10 things to do with the family in October half term

October half term has almost arrived and there’s lots to see and do across the UK to suit the whole family. We’ve put together a list of 10 great October half term activities you can all enjoy together on your next staycation.

1. The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead

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Whether you have an adventurous bunch to entertain, or you just want to try something new, head to The Snow Centre for some great family fun. Grab your ski’s or your snowboard and head to the slopes. There are lessons and tuition for the whole family so you can all learn a new hobby together, or if you’re a family of keen snowboarders or skiers you can grab a family lift pass and challenge yourselves on the 160m main slope. All equipment is included in pass and ticket prices.

– Cost: From £49 per person per 1 hour session.
– Address: St Albans Hill, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9NH

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Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead Gateway

Hatfield central

2. Secrets of central London walking tour, London

Discover the secrets of the capital in a walking tour that takes you through over 200 years of history from your starting point at London’s Transport Museum in Covent Garden. Wander through the back streets and uncover hidden gems on a walking tour that takes you through Kingsway, Lincoln’s Inn Fields and Victoria Embankment off the beaten track. Tickets for the tour includes a discount at the gift shop, a tour of Covent Garden and half price entry to London Transport Museum.

– Cost: Adult £20, children (9+) and concessions: £17.90. No children under 9 are permitted on the tour for health and safety reasons. More information can be found here.
– Address: Covent Garden Piazza (south east corner), London, WC2E 7BB

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London Covent Garden

London Farringdon

London Kings Cross Royal Scot

3. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

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Explore Portsmouth illustrious naval history at the Historic Dockyard. With 10 iconic attractions to explore including HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous ship best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar and HMS Warrior, the largest and fastest of all Royal Navy ships with a legacy to match. You can also visit The Mary Rose, the Tudor flagship that sunk in the Battle of the Solent in 1545 and whose remains sit proudly on display after years of careful restoration. There’s enough here to keep the whole family entertained and with an Ultimate Explorer ticket you can see them all any time for 12 months after your first visit.

– Cost: Adult: £39, child (4-15): £29, family ticket (2 adult and up to 3 children): £120. Ultimate Explorer ticket for ALL 10 attractions for 12 months.
– Address: Admiralty Road, Portsmouth, PO1 3GW

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Portsmouth City Centre

Portsmouth

Gosport

4. Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Scotland

Nestled in the north of Cairngorms National Park is a fun-filled adventure park for all the family. Brave the Runaway Timber Train rollercoaster, walk amongst the dinosaurs at Dinosaur Kingdom, get active at the various parks and trails, and meet and tweet with the resident birds and marvel at the beautiful butterflies and exotic flowers in the Tropical Hot-House bio-dome. All of this and more make Landmark Forest Adventure Park a great choice for a family day out.

– Cost: Adult: £23, child (4+): £21, under 3’s: FREE. Prices listed are valid until 1st November 2020. See more information here. 
– Address: Landmark Forest Adventure Park, Carrbridge, Inverness-shire, PH23 3AJ.

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Inverness City Centre

Inverness

Inverness Fairways

5. Cadbury World, Birmingham

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A hit with the kids and kidult chocoholics alike, Cadbury World is a fantastic family day out in Birmingham. Explore the magic of Cadbury chocolate for yourself with a tour around the factory with the smell of melted delicious chocolate filling the halls. Discover the Cadbury story from it’s humble beginnings, to the lightbulb moment that was the invention of the ‘a glass and a half’ Dairy Milk chocolate. Take a ride in a Beanmobile around a chocolate wonderland full of familiar Cadbury characters and hold onto your seats for an unforgettable 4D adventure aboard the Crunchie rollercoaster piloted by the Caramel Bunny. Of course, a trip to Cadbury World would’nt be complete without a trip to the gift shop where you can pick up your own sweet ptreats at a great price.

– Cost: Adult: £18, child (4-15): £13.25, under 4’s: FREE, family of 4: £53.80.
– Address: Linden Road, Birmingham, B30 1JR.

