October half term has arrived and it doesn’t seem five minutes since the children went back to school after the summer holidays. Don’r be stuck for ideas for things to do to keep the children amused this half term, read our roundup of what’s on in the Forest od Dean this half term.
Spookyard at Over Farm
Spookyard at Over Farm is back and its better than ever! There’s so much to do for the whole family including the pumpkin walk-through, tractor trailer ride, quad train ride, jumping pillows, maize maze, corn cannon, scarecrow trail, football golf plus shows such as trick or treat training, scarecrow show, fancy dress competion, and Monster Mashup. There’s plenty of food and drink available on site (or there’s Toby Carvery next door) and the pick your own pumpkin field is also open.
From 22nd October to 31st October, Clearwell Caves are holding the Big Pumpkin Count. Can you find all the pumpkins that have been hidden around the caves? Some are harder to spot than others! All the entries will be entered into a draw to win a good bag from the gift shop. This is event is included with general entry and is suitable for all ages.
Scary Fairy Trail
Lime Kiln farm plays host to The Scary Fairy Trail where you can explore the farm by torchlight, follow the clues to decipher the message and avoid the goblin. When you’ve finished the trail why not refuel with a burger or hot dog before carving a pumpkin to take home. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome but bear in mind this is a working farm with livestock.
Dean Heritage Centre
The Dean Heritage Centre is the place to go for spooktacular family fun including scary trails, creepy crafts and pumpkin carving. There’s the haunted cottage where the resident witches may invite you in to sample their witches brew, a pick your own pumpkin patch, design a lantern to take home, listen to spooky stories, see some owls or search the woodland for beasts.
Taurus Crafts are offering a wide range of activities throughout half term. There’s Arnie Kazam The Wizard, Funky Pumpkins, Paint a pot, Spooky Slime, Monster Heads, Brilliant Broomsticks, Crafty Halloween and on the 29th October they are hosting All Families Eve, a chance to get together with good food and activities for the children, With plenty of shops, an outdoor playground and a cafe which is open every day, there’s sure to be something to please everyone and Taurus Crafts even welcome all well-behaved dogs on a lead!
Head to Puzzlewood to carry out a Goblin Hunt. There are 12 goblins hidden around Puzzlewood, find them all and unscramble the letters to spell out a word and answer the riddle. The Goblin trail is included in the standard ticket price.
Go Ape Sundown Adventure
Experience the forest after dark in the treetops at Go Ape Beechenhurst this half term. Head down the zip wires and through the course with your senses heightened due to the darkness, it really is an experience to remember!.
Hot Pot Pottery
Based in Christchurch, Hot Pot Pottery are doing Halloween pottery painting all week. They have a large selection of Halloween themed items for you to decorate either at home or in store all ready to be fired by them and collected on Halloween.
Harts Barn Cookery School
Do you have a budding chef in the family? Why not take them over to Harts Barn Cookery School where they can learn how to make their very own Halloween chocolates, what a delicious treat! You could even make a day of it by strolling around the beautiful shops and get some tasty treats to take home.
Dick Whittington Park Halloween Party
Take your little partyanimals to Dick Whittington Park for their Halloween party on Saturday 30th October from 5:00 -7:00 pm. Wear your scariest costume and get ready to play. £5.00 per ticket (adults free) and all children will get a goodie bag of treats. There are prizes for best costume!!
Bats at Lydney Library
On Friday 29th October, Lydney Library is playing host to a fun family learning workshop. take your little ones along from 2:00 – 4:00 pm to learn all about bats, hear a bat story and make a craft to take away. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.