10th October, 2017

100 Best Things To Do This October Half Term

By Rachael S

This year, we launched Get Kids Out Learning, an initiative informing families about the best attractions to visit across the UK. With hundreds of places to choose from, and a country of 65.64 million people, we endeavoured to pick best family friendly attractions to keep even the pickiest of little people entertained! 

We've chosen attractions suitable for all ages, in all regions, because we think everyone deserves to have fun this October. 

With free attractions, cheap attractions, and terrifically terrifying attractions, we hope we've found your next exciting adventure that won't break the bank!

Where's convenient for you to visit this half term? Choose your region:

Yorkshire and the North East Attractions

North West Attractions

Midlands Attractions

South Attractions

South West Attractions

Nationwide Attractions

Yorkshire and the North East Attractions

1. Aston Springs Farm - Yorkshire

Aston Springs Farm provides the perfect opportunity to get out and about experiencing nature, as well as life on the farm. 

On the the 21st October at 9am, join the Farm Club Session where children can learn the day to day life of animals on a farm. Not only will kids learn about how the animals live, they will also be able to feed many animals including Meerkats, Pigs, Sheep and Goats. 

If you can't make the 21st,  head down on the 30th October for the Animal encounter day, where your little ones can cuddle the bunnies, collect chicken eggs and pet the sheep

2. Thackeray Medical Museum - Yorkshire

Take a journey of discovery to explore the incredible world of medicine.

Travel back to the dirty streets of Leeds in 1842 to explore life among the grime and the bedbugs. Enter the frightening world of surgery before the discovery of pain relief and anaesthetics and explore the tools of the Victorian surgeon. 

Travel forwards in time to find out about the scientific discoveries and innovations that have changed all our lives for the better. Before you leave, take a trip to the LifeZone to discover how your body works and how to stay healthy.  

3. Royal Armouries - Yorkshire

The Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s national museum of arms and armour and is one of the oldest museums in the world.

This half-term the Blood, Guts & Ghosts event will give visitors a fright as they hear grisly stories inspired by this most deadly collection. Activities include ghost hunter tours in the galleries and a gruesome military surgeon, alongside pumpkin carving and animation workshops as part of The Big Draw.

Join the team after hours for the Ghostly Game Show, part of Museums at Night, where visitors are guided around the museums in this spooky, interactive session.

4. Parkwood Karting - Yorkshire

Sheffield's exhilarating 470 metre floodlit outdoor tarmac track can be used in wet or dry weather, day or night. Racing at up to 50 MPH our BIZ 270cc petrol karts will blow you away! 

The team guarantee the whole track exclusive to you when booked for 6+ drivers. The races are truly thrilling and you'll be talking about the fun you had for days on end.

5. How Stean Gorge - Yorkshire

How Stean Gorge a place for adventure like nowhere else in the UK. Jump in at the deep end and explore the gorge from in the water on one of the guided gorge walking trips or climb around via ferrata course.

The site also boasts two caves on site along with guided caving trips. Alternatively, if you prefer a more leisurely approach you can amble along the footpath and visit the quaint coffee shop located on site.

6. The Montgomery - Yorkshire

This Half Term, be sure to Head down to The Montgomery, one of the best theatre and arts centres based in the heart of Sheffield. With bundles of creativity and outstanding performing arts, it is definitely an attraction to add to your diary this October.

On the 21st October 2017, moving through all 4 seasons, tutti frutti and York Theater Royal bring to life Hans Christian Andersen’s well known tale, The Ugly Duckling. There will be two shows that day, the first at 11am and the second at 2pm.  With Farmyard animals and live music, this play will have something in it for all the family, from adults to toddlers. 

7. National Science & Media Museum- Yorkshire

Reach for the stars this October half term and explore the surprising challenges of space with nine days of free family fun!

Build and test your own Mars rover, design a Space Mission Patch and wear it with pride, and build a mini rocket to launch across the museum. Then join in with challenges and find out whether you have what it takes to be an astronaut.

8. Rainbow Factory - Yorkshire

The Rainbow Factory in Leeds is celebrating the countdown to Halloween with fun-packed events featuring some of our favourite storybook witches, wizards & beasts.

From Monday October the 23rd to Thursday October the 26th, activities run by the Rainbow Factory's talented team of performers include: making unicorn poo, wand & wizard hat making, potions class, defence against the dark arts, witches & wizards training & more.

Activities on October 27 & October 31 include: make a day of the dead sugar skull, create a fizzing monster, make a spooky salt dough sculpture, ghost making, pumpkin craft, ghoul hunting and face-painting.

9. Magna - Yorkshire

Magna is a science centre set in the former Templeborough steelworks. 

Over 100 hands-on exhibits themed on Air, Earth, Fire and Water recall the 'elements' needed for making steel. It is a vast building, 1/3rd of a mile long and 150ft high, rich with the industrial heritage of the region's steel industry.

The Big Melt is a fantastic show recreating the history and working of 'E' furnace, one of 6 electric arc furnaces that once melted the steel. Take the family down and learn about what life was like in the heyday of the steel.

10. Jorvik Viking Centre - Yorkshire

Hop aboard Jorvik’s improved ride experience and be transported back in time over 1,000 years! You will discover the impact of international trade on Viking-Age York, including the evolution of a multicultural society in the city. Plus, with 22 new animatronics across the recreation there is something new to see around every corner.

The centre’s gallery experiences have been completely updated, with new display cases allowing you to get up close to the Viking artefacts that inspired the creation of Jorvik. You will have the chance to dig deeper into the Viking story of York.

11. Rotunda Museum - Yorkshire

Visit Scarborough Art Gallery and The Rotunda Museum this half term and discover the stories of Scarborough and the wonders of fossils. 

At the Rotunda, you can handle fossils that are over 200 million years old, create a beautiful fossil of your own and get up close and personal with creepy crawlies in our weird and wonderful Bug Lab. 

