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October half term

Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway is the perfect place for October half term activities

This October half-term, we’re bursting at the seams with spooky activities for the kids! With Halloween events running all week, there’s plenty to see and do for the whole family – you’ll want to come back again and again to make sure you see it all.

Ride the ghost train

Back by popular demand! Vampire Batty and Skeleton Boney have risen from their coffins and are ready to take you on our spooky steam train this October half term. Join our creepy characters as they take you through the gardens on our working narrow-gauge steam railway. Find witches, werewolves, zombie brides and more along the way!* Don’t worry, Batty and Boney will keep kids and families entertained with jokes as you head around the track.

The ghost train will last around 30-45 minutes, find out more and book your ride here.Halloween 2019

*some of our creepy characters may be a little spooky for younger guests, we recommend parental discretion before riding the ghost train.

Halloween face painting

Before you board the ghost train, get into the Halloween spirit with face painting in the Azalea Room at the back of Mr Eddy's restaurant. Transform into a vampire bat, skeleton, witch, or any ghastly Halloween character you like. There is no age limit on face painting – family participation is encouraged for this Halloween activity!

Find out more about face painting at Exbury Gardens here.

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Solve a spooky mystery

Exbury’s skeleton Simon needs your help! He’s lost his bones and he can’t find them without you. Visit the Rock Garden to hunt around for Simon’s missing bones and discover the missing halloween phrase and potentially win a prize. Now, how does it go again? The leg bone is connected to the… foot bone?

The skeleton trial is included with entry to Exbury this half term. Find out more and book your tickets here.

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Calling all artists

Join us in Mr. Eddy’s Restaurant for creepy crafts. Create spooky designs with pumpkin carving, the perfect Halloween activity. If arts and crafts is more your thing, make paper bats, pipe cleaner spiders, Halloween masks or glittery pictures in our haunted craft workshop. Take your masterpieces away with you to decorate your home.  Our staff will be on hand to help your little ones and we’ll clean up the mess, so you don’t have to!

Halloween pumpkin carving is £3*, and the haunted craft workshop is included with entry to Exbury during October half term. Find out more and book your tickets here.

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*£3 per pumpkin

Explore the autumnal gardens

For guests who aren’t looking for spooky half-term activities, Exbury’s exquisite gardens are still open for visits. Go on a guided bird watching walk with our expert Tony and experience Exbury from a new perspective. Or visit the northern end of the garden to marvel at stunning acers and our National Plant Collection of nyssa and oxydendrum.

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Nerine Exhibition

Visit the Nerine Exhibition until 3rd November to see our striking collection of glittering Nerine Sarniensis ‘Jewel Lillies’. With petals covered in crystalline flecks, these magnificent flowers really do shine. Exbury director, Nicholas de Rothschild, produced over 100 new hybrids of these flowers, many of which are available to buy – perfect for any keen gardeners.

Entrance to the Nerine exhibit is included with Exbury general admission. Find out more and book your tickets here.

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General admission to Exbury Gardens and Steam Railway is discounted until 3rd November – so you and your family can enjoy a day out for less! Save £2 on adult general admission and £3 on family general admission. Find out more and book your tickets here.

Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway is located in the beautiful New Forest, near Beaulieu and only 20 minutes from Junction 2 of the M27. Easily accessible from Southampton and the New Forest, it’s a great place for a family day out. Click here for more information on how to find us.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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