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25 October half term saviours!

Half term's looming but don't be afraid, we've sorted the fun with 20+ brilliant things to do in Kent and beyond to keep the little people entertained.

Pumpkin picking!

  • Pumpkin Moon in Maidstone AND Rainham, Sat 9 & Sun 10, Sat 16 & Sun 17 and Fri 22 – Sun 31: Have family fun in the fresh, open air! Pick your pumpkins and warm up with the food and beverage stalls.
  • PYO is going to be bigger and better than ever this year at Lower Ladysden Farm Goudhurst with a load of ghoulish games to enjoy like pumpkin painting, face painting a fancy dress competition, wellie wanging, apple bobbing and more!
  • PYO Pumpkins in Medway, Sat 9 – Fri 29 Oct: Riverside Farmers will still be holding their annual Pick Your Own pumpkin event – grab your wheelbarrows and get picking!
  • Tulleys Farm in Crawley, selected days from 9 – 31 Oct: There are 12 acres of pumpkins producing over 75,000 in all sorts of shapes and sizes so you’ll be spoilt for choice here! 
  • Stanhill Farm in Dartford, from Sat 16 Oct: Family friendly farm with pumpkins of all dimensions perfect for eating and for decorating! Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it? 
  • Chilton Manor Farm in Sittingbourne, everyday from Sat 23 Oct: Don’t just pick your own pumpkins, why not get ready to purchase fruit and vegetables too?
  • The pumpkin patch is open at Taywell Farm Shop, Goudhurst. Grab a wheelbarrow, head out into the fields, and hunt for your perfect pumpkin straight from the plant. There’s no need to book and you’ll only pay for what you pick.
  • Saffery Farm nr Faversham, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct: This working farm is giving you the chance to PYO your own pumpkins this October! Pumpkins start from £1 and don’t forget your wellies.
  • Four Winds Farm in Fordcombe, Sun 24 – Sun 31 Oct: PYO your own over the half term at Four Winds Farm with hot refreshments! 
  • Felderland Farm in Deal, 9 & 10 and 15 – 31 Oct: Why not try Felderland PYO Farm on Deal Road? With a Halloween shop, family photo stations, hay bale play zone, coffee shop and hot food – sounds like a fun family day out!
  • Birchden PYO Pumpkins in Groombridge, Sat 16 – Sun 31 Oct: Pick your own pumpkins at Birchden’s 5-acre patch. Tickets are £5 per car and pumpkin prices range from 50p to £10 depending on size – there’s all shapes, sizes and colours!

MUDDY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH:

KID’s FUN at the Canterbury Festival, Mon 25 – Fri 29 Oct

Canterbury Festival is offering a whole week of shows for kids all taking place at the Westgate Hall. With comedy galore, like Mr Pineapple Head (hilarious silent clown, performing physical comedy and slapstick routines to music) or Morgan and West’s Fantastic Family Magic Spectacular (Time-travelling magicians Morgan and West are back with a show full of fabulous family friendly fun, frantic frolics and fantastic facial furniture! Awesomely alliterative acts of amazement await!).

Or there’s the Instant Circus – Just Add Kids and the awesome Card Ninja – a flurry of high-flying card stunts (packed with extreme precision, impeccable timing, astonishing speed and lots of comedy). Do not miss this half term treat! See the full line-up here.

Halloween fun and new Kid’s Menu, Smoqe, Rochester

If you love the taste of an authentic smoked burger and ribs then you’ll love this family-run restaurant and what better way to treat the kids this half-term? Smoqe have a brand new Kids’ Q-Tees Menu basically mini-portions of their signature favourites. Choose from a classic burger or cheeseburger with fries or delicious buttermilk chicken breast poppers in crispy panko breadcrumbs coating with fries. They’re even running a Halloween Drawing Competition, so pop in for lunch, draw your best spooky picture and you might win a £50 voucher towards your next meal!

Chilling Tales, Canterbury River Tours, Fri 15 – Sun 31 Oct

Oooh we like the sound of this! Uncover the dark and gruesome past of the religious capital with Canterbury’s River Tours. From stories of ghostly sightings to gory torture and beheadings, their Chilling Tales Tour is a deep dive into the hidden horrors of Canterbury by night. Suitable for children aged 12+.

Canterbury Festival, Various Locations, Sat 16 – Sat 30 Oct

The Canterbury Festival returns with a bigger and bolder programme to put the arts firmly back on the map. From the quirky to the sublime – the festival aims to bring together the people of Kent for a celebration of creativity. 

This year’s festival launches with Canterbury’s sixth annual Medieval Pageant and Trail, celebrating the legacy of Saint Thomas Becket on Sat 16 Oct.

The colourful parade features historical characters and re-enactment groups, music – and giants! The parade will enter the city from the Westgate Towers at 11am, processing through the city centre, and finishing in the Buttermarket at approximately 11.40am.

