October and half term activities

Just before the winter weather sets in, why not take some time to go and visit one of the many attractions right here on our doorsteps. The following is just the tip of the ice berg in terms of the sheer number of activities to get involved with over the coming month. With Halloween coming up and Autumn woods in all their golden finery, there’s plenty to see and do both inside and out.

Family fun

As the kids are off from school, get them out of the house and enjoying the fresh Autumn air in one of the many attractions around the UK. And of course, don't forget to have some fun yourself!

Go Ape!

Keep your little monkeys entertained at the fabulous Go Ape! centres. You may have already heard about the tree swinging, zip line style action that Go Ape! has to offer but did you know they also run forest mountain bike outings as well as off road Segway adventures?*. Go Ape! has 28 locations nationwide - visit their website to find your nearest location, book online and begin your adventure!

*Segway and forest mountain bike adventures only available at selected locations

Tree Top Adventures-
Adults (age 16+) £31-33
Children (age 10-15 over 1.4m) £25 
Zip Trekking Adventures- £45

Go Ape!

Eden project

The Eden Project was used in the James Bond film, "Die Another Day" - and it's easy to see why. The futuristic structure of this indoor arboretum certainly stands out from the Cornish countryside. Aside from the educational experience provided all year round by the Eden Project, October offers up a range of Halloween festivities. Hands-on activities include; wand making, potion making and other arts and crafts. There's also a "little monsters disco" and ice skating for all round family fun.

October half term activity- Eden Project

Adults £25.00
Concessions (Over 60s and students) £18
Children (age 5-16) £14
Children (age 0-4) FREE
(Discounts and other offers are available online, face painting and ice skating tickets at extra cost)

Eden project

Penrhyn Castle

Located in the beautiful setting of Bangor, North West Wales, Penrhyn castle makes an excellent place to visit for a spot of living history and a brush with the great outdoors. This nineteenth century castle includes a fantastic set of paintings and elaborate carvings as well as a fascinating railway museum which is housed in the stable blocks. But it doesn't stop there! Penrhyn Castle also offers a range of events and activities to entertain children and adults alike. Help conserve the surrounding forest by joining a tree planting session, explore the grounds at night on a lantern tour or let your kids enjoy the great outdoors with the "Wild in the Woods Club"

Adult £11.99 Child £6
Family £29.99
(prices above whole property but additional activities may incur further costs)

Penrhyn Castle

Chatsworth house - The Peak district

Between 27th October and 4th November Chatsworth house will be holding a series of activities providing entertainment for the whole family over the October half term period. The Halloween theme continues with arts and crafts activities daily as well as treasure hunts and other adventures in the garden. There's even a zombie dance class for your little ones to learn a few new spooky dance moves!

October half term activity- Chatsworth House

Adult (age 17 - 59) £22
Senior (age 60+) £20
Child (age 4 - 16) £16
Student (16 and over and in full time education) £20
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £68
(online prices based on full access to Chatsworth House)

Chatsworth House

Sea Life - Scarborough

Between 20th October and 4th November it's shark week at the Sea Life Centre in Scarborough. These predators of the deep will fascinate and educate adults and kids alike via feeding demonstrations, information on conservation, face painting and puzzles and games to make the learning experience fun.

Adult (age 15+) £11
Child (Age 3 - 14) £8
Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £30
(Online ticket prices - on the door prices differ)

Sea Life Scarborough

Adults only

If you're after something to do without the kids, don't worry, we've got you covered. Get yourself away during October and discover something new right here in the UK.

CAMRA beer festivals

October half term activity- beer festival

CAMRA is the voice on all things beer, cider and perry related. They publish books such as "the good beer guide" as well as holding several events each and every year. The largest event happens at Earls Court in London every August but this isn't the only chance for you to get your hands on a tasty pint. Up and down the land and all through the year CAMRA organise beer festivals and invite local brewers to bring their best tipples and share them with the thirsty masses. For a full list of events near you in October, visit CAMRA.

Bath Spa day

And...relax... Bath Spa is the only natural thermal spa in the UK and provides adults with a multitude of relaxing treatments. The spa is surrounded by the beautiful and historic city of Bath which adds excellent shopping to its list of virtues alongside historic architecture and a vibrant nightlife. Spa packages start at £45 and make an excellent gift for someone who you feel deserves a bit of pampering.

Bath Spa

Tate Liverpool

October half term activity- Tate Liverpool

For a dose of inspiration why not visit the Tate Gallery in Liverpool? Its London counterpart may steal the headlines but Tate Liverpool has some excellent exhibitions of first rate art to be enjoyed by all. Of all these exhibitions, top billing goes to Jackson Pollock, Sir Peter Blake and Glenn Ligon, all of whom are being shown in October. In addition you can nab a free trip on the Dazzle Ship. It's not just the design of this ship you'll be interested in, there's history behind this creation. 'Dazzle camouflage' was used during the first world war to distort the appearance of British ships so German submarines would have trouble identifying and intercepting them.

Free (except for special exhibitions) 

Tate Liverpool

Silverstone driving experiences

If you feel the need for speed this October, Silverstone offer thrilling pedal to the metal experiences in Ferraris, Aston Martins, Lotus and other vehicles you've dreamed about. After some expert advice from the Silverstone driving gurus, you'll be able to get behind the wheel of the supercar of your choice for a few hot laps. If you're less Lewis Hamilton and more Bear Grylls, there's also a 4x4 off road driving experience on offer and if you're a combination of the two there's even a rally option!

Prices start at £99 and vary according to the choice of car

Silverstone

Wimborne Food Festival

October half term activity- food festival

Colder weather and darker evenings mean that tasty soups, pies and other comfort foods begin to fill our cupboards and all those warming, colourful dishes help us ease into the new season. What better way to sample the tastes of Autumn than a visit to the Wimborne Food Festival? On Saturday 24th October the town in Dorset will play host to chefs and food producers serving up tasters of their best produce and recipes. Once you've filled up on delicious food take a wander around and prepare to be entertained by street performers, music recitals and storytelling.

Wimborne Food Festival

Info and prices correct at time of publishing August 2015

Notable days in October

National chocolate week - 12th - 18th - if it's a bit wet outside, stay in and make a chocolatey cake! Melt some chocolate and dip fruit in it to add a healthy element but make sure you enjoy some chocolate to celebrate!

Diwali/Deepavali - 22nd- A beautiful religious festival with origins in Hindu, Sikh and Jain religions celebrating the victory of good over evil. Diwali is known as 'The Festival of Lights' and it's a perfect opportunity to teach little ones about a different culture.

Big draw month - throughout October - A series of events all over the country will be taking place encouraging people of all ages to find their love for drawing.

Make a difference day - 24th - Giving something back to the world around us is a good feeling. So use the 24th of October to get out there and make a difference. Plant a tree, raise some money for charity or even help out a vulnerable neighbour. The little things all add up, and it's down to us to make it happen!

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