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


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

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This post does not include Halloween Events and is a post full of more general days out to enjoy this half term - please see my guide to Halloween events here if you are looking for ideas on that front. 

Get ready for this boisterous, mischievous and funny story of one girl’s adventure to find out what she’s really capable of.

Meet Melva Mapletree– an aspiring mountain-climbing, sweet-eating, eye-rolling 10-year-old. She’s been struggling with anxiety, or ‘worrits' as she knows them. Do you ever have worrits? You know - that uncontrollable churning in the pit of your tummy like you have 341 worms squirming about inside it? Well, Melva has them too, and right now they’re so big and squirming that they’re stopping her from even leaving the house. But then, one night, Grandpa Pebble disappears and their world changes forever.

Join Melva and Grandpa Pebble, on a funny and poignant adventure, where each learn how their ‘worrits’ affect them and new ways to tackle them separately and together, learning that brave isn’t how you feel, it’s what you do!

AND after the film you will meet Feggis the fainting Goat in person and can get your picture taken with them. Clap Clap Feggis!

Melva is suitable for all ages – but recommended age is 7-11yrs old and their grown-ups.
Tickets are just £5 (+bf) and Gosforth Civic Theatre is right next to Regent Centre Metro Station in Gosforth & very easy to get to public transport (remember up to three kids aged 11 or under travel free with every fare paying adult). I am a huge fan of the Melva franchise and would definitely recommend, especially if your kids can sometimes feel anxious. Feggis is the most adorable creature you will ever meet and kids will love to meet them after the film. What a treat!

  • FREE The Rock Showman presents Volcanoes are Oresome at The Common Room, Newcastle (next to Central Station). 23, 25 & 26 October. 

    Join Floss and the Rock Showman for an Oresome volcanic journey back in time and why the crystals from the North Pennines are so valuable. These Science shows are fantastic and I would highly recommend. Tickets are free and include admission to the rest of the Common Room exhibitions. Find out more and more and book here. 

  • FREE LEGO® Mini Model Workshops at The Common Room, Newcastle (next to Central Station). 28,29 & 30 October. 

    Build your very own LEGO® Model of some of the North East's greatest engineering feats (including Stephenson's Rocket, an Electric Car or the Swing Bridge) or try your hand at creating a Mars research robot model. 

    Tickets are FREE but need to be booked in advance. Tickets also include admission to the rest of the Common Room exhibitions. Find out more and book here. 

  • 23 - 31 October  - October Half Term at Beamish 

    There is lots of fun included with admission / your annual pass this October Half Term including: 

    *Saturday 23 October - Bus Running Day. Buses of all shapes and sizes will be out and about around the museum grounds and there will be a display of vehicles outside the Northern General Transport Bus Depot 

    *Halloween themed fun across the week including pumpkin carving at Old Pockerley Hall, Spooky Jokes Bunting in the 1950s Welfare Hall and the chance to play 'Flap the Bat'. 

    *Join in with the Haunting Halloween Teddy Bear Trail and spot the bears around the museum 

    *Vote for your favourite Ice Cream Sundae which will be added to the menu next year 

    *Over October Half Term visitors can ride on the waggonway or hop on a traditional tram or bus 

    *Enjoy a Skiffle Session in the 1950s Welfare Hall with the Skiffle band who will be playing on Sunday 24 October from 12noon - 3pm 

    *31 October is Classic Car Day where visitors can see an array of vehicles on the museum's display field. Organised by Sunderland and District Classic Vehicle Society, the rally is for novices and enthusiasts alike. 

    Entry to Beamish is via an allocated time slot. This applies to all visitors. You can book your time slot online here. 

October Half Term Days Out with NO Pre-booking Required 

  • 23 - 31 October - Little Leaf Collectors at Wallington Hall. Included with admission - find out more here. 

  • 23 October - Pop-Up Railway at Romanby Scarecrow Festival - find out more here

  • 27 October - FREE drop-in Fix It Cafe at Great North Museum (Hancock) - find out more here

  • 27 October - FREE drop-in Street Scientists at Discovery Museum - find out more here

  • 28 October - FREE drop-in Marine Day at Great North Museum (Hancock) - find out more here

  • Last chance to see the Northumberland Folk exhibition at Woodhorn, Hexham Old Gaol, Berwick Museum and Morpeth Chantry (closes 31 October). Find out more here 

  • 1-31 October - What Lurks Beneath New Interactive Trail at WWT Washington. There is also a pond-dipping activity on 23, 25 & 27 October with no booking required and included with admission. Find out more here

  • From 21 October - NEW Investigating Detectives exhibition at The Word. Find out more here. 

  • 28 October - Make & Take your engine from modelling clay at Stephenson Steam Railway (FREE drop in event, donations welcome). 

  • 25 Sept - 29 January - Take the kids to a POP Art Exhibition at Hatton Gallery Newcastle (includes Andy Warhol). It's FREE (donations appreciated. Find out more here. 

  • 13 September - 11 November - Museum of the Moon at Durham Cathedral. It's FREE to visit (donations welcome) and there are additional activities for kids planned during half term week from 25-31 October. Find out more here. 

  • Until 30 October - Last chance to see Sheila from Shields, her Cat and the Rainbow exhibition at South Shields Museum. It's FREE.  Find out more here. 

  • 30 October - Autumn Storytelling and Craft at Land of Oak and Iron. Drop-in event with a suggested donation of £3 per child. Find out more here. 

October Half Term Events - Available To Book Now 

Rainy Day Ideas for October Half Term 

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Woodland Walks for October Half Term 

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Halloween Events 

Ideas for October Half Term at Home 


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