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Half term heroes: 20 things to do with kids

Half term is coming! But what to do with the little monsters? Here are 20 fabulous things to do with kids and teens.

Boy picking pumpkins at Secretts Farmshop, Milford, Surrey
Pumpkin week at Secretts Farm in Milford. Photo credit: Maresa Smith

Pumpkin Week
■ Secretts of Milford ■ Sat 24 Oct – Sat 31 Oct

Pick your own pumpkins at Secretts in Milford and take part in children’s activities. Entry is £2 per person (to be booked in advance). Pumpkins are priced according to size. secretts.co.uk

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Watts Academy Clay Club
■ Online ■ Sat 24 Oct to Sun 1 Nov

Play with clay and learn new skills, techniques and processes inspired by the work of Mary Watts through this series of online artist videos. Collect your clay and all the materials you need in advance from the Artists’ Village, before setting up your own studio at home. Open to all ages – particularly suited to 11-17 year olds. wattsgallery.org.uk

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Dragons at Painshill
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Huge dragons have taken over the gardens at Painshill, and children will be able to release their inner knight as they take on the quest to protect the Crystal Grotto from all the dragons, hidden throughout the 158-acre landscape. The perfect way to capture the imagination of little ones, and blow of some energy in the outdoors. Pre-booked tickets only. painshill.co.uk

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Halloween at Godstone Farm
■ Godstone Farm, Godstone ■ Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Halloween will be a spooky affair at Godstone Farm this year. Grab a pumpkin and carve your own creepy creation, then follow the mysterious clues around the farm to be in with a chance of winning some magical prizes. And, don’t forget to visit the animals along with the way. godstonefarm.co.uk

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Witches and Wizards Week
■ Bocketts Farm Park, near Leatherhead ■ Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Half-term activities at Bocketts include a Reptile Roadshow, Science and Slime Shows, a Spooktacularly Fun Trail and a visit to the Pumpkin Village. There are also tractor and trailer rides and a chance to meet the guinea pigs and rabbits. It’s from 10am-5.30pm every day. Pre-booking tickets are a must. bockettsfarm.co.uk

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 Watts at Home – Enchanted Woodland
■ Online ■ Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

Free printable activity sheets and online tutorials are released each day with art and crafts activities. wattsgallery.org.uk

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NT Live Encore – Frankenstein
■ The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill ■ Fri 30 Oct

A Halloween half term calls for some spooky cinema, and this production filmed live on stage in 2011, became an international sensation. It’s directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. harlequintheatre.co.uk

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Aqua Sports Company – Camps and Clinics
■ Mercers Country Park, Redhill ■ various time and dates Mon 26 – Thurs 30 Oct

Get your kids out on the lake at Mercers Country Park this half term for fun water-based activities. There’s a plenty on offer – from two-day dinghy sailing, paddlesports and windsurfing workshops (26-27 Oct) to half-day multi-sport activity camps. aquasports.co.uk

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Extreme Wild & Wild Kids
■ Wild Wood Adventures, Guildford ■ ongoing

Unleash your inner Tarzan at the UK’s most extreme treetop and zipline adventure. There’s Extreme Wild, an adventure of rope bridges, wobbly crossings, tightropes, climbing challenges, obstacles and 15 metre-high ziplines, aimed at kids aged 11 and over. For younger dare devils, there’s Wild Kids – aimed at kids from 6-12 – it’s easy enough to be fun, but tricky enough for a sense of achievement. wildwood-adventure.com

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Half term gymnastics camps
■ The Little Gym, Godalming ■ Mon 26 – Fri 30 Oct

If you’ve got a Duracell bunny, it’s the Little Gym to the rescue. The brilliant team will take your 3-12 year olds off your hands, send them on exciting missions around the gym – running, rolling, swinging. Book as little or as much as you want or need – the themed sessions change each week. School is out but the fun is on (and you don’t have to worry about the weather). godalming.thelittlegym.eu

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Little Street
■ Little Street, Frimley & West Byfleet ■ ongoing

