Autumn School Holidays 2016

Winchester Discovery Centre
Jewry Street, Winchester. SO23 8SB. Tel. 01962 873 610
Free admission. Open Mon-Fri 9am – 7pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 11am-3pm. Closed on bank holidays.

Half Term Fun
22 Oct - Condensed Histories  - The Kings & Queens Show - 11am, Tickets £5 each.
Greg Chapman retells his favourite histories using comedy, juggling, escapology and more. He turns his gaze on everything from Charles' 1's problems with a window, to why Matilda would have been the best Queen ever if she had made it! Why Richard the Lionheart wasn't as good as Robin Hood would have us think -and why he was still pretty cool. Of course, in the heart of Wessex, he'll also be looking at what made Alfred so Great!
26 Oct – The Dinosaur That Pooped – A Show with Alastair Watson – 10.30am.
Tickets £5 each.
Created from the bestselling "The Dinosaur That Pooped" picture book series, Alastair Watson brings the books to life with help from The Dinosaur himself! An interactive, fun event that includes dinosaur impressions, live drawing, a Dinosaur rhyme and gross games like Guess Poo, plus exclusive video clips from the creators, McBusted's Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter. All those who purchase books on the day will get the chance to have their books stamped by Dino! Warning: Contains Dinosaur Poo!
26 Oct - The Wimpy Kid Show – 1.30pm.
Tickets £7 each or £22 for four.
A must for all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans! Alastair Watson brings the books to life with fun activities including The Wimpy Kid Draw-Along and The Wimp Wars! Quiz. The event also includes exclusive clips of author Jeff Kinney talking about the books, his involvement in the films and showing how he draws the characters. All those who purchase books on the day will get their books stamped with an exclusive Wimpy Kid Show stamp.
30 Oct – The Sea show- Squashbox – 11.30am. Tickets £7.50 of four for £24
A quirky, hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret, where you can meet crazy characters like Morwenna the "beautiful" mermaid, Ruan the reformed seagull and salty seadog Captain Pemburthy, as well as a cast of mischievous sea-squirts, anenomes, limpets crabs and pilchards. Age 4 +

Winchester Cathedral
The Close, Winchester. SO23 9LS. Tel 01962 857 225 (Mon-Fri)    Adults £7.50, Concessions £5.50, Under 16’s Free. (No charge to attend services or to use the Cathedral for prayer).

Come and see this magnificent historic building. Pick up a children’s trail and find out more about its history as you explore.
Enjoy one of the children’s trails or take part in one of the special half term activities:
Tuesday 25 October: Medieval Monastic Merriment
Find out what the monks did to pass time and make medieval games to take home.
Thursday 27 October: Advent Calendars
Christmas is coming and there's so much to do! Create your own Advent Calendar and start the countdown to Christmas.
Activities run from 10am - 12noon for children aged 7 to 11.
Cost: £2 per child - this includes a drink and biscuit. Booking is essential, please contact Cheryl Bryan on 01962 857 224 or email

Winchester City Mill (National Trust)
Bridge Street, Winchester. SO23 9BH. Tel. 01962 870 057
Open daily from 10am-5pm. Standard Admission Adult £4.00, child £2.00, family £10.00

Milling Demonstrations
Normal admission charges to the mill apply, but themed events are free after admission.

Visit on a milling day and see a team of volunteer millers in actions as they harness the power of the River Itchen to turn waterwheels, gears and millstones to produce Winchester City Mill’s traditional wholemeal flour. Booking not needed. 

22 – 30 October - Halloween Fun Activities
22 & 23 Oct - Apple Identification Weekend 11am-4pm
Meet the apple experts from Sparsholt College and learn about regional apple varieties. Bring along your own apples for identification.
Daily - Family Trail 10am-4pm
Get into the Halloween spirit with our spellbinding family trail.
28 Oct - Halloween Storytelling – various times between 10.30am-4.00pm
Chris Bennett from Orange Apples is a storyteller and performance poet with 20 years experience of telling silly stories and funny folktales
22 & 30 Oct - Halloween Baking Demonstration 11am-3pm
Learn how to make and sample some tasty Halloween baked treats.
25 & 27 Oct - Pumpkin Carving 11am-3pm
From funny grins to spooky faces and silhouettes, get creative with our carvers, back for another year of pumpkin fun! Bring your own pumpkin

Westgate Museum
High Street, Winchester, SO23 9AP. Tel. 01962 869 864   
Special Half Term/Halloween opening: Mon 24 - Fri 28 & Mon 31 October from 10am-5pm
Sat 22 Oct - Mon 31 Oct – Halloween Horrors Spotter Quiz – 10am-5pm
The creepy Westgate will be decorated for Halloween. Can you spot all of the bats hidden around the Westgate chamber? Free activity.
Sat 31 Oct – Spooky Halloween Make & Take – 1pm-5pm
Pop in and make a flapping bat, if you dare, to take away…..Free activity but donations welcome.

