Half term is here and there’s no better way to escape the everyday than with a trip to Staffordshire.

Here’s our list of the best half term things to do in Staffordshire.

Please check with individual attractions before you visit, to be aware of their COVID safety measures.

They may need you to book in advance and will require you to wear a face covering on the premises.

Scarefest, Alton Towers

Where: in Alton, Staffordshire, close to the M6 Junction 15/16 and M1 Junction 23a/28

When: selected dates from 16th October to 1st November

Time: open 10am-9pm

What’s On: whether you’re looking for spine-tingling terror or a Halloween family spook-tacular, there’s something for you at Alton Towers this half term. Adults can tackle the hair-raising scare mazes, including the brand new Toxic Junkyard, and there are live shows and the CBeebies Land Monster Ball for younger visitors. Away from the scares, there’s a rare chance to ride your favourite Towers coasters after dark.

Price: £34 in advance for the whole day, or £25 for entry after 4pm with the Twilight Pass

Website: www.altontowers.com/scarefest

More Treat Than Trick, Drayton Manor Park

Where: the home of Thomas Land, near Tamworth, Staffordshire

When: 17th-31st October

Time: 10am-5pm

What’s On: join Thomas & Friends on the mysterious island of Sodor for live shows, pumpkin carving, and fang-tastic rides and attractions. There are also thrill rides like Pandemonium and Apocalypse, if you’re brave enough, and at the zoo, you can get up-close-and-personal to snakes and creepy crawlies.

Price: prices range from £22.50-£39.50 per person, and there are great deals for groups including 4 for £90, available until midnight the day before you visit.

Website: https://www.draytonmanor.co.uk/halloween

Pumpkin Picking in Staffordshire

Where: various locations across the county

When: selected dates until 31st October

Time: lots of slots available – check with the venue

What’s On: there’s plenty of choice if you’re looking to PYO pumpkins in Staffordshire this year! Our farms have planted thousands of seeds, and there’s a bumper harvest waiting, with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, and many different colours too. You can even pick them at night! The fun continues with haunted mazes, live music, indoor slides, photo opps, competitions and more!

Price: from £1 to £10 (some admission prices include a free pumpkin)

Website: www.enjoystaffordshire.com/blog/2020/10/five-places-to-pyo-pumpkins-in-staffordshire-b532

Outdoor Escape Challenge, National Memorial Arboretum

Where: the UK’s Centre for Remembrance in Alrewas, near Lichfield

When: 24th October-1st November

Time: 10am-2pm every day (grounds close at 5pm)

What’s On: if you’re looking for an alternative to Halloween, head to the National Memorial Arboretum and take on a World War Two-themed challenge. Help a British Army unit escape from the Imperial Japanese Army in Operation Locate, and uncover the identity of a spy in Operation Uncover. Both take approx. three hours, so arrive early to be sure of completing them before the grounds close.

Price: free admission, with a £4 charge for parking, and £10-£12 per person for the challenges.

Website: www.thenma.org.uk/what’s-on/daily-activities/outdoor-escape-challenge

Adventure Mini Golf, Stoke-on-Trent

Where: next to the Waterworld aqua park, at Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent

When: every day from 17th October

Time: Mon-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat 10am-10pm and Sun 10am-8pm

What’s On: tee off at Staffordshire’s newest indoor attraction this half term. Adventure Mini Golf has two crazy golf courses, themed around the jungles of the ancient Inca empire – perfect for some all-weather family fun! Linger longer and combine with an adventure at Waterworld, home of 30 splash rides including the terrifying Thunderbolt – the UK’s first and only trap-door drop ride!

Price: prices range from £5 to £14.50, or £30 to £39.50 for a family of four (not including admission to Waterworld)

Website: www.adventureminigolf.co.uk/amg-stoke-on-trent

More half term things to do in Staffordshire

There are loads more things to do for half term in Staffordshire on our Half Term page at https://www.enjoystaffordshire.com/whats-on/half-term 

While they may not have organised special events for half term, many of our other fabulous attractions will be opening their doors too.

Make some furry new friends at Peak Wildlife Park, take a relaxing journey back in time on the steam trains of Churnet Valley Railway, explore the grounds at Weston Park, and more!

There are full details of things to do in Staffordshire at https://www.enjoystaffordshire.com/things-to-do

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Alton Towers Resort
Theme Park
Alton Towers Resort

Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019. ​​​​​​​Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award 2019. ​​​​​​​Winner - Silver Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award 2019. Alton Towers Resort is Britain’s Greatest Escape and home to the UK’s favourite theme park with endless family fun and ground-breaking rollercoasters.

Drayton Manor Park
Theme Park
Thomas the Tank Engine's home

Winner - Bronze Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award 2019. Highly Commended - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019. Create fun family memories at Drayton Manor Park, home of Thomas Land anytime throughout the main park season which usually runs between March and October enjoying all the thrills and spills of the park.

Lower Drayton Farm
Farm
Lower Drayton Farm

The UK's newest farm park attraction, set on a 600-acre working farm in the heart of Staffordshire, offers the perfect way to spend time as a family while the kids let off some steam in the countryside.

National Memorial Arboretum
Arboretum
National Memorial Arboretum

Winner - Gold Award - Enjoy Staffordshire Business Events Venue of the Year 2019. The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. The 150 acre site, located in Staffordshire, features over 330 thought-provoking memorials for both military and civilian associations in  more than 150-acres of maturing woodland and gardens.

Waterworld
Aqua Park
Safely down the ride

Highly Commended - Enjoy Staffordshire Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2019. Water World is an Aqua Park built around a wave pool with slides, rides, flumes and features available. There is plenty to do for all ages, weak and strong swimmers and open all year round