7 Things To Do With The Kids This Autumn Half Term


Whether you are a parent looking towards the holiday or a grandparent with childcare duties this autumn half term you’ll certainly be looking for some inspiration for fun activities to fill you week of mayhem!


Grandparents increasingly have childcare responsibilities, particularly during school holidays when parents can’t always get time off work and if this applies to you and you don’t fancy getting your house trashed by children full of energy each day then check out our 7 things to do with the kids this autumn half term.


1.Dean Heritage Centre, Forest of Dean

The Dean Heritage Centre are hosting a Pumpkin Festival this autumn half term and visitors who go dressed as a pumpkin will even receive half price entry, so get those costumes ready.

There are lots of themed activities taking place such as pumpkin carving, pumpkin art, a pumpkin trail, face painting, raffles, and a local produce sale.


Entry starts from £7.20 for adults, from £5.40 for children, and is free for under 3’s.

When: Monday 22nd to Friday 26th October.


2.Berkeley Castle

Berkeley Castle is opening its door for Halloween fun this autumn half term.

Come along and find pumpkin carving, a coven of witches in the castle cellars, toasted marshmallows, spooky stories, and a wizard with his owls.


When: Sunday 21st to Wednesday 24th October


3.Bug Trails, Slimbridge

Slimbridge Wetland Centre will be home to a host of gigantic bugs this autumn half term, including a huge dragonfly, a buzzing bee, and a super long hopping grasshopper. There will be state-of-the-art animatronics and incredible sound effects bringing the whole show to life.

Visitors can collect their bug book on arrival, hunt for bugs and receive stickers along the way. There will also be additional activities such as mini-beast hunts, pond dipping, and making bug houses.


When: Saturday 20th October to Sunday 4th November


4.Rococo Garden, Painswick

Its a gorgeous time of year to visit the Rococo Gardens in Painswick. With the vibrant autumn colours in full show its a real feast for the eyes.

During the autumn half term you can get involved in ‘Sprites’ between 10-12 which is a chance for children between 18 months and 4 years to stroll through the garden to the woodland to play, explore and create some natural crafts.


It is also ‘Rocktober’ where children who bring a painted rock to hide will get in for free.


Saturday 20th - Sunday 21st October, 10.30am - 5pm bring the family along to the autumn festival, the annual celebration of everything harvest, including apple juicing, heritage produce displays, tastings, an autumn trail and a chance to bake an apple on the open fire.


5.Robinswood Hill Country Park

On Thursdat 25th October in the autumn half term at Robins Hill Country Park, children can enjoy a morning of spooky crafts and wildlife-themed activitie.


Get involved in pumpkin carving too.


6.Cleeve Common

There is a great drop in  event at Cleeve Common in Cheltenham between 1pm - 3pm on Friday 26th October during the autumn half term.

Follow the Halloween trail learning about the Cleeve Common beasties before settling down to make your very own carved pumpkin.

Fancy dress is wholeheartedly encouraged, but do bring an apron to protect your clothes as play can get messy!


There is a charge of £2.50 per pumpkin carved and you need to book a ticket for every pumpkin you would like to make.  


7.Gloucester Halloween Open Air Movie Screening

The movie Hocus Pocus is 25 years old this year and there will be a big open air screening at Hempstead Car Boot Market in Gloucester on Sunday 28th October in the autumn half term.

So book your tickets, wrap up warm, bring your chairs and enjoy this spooky Halloween movie showing - who knows what surprises will come out!