Things to do with the kids this October Half Term

With October half term approaching there are a lot of exciting autumn family activities coming up here in the Brecon Beacons. 

October Half Term/Halloween

Bonkers for conkers and pumpkins at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales this half-term!

Conker fights and pumpkin carving are the two big ticket items this autumn half-term at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The Great Carmarthenshire Conker Contest takes centre stage in the first half of the week-long hols (Oct 22-26) and this old chestnut of an autumn event is all set to provide some cracking competition. The action kicks off on Saturday October 22 – and baking and pickling of conkers is strictly prohibited. The second half of the week is mainly predicated on pumpkins – with Carving College open for business from October 26-30.

These are just two of the fabulous family activities on offer: there will also be a scavenger hunt, make-your-own autumn crowns and garlands plus conker model-making.

The Garden is open from 10am to 6pm with last entry at 5pm.

Admission to the Garden is £9.75 (including Gift Aid) for adults and £4.95 for children over five.  Entry is FREE for Garden members and parking is free for all.For more information about this or other events, call 01558 667149, email  or visit

Spooktacular fun at Cantref for October half term

Featuring Creepy Crawly Show on Thursday 27th October – Are you brave enough?

A day at Cantref Adventure Farm is always a full fun day, but this October half term, we promise it will be more fun than ever before!! Halloween Bingo, Snap, Arts & Crafts, Skeleton building & Much More!!! Bring out your sp
ooky ideas and get creative at Cantref Adventure Farm’s Halloween Party!

We’re having a Fancy Dress Competition so find your scariest costumes and give us a fright!!! Also there’s a Spooky Prize for every paying child who enters ourFrighfully Fun Treasure Hunt! so get your thinking caps on & follow the clues around the farm!

Our Halloween Boo Barn is open & Mr Ev’s will be Spooktacular in his Halloween Show!!

The popular event of Pumpkin Launching is back too so why not enter the competition & see if you can beat your brothers & sisters, mums & dads or your grandparents!!

Step on our Halloween Tractor & Trailer Ride and see if you can see anything Spooky??!!

This is all going on aswell as our much loved animal shows that happen every half hour from 11.00am through to 5.00pm & our Longest Sledge in Europe & our Swamp Ride are open ready for you to have a go.

What else do you need for a full filled day?

Why don’t you host your own Halloween Party at Cantref? – £11.00 per child

Have fun with your friends with your very own spooky spectacular halloween party.
· Designated seating in the play area.
· Halloween Mask for each child.
· Guaranteed seating in the play barn.
· Hot food including a choice of Vampire Burger, Brains Bolognese on worms, Devils Fingers in mash or Devilled Veggie Kidneys and bones.
. Trick or Treat yourself to a slice of Frankenstein Cake and a fruit shoot.
· Unlimited time at Cantref Adventure Farm.



Wings of Wales and Lewis Phillips Images are holding a charity event and raising awareness for Vultures around the world. Entry is free and all you need to do is contact the Wings of Wales to book your place. Teas,coffees and cold snacks will be available from the on-site restaurant throughout the evening. It’s a great half term family event!

Starts 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Flying demo and talk on the evening with all proceeds going to VULPRO.

Spooky Halloween Trail

Spooky Halloween Day

Join in a Halloween-themed trail at Tretower Court for a day of thrills and chills!

The trail will take participants around the Court and Castle, and everyone who completes the quiz will be rewarded with the site sticker “ Tretower C & C Halloween Trail completed!” and a goody bag of sweets.
Date-29 Oct 2016, 11am – 4pm

Adult – £6.00
Family – £16.20*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £4.20
Member – Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion – Am ddim / free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16

Deep underground in Dan Yr Ogof Cave our annual ‘Halloween experience’ takes place. Long before you get to the unique setting for our Halloween festivities the cries, moans of the ghosts, and ghouls can be heard echoing through the cave! Looking up you will see witches flying out of the smaller cave passageways as they make their way to Cauldron Chamber, which is the starting point for this unearthly event.
Everywhere in this section of the cave the human skulls, spiders, rats, and screeching sounds indicate that you are in another world, the underworld, where everyone’s most terrifying fantasies have suddenly become a reality!
This is one experience you will never forget, however hard you try !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spooky Afternoon Tea - Friday 28th October (4pm) - Child Ticket
Spooky Afternoon Tea at the Old Railway Line Garden Centre – Friday 28th October (4pm)

Get into the Halloween spirit with our Spooky Afternoon Tea! We welcome families to join us for some delicious Halloween themed cakes and sandwiched before enjoying a scary story and venturing through our Halloween Walkway. There will also be a prize for the best fancy dress and a party bag for all children!

Puppet Soup – Halloween Puppetry Workshop For Young People at Theatr Brycheiniog

Wednesday 26th October 10am to 4pm

In this Halloween themed workshop all participants not only make a puppet but also have the opportunity to work, perform and play with puppets and learn basic puppetry techniques.

PuppetSoup are passionate about puppets and puppet theatre. We bring together traditional skills and modern techniques to create a unique flavour of puppetry that everyone can enjoy.

Halloween Spooktacular on Friday 28th October at Garwnant Visitor Centre

This year the event opens at 5pm, there is an aray of activities to take part in including:
– Scary Walk (starts at 5:30pm and runs every half an hour until 8:30pm) Suitable footwear to be worn and remember a torch
Halloween Arts & Crafts
– Facepainting
– Selfie Competition
– Dance performance by Fantasy Feet Dance Academy

Tickets for the scary walk are £6.00 per person this also includes free entry to the arts & crafts room. The walk is only suitable for children over 5 years old. If you are bringing children under 5 they can enjoy our fun arts & crafts room for just £2.50 per child (no charge for adults). You can tuck into our delicious offering of hot dogs, burgers and some spooky specials in the cafe.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW and can be purchased at the Garwnant Cafe. Email swatts@justperfectcatering or if you would like to reserve tickets to pick up, tickets will be reserved for 1 week only.

Happy Halloween!

Carve out some fun with Dinefwr this October Half Term.

Pick up a pumpkin and carve out a scary face to take home, or get creative with some Halloween crafts every day in throughout Half Term.  Challenge your family to a conker competition or cook up a storm with our Rangers on Wild Wednesday, we’re cooking on a campfire.

How about a torchlight tour of Newton House? We’ll have family friendly magic and mystery tours on our History and Hauntings evening events. BOOKING ESSESNTIAL 01558 824512.

There’s load to keep even the busiest of bees busy this half term! More here











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