At the Art Gallery you can paint your own spooktacular pictures inspired by the Atkinson Grimshaw collection and work with artists to create your own visions for Scarborough. 

12. The Mini Climbing Works - Yorkshire

The Mini Works is a dedicated bouldering wall located in Sheffield, primarily aimed at children and families. If you have children who love to climb around the house then you should come and give it a go.

There are two small boulders suitable for children as young as 3, with funky holds, slides and ladders. Their main walls have specifically set boulder challenges suitable for beginners and experienced climbers including adults.

First time visitors must complete a safety induction before being let loose. Inductions run at specific times throughout the day. Information and booking can be found on our first visit page. 

13. South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum - Yorkshire

Discover the fascinating world of aircraft and history of flight. Take a tour of the original WW2 RAF building and get insight into importance of aviation in the regions rich history. 

This half term the SYAM has awesome fun-filled, family friendly events lined up. Starting with the weekend of 21st October, the SYAM will host the the popular Open Cockpit Days. On these days, your family of budding young pilots will be able to enter cockpits of some of the most exclusive aircraft, not usually open to the public. 

With quizzes and activity sheets available for the whole family, this provides both a fun and educational experience for everyone. 

14. The House Skatepark - Yorkshire

With days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, it's time to roll indoors.

If your kids, or you, are into skateboarding, scootering or rollerblading, then The House is a great place to enjoy the half term break (Monday 30th October - Sunday 5th November). Open from 11am - 9pm during the holiday week, and from 10am - 9pm on weekends, there's plenty of time to check out what they have to offer.

Skater owned, the house is a friendly indoor park offering something for all abilities, with a large street course, 'mini House' area, ramps and even an indoor concrete bowl. With knowledgeable staff and a great stock of equipment, you can skate away all day. If your a parent/carer and don't want to get on the board, they have a cafe, wi-fi and snacks available on site. If however you also want to hit the ramps, you can learn from some of the great coaches they have onsite.  

15. Stockeld Park - Yorkshire

Stockeld Park is a magical seasonal attraction designed to keep the whole family busy all day long. Located in Wetherby, Stockeld Park has action packed, fun and fright filled October Half term schedule. The spooky adventure begins from the 20th – 31st October, and the park will be open between 10.30am – 8.30pm. 

Wind your way through the maze, explore the natural beauty on the woodland trail and feel the magic as you journey through the illuminated enchanted forest. The spookfest continues with special events such as – Eerie Science, Witches in the Forest, and New Terrifying Fright Nights. Don't miss a trick, treat the family to a great day out, they will all be thrilled in more ways than one. 

16. York Chocolate Story - Yorkshire

At York’s Chocolate Story you can discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate, unwrap the secrets of chocolate making, and even learn the art of the chocolatier for yourself.

This Half Term, get your best Halloween costumes on and take the guided tour and learn about the rich history of the cocoa capital of the UK. Lead by Count Fectionary, you will walk the the ancient roads and learn about the giants of this sweet world. 

The tours will run from between 21st October - 5th November, at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. With competitions for the best dressed and great prizes available, a day out at York Chocolate Story will be out of this Milky Way. 

North West Attractions

17. The Edge Arts Centre - Greater Manchester

The Edge is a little theatre with big aspirations, launched in 2011 with award winning actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sir Mark Rylance as its patrons.

The centre is committed to developing new audiences and run a comprehensive participatory programme, alongside professional theatre provision. You can visit as a family and watch a great play or event take part in some of the great workshops and clubs they run. There is something here for all the family, with something to suit all ages.

18. Z-Arts - Greater Manchester

Z-arts' mission is to inspire and enable generations of young people from across Manchester and beyond to utilise their creativity to maximise their potential.

Over October half term Z-Arts will have a host of shows for all ages as part of Big Imaginations Festival, with over 100 performances across the region, you and your family can enjoy and celebrate the magic of brilliant children’s theatre. There will be a rich mix of shows with music, dance and stories from all over the world. 

19. People's History Museum - Greater Manchester

Having recently won the accolade of the UK's Most Family Friendly Museum, the People's History Museum is at the forefront of the drive to make attractions suitable for people of all ages.

With lots and lots of great events lined up, visiting the PHM will give you and your children a great interactive learning experience outside the classroom

20. Rope Race Climbing Centre - Greater Manchester

Throughout the whole of the holidays the guys at the Rope Race Climbing Centre will be running activities, from a two hour taster session to a full day from their base at Rope Race.

The full day's activities starts at 10:00 am (early morning drop off also available) with a quick introduction of everyone and a few team-building games then off onto the activity. Everyday they run indoor rock climbing, indoor archery and geocaching session. Plus once a week you'll have the opportunity going outdoor rock climbing to a local crag.

21. Salford Museum & Art Gallery - Greater Manchester

Salford Museum and Art Gallery was the UK’s ‘first free public library’, which opened in January 1850, followed in November by a museum and art gallery. 

This half term the centre will host some great events for your to take the family along to. These include a spooky quiz, building using construction corner and much much more. 

22. Touchstones Rochdale - Greater Manchester

The Art Gallery and Museum spaces are regularly changed to display as much of Rochdale’s vast collection of art and museum artefacts as possible. 

Touchstones also strive to bring in the highest quality art from all over the world to be exhibited in one of four gallery spaces, as well as having a dedicated space for local artists to display their work.

23. Elizabeth Gaskells House - Greater Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester is the former home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio. 

This beautifully restored home has spectacular period rooms, villa garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. There is a year-round programme of special events and activities and their much loved book shop sells a range of new and second hand books.

24. Harris Museum - Lancashire

Today, the Harris is recognised as one of the leading museums and contemporary art venues in the region. They work closely with and for the local community and are developing a national and international reputation for quality and innovative programmes. 

