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Mum's Guide To Hemel Hempstead Blog

October Half Term 2019 - 10 Things To Do



1. Ashridge Haunted Trail & Craft

Mon 21st October 2019 - Fri 1st November 2019, 10am - 4pm. £3

Things are getting spooky at Ashridge. Follow the trail through the woods meeting some former Ashridge residents along the way. You'll be able to visit the old Shooting Lodge for a special surprise before returning to the visitor centre for a Halloween craft.

2. Pumpkin Picking

Various venues until 31st October

Half term has fallen over Halloween this year which means there's lots of extra Halloween fun to be had over the whole week. Pumpkin picking is a great excuse to get out in the autumn air with all the family and with various pumpkin patches around from those on farms to pop up patches, it doesn’t need to be expensive either. Those nearest to Hemel Hempstead are:

  • Rumblers Farm, Potten End
  • The Pop up Farm, J9 M1
  • Willows Farm, St Albans
  • Woodside Animal Farm, Slip End
  • Aldenham Country Park, Elstree
  • Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin

3. Hemel Hempstead Old Town Halloween Party

Sunday 27th October, 3.30pm – 7.30pm. Free

Soak up the spooky atmosphere as the Old Town hosts its annual spooky street party. The high street will be transformed with ghost train and scary fairground rides (open from 3.30pm), fiendishly good food, street entertainment and frighteningly fun activities for all the family, finishing with a free firework display at 7.30pm in Gadebridge Park. More info

4. Spooky Storyboat, Frogmore Paper Mill

Tuesday 29th & Thursday 31st October, 11am & 2pm. £4pp

NEW for Half Term, the Spooky storyboat - a 30 minute boat trip and story session from Frogmore Mill to a turning point near the Papermill pub sharing stories and rhymes with a spooky theme.  Also see what wildlife you can see and feed too. Suitable for children aged 4 years. More info

5. Delightful or Deadly, National History Museum Tring

Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 31st October. £2 per child

Find out fascinating facts about animals we think are delightful or deadly and create your own craft spider to take home. More info

6. Family Bat Walk, The Box Moor Trust

Wednesday 30th October, 4.30 – 6.30pm. £2.50 suggested donation

Stroll through the woods with one of the Box Moor Trust’s bat detectors; you never know what you'll see or hear. To book please contact the trust. More info

7. The Big Draw, St Albans Museum & Gallery

28th October, 10am – 5pm. Free

All the family are invited to join in and discover the joy of drawing. As a family, work with professional artist Laura Ellis to create a fantastic masterpiece inspired by your gallery sketches. All styles, ages and abilities are welcome! You can draw in the gallery all day between 10am – 5pm, Laura’s drop in workshops will run between 10.30am – 12.30 pm and 2pm – 4pm. More info

8. Langleybury Farm Halloween Party

Saturday 26th October, 1pm – 9pm. £8

There’s lots going on at Langleybury Farm, from a haunted house, bonfire, pumpkin carving, fancy dress competition, food, drink and of course the animals! This spooktacular event has something for every age so is a perfect for a family day out. Go to the Langleybury Farm website for tickets, £8 each or £30 for a family ticket. More info

9. Boo at the Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo

19th – 31st October. Free with zoo entry.

There will be spooky goings on at the Zoo, with themed animal talks and additional activities, including: Halloween arts & crafts, Pumpkin carving (extra charge applies), Ghoul School, Halloween Storytime , Casting spells, Wrap the mummy, Pumpkin party. More info

10. Fireworks

Various days and venues.

Finish half term with a bang and see one of the many fireworks displays we have locally. You can find a list of local displays on our homepage. so wrap up warm, grab some sparklers and a hot chocolate and make the most of this wonderful night of the year!


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