Lack­ing in­spi­ra­tion? Ideas to make a fun-filled half-term break

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - By HE­LEN BLOW

AU­TUMN seems to have fi­nally ar­rived and half term is nearly upon us and we’ve come up with some ideas for fun ac­tiv­i­ties to keep bore­dom from the door.

From wood­land ad­ven­tures through the daz­zling colours of au­tumn to sea­sonal arts and crafts and mag­i­cal drama, theirs is some­thing for ev­ery age to en­joy.

BIONIC BUGS

» Gi­gan­tic bugs are the lat­est draw at Slim­bridge WWT to teach chil­dren facts about the mini beasts that in­habit the wet­land world.

Meet a 6ft dragonfly, 4ft buzzing bee and a 6ft hop­ping grasshop­per, brought to life with an­i­ma­tron­ics and sound. Runs un­til Novem­ber 4 and is in­cluded in the nor­mal en­trance price.

SCAV­ENGER HUNT

» Get out into the big out­doors to search the land­scape around the Na­tional Trust’s Lodge Park in Sher­borne for au­tumn trea­sures.

Pick up scav­enger hunt sheets and pa­per bangs to store your finds in. Nor­mal ad­mis­sion ap­plies.

Runs from Fri­day to Sun­day and Oc­to­ber 26-28.

FAM­ILY FES­TI­VAL

» A week­end of sea­sonal de­lights comes to Pain­swick’s Ro­coco Gar­den with au­tum­nal crafts, ap­ple bob­bing and juic­ing, and bak­ing the fruit on an open fire, an au­tumn trail around the grounds, and a Golden Ap­ple Hunt with prizes to win.

The fes­ti­val runs this week­end from 10.30am-3pm and nor­mal ad­mis­sion rates ap­ply.

BATTY RO­MANS

» It’s go­ing to get batty at Ched­worth Ro­man Villa this half term, with ac­tiv­i­ties themed around bats lined up to en­ter­tain.

On Sun­day you can lis­ten to ex­pert David En­da­cott as he brings along some of the lit­tle crit­ters to meet (you need to book).

All week you can take part in a bat colour­ing com­pe­ti­tion, have a go at a bat quiz or try a range of crafts in the Learn­ing Pavil­ion, all run­ning from Satur­day for nine days.

KNIT YOUR BIT

» A drop-in ac­tiv­ity at the Holst Birth­place Mu­seum in Chel­tenham where an ex­pe­ri­enced knit­ter will show you how to do those stitches.

Learn to knit or, for more ex­pe­ri­enced knit­ters, cre­ate some First World War com­forts from old pat­terns.

Ev­ery Tues­day dur­ing Oc­to­ber. Free with gen­eral ad­mis­sion.

COM­BAT CLUB

» Get the kids off their con­soles and try­ing some re­al­life out­door com­bat gam­ing with the Kids Com­bat Club at Bat­tle­sports Glos, in­clud­ing a mis­sion build­ing work­shop and the chance to try out their own ideas.

Places on the Wed­nes­day course at Newn­ham-on-sev­ern cost £28 and need to be booked in ad­vance.

AU­TUMN COLOURS

» Take the kids on a ram­ble around a wood, coun­try park or ar­bore­tum to view the spec­tac­u­lar au­tumn colours, get some fresh air and use up some of their bound­less en­ergy.

Places to head for in­clude ar­bore­tums at We­ston­birt or Bats­ford, Wood­ch­ester Park, Robinswood Hill Coun­try Park, Leck­hamp­ton Hill and Cirences­ter Park, but there are plenty of other places you can try.

LEGO LEARN­ING

» Young­sters can com­bine their love of di­nosaurs and Lego with a Brick­s2learn work­shop at Glouces­ter Guild­hall next Thurs­day and Fri­day, Oct 25 and 26. Can you help save the Juras­sic Park team and save the di­nosaurs from ex­tinc­tion? Starts at 10.15am, costs £10 and is rec­om­mended for kids aged six to 12.

NIGHT AT THE MU­SEUM

» Travel round the Na­tional Wa­ter­ways Mu­seum in Glouces­ter by torch­light at night, fol­low­ing a guide round the gal­leries, hear­ing spooky sto­ries that could be fact or fic­tion, and meet­ing char­ac­ters along the way.

Each tour takes 45 min­utes and needs to be booked. Aimed at any­one age eight and above. Runs next week­end from Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26. Ad­mis­sion ap­plies.

FAIRY­TALE THE­ATRE

» A tale of magic, ad­ven­ture and in­di­vid­u­al­ity comes to the Ev­ery­man Thea- tre in Chel­tenham on Tues­day at 6.30pm. Knock Knock trans­ports the au­di­ence to the home of a wood­cut­ter in the heart of an en­chanted for­est where an un­ex­pected vis­i­tor brings spells but also con­fu­sion.

Phys­i­cal the­atre with clowns and masks.

BIG DRAW

» Join chil­dren’s au­thor and il­lus­tra­tor Han­nah Shaw at Glouces­ter Cathe­dral next Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, to learn how to bring char­ac­ters to life with some clever draw­ing tech­niques.

The 45-miute work­shop will in­clude sto­ry­telling and cre­ative draw­ing in the Chap­ter House. The event is free and runs from 11am -noon.

SOFTER PLAY

» If Hal­loween doesn’t cut it for you or the weather is too wet for out­side play, head to one of the county’s in­door soft play cen­tres for a bit of bouncy fun. Choose from Oxstalls Fun Fac­tory or Q Play in Glouces­ter, Cat­tle Coun­try’s in­door play barn, Play­farm or Funky Ware­house in Chel­tenham and Go Ba­nanas in Stroud, among oth­ers.

JET JAPES

» Staver­ton’s Jet Age Mu­seum is home to the most in­cred­i­ble planes and en­gines in Glouces­ter­shire, is open at week­ends from 10am-4pm and doesn’t cost a thing.

» Find it on the Me­teor Business Park at the north end of Glouces­ter­shire Air­port.

CLAS­SIC FILM FUN

» While await­ing the new Mary Pop­pins Re­turns film this Christ­mas, en­joy an ear­lier slice of magic with a screen­ing of the orig­i­nal star­ring Julie An­drews and Dick van Dyke at the Play­house in Chel­tenham next Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27, with an af­ter­noon screen­ing for all ages.

The colours can be beau­ti­ful at We­ston­birt Ar­bore­tum. Be­low, the Jet Age Mu­seum. Right,lodge Park in Sher­borne

Glouces­ter Cathe­dral is wel­com­ing Han­nah Shaw to show off how to draw. Be­low, the Play­farm in Chel­tenham

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