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What's On October Half Term!


Believe it or not, half term is just around the corner. If like me, it has felt like your kids have been home more than they have been at school, then you may find that you are not ready for half term quite so soon! But lucky for you, there is so much going on that you’ll have you whole week planned out in no time! 

This half term also happens to coincide with Halloween (well, it’s on the day before they go back to school), so many of the half-term activities that are happening are halloween themed. For that reason, I will include everything within this one article because if I created a separate ‘just Halloween’ one, then it would basically be a duplicate of this! 

If you are looking to go Pumpkin picking, you can find all of those here!

If you are looking for Firework Displays, you can find them here!

So, enough chatting from me. Let’s get your half-term week planned!  

Days Out

Spooky Half Term Fun at West Lodge Farm Park, Kettering
16th - 31st October

There's loads of fun and spooky activities to keep you entertained all across the farm. Walk (or run) through the Spooky Alley Way, book on to one of our spooky tractor rides and watch a pantomime style ghost story in the display barn. Plus you can choose a pumpkin from our Pumpkin patch, head to the carving barn where you can scoop out all of the insides and leave the mess with us! 

Autumn Half Term Fun at Wicksteed Park, Kettering
23rd - 31st October

Come and enjoy a fantastic family day out during October Half Term! Our favourite, The Train, will be running along with all of our rides and attractions in The Adventure Zone!

Pumpkin Spooktacular at Mead Open Farm, Billington
23rd - 31st October

Adventure through our fang-tastic Halloween attractions, all undercover. Help Little Red Riding Hood find her way to Grandma's house in Scary Tales, brave the terrific twists and turns of Mr Topper's Twister and meet gruesome ghosts and ghouls in the Haunted House.

Are you ready to solve riddles to find the lost villains in the Fairy Tale Villains Trail? Look out!

For those seeking milder spooks, take a seat on the Tiny Terrors Tractor Ride with lots of little boos especially for toddlers!

And that's not all, Mead Open Farm also has plenty more adventure to discover and a full timetable packed full of daily activities.

Scarewell @ Sacrewell 2021, Peterborough
23rd - 31st October

Explore Sacrewell and have fun on our ghostly Halloween experience for adults and children of all ages this half term!

Keep your eyes peeled for Witches, Spooks and Ghouls, are you brave enough to do your very own spook hunt? How many will you find...? Those sneaky spooks have hidden themselves at various places around the farm. Clues to where these might be are marked on a special secret map contained in your Scarewell Passport and it's your job to seek them out?

Visit our awesome pumpkin patch and grab a wheelbarrow and select your very own pumpkin to take home. Enjoy lots of fun and games whilst you are here and remember to wear your Halloween Costume!

The Centre of Hocus Pocus at Herrings Green Activity Farm, Wilstead
23rd - 31st October

Step into the centre of Hocus Pocus, enjoy bird of prey flying displays, creepy critter encounters, tractor rides, have a go at flying an owl, barrel rides, Halloween crafts and much more! Each paying child gets one FREE pumpkin included in their visit.

Week Of Wickedness at Skylark Garden Centre, March
23rd - 31st October

Come and hunt down your perfect pumpkin in our NEW Pumpkin Patch! Once you have picked and carved, jump aboard our Phantom Tractor and enjoy our brilliant, free comedy and magic show.

Half Term Halloween at Hatfield House, Hatfield
28th - 31st October

Prepare to bump into a collection of creepy characters who'll invite you to get involved as they tell scary stories, sing spooky songs and even teach you how to move to your favourite Halloween grooves in our Halloween Disco! Once you're back, the fun continues with our creepy craft tent where you can get crafty and creative.

Outdoor Adventures

Toil and Trouble Halloween Activity Trail, Biggleswade
21st - 24th October and 28th - 31st October

Creep around Jordans Mill and watch Halloween come alive with ten 3D spooky posters. Find the hidden potion ingredients and complete the spell, and hand back in at the Mill Shop for a prize! Trail sheets are £2.50 and include a prize at the end.

St Neots Halloween Trail
23rd - 31st October

Let's have some spooky good fun! Can you find all of the Halloween images hidden around the shops in the town? Collect a FREE treat bag from Sweet Paradise once you have collected at least 15 hidden images. Trail maps available from The Priory Centre, Museum and Library

Autumn Nature Trail at Grafham Water Visitor Centre
23rd - 31st October

Grab your wellies and bobble ​hats and join us at Grafham Water for our seasonal Autumn nature trail. ​Find out who lives in the ​crunchy fallen leaves, which ​furry friends only come out at night, and discover the creepy crawlies that aren't so ​creepy after all!​ £3 per child. No need to book, just turn up, pay, and explore!​

Fungi Foray Talk and Walk, Peterborough
23rd October

Join Jonathon from Fen Fungi to discover the wonderful world of fungi. The day will start with an introductory talk on fungi (about 45 minutes); then a walk around the park looking for, identifying and picking fungi. We will stop for lunch (about half an hour); then a wrap-up session, reviewing what has been collected, then time for a Q&A session.

