Things to do this half-term 20/10


Things to do this half-term 20/10

What's on and where to go this half term

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By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on

What's on and where to go this half term

By Kuba Shand-Baptiste on
  • Get ready for halloween

    Halloween, as you’ll be well aware, is right around the corner. If your teenagers are stuck for inspiration for this year’s celebrations, or fancy picking up new zombie-esque dance moves, Aberdeen Maritime Museum’s Teen Halloween Scream will probably be right up their street. Face-paint company Ulianka will transform you into your favourite Halloween characters, while City Comic Con provides the props and latex wounds. What’s not to love? The event, suitable for 13- to 16-year-olds, runs from 5:30pm-7:30pm on October 27. Get your tickets here.


    Fierce Festival’s Crazy But True – a rolling installation featuring seven- to 11-year-old "experts" tasked with relaying facts as they hear it (they receive the information through headsets) – may be aimed at children, but it genuinely sounds like fun. It’s free, suitable for ages seven and up, and just one of many insightful events at the 2017 Fierce Festival in Birmingham. Click here for more information on the event, which runs from 1pm-5pm on October 22.

  • Get a slice of Jamaica

    Whether or not half term means something to you this week, there’s no reason you can’t have a little child-free fun before it kicks off. Wray & Nephew launched their Yard Shop pop-up in Shoreditch yesterday and it’ll be open to the public from 11am-5:30pm until October 21. If you’re a fan of Jamaican food, drink and culture, do yourself a favour and take yourself down there.

  • See a firework display

    We have a bit of a way to go before Bonfire Night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good firework display two weeks in a row. The Fireworks Spectacular show at Beaulieu in Hampshire’s New Forest will be set to a Broadway theme, starting at 7:30pm on October 28. But you’re free to enjoy fairground rides and live entertainment if you get there early. Get tickets here, which start at £13 for adults and £8 for children.

  • Visit one of London’s best attractions

    When the kids are off school, indulging in textbook half-term activities can often end up being the most fun. The Tower of London is one such example. From marvelling at the Crown Jewels and learning about the tower’s infamous prison, to taking part in The Big Draw, there’s no shortage of activities for you and your kids to enjoy this half term. For tickets, click here.

  • Reacquaint yourself with nautre

    Strangford Lough in Northern Ireland boasts scenery that’s breathtaking enough to keep most people occupied on its own, but this weekend there are two activities that wildlife fans are sure to love. For a free photographic exhibition and talks on local wildlife, head to Life On The Lough from 10am-12pm on October 21. For those of you who like to explore, head to Brent Watch from 11:30am-1:30pm for the chance to spot wild animals, including wildfowl, geese and seals. Rangers will be on site to provide information on animals.

  • Be a comic artist for a day

    Few children can say they’ve played a part in creating their own comic book, but it’s possible, thanks to the arrival of Illustrating Futures at the Tate Liverpool this month. The University of Liverpool and Comics Youth collaboration project for people aged eight to 25 will be putting on comic-book- and zine-creating workshops aimed at improving literacy and self-expression until October 22. For more information about this free event, click here.

  • Discover new East Asian film

    In the two years since the London East Asian Film Festival was established, it has become a force in pushing the boundaries of East Asian film. Returning to London for its biggest festival yet, from October 19-29, this year’s programme features a collection of women-led narratives, the celebration of 100 years in Japanese animation and a special sound-of-cinema concert from award-winning film composer Bang Jun-Seok. This isn’t strictly for the kids, so if you’re looking for an excuse to escape the mayhem of half term for a few hours, look no further.

  • Channel your inner scientist

    The Manchester Science Festival has been sharing the joys and wonders of science since 2013 and, as usual, there are countless activities for families. Families can create their own “scribble bot” and learn about the similarities between insect and robot behaviour, take part in countless activities with some of the world’s pioneering engineers and scientists, or explore the museum’s 3D-mapped AquAIRium. The festival runs from Saturday October 21 until Sunday October 22. Click here to find out what else the day has to offer.

  • Book now for later

    Drawing wild animals may sound tame on the face of it, but when you’ve got to do it with snakes, wolves or mini-beasts mere feet away from you, it puts a new spin on the hobby. Ahead of October 31, Wild Life Drawing is putting on a Halloween special programme, with classes in London and Brighton running from October 24-28. If snakes and creepy-crawlies aren’t your thing, there’s a class dedicated to the movement of mammals, featuring meerkats, rabbits and hedgehogs. Age restrictions range from class to class, with eight years old being the earliest age that children can take part. Learn more here.

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