The Harris collections are among the finest in the region and include objects of national significance. The collections include over 70,000 objects from fine art to digital media!

25. Old Holly Farm - Lancashire

Old Holly Farm is a working dairy farm with a small visitor attraction on site, and is located just 5 minutes south from J33 of the M6 at Lancaster. 

The farm is open all year round from 9am - 5pm, with a free open farm, indoor soft play, farm shop and café serving homemade food from 9am - 3.30pm, with special events throughout the year. Visitors are even able to see the farms cows being milked everyday from 4.30pm.

26. Victoria Gallery Museum - Merseyside

The Victoria Gallery will amaze and amuse you with an incredible collection of curiosities from the 120 year history of the University of Liverpool to give you an experience that’s unique from other Liverpool museums.

Their Book of the Dead: Passport through the Underworld exhibit is perfect for half term, promising an otherworldly experience. Visitors are invited to shed 21st century pre-occupations and engage fully with Ancient Egyptian visions of the afterlife.

Featuring never before displayed objects, including magical amulets, coffins and papyri, the exhibition opens with a practical guide to navigating the ancient Egyptian underworld and the tools needed to find a way through the night, and into eternity.

27. The Atkinson - Merseyside

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport and just 3 minutes’ walk from Southport train station. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.

It offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer.

28. Lakeland Wildlife Oasis - Cumbria

The Lakeland Wildlife Oasis is home to a unique and exciting blend of exotic wildlife and interactive hands-on displays.

From the October the 24th - October the 31st, Lakeland will be running a daily event called Boo at the Zoo. This daily event will welcome families to take part in some awesome activities with their children. These includes puzzle, quizzes and so many more. 

30. South Tynedale Railway - Cumbria

Enjoy a scenic ride through the beautiful South Tyne valley from Alston station. Travel to Kirkhaugh, Lintley Halt and back on one of the spectacular trains hauled by vintage steam or diesel locomotives through lovely Pennine scenery.

Catch sight of deer, look out for soaring birds of prey, you may even glimpse a red squirrel. Your journey to Alston, which lies at the crossroads of five routes, takes you through the stunning landscape of the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). 

Once there you can sample the café menu, wander beside the river Tyne for a gentle stroll (or a rigorous hike), visit the Discovery Centre or the old Railway Shop, or simply sit back in a vintage coach to be taken gently along the valley on the north of England’s highest narrow gauge railway.

31. Carlisle Cathedral - Cumbria

Carlisle Cathedral is one of the jewels of North West England and, after standing on the border with Scotland for almost 900 years, it has a lively story to tell. It may not be the best known medieval Cathedral in England, it is certainly not the biggest, but it delights its many visitors.

Midlands Attractions

32. Newman Brothers Coffin Works - Birmingham

The Newman Brothers Coffin Works is a rare and wonderfully preserved example of Victorian Engineering. Experience a time capsule, with its working machinery and unusual products, left on the shelves and workbenches when the workforce set down their tools and left for the very last time. Experienced guides will lead you around the factory where you will experience the sights, sounds and smells of factory life and hear stories about workers, owners and trade. 

For little ones, there is the specially designed Fred the Factory Cat Trail. Find the hidden cats and answer their questions about the museum and exhibits. A fun and relaxed way to get little minds curious about the museum. You also get your very own apron to wear around the museum containing a magnifying glass and a magnet to explore the collections around you more closely. Also keep an eye out for special family tours and craft activities during the Birmingham School Holidays! 

33. Cromford Mills - Derbyshire

Cromford Mills was rescued from dereliction in the 1970s by the newly formed Arkwright Society, and was restored back to how it would have looked in the 1770’s when Sir Richard Arkwright built the first successful water powered cotton spinning factory.  It is the birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

What happened in Cromford in the 1770’s changed the world we live in and today the site hosts a variety of visitor attractions, shops, cafes, exhibitions, guided tours and galleries for your enjoyment.

34. Strutt's North Belper Mill - Derbyshire

William Strutt built North Mill in 1804 as the world’s first ‘fire-proof’ water-powered, cotton spinning mill and was the most technologically advanced building of its time. It now houses a museum that celebrates the Strutt family contribution to Belper at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. 

It’s displays and hands-on exhibits show the history and technology of spinning, framework knitting and the Derby Rib attachment, Brettles hosiery collection, chevening and hand nailmaking. Is the centre of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and Visitor Centre. Also nearby there are rows of early worker’s housing and Belper’s renown River Gardens.

35. Old House Museum - Bakewell, Derbyshire

Bakewell Old House museum is a quirky Tudor house with big rooms and dark corners to explore. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, the Old House Museum is an original Tudor dwelling. After nearly five hundred years of continuous use, the house was rescued from demolition in the 1950s. As a museum, it now plays host to a wide range of artefacts telling the story of the Peak District and beyond. 

Follow the RAT trail from room to room and discover amazing ratty facts. Why not try the “Find Mr Plants sheep trail”, which is free from Bakewell information centre and get 1 free child entry ticket to the museum. 

There is so much to see for children and parents too! Time travel to the past with dressing up costumes, a Victorian dolls house, free colouring sheets and occasional craft activities. Discover a Tudor toilet and Victorian privy. Play old fashioned games in the courtyard, and read about Philus the Bakewell elephant!

37. Stonebridge City Farm - Nottinghamshire

Well known across Nottingham as a visitor centre, Stonebridge is disabled friendly attraction that provides opportunities for all of the family to enjoy and learn about nature. 

The farm is home to animals large and small and offers animal feeding and handling. You can follow the farm trail in the gardens and enjoy the herbs, bees, butterflies and birds as well as flowers, polytunnels and produce. Hop, skip and jump around the play area. At the cafe enjoy a slice of delicious cake with tea or coffee, or a hearty cooked meal, using their own and local produce.

