Things To Do In October Half Term 2021

Things To Do In October Half Term 2021

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When October Half Term is here there is a good chance that you are probably looking for some ideas too keep the kids entertained now that they are not at school.

As the UK continues to open up again in 2021 there is lots to do this October across the UK. Whether you like adventure, the theatre, a movie or to get into the great outdoors there is something for everyone.

A Taste For Adventure

Kids can try something new at The Bear Grylls Adventure Birmingham; choose from iFLY, Dive, High Ropes, Archery, Escape Rooms, Climb and have a go on a Royal Marines-inspired Assault Course.

Suitable for children aged 8 and above, and activities must be pre-booked.

Things To Do Inn October Half Term

Have A Spooky Day Out For Halloween

As Halloween falls during half term week, it is a fantastic opportunity to do some goulishly fun things! How about these Spooky Days Out For Halloween at some spine-chilling locations across the UK?

Or if you fancy travelling further afield, you could visit Salem, Transylvania or even Hell....

Cinema Is Back!

Cinemas in the UK have reopened and there is a full programme of kids and family movies showing, including Hotel Transylvania (very appropriate), Thomas & Friends, Boss Baby 2 and the 20th anniversary re-release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. What's on at the Cinema for October Half Term

The National Trust

National Trust Half term Activities

The National Trust have an exciting programme of Halloween and autumn themed activities at many of their properties for the school half term holidays.

Follow a wildlife trail, discover historical stories or get creative with natural materials.  Join in at family events across the country this October half-term. Find out more

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EYE Cymru

Marvel at an immersive and uplifting experience like no other at the world premiere of EYE Cymru at Cardiff Castle this October. It's a fully immersive, two hour performance of spectacular laser projection by Chris Levine, harmonised to beautiful elevating sound, specially composed for the event by Robert Del Naja, Gruff Rhys and Nick Mulvey.

The Big Draw

The Big Draw is a festival of drawing held during the month of October. This year there is a combination of live workshops and online events

This year's theme is Drawing Changes Lives. Whether it's used by a child expressing emotion or a professional designing our world, drawing changes lives everyday. Find out about all the events at

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English Heritage

Grab your broomsticks for a ghoulishly great day out at English Heritage's Halloween Events taking place across the country this October.

Need fiendish family fun to entertain your little monsters? Try a new adventure trail inspired by Cressida Cowell’s bestselling Wizards of Once series, or head out after dark on a spooky woodland walk. Plus English Heritage have creepy castles galore to visit too.

Get Your Skates On!

Christmas skating rinks are back for winter 2021, and lots of them are opening in time for you to take the kids for some October half term fun. Find your nearest Christmas Ice Skating rink and at some of them you can also enjoy snacks, hot drinks or even a Christmas Market.

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If All Else Fails...

Well if the worst comes to the worst, you can always choose from one of these 100 Screen-Free Things To Do on a Rainy Day and try out some crafts, put on a play, make up a story or learn a new game.

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