With chilly days, crispy leaves and an uncontrollable excitement for Halloween and Bonfire Night, that can only mean one thing… October Half Term is almost here! (17th – 28th October).
The last holiday before Christmas, the October holidays are a great time to spend with the family and there are lots of October Half Term breaks and ideas to keep the whole family smiling. Here are Team SuperBreak’s Amy & Millie’s top 9 Autumn half-term activities for 2016.
1) Cadbury World, Birmingham
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy chocolate, and that’s what makes Cadbury World such a great choice for an extra-sweet October Half Term.
With chocolatey surprises around every corner in each of the attraction’s 14 zones and special events taking place throughout the holidays, you won’t be stuck for things to do. I highly recommend stocking up on your favourite treats in the world’s largest Cadbury shop, too! From 22nd – 30th October, Cadbury World gets ghoulish with a Halloween Spooktactuar, featuring lots of eerie entertainment from ‘The Scream Factor’ and hair-raising fancy dress competitions, and more spine-chilling chocolate events – a great day out for both big and little monsters!
2) The Deep, Hull
Step inside the world’s only submarium for an unbelievable underwater experience at The Deep this Autumn Half Term; complete with interactive games and touch pool sessions where you meet the smaller creatures.
The Deep is a wonderful attraction for all ages, and it’s located on the waterside, overlooking the Humber estuary. As well as the big tanks of fish, sharks, rays and turtles, my top must-sees are the mischievous penguins, neon jellyfish and real-life Nemos and Dorys – I was in awe that I could walk through water with the sharks in the spectacular viewing tunnel. October 22nd-30th sees a Sea Monsters event where kids can discover all about the monsters of the sea through dive presentations and become their favourite sea monster at the face painting area.
3) Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter
Double, double toil and trouble chocolate frogs and potions bubble – the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is a magical half-term treat for all Harry Potter fans.
Earlier this year I stepped inside one of the most enchanting places on earth and discovered where the Harry Potter magic all began. You can meet your professors in the Great Hall, stock up on wizarding supplies in Diagon Alley and fly your own broomstick high over Hogwarts, before buying all of your favourite wizarding sweets in the Studio Shop. 15th October – 4th November also marks the 15th film anniversary of the Philosopher’s Stone, with a Halloween-themed Great Hall, the ‘UP’ broomstick and many more exciting surprises.
4) Efteling Theme Park, The Netherlands
If you’re looking for some exciting half-term fun further afield, The Netherlands is home to one of the most enchanting, fantasy-themed theme parks in Europe, the magical Efteling Theme Park.
An enchanting, fantasy-themed theme park, Efteling is brimming with rides, attractions, fairy-tale adventures and above all, fun! The children will love meeting their favourite fairy-tale characters in the Fairytale Forest and thrill-seekers will be in their element on the stomach-churning Baron 1898 dive coaster. As well as being home to Europe’s largest water show, Efteling also has its own accommodation close to the park, and families can either bike, walk or get the mini train to the park entrance.
5) Chester Zoo, Chester
Chester Zoo is one of my all-time FAVOURITE places, and it’s easy to see why. The sheer variety of animals and unique features makes for a refreshing day out.
But how the devil is Chester Zoo celebrating Half Term? With ‘The Enchantment of Chester Zoo’, of course! An evil sorcerer has cast a spell on Chester Zoo (how rude!), trying to steal away all of the super powers of the nocturnal animals. Can you and your family help break the curse?
6) Legoland, Windsor
Legoland is a super place to go during the autumn season – everyone loves Lego, right?
Half Term festivities include the ever-popular ‘Brick or Treat’, meaning you can easily get into the Halloween spirit with a great selection of activities plus over 55 rides, live shows and attractions. What’s not to love?!
7) Warwick Castle, Warwick
As a kid I used to adore a trip to Warwick Castle, and as a mature (ahem) adult I’m not much different! The giant fire trebuchet and falconry displays are reason to go enough!
Feeling brave? Take a trip to The Haunted Castle and meet wondrous witches, Horrible Histories characters and the return of the impressive Fire Joust. On selected weekends Warwick Castle will also be home to Little Warriors, where youngsters can be taught the skills to overcome dragons and medieval battles!
8) Thorpe Park, Chertsey
Got older kids? Then Thorpe Park it is! Filled with white-knuckle rides and the new Derren Brown Ghost Train, you’ll never want to leave!
If you’re in the mood for a truly frightening experience during Half Term, get yourself to the Thorpe Park Fright Nights. Brave the live action horror mazes (not for the faint-hearted!) alongside some of the park’s most iconic rides, including THE SWARM and SAW. Don’t forget to scream if you wanna go faster on Stealth!
9) Madame Tussauds, London
A firm favourite London attraction for all ages, Madame Tussauds is going from strength to strength this autumn!
Schmooze with your favourite stars and learn more about their various achievements as you explore room after room of celebrities. Whether you’re into your sporting heroes or Star Wars, socialites or scientists, there’s plenty of opportunities for an interesting selfie!
What are you and the family planning this October Half Term? Let us know in the comment box below!