15 Half Term Treats For Your Little Horrors

Stuck for ideas of days out with the kids this half term?  Well here are some treats to keep the little horrors busy.  Don’t forget to look out for our Halloween blog early next week.

The Deep, Hull
October half term will be amazing as the myths and legends around one of the world’s most endangered species, the sawfish, are explored. Take part in the very special magical interactive presentation at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily, complete the fun-filled activity trail as you make your way around the building as well as family activities in Craft Corner between 11am and 4pm. To book special ‘saw-cery’ tickets – go to  https://www.thedeep.co.uk/plan-your-visit/ticket-prices

The York Dungeon, York 
This October, York Dungeon will become the home of Halloween, offering unique experiences across the year’s spookiest season. Amazing live actors and 360 degree sets will fully immerse guests in the darkest parts of old York’s history. Along the way, guests will meet such notorious residents as Guy Fawkes and highwayman Dick Turpin. 

This Halloween, the attraction is ramping up the scares in their most recent show, The Curse of the Witch; an intense experience featuring infamous local witch Isabella Billington. The show has been dubbed “the scariest show in Dungeon history”. All of the incredible shows will push the “scary-fun” vibe of The Dungeons to new extremes, bringing to life York’s darkest history.

Throughout the month, the award-winning attraction opens its doors to an unsuspecting public for a frightfully fun season of macabre scenes from the past. In addition to the attraction tour, the Dungeon have partnered up with City River Cruises again for their famous Halloween Cruise on the Ouse. The family friendly experience allows guests to step aboard an old, abandoned ship on the city’s famous River Ouse. Hosted by the Black Jester, audiences will discover famous Yorkshire prophet Old Mother Shipton, Harrogate and the outrageous George “Georgie Porgie” Villiers – the 2nd Duke of Buckingham – shaped some horrible parts of history.  

The York Dungeon is also sponsoring the famous Great York Ghost Search, in association with VisitYorkThe Great York Ghost Search runs 11th October – 1st November. There are many ghosts hidden around the city. Find them, and you could win some amazing prizes, including Merlin Magic Passes! The Home of Halloween runs 5th October – 3rd November. Halloween Cruise on the Ouse runs 27th-31st October at 18:00 and 20:00. To book, visit https://www.citycruisesyork.com/evening/halloween-cruise/. More information at www.visityork.org 

The DIG, York
Romans at The DIG – 26th and 27th October 10:00-16:00. Ever wanted to chat to a Roman? Now’s your chance! There will be real-life Romans at DIG this half term demonstrating how they used to live and you can find out what life was like for a York resident 2000 years ago, including how they would have cooked! Plus kids can have the usual fun in the dig pits, and you can explore a new exhibition, Life and Death in Eboracum,to find out what archaeological excavations have told us so far about Roman York. For more details see https://digyork.com/event/romans-at-dig-2/

1st November 1000-1430 Terry Deary Book Signing – ‘The Rotten Romans’. Meet Terry Deary – Come to DIG and meet best selling author Terry Deary, who will be signing copies of his hilarious and iconic Horrible Histories book, The Rotten Romans. Your ticket includes a copy of the book, the chance to chat to Terry Deary and entry to the new exhibition, Life and Death in Eboracum, featuring Roman artefacts uncovered over four decades of excavations.  For more details see https://digyork.com/event/terry-deary-book-signing-the-rotten-romans/

The Forbidden Corner, Leyburn, North Yorkshire
Pack up your little monsters and bring them to The Forbidden Corner this Half term and Halloween…… IF YOU DARE!!  During this period, there will be daily Halloween quizzes with prizes for finding the lost bones! On Halloween, it’s the usual fancy dress competition with prizes on offer for the best costumes. This is open to Adults as well as Children so no excuses Mum and dad! Admission by pre-booked tickets only.  Spooky celebrations run every day 12th October-3 November.  For more details see https://www.theforbiddencorner.co.uk/ or call 01969 640638

Mother Shipton’s Cave, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire 
This Halloween visit England’s Oldest Tourist Attraction for a good old-fashioned scare, suita-ble for all ages. Follow the haunted trail through the historic woodland to find monsters, ghosts and skeletons hiding around every corner.  There couldn’t be a better time to visit the eerie Mother Shipton’s Cave and Petrifying Well. The attraction will be transformed into a ghoulish event for all the family. If you aren’t turned to stone first, enjoy the Activity Trail through the haunted woodland and attend a Spooky Sci-ence Class. 

