The October break is already fast approaching, so you’ll undoubtedly be in need of some ideas to keep the whole family entertained.
Whether you’re looking to get out into the crisp air, take a step back in time or get stuck into some Halloween crafts, we’ve done some of the hard work for you and put together a list of what’s on in West Sussex this half term.
Here’s a round-up of some of our top picks for a week jam-packed with activities.
Pumpkin Picking Patch, Sompting
19 – 28 October
Visit the Pumpkin Picking Patch in Sompting and pick your own pumpkin from a selection of over 15 varieties. Warm up with locally sourced food and hot drinks and get involved in Halloween crafts and activities, from wand making to hat decorating! The perfect traditional activity for Halloween and a half-term pick-me-up for the kids.
Wild in the Woods Family Festival
Sunday 21 October
Go Wild in the Woods this autumn half term at RSPB Pulborough Brooks! Start off by making yourself a leaf crown to wear and then have a go at some woodland activities – go on a bug hunt, build yourself a den and make a village for fairies – and other local critters!
Norman Knights in the Keep
24 – 25 October
This October half term, little historians will be able to find out what it was like living in the early Norman period at Arundel Castle with weapons, armour, combat displays and craft demonstrations to bring the era to life.
Halloween crafts at Petworth
23, 24 and 25 October
Dress to distress and let your creativity run wild at Petworth House and Park! Have a go at making some creepy crafts to take home, including pumpkin garlands, paper lanterns and hanging bats. Together with face painting and temporary tattoos, there’s lots going on to keep everyone entertained!
If you’ve got some budding detectives amongst the family, why not join the Laboratory Trail to see if you can find out where Elizabeth Ilive’s science experiment has gone wrong? Find out what happened with storytelling and scenes of evidence and complete the trail to pick up your prize.
Half-term escape at Standen
20 – 28 October 2018
Escape to Standen to taste some of the autumn harvest and get creative with harvest-themed crafts. Stroll through the gardens and head out through crunchy leaves into the woodland to tick off some of the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾! If the weather’s not on your side, Barn Café is open all week for tasty treats to keep you warm.
Join the Roman Army at Fishbourne Roman Palace
22 – 26 October 2018
Sign your name in Latin and ‘earn’ your day’s pay in the Roman Army! Your little soldiers will dress up Roman-style, learn to parade, master the practice of the sword and spear and can even have a go at archery and stone throwing.
The Midnight Gang at Chichester Festival Theatre
13 October – 3 November
The popular children’s book takes to the stage at Chichester Festival Theatre with a musical transformation. The Midnight Gang is a story of friendship and fun and is sure to be an experience that the whole family will love.
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