Get outta that house! October Half-Term fun
Wot, no trick or treat? The sugar frenzy might be off for 2020 but don't worry, there's tons of stuff to keep the little people entertained this half term. Read on for the good stuff.
An hour of proper belly laughs, tubing is a winner for all the family (my teenager insists on this year after year) as well as a treat for the kids. Speed down the snowy slopes in the safety of a big fat inner tube or grab hold of your family’s hands and slide down in tandem. Wrap up warm and grab a hot choc afterwards. Tickets £13
Bure Valley Railway KIDS GO FREE, 24 Oct – 1 Nov
Delightful at all ages, but particularly exciting if you happen to be four years old with a train obsession. Take the adorable mini steam from Aylsham to Wroxham (or Wroxham to Aylsham) have a bit of lunch, feed the ducks and tootle back. Dogs can come along for £3.50 and this half term two children go free with a fee paying adult. Tickets £14.50.
Oxburgh Hall Gardens, Swaffham open daily, book online
Need a breather? The gardens at Oxburgh Hall are a the perfect spot for the grandparents to steal the kids away for an afternoon of quality time and a bit of kitchen garden intel. The Parterre here is a huge blooming mass of over 6500 bedding plants in summer and an enchanting space to take time out in the cooler months.
A GRIMM HALLOWEEN, Holkham Hall, 28 – 31 Oct
Wrap up warm and listen to spooky Hansel and Gretal storytelling and live performances of the Brother’s Grimm tales in the walled gardens of Holkham. Carve your own pumpkin, get your face painted and practise some good old fashioned witchcraft. For those feeling extra brave get close up to some creepy crawlies and hot foot it on the rope course under the cover of darkness. That’s a lot of thrills for only £6 per ticket.
Gravity Norwich, Riverside open daily
Let them bounce their socks off (but keep them on) at this massive trampline park in Norwich’s youth paradise, Riverside. Gravity is open daily, with Rock Climbing and Open Jump as a kind of circuit training combo, if you fancy REALLY wearing them out. There’s frozen blue drinks at the ready so expect to let everyone run wild. Book via the website, following Covid rules. Open Jump for one hour is £12.25
The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade, BeWILDerwood, 17 Oct – 1 Nov
See the woods in a whole new light as all the inhabitants come out to celebrate the Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade. This year the event is running from dusk so book your slot (5.30 / 6.30 / 7.30) online for an hour and a half of spooktacular fun. Get creative in the Big Hat and craft a beautiful lantern for a Slitherigrub to live in and make sure to dress up in your best spooky costume.
Pumpkin Festival, Wroxham Barns, 22 to 31 October
Get your Halloween vibes ready for this cute-as-can-be pumpkin festival with free access to the fun park rides, junior farm, as well as spell and potion lessons with Wilba the Witch and a free pumpkin for every little one to get creative with inside the special carving barn. Book online here.
Halloween Drive-In Movies, Norfolk Showground, Oct 29 – Nov 1st
Prepare to be scared (or not so much) with a great selection of family and horror movies showing over four days at the showground. Just pull up in the comfort of your own four wheels, grab some of the yummy street food and settle in for a night / afternoon of jumps and frights. For the kids there’s classics like Ghostbusters and Casper the Friendly Ghost, or for adults who fancy terrifying themselves silly (er, not me) there’s everything from Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist. Yikes.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Aylsham Sat & Sun
What could be nicer than spending an hour or two over the weekend with these gorgeous beings, Wiggins and Wacko? Muddy 2019 Best Family Attraction, Redwings Aylsham is open again and invites visitors to come along and say hola to its 50 rescue residents, including the herd of notorious shetland ponies aka the ‘Gangstas’. Entry is free but donations are welcome. Book your visit via the website.
Dippy’s Halloween Adventure Days 24 Oct – 1 Nov
The ever popular Dippy the Dinosaur Halloween fun is back this year with all the gang. Go on the hunt for the warewolf in the woods and search for the blue skeleton to win a Halloween prize. Crafting tables and all sorts of spooktastic fun to be had. Tickets via the website £16.50 and children under 90cm go free.