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 Pingu! 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. Perfect for families and lovers of the outdoors, October half term week at Harewood celebrates autumn in all its glory. Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities and explore the beauty of Harewood in its autumn coat. Smell tasty aromas in the Old Kitchen and join seasonal cooking demonstrations Below Stairs. Why not try your hand at biscuit decorating in the Pastry Room? There's also scarecrow trails around the grounds and bags of room to run around. It's a great way to spend crisp autumn days with your family.
The Deep, Hull: The Deep have some amazing ghoulish crafts and activities to keep your little critters entertained this half term. Try their creepy critters trail, collect your trail sheet from the entrance turnstile then find the clues around The Deep, post your completed trail sheets into the entry box to be in with the chance of winning a very special cuddly toy! Also,stop by the Amazon Explorers Den between 11am and 4pm for some freaky face painting, choose from a ghoulish ghost, eerie pumpkin or a spooky spider if you dare! Finally, visit their Cool Seas area from 11am - 4pm for some creepy craft activities including making a spooky key ring, a scary spider to take home or colour in your own creepy critters colouring in sheet!
National Railway Museum, York: The NRM are delighted to welcome Pingu to the museum for the first time! Pingu will be at Locomotion on Wednesday 29 October, 2014 and will be making personal appearances at 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Families can also enjoy free arts and crafts activities throughout the day. .
Jorvik Viking Centre, York: Join the Vikings of JORVIK Viking Centre as they share stories and sagas of Viking invention and exploration that helped shape many of today's everyday household items. Traverse your way around the Viking-Age city before getting up-close to some interesting Viking inventions in the ‘Discover Coppergate' gallery featuring handling collections of items over 1,000 years old.
Eureka, Halifax : Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble. Join the witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls for a week of Halloween fun! Step into the Enchanted Forest to join the witches as they brew up a potion or two and help them conjure up an interactive story. Visitors can transfigure themselves by creating a Halloween mask and dressing up in some creepy costumes!.
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!
Farm Fest Fun Day at The Grainary: The Grainary's ‘Farm Fest' Fun Day will be held on Sunday 26th October from 12 - 4pm. Apple pressing, local crafts, fun and games for all the family!
Medieval Spooky Fun Week, Whitby Abbey, - This Halloween half term join the Abbey for frightening fun, with have-a-go creepy crafts and spooky activities.
Wilma the Witch - Back to School, Nostell Priory - Wilma the Witch is an exceedingly busy witch. After her success at Halloween last year she has been asked to train some new witches so they can pass their WitchAbility Test. She'll have her work cut out for her - especially when her only help is a very peculiar assistant and she has a meddlesome fairy to contend with!
This October half term, visit Murton Park and take part in their Halloween-themed Big Draw event: The Frightening Farmyard! They have an empty farmyard and it's your job to fill it! They want you to cram it fit to burst with terrifying tractors, spooky sheep, and bewitching buildings. You can paint a pig, pencil a pony, or doodle a duck! Let your imagination determine whether your drawing will be a trick or a treat!
Illuminating York - As the nights draw in, the 2014 Illuminating York promises to shine more brightly than ever before. Taking place at the end of October, the festival draws more than 50,000 people to the city to experience York in a new light. Cutting-edge technology creates a colourful celebration of York's unique heritage, from spectacular sites to hidden gems.
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: Drop in throughout half term and take part in the themed family activities. Join them for a Spooky half term
As the nights draw in and we approach Halloween, Thackray have ghostly activities to take part in. Create your own creepy skeleton hands to take away with you.
National Media Museum, Bradford: The National Media Museum is a fabulous free museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire devoted to film, photography, TV, radio, gaming and the web. Journey through popular photography, discover the past, present and future of television in Experience TV, watch your favourite TV moments in TV Heaven, play with light, lenses and colour in the Magic Factory, explore the world of animation and get gaming in the new Games Lounge!
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre: Encounter the exotic and the scary! Don't miss the Tropical Butterfly House's biggest and best event of the year! Take a Haunted Hayride through the Freaky Forest and come face to face with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. Visit the Creepy Cottage and play Trick or Treat on the Witch, and brave the Haunted House... Take a seat for the pantomime-style free-flying Bird Shows, featuring amazing birds of prey and parrots; hosted by zombie pirates!
Half Term Fun at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal - Every autumn is an explosion of colour at Fountains Abbey so why not wrap up warm and head out on our Colour Detectives trail to find splashes of reds, oranges and golds. Roll up your sleeves and help creepy crawlies by making a bug box to take home, explore the estate on a digital treasure hunt with our geocaching taster day and have a 'crafternoon' making your own pet out of pinecones! On Saturday evenings you can also see the abbey bathed in light, for Fountains by Floodlight.
Things to make, see and do this Half Term in the North York Moors. From treasure hunts and high-octane thrills to spooky crafts and autumnal activities, there's plenty happening in the North York Moors this October half term. Information on all events and details of how to book can be found here.