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Top activities for the kids in October half term

From treasure hunts and sculpture trails to Fright Nights and firework extravaganzas, here are our top things to do during the October half term.

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Get haunted at LEGOLAND® Windsor

LEGOLAND® Windsor closes for the season just after half term, so make the most of the theme park while you can! Haunted House Monster Party was the new ride that launched this year, while there are more haunting hotspots to visit during Fright Nights for Halloween too.

Thorpe Park Fright Nights

Since Halloween falls over the October half term this year, another local theme park is also running Fright Nights throughout the school holiday. Thorpe Park also has two new live action horror experiences this year…if you dare.

The Big Draw: Leonardo 500

Taking place at Windsor Castle throughout half term, The Big Draw: Leonardo 500 is a family-friendly event that marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. Take part in artist-led workshops and enjoy an immersive evening of dance and drama to celebrate all things Leonardo and art.

Footloose: The Musical

Take the family to enjoy a classic theatre production at Theatre Royal Windsor. Footloose: The Musical is all about a keen dancer who finds himself in a US town that has made dancing and rock music illegal. With matinees and evening performances on throughout half term, this is a show offering a true feelgood factor for the school holidays.

Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday

Mark the end of half term with a bang at this special event at Royal Ascot Racecourse. As well as horse racing on Saturday 2nd November, there will be fairground rides suitable for children of all ages. The day will end with an epic fireworks display!

Eton Treasure Hunt Trail

Explore the prestigious locality of Eton while keeping the children amused with this experience by Treasure Trails. Solve clues, learn about the area and have the chance to win some real treasure along this circular loop trail that takes around two hours to complete.

Sculpture Trail

Catch the last of the Lions Windsor and Maidenhead public art exhibition as half term begins! Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria, a series of life-sized fibreglass lions were transformed by an array of world-renowned artists and designers. Get a map from the information centre in Windsor and follow the trail of this one-of-a-kind sculpture journey. The open-air exhibition finishes on 27th October.

Liquid Leisure Windsor

Many of the attractions at this outside water adventure park close just after half term, so this is the perfect time to enjoy one last hurrah! Traverse the inflatable obstacle course, embark on a cable water sports experience or go on the Ringo Ride. All these experiences are suitable for children aged from six and upwards – and it’s as fun for adults as it is for the kids!

‘Here be dragons’ at Hampton Court Palace

A family-friendly adventure included in the ticket price when visiting Hampton Court Palace, follow activity maps to discover colourful dragons hidden in the gardens. Each dragon has a special name and superpower to discover too, making this is the perfect half term event to spark the imagination of the whole family.

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