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Get inspired for Autumn Road Trips!


Date Posted: 22-10-2018

Bidding farewell to our stonking summer doesn’t mean we  hunker down like hibernating bears. Quite the opposite. Park the TV nights-in until the Christmas Radio Times hits the door mat. It’s Autumn. Get the wardrobe sorted and get out to enjoy Britain at its most beautiful.

To provide a little inspiration, we’ve gathered a list of destinations to get you and the family on the road. Festivals, events and with half-term holidays at the end of October, some chilling ideas for Halloween.

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M25 Jct 11 or 13. Up to October 31st. Admission fees apply.

Claimed to be the UK’s premier Halloween event and definitely not one for the faint hearted! One of Europe’s premier theme parks finds it’s darker side as bids farewell to 2018. Amongst the white knuckle rides, you’ll be pushed to your wits’ end with added live action experiences, including Horror Mazes, shows and terror lurking in every shadow. This isn’t apple bobbing and face painting, so this is best suited to teenagers upwards and best get there early. Find more information here.


Various venues. Throughout October and November. Admission fees apply.

National Trust venues are a perfect setting to draw in the Autumn air, with plenty on for this coming Half-term and Halloween. With less of the thrill than Thorpe Park, these trips will appeal to many age groups. Family Halloween days out can be found at destinations including Attingham Park Shropshire, Bodiam Castle Kent and Kinver Edge Shropshire. Details and opening times can be found here.

For something more grown up, some National Trust venues are offering moonlit walks through their ‘haunted’ homes and grounds, including Oxburgh Hall Norfolk, Dinefwr Carmarthenshire, Baddesly Clinton Warwickshire. Details and opening times can be found here.


M1 / A1 – various junctions. Open all year. Admission fees apply.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the romance of steam travel right across the UK. Perhaps Yorkshire stands proudest as the shrine of our past heritage. Home to the National Rail Museum in York and the famous North Yorkshire Railway. You’ll find plenty of ways to sample the splendour of yesteryear and miles of track to enjoy it. If the weather gets the better of your plans, then head to York to enjoy the museum. Those seeking a blast of real steam will have plenty of options in the Moors and Dales. All you need to know can be found on this great site link here.


M40 Jct 13, Open all year. Admission fees apply.

The world-renowned Warwick Castle is quite simply unique. Perfectly preserved and quite possibly the closest you’ll get to Medieval life from the comforts of the 21st century. With plenty on for kids this Halloween, including the Horrible Histories Maze, live stage shows, covens of witches and endless nooks, caverns and dungeons to explore. A must for any Autumn short list. Details and opening times can be found here.


M6 Jct 34. November 2nd–3rd. Free Admission.

Of course, we couldn’t sign off without something to celebrate Fireworks Night, so we’ve opted for Light Up Lancaster. Described as a “Magical Festival of Light and Art” – this annual festival illuminates Lancaster with light trails, projections and installations throughout the city. Join an expected large crowd around Lancaster Castle on Saturday evening to enjoy one of the finest firework displays in the North of England. Information and details can be found here.

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