Yay, it’s October half term! If you’re looking for things to do with the family this coming Halloween break, then look no further: here’s our guide to the top 8 things to do during the October half term in Bath. Trick or treat, there’s something for everyone!
1. Enrol in witch and wizard school
If they’re Harry Potter mad, then Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park’s dedicated witch and wizard school will definitely get the October half term off to a flying start. After being sorted into the correct house, they’ll receive a wizard or witch’s hat before a spot of slime making in ‘Potions’ class, followed by wand practice. Rumour has it there might even be a broomstick or two involved…can your little wizard or witch pass their flying course and get their Flying Licence? It’s a popular one this, so best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
2. Follow the witches’ trail
A coven of witches has scattered some Halloween potions around Prior Park Garden – can you follow the trail and claim your prize? Just one of several Halloween-inspired activities happening at various National Trust venues in and around Bath this October half term! Dyrham Park has its own gory trail, set in and around the beautiful parkland, while over on the Bath Skyline, Wednesday 29 October sees a morning of autumnal fun at the Woodland Play Area with the aptly-named Batty Hallowe’en event. Full details below.
3. Meet Count Dracula
Dracula, Dorian Gray and Frankenstein’s monster are all reportedly hiding out at Cheddar Gorge and Caves this October half term…but what do they want and why are they there? Unravel the mystery as you explore the secret caverns and hidden chambers underground in this superb, immersive experience. You never know who you might meet along the way…
4. Explore a haunted house…if you dare
Longleat has some great autumnal events taking place this October half term, including apple pressing and pumpkin carving. But if you’re feeling really brave, try a spine-chilling tour of Longleat House itself, with your very own ghoulish guide leading you through darkened corridors, spooky cellars and eerie attics in search of the legendary ghost of Lady Louisa Carteret (allegedly still roaming the hallowed rooms of the House today). Round it all off with a spectacular fireworks display, set to music, for a spooktastic day to remember.
5. Admire the autumn colours
If you prefer to leave the ghouls and ghosts behind, then pull on your walking shoes, pack a rucksack and head to Stourhead. Always impressive, the gardens are looking particularly beautiful at the moment, ablaze with autumn colour. A wonderful team of volunteers lead daily walks around the gardens at 11am and 1.30pm. Starting at the visitor’s reception, these last around an hour and finish up at the lakeside, leaving you plenty of time to continue on around the garden and enjoy the rest of Stourhead at your own pace. Get there early, though, as spaces are limited to just 25.
6. Sing along to The Jersey Boys
Smash hit show, The Jersey Boys, lands at the Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday 30 October. The true-life story behind Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, this highly acclaimed musical has already racked up an impressive 57 major awards worldwide. Running at the Hippodrome until 17 November, tickets for both evening and matinee performances throughout October half term week are still available.
7. Become an archaeologist for the day
October half term coincides with Museums Week here in Bath, with plenty of fun and informative activities taking place over half term. We especially like the sound of Discovery Day at Bath Abbey, a hands-on workshop for 7-11 year olds, aimed at shedding some light on the important work carried out by the Abbey’s team of super-talented archaeologists.
8. Get creative
Last but by no means least, calling all superheroes! The Makery (recently relocated to its shiny new home in Milsom Place) is running a workshop on Tuesday 30 October, dedicated to helping your little one create the perfect superhero mask and cape. For older children, check out the Funky Art House at The Old Malthouse on Upper Bristol Road, a real working artists’ studio which runs its own October half term art club with pumpkin decorating and pine hedgehog-making among the many treats in store this October.
https://themakery.co.uk/products/kids-make-superhero-masks-and-capes or http://www.funkyarthouse.co.uk/october-half-term-workshop-2018-ages-7-14/