Half-term fun around the UK!


As October half-term kicks off, there are plenty of family activities in our featured towns and cities throughout the UK.

In Bath, tuck in to some sumptuous treats as The Great Bath Feast continues until 31 October, featuring a range of food and drink activities throughout the city, such as cookery demonstrations, celebrity chefs and more. Down the road in Cheltenham, drop in to the Holst Birthplace Museum on Tuesday 28 October, where you can design and make your own Monster Mask, or solve the riddles on the Spooky Trail.

While it’s not quite beach weather, in Brighton there’s just time to catch the end of the Brighton Comedy Festival, with top names such as Jimeoin, Seann Walsh and Alun Cochrane performing.

In Cambridge, feed your brain at the Festival of Ideas, where there are dozens of activities every day until 2 November, with opportunities to learn about anything from linguistics to computing, from archaeology to hip-hop, and from botany to dolls houses. In nearby Ely, the monthly Flower, Food and Craft Market on 26 October will have a harvest theme, as well as Halloween fun for the kids, including pumpkin carving.

There are creepy goings on in Canterbury, as the city’s flagship tourist attraction The Canterbury Tales hosts The Terrible Tales, a nightly comedy horror performance set in a graveyard.

For a right royal day out, head to Edinburgh where Art Spy¬†family activity bags are available at the Queen’s Gallery at the¬†Palace of Holyroodhouse. Families can undertake a secret mission to find out more about the Poet Laureate. Across Scotland in Glasgow, indulge in a tour of Glasgow Underground that focuses on the influence of Mackintosh in the city.

In Hull, as well as 3,500 fish, you can enjoy some fiendish fun at The Deep, where the kids can follow a critter trail, have their faces painted, and indulge in creepy craft activities.

In London, the Museum of London has just opened its Sherlock Holmes exhibition, which explores the legendary fictional detective and the Victorian London environment in which he operated.

In Oxford, the Story Museum is hosting an event on Wednesday 29 October on Magic and Science – an interactive show for all the family where all the tricks are not magic, but science.

There are plenty of cultural opportunities in Stratford-upon-Avon at the RSC, which has a full programme of half-term activities, from singing and staging plays, to learning about stage make-up and wigs, as well as daily drawing workshops.

Finally, lighten up in York, as the Illuminating York festival takes place from 29 October to 1 November. A dozen brand new illuminating artworks, created using cutting-edge technology will transform the city, supported by a range of events and workshops.