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16 things to do with kids this half term

Halloween Half Term at Godstone Farm 
■ Godstone Farm, Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone ■ Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct

More Halloween fun at Godstone Farm this week than you can swish your wand at including crafts and games, pumpkin carving, a spooky quiz and face painting. All week, there’s free messy play, slime making and an outdoor mud kitchen. The farm also has a pick your own pumpkin from the field, and best fancy dress competitions. The Spooktacular Low Bangs Fireworks Display – suitable for younger kids – is on Sat 27 Oct. You’ll have to book though – which you can do here.

Spooky Halloween Half Term Trail
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 20 – Wed 31 Oct

Photo courtesy of National Trust Images

Explore the woods and countryside at Polesden Lacey on the Spooky Halloween Trail. Mrs Greville, owner of Polesden Lacey, buried all her beloved dogs in a pet cemetery here many years ago, each with their favourite toy – and the aim of this trail is to reunite the ghosts of long-gone pets with their toy. It might get muddy so welly boots would be a good idea. It’s suitable for children age 4-11 yrs. The cost is £3 a child.

Halloween Activity Week at Birdworld
■ Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham ■ Mon 22 – Fri 26 Oct

Feel your hair stand on end and a shiver down your spine as you walk through the creepy corridors of Birdworld’s unique Halloween Grotto. Make specially themed arts and crafts, take part in face painting, follow a spooky activity trail and take a ride on the park’s Halloween Train Ride to learn about some of the gruesome habits of the larger birds! Activities are on between 11am-4pm, although the park is open from 10am-6pm.

■ Dandelion Theatre Arts, Leatherhead Theatre ■ Thurs 25 and Fri 26 Oct

Spend two days learning the of the unique choreography of this fabulous production then perform your routines to your fans in full makeup and costume on the final day. It promises to be Wicked! It’s kids aged 7 and up, and runs from 9.30am-3pm each day. Costumes and make-up all supplied.

Half term family fun
■ Brooklands Museum, Weybridge  ■ Mon 22 – Fri 26 Oct

There’s plenty going at Brooklands Museum this half term to keep even the most avid fan of planes, cars and busses happy. Take a trip in a vintage-style car up Test Hill and along the Members’ Banking old Race Track, or hop on a bus ride and tour the local area from the London Bus Museum at Brooklands. Step inside the Brooklands Aircraft Factory and Flight Shed and find out about 80 years of flying, testing and manufacture at the immersive exhibition space. Kids can also experience supersonic flight on special Kids’ Tours on the Concorde. For the youngsters, there will be free pedal planes to try, the chance to meet Bertie Bear the Brooklands mascot and the free drop-in workshop where kids can make their own poppy.

Hallowe’en Scream Train
■ Bluebell Railway ■ Wed 24 – Sun 28 Oct

Meet Brigid the witch and her hapless sidekick Brian the wizard for fiendish fun and games at Horsted Keynes station when you journey on the Scream Train from Sheffield Park and back. Tickets are £16 but you can use the code MSH18 for a 50% Muddy discount on child fares! Check out too the new SteamWorks interactive area at Sheffield Park station, plus kids go for just a quid on regular ‘third class’ services over the break.

Fright Nights
■ Thorpe Park, Thorpe ■ Fri 5 – Wed 31 Oct

Photography by Daniel Lewis/ Thorpe Park

The 17th annual Fright Nights season returns to Thorpe Park with seven new intense live-action scare mazes and horror zones, including The Walking Dead: Do or Die and Vulcan Peak. Also new this year is the Screamplexx 4D, showing short indie horror films. Advance booking is recommended.

Witches and Wizards Week at Bocketts Farm
■ Bocketts Farm, Young Street, Fetcham, nr Leatherhead ■ Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct

Aside from their famous pig races, there’s plenty going on at Bocketts Farm this half term. The Reptile Roadshow will get you up close and personal with all manner of creepy crawlies, there will be daily shows by the wonderfully wicked Wizard Magician, a spooktacularly fun trail around the farm, a craft corner and full programme of fun farm activities with animal handling, goat milking, tractor rides, pony rides and pig racing! And you can get your halloween pumpkin at the farm, too.

