What's On in the North East for Kids | The Ultimate Guide to October Half Term 2017

If you're looking for ideas to keep the kids occupied over October Half Term, this is the post for you. I have handpicked three top events each day and hope to inspire you to try something new. Before you dive in, make sure you check out these posts too:

The Big Trick or Treat at intu Metrocentre

Saturday 21 October 

  • Meet the characters from this year's Custom's House panto, The Lambton Worm, at The Word today at 10:30am & 2pm. Characters will be entertaining guests and posing for photos. Find out more here.
  • Anime Attacks 7 at Gateshead Central Library. This convention celebrates all things Manga. Packed full of fun, special guests and artists. Find out more here
  • Dark Side of Chivalry at Alnwick Castle. Join the Knights in training and hear tales of deceit and backstabbing along the way. Find out more here. 

Sunday 22 October

  • Diwali Fireworks at Westgate Community College for Sport. Enjoy stalls, Indian street food, street entertainers and a funfair from 4pm with a big firework finale at 8pm. Find out more and book here.
  • David Gibb: Climb That Tree at Sage Gateshead. Join David on a magical and surreal journey through his imagination. Find out more and book here.
  • Wand making masterclass at Cragside. Forage the woods for materials and head back to base to create your own wand and cast your own spells. Find out more here. 

Monday 23 October

  • Pumpkin hunt around the centre at Dalton Park. Pick up an entry form from customer services and return for a reward. Find out more here. 

Tuesday 24 October

  • Home alone drive-in movie at Bents Park. A unique movie experience! There'll be hotdogs, nachos, candyfloss and ice cream from Scoop & Bean too. Find out more here. 
  • Vintage buses on the plaza at Discovery Museum. Marvel at the transport of yesteryear and hop aboard for a ride yourself between 10:30am-2:30pm. Find out more here.
  • Halloween Tremendous Tuesday at South Shields Museum & Art Gallery. Join in with crafts themed around 'Day of the Dead'. Find out more here. 

Wednesday 25 October

  • Half Term Curiosities featuring the Crochet Brothers at Sunderland Winter Gardens. A drop-in day packed with FREE fun activities. Get crafty and make a giant moustache, try knitting, weaving and rag making and then follow the Curiosities Trail dressed in disguise. Find out more here.

Thursday 26 October

  • Imagine That : Family Day at Gateshead Central Library. Explore stories in new and exciting ways, meet author Chloe Daykin and have a go at creating your own unusual book. FREE drop-in event. Find out more here.
  •  Hocus Pocus at The Word South Shields. Join in with spooky and immersive storytelling. Guests are invited to come along dressed in their favourite Halloween costumes. Find out more here. 

Friday 27 October

  • Electric boo galoo silent disco at intu Eldon Square. Enter the transformation station for free spooky Halloween hair styling and face painting then showcase your moves in the silent disco. Find out more here
  • Pumpkin Play Day at Wallsend Park. Carve a pumpkin, take part in a special pumpkin treasure trail, enjoy pumpkin soup in the cafe and take part in ghostly games on the green. Find out more here.
  • Liz Pinchon & the Tom Gates Brilliant Bands & Doodle Show Live at Tyne Theatre & Opera House. A huge fun-packed interactive monster drawing event with live music. Find out more and book here. 

Saturday 28 October

  • A celebration of local superheroes - free family fun day at The National Railway Museum, Shildon with Durham Police. This FREE event includes the chance to experience what it's like in a police cell, police vehicles, dog displays, a treasure hunt and crime scene investigations. Find out more here.
  • Pumpkin Carving at Gibside. Head to the stables and meet the special pumpkin carving team. Create your own design and take your complete pumpkin home with you. Find out more and book here.  
  • The Big Trick or Treat at intu Metrocentre. Collect a FREE Pumpkin bucket from the Blue Lounge Customer Services and make your around the centre picking up treats when you spot the pumpkins along the way. Find out more here. 

Sunday 29 October

  • Tanfield Ghost Train at Tanfield Railway. Take part in gruesome games and keep your eyes peeled for creatures lurking in the night! Find out more and book here.
  • Halloween Day at Seaton Delaval Hall. Join in with the pumpkin parade, take part in competitions and enjoy spooky ghost stories in the woods. Find out more here. 
  • Halloween Thrills at The Manor of Horrors, Manor Walks - Cramlington. Bring the kids to enjoy trick or treating around the shopping centre, take part in broomstick training, listen to spooky storytelling and participate in the fancy dress parade at 2pm. Find out more here. 

We did have plans to try and book a last minute deal but sadly that isn't going to happen I don't think. Boooo! All of the good deals now seem to have sold out. We're planning on watching the My Little Pony Movie, swimming and having a day out at a National Trust property too - not sure which one yet.


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