Bumper Half Term Muddy Guide
Witches and Wizards Academy, Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Wed 22 Oct – Fri 28 Oct
Any budding witches and wizards in your family will be eager to pack their rucksacks and head back to school to learn a range of new magical skills to show off to their peers. Practice magical potion making in a giant cauldron with the potions professor, learn how to cast fiendish spells, join in the broomstick flying lessons and attempt the broomstick assault course avoiding the troublesome obstacles along the way. There are plenty more spooky themed activities to get involved with including a Halloween choir sing-along, magical games and a spooky trail through the castle grounds scouting out clues to win a prize. Mini muddies are reminded to wear their best fancy dress costumes as the scariest outfit competition will take place at 2pm every day.
Event is free with price of admission and tickets grant repeat admission for a whole year! (Adults £24.50, Child £16.50), Maidstone, Kent ME17 1PL, Tel: 01622 765400, leeds-castle.com
Halloween Cupcakes Workshop For Kids, Flossie Pops Cakery, Sissinghurst, Mon 24 Oct & Mon 31 Oct
Flossie Pops Cakery is offering a fantastic Halloween workshop for your little ones to get busy whipping up some scarily scrummy cupcakes. At this spooky cookery class your mini bakers will be designing sugar paste toppers and decorating the cakes using buttercream icing. By the end of the session your children will be bringing home a box of 6 Halloween themed cupcakes (better loosen the belt buckle).
Halloween at Penshurst Place, Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Sat 15 Oct – Sun 30 Oct
Penshurst Place has arranged a variety of Halloween celebrations to keep your little ones entertained during this half term. A daily pumpkin trail will lead your children around the gardens learning about the resident bats and spiders and from the 22nd daily creepy crafts will take place in the Old Coach House. The Wicked Witch will be looming around the grounds on the 24th– 28th and will lead you to the woods for a spooky story time while sipping hot chocolate by the crackling fire. On the 29th Hands on History will be back to offer an insight into the horrifying realities of medieval surgery and medicine. To finish off the Halloween festivities, spooky stories and a fancy dress parade will take place on the 30th.
Check online for activity times, Activities are free with price of admission: Adult £10.80 Child £6.50. Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG, Tel: 01892 87030, penshurstplace.com
Grimm’s Terrifying Halloween, Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells, Sat 22 Oct – Sun 30 Oct
Head to Groombridge Place for a completely creepy Halloween event inspired by fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers. An assortment of activities will be available for the whole family including ghostly boat rides, champagne bar, fire pits, street food and a beer tent. This sounds like the perfect event to round up the troops (children and adults) for a frightfully fun time.
10am-6pm, Tickets: Adults £14.95 Children £10.95 Family £45. Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 9QG, Tel: 01892 861444, groombridgeplace.com
Nightmare Emporium, Bluewater, Greenhithe, Sat 22 Oct – Mon 31 Oct
Are you brave enough to enter the Nightmare Emporium for the ultimate interactive horror experience that’ll truly scare your socks off? Try to find your escape route through the dark labyrinth of rooms and corridors while being stalked by some of your most feared nightmares that have come to life. Do you hate clowns? Well there’s a special surprise for you at the end. WARNING! This event is definitely not for the faint hearted!
7:30pm, Over 12s only. Tickets: £20. Bluewater, Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST, Tel: 01322 475475, bluewater.co.uk
Halloween Trails and Pumpkin Carving, Betteshanger Park, Deal, Sat 22 Oct – Sun 30 Oct
Betteshanger is offering two separate Halloween trails suited for different levels of fearlessness. The daily Halloween Trail is perfect for children as they have the chance to follow the guardian of the woods, Tawny Owl and his friend Spider through the mysterious trails of the park. Pumpkin carving is also running daily for any littluns who want to create their own ghoulish pumpkin creation. The Terror Trail (28th-29th) is suitable for a more daring set of adventurers. As night falls upon Betteshanger can you spot what’s lurking in the shadows before it attacks? Can you make it to the end without being caught?
