Wooden Boat Shaped Adventure Play Area

Things to do with the kids during October half term

October half term might mean some well-deserved time off for the children, but for parents it means 10 days of empty diaries that need filling. But good news! Whether it’s with toddlers or teens, you can pack your diary full of fun activities and unique experiences here at Bewl Water.

There are so many things to do that can easily fill the whole break and put an end to the dreaded words: ‘I’m bored’. So, whether your kids are into action-packed, heart-racing adventures or prefer something a little more chilled, we have everything you need and then some to keep the kids entertained all half-term long.

Adventure Pirate Ship

Visiting the same old local playground can get a bit tedious, so if you fancy switching up your day this October half term, swing by to Bewl Water where the pirate ship awaits! Designed for little adventurers with the most imaginative of minds, the play area features sweeping timber structures and slides constructed around the Bewl Galleon – a washed up pirate ship from the stormy seas.

With views of the natural landscape surrounding the ship, the playground enhances learning by boosting balance, agility, memory, and concentration through communication and teamwork.

The adventure play area is free of charge and open from 8am – 5pm every day.

Wooden Boat Shaped Adventure Play Area

Soft Play

Bewl Water has not one, but two brilliant playgrounds! Venture on inside where you’ll find two challenging levels of soft play fun perfect for boys and girls aged 0-8. Soft play at Bewl Water offers children the chance to explore a safe and stimulating environment whilst learning, running free, and most importantly having fun.

The structure is crammed with interactivity, different play features and numerous routes up and down. Explore tunnels, make your way through the hanging snakes, and attempt the cargo net before running to the main attraction – the classic dual slide!

Soft play sessions last for one hour and cost £5 per child. (Adults and under 1s are free)

Laser Challenge

Grab your camo, it’s time to step into battle… Forget claustrophobic spaces, flashing lights, and unrealistic sound effects, laser challenge at Bewl Water reinvents the game and is the perfect October half-term activity fit for the whole family!

Adrenaline junkies – get ready to shoot laser beams at your opponents as you aim to hit as many points as you can without getting zapped yourself! Expect a genuine, immersive experience as you face life-like combat scenarios in a choice of five games: team deathmatch, last man standing, attack and defend, hunt the VIP and manhunt.

You’ll need at least 10 thrill-seekers for the battle where you’ll be kitted out with rifle-style guns and sensor packs ready for 50 heart-stopping minutes of action-packed fun. Games cost £15 per player and should be booked in advance.

Kid playing laser tag adventure at bewl water

Paddle Board Hire

There’s no need to put your paddleboard away just yet. Sure, you might need a little more time to prep, but cold weather paddleboarding makes for the perfect October half term activity and can be even more rewarding than in the summer!

Paddle boarding is one of the UK’s fastest-growing recreational activities which is why we love introducing the sport to customers here at Bewl Water. Children and adults alike can book a lesson with our onsite instructors, Turtle Bay where families can relax and enjoy the serenity of the reservoir whilst learning a new skill.

Our sessions, suitable for beginners and those who are a little more experienced, go ahead come sunshine or rain and will only be cancelled if we deem the conditions to be unsafe.


Is there anything better than waking up to glorious views and breathing in the fresh, crisp autumn air? Disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature this October half term and bring the whole family to Bewl Water’s campsite!

Pitch up and get back to basics as you soak up our tranquil and picturesque grounds complete with washing facilities, clean drinking water, a café, and nearby toilets for a fuss free and super convenient stay.

Whether you’d like to laze the day away after a calming walk around the reservoir, or fancy hiring a bike to burn off some fuel, there are a host of fun and exciting activities to make the most of your camping trip.

After something a little more luxury? Our beautifully furnished Mongolian yurts put a glamorous spin on camping and make for the perfect half term retreat. Each yurt sleeps up to four guests and include one double and two single beds, fresh white linen, a wood-burning stove, a viewpoint for stargazing and tea and coffee making facilities.

Two yurts at bewl water camping

Bike Hire

Experience the seven wonders of the weald with cycle hire at Bewl Water! Fit for the whole family, hiring a bike is a great way to keep everyone occupied during the October half term and makes for the perfect opportunity to explore the grounds.

Our 12 ½ mile route made up of country lanes, meadows, forest paths and surfaced trails takes around two to three hours to complete making this activity a popular favourite! Stock up on plenty of water and some tasty snacks to keep the family well fueled before heading over to the Waterfront Café for a spot of lunch.

family of cyclists sitting on bikes at Bewl Water