What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England

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What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England

Just to be awkward, all of the schools in North East England aren't off at the same time this year so my October Half Term guide runs from Friday 18th October - Sunday 3rd November. Please check your individual school holidays before booking anything.

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26 October - 1 November  - Halloween Spooktacular & Pumpkin Patch at Whitehouse Farm 

What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England - Whitehouse Farm

  • Cast a spell at Merlin's Magic School 
  • Halloween themed games throughout the day 
  • Fancy Dress Competition 
  • Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and carve with the help of Whitehouse Farm's spooky staff (one free pumpkin per paying child - extras can be purchased on the day)
  • Creep through the walkway of terror, spider's lair, chop shop and graveyard 
  • Meet the owls and watch a Birds of Prey demo 
  • Take part in a Creepy Critter encounter 
  • PLUS all of the regular fun that's included with Whitehouse Farm admission. Read our review from earlier in the year here. 

Discounted tickets are available to pre-book online from £8.87 per child including a free pumpkin - click here to pre-book your discounted tickets now.  You can also buy on arrival at the standard price.

31 October - Halloween Afternoon Tea at Whitehouse Farm 

As well as all of the fun included with Halloween Spooktacular above, special visitors can pre-book a Halloween-themed Afternoon Tea at Whitehouse Farm. Afternoon Tea will be served at 3:30pm but you are welcome to spend all day at the farm enjoying the usual and  Halloween-themed activities.

What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England - Halloween Afternoon Tea

Afternoon Tea includes:
  • A selection of spooky sandwiches 
  • Spider biscuits 
  • Jelly shot surprise
  • Blood scones
  • Worms in soil 
  • Halloween punch for children
  • Unlimited tea and coffee for grown-ups 
  • Halloween treats 

28 October - 1 November - Halloween Half Term Mini Keepers at Whitehouse Farm 

Mini Keeper Experiences return for Halloween Half Term. Sessions cost £25 per child (who must be accompanied - adults are priced at £9.86).

What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England - Mini Keepers at Whitehouse Farm

The experience begins at 9am and includes the following:
  • A morning experience with animal keepers - get involved with all aspects of the farm's morning routines including feeding, cleaning and grooming the animals. 
  • An exclusive petting session with the animals 
  • Certificate of achievement
  • Entry to the farm after your experience (where you can take part in the Halloween Spooktacular fun. 
  • 20% discount in the cafe

October Half Term at Seven Stories - Drop-in Events 

Seven Stories is all indoors so perfect for those days when the weather isn't so great. I love it as it's educational AND fun. I feel very lucky that we have the National Centre for Children's Books right here in Newcastle. Ouseburn is one of my favourite areas of the city and we always team a visit to Seven Stories with a little trip to Ouseburn Farm across the road. Seven Stories have organised a few 'drop-in' events which don't need to be pre-booked this half term - perfect if you don't like to plan too much in advance. 

What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England - drop in events at Seven Stories

These include:

19 October - 3 November

What's in the Witches' Kitchen (daily at 1pm)
Drop into the Witches' Kitchen and join story-catchers for some silly gameshow inspired storytime. Included with admission - no need to pre-book.

Doctor Leg & Friends (all-day pop-up)
Have a chat with Doctor Leg & friends and discover lots of fun & fascinating facts. Included with admission - no need to pre-book.

Spooky Science Lab (all-day)
Drop into the studio and discover spooky crafts, silly skeletons and strange specimens. Included with admission - no need to pre-book. 

23 October - 11am

FREE bookshop event - join author Vivien French and create & draw your own witches. Book signing also available. Find out more here.

26 & 27 October 

Dress up weekend - Dust off your World Book Day outfits and enjoy dress-up weekend at Seven Stories. Enter a character parade at 11:30am and 2:30pm. No need to book.

You can also enjoy the Elmer & Friends exhibition which is brilliant (especially when combined with the Great North Elmer trail) and Drawing Words curated by Lauren Child. 

October Half Term at Seven Stories - Events to Pre-book 

Seven Stories are running a fantastic programme of events available to pre-book this October. We've tried a few events at Seven Stories over the years and they're always engaging, sometimes a little bit silly and lots of fun.

What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England - Ghost tours at Seven Stories

Here are my top picks:

31 October - Heart of Light at Washington Arts Centre

  • A Half Term idea for those avoiding Halloween! Heart of Light at Washington Arts Centre
  • Thursday 31 October, 11am and 2pm
  • This sumptuous performance with sculptural set, original score, vibrant dance, projections and puppetry is a pearl of hope in a sea of uncertainty.
  • Suitable for ages 5+
  • When Ravana the ten-headed demon draws darkness over the world, can Rama and Sita’s love and courage bring back a glimmer of light? 
  • Join Hanuman’s monkey army in the quest to restore the true King and Queen to the throne and cast radiance among the darkness.
  • Find out more and book here: https://sunderlandculture.org.uk/events/heart-of-light

North Pennines Star Gazing Festival 

What's On for Kids - October Half Term | North East England  - North Pennines Star Gazing Festival

The North Pennines Star Gazing Festival takes place over October Half Term and there's an exciting programme of family events planned from a family moon trail at Bowlees Visitor Centre to a pop-up Planetarium at Barnard Castle. Find out more about what's on here. 