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Birmingham Maypole

Birmingham Central Broadway Plaza

Birmingham Central

6. National Space Centre, Leicester

Be transported to a place beyond our world at the National Space Centre, the UK’s largest attraction dedicated to all things space. Be wowed at the UK’s largest domed platearium which is full of space suits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. While you’re there, enjoy one of the documentary films including ‘We Are Stars’ narrated by Andy Serkis which goes back over 13 billion years to explore our explosive origins. Kids will also love the Into Space exhibit which includes a replica of the Columbus Module from the International Space Station and will give them a chance to walk in the shoes (or space boots!) of astronauts such a Buzz Aldrin and learn more about what space is really like. And, with a TripAdvisor 2020 Traveller’s Choice Award, it’s a must-see

– Cost: Adult: £15.50, child (5-16): £12.50, under 5’s: FREE. Closed Monday- Thursday. See more information here.
– Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS.

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Leicester Central

Leicester Hinckley Road

Leicester Markfield

7. Beamish Living Museum of the North, County Durham

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Explore the world of yesteryear at this fascinating living museum where you can learn everything about how life used to be in the North of England. Walk around the replica town and learn the history in an interactive way. Get into the community spirit as you walk past the horse and cart on the cobbled streets and peek into the dozens of intriguiging shop windows and see what historical wears they’re selling. Take a ride on the tram or a vintage bus, say hello to the resident animals at the 1940’s farm and learn more about the North East ‘pits’ and how the mining industry was the backbone to the regions prosperity. Also, with your day ticket you can get a FREE 12 month extension so you can come back and visit throughout the year.

– Cost: Adult: £19.50, child (5-16): £11.50, family (2 adults & 2 children): £51
– Address: Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG.

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Washington A1 Northbound

Chester-le-Street

Washington A1 Southbound

8. Magical Woodland, Cheshire

With the seasons changing and nights drawing in, places like Magical Woodland in Cheshire come into their own. Walk through a dazzling light and sound display with the stunning Cheshire woodland backdrop. Get your phone’s ready to snap an Instagram-ready family shot as this 15 acre woodland comes to life in front of your eyes. Get your walking shoes on as bookings for the 2020 season start now for visits from 10th October so don’t miss out.

– Cost: Adult: £14.95, child: £12.50, family (2 adults & 2 children): £55
– Address: Northwich, CW8 2EB.

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Northwich Lostock Gralam

Knutsford M6

Middlewich

9. GoBoat, London

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With 2 routes to chose from either in Paddington or Kingston, with GoBoat you can experience the River Thames away from the hustle and bustle of Central London. Navigate yourself through the river and cruise past some of London’s most iconic sights including Hampton Court Palace, Little Venice, Regents Park and London Zoo. Gather the family together in a task of boat-driving teamwork, and then stop of somewhere scenic en-route for a picnic.

– Cost: 1 hour- £79, 2 hours- £119, 3 hours- £159. Prices are worked out per boat. For FAQ’s and booking details, see their website.
– Address: Kingston route can be taken from Riverside Walk next to the Kingston Road Bridge (KT1 4BU), Paddington routes can be taken from Merchant Square (W2 1AS).

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Kingston Upon Thames Central

London Kingston Upon Thames

London Teddington

10. Avon Valley Railway, Bristol

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There’s nothing like a vintage train to get the kids excited and this October half term, the family see just that at Avon Valley Railway. Originally opened up in 1869 as a through route between Birmingham and the South Coast, it was later linked up with Somerset and Dorset Railway. It was later closed completely in the 1960’s but today, over 40 years on you can rediscover the lovingly restored Victorian station, wander through the museum and even take a trip on one of the diesel or steam trains.

– Cost: Adult: from £8, child: from £5, under 5’s: FREE.
– Address: Bitton Station, Bath Rd, Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS30 6HD.

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Bristol Central Mitchell Lane

Bristol Central

Bath Central