Ah, October. The time where summer makes way for autumn, the leaves start to fall from the trees and the beginning of beautiful, crisp sunny days.
But for many families, October also signifies the run-up to the first academic half term. Now I know what you’re thinking; just where has the time gone, right? It only feels like yesterday you were packing the kids off for their first day back at school, and now the half term holidays have somehow managed to sneak up on you again.
You’re once again left with the mammoth task of planning how to keep them entertained for the duration of the break. With the British weather so unpredictable, it’s difficult to plan activities to which you can let them run riot and cause havoc outside. So, you’ve got to some thinking to do.
As well as keeping the children amused, you too are deserved of enjoying the time you’ve taken off from work to look after the family.
So, here are some great ideas for days out that all the family can enjoy and that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. And, who knows, you might learn something new too!
Halloween Scarefest – Alton Towers
Now, you can’t think of the month of October without thinking of Halloween.
During the 13th – 14th October and the 19th – 31st October, Alton Towers are putting on the ultimate Halloween event. With thrill-seeking rides, amazing attractions, jam-packed live shows and costumed characters, there’s something for the whole family.
If you’re perhaps looking to make the most of the Halloween celebrations, the hotel rooms are totally transformed into a complete spook-fest, with themed rooms and facilities. With the theme park also open until 21.00, you can ride the rides after dark to really add to the experience!
The day out is also a good chance to get some great photos of the kids as they explore the park and meet some ghostly characters. It could also make for fun, original Halloween cards; simply print off the best photos on your all in one printer when you get home, pop them on some card and away you go!
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre based at Bankside, London, is also a great attraction for the whole family.
By learning about one of the country’s finest playwright’s, both you and the children can explore a variety of William Shakespeare’s plays, take a tour of the globe itself, see actors perform and even get the chance to act out some his most famous acts themselves.
Up until the 14th October, the Globe is also running an exclusive tea and tour package. So, whilst the kids are out exploring, you can take a guided tour of the theatre with one of their expert storytellers. This is then rounded off with a selection of sandwiches, scones, tea and cakes, in company of the elegant surroundings of the River Thames.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Looking for an attraction that will leave the kids amazed and speechless? Well, all enjoy a little peace and quiet every now and then…
Well, London’s Ripley’s Believe It Or Not at London’s Picadilly Circus is certainly the number one place for that. With a collection of over 700 of the world’s most weird and wonderful people, animals and facts, this museum is certainly one of a kind. Set across 5 floors, this attraction is guaranteed to delight the whole family.
For a small extra cost, you can all attempt to tackle the utterly mind-boggling Mirror Maze – it’s sure to leave the kids amazed and exhausted just in time for the journey home!