What to do During October Half Term in Yorkshire
Looking for ideas for the young ones for this October half term? Luckily, Yorkshire has plenty at hand to help you keep them entertained throughout the Half Term from Halloween treats to seeing Paddington BearTM! As always, there's loads going on.
Also we've got some great suggestions for Halloween and Bonfire Night too - so check them out!
Harewood House, Leeds is perfect for family activities and lovers of the outdoors. The half term at Harewood includes indoor and outdoor events, storytelling and Halloween fun, celebrating this final fling before the impending cold snap! Plus! Children who come in Hallowe'en costume on Weds 31st Oct get half price entry...and you could be in the running to be the face of Autumn Glory 2013!
Keelham Farm Shop, Bradford: Halloween Half Term Activities There is plenty to entertain the kids with at Keelham this week, not only do we have the Scary Shed, the Spooky Disco and some amazing spooky displays, we have activities all week. There is a fun ‘Halloween Hunt' between 10am-6pm daily, and kids will follow clues around the shop to win a prize. On 29th, 30th and 31st you'll be in for a surprise as the Keelham Team will be in their spookiest outfits for a day of haunting! Every child who visits the shop in a Halloween costume will receive a free gift, and there'll be a prize for the best dressed! We'll just need to take a quick photo and our judges will choose the winner after the event.
The Deep, Hull: Enjoy 'spooktastic' goings on this October half term (27th October to 4th November). Watch out for the mad professor and find our scariest inhabitants. Activities include making your own sticky slime blood, face painting and a spot the skull trail. You can also meet our 12 foot scary pirate if you're brave enough! Just remember not to walk the plank...
National Railway Museum, York: Paddington BearTM will be here for the October school holidays so grab your duffle coat and marmalade sandwiches and join us for lots of family fun. You'll have the chance to meet him at various intervals throughout the day and dress up like the famous bear himself. There will also be lots of other half term activities taking place including steam rides, storytelling, science shows, theatre performances and a craft activity. Don't forget to bring your favourite teddy bear and follow our interactive family trail too.
Jorvik Viking Centre, York: The exhilarating spectacular that is the Jorvik Viking Centre is always worth a visit. They've got a whole programme of events that can be seen here.
Eureka, Halifax : Ghost Town! Join us this October half-term for some fiendish fun... Visit our haunted town where fiendish events unfold and lost ghosts wander the streets. Free with standard admission or your Eureka! Annual Pass.
The Hepworth, Wakefield: The Hepworth is running a range of drop-in activities for kids up to 12 including a Body Sculptures Family Workshop and Puppet Making. Best of all, they're free!
Royal Armouries, Leeds: Dare you come down to the museum this October half term - there'll be lots of Halloween fun for all the family including museum tours, craft activities, a Spooky maze and crazy stunt-riding horse shows. Plus don't miss the biggest Halloween party in Yorkshire. Fun and spooky mischief for all the family. Come in costume - there'll be prizes galore for the best ones!
Magna Science Adventure Park, Sheffield: This October we are pleased to announce Animals in-Tuition is back! However this time with a rather creepy twist! A witch's brew of Snakes, Spiders, Frogs and all that creeps awaits you. If you are feeling brave enough to come along and get to know these animals a little closer! Workshops will take place between 10.00am and 3.30pm and will last aprox 30mins. £2 per child.
Dracula at Night, Whitby, 1-3 November - Bram Stoker's classic Victorian gothic tale is brought to life after dark with a cast of 4 actors at Whitby Abbey. The tale begins with Jonathan Harker, a newly qualified English solicitor, journeying from England to Count Dracula's crumbling, remote castle. From here the story reveals, a shipwreck, a large black dog and vampires. Our tale is told as a promenade performance within the ruins of Whitby Abbey, itself the author's inspiration for the setting of this tale. 2012 is also Bram Stoker's centenary.
Nostell Priory - Wednesday 31st October - Wicked Wednesday - 1pm-4pm. Drop in to the family room within the gardens of Nostell Priory and Parkland for family Halloween crafts, face painting and spooky stories. There will be a £1 charge per child plus the normal garden admission fee.
York Minster - One of the world's greatest medieval Artists is revealed for the first time in the Orb, opening on 27 October 2012. The Orb is an elliptical treasure-house of stained glass, showcasing five examples of some of world's most important medieval art. Described as England's equivalent to the Sistine Chapel, the stained glass is intimately lit to reveal the craftsmanship and epic stories that make up York Minster's Great East Window. Dynamic new interactive galleries will open alongside the Orb, exploring the stories and people from both the past and present.
Illuminating York Minster 31st October - 3rd November, from 6:30pm each night - Celebrating the Opening of York Minster's Orb, experience York Minster in all of its exquisite, ethereal majesty as kaleidoscopes of shadow and light, candles and colour create a Window on Heaven, a truly unique experience - tickets £5.
Calypso Cove, Barnsley: Explore the Sunken Galleon, brave Skull Falls and take on one of the fastest slides in the UK before retreating to the hideout to re-fuel and relax...
Thackray Medical Museum, Leeds: The Thackray Museum was one of the first museums in the country to design new exhibitions specifically tailored to meet the needs of teachers delivering the National Curriculum. The exhibitions and education support material have been developed by teachers, for teachers, so you can be sure that a visit fulfils all your requirements.
The Design Suite, Tockwith, York: Prepared to be inspired with a range of creative workshops for kids this October Half term!
National Media Museum, Bradford: This October half term, join the NMM for a Scooby-Doo extravaganza! Step into Scooby- Doo's animated world to help him solve some spooky mysteries. Pop behind the scenes and make your own superscary Scooby-Doo animation, then get hands-on and create spooky Scooby-Doo sound effects!
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre: Come face to face with ghosts and ghouls and take a Haunted Hayride round the Freaky Forest. Play Trick or Treat on the Witch in the Wood and see magical bird of prey displays. Carve a pumpkin, join in creepy crafts and enjoy witches brews and spooky snacks. Daily kids' fancy dress competition - don't forget your Halloween costume! Suitable for children of all ages.
This half term why not consider Artists in the Making photography and art half term club? - Sessions run from 9.30am- 3.30pm at St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Road in Netheredge (S11 9AL). The sessions will be inspired by images and stories from a recent ascent of Mont Blanc. The theme will be, ‘ambition'. Children will learn new art and photography skills in a small group of no more than ten children. The sessions are run by a CRB checked, qualified teacher with a passion for creativity. Get in touch with Jordanna for more details about what the sessions entail on 078999 57273, 0114 255 1645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.