Between 11.30am and 5pm, various locations in the city will form the Medieval Family Trail. Designed around children and their parents, the Westgate Towers, the Beaney, St Augustine’s Abbey, and many more be welcoming visitors with a range of activities including craft activities, a chance to meet medieval characters and you can even visit a medieval encampment! When you visit places featured in the Family Trail, be sure to have your leaflet ‘stamped’. Family fun for littles ones right up to ‘Middle Ages’. Boom, boom. Click here for the full line-up.

Pumpkin Festival, Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sat 16 – Sun 31 Oct

Visit the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in all their autumnal glory, hunt for pumpkins and carve them in their cosy Pumpkin Grotto! Feel free to bring your own pumpkins or buy some of their pumpkins there. And of course Otto’s can keep you warm and cosy with their hot drinks, delicious cakes and treats. Open Weds-Sun, 9am – 4pm.

Halloween Pumpkin Carving, Reuthe’s, Sat 16 – Sun 31 Oct

Get creative at Reuthe’s this Halloween with their Halloween Pumpkin Carving sessions! They’ll provide carving kits so you can let your children’s imaginations run wild with carving designs. Sessions are 9:30am – 1pm and 1pm – 3:30pm. If you haven’t been, Reuthe’s are the Lost Gardens of Sevenoaks, featuring 11 acres of ancient woodland, a place for discovery and adventure. Explore the wilderness, hike up through the jungle like pathways or just go for coffee and homemade cake in the cafe.

Hever Castle, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct

Treat your little ones to a spine-tingling visit to Hever Castle over the Half Term break. Come dressed up in your spookiest outfit, spot Halloween decorations around the grounds and learn how to become the perfect little monster in the Ghoul School Audio Trail. An array of teachers will be imparting their delights, frights and a few vampire bites!

Kent Life Heritage Farm Park, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct 

Looking for something fun to do with the family? Kent Life Heritage Farm Park is a 28-acre working farm and visitor attraction. Discover more than 200 farmyard animals including donkeys, alpacas, sheep, pigs and goats as well as indoor and outdoor play areas, and Kentish gardens and orchards. You are in danger here of having too much to do!

This Half Term they have a wicked week of pumpkin carving, spooky tractor rides, creepy bugs and fancy-dress competitions! Are you brave enough to trick or treat in Kent Life’s historic houses? You never know who’s lurking behind the doors! Available from 2pm everyday in Half Term.

Penshurst Place, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct

There’s plenty of fun at Penshurst Place this Half Term! With 2 family-friendly activities to do. If you know your fairy tales, you’d like the Secret Story Garden Trail. Hunt for clues through the gardens and grounds to help you discover the title of a particularly witchy tale, and then display your mastery of myths to name one of its characters! OR dare you enter the ancient Baron’s Hall? Find the Hideous Hermit where children of all ages will be fortified with hot chocolate whilst the Hermit delights in telling tales of his toil and trouble. All activities included within the cost of admission.

Bodiam Castle, Sat 23 Oct – Sun 28 Nov

Did you know that Bodiam Castle has one of the most important bat roosts in the UK? Back in 2013 they even recorded the earliest ever births of wild baby bats in the UK! Awww! So what better way this October to discover why bats love Bodiam Castle so much and embark on the Bats Trail. Find out what they eat, how they live and see if you can spot their favourite places. Grab your wellies and head out as a family along this spooky, sensory trail.

Macknade, Ashford & Faversham, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct

There are plenty of spooky treats in store for the whole family to enjoy at Macknade Faversham and Ashford! Explore the stores to discover delicious goodies and treats to take home, ideal for trick-or-treaters. There’ll also be a fun Pumpkin Trail to follow, collect the letters along the way to reveal a mystery phrase and claim a sweet prize. Plus a free activity sheet, packed with fun things to do including recipes, colouring in and word searches for the little ones.

Leeds Castle, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct

HELP! Leeds Castle have a skeleton on the loose. Bones the Skeleton is hiding somewhere in the Castle and we need YOU to help find him. Explore the grounds as Bones has left different clues and riddles for you to solve which will lead you to his secret whereabouts. After completing the spooky trail, why not stay for Adventure Golf or a play in their Adventure Playgrounds? Or enjoy a breath-taking Falconry Display at their Birds of Prey Centre? Don’t forget once you’ve paid for your day, you get to visit Leeds Castle for FREE for 12 months so there’s plenty more days of fun to be had where that came from.

The Hop Farm, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct

Treat the kids to a spook-tastic feast of fun at The Hop Farm this Half Term. Dress up in your best Halloween fancy dress (optional!) and enjoy activities like a Halloween Trail, rides, the animal animal farm and more tricks and treats!

Wildwood, Sat 23 – Sun 31 Oct

Wildwood has a whole week of terror-ific Halloween half-term fun planned! Explore the spine-tingling ancient woodland and get up close to more than 40 species of British wildlife, from bison and badgers to wolves and wildcats. Joined the ‘Curse of the Blood-stained Bird’ trail, get involved in their Craft Sessions on Thursdays, learn how to make potions or how to make a Spooky Touch Table or put your carving skills to the test and enter their Pumpkin Carving Contest to win a prize!