Wildlife Boat Cruise, Peterborough
23rd October

Experience the wildlife of Ferry Meadows on our Wildlife boat cruise. Join us 10.30am-12pm on a cruise along the River Nene where swans, geese and other water fowl will glide alongside the boat. 

Make A Scarecrow, Peterborough
24th October

Come along to make a scarecrow! The scarecrows will be used to decorate the Park for half term. Maximum of 6 people per group. All materials: straw, newspapers and a sack head are provided. We have limited old clothes so please do bring some old clothes you no longer want or need to dress your scarecrow.

Autumn Colour Walk, Peterborough
25th October

Join one of our Rangers; Sophie for a walk around Ferry Meadows looking at the variety of plants that give us the splendid autumn colours. Suitable for: 12yrs +

Tree Hunt and Broomsticks, Peterborough
26th October

Once again, the witch has lost her items in the trees. Find the trees, find the items and she'll reward you with your very own broomstick to fly away home on. Children will make their broomstick from the Park's wood resources.

Archery at Nene Park, Peterborough
26th October

Pay and Play Archery sessions will run throughout the day. Why not come down and have a go? You will find us on Oak Meadow close to the Nene Outdoors.

Wild in the Woods Family Walk, Waresley
26th October

In this session, join Becca Badger for a wild scavenger hunt around Waresley and Gransden Woods Nature Reserve. We'll have a list of seasonal wildlife-related things to find, and we'll explore the reserve to look for them. We might also do some silly challenges along the way (maybe some bird impressions, or a bit of tree hugging!). The activity is aimed at families with children aged 7-11. We'll walk 2-3 miles at a gentle pace.

Great Fen Spooky Spiders, The Wildlife Trust Countryside Centre, Ramsey Heights
27th October

We're on the trail of the Great Fen's special spiders this half-term! Bring the family to enjoy learning all about our amazing arachnids. Do you know how many species there are of spider in the UK? What do they eat, where do they live and how do they hunt? Enjoy our web walk trail to learn fascinating facts, take part in our minibeast discovery sessions and create your own spider-themed crafts to take home. The event is open all day from 10am-3pm so drop in and stay as long as you like. Bring a picnic for lunch and make time for some den building. Pre-booking your attendance is essential.

Wild in the Woods: Family Walk and Pond Dip, Cambourne
27th October

In this session, join Becca Badger for an adventure on Cambourne Nature Reserve. We'll walk to Redgrave Water lake and spend some time pond dipping before strolling back. This session is perfect for ages 7-11. Older children will also enjoy the activity. It is not suitable for children under 5 for health and safety reasons. Please ensure you book for everyone who will be attending on the day.

Tree Hunt and Broomsticks, Peterborough
27th October

Once again, the witch has lost her items in the trees. Find the trees, find the items and she'll reward you with your very own broom stick to fly away home on. Children will make their broom stick from the Park's wood resources.

Make a Bird Box, Peterbourough
27th October

Come along and make a nest box under the guidance of our rangers. Birds will use the boxes to roost and shelter in the winter months and will be familiar with it, ready for nesting in Spring next year.

Wild in the Woods: Family Walk, Gamlingay
28th October

In this session, join Becca Badger for a wild scavenger hunt around Gamlingay Wood Nature Reserve. We'll have a list of seasonal wildlife-related things to find, and we'll explore the reserve to look for them. We might also do some silly challenges along the way (maybe some bird impressions, or a bit of tree hugging!). The activity is aimed at families with children aged 7-11. We'll walk 2-3 miles at a gentle pace, starting on permissive paths from the village.

Climbing Wall at Nene Park, Peterborough
28th October

The team from Nene Outdoors will be getting our climbing wall out during the school holidays for all visitors to have a go. We will be outside Nene Outdoors. Are you brave enough to reach the top? Suitable for adults or children over 4yrs

Spooky Halloween Trail, Godmanchester
29th October

Join us and help the witch collect missing ingredients for her potion on our spooky ghost trail. Plus, there will be free spooky Halloween pumpkin carving, scary pizza making, costume design, theatrical make-up, face paints and more!