This imaginative indoor play centre is a brilliant option for littlies – it’s a grown-up world in miniature that will really get their imaginations going. If you haven’t been yet, it’s well worth a visit. little-street.co.uk

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Skywalk Treetop Adventure
■ Skywalk Adventure, Esher ■ ongoing

Take it outside and way up high at the Skywalk Adventure in Esher, a treetop course full of zip wires, barrel crawls and fun activities. There are two courses to test your balance and bravery – both of differing heights – which makes it a great adventure day out for all ages. There’s a minimum age of 8 years and 1.3 metres. skywalkadventure.co.uk

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Brick or Treat
■ Legoland, Windsor ■ Thurs 15 Oct – Sun 8 Nov 

I’ve run out of jokes about Brick or Treat – that’s how long this Legoland event has been running! Lots of spooky(ish) additions to the park, plus new for 2020, there’s a new dance extravaganza The Haunted Lighthouse Halloween Show and a new scary character, Scarecrow. legoland.co.uk

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Fright Night Fearstival
■ Thorpe Park, Thorpe ■ Fri 16 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

A dead cert hit with adrenaline junkie teens, it’s the 19th annual Fright Night at Thorpe Park. Expect thrilling rollercoaster rides, spooks, ghouls and social distancing. Recommended for ages 13+. thorpepark.com

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Horrific Halloween
■ Haslemere Museum ■ Thurs 29 Oct

Join in this Halloween themed arts and craft session. BYO pumpkin to carve in the garden It’s on between 11am and 4pm and session times must be booked in advance. haslemeremuseum.co.uk

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AND FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST . . .

two blonde girls kicking autumn leaves at National Trust venue
Photo credit: National Trust / John Millar

Autumn family fun
■ Polesden Lacey, Bookham ■ Throughout Oct and Nov

Help create art installations using autumn leaves inspired by the landscape and wildlife at Polesden Lacey. Try a new self-led fungi foray around the gardens and wider estate and discover fun facts about the power of mushrooms as you roam the woodlands. The party rooms of the mansion are also open daily until 31 October. nationaltrust.org.uk/polesden-lacey

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Half term at Claremont
■ Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher ■ Throughout Oct and Nov

Escape outdoors this autumn at Claremont and enjoy beautiful vistas and golden leaves, with routes around the garden to suit all abilities. Little people can take part in a Nature Hunt learning all about seasonal changes. Don’t forget to stop off at the café for warming food and drinks. nationaltrust.org.uk/claremont

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Nature activities at Hatchlands Park
■ Hatchlands Park, East Clandon ■ Sat 24 Oct – Sun 1 Nov

There’s plenty of space to scamper about in the parkland at Hatchlands Park this half term. Get closer to nature with self-guided 50 Things activities such as cloud watching, getting to know a tree and searching for conkers. The parkland, house, garden and Kitchen Café are all open. nationaltrust.org.uk

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Take a Walk at Winkworth
■ Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe ■ Throughout Oct and Nov

During autumn Winkworth’s trees blaze with a beautiful array of autumn colours, creating a shimmering display like no other so it’s a great time to visit. Follow in the footsteps of Winkworth’s creator, Dr Fox on a walk which takes in the best autumnal views following a specially created route to appreciate the rainbow-hued hillside as its creator intended. nationaltrust.org.uk

Autumn adventures at Runnymede
■ Runnymede ■ Throughout Oct and Nov

Step outside for an autumnal adventure at Runnymede, with memorials and artworks to explore on your way. Take part in a Royal Ramble, learning all about Runnymede’s royal connections, or choose your own route through the meadows and woodland. Spot signs of autumn as you go. nationaltrust.org.uk

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1 comment on “Half term heroes: 20 things to do with kids”

  • Erika Footman October 18, 2020

    There is also sugar skull face painting at Tipley Farm Shop. Where you will shown how to paint a sugar skull on your own face or the face of your partner or little monster and also craft an accessory to match.. Outdoors and under a parachute.
    Limited space all accessories & make-up included.
    Fri Oct 30th
    1pm,3pm & 5pmfor adults only.

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