Do your best monster impression and join in the Costume Competition every day at11.30am and 2pm.  Watch out for the witches in the woodland making spells around their cauldrons. The park has scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure play-ground, gift shop and museum.  Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November, 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm). For more details visit https://www.mothershipton.co.uk/ 

Lightwater Valley, Ripon, North Yorkshire – a Decade of Thrills and Chills at Frightwater Valley
Lightwater Valley theme park is beginning preparations for its annual transformation into Frightwater Valley as part of its Half-term and Halloween event (October 26th – 31st). For the past decade Frightwater Valley has provided horribly good fun for visitors brave enough to take part in its spooktacular event, and staff are aiming to make their 10-year anniversary one to remember. 

From family-friendly scares to truly terrifying encounters there’s something for Halloween fans of all ages to enjoy. For younger visitors there will be Spooky Character Meet and Greets, Scary Magic Shows and Monster Knock Doors. Visitors can also join in the frightful fun as part of the Halloween Fancy Dress Competition which will be taking place on the Lightwater stage at 3.30pm each day. Step on board the Frightwater Spooky Train where passengers will embark upon a route around the creepy theme park. There is also the chance to enjoy some grown-up thrills and chills inside the Live Scare Maze! The maze is definitely not for the faint-hearted and not suitable for children under the age of 12 due to the extreme nature of the scares. 

The thrills and chills culminate with the Frightwater Finale lakeside fireworks spectacular (6pm Saturday, 5.30pm Sunday-Wednesday).  Plus with over 35 rides and attractions for fun seekers of all ages, Lightwater Valley Theme Park is one of the UK’s most popular theme parks. Among its signature rides is the 1.5 mile long Ultimate rollercoaster – the longest coaster ride in Europe – and the Eagle’s Claw aerial ride.  For details visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk or call 01765 635321.

The Beatles Story, Liverpool  21-25 October FREE Workshops
50 years ago, The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was released for the first time. It was not The Beatles’ final album, as Let It Be followed in 1970, but it was the last one John, Paul, George, and Ringo recorded together as a band.

As a celebration, The Beatles Story will be running FREE workshops focused around the songs from this iconic album. Bring the kids along to this FREE Discovery Zone workshop and help create a huge Abbey Road collage. Workshops will be held in the Discovery Zone at The Beatles Story, on the Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, between 2pm and 4pm every week day during the half term. Tickets are not required.  

Be sure to look out for more of these FREE fun-packed Discovery Zone workshops during half-term and school holidays. For more details see beatlesstory.com/events  #AbbeyRoad50

Cadbury’s World, Bournville, Birmingham
Guests to Cadbury World can expect no tricks and plenty of treats this Half-term and Hal-loween as the attraction gets set to launch Freddo’s Halloween Spooktacular from Saturday 19th October – Sunday 3rd November. Families are invited to experience plenty of frightful family fun with spooky activities, and entertainment at the Bournville-based attraction. Young ghouls are encouraged to don a hauntingly good costume for the daily fancy dress competi-tion, where brave judges will be handing out delicious prizes to the scariest of visitors. 

In the Cadbury World marquee, guests can enjoy live entertainment at Freddo’s Halloween Spooktacular – a spooky show where the famous frog will teach visitors new tricks in his haunted mansion. Fearsome Freddo will even create his own little monster, with the help of some string and a splash of slippery slime. Expect a scream, and a sing along family show packed full of fun, frights and plenty of delights! 

