Half-Term Activities in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

The October half-term break is right around the corner, so whether you’re a parent searching for creative ways to keep your little ones entertained, or family with teenagers looking to make the most out of this well-deserved break, you’ve landed in the right place. 


Halloween Festival at Matlock Farm Park

Running from the 21st to the 31st of October, the Halloween Festival at Matlock Farm Park. The festival will include a spooky woodland trail, craft workshops with Witch Wendolyn, pumpkin carving stations and prizes for the best fancy dress. Entry starts at £13.95 and tickets can be booked in advance here

Halloween at Chatsworth 

Visit the Chatsworth farmyard this half term and get your little ones involved in a range of Halloween-themed activities! Jump on the spooky tractor and trailer ride if you are feeling brave enough, or visit our pumpkin patch and carve and decorate your own pumpkin to take home. Find out more details and book your tickets here

1940s Market 

Taking place on the 2nd of November, the 1940s market will offer visitors the opportunity to shop for all things vintage from flea market stall holders dressed in period costumes.  

One of the entertainment highlights of the day will be a replica Spitfire, located in Rykneld Square opposite the visitor centre. Throughout the day there will also be street performers, the Kalamazoo dance band, plus other vintage vehicles! 

This event is free to attend, with visitors encouraged to dress up in traditional 1940s attire!  

Fireworks Extravaganza  

Head down to Stand Road Park, Whittington Moor on the 3rd of November for the annual Fireworks Extravaganza including live music, fairground rides and food vendors. 

This year’s firework display will be themed on decades, set to popular sing-along songs from the 60s to the present day. 

Tickets are available from £3, with free entry for under fives. 


Creepy Carnival of Horrors 

Make your way to Mansfield Market Place on the 28th October dressed up as your favourite scary character and take part in the fantastic events organised by Mansfield BID, suitable for all ages. Spine-chilling performers, a haunted house and a scare maze are just a couple of the activities on offer, plus you can indulge in mouth-watering food and drinks from the vendors. 

Pick Your Own Pumpkins 

During October, Nottinghamshire Pick Your Own Pumpkins is open daily from 9:30, with thousands of pumpkins and squash for you to choose from ranging from £3 to £9. There is no need to book in advance and admission is free, so simply head to the farm at Oaks Lane, Oxton to get involved! 

Mansfield Town Annual Fireworks Display 
The spectacular fireworks show is returning to One Call Stadium this year on the 5th of November. Gates to the event will open at 17:30 with a fair and stalls for spectators to enjoy before the show, which will begin at 18:30. This seated event offers a fantastic evening for all the family.  Find out the full details of the event, and book your tickets for the evening here.