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What to do with 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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Activities at The Runnymede

Our location is perfect for visiting a number of local family attractions, but if you’d like a day just relaxing at our hotel, there is plenty to keep kids happy.  Brush up on your backhand on one of our three tennis courts, let the little ones play to their heart’s content at our outdoor play area or discover our picturesque surroundings with a family stroll along the towpath. If the weather is still warm enough, have a splash in our heated outdoor pool or hire one of our boats and cruise along the river. As an extra special treat, kids will receive a spooky treat on arrival and Leftbank will be themed to celebrate Halloween!

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Fright Nights Fearstival at Thorpe Park

Just 10 minutes from The Runnymede, Thorpe Park’s annual Fright Night is not to be missed during half term. This year promises to be scarier than ever with five new horrifying live-action experiences plus two live scare mazes. All of the thrilling rollercoasters, water rides and family attractions will be open too, so there’s something to please everyone.

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Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday

End half term at Ascot Racecourse for their annual Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday on Saturday 31st October. As well as an afternoon of racing, there is plenty of fun to be had away from the track with fairground rides, face painting, arts and crafts and even a pop-up cinema. The fun-filled day concludes with a magnificent fireworks display in the centre of the racecourse.

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The Windsor Mystery Treasure Trail

Perfect for getting outside and exploring the local area, this self-guided walking tour means you’ll see Windsor in a whole new light, cracking clues and riddles along the way. Keep your eyes peeled, as every signpost, building and statue could conceal a clue. The trail is a simple 2 mile route designed so that kids as young as 6 years old can take part. It works by downloading an easy to follow trail PDF to your mobile phone.

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Brick or Treat at Legoland

Another Halloween themed activity, Legoland invites you to Lord Vampyre’s Brick or Treat. Running from 15th October to 1st November, expect all of Legoland’s family-friendly rides, live shows and attractions with the addition of some spooky surprises. We love the sound of a photo opportunity at the world’s smallest pumpkin patch.

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Family Trails at Hampton Court Palace

Why not venture a little further and pay a visit to Hampton Court Palace and their stunning gardens. Little ones will be kept entertained with the help of their family activity trails. Included in your entry, a map will lead you through the gardens to help Tobias Gibbons, molecatcher to Elizabeth I, find all of the Tudor characters that have escaped from the palace.

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