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What to do this October Half Term?

The kids have only just gone back to school and here we are talking about another holiday.  But it will be with us before you know it!  What have you got planned for October half term?  Why not plan a getaway to Devon.

Devon is not just a summer destination.  In fact, a trip in Autumn is simply magical.  Watch as the landscape changes and enjoy the beautiful colours.  There is also lots to see and do, despite the slightly colder weather.  With great family activities happening across the county, attractions holding special events, and lots of places to explore, there is enough to keep the whole family occupied no matter the weather, ages, taste buds or budget.  Check out our website and book Your Devon Escape today!  And for recommendations of what to do during your visit, keep reading…


Join in the fun this October half term with the free Wild Colour trail.  Explore how different plants are used to make dye and have a go at natural art.  Learn about how the first ever fabric dyes were made from plants.  Discover different coloured plants along the trail to understand the process behind creating the dyes.  Excite the senses through discovery.  Appreciate your surroundings on a deeper level by utilising your inner artist to create some natural art.  A unique experience for all ages to try this October half term.


Dartmouth Food Festival has established itself as quite the event.  Starting from humble beginnings, it has grown into a festival showcasing workshops, seminars, and demonstrations from local and top chefs.  It has created a space for people from all walks of life to access the culinary world.  To learn, explore, smell and taste world food.  With over one hundred hand-picked exhibitors, they aim to provide an accessible space for producers to showcase their products and for the public to discover them.  With celebrity chefs, parties, food markets and tasting shacks, this free landmark event is definitely on the culinary calendar.  Check it out on Your Devon Escape this October half term.


Discover the history behind the highest waterfall in the South West.  Enjoy a guided walk through the Victorian Fern Garden and onwards to the top of Lady Exmouth Waterfalls.  Enjoy panoramic views of Devon countryside.  The tour guide will take you through two hundred years of English history, from the estate’s ownership, its mining heritage, and the Victorians love for plant collecting and garden design on a large scale.  Learn some local history on Your Devon Escape this October half term whilst enjoying the natural beauty of your surroundings.


Dress in your spookiest outfits and follow the trail around the garden.  Discover folklore tales and cast spells.  Learn of the tales surrounding the superstition and magical properties of trees.  Collect a wand from the wand shop and cast spells around the garden at each of the trail points.  Spot the pumpkins for a prize.  Enjoy the outdoors this October half term in a fun and educational way, learning about the history of the local area.


With limited spaces available, this three-hour workshop offers a hands-on experience in pot throwing and hand modelling with clay.  Create three unique items that you can take home to remember Your Devon Escape.  You also can return and paint your masterpieces, adding your personal touch.  Book online here for fun and creative evening learning a new skill.


This is one for all art and culture enthusiasts and all family with young children who love to explore.  See contemporary sculptures appear around the grounds of Cockington Court.  Explore the Outer Space Theme Trail, which takes visitors on a visual art discovery journey through the grounds, studios, and Manor House.  Grab a trail map and see what you can discover this October half term on Your Devon Escape.


The Arts Trail provides an opportunity for visitors to view and buy work directly with makers.  Discover paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewellery, lampshades, mosaics and more.  Explore the South Hams and find places you never knew existed whilst finding the perfect piece of art to take home to remember your trip.  Work is exhibited in a wide range of venues from kitchen tables to purpose-built studios, and more.  There is a brochure available to help plan your route with opening times, dates, venues and where artists can be found.  Find new artists and meet with your favourites.  There are also various workshops taking place during the event so be sure to check out their website to find out more.

Plus, there are lots of special events and guests at the many amusement parks across the county.  Be sure to check out Pennywell Farm, The Milky Way, Woodlands, Crealy, and The Big Sheep to find out what events they are holding to keep the children entertained.

For more ideas for what to do on Your Devon Escape, why not check out our journal for recommendations.  Or make us all jealous on Your Devon Escape by sharing your adventures with #yourdevonescape or tag us on Facebook @YourDevonEscape, on Instagram @your_devon_escape or TikTok @yourdevonescapeltd.

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