Things to do with your kids this October half-term 2016

This October half-term, keep your kids entertained, excited, and maybe even (gasp!) informed, with these top activities all over the UK, recommended by Mumsnet Local editors

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Greater London 

Little Voices' Aladdin performing arts week Fulham

24 October - 27 October

Little Voices Fulham invites your child to be transported through a wondrous four days of singing, dancing and acting. Your child will experience performing as part of a cast, make new friends and learn life skills such as teamwork, communication and discipline in a supportive and inclusive environment. 

Future Music workshop Wimbledon

22 October 

Future Music is an exciting, experimental music workshop for children between the ages of six and 12. Previous experience or musical knowledge is not required and all materials and instruments will be provided. 

October half-term festival Herne Hill

24 October - 28 October

The Tales on Moon Lane children's bookshop invites your child to take part in a whole range of activities, including story telling, drawing, colouring and more. No two days of the festival are the same, and there will also be visits from top kids' authors including Zehra Hicks.

Half-term family workshops Herne Hill

24 October - 26 October 

Grab your coat and put on those wellies! Herne Hill community greenhouses are offering up a range of workshops for kids this half-term. They're hosting different events every day, from apple tasting on Monday to a celebration of all things twiggy on Wednesday.

Holiday playscheme Kingston upon Thames

24 October - 28 October

Looking for childcare this half-term? YMCA Hawker welcomes children aged from four to eight and offers indoor and outdoor fun with trips to the park, walks along the river and access to the soft play facilities. Book by the day or for the whole week. 

Wild Play Days Kingston upon Thames

24 October - 26 October

If your child loves jumping in puddles, climbing trees and is naturally curious, then this is the camp for them. YMCA invites you to explore woods, build shelters, discover nature, create woodland art, breathe Mother Nature's good stuff and make the most of the great outdoors.

Club Petit Pierrot - a fun French holiday club Parsons Green

24 October - 28 October

"C'est magnifique!" A magical week inspired by Halloween with fun creative activities and projects such as arts and crafts, cooking, singing, dancing, sporty games, theatre and language games, ending with a fantastic fancy dress party. Bring a packed lunch.

Wimbledon Village fancy dress day Wimbledon Village

23 October

Wimbledon Village stables invites your children to dress up for charity - and your dogs can take part too! There will be a competition for the best child's fancy dress - and best dressed-up dog! As well as a parade of horses and riders in costumes. Fairground rides to complete the family day.

Kids Club Sutton Central

26 October - 28 October 

There is something for everyone at this half-term programme, which runs from Wednesday to Friday. Your children are in for a frightfully good time with the chance to learn the dance moves to Michael Jackson's Thriller and make spooky Halloween masks.

Forest School Family Fun Carshalton

27 October

Do you know your square lashing from your clove hitch? Come and learn some popular Forest School knots that will help you survive in the wilderness! There will also be all the usual Forest School play and exploration activities to enjoy, so your kids can really make the most of the great outdoors. 

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East of England


Norwich science festival Norwich

18 October - 30 October

Enjoy two weeks of fascinating exhibitions, hands-on family activities, inspiring celebrity talks and noisy theatrical shows. All manner of entertaining science-focused experiences will be on offer, such as exploring a scale model of the Large Hadron Collider and star-gazing in an inflatable planetarium.

COSMOS Lowestoft

26 October - 27 October

Engage, play and explore the wonders of science with the COSMOS Roadshow. Hands-on exhibits and shows powered by Cambridge Science Centre make science fun for all the family.


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The North

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Bradford City October half-term football camps Bradford Wide

24 -28 October; two and three-day courses

The camps comprise of fun, games, multi-sports coaching, and football matches in age appropriate groups. Starting off with warm-ups and then coaching based on each group's level of ability, the courses culminate in a World Cup competition and penalty shoot out contest.

24 October

Come and join in a special story and rhyme time during Roundhay and Oakwood Festival. Listen to the Tale of Peter Rabbit and then join in with a variety of nursery rhymes. The event is free, and suitable for under-fives.  

Bilingual half-term activity camp Headingley

24, 26 and 27 October 

Check out Bilingual Camp! There are a wide variety of activities for children between five and 10 years old. A really good opportunity for kids to have fun while learning Spanish.

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The Midlands 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar show Nottingham centre

17 October - 19 October

A fantastic show featuring a menagerie of lovable puppets, which faithfully adapts four of Eric Carle's stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course (the star of the show) The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

25 October 

Music for Everyone has been running music events for young people for over 30 years. Led by experienced tutors, this one-day singing workshop for a variety of age groups will be full of fun singing games and songs with the Big Friendly Sing choir.

Free holiday workshops Hyson Green

25 October - 28 October

Threshold Studios invites your kids to create video artwork to send to digital penpals in Cuba. Learn new film skills and work with professional artists to tell stories, while sharing experiences of what life is like in Nottingham with young people living in South America.

Spooky night at ThinkTank Birmingham centre

29 October
The museum turns into a spooky party for all mad scientists, witches and wizards to come together and have some fun. Come along in fancy dress and see the spectacular Science of Fright show, where making a monster is all a matter of choosing the right ingredients.

Carnival of the animals Edgbaston

22 October
Feel the music and get creative! Listen to a live performance of Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals and draw along with award-winning author-artist, James Mayhew.

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South East 

Spooky Science Guildford

24 October

Join in a hands-on workshop with slime, gunk and other spooky stuff! Children are encouraged to explore equipment and real world science materials that they would not usually see.

Half-term Halloween family fun at Garsons Esher

24 October - 30 October

Monster hunting, creepy colouring and plenty of home-grown pumpkins for picking... Halloween is coming to Garsons of Esher this half-term and you're invited! Hop on your broomsticks and join in the Monster Hunt for a chance to win cool prizes - and much more.

20 October - 30 October

Pumpkin Moon has planted over 13 varieties of pumpkins ready for you to pick your own. Have fun finding your perfect pumpkin, they will be great for carving, painting or just using as decorations for your home. Come along in fancy dress and you could win a prize!

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South West

Museums Week Bath

22 October - 30 October

22 different venues host a range of activities for everyone to get involved in. From The Big Draw at Victoria Art Gallery, and learning Latin at the Roman Baths, to designing your own leggings at the Fashion Museum.

Marty Macdonald's Toy Machine Swanage

26 October

See a brand new show featuring the voice of CBeebies' Justin Fletcher (AKA Mr Tumble!) as Pongo the Pig in a fun, interactive adventure to save the day and give the world back its toys! There is also a special cast meet and greet after the show.

Frozen-themed fun time Bournemouth

25 October

Come dressed as your favourite Frozen character and take over Gallones ice cream parlour. Entry includes an Olaf themed ice cream, colouring, entertainment and a film. There are prizes to be won for the best costumes, so get creative!

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October half-term at Parc Cardiff Bay

24 October - 28 October

Come down to Parc this half-term for some spooky fun, where the team will be hosting some top quality Halloween-themed activities including story sessions, treasure hunts, colouring competitions and lots, lots more.

Wild in the Woods Club Bangor

25 October - 27 October

Three full days of magical Forest School-based play schemes for children aged eight and up. Join in a whole host of activities including campfire cooking, den challenges, games, bushcraft skills and more.

A Really Revolting Half-term Newport

24 October - 29 October

The Riverfront will be offering a huge range of activities to keep your kids entertained, all of which are inspired by Roald Dahl. From sewing to rhyming, poetry workshops to circus skills, there is something to cater for all tastes, ages and abilities.

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