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What To Do This Half Term In Northern England – October 2016

Written by Louise Winter


It’s October and the kids are off so it’s time to get out and about and enjoy some autumn sunshine. This half term there are some fantastic events taking place at an attraction near you and here’s my list of things NOT to miss!

sunbullet  Frightwater Valley; Lightwater Valley, North Yorkshire
27th – 30th October

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There are a variety of spooky activities planned for the half term and Halloween at Lightwater Valley. If you’re feeling brave then head to frightwater valley for a spooktacular experience! Be warned – the darker the night, the scarier the fright!
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sunbullet Oxygen FreeJumping, Manchester
50% off this Half Term!

Kids will love a visit to this brilliant indoor trampoline park, where they can bounce sky high in open jump sessions and burn off lots of excess energy! There are soft walls surrounding over a hundred trampolines and lots of trained staff available to assist. Smaller kids aged 5 and under even have their own special bounce sessions! Book Here

sunbullet  Illuminasia; Blackpool

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A fantastic all-weather attraction where you will find worlds of illuminated fantasy,  there are different zones which include ‘The Deep’ where you will see sharks, and jellyfish, as well as bugs, beasts and plants in ‘The Land of Giants’.
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sunbullet  Halloween Spooktacular; Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre, Sheffield
22nd – 31st October

For a fun-filled half term day out this is the place to visit with the kids. Meet all sorts of Halloween characters on a haunted hayride, wicked witches will be on hand to entertain you during spooktacular free-flying bird show, and not forgetting plenty of pumpkin carving! Find out more.

sunbulletSpoo- Quay! Hartlepool Maritime Museum
28th & 29th Oct 5.30-9pm

Things are getting spoo-quay in the evenings,  this Halloween at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience. There will be creepy crawlies to hold, Mr Twister the magician, craft workshops, storytelling on board HMS Trincomalee, refreshments and more. There is also an awesome pumpkin competition! Tickets £5
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sunbullet  The Halloween Adventure at Stockeld Park; Wetherby, West Yorkshire
24th September – 31st October

This half term families can enjoy a whole week of ghastly ghoulish activities from pumpkin carving to meeting wicked witches down in the woods. Meet the Reptile Rangers who are ready to introduce you to some very Creepy Creatures and Magic Mal will be there to entertain you with his spooktastic magic shows! Find out more.

sunbullet  Manchester United Museum & Tour; Old Trafford, Manchester

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Treat your little Red Devil to an unforgettable day out at the Manchester United Museum and Tour. Learn all about one of the biggest football clubs in the world and follow in the footsteps of your favourite player as you walk out from the player’s tunnel. Find out more. 

sunbulletThe Beatles Story; Albert Dock, Liverpool

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Take the kids to the Beatles Story Museum and show them what they missed out on! There are interactive activities to entertain the kids as well as regular workshops, where your little ones will learn all about one of the world’s most famous bands!
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sunbullet  Half Term Zoo Club; Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, Ponteland, Tyne and Wear
24th – 28th October

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity for your child to be a zoo keeper this half-term! Kids can help feed and train the animals and so much more! Best suited to children aged between 9 and 15, you can either book for the day or the entire week. Find out more.

sunbullet  Derwent Water; Keswick, Cumbria

If you’re looking for a beautiful day out for the whole family this October half term, Derwent water is a free, beautiful place to visit. Fed by the River Derwent this magnificent lake is a very beautiful place for a family to pay a visit and enjoy a walk or bike ride around its stunning shores. Take a lake cruise or visit the lovely town of nearby Keswick with its shops and boutiques. Find out more.

sunbullet  Ghostly Goings-on at Eureka! National Children’s Museum, Halifax, West Yorkshire
22nd – 31st October

If you aren’t afraid of ghosts, head to the National Children’s Museum and join the ghostbuster on a ghastly ghosty tour through the museum to track down and hopefully capture some old souls! Visit the haunted mansion to explore your spookier side and hear some scary-ish stories, too. You can also get involved in some creepy crafts and get dancing to some truly terrifying tunes every single day during the half term. Find out more.

sunbullet  Autumn Glory; Harewood House, Leeds
22nd – 30th October

Celebrate this beautiful time of year with all the family and enjoy some brilliant autumn themed outdoors activities which include a woodland trail, talks about various bird species, and a forage through the woods. Indoors, everyone can enjoy make tasty biscuits to take home with them. Find out more.

sunbullet Go Ape! Grizedale, Cumbria

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Bring the tribe to this exciting outdoor Go Ape course, set on the side of a hill it feels seriously high up! The course will let you fly over 200m across the top of Grizedale Beck and you will get to see a great view of the forest canopy. Some of the stats about the course: 6 sections, longest zip wire 275 metres, total length 908m and the highest point will be 19 metres. Get a FREE £10 Frankie and Benny’s voucher when you spend £30 with Picniq!

I hope this gives you some inspiration of things to do with the kids this half-term. Don’t forget, visit our website Picniq for more ideas of where to take the children and share your wonderful snaps on our Facebook,Twitter and Instagram pages!





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