* Extended opening times for November 2016. The museum will also be open on the following weekends: 5&6 Nov, 12&13 Nov, 19&20 Nov, 26&27 Nov from 10am-4pm.*

Royal Green Jackets (The Rifles) Museum
Peninsula Barracks, Romsey Road, Winchester. SO23 8TS. Tel. 01962 828 549 or
Adults: £4.00, Senior Citizens: £3.75 Students: £3.00 Children under 16: Free
Opening Times: Monday to Sunday 10am-5pm (last admission 4:15) open bank holidays

The Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum, opened in 1989, is one of the best regimental museums in the Country. It is also one of Winchester’s five military museums. Visited by thousands every year, the Museum records, visually, graphically and entertainingly; the history of three of the finest and most famous regiments in the British Army.

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium
Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester SO21 1HZ. Tel. 01962 891 900 Open 10am-5pm 

Enjoy a visit to the interactive centre for promoting knowledge and understanding on science, engineering, technology and mathematics. The Planetarium gives an insight into space & astronomy.  Tickets for general entry and also for planetarium shows can be purchased online: or on the day.

Curious Combustion 21- 31 October
Ignite their curiosity at Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium this October Half
Term with an explosive extravaganza, all about the science of combustion.

A live presenter-led science show will deconstruct the fundamentals of explosions, all
the way down to their energetic concepts.
Running twice daily throughout the Half Term holidays, the show is ideal for visitors
aged 7+ years.

Another family-friendly show will transport visitors into outer space to find out about the first
British ESA astronaut, Tim Peake, and his mission to the International Space Station.
Visitors will also find science buskers roaming around the Science Centre with even
more hands-on explosive experiences to delight and amaze.

For admission prices please contact venue directly. A Planetarium only ticket is also available.

Marwell Wildlife
Colden Common, Winchester, SO211JH. Tel. 01962 777 407
Open daily from 10am-6pm. Please visit the website, or telephone for full details on events, times and admission prices.

Sat 22- Sat 30 Oct - “Boo at the Zoo”
Join us this Halloween and take part in some spooky activities. Visit the Pumpkin Patch and take part in the pumpkin carving competition for a chance to win a terrific tiger adoption. Join our spooky witch for some creepy storytelling in the Haunted Hall, bring your broom and meet our resident Wizard to take part in broomstick flying sessions before enjoying some Halloween treats at Café Graze. Have your face painted in a spooky theme (an additional charge applies).
Dress up in your scariest costume and get a free Halloween cookie from Cafe Graze
Visit the Pumpkin Patch and take part in the pumpkin carving competition open 11am - 4pm daily, (additional charge made for pumpkins)

New for 2016:
Join our resident wizard and take part in broomstick flying sessions daily at 11.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm. Sessions last 20 minutes and each session is for a maximum of 20 guests (no booking required first come first served)
Pop into the haunted hall to visit our resident witch and hear some spooky storytelling at 11.00am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm and 3.00pm
Enjoy our devilish daily talks and learn something new about our animals
Take part in our freaky face painting (an additional charge applies)
Take #ScarecrowSelfies and enter our competition to win great prizes
*Please note activity times are subject to change.

Hinton Ampner (National Trust)
Near Alresford, SO24 0LA. Tel. 01962 771 305
Standard admission: Adult £11.30 Child £5.65, Family £28.25. Open from 10am-5pm daily.
Please note that some of the house is closed for safety reasons.

22-30 Oct - Ghost Hunter’s: HalloweenTrail 10am - 5pm
Search for clues along meandering paths and into the nooks and crannies of the garden; you'll need everyone in the family to help solve the clues and hunt for the ghosts.
Free trail but admission charges to property apply. Suitable for children age 6 and up. Dress for the weather as the trail is outdoors in the grounds.

Watercress Line (Mid Hants Railway Ltd)
The Railway Station, New Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9PG
Tel. 01962 733 810 (Automated 24 hour talking timetable 01962 734 866) 

Fri 30 & Sat 31 October - Wizard Weekend
It’s time to board the Wizard Express!
Watch the Watercress Line transform in to a place of magic and mischief on Halloween! Walk in Harry Potter's footsteps over the railway footbridge where he received his Hogwarts Express ticket; the famous film location from Kings Cross station that is now here at the Watercress Line! Come dressed as a witch, wizard or Halloween spook and find out about bats, owls and all things magical! With craft activities, face painting*, Mr Wizard magic shows, witches Besom brooms* and daily shows from the Falcon High display team.
* Additional fees apply. Facepainting over 2yrs on hand or arm, 3+ years on face.
Adult £17, Child (aged 2-16) £9, Child under 2 years old FREE, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £43
Please contact venue or visit their website for information about parking on the day as some restrictions apply for this event.

Further Afield

Beaulieu National Motor Museum
Beaulieu, New Forest, Hampshire. SO42 7ZN. Tel. 01590 612 345 (Exit 2 M27) Open daily from 10am.

