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October Holiday Activities

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It’s the last week of the October school holidays in Aberdeen and you might be running out of ideas to entertain the kids until they go back to school. We’re here to help with our top pick of autumn activities you can do in Aberdeenshire, come rain or shine!

  1. Pumpkin picking and exploring the woods

Get ready for Halloween and choose your perfect pumpkin. Head over to Fedderate Woods near Peterhead where there will be fun for all the family. The two hour Pumpkin Patch session includes Fairy Finding or orienteering, the pumpkin patch and campfire snacks. In addition, each child received a pumpkin and goody bag.

Fedderate Woods also offers a separate Additional Support Needs day which is a more relaxed quieter day with more time to explore for families with children and adults who need a little more space and love.

There are also other exciting activities for all the family including a mystical fairy woods and daring explorer woods. Sessions in the explorer woods include a campfire, story and snack session and the forest play park. Visit Fedderate Woods’ website for more details and to book your tickets.

2. Dracula’s Home

While up in the Peterhead area, why not visit Slains castle, which is believed to be the inspiration for the setting of the tale Count Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker.

This is not surprising due to its gothic appearance and dramatic location. It is said the author visited Cruden Bay regularly for 17 years in the late 19th century, and his novel The Mystery of the Sea and other short stories used Cruden Bay as their setting.

Overlooking the North Sea on the coast of Cruden Bay, the hauntingly tall 16th-centruy tower house is a ruin rich with history. Also, for fans of the TV series, The Crown (2016-), Slains Castle was the stand in for Castle Mey when the Queen Mother goes to Scotland.

Keep in mind the castle ruin is located close to cliff edges which can be dangerous and it is recommended to keep to the surrounding paths.

3. Autumn activities at home

Sometimes the best way to spend a crisp day is wrapped up indoors creating fun, easy-to-make art – perfect for all the family.

From fall mason jar crafts to autumn wreaths, there are plenty of fun crafts to do with the family. Grab a tote bag and head to your favorite walks such as the River Don Heritage Trail (1 mile from Grandhome) or the Scotstown Moor Local Nature Reserve (1.4 miles from Grandhome) and collect what you need to make some autumnal art. 

For more Autumn crafts, click here.

4. Halloween jokes

Fancy winning a ghoulishly good prize? AJC Homes are giving away a £100 Smyths Toys voucher to the winner of the most frightfully funny Halloween joke.

To enter, visit any AJC Homes Sales Office to fill out their competition entry form. But don’t be late! Entries close on Monday 31st October.

Looking for your forever home for Christmas?

There are a range of new build homes for sale at Grandhome from house builders including AJC, Cala, Dandara and Malcolm Allan ready to view and available to move in just in time for Christmas.

Get in contact to learn more about Grandhome.