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Get away to North Devon for a few days for some Halloween fun. Abbotsham, on the North Devon Coast, with the village pub decorated in seasonal scary splendour and The Big Sheep's Fun by Day, Scary by Night Festival (the tourist attraction at the far side of the village) must make it one of the best places in the country to be for an October break.

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Halloween Half Term Autumn Break

Perfect for little monsters and for those adults who want to let their hair down and have a laugh! Come and stay in Southclay (sleeps 10-12) or The Annex (sleeps 4-6) for a fun, "not-so-relaxing" Autumn break!

The Thatched Inn, a traditional village pub only 5 minutes' walk away, is decorated for three weeks every October and filled with seasonal treats that go bump and many that will make you jump! A great meeting place for witches' covens and for devils to dance. The carvery hot plate may contain the decapitated heads of locals who did not pay their tab and there will always be something scary lurking behind the door and under the table!

The BIG Sheep's Fun-by-Day Halloween festival is great family family entertainment but the Scary-by-Night Halloween evenings (6pm - 10pm) featuring live actors, pyrotechnics, gory special effects and jump scares are definitely not for the faint hearted. Fun by day.... scary by night....

There is a toddler monster ball, pumpkin carving, witches' flying school and skeletons galore, fun and laughter and family entertainment by day but as twilight falls.... demons rise to hunt for fresh souls. You’ll witness your worst nightmares as dreadful devils and wicked men inflict eternal suffering on the tortured souls trapped between hell and earth. Are you brave enough to take a trip on the Haunted Hayride as it takes you on a journey through the Gates of Hell... or take a white-knuckle ride on the Terror Train as it creeps through the darkness? The haunted house will have you screaming for the exit as each room unleashes a new interactive terror and try if you dare, Arachnophobia or the Twister Terror ride. Halloween Characters will entertain you and there is always the Ewetopia Indoor Playground and BIG Sheep cafe. (There are discounts for tickets purchased in advance)

Phew! After all that you will really appreciate the chance to lie back and relax in your private hot tub and watch the bats flit across the sky!


  • Southclay - Abbotsham

    Prices from £1,200.00

    Southclay is perfect for family holidays, for groups of friends or special celebrations. Rated as 5 star GOLD by Quality in Tourism, the assessment service for VisitEngland. It has 5 spacious bedrooms, two en-suite, sleeping 10 (+ 2 on small mattresses in one of the twins by arrangement with the owner) and with travel cot if needed. It boasts a large, sociable kitchen, conservatory/dining room, lounge with wood burner, a second ‘snug’ lounge and games room with full size pool table.

    • 5 Spacious Bedrooms
    • Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Private Hot Tub
    • Tennis Court
    • Sea Views from nearly every room
  • The Annex - Abbotsham

    Prices from £700.00

    A five-star cottage with two large en-suite bedrooms (sleeps 4-6), private hot tub, swimming pool and tennis court. Recently refurbished and quite charming, The Annex is the end of a traditional Devon longhouse with thick stone walls, slate roof and a rose growing over the doorway - everything you could wish for in a perfect holiday cottage in the country. The Annex can be booked independently from Southclay as a stand alone unit with separate access, facilities and own hot tub... perfect for a family or even for a couple for a romantic getaway; or booked in conjunction with Southclay to increase the total number of guests accommodated.

    • Sleeps 4-6 in two large bedrooms
    • Five star traditional, stone cottage
    • Private Hot Tub
    • Off road parking
    • Outdoor pool and tennis court