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Half term holidays

Children playing in the autumn leaves at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October.  © John Millar

Children playing in the autumn leaves at Rowallane Garden, County Down, in October. © John Millar

Spooktacular tales and scary trails await brave families this Hallowe’en at National Trust places across the country. From delicious candle-lit dinner parties in haunted manors to campfire story-telling in deserted woodlands after dark, there’s something for everyone. You can stay for longer in these places by whisking the family off for a half term adventure in one of our characterful holiday cottages. 

Studland Beach, Dorset

Hallowe’en Night with Cider and Sausages 31 October

Spend Halloween in bare feet on the beach for a cider and sausage BBQ on the sands at Studland Beach. If you're feeling brave, go for a spooky night time walk through the black swash along the shore. A glorious slice of natural coastline in Purbeck, Studland is a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach. After a night of spooky fun on the beach you can retreat back to your holiday cottage, there’s two to choose from in Studland. Greenlands is new to the collection this year and is in an enviable spot on the edge of Poole Harbour or there’s Seaview a former cricket pavilion with great views across Studland Beach.

Brownsea Island, Dorset

Spooky Hallowe’en tales, 31 October

Bring the whole family to meet Granny Cousins as she hosts this spooky dinner in the Villano cafe, where the spirits of the island's past will appear before your eyes. Brought to life by local storyteller Michele O'Brien, characters from Brownsea Islands’ history will join you for dinner. Once all the day visitors have gone home you can be one of only a few left on the island when you book a stay in either the Custom House or Agents House.

Cotehele, Cornwall

Fright Night at Cotehele House, 31 October

Stay in Elbow Cottage in the heart of the Cotehele estate and wander around atmospheric Cotehele House by torchlight on Hallowe’en night for an eerie evening of fun. Explore the gothic mansion in the dark and experience the spooky side of this Tudor house, don’t forget to bring your own torch and prepare to be scared silly. 

Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Horrible Hallowe’en Trail, 22 October – 1 November

Find the spooky clues hidden around the landscape park to win a Halloween treat. Kids can scare themselves silly with local ghost stories. Afterwards explore the scenic coastal countryside around Sheringham Park, or even pick up a geocache pack at reception for a real adventure. Make more of your adventure a stay over at the park in Wood Farm, a cosy detached cottage on the edge of the woodland.

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Halloween - Witch and Wizard Week, 24 October – 1 November

Follow the clues on this spooktacular Hallowe’en trail to find the ingredients for a mysterious magical potion, with prizes at the end. Don’t forget to come dressed in your wildest wizard and witch outfits to frighten off any evil spirits. Make the most of your visit and stay for longer in New or Ferry Cottages, you can then head off and explore the giant yew-tree maze, storybook-themed play area and majestic beech woodlands.

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  • The exterior of Downhouse Farm Cottage, near Bridport, Dorset © Chris Lacey

    Downhouse Farm Cottage

    nr Bridport , Dorset

    Truly rural semi-detached cottage, fine views to the sea.

  • Exterior of Rose Cottage,Amroth,South Wales © Mike Henton

    Rose Cottage

    Near Amroth , Pembrokeshire

    A lovely single storey cottage set in the tranquil wooded Colby Valley.

  • The garden at Forge Cottage, Branscombe, Devon  © Mike Henton

    Forge Cottage

    Branscombe, Seaton , Devon

    A thatched village cottage with an extensive selection of walks all around.

  • Exterior frontage of High Lidmoor Farmhouse, Fadmoor, N Yorkshire

    High Lidmoor Farmhouse

    Kirbymoorside , Yorkshire

    Standing in a truly remote location on open moorland on a working sheep farm.

  • The exterior of Deer Park Lodge, Sherbourne, Gloucestershire © National Trust

    Deer Park Lodge

    Sherborne , Gloucestershire

    A former gate lodge standing beside ornate entrance gates.

  • The exterior of Itteringham Manor, Aylsham, Norfolk © Mike Henton

    Itteringham Manor

    Aylsham , Norfolk

    A spacious, simple, old fashioned farmhouse occupying a central village location.