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10 Fun Things To Do With Kids and Dogs for October Half-Term

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October half term in the UK brings a refreshing change to the landscape, with falling leaves, crisp air, and the vibrant hues of autumn. If you’re lucky enough to have both children and a furry friend, the half-term presents the perfect opportunity to plan some fun-filled activities.

When is October half term 2023?

Generally, most children will be on holiday for one week from Monday, 23 October until Friday, 27 October, returning to school on Monday, 30 October.

Please note that the dates for October half-term may vary slightly across the UK, and in some locations, an innovative two-week October half-term is being trailed. Therefore, it is worthwhile checking specific dates with each school.

Not sure where to go October half term? Well, on to some fun things to do this October half-term! Here are some exciting ideas to make the most of the UK’s splendid autumn.

Forest Walks and Leaf Hunts

Head to one of the UK’s many beautiful forests, such as the Forest of Dean or the New Forest. Children can have fun collecting different coloured and shaped leaves. Meanwhile, dogs can run and explore. Don’t forget to pack a picnic!

Mazes and Labyrinths

Some estates and gardens offer mazes, many of which are dog-friendly. Kids and dogs can have fun navigating their way through, and it’s a great outdoor exercise for everyone.

Beach Days

Though it might be chilly, many UK beaches lift summer dog bans in October. This means your pup can run freely and dig to their heart’s content while kids build sandcastles or hunt for shells. Popular dog-friendly beaches include Whitby in North Yorkshire and Watergate Bay in Cornwall.

Castles and Heritage Sites

The UK boasts a plethora of historical sites that are dog-friendly. Sites like Tintagel Castle or the grounds of Hever Castle are perfect for little explorers and their four-legged friends.

Pumpkin Picking

Prepare for Halloween by visiting a pumpkin patch. Kids can select their perfect pumpkin for carving, and dogs will enjoy the outdoor space. Farms like Pumpkin Jim’s in Cambridgeshire even allow dogs, provided they are well-behaved and kept on a lead.

Glamping and Camping

If you are still looking for what to do in October half term, then look no further than local autumn festivals or farmer’s markets. Many towns and villages host apple harvest festivals, Halloween parades, or craft fairs, where the whole family, including your pooch, is welcome.

Canal Walks

The UK’s canals, like those in Birmingham or the Kennet and Avon Canal, are serene in the autumn. Kids can spot wildlife, and dogs will appreciate the calm waterside stroll.

Train Adventures

Some of the UK’s scenic railway lines, such as the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in the Lake District, allow dogs onboard. It’s a delightful way for kids to see the countryside and for dogs to enjoy a new experience.

Visit Animal Farms

Many farms, like the Cotswold Farm Park, welcome dogs and are a hit with children. Kids can learn about different animals, partake in feeding sessions, and even enjoy tractor rides.


  • Always check in advance if the venue or attraction is dog-friendly. 
  • Pack essentials for kids and dogs, including snacks, water, toys, and poo bags.
  • Keep an eye on the weather; while autumn can be beautiful, it can also be unpredictable. Always have a backup plan!

October half-term is a magical time to explore the UK with your kids and dogs. With a little planning, you can create lasting memories and enjoy the beauty of autumn together. Happy adventuring!

Finally, consider our top tips for walking your dog at night, especially as the nights start to draw in!

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