Half term fun
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Tues 23 – Sun 28 Oct

Half term activities at Watts Gallery have been inspired by the current exhibition by James Henry Pullen (which is on at the gallery until 28 October). Free activities include Fantasy Ships, where kids will make a ship inspired by the curious ships carved by Pullen (23-28 Oct, drop-in 10am-4pm) and Amazing Inventors, where kids will cut and stick illustrations of 19th century machinery to create their own bizarre machines (23-26 Oct, drop-in 10am-4pm). At the Mini-Cyborgs workshop, which must be pre-booked (£9.50 per child, ages 8-12), kids will get to make themselves into a mini mechanical cyborg. It’s on from Oct 23-28 at 10.30am or 2pm.

Halloween Workshops
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Tues 23 – Fri 26 Oct

Photograph courtesy of The Lightbox

Plenty going on at The Lightbox this half term with a week of Halloween-themed workshops and activities for children. Free drop-in craft workshops are on Wed 24 (Paper Pumpkins) and Fri 26 Oct (Halloween Cork Bats) from 1.30pm, and book-ahead workshops are on Tues 23 Oct for kids aged 5-8 (Halloween Haunted House, where kids will make their own haunted house, £8 child) and Thurs 25 Oct (Papier Mâché Sculpture) for kids aged 8-12 at a cost of £8 a child.

Watts Late: Imaginarium
■ Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, Compton ■ Sat 27 Oct

Part of the Museums at Night events, there’s plenty going on at Imaginarum – including theatre performances and workshops – all inspired by the inventiveness of James Henry Pullen. The Gallery’s Tea Shop will also be open for food.

Beast Quest
■ Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey ■ Sat 20 – Sun 28 Oct

Meet phoenixes, dragons, wizards, griffins and all manner of mythical creatures as Beast Quest – the best-selling fantasy children’s book serious and gaming brand – takes over Henry’s former gaff. The palace will be transformed into a mythical Beast Quest world in this interactive experience which pits families against a host of magical beasts. The Beast Quest experience takes about 1hr 15mins, and is included in palace admission.

Spooky Halloween Half Term Trail
■ Polesden Lacey, Great Bookham ■ Sat 20 – Wed 31 Oct

Photo courtesy of National Trust Images

Explore the woods and countryside at Polesden Lacey on the Spooky Halloween Trail. Mrs Greville, owner of Polesden Lacey, buried all her beloved dogs in a pet cemetery here many years ago, each with their favourite toy – and the aim of this trail is to reunite the ghosts of long-gone pets with their toy. The cost is £3 a child.

Brick or Treat at Legoland

■ Legoland, Windsor ■ Thurs 18 Oct – Fri 2 Nov

Lifesize Lego Halloween figures dracula orange lego brick with lashes and witches hat and frankenstein

Legoland’s Brick or Treat has been going for years but new for 2018 are the Brick or Treat Halloween Trail (find the missing potion ingredients round the park to win a treat), the Spooky Hill Train plus a Halloween themed Lego Mosaic. There’s also a monster disco, rides, shows and fireworks displays with exploding lego bricks (or so it seems when you wear the special specs). Take my top tip and start at the back of the park and make your way forward – you’ll miss the most monstrous queues, trust me.

The Spooky Magic Show
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Sat 27 Oct

Magic Mr Steve and his faithful friend Rufus the dog bring their spooky magic show to Camberley – with amazing magic tricks, spooky special effects and hilarious puppets. It’s for ages 4 and up.

Mavericks Day Camp
■ Woodmansterne Primary School, Banstead ■ Mon – Fri

This is a book ’em in, boot ’em out for the day deal! A cross between Swallows & Amazons and Bear Grylls, it’s perfect for adventurous types, with camping, nature trails, orienteering, ball games, scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, quad-biking and archery. And at £40 for a one day pass, £120 for three-days or £185 for a week there’s no reason not to get them off their screens and back to nature?

My Gym Dance Camp
■ My Gym, Wallington ■ Wed 24 Oct

If you’re after a couple of hours off from the kids, have a look at the drop-off camps at My Gym in Wallington. This half term there’s a dance camp, ideal for kids aged 3-8. They’ll learn different dance genres, rhythmic gymnastics, cheerleading, make glowsticks, eat pizza, do gymnastics, fly down our zip wire and perform a routine for the parents! It’s from 12pm to 2.30pm. Sounds just about perfect. And on Fri 2 Nov, it’s Halloween Fright Night from 5.30-8.30pm for ages 5-13.

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