Indulge in some Hallowe'en themed fun at one of the many events and experiences at popular attractions dotted throughout the borough.

We will endevour to update this blog as and when new events are announced.

Hallowe'en for the kids in Ards and North Down

Witches Tea Party at Maxemoo Cafe, Millisle
13 October 2023
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Pumpkin Patch at The Ark Open Farm, Conlig
14 – 31 October 2023

Experience a fabulous day out with the little ones at this family run farm. Visit animals ranging from cows, to donkeys, deer, pigs, bunnies and chicks; wander Jurassic Ark, a Dinosaur trail, explore the Fairytale Forest, stop by the Tractor Shed and the adventure playground, and let's not forget the Reptile House! 
Special events happen during the year and Hallowe'en is a favourite for it's Pumpkin Patch.
Grab a wheelbarrow, pick your perfect pumpkin, gvet it carved then enjoy all that the farm has to offer en route the Halloween trail, and, to top it all off you get to toast marshmallows too!

Situated off the main carriageway between Bangor and Newtownards, near the village of Conlig, is The Ark Open Farm, with free on site parking, the farm is easy to get to and will make for a truly memorable Hallowe'en day out.

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A woman and two children exploring the Ark Farm Fairytale Forest

Flavour First Pumpkin Patch, Donaghadee
14 - 31 October 2023
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Hallowe'en Mystery Trails at Echlinville Estate, Kircubbin **FREE**
25 Oct - 4 Nov

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Hallowe'en at The Distillers Rest cafe at Echlinville Distillery Estate

The Mighty Pumpkin Hunt, Newtownards *FREE**
27 - 31 October 2023

Ards Chamber of Trade need your help to find all the escaped pumpkins that are taking over Newtownards town centre!
To be in with a chance of a prize...

  • collect an entry form from Stewart Millers in Conway Square
  • visit the spooky shops listed on the form (trading hours only)
  • hunt out the missing letters in their windows and complete the puzzle
  • Then, submit your entry to Ards Visitor Information Centre on Regent Street.

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Pickie Pumpkin Patch, Bangor
27 - 30 October 2023

Pickie Funpark is a long established attraction in Bangor city, renowned for the Giant Pedal Boat Swans and the Pickie Puffer. Spend the day and not only can you have a go on these but you could also ride the disco ducks, enjoy the splashpad (weather permitting of course!), the playground and surplus activities such as the Flume and carousel. Pre purchased Tokens are required for most of the activities, and some others are free. The onsite cafe provides hot food and snacks for you to stop and refuel.

Pick your pumpkin, choose a design, get it carved and enjoy all that this popular attraction offers.
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Pumpkins at Pickie Funpark in Bangor

Hallowe'en at Ulster Folk Museum, Cultra
28 October - 31 October 2023
Reams of themed family fun, including specific events such as Storyweavers: Samhain and Häxan with Live Score by Nick Carlisle.
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eek! week at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber
28 October - 5 November 2023
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Halloween Half Term Fun At Eden Pottery, Millisle
28 October, 31 October - 4 November
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Halloween at National Trust - Mount Stewart
28 October - 5 Nobember 2023

Activities vary depending on day
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Halloween Happenings in Groomsport **FREE**
29 October 2023
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Wizards and Witches School of Drawing at WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, Comber
28 October - 31 October
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The Enchanted House of Puppetry, Newtownards **SOME FREE EVENTS IN PROGRAMME**
Sunday 29 and Monday 30 October
Lots of free events and activities making this a wonderful day out for all the family.
Please note: some of the puppet theatre performances are paid entry and require pre-booking, so please book early to avoid disappointment
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Hallowe'en at Ballycopeland Windmill, Millisle
30 October and 31 October
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Halloween Scream at The Portico of Ards, Portaferry
31 October

Children are welcome but please use parental guidance as some children may find elements of the Halloween experience frightening or disturbing.
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Not-So-Scary Halloween at North Down Museum, Bangor
31 October 2023

Themed arts and crafts fun. Three sessions, depending on age.
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Of course, Halloween isn't just for the little ones...

Hallowe'en for the adults in Ards and North Down

Make a Traditional Besom Broom in the Walled Garden, Helen's Bay
24 September

Broom making is now listed as a red endangered craft, so this is a unique opportunity to learn to carve and whittle your own broom using natural foraged, coppiced, birch and rowan gathered sustainably and locally, guided by an experienced tutor. Refreshments will be on hand, which the Walled Garden is renowned for.
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The Walled Garden Helen's Bay

The Phantom of the Opera Screening + Live Organ at The Portico of Ards, Portaferry
29 October

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Phantom of the Opera


More half term ideas

Keep the little one's entertained this half term.

With attractions and nature spots open all year round, in all seasons, we truly offer Great Family days out with the kids, no matter the time of year.

Penguins at Exploris Aquarium

And, fun doesn’t have to cost a lot. For loads of ideas for FREE things to do in Ards and North Down have a read at this blog... from days out in forest parks, to cycling the greenway; there are trails, opportunities to discover and explore, to connect - both with nature and with eachother.

So layer up, get the welly/walking boots and the woollies on, take a flask of hot chocolate and snacks along for the ride, for a free to cheap, day out.

A child in pram visiting the goat pen at the Ark Farm

Explore Ards and North Down

Go on adventures through the woods, finding mini beasts along the way, taking in the sounds of the forests, or the sea, of the bird life, and the giggles of pure fun as the kids muck about in natures playground. 

National Trust's 50 Things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 activity list

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Highlight walks in Ards and North Down

Find more walks in the region.

Please note, this listing is meant as a guide only. Information correct at time of publication. Events are subject to change and availability. 

To avoid disappointment, when planning to visit an attraction in the area please continue to check individual provider websites before you leave the house to confirm if they are open, closed or if pre-booking is required.

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