Halloween Trail (10am-4pm, £1.50), Terror Trail (4pm-7pm, £4), Pumpkin Carving (12pm-3pm, £3.50 + pumpkin cost). Betteshanger Park, Sandwich Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 0BF, Tel: 01304 619227, betteshanger-park.co.uk
Halloween Half Term Fun, Hever Castle, Edenbridge, Sat 22 Oct – Sun 30 Oct
Hever Castle is offering an assortment of truly spooktacular activities to keep any hint of boredom at bay this half term. Head inside the castle for an assortment of activities including creepy crafts where your little ones will be making their own puppet, cupcake decorating and taking part in the Medieval Mysteries quiz. The Halloween Trail will also run throughout the day and will lead you through the castle gardens finding clues and collecting a treat at the end. Throw on your scariest costume to meet Hever’s resident Goblin at the Ghastly Goblin Shack as he tells you the folktales of goblins, trolls, witches and ghouls. There’s an award for the scariest costume so make sure you’re mini muddy are dressed to impress and look utterly terrifying.
Times: Halloween Trail (10:30am-5:30pm) Halloween Puppet Craft (11am-5pm) Cupcake Decorating (11am-4:30pm) Goblin Shack (11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm & 4:30pm) Quiz (12pm-5pm). Events are free with admission (except cupcake decorating £1.50). Adult £16.50 Child £9.30. Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7NG, Tel: 01732 865224, hevercastle.co.uk
Halloween Spooktacular, Kent Life, Maidstone, Sat 22 Oct – Mon 31 Oct
There’s plenty going on at Kent Life that you and your little horrors will enjoy this half term holiday. Brave the snakes, spiders and scorpions in creepy cuddle corner, head on trick or treat adventures, take part in fancy dress competitions and try your hand at pumpkin carving and craft activities. You will also have the chance to head out on a creepy tractor ride to scout out the resident ghosts and monsters of the farm. Kent Life has also arranged the ‘Frights by Night’ event where the whole family can visit the farm as the day turns to night. Join the trick or treating excursion through the historic houses after dark or head to the Ugly Bug Ball to enjoy the entertainment.
Day Time & Tickets: (10am-5pm, Adult £9.50 Child £7.50), Frights By Night Event Time &Tickets: (5:30pm-8pm, Adult £8 Child £6), Kent Life, Lock Lane, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3AU, Tel: 01622 763936, kentlife.org.uk
The Monster dash, Mote Park, Maidstone, Fri 28 Oct
Ready… Set… Glow! It’s time to raid your wardrobe for your favourite Halloween costume and head to Mote Park for a ghoulish fun run that all your family and friends can take part in. Walk, jog or run at your own pace and head through the different Halloween zones including UV foam, bubbles, gunge and devilish paint! At the finishing line you’ll have the choice of either the trick OR treat route. Which route is safest? That’s up to you to decide.
5pm-7pm, Entry Fee: Adult £20 Child £7.50. Mote Park, Mote Avenue, Maidstone, ME15 7RN, demelza.org.uk
Fright Night Express, Kent & Sussex Railway, Tenterden, Fri 28 Oct
Head to the train station in your best fancy dress for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and a terrifying train journey through the Kent countryside. Get involved in the great activities on offer during the afternoon including face painting, pumpkin modelling and hot snacks. Before the 6:30pm departure you’ll also have the chance to enjoy fantastic performances from fire breathers and music from Drumskullz. Your train journey will take you to Northiam station to finish the evening with a spectacular fireworks show before returning to Tenterden.
4:30pm-8:15pm, Tickets: £17, Kent & Sussex railway, Station Road, Tneterden, TN30 6HE, Tel: 01580 765155, kesr.org.uk
Wildlife Inspired Halloween Activities, Tyland Barn, Maidstone, Tue 25 Oct & Thu 27 Oct
Tyland Barn is hosting a couple of Halloween inspired events that are both educational and crafty! Tuesday’s ‘Wild About Bats’ event is the perfect family day out to learn about bats and why they’re not as scary as often believed. Follow the spooky bat trail and take part in fun bat inspired arts and crafts. During Thursdays ‘Halloween Webs and Broomsticks’ event you’ll be using woodland craft techniques and natural materials to create a scary spider web and your very own broomstick, perfect for a witch inspired trick-or-treat costume.
