Things To Do In Essex This October Half Term 2017


We’re fast approaching the first holiday of the new school year; October half term. Didn’t the kids go back to school only yesterday?

Now that the temperatures are starting to drop ready for Autumn, we’ve put together a list of fun things you can do with the kids to keep them busy this half term.

Medieval Harvest Weekend - Cressing Temple

Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd October

Enjoy a trip back in time to the farming harvest during Medieval times at this weekend family event.

Re-enactors will be teaching everyone about life in the past, including medieval food, lifestyle, and entertainment. They will be working on small craft projects which you are welcome to join in with for a small donation.

Bring a picnic for lunch, or book for lunch at ‘The Barns’ tearoom. Entry is free with free parking available.

Witchcraft and Wizardry - Braintree District Museum

Tuesday 24th - Friday 27th October

To coincide with their Witchcraft and Wizardry exhibition, the Braintree Museum is holding Harry Potter themed craft days throughout the half term.

Choose from Werewolves and Unicorns, Bats and Phoenixes, Pixies and Trolls, or Harry Potter Day. There are a number of different things for the kids to do matching the theme of the day.

The workshops are free with the admission charge of £2, and free for under 5’s. The museum advises to book in advance to guarantee a place.

Get In! City Camps - Chelmsford

Monday 23rd - Friday 27th October

If you need childcare options this half term, look no further than City Camps! Choose from one of their four locations; Riverside Ice and Leisure Centre, Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre, Dovedale Sports Centre, and South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre.

The kids can enjoy jam-packed full or half days at City Camps with a range of activities. Depending on the location, choose from things like swimming, ice skating, cooking, dance, circus skills, rock school, inflatable play, go karting, orienteering, kayaking and horse riding.

Prices for a full day are £30, and £15 for half day. Early drop off and late pick up options are available. Be sure to book in advance, and don’t forget about other activities offer by Chelmsford City Council, like Skills Clinic and Active Fun.

Blake House - Braintree

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th October

Blake House is holding a special Halloween event over the last weekend of half term, packed full of fun for the kids.

Take part in the pumpkin hunt around the craft centre shops, and if you can find all of them, you can win a prize! You can also check out the Creepy Critters and Reptiles display with Jungle Jo for a chance to handle and learn about some of her creatures. Entry for both is £1 per child.

Don’t forget about the bouncy castle, face painting, and spooky games! There is also a dress up competition for both kids and adults to take part in.

Witches and Wizards - Marsh Farm

Saturday 21st - Tuesday 31st October

Marsh Farm is, as always, providing fun things for the kids to do this half term.

This year, kids can pick out their own pumpkin to turn into a masterpiece at the Carving Cavern. You can also explore the Witches’ Maize Maze, and help a witch find out missing potion ingredients. Wizard Cello will be holding magical shows, and you’ll be able to meet all the animals too.

Tickets are £14.99 on the door, with cheaper prices for tickets booked online. See the website linked above for full pricing details.

Fab Science - Various Locations

Monday 23rd - Saturday 28th October

Fab Science provides some truly gruesome fun with Professor Fab and her gaggle of wizarding scientists.

Together kids and scientists will make colour-changing potions, flying broomsticks, toothpaste for giants, and gross ghoul-snot. Dress up is optional, but encouraged.

Spaces are filling up fast at all locations, so be sure to book soon for your mini scientists! Sessions are £32 for a whole day of fun.

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