Elsewhere in the attraction, visitors can head to the 4D Chocolate Adventure zone to experi-ence the sensation of riding on the Crunchie Rollercoaster and diving into a pot of liquid Cad-bury Dairy Milk in a cinematic experience that’s not to be missed. Guests can also catch the talented chocolatiers in action and take a delicious taster for themselves in the Chocolate Making zone, before practicing their piping skills by drawing their name in chocolate in the Have A Go zone, plus much more.

Diane Mitchell, marketing manager at Cadbury World said: “Visitors can sink their teeth into the amazing world of Cadbury throughout our chocolatey zones this Halloween, as well as enjoy our brand new stage show, Freddo’s Halloween Spooktacular.”  There will be a range of spookily good treats in The World’s Biggest Cadbury Shop including exclusive hand-crafted chocolate pumpkins, as well as a selection of Halloween-themed cakes in the on-site Cadbury Café. 

Pre-booking for Cadbury World this Halloween is essential, for more information and to book tickets, please visit www.cadburyworld.co.uk 

The British Motor Museum,Warwickshire – Rocket fuelled Half-Term
Children of all ages can visit and enjoy plenty of rocket fuelled fun during the October half term from 26 October – 3 November!
Recycled Rockets will enable children to make their own rocket out of recycled materials, whether it be a rocket car, a river rocket or a space rocket. Families can join the Rocket Powered family tour every day at 1.30pm when the costumed guides will explore the concept of ‘power’. Rocket fuelled Family Science Shows will take place on Thursday 31 October at 11am, 1pm and 2pm. ‘Professor Pickle’ and ‘Doctor Pumpkin’ return for some Rocket fuelled fun in a 25 minute spooky spectacular full of cool interactive demonstrations and rocket inspired science. Emma Rawlinson, Life-Long Learning Officer at the British Motor Museum said “It’s all about rocket fuelled fun this half-term! Along with making rockets, the Black Cat trail, our family tours and our Rocket fuelled Science Show, families can see over 300 British classic cars and enjoy a selection of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks from our Junction 12 Cafe!”

Rocket K’nex Cars will run from Monday to Friday. Children can design and build their own Rocket K’nex Car and see how far it travels from the pneumatic rocket launch. The activity is delivered by the STEM ambassadors from MOD Kineton. Blast off colouring also enables children to choose their favourite car or rocket picture, colour it in and watch it come to life with the Quiver App. 

The popular Halloween Black Cat Trail returns every day where children can search the Museum for the black cats and with their torch discover the colour of each cats eyes! Simply pick up a trail sheet from the Family Activity Station and return for a ‘spooky’ treat! 

Museum entry is just £40 for a family, £14.50 for adults, £12.50 for concessions, £9 for children (5-16 years) and under 5s are FREE. There is also the option to Gift Aid or donate your entry fee and get an Annual Pass in return, at no extra cost. All activities are included in the Museum admission. There is no need to pre-book, just drop by the Family Activity station when you arrive to find out what is going on when. All activities are suitable for 3+ years, unless otherwise specified. To find out more information about October half-term activities please visit the website  https://www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk/events/family-activities or call 01926 641188. 

Tudor World, Stratford Upon Avon
It’s going to be an amazing Half-term and Halloween at Tudor World with spooky day and night events.

25-30 October During the day, there are Witch’s quizzes with ghoulish prizes, Shakespeare’s tours and for-tune story-telling. During early evening, there are family friendly ghost tours and lantern lit ghost tours. In the deep of night, there are Jack the Ripper Interactive evenings as well as Ghost and Terror Tours.

31 October-2 November During the day, there are Witch’s quizzes with ghoulish prizes, Shakespeare’s tours and for-tune story-telling. During early evenings, there are family friendly ghost tours and lantern lit ghost tours. In the deep of night, there are Jack the Ripper Interactive evenings as well as HALLOWEEN Ghost and Terror Tours.

