School Holidays Doncaster

October Half Term

Half term for Doncaster schools is Monday October 29th to Friday November 2nd

For more information, see Doncaster Council School Holiday Pattern 2018 19

Some schools with a DN postcode fall within other local government areas and have slightly different dates for Autumn Half term: 

North Lincolnshire Council School Term Dates 

Nottinghamshire County Council School holidays and term dates

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council School Holidays

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council School holiday calendar 


If anything is missing from this page, please email and I will add the details.

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CAST: Free family open day

Saturday 27th October   

This years Family Open Day will be bigger and better than ever with loads of arts activities to do! Keep the kids entertained with this fantastically fun filled day. Activities throughout the day include backstage tours, fun drama sessions, dance and movement workshops with costume displays and more – do something amazing with your kids this half term.

Find out more in our events listings 

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Creepy Carnival @ The Yorkshire Wildlife Park

There’ll be lots to see and do throughout the Park, as the spirit of Halloween truly takes over on 27th, 28th and 29th October 2018!

The creepiest carnival in town will be right here at YWP, complete with Coconut shy, hoop la stalls, walking (dead) entertainers and much more.

Face-painters* will transform you, in the traditions of the ancient celebration ‘Dia de Muertos’ – or Day of the Dead.

You’ll even have the chance to learn clown skills and enjoy a free craft workshop, in a Halloween celebration that is truly suitable for all ages.

All the live shows are included in admission, and visitors can explore the entire 100-acre park and our unique collection of more than 400 animals, across 70 species, including some of the most at-risk and beautiful from around the world

Book Tickets 

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Get Your Spook On @ Lakeside Village

Creep down to Lakeside Village this Halloween for free Family Halloween fun. Get your spook on with scary pumpkin carving, spooky face painting all in the shadow of the ghoulish Halloween tree.  There’ll be be wicked store offers through the centre and the plenty of Halloween themed food and drink at Costa and Greggs.

Wednesday 31st October from 11am to 4pm

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Pink Pig Farm Halloween Pumpkin Festival

Pink Pig Farm, Holme Hall, Holme, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, DN16 3RE. 01724 844466.
Open Daily from 9am.

Join us for our much-loved Halloween Pumpkin Festival, from 20th -31st October, for some ghoulish family fun!

Meet Windle the witch in her coven, go pumpkin picking & carving (of course!), maggot racing, specially themed food & drink, try your hand at mystical potion making, plus LOTS more! It’s going to be a spooktacular time!

For more info and to book tickets, please visit their website here. 


This year Chatsworth celebrates Chatsworth renewed: The house past, present and future. The exhibition marks the end of the largest restoration project ever undertaken at Chatsworth.

House – Explore over 30 rooms complete with elegant interiors

Garden – 100 acres of garden with surprises at every turn!

Farmyard and Adventure Playground (the important one for families!) – Lots of friendly farm animals and a fun tractor ride, plus a great adventure playground to let of steam.

Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE4 1PP

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Colours Pottery Painting Studio

COLOURS paint your own pottery studio in Tickhill welcomes painters of all ages to get in touch with their creative side, whether it is your first time or you’re an expert with the paintbrush.

Choose from a large range of ceramics, using a variety of paints, styles, tools and techniques (ie masking, splatter etc) to create your own personal masterpiece.

We will fire and glaze your pottery for you to keep forever.

  • Pottery painting from £6 + £4 studio time
  • Baby & Toddler Hand and Foot Glaze Prints
  • Clay Workshops on request
  • Birthday Parties – up to 10 painters
  • After School Clubs
  • Creative Workshops
  • Pottery Painting for Schools, Nurseries and Activity Groups
  • Adult Only Evenings – Bring a bottle!
  • Hen Nights

You can also book a party at home or ‘party in a Box’ to takeaway.

Phone to make a booking on 07714 466999 or call in:

36 Castlegate, Tickhill, Doncaster, DN11 9QU 


Doncaster Rovers: Halloween Soccer Camp 2018

Monday October 29th to October 31st, 9am – 3.30pm, Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, Lakeside, DN4 5JW

£15 per day or £40 for 3 days

For boys and girls aged 7-15 years

Children will take part in lots of fun games and skills, plus a Halloween themed Wednesday. They will also get to meet a DRFC 1st team player, Donny Dog and be in with a chance to win some fantastic prizes!

To sign your child up, call Club Doncaster Academy on 01302 762562


Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 2NE

A visit to Eureka! is unique, interesting and FUN! There are lots of reasons to visit, but here are just a few to get you started:

  • A great family day out
  • You pay once, then play for a year
  • It’s fun AND educational

NEW in our Spark Gallery from May

Experience mind blowing interactive digital tech from around the world.

Admission: Adults £12.95, Children 3 years + £12.95, Children 1-2 years £5.25, Children under 1 Free


Halloween at Sundown Adventureland

Visit Sundown Adventure Land during half term to trick or treat Honey or Sunny bear.

Find out more in the Doncaster Mumbler events listings 


Halloween Messy Monster Party!

Join Little Learners at 9th  Doncaster Scout Hut, Scawsby (29th October) or Boston Park Farm (1st November) for a very messy Halloween Monster Party!

We’ll have slippy slime, spooky pumpkins, scary spiders, apple bobbing plus LOADS more halloween themed messy play. As well as our usual mark making stations such as play dough, paints, chalks and creepy colouring in…

Fancy dress is encouraged and there will be prizes or the best costume and messiest little monster!

