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October half term has arrived (and it’s long until Christmas too, yay!), we know it can be tricky to find something to do that’ll entertain the family. We thought we’d give you a helping hand and found some spooktacular activities that you can get to by bus across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex.Our top ten half term days out:
1 – Why not take a trip on the 64 (Winchester – Alton) and stop by the Winchester Science Centre They have the Acoustic Explorers live show, take a trip through some epic sounds and find out what an acoustic engineer does, there’ll be some live demos and audience participation too!
2 – The 64 can also take drop you off at the famous Watercress Line where they’re holding a Wizard Weekend. Travel on the Wizard Express, watch one of their daily magic trick shows, enjoy Halloween activities and you can even explore one of the carriages used on The Hogwarts Express, a must for any Harry Potter fan!
3 – Catch any Portsmouth bus bound for the Hard Interchange to take a short walk to the Spinnaker Tower. They’ve got some spooky surprises hidden around the tower, are you brave enough to take the famous Sky Walk?
4 – The Worthing to Midhurst 1 route will get you Cowdray Ruins. The venue is holding lots of Halloween activities, visit their birds of pray and take the Jackdaw trail around the walled garden.
5 – RHS Wisley have a host of half term activities, from circus skills and signing workshops, to various trails, storytelling and more! Hop on the 715 (Guildford – Kingston) to get there.
6 - Sea Life Brighton has their Ascarium on this holiday, help the sea witch find her missing potion ingredients throughout the aquarium. Catch the 700 (Worthing – Brighton) to get there.
7- Weald and Downland, Horrible tasks of the past, learn about the not so nice things that adults and children had to eat, smell and experience. Route 60 (Chichester – Midhurst) stops at the Grooms Yard stop in Singleton, just a 5 minute walk away.
8 - Join the Crew of the Mary Rose at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, a family trail exploring the historic ship. Catch any bus heading for the Hard Interchange Portsmouth to get there.
9 – Head to the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke for their Halloween half term activities which include; after dark spooky tours, trick or treat trail and more! Catch the 4 (Basingstoke – Chineham) or 8 (Basingstoke – Kempshott Park) and get off at Greenway bus stop for a 10-12 minute walk to the museum.
10 - Alice Holt Forest have lots of walking trails for the family to enjoy, but why not take the Gruffalo Spotters trail and see what creatures you can find through the forest. Catch the 17 (Aldershot – Farnham – Shortheath) or 18 (Aldershot – Farnham – Whitehill) and jump off at Bucks Horn Oak, Alice Holt Forest Stop for a short walk there.
Our family day tickets are great value we have group tickets available for travel within local areas such as Basingstoke and Portsmouth as well as our Group DayRider Gold which is valid across the whole Stagecoach South network for up to four people (max of two adults).
Group DayRider Gold £16 on the app
Group DayRider Gold £17.40 from the driver