Updated: Oct 22, 2019
I know it's crazy - how is it October half term already?
My kids are definitely on the count down to Christmas already (and according to my eldest it's under 70 sleeps to go! - eek!)
But in the mean time half term is round the corner so here's some ideas of things to plan with kids...
1. Kingston Lacy
It's a great idea to check out what's going on locally with the National Trust, especially if you a member. Apart from being a fab day out with the kids, they often have free seasonal events on so its definitely worth checking out. Plus I'm all about incorporating a coffee and cake into a day out, and you are always guaranteed to find both in a Nation Trust spot! We love Kingston Lacy in Wimborne. It's always on our 'go to' list of locations to visit any time of the year. Follow the trail round to the wooded play area and take in the view of the beautiful grounds and with the promise of ice-cream at the kitchen gardens, the younger kids will enjoy playing on the ride on tractors and the grown-ups will enjoy a rest and a coffee! We had fab day out as a family there over the holidays and we thoroughly enjoyed the maize maze that was there over the summer.
Taking parenting to a whole new level - chasing Ava through the corn maze at Kingston Lacy...
Check out https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy for opening times and an up-to-date guide to what's on.
2. Upton Country Park
Poole, Dorset Upton Country Park is great all year round. The water sprinklers in the walled garden are always a hit with the kids to cool off in the summer months and over autumn months the kids love stomping around and playing on the wooden play area. Upton Country Park has an exciting new wooden play area which they are hoping to be ready for the October half term so that'll be worth checking out! They offer Pumpkin Carving which is daily from Sat 26th - Thurs 31st October with sessions at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
£5.99 per pumpkin
For more information check out their website https://uptoncountrypark.com
3. Wrap up and get out in the fresh air for a walk!
There are some beautiful spots here in Dorset so why not explore somewhere new? Check out https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2012/sep/04/top-10-walks-dorset for the top 10 Dorset walks.
Get the wellies on and go and splash on the beach! We love the beach anytime of year and Sandbanks, Poole is such a great spot with lots of parking, a small park and a great cafe.
Shore Road, Sandbanks is another great location and definitely check out Jazzy's cafe for a cosy spot to warm up and have a coffee. https://www.jazzcafesandbanks.co.uk
Or Studland beach is beautiful over the other side of the water. Take the car ferry from Sandbanks http://www.sandbanksferry.co.uk and if you are National Trust members you'll be able to enjoy free parking in the car park there.
4. Pumpkin Picking: Sopley Farm, Christchurch, Dorset
Pumpkin picking has really grown in popularity over the last couple of years and Sopley Farm in Christchurch gets great reviews so this is one for the list to try.
The opening hours are: Sept - Oct 10am - 5pm
Derritt Ln, Sopley, Christchurch BH23 7AZ For more information have a look at http://www.dantanners.co.uk/sopley-farm.htm
5. Spooky Fun at Lulworth Castle:
Lulworth Castle has got spooky halloween activities on over the October half term. Walk through the Spooky Basement and get creative at the Craft Table. The grounds are beautiful on Lulworth estate and there is also a wooded play area and a 'spooky trail' on as well as a bouncy castle.
"Open Daily from Sun 27 Oct – Weds 30 Oct. The creepy creaking castle doors open at 10.30am and will slam shut at 5pm. Last entry one hour before closing. Free Parking." For more information see: https://www.lulworth.com/events/whats-on/spooky-fun/ ....................................................................................................................................
Plan B (if it's raining!) Have a Home Day and Bake Together!
With all the bustle of school life and after school clubs etc it's lovely to schedule in a home day - particularly if the weather is going to be bad.
I know I have made the mistake in previous years of booking in too many days out over school holidays and have paid the price in having grumpy, tired kids! So enjoy a home day and if you're in need of activity check out Pinterest for a halloween craft or check out the recipes below and get baking! The below link is on our list of recipes to try ....The Best Ever Chocolate Brownie Recipe -
Or check out this recipes for Halloween Inspired Cupcakes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/chocolatecobwebcupca_93842
And there you have it - 5 ideas on our list to do in the half term holiday. Thanks for reading!
I'm always on the look out of new places to try so if there's somewhere you love to take your kids I'd love to hear about it. Beth