38. ARK Wildlife Park - Lincolnshire

The ARK is home to a wide variety of captivating animals, from exotic mammals and fearsome carnivores to stunning reptiles and some of your favourite farmyard friends.

The vast majority of the diverse collection came to the Ark after being rescued. Many of their beautiful and engaging residents have been in the park for many years, since their days as a private, exotic animal sanctuary.

As well as the wonderful outside areas, visitors also benefit from popular indoor attractions such as the Tropical House, Meerkat and Familiar Friends Barn and an all weather activity area.

39. Shropshire Raft Tours - Shropshire

Join Shropshire Raft Tours for a scenic historical float tour on the River Severn through Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The 25 foot orange rafts are the largest in the UK and can each hold a maximum of 16 passengers. 

The rafts are oar powered by experienced guides, however, you are welcome to have a go at rowing along the way. Pass under the world famous Iron Bridge whilst learning about the history of the area and taking in the wildlife along the way. All ages are welcome! 

40. Daniels Mill - Shropshire

Daniels Mill Bridgnorth has the largest waterwheel powering a corn mill still working in England today. A place to experience yesterday - today ! 

The watermill is virtually unaltered since the 18th Century and still in the ownership of the same family for over 250 years. Daniels Mill is a fully working watermill set in the idyllic Shropshire countryside, deep in a wooded valley crossed by the 19th century viaduct carrying the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth. 

42. Warwick Castle - Warwickshire

Explore Warwick Castle, where you'll be surrounded by jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure! There's a lot to see at Warwick Castle, here are some highlights... 

Horrible Histories Maze: Choose your path as you muddle through time and face fun challenges to unravel history’s best kept secret in the World’s first Horrible Histories adventure maze! 

Time Tower: Enter the Time Tower and witness the birth of Warwick Castle, which once controlled the middle of England for over a thousand years. These ages have now passed along with their stories...until now. 

43. The Pen Museum - Warwickshire

Immerse yourself in the exciting world of pens and calligraphy and explore an amazing collection of over 5,000 objects related to the Birmingham steel pen trade and the history of writing. 

The Pen Museum tells the story of Birmingham’s important role in the information revolution. Discover how the Jewellery Quarter was home to over 100 factories manufacturing the ‘Birmingham pen’ which supplied 75% of the world’s pens during the 19th Century.

44. Shakespeare Schoolroom Museum - Warwickshire

Discover where William Shakespeare was educated and inspired to become the world’s greatest playwright.

Come and join in the October Half Term fun at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall for lots of family friendly activities. Interactive exhibits, a film screening about the story of this fascinating building, quill writing, a dressing up box Tudor-style and the fun and drama of a Tudor lesson with Master Thomas Jenkins, our Tudor Schoolmaster, all make for an unforgettable family visit. At the heart of the experience is the story of young Shakespeare; where he went to school and what his schooldays would have been like.

45. Leamington Spa Art Gallery - Warwickshire

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum is a free, family friendly gallery and museum located in the historic Royal Pump Rooms. 

They provide accessible, varied and vibrant arts and heritage activities for present and future residents as well as visitors to the district. Learning is at the heart of the gallery, with exciting schools workshops, creative adult courses, inspiring projects and participatory programmes. 

Popular activities at the venue include the Boss Cat Audio Tour, Haddie’s Family Gallery, Art Cart Family Fun, Adult Craft Workshops, Friday Focus Talks and Arty Tots for toddlers. This October they are taking part in The Big Draw with sketching activities in the gallery and Pump Room Gardens.

South of England Attractions

46. Hollycombe Steam in the Country - Hampshire

Based on the Surrey / Hampshire / Sussex border at Liphook, Hollycombe Steam in the Country offers visitors a nostalgic look at how the Victorians and Edwardians used steam as an instrument of work and play, and features a number of popular fairground sideshows of the period. 

With steam-driven rides such as the Razzle Dazzle (considered to be the world’s first ‘white knuckle ride’); the Gallopers and Swingboats plus the magnificent 102 year old Big Wheel offering wonderful views over the South Downs, a trip to Hollycombe offers visitors both nostalgia and a frisson of excitement!

47. Stanstead Park - Hampshire

Visitors to Stansted Park will find themselves in a ghostly time machine for Halloween, as past residents of the Mansion House, state rooms and servants’ quarters are brought back to life.

Alongside fun, daytime activities for children in the maze and grounds throughout half term, the house will be filled with the children, ladies and gentlemen, musicians and chimney sweeps who lived there in times gone by.

And for those of a more sturdy disposition, as the day turns to night, the spooks may become less kindly…

48. Betteshanger Park - Kent

The 250 acre park has miles of traffic free cycling, muddy mountain bike trails, an outdoor play park, archery, den building, fossil hunting and geocaching, plus daily military fitness, a Forest School and a range of sensational seasonal events.

49. The Micro Museum - Kent

It’s going to be Magic at The Micro Museum for the final weekend of the 2017 season.

Visitors can enjoy magical games on their consoles, to join magical adventures with Harry Potter and his friends. You will even be able to play Quidditch and test your broomstick riding skills as you try to catch the Snitch.

Children aged 14 years or younger who turn up at platform 9¾ , AKA The Micro Museum, dressed as Hogwarts Students will have discounted entry.

50. The Historic Dockyard Museum - Kent

Just 35 miles from central London, discover how ships, including HMS Victory, were designed and built. 

Climb aboard a sloop, a destroyer and a submarine. Get hands-on in the Ropery, where rigging for HMS Victory was made and where rope is still made today. Explore galleries that unfurl the secrets of Great Britain’s magnificent maritime past and its command of the oceans.

51. The Leeds Castle - Kent

From the 23rd to 29th October, visit Leeds Castle for Halloween half term fun. Find ‘wacky witches and wizards’ around the castle grounds and listen to their spooky tales although beware, they often get themselves in a monster muddle. 