22-30 October - Half Term Hauntings
Beaulieu is supposed to be one of Britain’s most haunted places and ghosts have often been seen and heard in the 13th century Abbey and at Palace House. So, if you're looking for something spooky to do this October half-term, look no further than Beaulieu. There will be lots of strange goings-on for you to get involved with:
Come and follow the Halloween quiz trail and take a lucky dip in our witches’ cauldron. Listen to spooky stories from the costumed guides in Palace House and the monk in the Abbey. Have your face painted as a witch, skeleton or something equally as scary. Take a ride on the moan-a-rail - if you're feeling brave!

29 October - Fireworks Spectacular (entry from 3pm, fireworks at approx.7.30pm)
With a Music from the Movies theme, visitors are encouraged to come dressed as their favourite movie character for a chance to win a prize. Arrive early and enjoy the attractions of Beaulieu before fireworks and live entertainment. For a great value extra charge enjoy old time fairground entertainments, including a big wheel, gallopers and a coconut shy. We're all set to make this a firework party to remember.

Advance Tickets (available until 14th October 2016) £12.50 Adult, £8.30 Child, £35.50 Family. Please call 01590 612 888 or visit

Standard Fireworks tickets are also available on the day from Visitor Reception:
Adults £13.80 Child £8.30 Family £39.00

Gilbert White’s House & Garden and the Oates Collection
The Wakes, High Street, Selborne, Hampshire. GU34 3JH
Tel. 01420 511 275
Open from 10.30am – 5.15pm daily during July & August.
Adult £9.50, Concessions £8.50, Under 16’s £4.00, Family ticket £24.00 (2A, 3C)

Craft Tuesday/ 25 October: Take Timothy Home – 11am - 4pm
Make a model of Timothy the tortoise , Gilbert White’s Favourite Pet, to take home and
find out about the astonishing Tortoise’s shenanigans. Free with valid museum ticket. All ages welcome. Drop in activity, no booking required.
Nature Drawing Workshop – Wed 26 Oct - 10am-12.30pm & 1pm-3.30pm
Work with local artist Sarah Morrish from Natures Details to create your own drawings
based on the owls from our own taxidermy collections and from Hampshire Cultural Trust.
All materials included. Accompanying adult is free, although the session is focused on the
children’s artwork.
Booking Required. £6 per - child with accompanying adult free. All Materials included.

Fort Nelson – Royal Armouries
Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham, Hampshire PO17 6AN.
Tel. 01329 233 734,
Open daily from 10.00am – 5pm (last admission 4pm). Free admission (however, charges may apply for other events)

24 - 30 October - Spooky Fort
Fort Nelson is a great place to visit at any time of the year but around Halloween this
historic Victorian fort, with its underground tunnels and secret chambers, is particularly
As well as a whole museum of national treasures to explore our spooky half term
activities for families are sure to keep the kids out of mischief.
There are all sorts of mythical beasts and amazing animals hidden among the big guns.
Come and explore the galleries with a fun ‘tame or terrifying’ trail and see who you can
find. Then have a go at making a dragon mask or colouring a picture of your favourite
creature. There’ll be frightening fish, scary snakes and lots of spooky things to make
and take home (3-12 years, drop-in sessions, £2.50).
We also need junior detectives to piece together clues and solve The Curious Case of
William Clifford, a navvy who mysteriously disappeared from Fort Nelson in October
1864. Based on a true Fort mystery this underground adventure led by costumed
characters will keep the whole family enthralled. (Suitable for ages 5-12, £3.50,
sessions at 11am, 12noon, 2pm, 3.30pm)

28 October – Mighty Mortars – Museums at Night
A costumed guide will escort visitors through the atmospheric underground tunnel to the North Mortar Battery, where a uniformed detachment from Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will demonstrate a gun-drill and live fire the 13-inch mortar.
Sessions at 6.30pm & 8pm, Adults: £15 Children: £10

Exbury Gardens
Exbury, Hampshire. SO45 1AZ. Tel. 023 8089 1203.
Open daily from 10am-6.00pm (last admission at 4.30pm.)

24 - 31 October - All Aboard the Flying Sorcerer and Solve the Mystery of the Headless Gardener!
Mystery comes to Exbury this October half term! Our Head Gardener has lost his head after falling foul of the Woodland Witches and he needs your help. Hop aboard The Flying Sorcerer from Exbury Central and help piece him back together and weed out the Witches’ evil spell.
A frightfully good time awaits visitors with a pumpkin trail and spell search before little ones get adventurous in the play area. Spooky goings-on in Witch’s Wood will lead older ones down a trail to the darkest paths to uncover phantom poems. Mr Eddy’s Tearooms will have a fang-tastic menu filled with tricks or treats, along with a Haunted Workshop with creepy crafts and face painting.
Standard Admission: Adults £10.00, Children 3-15 years £3.00, Family (2+3) £23.00
Pre-booking highly essential. Train tickets: Adults & Children £4.50.

Paultons Park
Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire SO51 6AL Tel. 023 8081 4442  
Open every day 10:00am-5:30pm Admission prices vary according to age and height.