Halloween Evening with Owls at Herrings Green Activity Farm, Wilstead
29th October

Join us this Owl-oween for a spooktacular evening with our Owls. The evening starts at 6.00pm with a bbq supper of burgers, sausages and mixed salads, from here you will go on to meet and handle some of our beautiful owls including the Eagle Owl, Great Grey Owl, Barn Owl, Tawny Owl and more. A great opportunity to see the owls up close, ask the falconers any questions you may have and get some photos. Under the instructions of the falconer you are welcome to have a go at flying an owl, experience their silent flight as they glide into your arm. The evening finishes with our spectacular owl flying display by torchlight, see many different species of owls in action as we fly them over your heads. We will also be holding a fancy dress competition with prizes for the best dressed girl and boy.

Tree Hunt and Broomsticks
29th October

Once again, the witch has lost her items in the trees. Find the trees, find the items and she'll reward you with your very own broomstick to fly away home on. Children will make their broomstick from the Park's wood resources.

Halloween Interactive Trail Through The Woods, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon
31st October

This is a fun event for the whole family, You are in search of the Wicked Witch Of Hinchingbrooke Country Park, she has sent lots of her scary friends out to try and send you off the scent of finding her, capture them all and receive your treat.

Halloween Parties

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Ball, Love's Farm House, St Neots
28th October

Cinderella & Aurora will be hosting our 'Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Ball' and would like to invite YOU. What's included?
A beautifully decorated venue fit for Princesses & Princes, Professional Photography, Live Performances from the Princesses, Craft Activity, Dancing fun & games, A delicious lunchbox for your Prince or Princess.

Wacky Warehouse Halloween Discos, Hartford
29th October

Party buffet and squash all included. 5pm-7pm. Call up and book now, or pop in and see us today. The best dressed will receive a free monthly pass! So get those costumes party-ready.

Big Sky's Halloween Party, Peterborough
30th October

Every year we celebrate Halloween with a Spooktacular sell-out event, and this year we promise to make it the best yet! Get booking - It is a night full of spooky surprises that you won't want to miss.

Halloween Monster Bash at Hinchingbrooke Park, Huntingdon
30th October

There will be a buffet finger party food, lucky dip for free as they arrive to the spooky corner. Will they get a trick or a treat?

Fancy dress competition for both for adults and children. Sweets and treats throughout the event. Party games such as apple bobbing, musical statues, and pass the parcel. Music disco.

Halloween Party at Keller's Coffee House Cafe
30th October

Dress up and join us for a spooky evening of fun at Kwellers! The café will be open from 4-6pm to ticket holders only. Suitable for 4 -12 year old children. Only £18 per child - including; buffet, crafts, apple bobbing and other games, hand and arm painting and buffet for 1 accompanying adult! Booking essential!

Wicky's Mini Monsters Ball at Wicksteed Park, Kettering
30th October

It's back! Dance the afternoon away with Wicky and his friends to our Halloween disco, play some spooktacular games, and don't forget your fancy dress!! It's time to party!

Halloween Spooktacular at The Comrades Club, Godmanchester
31st October

Games, surprises, fun. Spooky craft table. Prizes for best scary costumes (including adults!). Raffle, snacks, and treats. Tickets available at various dates and locations - check poster.

Once Upon A Wicked Halloween at Loves Farm House, St Neots
31st October

We are hosting an extra awesome Halloween event this year and you're invited! Taking place on actual Halloween in St Neots with two amazing VK character hosts, we will be celebrating all things spooky and villainous!

Other Events

Halloween Movie Night - Hocus Pocus, Saint Ives
25th October

Come along to this Halloween showing of Hocus Pocus. Tickets £4pp, popcorn and sweets available! Booking required!

Kaleidoscope Making Workshop, Huntingdon
26th October

Suitable for children aged 6+, during this workshop they'll have the chance to create their own unique kaleidoscopes made from a range of recycled materials, helping them to think about the planet and foster creativity all while having fun!

Halloween Movie Night - Nightmare Before Christmas, St Ives
29th October

Come along to this Halloween viewing of Nightmare Before Christmas! Tickets £4pp, popcorn and sweets available! Booking required!

Halloween Ghost Train, Rushden
30th October

Ride the ghost train if you dare! Train times are at 4.30pm, 5.15pm, 6pm, 6.45pm & 7.30pm. Come dressed up! Hot dogs and refreshments available! No booking required.

The Dinky Drinky Halloween, St Neots
31st October

Join us for an afternoon with craft stalls, face painting, children's art workshops, best fancy dress competition, best pumpkins, fire pits, cocktails and drinks. Lots of stalls and fun to be had!

Whatever you get up to this half term, we hope you have a great time! If you have any recommendations then please do email me here.

Lisa x

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