The silly sorcerers are making big mistakes, note them on your trail card to be rewarded with a chocolate prize. Lookout for Vinnie the Vampire, Gloria the Ghost and Frank Frankenstein amongst others! Leeds Castle is located near Maidstone in Kent just off Junction 8 of the M20 and only one hour’s drive from London. 

52. This Art Of Mine - Kent

This October Half Term you can drop in at any time to paint pottery in the studio. There's hundreds of pottery pieces to choose whist friendly staff will be on hand to help and advise. Or, if your child would like to improve their artistic skills, there are plenty of art activities organised every day. 

53. Forty Hall Estate - London

Forty Hall is a Grade 1 listed Jacobean Manor House, in Enfield set amidst beautiful gardens and parkland. The Hall offers fine architecture, stunning period rooms and a permanent exhibition that explains the history of Forty Hall Estate and looks at the life and times of original owner Sir Nicholas Rainton. 

A range of guided tours are available for special interest groups. The Hall offers a vibrant events and exhibition programme the year round that focuses on Art, Ecology and Heritage. Visitors can enjoy historial events, talks, concerts, theatre productions, educational workshops and music festivals.

54. Castle Climbing Centre - London

The Castle is a dedicated climbing centre run by climbers for climbers and is one of the premier centres in Europe. 

Since it first opened its doors to the public in October 1995 the Castle has grown, and is still growing! The centre is now spread over 5 floors...with more yet to come. 

Housing over 450 roped and lead routes from 8m to 13m in height and an extensive range of bouldering surfaces they have something to suit everyone's ability, from beginners to experts, from the very young to the not so sprightly.

55. The Crystal -  London

Come to the world’s greenest building and step into the future, exploring our interactive exhibition on urban sustainability – they'll be looking forward to the year 2050 and teaching about how our cities can be environmentally friendly and overcome the challenges of climate change.

Play on The Crystal's fun interactive stations, find out your water footprint, have a go at running your city for 40 years on the simulator, and jump on the kinetic squares to turn on the lights while helping us explore green solutions.

56. South Downs National Park

Green rolling pastures, wide open spaces, ancient woodlands, river valleys and dramatic coastline truly encompass the National Park’s ethos of being one of ‘Britain’s Breathing Spaces’. 

With over 3,300km of rights of way, the South Downs National Park offers a landscape as diverse as it is breath-taking. This is truly a place with something for everyone, all easily accessible.

57. St Paul's Cathedral - London

St Paul’s offers centuries of history and stunning architecture and art that families can explore together. 

Family trails allow children to discover the Cathedral at their own pace and are packed with fun facts and opportunities to find things, write creatively and draw pictures. Multimedia guides let you discover more about all areas of the Cathedral as well as transporting you back in time to some of the most notable times in the history of St Paul's. 

58. Household Cavalry Museum -  London

Experience Royal London with a peek ‘behind the scenes’ at the working stables of Her Majesty The Queen’s mounted bodyguard- sights, sounds and smells guaranteed! Test if you've got what it takes to be a trooper by trying on the uniforms and see some of the best items from one of the world’s finest regimental collections. 

Family quizzes available free of charge and keep an eye out for family friendly activities in this half term. Superb multi-lingual audio guides support this unique insight into both the ceremonial duties and operational role of the regiment.

59. London Bicycle Tour Company - London

Bring your children along to this specially designed family bike ride! You’ll cycle along the River Thames, see the Pelicans in St James’ Park and Buckingham Palace — the home of the Royal Family. This tour is not all about cycling. There are plenty of stops along the way, too! You can stop to snap some pictures, feed some squirrels and sit down for a snack break.

60. Thames Chase - London

The Forest Centre is at the heart of the Community Forest in a group of historic farm buildings with a stunning wooden framed visitor centre. Surrounded by a landscape of woods, meadows, ponds and paths that have been created from disused farmland, there is scope for recreation, discovery and study. 

The surrounding estate offers all-weather paths for walking for all abilities, cycling and riding. The Forest Centre offers lots of features and bags of room to provide more than enough activity for a full family day out. 

61. The Charterhouse Museum - London

This Autumn, the guys at the Charterhouse Museum are getting into the spirit of the season with a range of fun events for all the family.

Never visited before? Come along to one of their Spooktacular Halloween events and enjoy a creepy torch-led tour followed by messy pumpkin carving. What face will you dare to carve? 

For those with littler hands they'll be getting crafty with clay and making gruesome gargoyles to decorate our fiendish mansion and scare any evil spirits away. 

62. Bocketts Farm - Surrey

From the 21st to the 29th of October 2017, enjoy a spooktacular day out at Bocketts Farm with a full programme of fun and freaky farm activities.

Complete the spooky trail around the farm where each child can collect a treat! Get creative in the creepy craft corner! Meet amazing reptiles, snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies in hands-on sessions each day! Be entertained by the wizard magician in fun shows throughout the day!

63. Watts Gallery - Artists' Village - Surrey

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village is a unique art gallery and heritage site consisting of historic Arts & Crafts buildings, two learning studios for art and pottery workshops, an award-winning Tea Shop and beautifully landscaped woodlands and grounds. 

Together with a world-class exhibition programme, creative workshops and special events for families run throughout the year. Don't miss their signature events: the Woodland Fairy Fair in July and the Victorian Christmas Fair in November.

64. Out Of Bounds - West Sussex

Out of Bounds is an entertainment centre based in the heart of West Sussex. Boasting a range of fun activities such as Soft Play, Clip ’N Climb, Bowling, Adventure Golf, Laser Tag & FootGolf,  catering for all ages from toddlers to grandparents Designed by House of Play our structure is intended for under 12s to develop physical skills and promote mental stimulation. 

The multi-level soft play will have kids bouncing off the walls, quite literally, in a fun and safe environment. 

