Half Term Shenanigans !

Written by: Elmtree Press

There are lots of great places to visit over half term so wrap up warm and head off in search ofadventure!

The Stratford Butterfly Farm will be holding their popular ‘Meet the Mini-Beast’ handling sessions during half term in the Discovery Zone. Twice a day, children and adults can take part in spooky handling sessions with the Education Team and hold creatures such as a giant African Millipede, African land snail, Madagascan Hissing Cockroach and a variety of Stick Insects! There will also be Beetle demonstrations in the Discovery Zone which will explain every stage of the Beetle’s lifecycle.  Over in Minibeast Metropolis is a display of Beetles including a Radiant Sun Beetle - a type of Scarab from the Middle East, Dung Beetles from Africa, a Giant Atlas Beetle and colourful Jewel Beetles from Asia.

Come along to The World of Wedgwood this half term and see the first Cast of Thousands Figures which have been created by The Willows Primary School.You will also have the opportunity to create your very own figure that will be displayed during the British Ceramics Biennial 2019 by joining in the free drop in workshops.Cast of Thousands is a new major project from the British Ceramics Biennial to bring together school children across Stoke-on-Trent to create 40,000 figures for the 2019 festival – one to represent every school child in the city. During October half-term you can add your figure to the collection in this workshop at World of Wedgwood.Led by a team of British Ceramics Biennial CLAY School Artists, this workshop is suitable for children from ages 3 and up.

Join The Runway Centre on our Flight Academy throughout October Half TermChildren taking part in this session will have the opportunity to board a real aircraft, whilst learning about the different job roles that help ensure that Manchester Airport runs smoothly 365 days of the year. Try your hand at being a pilot, cabin crew or air traffic controller in our role play session exploring some of the many careers at the airport. We will go outside to see if we can see any of the job roles that we have covered in action on the runway!

Join the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for their Puptober half-term event and become a rescue ranger. Come and learn all about the dramatic rescues of their grey seal pups and experience pup rescue hands on! Take part in;

- Rescue Rangers SOS training

- From rescue to release; the Hospital story

- Tag a Teddy! Bring along one of your teddies and get it tagged with one of their special seal pup tags

- Pup rescue adventure trail

- Ocean Crafts

- Earn an exclusive ‘Puptober’ Pop Badge!

All this and much more, including  fantastic talks and feeds! Book online for fantastic savings –


Dr Nerium welcomes you to his gardens for an evening of scares and thrills. Take on the live action spooky trail through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, or should we say The Birmingham Scare Gardens, featuring street food, performers, music and entertainment. For those who make it out and complete Dr Nerium’s Garden of Ghouls, make sure you join in the party! Keep an eye out for stilt walkers, fire jugglers and our extreme performers, pushing the boundaries of human endurance.A family-friendly experience is offered between 5pm - 7pm. However, a scarier experience (suitable for over 14s only) is provided between 7pm - 9pm (if you dare!). 

 The Observatory Science Centre is holding a half term holiday workshop focusing on transport of the future. Join them to create model electric cars powered by solar panels, fuel cells. The Workshop is aimed at 9 to 11 year old children, they cannot accept children who are younger than the intended age and we would be very grateful if you respect this decision. They also recommend warm, practical clothing and sensible footwear for the workshops.

The Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is welcoming a new resident in time for the October half term from 27 October – 4 November which also coincides with Halloween. Aptly named The Pumpkin Patch, this stunning, beautifully coloured Spider is new to the Butterfly farm and will be on display in Minibeast Metropolis. Originating from Colombia, the Spider’s name is derived from its distinctive, brightly coloured orange and yellow abdomen markings. Although fairly small in size, this Spider has plenty of attitude! Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said “The Pumpkin Patch is one of the most colourful spiders we have on display. If you want to be scared this Halloween then come and discover an assortment of spooky Spiders including the Chilean Rose, Mexican Fire Red, Goliath Bird Eating and the Brazilian Fire Red. All our spiders are installed in alarmed tanks and therefore completely safe to view”.

Come to the Ripon Workhouse Museum this half term and meet their ghosts!  Follow stories of their friendly ghosts through the museums, make ghostly finger puppets and meet Punch's witchy mother-in-law during Punch & Judy performances.  Bake Soul Cakes, the Victorian trick or treat and have fun during All Hallow's Eve. Their popular Hallowe'en Party will be on Wednesday 31st October  5pm-7pm - games, best costume competition and Corridor of Terror. Witches, ghosts, vampires and little monsters welcome!

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal are pulling out all the stops this half term. During your visit you can:-

1.            Explore the abbey and garden after dark in Fountains by Floodlight

2.            Can you name all the different leaves you find?

3.            Have some crafty fun in Swanley Grange –detail what you can make

4.            Visit the hens to say hello

5.            Run wild in the play area

6.            Become a wildlife tracker and search for wild deer on the deer watch walk

7.            Spot all four new follies

8.            Explore the apple orchard. How many different apple trees are in there?

9.            Can you find all of the stone bridges in Seven Bridges Valley?

10.          Venture through the dark at Serpentine Tunnel and run through as fast as you can

Don’t miss all the fun!