Half term bangers.
With Halloween round the corner it's nearly time for the little darlings to be back home for a whole week. Yippee... But fear not, Northants is bursting with fun activities and things to do to keep the kids happy this half term. It'll be a scream. Mwahahahaha!
Warts and All Theatre’s Adventure Club, Delapre Abbey
Let the Mudlings explore nature and discover the Abbey’s past whilst going wild across the park. There’s an action packed week lined up, both inside and out, with loads of activities from arts and crafts to treasure hunts.
Halloween Fun, Rockingham Castle
Take a spooky tour of the castle, led by the resident witches and wizards, and have a go at the pumpkin trail around the beautiful gardens. There’s so much history here, you’re bound to come across a headless cavalier or a ghostly Norman invader.
Make Club, Delapre Abbey
Parents and kids can get crafty together at the Make Club’s fab workshops during half term week. Try making soap and hand sanitiser (very now) or craft some Halloween themed decorations. You’ll be led by experienced tutors with Covid-safe measures in place.
Autumn Family Photography Sessions, Delapré Abbey, 17, 18 &24 Oct
Lacie Cox, whose studio is at the Old Dairy Farm Crafty Centre in Upper Stowe, is amazingly skilled at capturing those elusive, cheese-free, family shots. Book in advance for an Autumn session in the picturesque grounds of Delapré Abbey and enjoy the day exploring the house and gardens.
Sorry to list this under kids’ activities when we all know the grown-ups are just as into dressing up as Bellatrix Lestrange and scoffing all the chocolate frogs as the Mudlings. Just me…? This fab little afternoon tea has all the Potteresque goodies from Philosopher’s Scones (geddit?) to polyjuice potion, a lovely little treat for the tiddlers.
Halloween Spooktacular and Pumpkin Patch, West Lodge Farm Park, Desborough 17-31 Oct
Book your timed slot for spooky stories, a ghostly walk, barrel rides, animal petting, outdoor and indoor play areas, ghoulish tractor rides and loads more.
PYO Pumpkins, Saxby’s Cider, Farndish, 17-31 Oct
The autumnal zenith has clearly been met at the carnivalesque intersection of pumpkins and cider. Bring your wellies and head to Saxby’s Cider to p-p-pick a pumpkin and then warm up with a mulled cider while you carve it up back at home.
Pumpkin Spooktacular, Wappenham Farm, 17-31 Oct
Pick your own pumpkin from the vast patch at Wappenham Farm, enjoy one of their super indulgent hot chocolates and settle down with the kids for a spooky story told by the resident mischievous wizard. If it’s Jude Law in his Dumbledore garb then count us in!
Halloween Spooktacular, Evenley Wood Garden, 26-31 Oct
Embark on a spooky journey through the woodland garden, follow the ghoulish trails as you search for the carved pumpkins, try your hand at making one of your own, as well as a spot of wand making and you can feast on terrible treats in the pavilion cafe. Fancy dress is positively encouraged for parents and kids and the best dressed will be in with a chance of winning a family season ticket.
Step into the dark side, well, Oxfordshire at least. There are creepy goings on at Blenheim this October, from scary stories to spooky walks, turnip carving and even fire shows.
The Haunted Castle, Warwick Castle, Oct 24 – Nov 1
Search the spooky mansion, navigate the Haunted Hollows and discover even more quirky characters in spellbinding shows live on the Dead Centre Stage. Due to limited availability and high demand pre-booked tickets only.