The best thing to come out of New Zealand since the bungee jump, the Climp ’N Climb arena has a number of climbing elements suitable for a range of climbers, from beginners all the way to the hardened veteran. 

65. The Novium - West Sussex

Many Chichester residents have fond memories of the 18th-century disused corn store in Little London, where the museum was previously situated. The new museum provides an improved service for local and international visitors and better presents the rich heritage of the Chichester District.

Here are a few new aspects The Novium provides: a display of Chichester's Roman bath house remains which have been hidden until now, greater number of objects out on display, dedicated learning room for educational activities and events and publicly accessible library of books, maps and journals

66. Blenheim Palace - Oxfordshire

Spend an inspiring day with your family exploring a national treasure. Receive a warm welcome into the home of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. Wonder at this masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture. Explore our World Heritage Site with over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped Parkland.

Discover the Formal Gardens and delight in the family-friendly Pleasure Gardens, reached by miniature train, with a giant hedge maze, a butterfly house and an adventure playground.

Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of sporting, cultural and family events, themed exhibitions and tours throughout the year.

67. Didcot Railway - Oxfordshire

Didcot Railway Centre is a living history museum of the Great Western Railway set in 22 acres alongside Didcot Parkway Station. From Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains running past, our unique collection of buildings, locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts show the development of the Great Western Railway.

On Saturday 28th October they have a very special steaming of Tornado, the engine featured in the upcoming film Paddington 2. Your chance to ride behind a genuine movie star!

Open daily over half term, with trains running both weekends, as well as Wednesday 25th. Experience a slice of living history.

South West Attractions

68. Clifton Suspension Bridge - Bristol

The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world. 

The bridge joins Bristol and North Somerset and is owned and operated by Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust. It is entirely funded by tolls - which have paid for its upkeep since it first opened to the public on 8th December 1864. 

69. Quince Honey Farm - Cornwall

This family-run working honey farm has been producing quality honey since 1949 and has over 1000 hive deep in the North Devon countryside. 

Visit the world’s largest Honeybee exhibition; BeeWorld! The interesting displays and exhibits will teach you fun facts about the honeybee before you take a closer look inside the working hives. Nowhere in the world can you get so close to live bees without needing protective equipment! 

70. Camel Creek Adventure Park - Cornwall

Bursting with ghoulish events and nerve-wracking thrills, Halloween at Camel Creek this year is going to be spooktakular!

With a free pumpkin for every child, a free gift for children who arrive in fancy dress, two scare zones, magic shows, the Grim Reaper ghost train, halloween themed crafts, bobbing for apples and the Camel Creek Witch’s Grotto, it’s not to be missed!

71. Cornwall Waverunner Safaris - Cornwall

A unique Adventure Activity Centre based on an exclusive beach resort in Newquay on the North Cornish coast, with some of the best surfing and Jet-ski conditions in the UK.

Cornwall Waverunner Safaris offer a unique combination of challenging outdoor cliff and water based adventure activities. Alongside a quality restaurant and bar venue sitting right on the beach with locally sourced and seasonally inspired lunch and evening menu choices. Ideal for family days out, birthday celebrations or just an amazing day out on the ocean or defying gravity up on the cliffs.

72. Cornucopia Cornwall - Cornwall

Cornucopia Family Adventure is suitable for your toddlers and tweens. Come for the day and enjoy lunch in the cafe together, or parents can chill with a coffee in the crow’s nest while youngsters enjoy all the activities. 

Cornucopia offers all weather, all-year-round entertainment for the whole family; trampolines, sky wire, dodgems, skate rink, drop slide, toddler area, soft play and ball pools.

73. Lappa Valley Steam Railway - Cornwall

Family fun for all! Journey into the park by one of the beautiful steam engines, once inside you will find our leisure park packed full with a whole host of family friendly activities including crazy golf, play areas, a canoeing lake and two further railways to explore.  

74. Flambards - Cornwall

From vicious Victorians to a Halloween Tricks & Treat Firework Spectacular (Oct 25th) there’s an awful lot of family fun on offer at Flambards Theme Park over the October Half Term holidays.

Enjoy the Helston theme park’s rides and attractions – including the new white-knuckle Sky-Force ride – which are open daily throughout the half term break and there’s a horrifying host of additional fun thrills and chills on offer.

75. Newquay Zoo - Cornwall

Get close to over 1,000 of the world's rarest and endangered animals at Newquay Zoo! 

Located on the north coast of Cornwall, surrounded by 13 acres of lush tropical gardens you can run wild, explore and release your inner animal. 

Watch the lions devour their lunch and then adventure into the Tropical House (if you're brave enough) and meet some of the more unusual residents including a sloth! If that isn't enough, there's activity trails, face painting and a children's play area! 

Just a short walk from Newquay town centre, Newquay Zoo is one of Cornwall's leading visitor attractions and as a charity your visit will support the vital conservation projects both at the Zoo and around the world, working to save animals from extinction. 

76. The Big Sheep - Devon

From the 21st to 29th of October it’s Fun By Day at The BIG Sheep with sheepy shows, fun rides and Halloween activities for the whole family. Enjoy a trip on the haunted hayride or a spin on Arachnophobia the giant 8ft Spider, explore the Haunted House, or if you’re feeling very brave try the Spooky Castle. 

From the 23rd to the 27th of the month, it’s Scary by Night at The BIG Sheep. As darkness falls, six haunted attractions come alive from 6pm to 10pm and what’s more, The Haunted Hayride is back for 2017 – bigger, better and more terrifying than ever before. Will you make it through the night in one piece or will you fall victim to a chainsaw wielding maniac or blood thirsty clown? 

77. Bear Trail - Devon

The Bear Trail is about to become infected! Do you dare tackle the Zombie Trail? Run, Jump and climb over our family obstacle course as many times as you can whilst trying to escape the clutches of their untamed Zombies.

