It may only be a matter of weeks since children returned to school, but the half term break is about to begin!
So, with no school for a week, you’re probably looking for fun-filled family activities to get involved in.
There’s plenty of events happening in the city and county – including some with a Halloween theme.
Here is a selection to give you some inspiration…….
Ghoulish Ghost Hunt – Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, Sutton Cheney – October 17 – November 1, Sat-Wed only
Ghoulish Ghosts have got themselves lost around the site and are scaring the visitors! A reward will be offered to those who dare to hunt them down and rid the site of these pesky poltergeists.
Pick up a sheet from the shop, for £2.
Destination Space – Telescopes, National Space Centre, Leicester – October 17 – November 1
This event invites you to see the universe in a different way.
In 2021, we will see the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, which will search for the first galaxies that formed in the early universe and peer through dusty clouds to see stars forming planetary systems.
At the National Space Centre this half term, discover what you can see in the night sky and how James Webb could change our understanding of the most distant events and objects in the universe, such as the formation of the first galaxies.
Tickets £12.50 child (5-16) and £15.50 adults, under 5s free. Click here to book.
Half Term Halloween Fun – Manor Farm Park and Woodlands, East Leake – October 17 – November 1
Go along in fancy dress, visit the spooky maize maze and enjoy the Halloween trail around the farm. Choose your perfect pumpkin in the undercover pumpkin patch, scoop out the flesh, carve a creepy design and upload a scary photo to Manor Farm’s Facebook page for your chance to win a free one-day family pass.
There’s a free pumpkin for every paying child. For adults and under twos who feel the creative urge to carve an eerie design, additional pumpkins can be added for £1.50 each when you buy your tickets online.
The pumpkin carving marquee will be open 11am to 3pm Monday to Friday and until 4pm at weekends. The farm park and woodlands will be open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and until 5pm at weekends.
Ticket prices start at £8 for a child. Under twos visit free of charge. Online bookings only. Maximum six tickets per transaction – numbers are limited for social distancing.
Click here to visit the website.
Medieval Medicine – King Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester – October 17-25
Meet the battlefield surgeon, find out about life and death on the battlefield and discover the grim, gruesome treatments used on battle wounds.
Tickets Adult £9.25, child (5 – 15) £4.75, family (2 adults and 2 children) £23.00. Click here to book.
Children aged 4 and under are admitted free of charge but you will still need to obtain a ticket on arrival at the Visitor Centre.
Halloween Half Term Fun – The Guildhall, Leicester – October 18 – 25
The Guildhall team have had to prepare things slightly differently this year, but they still want to make sure that you have frighteningly fantastic fun this half term.
When visiting, all little monsters will be able to follow a free spooky trail around the haunted hall and for £3, you will also be able to take home and enjoy a specially prepared Halloween craft pack.
You’ll be able to create your own Broomstick Pencil, Halloween Skittles Bowling Game, Wizard School Stained Glass Window and have a go at some spooky puzzles.
All trails and craft packs will be available on the following dates over half term: Sunday October 18, Thursday 22, Friday 23, Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 between 12pm and 4pm.
Family Scream Park – Twinlakes, Melton Mowbray – October 17 – November 1
Head to the Family Scream Park for a family-friendly fangtastic blend of Halloween fun.
Children’s fancy-dress is optional but encouraged. Find the ghouls and ghosts in the mummy family Halloween hunt and meet Marty the Monster and friends who will be out and about throughout the park.
You can get four day tickets for £60. Other ticket options are available. Click here to visit the website.
Treasure Trails – Leicester – whenever you like
Enjoy a outdoor adventure in Leicester with Treasure Trails.
Solve clues and uncover secrets with one of four self-guided adventure trails around the city.
Lasting around two hours, each trail has its own specific theme and makes use of well-known local landmarks, signs, statues, monuments, images and engravings.
Treasure Trail booklets cost £9.99 (plus P&P if required), are suitable for up to five people and designed to appeal to all ages. Trails are also available to buy online and download to print at home, and therefore can remain completely contactless.
Leicester Cultural Quarter is a treasure hunt, takes two hours and covers 1.8 miles; Castle Park is a treasure hunt which takes two hours and covers 1.5 miles; City Streets is a spy mission taking two hours and covering 1.5 miles; and King Richard III is a murder mystery which takes an hour and a half and covers 1.5 miles.
Click here to visit the website to buy a Treasure Trail.
Spooky half term fun – Conkers, Moira – October 17 – November 1
As well as acres of woodland and lakes to explore, the barefoot trail, the 4D cinema and adventure play area, the award-winning visitor attraction will also be hosting daily live shows and entertainment, plus Halloween-themed ranger activities, arts and crafts.
Activities, with the exception of paint a pot, pumpkin carving and the high and low ropes, are included in the price of the admission ticket.
Tickets, which are at 80 per cent of last year’s prices, can be booked online here. Prices are from £7.28 adult, £6.37 child, and family £28 (2+2).