Prices:Entry to museum £6 adults, £5 concs, £3 children, £14 family (2A+2C) Shakespeare Tour £5 adults, £4 concs, £3 children, £13 family (2A+2C). Family friendly tour £13.00 (2A + 2c), £5 adults, £3 children. Lantern lit Ghost tours (including ‘Terror Tours’) £7.50. *New* Jack the Ripper Interactive Evenings £15.   For tickets see and daily list of events, see http://www.tudorworld.com/halloween-events-stratford

Conkers, Derbyshire
Half-term fun at Conkers – Visit the Waterside & Discovery Centres with the 4D Cinema, En-chanted Forest, Indoor Play and Exhibits. Explore the 120 acres of woodland and lakes, barefoot walk and adventure play areas. Jump aboard the Conkerchoo Train or head below the surface of the earth with The Warrens. Challenge yourself with Vertigo Adventures zip wire, climbing wall, high and low ropes.

Every day, there is live entertainment from David Oakley’s Magic Show through to Travelling Histories Dino Hunters, Punch & Judy, Flips Halloween Show and Ras King Bobo’s acrobatic show! There’s lots of hands-on involvement including craft activities and painting. 

New for October Half Term – “Witches Brew”– the new Halloween trail that is FREE to take part!  The aim is to work together with your witches hat at the craft station and then the hunt begins to find 8 hidden ingredient around the site. Completed brews will be placed in a prize draw!  For tickets and a list of daily events, see  https://www.visitconkers.com/

Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth – Haunted Histories from the View
Discover the haunted histories and scary stories from the spooktacular view.  Look… if you dare, out through the floor to ceiling windows, 100 metres above Portsmouth and learn about the ghosts lingering these historically mysterious streets as you complete your Halloween trail.

Keep an eye out for some chilling locations such as Wymering Manor, Old Portsmouth and the Spice Island Pub for some ghoulish gruesome tales. If history isn’t your thing, then test your head for heights rather than frights with the bespoke virtual reality experience, Altitude, and find out what it really feels like to walk the plank across one of the famous ribs.  Watch the new video to give teachers a better idea of what a trip to the Tower consists of!  Here is a link to it on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFwpEY32fRw&t=2s 

Castell Henllys Iron Age Village, Pembrokeshire
Witches and Wizards 29/10/19 and the 1/11/19 Hubble bubble toil and trouble! A fun day out for all wizards and witches with magical crafty activities throughout the day. £1 per activity plus normal admission charge.

Scary Fairy Fun 28/10/19 and 30/11/19 – Meet woodland fairies, take part in enchanted autumnal crafts, have your face painted and listen to their magical stories. £3 plus normal admission charge.

Haunted Henllys 31/10/19 – It’s Halloween and the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest! So come and enjoy the spooky activities before going on the Ghost walk where you will meet the ghoulish yet hilarious characters of Pembrokeshire’s past. At the end of the walk watch the wickerman burn to celebrate the eve of winter!

Normal admission applies. Free entry for children in costume. £3 for Ghost walk and spooky activities.  10:30am- 2pm: Spooky activities. 2:30pm: Ghost walk with the burning of the wickerman at the end.For more info go to https://www.pembrokeshirecoast.wales/default.asp?PID=261

Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

From the centre of the solar system to the middle of the dance floor, the Science and Industry Museum is the place to be this October half term. Power up the party and find how the food you eat fuels your fun, see a juggling show explain the atom, build the city of your dreams, and light up your days with our sun-themed workshops. Try everything from engineering challenges to drawing with robots and more. Plus, soak up The Sun with a visit to our major exhibition and find out about our closest star.

People Powered Party – Get the party started from the saddle of a bike with our pedal-powered disco and find out how the food you eat gives you the power you need to dance all night (or day). 23–30 October 10.00–16.30 (drop in). Age: Recommended for ages 5 and older.

The Big Build – No hard hat required as you build the city of your dreams, accept an engineering chal-lenge or create a moving robot with building bricks in this workshop for the whole family. 23–30 Octo-ber. 10.00–17.00 (drop in).

