Wondering what to do this October half term to keep the kids entertained? There’s no shortage of fun activities and events coming up soon in Bath – check out our top boredom-busting picks…
Explore some of the city’s best-loved attractions during half term. There's plenty going on to celebrate Museums Week, from 26th October to 3rd November, whether that's making bookmarks and necklaces at No.1 Royal Crescent, getting inspired by the artefacts at the Museum of East Asian Art, exploring excavated marble at Bath Abbey, or getting creative with clay at the Museum of Bath Architecture. Beckford's Tower and Museum will also be running a fascinating tour of their cemetery, and you can find out about infrared photography and make constellation keyrings at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy.
Spooky Halloween Activities
With Halloween falling midway through half term this year, it’s the perfect time to get into the spirit of all things magical and mystical. Discover the spooky side of Bowood House and Gardens from 23rd October to 1st November, experience an immersive Halloween Tale at Cheddar Gorge & Caves from 23rd October to 3rd November, or enjoy some spooky American-inspired fun with a Trick or Treat Trail at the American Museum & Gardens, 26th October to 3rd November. Find out about more family-friendly Halloween events here.
Craft Workshops at Julia Davey
If that's not enough creativity, Julia Davey, a welcoming art shop on Bear Flat, will be hosting a range of workshops and classes for children during half term. Kids can make woven hedgehogs, their own pet owl babies, or colourful pom-pom wreaths with craft expert Kate Woods, or there's the Half Term Clay Club – a creative session inspiring and building confidence in children.
The Little Prince at The Edge
Bringing Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novella to life, don't miss a captivating performance of The Little Prince at The Edge on 1st November. Head to the arts centre, based at the University of Bath's campus, for dance and spoken word sure to enchant your little ones. There's also a Family Workshop taking place the day after, an energetic and interactive session exploring the story through dance.
Escape to the Country at Somerset Rural Life Museum
Take a trip to Glastonbury, an hour's drive from Bath, to visit the Somerset Rural Life Museum and take part in their half-term activities. Both 26th and 29th October will have an equine theme – on the 26th, George and Bertie, two Suffolk horses, will visit the museum for Heavy Horse Day, and on the 29th, meet some friendly visitors during Donkey Day. There'll also be a chance to learn about pottery in an interactive session, and you can find out how our ancestors lived with activities exploring rural history.
Crafts and Nature at The Bishop's Palace
The city of Wells also makes for a great day trip this half term. Head to The Bishop's Palace, where kids can make scarecrow hats and woolly autumn apples in the Crafty Cats seasonal family arts and crafts session, turn into Nature Ninjas in a garden-based workshop, and follow an Autumn Leaf Trail, exploring different trees for a prize.
Where's Wally? at the American Museum & Gardens
Hunt the striped, bespectacled Wally at the American Museum & Gardens from 26th October to 3rd November, with a fun trail and activity sheet to follow. Part of a nationwide campaign from Kids in Museums and Walker Books to celebrate the release of the new Where's Wally? book, see if you can search for him in the museum's collections!
Longleat’s Great British Autumn
Celebrate the changing seasons at Longleat, with an array of awesome autumnal activities from 26th October to 3rd November. Kids can embrace the outdoors and get creative with workshops and activities including pumpkin carving and a trail, mini tractor-driving and beautiful daily owl displays, and their spectacular fireworks will start and end the week with a bang.
Embrace all things seasonal towards the end of half term with some dazzling fireworks. Longleat will light up the sky with two displays, 25th and 26th October and 1st and 2nd November; Bath Racecourse's Light Up Lansdown fireworks will be set to a mesmerising Disney soundtrack on 1st November; and the ever-popular Bath Rotary Club's display, on 2nd November, is sure to enchant and impress. Head here to find out more about Fireworks in Bath.
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