Looking for Things to Do in Essex This Half Term (October 2017)? Ideas for Days out with the Kids

Things to Do in Essex in August (2017)? Ideas for Days out with the Kids Half Term October 2017

Really? Half-Term is already here!!?!??!   With many Essex attractions viewing half-term as the last opportunity to make the most of daylight saving time, there are lots of fab ideas for days out with the kids this half-term.  While I’m personally loving homemade soup and those comforting Sunday lunches, that autumn light during sunset keeps me heading outdoors to enjoy it.

So if you got that cuppa and are ready to dive in, then here they are. The best of the bunch available – my xxx ideas for days out with the kids this half-term.

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Day Out With the Kids This Half-Term (Oct. 2017)


Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October – 10 am to 4 pm

Apple Weekend – Thames Chase Forest Centre

A weekend event filled with childresn’s activities and a treasure hunt where you can also peruse a fab market.  Yep, you guessed it right. There will be lots of apples! Local country crafts and woodcraft will also be on display.

More Info – http://www.thameschase.org.uk/news-events/upcoming-events/apple-weekend-2


Saturday 21 October – 11 am to 3 pm

Hedgehogs and Hibernation – Naze Visitor Centre
“Come on our hibernation trail and make a leaf hedgehog. There will also be talks and activities with Hedgehog Haven”.

Note there is a suggested donation of £3 per child.

More Info – https://www.essexwt.org.uk/events/2017/10/21/hedgehogs-and-hibernation


Saturday 21 October to Tuesday 31 October – 10 am to 5 pm

Halloween Pumpkin Trail and Catapulting Witches – Mountfitchet Castle

“Join in with our fun Pumpkin Trail, follow the clues to find the Pumpkins, collect their names to claim your prize.
There will also be a great interactive event not to be missed where children can launch Witches and Ghosts from our famous medieval catapult at 12 pm and 2 pm every day. See how far you can fire the Witches!!”

More Info – http://www.mountfitchetcastle.com/your-visit/special-events


Sunday 22 October to Tuesday 31 October – Various Timings

Shriek Week – Colchester Zoo

“Experience plenty of spook-tacular themed displays and activities throughout the day! Listen to tales of the crypt, take a tour of the ‘Panic Rooms’, travel through the woods and check out our Halloween Festival at All Saints Church! PLUS little ones will also be able to enjoy the festive fun with daily magic shows and the chance to mix up their own positions and spells with the good witches in the ice cream parlour! With so many events and activites, this is a week not to be missed!”.

With so many events and activities, this is a week not to be missed!”.

More Info – https://www.colchester-zoo.com/explore/events-calendar

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Monday 23 October – 7.15 pm

Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland – Chelmsford Picture House

Live from the Royal Opera House, London.  Watch this amazing ballet showing The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

More Info – https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/cinema/alices-adventures-on-wonderland/


Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October – 10 am to 3 pm

Creepy Creatures – RHS Garden Hyde Hall

“Discover all there is to know about creepy creatures this half term, with crafts, a garden trail and more. Pumpkin carving will also be available every day for £5 per pumpkin, though must be booked.

Crafts are available on a drop-in basis every day 10am-3pm for £2 per child.”

More Info –  https://www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall/viewevent?EFID=14468&ESRC=CRM


Friday 21 October to Sunday 29 October – Various Timings

Dr Gore’s Spooky Mad Lab – Royal Gunpowder Mills

“In a week full of ghoulish and ghastly activities – Dr Gore and team have some great creations up their sleeves which they want you to try! Discover all things green and gooey at the Slime Station, find your inner wizard and help make colourful potions for secret purpose.”

More Info – https://www.royalgunpowdermills.com/whats-and-events/october-half-term/


Friday 21 October to Tuesday 31 October – 10 am to 3 pm

Pumpkin Patch Self Guide Trail – Belhus Woods Country Park

“Buy a self-guided trail pack for £3 from the Visitor Centre and then set off on a walk through the woods searching for pumpkin trail markers. Solve puzzles and work out clues as you fill in your Halloweeny trail booklet, ready to return to the Visitor Centre to collect a well done gift.

There is no need to book, just gather your family, friends and a sense of adventure.”

More Info – https://www.facebook.com/events/446174699105510/


Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October –  6 pm and 8 pm

Museums at Night: Audley by Lantern Light – Audley End

“Join us at Audley End after hours as part of the nationwide ‘Museums at Night’ event series. Explore the rooms after dark and hear the tales of the house’s fascinating history brought to life.

Tours at 6pm & 8pm. Suitable for over 12s”.

More Info and Tickets: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on

Wednesday 25 October to Thursday 26 October –  8 pm to 6 am

The Big Sleepover – Layer Marney Tower

“Not since Tudor times have people slept the night in the Long Gallery at Layer Marney Tower.  But, now we are offering you the opportunity to do so.  Once the stables for Lord Marney’s horses, with those looking after them bedding down on the floor above. Now transformed for 21st-century use, with oak sprung floor and Tudorpanellingg, but as you drop off to sleep will you hear the stamping of the horses’ hooves, the rustle of straw, or a distant neigh? Was that just the wind in the roof, or was it the creaking of a knight’s armour???”

Just 35 spaces available.

More Info – http://www.layermarneytower.co.uk/events/the-big-halloween-sleep-over/


Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October – 6.30 pm to 9 pm

Pumpkin Fest and Spooky Nights – Barleylands

“Held after dark, the two evenings will be packed with thrills, spills and chills for tots to young teens.  As always, there will be plenty of spooktactularfamily-friendlyy activities including Huge Fairground Ghost Train, Haunted Fairground House, Boo Barn, Witches Walk, Haze Maze, Spooky Toddler Story Time, Creepy Reptile Cave, Halloween Disco and spooky games.”

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

More Info – http://www.barleylands.co.uk/farm-park/spookynights/


Saturday 29 October – 11 am to 5 pm

Pumpkin Plod – Haven House

“The grumpy Pumpkin King has taken control of the forest – can you help us cheer him up by completing this Halloween themed family fun walk on the outskirts of London? Starting and finishing at the hospice in Woodford Green, enjoy a 5k plod through the forest completing challenges to help create our witch’s potion that will make the Pumpkin King smile. With the alternative option of a 2k plod on our grounds, it really is the perfect half term event for the whole family.

The Haven House Pumpkin Plod theme is Pumpkins and Bats. If orange is your colour, go pumpkins all the way, or don your wings and embrace your inner Batman.”

More Info – https://www.havenhouse.org.uk/Event/halloween-pumpkin-plod



Still Looking for Things to Do in Essex this Half-Term?

If you are still in need of some inspiration, why not have a look at our previous blog on 15 Free Family Days Out in Essex?  I’ve also pulled together a Pinterest board which may help with some indoor inspiration which you will find the blog too. Perfect for those days when the weather decides to spoil our fun.

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