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What To Do This Half Term In The Midlands – 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!

sunbulletSpooky Spectacular! West Midland Safari Park
1st -31st October

Enjoy all the fun of West Midland Safari Park, alongside their Spooky Halloween events! Follow the scarecrow trail and catch a creepy prize, watch a spooky show and join in with the ‘Creepy Critters’ encounter. During Half Term the park will be open from 9am-9pm with last entry at 8pm.
Full of family fun, spooky shows and a scarecrow trail, where kids can search for the scarecrows and earn their spooky prize! Find out more

sunbullet Oxygen FreeJumping, Derby
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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 one 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

sunbulletWonderful World of Planes and Trains, Birmingham
22-30th October

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With something different to do each day during half term, your little ones will definitely have a bucket full of fun! From book signing to model making sessions and a ‘spooky spotters’ activity on the 29th & 30th. Bring your witches and wizards along in their fancy dress for a spooktacular time! Book tickets here

sunbullet  Spook-tacular Halloween; Drayton Manor Theme Park, Tamworth, Staffordshire
15th – 30th October

For a Halloween that promises to give more treats than tricks, Dayton Manor Theme Park has it all covered this Halloween! With creepy arts and crafts, spooky sweet treats, pumpkin donuts and so much more, your little red devils are guaranteed a spooktacular Halloween! In the middle of all the Halloween madness, you can also enjoy a weekend of watching the sky be lit up by beautiful fireworks. It is guaranteed to be a wonderful, action packed half term with so many things to do in one place! Find out more.

sunbullet  Trick and Treat Week at Gullivers World, Gullivers Land and Gullivers Kingdom: Milton Keynes, Matlock and Warrington
22nd – 30th October

It’s Trick or Treat Week at Gulliver’s so bring the family along for some spooky fun including the Trick and Treat! Kids will love attending ‘Scare School’ and joining in with a Wicked Costume Party. Don’t forget to bring you little ghosts and ghouls dressed in their spook-tastic best! Find out more.

sunbullet  Haddon at Halloween; Haddon Hall, Derbyshire
22nd – 31st October

There is plenty of fun to be had at Haddon Hall this half term and Halloween. There will be a family trail open throughout the holiday with story-telling and plenty of other fun things to do too! On the 29th and 30th of October you can join in some creepy crafts making decorations to make your own home extra spooky, and on the 30th and 31st of October you can complete your costume with hand painting. Find out more.

sunbullet  Tricks and Tonics; Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire
22nd – 28th October

A whole lot of thrilling tricks and tasty treats await your little ones this Halloween half term at Bolsover Castle. Allow your little monsters to get busy with the potion master learning how to make their very own potions at home! There will also be an opportunity for the little ones to show off their spooktacular costumes, and find out who will win the fancy dress competition? Find out more.

sunbullet  Spooky Science; National Space Centre, Leicester
15th – 30th October

This is a wonderful day out that educates too! For a limited time only, the space centre will be spooked out! If you’re brave enough for spooky science, then visit the space centre this October half term, for action packed thrills and shrills! Find out more.

sunbullet  Family Scream Park; Twinlakes Park, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
15th – 31st October

Twinlakes offers a fangtasticly fun time at Halloween. Over 20,000 free pumpkins are grown for the little ones to carve or paint. There are magnificent prizes and wicked Halloween workshops like a broomstick flying masterclass and meeting Marty the friendly Monster! This is a fun place to be for the whole family, which will leave you pleasantly surprised and shrieking with smiles and laughter! Find out more. 

sunbullet  The Haunted Castle; Warwick Castle; Warwickshire
22nd – 31st October

For ten action packed, spooky days Warwick castle is the place to be! With wonderous witches and horrible histories it is guaranteed to be a spooky affair! The haunted castle promises fearful levels of fun for all ages during the day and a high-as-the-sky fright factor until 9pm as the castle remains open after dark. Find out more.

sunbullet  Spooky Spectacular; West Midlands Safari Park, Worcestershire
1st – 31st October

Autumn is here, but there is still fun to be had this half-term with lots of ghostly goings on, spooky shows, and not forgetting the scarecrow trail! Don’t forget to visit the new exhibit ‘Land of the Living Dinosaurs’… after dark if you dare! Find out more.

sunbullet  A Frightsome Halloween; Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire
22nd – 30th October

Tatton Park is packed with loads of fun things to do for the whole month of October – with a frightsome Halloween as the most prominent, there is also an Autumn Deer Walk taking place on Tuesday 18th and Wednesday 19th October, storytelling and a food and gift fair! This is definitely packed with something to do for every member of the family over half term and Halloween! Find out more.

sunbullet  Halloween Spooktacular; Cadbury World, Birmingham
22nd – 30th October

This Halloween half term you can take the kids to enjoy a sweet and spooky time out, with plenty of eerie entertainment and creepy competitions for the best fancy dress! Booking beforehand is essential. Find out more.

sunbullet  Spooky Seas; The National Sea Life Centre, Birmingham
22nd – 31st October

This year for Halloween the Sea Life Centre will transport you on a spooky underwater themed event where you will learn all about the creatures of the deep blue sea. There is plenty of fun to be had and talks exclusively for this underwater event, and much more. Keep your eyes and ears open! Find out more.

sunbullet  Meet the Experts: The Wildlife Trust; Thinktank Science Museum, Birmingham

This October half term you will definitely not be bored at the Think tank Science Museum as there is a variety of things happening. On the 24th of October only, join the Birmingham Black Country Wildlife Trust for a day of fun for half-term, then again, on the 26th of October! On the 29th of October the museum turns into a spooky party, where all of the mad scientists, witches and wizards can come together for a spooky night never to forget! Find out more.

sunbullet Go Ape! Cannock Chase, Staffordshire

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With 5 sections, 38 crossings and the longest zip wire being a massive 260 metres, Go Ape is sure to get the adrenaline going! Other activities include Forest Segway you can go off exploring the forest on the latest in green technology, easy to use and lots of fun. Get a FREE £10 Frankie and Benny’s voucher when you spend £30 with Picniq!

I hope this gives you some inspiration for 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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