Top 10 days out for October half term

That whoosh in the air is a rapidly approaching half term!  It seems no time at all since the long school summer holidays, and yet here we are again with children to entertain.  This half term, avoid the temptation to dump the kids on front of screens of various sizes.  Below we list a variety of half term activities happening all around the country, that should help you to make the most of the week.


  • Inflatable Zombie Run: Berkshire

This is probably the most fun race ever!   The 5 kilometre race course is packed with inflatable obstacles, which allow participants to boing, bounce, crawl, climb and slide their way around the course.  To make it even more challenging there are Infected Zones along the way featuring flesh-eating – but child-friendly – zombies.   The run takes place at Newbury Showground on Sunday 29th October and costs  £25 for adults, £15 for children.   Details from


  • Portsmouth historic dockyard: Portsmouth

There is so much to see here for all the family – and of course the abundance of shops and restaurants of Portsmouth as well!   This half term there are various special events including a Vampire Bat Trail, Trafalgar Day on board with Captain Hardy, Lego Ghost Ships, Pirate Ghost Tour, Deathly Disco and Fireworks Display.  Details from


  • National Space Centre:  Leicester

Spooky Space this Half Term!  Apparently the Spooky Science team have taken over and have all gone slightly batty!  Every day there will be The School of Science Magic, with the opportunity to make your very own slime to take home and drop in for a session that will have you spinning.   More details from   


  • Owl Prowl at Paradise Park: Cornwall

From October 21st-29th, come and get goosebumps as you take The ‘Owl Prowl’ trail and explore the grounds of the Park.  You need to hunt out the clues about these creatures of the night and when you complete all the answers your skills will be rewarded with a lovely sweet treat.  You can also enjoy  feeding times for the animals on the Fun Farm, the penguins and otters, and the colourful lorikeets in the walk through Australian Aviary.   There is also a Halloween Disco in the afternoon of Friday 27th October with fancy dress competition, spooky food and pumpkin soup! Visit:


  • Spellbound Festival: Northern Ireland

Join us between 29th and 31st October for 3 days of monstrous fun at Castle Espie!   There will be lots of spooktacular spectacles on these three days – including broomstick disco, face painting, and storytelling – and you will also be frightfully entertained throughout the rest of the half term break with a Halloween trail and Creepy Crafts!    More details from  


  • Glowing lantern parade: Norfolk

From Saturday 14th October – Sunday 29th October come and enjoy exploring the magical woodland, meeting the BeWILDerbats and seeing the spooky decorations in the park.   If you stay till dusk you will also be able to see BeWILDerwood in a magical light extravaganza!  More details from


  • Walking festival: New Forest

Get out in the fresh air with one of 75 expert-led walks through the national park.  Many of the walks  feature wild play activities for children, guided alpaca walks, free-roaming pigs and ponies and birdwatching lessons.   See website for routes and timings. 


  • Juice Festival: Newcastle

This art, dance, theatre, film and hip-hop festival, largely created by and for under-25s, is hosting a huge range of imaginative events this half term. Among the highlights are Circus Central who are bringing a variety of circus delights for all the family to The Magpie, a big top in the heart of Newcastle City Centre.  You will be able to take part in workshops led by circus mentors and also catch performance highlights from the Five Ring Circus, Labyrinth and Bee Enchanted.


  • Kidtropolis: London

Kidtropolis at the Excel Centre is packed full of live shows, your children’s favourite characters, exciting entertainment and amazing activities.  The organisers promise that you won’t find this much variety of fun from leading brands and entertainment companies all under one roof, anywhere else in the UK !    October 23-26


  • Fountains Abbey: North Yorkshire

Come and enjoy Today’s Story, a family friendly tour, and learn about the history of the abbey during a short half hour walk.   You can also pick up an Autumn Explorer Map to enjoy and learn all about the nature you can find on the estate.  On Saturday evenings throughout October you can also experience the illuminated ruins of the abbey.

We hope that these ideas will help you to plan some fun things for half term that all the family will enjoy.  If you need some quick cash to help you make the best of the week then let Logbook Loans help.  We are able to offer instant cheque cashing and money transfers.  So for quick cash use our Branch Locator to find your nearest branch of Logbook Loans, bring your cheque or transfer details and some valid photo ID and proof of age and address and we will do the rest.