This family event will have your blood pumping with adrenaline (without the nightmares)– it’s just for fun and guaranteed entertainment for all the family.

During your visit be sure to pose for photos with wandering zombies and enjoy the food and refreshments.

78. Powderham Castle - Devon

Powderham Castle lies in a beautiful deer park on the banks of the River Exe, just a stone's throw from the historic cathedral city of Exeter. The Castle was first opened to visitors in 1959, since then in excess of a million people have been through the doors to share in over 600 years of history and heritage and take away many fond memories. 

Very little of the Castle itself has changed since those early days, but there are now many more attractions in the grounds for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

79. Cockington Court - Devon

Set in an award-winning country park a mile away from the seafront, Cockington Court is an historic manor house with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, a walled art garden, tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area. 

Discover artists and craft makers at work in their studios. Watch the glass blowers create amazing works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking at his forge, and smell the delightful aromas of the delicious chocolate being made by the chocolatier.

80. World of Country Life - Devon

World of Country Life is a family owned visitor attraction in Exmouth, Devon. The park first opened in 1978 and since then has grown and developed over the years, winning a number of awards, to be one of the best family days out in Devon!

The attraction has an eclectic mix of museums, animals, play areas and entertainment, both outdoors and under cover, making it an excellent day out for the whole family, whatever the age, whatever the weather!

81. Pennywell Farm - Devon

Treat your family to a day of family fun and animal action at multi award winning Pennywell Farm. With a different animal activity, show or display every half hour, hundreds of friendly animals and four free rides, you won’t waste a single minute. 

Bottle feed baby animals, race ferrets, meet hedgehogs, explore ponds and enjoy fantastic entertainers every day during the Devon school holidays. You can even cuddle one of the world famous Pennywell Miniature piglets or groom and pamper our very sociable pint sized ponies. 

82. Seaton Tramway - Devon

Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley. Travel with Gruesome Tram drivers this October Half Term and join Count Goulard and Grezelder the Witch on the Tram of Terror! 

All children will receive a ‘baddie bag’, and kids’ spooky entertainment with horrible Halloween activities at Colyton Station where you will be invited to sample ‘revolting refreshments’ from the Tramstop Café! The Halloween Tram of Terror is running daily from 23rd October until 29th October, with trams departing from the Riverside Depot every 30 minutes from 10.30am until 2.00pm, children under 3 are free!

83. Milkyway Adventure Park - Devon

If you’re looking for an award-winning, all-weather and informative day out, The Milky Way has it all! Ride the Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster, have a bumping good time on the droid destroyer dodgems and go wild in North Devon’s biggest indoor adventure play area with assault courses and slides built for adults and children. 

Kick back and watch  amazing live shows featuring Merlin from Britain’s Got Talent (perfect for those interested in science and the planets), and be wowed by the displays from the North Devon Bird of Prey Centre. 

84. The Tank Museum - Dorset

The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays.

See over 300 armoured vehicles and over 100 years of history as you explore nine powerful exhibitions, from the first prototype Little Willie to the current British Main Battle Tank, the Challenger 2. Vehicle Rides run daily through school holidays with live Tanks in Action displays on weekdays.

New for 2017: “The Tiger Collection: The Tanks, The Terror and The Truth,” stripping back the myths on the world’s most infamous armoured vehicles.

85. STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway - Wiltshire

Steam - Museum of the Great Western Railway, is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II listed railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. 

Situated opposite the Swindon Designer Outlet, the Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway. See famous locomotives, ‘drive’ the train simulator and even work the signals in an interactive GWR signal box!

86. Cotswold Farm Park - Gloucestershire

With beautiful countryside views and interactive animal encounters at every turn, visitors of all ages can learn about farming, past and present, in a relaxed and fun environment. As the home of rare breed conservation, there are over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals to meet whilst soaking up the surroundings and enjoying the countryside air. 

The 20 minute farm safari offers a fantastic way to get around the whole park, without leaving your seat. The undercover animal barns and indoor play can be enjoyed all year round and there’s plenty of entertainment for children, with a maze, adventure playground, zip wire, bouncy pillows and tractor school. 

For those keen to make the most of their pedometers though, the 1 and 2 mile Wildlife Walks on the doorstep will certainly get their steps up. The on-site restaurant serves seasonal food (though picnics are also welcome), whilst the gift shop stocks produce from local suppliers

87. Wookey Hole Caves - Somerset

Wookey Hole, the home of Halloween, will be thrilling visitors this October half term from 21st October to 5th November. There’s plenty to do with over 20 spooktacular attractions included.

Tour the spooky caves and meet the Witch who will be giving a gift to each child! Don’t miss the broomstick flying lessons, fancy dress competition or 4D Cinema which will be showing ‘Happy Family’.

The Halloween circus show is set in the School of Witches and incorporates mysterious magic, illusions and a circus spectacular! Lead by a cantankerous Professor, the troupe will dazzle and inspire the audience! 30th Oct – 3rd Nov Circus workshops in place of circus shows. So get down to the Wooky Hole Caves if you dare.

88. Noahs Ark Zoo Farm - Somerset

Join Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm for their first Pumpkin Fest this autumn Half Term. From the 21st of October to the 3rd of November.

Get involved with pumpkin painting and decorating, pumpkin themed animal enrichment, pumpkin sports and warming seasonal treats in the café. 

Whilst you’re there don’t forget to enjoy the 15 different indoor and outdoor adventure play areas, free animal keeper talks and shows every half hour and the UK’s longest hedge maze. 

With over 100 species of animal including elephants, lions, tigers, bears and giraffes and hands-on animal experiences and encounters there's something for everyone this half term.

89. The Helicopter Museum - Somerset

The world's largest collection of helicopters will transform into a Halloween Spectacular this half-term with three family themed events planned!