Times & Pricing: WAB event (11am-3pm, £6) HWAB event (10:30am-12:30pm, £8). Tyland Barn, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 38D, Tel: 01622 662012, kentwildlifetrust.org.uk
Get Spooked, Dreamland, Margate, Sat 22 Oct – Sun 30 Oct
Dreamland is hosting a spooktacular set of activities where the whole family can get into the Halloween spirit whilst enjoying the famous rides of the theme park. Head on a ghost hunt with Gus the Ghost, learn the Monster mash or join Teddy and Betty on a spooky adventure. If you’re feeling daring head to the Witches Mirror Maze or explore Festino’s Fun House. Entertainment will also include music, games, creepy crawly display and a fancy dress competition where you can show off your ghoulishly terrifying costume.
11am-5pm, Free to enter and pay to ride. Dreamland, Marine Terrace, Margate, CT9 1XJ, dreamland.co.uk
Hop Farm Fireworks Spectacular, Hop Farm, Paddock Wood, Fri 28 Oct – Sat 29 Oct
Head to The Hop Farm for an exciting evening the whole family can enjoy. The hugely popular and never disappointing fireworks display will be themed on both nights with Friday being ‘Kids Spooky Spectacular’ and ‘Inter-Galactic Space Spectacular’ on Saturday. There will also be a fun fair running throughout the event to satisfy all thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. Don’t miss out on this exhilarating event that family and friends can all enjoy.
5pm-11pm, Tickets: £8 (online) £12 (at the gate) under 3’s go free. The Hop farm Family Park, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 6PY, Tel: 01622 872068, thehopfarm.co.uk
Family Forest Skills, Hunted Wood, Canterbury, Thu 27 Oct
Take part in the spooky activities in the eerie location of Hunted Woods. You’ll be building witches dens, making scary spider webs from natural materials and following the woodland trail searching for tasty treats to bring back to the camp.
10am-3pm, Tickets: Adult £25 Child £15 (booking essential), Hunted Wood, Canterbury, CT4 7NT, Tel: 07717 367944, kentwildlifetrust.org.uk
Theatre Adventure, Bedebury Pinetum, Goudhurst, Thu 27 Oct – Sat 29 Oct
Head to Bedgbury Pinetum for a unique and magical theatrical experience as Angela Carter’s classic tale, The Company of Wolves is adapted into an immersive performance. The story will be performed throughout a three-mile trail through the Bedgbury forest with regular stops along the way. Wrap up warm and bring your torches and lanterns for this thoroughly unforgettable adventure. Free hot chocolate will be provided to help you feel nice and toasty during the evening.
7pm, Tickets: Adult £18 Child £15. Bedgebury Pinetum, Park Lane, Goudhurst, Crtanbrook, TN17 2SJ, Tel: 01580 879820, forestry.gov.uk
The Gruffalo Children’s Workshop, Dance Warehouse, Canterbury, Sun 30 Oct
You’re little ones can immerse themselves in the classic story of the Gruffalo in the fun and interactive dance workshops available during the half term holiday. The sessions will include dancing, music, acting, makeup and storytelling. Each workshop is specific to age. 3-4 year old will have fun with props while following Mouse on a dancing journey through the woods as he encounters his friends Fox, Owl and Snake. 5-6 year olds will practise mime and characterisation. 7-9 year olds will learn about the graceful side of dance and discover the illustrator’s butterflies in the woods.
Times: 3-4 years (10am-11:15am) 5-6 years (11:30am-1:15pm) 7-9 years (2pm-2:15pm). Prices: £13-£24. Dance Warehouse, 33 St. Dunstan’s Street, Canterbury, CT2 8BZ, Tel: 01227 761461, dancewarehouse.info
Halloween Clay Art, This Art of Mine, Maidstone, Mon 24 Oct – Thu 27 Oct
Calling all aspiring artists! This Art of Mine is hosting an assortment of fun workshops where your mini muddies can create some fantastic Halloween inspired crafts and let their imagination run wild. They can get mucky with clay and create Mexican Sugar Skulls, sew their own fruit cushions or design their own zombie t-shirts and paint a Frankenstein inspired mug. There are plenty of arty options to choose from so check online to find the perfect workshop that your little one will love.
10am-4pm, £40pp, This Art of Mine, Little Budds farm, Coldblow Lane, Thurnham, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3LR, Tel: 0162 735 312, thisartofmine.co.uk