Family Theatre for October Half Term 

18 October - A Night of New Fairytales for Northumberland at Buffalo Community Centre
19 October - A Night of New Fairytales for Northumberland at Tarset Village Hall, Hexham
19 October - RSC First Encounters - The Merchant of Venice at Northern Stage 
19 October - We Will Rock You at Theatre Royal 
19 October - The Greatest Show on the Tyne at Tyne Theatre & Opera House 
21 - 26 October - Take Off Festival with Theatre Hullabaloo 
22 - 26 October - An Inspector Calls at Theatre Royal 
24 October - Aladdin by Indigo Moon Theatre at Gateshead Central Library
25 & 26 October - The Gingerbread Witch at Northern Stage 
26 October - 1 November - Rose and Robin Tour 
29 & 30 October - Tabby McTat at Tyne Theatre & Opera House 
29 & 30 October - Slime at Northern Stage 
30 October - 1 November - Arbuthnot & Pals Wizarding Adventure at The Customs House
31 October - 2 November - balletLORENT : The Lost Happy Endings at Northern Stage
31 October - Heart of Light at Washington Arts Centre
2 November - The Body Snatcher at Gosforth Civic Theatre

Non-Halloween Events 

As always, it's a bit Halloween-overload around this time of year. Here are a few ideas which don't have any mention of ghosts, ghouls or witches:

19 & 20 October 

5 October - 3 November - Halloween Trail at Sunderland Winter Gardens 
19 October - 3 November - Leaf Collectors at Wallington Hall
19 October - 31 October - The Ghoulish Garden at Alnwick Garden 
20 October - Junior Park Rangers at Preston Park 
20 October - After Dark at Alnwick Castle 

21 - 25 October 

22 October -  After Dark at Alnwick Castle 
22 & 24 October - Play + Invent at Discovery Museum
23 & 24 October - FREE Baltic Family Days
23 October - So Much Fun It's Spooky at Crawcook Library 
24 October - After Dark at Alnwick Castle 
25 October - Doodle Lab at Leam Lane Library 
25 October - FREE The Haunted Library at Gateshead Central Library 
25 October - Tots Plots at Seaton Delaval Hall
25 October - Halloween Fun Fair at Newcastle Greyhound Stadium 
25 October - FREE Heart of the House at The Customs House 

26 & 27 October 

26 October - 31 October - Halloween Funfair at Newcastle Greyhound Stadium
26 October - 3 November - Nowt About Us Without Us at Woodhorn 
26 October - FREE Heart of the House at The Customs House
26 October - The Wizard's Express at Stephenson Railway
26 October - Diwali Delights at Sunderland Winter Gardens 
26 October - Sweetie Science & School of Silly Science at Preston Park
26 October - 3 November - Spooky Warkworth Castle with Creepy Crawlies
26 & 27 October - Pumpkin Carving and Trail at Souter Lighthouse
26 & 27 October - The Medieval Alchemist at Alnwick Castle
26 & 27 October - Tanfield Ghost Train 
26 - 28 October - Pumpkins to Potions at Bamburgh Castle 
27 October - Heritage Train Rides at Stephenson Railway
27 October - Animal Story at Preston Park
27 October - Pop up Pumpkin Patch at Preston Park 
27 October - Spooky Storytelling at Wallington 
27 October - Stargazing at Cragside 
27 October - Family Bushcrafts at Hamsterley Forest
27 October - Party in the Park at Kingston Park (Family Day)

28 October - 1 November 

28 October - Pop up Pumpkin Patch at Preston Park
28 October - Marley the Pony, Pumpkin Bowling and Pumpkin Trail at Bamburgh Castle 
28 October - Roman Crafts at Segedunum
28 October - Spooky Storytelling at Preston Park 
28 October - Halloween Arts & Crafts at The Word
28 October - Creepy Crawlies Day at The Bowes Museum 
28 October - Bugs at the Thought Foundation 
28 October - 31 October - Build a Bird Feeder at Souter Lighthouse
28 & 30 October - Play + Invent at Discovery Museum
28, 29 & 31 October - Pumpkin Decorating & Carving at Moth Studios 
28 October - 3 November - Halloween at Washington Old Hall 
29 October - Woodland Animal Adventures in Embleton 
29 October - 31 October - Little Biscuits Art Workshops at The Biscuit Factory
30 October - Spooky Crafts and Storytelling at Preston Park 
30 October - LEGO Coding and Robotics Workshop at The Bowes Museum
30 October - Halloween Science at South Shields Museum 
30 October - The Storyteller at Shipley Art Gallery 
30 October - Design your own Pixel Art at The Word 
30 October - Fun with 3D Pens at The Word 
30 October - Halloween Dissection Class at Moth Studios
30 October - Halloween Pool Party at Hadrian Leisure Pool
30 October - Make & Take Art at Laing Art Gallery 
31 October - Make & Take at Stephenson Railway
31 October - Birds of Prey at Woodhorn 

2 & 3 November 

2 November - Bonfire Apples and Campfire Cooking at Preston Park 
2 November - Fambingo at Thought Foundation
2 November - Street Science with Northumbria University at Cragside
2 November - Ghost Stories at Cherryburn 
3 November - Heritage Train Rides at Stephenson Railway 
3 November - Hartlepool Unleashed Comic Con

Click here to read our guide to Fireworks Displays & Bonfires

Let me know if you have any Half Term plans......


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