Creepy Trick or Treat Maze Trail – Cattows Farm, Heather – October 17 – November 1
This trail is one of three mazes that make up Halloween World at Cattows Farm (the other two much more scary mazes being aimed at those aged 15 and above).
The Creepy Trick or Treat Maze Trail encourages families to find the magical pumpkins which will be scattered across Cattows Farm.
Just watch out for the creepy crawlies left behind by the Wicked Witch of the West!
Seek and collect as many pumpkins as you can then take them to the Master Wizard who will reward you with a prize.
The Creepy Trick or Treat Maze Trail will be open daily from 10am until 5pm from October 17 and will be available to all ages. A family ticket (for four people) costs £20.
To book tickets, click here to visit the website.
Pumpkin-picking – various venues – from now until October 31
Why not get into the Halloween spirit and take the children to pick their own pumpkin?
There’s a number of places in Leicestershire that are giving you the chance to do just that, including Cattows Farm at Heather and Wymeswold Fruit Farm at Wymeswold – both of which are open seven days a week – plus Brooklea Nursery at Rothley, which is open at weekends.
For more details, click here to read our article about where to pick your own pumpkins.
Treetop Adventure Golf – Highcross, Leicester – October 19 – 25
This Highcross attraction is extending its opening hours for half term.
Families will be able to enjoy a whole extra hour of mini golf adventures from 10am every day from Monday, October 19 to Sunday, October 25.
Among the new safety measures are a one-way route for guests, fewer people for more space, and signs throughout the rainforest to keep guests a safe distance apart at all times. There’s also hand sanitiser stations throughout the rainforest and they’re only taking contactless payments.
There’s no need to book – just turn up and tee off.
For pricing and more information, click here to visit the website.
Half Term Fun – Great Central Railway, Quorn – October 20 – 22
Enjoy train rides and a mini fun fair and take part in a fancy dress competition at Quorn and Woodhouse Station this half term.
Quorn Station Yard will be open from 9am each morning allowing plenty of time for parking up ready for the first train at 9.35am. The traders and the fun fair will be open from 10am.
There will be a daily prize of a ticket for the Santa Express trains for a family of six for the best fancy dress costume whether a villain, superhero, princess or pirate.
There will be traders in a food and drink and crafts village, and the Butler Henderson Cafe, Tin Shed and Marquee will be open.
A Half Term Fun travel ticket costs £30 for two adults and up to three children.
Click here to visit the website.
School Holiday Event – Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester – October 22
Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway will once again be giving rides (subject to weather.)
The pumping station will be open from 12pm until 4pm and admission is free, although there is a small charge for train rides.
Parking available on the National Space Centre car park.
Musical Maestros drive-in cinema event – Market Harborough Showground – Friday, October 23 – Wednesday, October 28
This event starts at the end of the half term break and runs into the following week.
On the Friday, there will be an evening showing of Jersey Boys, then on the Saturday, West Side Story will be shown in the afternoon, with Phantom of the Opera in the evening.
On the Sunday, you’ll be able to watch The Wizard of Oz in the afternoon, or Les Misérables in the evening.
Prices for these films are £11 adults, £9 children (plus £1 booking fee) with a £3 supplement for the VIP circle.
On Monday, October 26, The Greatest Showman will be shown, then on Tuesday, you’ll be able to watch Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and on Wednesday, The Nightmare Before Christmas will be shown. All are evening screenings.
The prices for these films are £11 adults, £5 children (plus £1 booking fee) with a £3 supplement for the VIP circle.
For tickets, click here to visit the website of event organisers Fleckney Group.
Boo at the Zoo – Twycross Zoo – October 24 – November 1
This event starts at the end of our half term break, but you could always pay a visit at the weekend.
Visitors can attempt to escape the ghosts of Madagascar as they enter Lemur Walkthrough.
Throughout this creepy trail, visitors will be tasked to the crack the code by finding clues and answering questions so they can make their safe escape.
The most-popular activity of 2019’s Boo at the Zoo event, broomstick training, will be back.
New for this year, children can take part in a trick or treat trail located in the pet cemetery, where they can count all of the creepy crawlies and collect a sweet surprise at the end.
Visitors will be able to meet the witch, who will be chanting spooky songs of ghosts and ghouls, getting everyone dancing the monster mash in Witchy Come Dancing, and reading a spooky Halloween story – all whilst encouraging social distancing.
Zoo-goers will also be able to see the singing pumpkins display as they explore the zoo.
To find out more, click here to read our article about the event.
Brick City – Leicester Museum and Art Gallery – from now until November 22
You can visit this brilliant city centre museum (formerly known as New Walk Museum and Art Gallery) for free.
There’s lots to see, including the incredible Brick City exhibition, featuring iconic buildings from cities around the world, carefully recreated in LEGO bricks.
They include The Colosseum in Rome, the Golden Temple of Amritsar, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the Empire State Building from New York, Buckingham Palace in London, and the London 2012 Olympic Park.
The exhibition culminates with a magnificent 180,000-piece LEGO rendition of London St Pancras Station, the gateway to London for train travellers from Leicester.
Although it is free, you need to book your visit in advance. You can do this via the website here.