The Juggling of Science – Join Frederike Gerstner and Ben Nicholson, winners of this year’s Josh Award, the UK’s national award in STEM communication, as they juggle for science—literally. Watch their show bring the atomic world to life and take part in their workshops to find out more.  27–31 October. Show – 13.00; workshops – 11.00–12.00 and 15.30–16.30. Show – ages 7 and older; workshops – all ages.

The Sun – Soak up The Sun and find out more about our closest star with a visit to our major exhibition, and don’t forget to pick up a free family trail to help you explore the exhibition together. Open daily until 5 January 2020. Adults £8, concessions £6. Children go free with a paying adult. 

What’s inside a little sun lamp – Hold the power of the sun in your hands and find out what makes Little Sun lamps shine. Grab a screwdriver and investigate how they work and how this simple idea has brought light to millions of people around the world. 28 October – 3 November. 11.30–12.30 and 12.30–13.30. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Tickets are on a first come first serve basis—please book your free ticket at the Conversation Space. 

Make a Lamp shade – Create your own beautiful lamp shade, test it on a Little Sun lamp and take away your creation to use at home. 28 October – 3 November. 14.00–16.30 (drop in).  Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Shows, Workshops and Activities – PI: Platform for investigation – powered by Siemens. Get up close and find out more about everything, from looking at the stars and healthier hearts to maths in fashion and the future of travel at our special daily Pi: Platform for Investigation – Powered by Siemens. 19–27 Octo-ber. 10.30–15.30. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

Science Showdown – Join our Explainers for a battle of experiments in this daily interactive science show. Themed around either the Sun or People Power, find out what makes our nearest star tick or how to you can run a car with some powerful poop. What will win? You decide! 19 October – 3 November.  11.00, 13.00 (except 27–31 October only) and 15.00. Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Mini Movers – Especially for our younger visitors, this Makaton-friendly adventure around the museum will have you whirring like a cog and turning like a crank to find out how our bodies work like machines. 19 October – 3 November. 11.00 and 13.30. Recommended for under 5s.

Crank Bots – Use your muscle power to get your robot artist drawing,and create a unique piece of artwork for you to take home. 23–30 October. 10.00–16.00 (drop in). Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Bright Sparks – Join Electricity North West as they take over the museum. Build light up circuits, discov-er how electricity powers your home and become a real bright spark yourself. 23 and 26 October. 10.00–16.30 (drop in). Recommended for ages 7 and older.

Waters Wacky Lab – Waters are back at the museum for some wacky and wonderful science busking. : 24 October. 10.00–16.30 (drop in). Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Pop-up-Engineers – Spin the wheel, play Jenga and find out how engineering really is all around us by chatting with our volunteer STEM Ambassadors. Then, find your inner engineer through games and quiz-zes. 28 October – 1 November. 10.00–17.00 (drop in). Recommended for ages 5 and older.

Big Draw Festival – What’s on your mind Manchester? – See some of the 10,000 ‘thinking caps’ created by Manchester school children for the Big Draw Festival. Then grab a blank paper hat and make your own at this one day only workshop. 30 October. 10.00–17.00 (drop in). Recommended for ages 5 and older.


Black Country Living Museum, Dudley

Fiendish Felons half term activities will open your eyes to the dastardly deeds of criminals of the past and the putrid punishments they faced. There’s trouble afoot in our canalside village this half term. Stay vigilant and help our police constable track down a vile villain who has been causing mischief in the village. Take on our trail using your detective skills to help solve a Black Country crime wave. 

Plus, hone your investigative talents in our detective school as you try your hand at examining evidence, lifting fingerprints and even posing for your own mugshot. From chicken thieves to unscrupulous scammers, there’s plenty to look out for as you witness the dishonest dealings of the past.

26 Oct – 3 Nov – 10am – 5pm every day.  For more information or to book online, visit www.bclm.com

Halloween Nights – – Fri 25, Sat 26, Wed 30 & Thu 31 Oct (6.30-10pm) – ALL SOLD OUT

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