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Escape to the Island this October half-term where action-packed fun and adventure await! From illuminated woodlands to dinosaur hunts and bushcraft adventures, you’ll enjoy a range of fun-filled activities to keep the entire family entertained. Here's a snapshot of our favourite family friendly half-term fun...

  • Blackgang Chine Illuminations: Step into the land of imagination and discover an enchanting experience like no other. Filled with an eclectic mix of attractions, magical theme worlds and exciting rides, you'll find adventures around every corner. Venture on a journey of discovery .... fighting pirates on-board your own ship, discovering life size moving dinosaurs and escaping from danger, being sheriff of your own cowboy town, rounding up the outlaws and locking 'em up - or experiencing  the magic of being fairy princess in your own castle! By night, join your favourite Blackgang characters and experience the magic of Blackgang’s Illuminations which return bigger, better and more magical than ever! As daylight begins to fade, the park awakens with creative, interactive lighting effects and displays, Rumpus Mansion will be brought to life with 3D character animation, meet Blackgang’s very own mystical dragon, and discover the Magical Den of potions, crafts and fairy tale activities. Find out more and book here.
  • Electric Woods Festival of Light: This autumn, Robin Hill’s popular electric woods event, Festival of Light inspired by Diwali, will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of India’s independence with stunning, creatively themed light, colour, sound and entertainment that captures the many aspects of Indian culture: wild India, modern India, decorative India, historical India, urban India, celebration and spiritual India. Venture into the wild and enchanting forests, discover elephants, tigers, monkeys … creatively brought to life.  Walk down the highway and find yourself amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life and Indian bazaars … absorb the aromas of Indian cuisine. Find out more and book here.
  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway: In a puff of steam it’s Wickedly Wonderful Halloween Fun during October Half Term! Be amazed at the magic shows, enjoy steam train rides, and tread cautiously through the enchanting Woodland Walk.  Meet the friendly witches of Havenstreet and help them with their magic spells and potions. Put on your ghoulish costume and catch a ride in a carriage filled with spooky characters for Halloween Fright. Find out more and book here.
  • Hunt for dinosaurs: Often known as Dinosaur Island, the environment on the Isle of Wight over 120 million years ago supported a rich diversity of life from the large meat-eating dinosaurs at the top of the food chain to the tiniest bacteria and insects living in ferns, cycads and large conifers. So perfect was the biodiversity that more dinosaur remains have been found on the Isle of Wight than anywhere else in Europe. The Dinosaur Isle museum in Sandown organise guided Fossil Walks in Yaverland, Shanklin and Brook Bay throughout October half-term. They last up to two hours and are suitable for all ages. Find out more and book here.
  • Family bushcraft adventures: In the midst of a small piece of English woodland, you’ll learn how to make fire with natural materials without matches, maybe build a woodland den or forage for woodland materials and create your own keepsake; a whistle, stick man or nettle cord for a woodland themed necklace. Led by an experienced outdoor leader, the emphasis will be on enjoying the great outdoors, forageing, collecting and simply having a lovely time whilst picking up some basic bushcraft skills. They’ll provide everything you need and of course drinks and flapjacks are on offer for downtime relaxing by the campfire. Find out more and book here.
  • Garlic Farm: Join the Garlic Farm Education Centre for children's workshops throughout half term from 11am each day including garlic bread making workshops, making a crazy bulb head character, planting your own garlic to take away with you, pumpkin carving, and tractor trailer tours. Find out more here. 
  • Tapnell Farm: Join the team for a week of wicked tricks and treats, designed to keep your little devils happy! Get involved with bug and beasties encounters, themed arts and crafts, and a witches treasure hunt. Plus enjoy the rest of the farm with animal encounters, giant bouncy pillow, play barn and straw bale adventure. Find out more here.
  • Adventure days: ‘Young Adventurers’ School Holiday Adventure Days offer an exciting day of land and water activities for children between the ages of 8 – 16 during the school holidays. Children can be dropped off at 9am and collected again at 5pm. Holiday time is adventure time and the instructors guarantee the best adventures of all! Young Adventurers will have the opportunity to try: Coasteering, Paddle Boarding, Archery, Kayaking, Team Challenges, Climbing, Mountain Boarding, Raft Building Bushcraft Skills, Mega SUP, and more! Each day will be different, children can join us every day of the week and still try a new activity! For details about the activity programme, please ask upon booking. Find out more and book here.
  • Autumn fruits, seeds, and berries ID trail: Young explorers to Bembridge Windmill can find out about the colourful fruits, seeds and berries that fill the hedgerows and trees in autumn. From Sat 21 until Sun 29 Oct (10.30am-4.30pm), follow the boards, discover some fascinating facts and test your knowledge with this free self-guided trail. After your visit, why not explore the lanes and fields around the windmill and see if you can use your new skills to find any (and maybe eat some blackberries too)? Meet at Bembridge Windmill PO35 5SQ (SZ 639 875). Find out more here.
  • Newtown Nature Reserve bird race: Join a team and then explore the woods, meadows and estuary together to see how many birds you can identify in one day. Get some extra help from the experts who will help you listen, look and learn to be expert bird detectives. Bird Race is Thursday 26th October, 09:00 - 14:00. Booking is essential call 01983 741020 to book your place.
  • Reptile week: Its going to be Fright Week at the IOW Reptilarium, some of the Victorian Forts Ghosts and Ghouls are rumoured to come back around Halloween! The Reptilarium will have a mild horror theme throughout the week to provide a bit of fun for the kids during the October Half term as well as seeing all of our amazing animals keep a keen eye open for the resident ghosts, ghouls and zombies. They also having some special guests on certain days as follows...Saturday 21st - Snake Handling Day with the friendly skeleton care of Georginas Snake Experience, Saturday 28th - Meet the bats! Live bats from the Isle of Wight Bat Hospital on display at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Call: 01983 761582 for more information.
  • Horse riding: The Isle of Wight was made to be explored and to inspire freedom. With literally hundreds of miles of bridleways and a warmer than average climate, one of the most exhilarating ways of enjoying the Island’s landscape has to be on horseback. Take a ride across the downs on bridleways which have been in use since the stone age, or for a truly memorable experience ride through the surf at the beach. There are a number of excellent riding schools across the Island which cater for visitors of all ages and abilities and offer a wonderful way to explore the many paths, bridleways and beaches. Riding Schools on the Isle of Wight: - Allendale Equestrian Centre - Newport Road, Godshill, Isle of Wight PO38 3LY Tel. 01983 840258 - Mountalifan Stables - Long Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2NW Tel. 01983 529833 - Sally's Riding - Forelands Field Rd, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5TP Tel. 01983 872260 - Hill Farm Riding School - Hill Farm, Hill Lane, Freshwater, Isle of Wight PO40 9TQ
  • Spooky castle: Feeling brave enough to take on the island's haunted castle? Prepare to be scared on the Carisbrooke Castle spooky Halloween adventure for families and kids. Create your own terrifying Halloween crafts. Wander the grounds with the Victorian ghost hunters as they tell you macabre tales of times gone by. Don't forget to pass by the graveyard and discover how its occupants met a gruesome demise. A prize awaits in the Halloween costume competition, bestowed for the most spine-tingling attire each day. Find out more here.
  • Victorian Falconry: Gaze skywards in awe as hawks, owls and falcons soar above Queen Victoria's seaside estate. Discover the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds and learn about birds of prey in Victorian times. Find out more here.
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