked with your day ticket or purchased on the day (card only)

TULLEYS FARM HAUNTED DRIVE IN CINEMA

Why visit?​

* Enjoy some of the most spook-tacular family favourite films from the comfort of your own car.

* With over 35 different movies showing during half term, there's sure to be something that everyone wants to see! 

Near Crawley, West Sussex

Do I need to book?​ 

Yes - click here to see What's On and to book

When?​ 

25th Sept - 8th November 2020

MICHELHAM PRIORY HALLOWEEN EVENT

Why visit?​

* Watch a spooky Halloween magic show in the Elizabethan barn

* Tackle the themed trail around the Priory grounds

* Explore the historic house and gardens

Hailsham, East Sussex (between Eastbourne + Lewes)

Do I need to book?​ 

Yes - click here for details

When?​ 

Saturday 31st October, 11am-4pm 

SPOOKY BATTLE ABBEY

Battle, East Sussex

Why visit?​

* Follow the trail to solve spooky clues whilst exploring the Abbey grounds, ruins and battlefield

* Gather round to listen to spine-chilling stories

* Daily Halloween costume competition

* Free entry for English Heritage Members

Do I need to book?​ 

Advance booking is essential

When?​ 

Saturday 24th October - Sun 1st November, 10am-5pm 

WASHBROOKS FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENT

Why visit?​

* Follow the clues to find the spooky items hidden around the farm

* Visit the animals in the barn and play in the large outdoor play area

* Pumpkins available to purchase

Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

Do I need to book?​ 

No - tickets are purchased at the entrance. Find more information about this event here

When?​ 

Saturday 24th October - Sun 1st November, 10am-5pm 

Have a half term event you'd like added to the list? Get in touch: alison@ispyfun.co.uk

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