Tickets will be on sale soon! Keep checking the Little Learners facebook page for more information

Halloween Pumpkin Picking @ Uncle Henry’s

Pull on some wellies and join us this Halloween half term to Pick Your Own Pumpkin!
Open every day during half term with last entry at 4pm Monday Saturday and 3pm on Sundays.
Pumpkin picking is a fantastic family day out, and now is the perfect time to get out and pick one straight from our pumpkin patch next to our Maize Maze.

Uncle Henry’s, Grayingham Grange Farm, Grayingham, Gainsborough, Linconshire, DN21 4JD

01652 640308

Halloween Spooktakular @ Conisbrough Castle

Saturday 27th October 2018

  • Meet a dragon
  • Watch the very angry Vikings fall out over the smallest of things
  • Have a hoot with amazing birds
  • Handle a creepy critter
  • Have your fortune told
  • Discover magic charms and herbs
  • See Medieval Knights fight to the death (or the slightly out of breath)
  • Free competition for best scary costumes
  • Creepy crafts, fiendish face painting

FREE entry to all. Conisbrough Castle, Castle Hill, Consibrough, DN12 3BU

Holiday Camps@ Goals

For children aged 4-12 years old.

Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm

£12.50 per day or £17.45 with a snack plus dinner.

Contact 01302 965220 

Jorvik Viking Centre

Jorvik Viking Centre, Coppergate York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9WT
01904 615505 or visit website

Doncaster Mumbler visited Jorvik Viking Centre in 2017. My then 3 year old liked  it, my then 5 year old had too vivid an imagination and wouldn’t go on the ride. Good day out to suit various ages as the Grandparents enjoyed it.

It was interesting looking around the collection of viking artifacts though and the good thing is that we could have gone again in the past year for free with our ticket.

We tend to take the park and ride when we visit York (parking at The Designer Outlet) or otherwise we have done the train before as it is so easy.

Admission: Adult £11, Child £8, Concession £9. Family of 4 £32, Family of 5 £36


Magna Science & Adventure Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX,  01709 720 002

Magna is a Science Adventure Centre set in the vast Templeborough Steelworks. Explore the wonders of science and technology in our four pavillions – Air, Earth, Fire and Water.

Admission: Adults £11.95, Child 4-15 £9.95, Child 2-3 £4.95, Under 2’s Free

Normanby Hall-oween Spooktacular

Exclusive Annual Pass event

Sunday October 28th, 4pm to 8pm

Normanby Hall Country Park, Normanby, Lincolnshire, DN15 9HU

See more details in our events listings

Spooky Half Term @ Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Join us for some frightening fun this October half term. We dare you to come and meet our Victorian undertaker! Hear a spooky tale or two and find out the gruesome truth about life expectancy in Victorian England.

Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th October

Brodsworth Hall, Brodsworth, DN5 7XJ

Contact 01302 722598

Stockeld Park

Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, North Yorkshire. Sat Nav LS22 4AN (About 40 mins from Doncaster)

Where magic is made and adventures begin.

Nestled in woodland , Stockeld Park is a magical seasonal attraction, open for adventures during most school holidays (and a little extra at Christmas).

The award winning Halloween Adventure opens from 25th October until 31st October. Journey by Nordic Ski on the woodland trail, take a magical trip around the illuminated enchanted forest, travel through the maze or enjoy the real ice rink. Plus don’t miss special spooky events and new terrifying fright nights.

Christmas Adventure opens on 1st November 2018 until 7th January 2019, when visitors can experience our Enchanted Forest, fun-filled by day, illuminated at night. You can choose to buy tickets to the adventure zones, including a real ice rink, nordic ski trail, fun filled maze & illuminated enchanted forest. Santa’s Grotto opens in November 2018 too!



Sundown Adventureland

Treswell Road, Rampton, near Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 0HX (approx. 40 mins from Doncaster)

A theme park designed exclusively for the under 10’s. Doncaster Mumbler visited in July 2018 and they had a couple of new rides including a great Monkey Mayhem driving school, which my 4 year old loved!

Prices vary depending on the time of year

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The Deep – Venom vs poisons!

Was Snow White’s apple venomous or poisonous? Did Dory get bitten or stung?

Delve in to the lives of toxic creatures at The Deep this October half term.

Join us for the fun-packed interactive show at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and discover how our animals use their amazing abilities to survive.

Don’t forget to head on down to the Learning Centre to make your own sticky slime to take home too for just £1.

October 20th to November 4th

Find out more on our events listings page

Tropical Butterfly House

Meet the mini beasts and meerkats, butterflies, birds and amazing wildlife from around the world…plus there is an amazing adventure park and wet play park.

Themed events during half term and at Christmas.


Adult: £13.20
Child: £12.20
Under 2’s: Free
(children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)
Student / OAP: £12.20
(Student or NUS Card to be presented to claim student concession)
Explorer Family Pass: £43.20 (2 adults and 2 children)
Ranger Family Pass: £51.20 (2 adults and 3 children)
Self-Guided Groups (Adults): £11.55
Self-Guided Groups (Children): £10.25
To be eligible for the group discount, you must have a minimum of 15 people in your group (paid admissions)

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S25 4EQ
01909 569 416 /
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Williams Den

William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS. 01430 472230.

William’s Den is a new and exciting adventure attraction, giving children the chance to connect with nature and get active as they explore a custom designed complex that brings the great outdoors inside. A unique environment, inside and out, where children can play, explore, run, climb, build dens and learn, all in an open, rural and natural setting with a range of facilities tailored to families.

Also run lots of special events and activities both term time and in the school holidays.

Check out our review here.

For more information please call 01430 472230 or email Or you can find more info and book tickets on their website here.