The fun starts on Sunday 22nd October with the Halloween Family Fun Day when all children in fancy dress go free! Expect magic shows, owls, snakes, spiders, a disco, helicopter flights, a chance to meet your favourite costumed characters and much, much more! Plus families can scare themselves silly by entering the ‘Haunted Helicopter’ walk-through!

The Haunted Helicopter will then be open again on Wednesday 25th and Sunday 29th for special Halloween Open Cockpit Days!

90. Pevlings Farm - Somerset

Pevlings Farm Riding & Livery Stables was established in 1985, so they have plenty of years experience getting kids out learning! 

Lessons are available daily, and over the half term the farm has extra activities to give riders even greater experiences. The highly popular 'Fun Days' give riders a chance to spend the day with us to have a riding lesson and learn something about pony care, getting real hands on experience. 

Pervlings Farm are approved by the British Horse Society and The Association of British Riding Schools.

91. Puxton Park - Somerset

This year, Puxton Park has big plans for October half-term! With Halloween approaching, from the 21st of October, there's a jam-packed schedule full of spooky and hair-raising activities to keep you on your toes all week long! 

Youngsters can attend the spooky disco and get up close and personal with snakes, tarantulas, lizards, turtles and hissing cockroaches at the Creepy Crawly Show. 

You won’t want to miss the Crocodiles of the World on the 25th of October. Throughout this week, there will be pumpkin painting, face painting and colouring contests. 

92. Crewkerne Museum - Somerset

The Heritage Centre contains 4 permanent galleries exhibiting the social and industrial history of Crewkerne and district set in an historic Grade 2 listed building. If children find "Billy" in the gallery he shows them there is an activity to enjoy. 

An enclosed courtyard provides a quiet place to enjoy the garden and relax. A large collection of old photographs help to tell the stories of the past. A small shop provides unique souvenirs of the town, a range of books about a variety of local subjects and some pocket money items for children. Research facilities are available for those interested in their ancestors or wishing to discover the story of their house.

93. Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary 

Support a charity and visit Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, offering a safe haven for monkeys since 1964. Nestled into the side of the south Cornish coast between Looe and Seaton, Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of rescued monkeys, giving visitors an intimate insight to a working sanctuary and a chance to meet some of its amazing monkey residents and wildlife inhabitants. 

There’s a lot to do for the whole family who can take a tour of the monkey enclosures and learn about these fascinating animals from the team of expert carers. It’s not just monkeys though! Kids will love the wild play area where they can learn about the environment around them and let off some steam in the playground. 

94. Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

The park has wide range of wildlife, animatronic dinosaurs and a large indoor soft play area. There are 12 informative talks and shows every single day - the perfect place to visit if you want to teach your children about Wildlife and Conservation.

95. Becky Falls Ancient Woodland Park

There’s something for everyone at Becky Falls, from exploring the beautiful river walks to scrambling across the boulders to the children’s stamp trail, where every child wins a prize! 

There are animal encounter shows each weekend and every day during school holidays, as well as animal feeding sessions, keeper talks and children’s craft activities. After all this, relax and treat yourself in our licensed woodland café and gift shop. 

96. Fairlynch Museum

Housed in a 200-year-old unusual-looking cottage built by a local shipowner, Fairlynch celebrated 50 years as a museum in 2017. 

Its numerous attractions include a large costume collection of mainly Victorian provenance, with some items described recently as of national importance. It has an extensive geological and archaeological collection, including the celebrated Budleigh radioactive pebbles. The Local History section covers the villages around Budleigh Salterton, with comprehensive family history archives; there is also a display of railway memorabilia. 

97. Dingles Fairground Heritage Centre

Ride a 1920's Galloper horse roundabout, dare to take on the challenge of the 1940's Ghost Train, sample the unique Moonrocket ride - dating from 1939 and the only working model anywhere in the world! Or else try your skills on the plate smashing stall, the rifle range, or hook-a-duck.

An outstanding fairground heritage centre, with colourful artwork, a collage of music, a working fairground organ and wealth of exhibits and information relating to all things fairground. 

Nationwide Attractions

98. Diggerland 

With 20 different rides and drives, and over 100 machines, there really is something for everyone at Diggerland!

Experience the thrills of spinning around fast in a Giant Digger bucket on the Spindizzy ride, operating a Giant JCB 806 Digger, driving a REAL car, racing around in a Go-Kart, getting lifted 50ft in the air by the Skyshuttle, whirling around on the Dig-a-round and so much more! 

The secret of Diggerland’s success is that it has never moved away from its design concept – all rides and drives must be construction based but must also offer the thrills and excitement demanded by visitors, who are constantly being offered new alternatives. 

Yes, you can drive a dumper truck or a digger, but you can also enjoy a ride on the Dig-a-Round carousel, enjoy the view from the Skyshuttle or take a whirl in Spindizzy – not for the faint hearted but a design sensation.

99. Awesome Walls 

Awesome Walls Climbing Centres strive to provide an environment where climbing is fun and safe. Their climbing centres are four of England’s largest and the climbing is truly awesome! 

Awesome Walls has a team of experienced instructors ready to look after novice climbers and show them the ropes. Climbing caters for people of all ages, fitness levels and abilities, including mental and physical impairments. In fact, children as young as five can climb and it's not unusual to see people climbing well into their 80s, and even beyond!

100. Jump Xtreme 

Jump Xtreme is one of the UK’s best trampoline parks and they are open every day of the week.

Their Bolton Trampoline Park has a superb 60 seater coffee shop situated at mezzanine level, so you can keep an eye on your children and the action below whilst enjoying a wide range of high quality food and drinks and making the most free WI-FI. 

There's something available to suit everybody at every park, whether it's a tots session, teen night, fitness classes, specialised bounceabilitly session or weekend family sessions, everyone will have something to do! 

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