Rare Breeds Centre, Sun 24 – 1 Nov

Spook Week is back! Rare Breeds Centre will be decked out with piles of pumpkins and stinky Ethel Fartwaffer will be lurking around to make the day extra fun! Plenty of things to do with over 100 acres of countryside with 3 outdoor playgrounds, woodland trails plus Meet The Animal sessions, tractor-trailer rides, Falconry Displays AND their tropical Butterfly Tunnel!

Sleeping Beauty, The Malthouse Theatre, Sun 24 Oct

Get the whole family together and prepare to fall in love with this popular ballet with dazzling dancers, Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score and gorgeous costumes bring this glittering classical ballet to life at The Malthouse Theatre in Canterbury.

A good fairy turned evil by jealousy casts a bad spell on a young princess. But an act of pure love will undo her magic, restoring her heart and bringing peace and harmony to the whole kingdom. Introduce your kids to the wonder and magic of live dance. Book your tickets now.

SCREAM: Fright Night Experience, Hever Castle, Mon 25 – Sun 31 Oct

Got teens or tweens you need to entertain? Scream into action with Hever Castle’s Scream Experience! Brave a walk through the Castle in an immersive, interactive experience whilst the ghosts are roaming the Castle walls. Then take a trip into the dark cellars – a place not usually open for the public. It’s not for the faint hearted, you’ve been warned. And (very much taking one for the team) we are going to review this terrifying experience so WATCH THIS SP-SP-SPACE!)

Orchard Juicing, Brogdale Collections, Mon 25 – Wed 27 Oct

Love apple juice? Have you ever thought about where it comes from and how it’s from? Well look no further than the Brogdale Collections Heritage Orchards! This half-term they are giving you the unique opportunity to explore where their apples are grown, how to pick them and even have a go at making your own juice.

Halloween Trail, Wingham Wildlife Park, Open Now

Wingham Wildlife Park is Kent’s bijou zoo where you can get up-close to the animals, it’s a family-owned park where they house the largest number of animal species out of all wildlife parks and zoos in Kent (fact). Explore their Halloween Trail, just scan QR codes scattered around the park to discover jokes, fun and spooky facts about some of the animals that call the park home. Will you be able to find them all? There’s also play areas, mini diggers and go-karts to play on!

Halloween Camps, Bore Place, Tues 26 & Weds 27 Oct

You’ll do well to book into Bore Place‘s Holiday Clubs, they are always quick to sell out! Why not drop the kids off for some healthy, outdoor holiday time exploring and enjoying the beautiful Bore Place organic farm estate? Their friendly and welcoming education team will ensure your children have fun, make friends and learn through doing. 

This October there’s plenty of activities to do! On Tues 26 Oct they can enjoy Den Building & Camp Fire Fun, a action-packed day filled with bushcraft activities, den building, campfire making, finished off with a toasted marshmallow and hot chocolate. Or Weds 27 Oct, there’s Halloween On The Farm where they’ll be harvesting organic pumpkins from their vegetable gardens, carving them into a spooky Jack O’ Lantern and then enjoying a countryside Halloween-themed trail.

Too late? Don’t worry you can still explore what Bore Place has to offer! Set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside, you won’t be bored here. Go on for a long walk or let the littles on loose in one of their many Play Areas around the site.

Halloween Pumpkin Trail, Mount Ephraim Gardens, Weds 27 – Sun 31 Oct

Have fun outside and follow the Halloween Pumpkin Trail at Mount Ephraim Gardens, spot the beautiful autumn colours, wander the spooky topiary and watch out fo the giant spider! Set in 10 glorious acres of stunning Edwardian terraced gardens in the beautiful countryside, there’s plenty of fun to be had here! Gardens are open 11am – 4pm every day.

Art Activities, Belmont House, Faversham, Weds 27 Oct

Have you got a budding artist in the family? Why not try something a little different this Half Term and get creative! There’s a whole range of interesting art activities at Belmont House in Faversham from Sun Printing (Cyanotypes), Screen Printing and Gelli Printing & Monotypes. All led by Kent based artist and printmaker, Rachel Moore who’s been running workshops for children and adults since 2005 so you’ll be in very safe hands! Take home your creation which is set to impress.

Big Chef, Little Chef Family Cookery, Kent Cookery School, Weds 27 Oct

Looking for something fun and hands-on to do in the holidays? Kent Cookery’s School Big Chef, Little Chef Family Cookery Class is the perfect day to spend with your budding cook, preparing fresh ingredients and learning how to make some delicious dishes. Together you’ll make a starter, main and dessert using fresh, local produce and get to enjoy your dishes for lunch. This is fun packed, hands-on day with lunch included. Suitable for ages 8-12 years old.

Spooky Woodland Walks, Walmer Castle, Fri 29 – Sun 31 Oct

If you go down to the woods today, you might find yourself on a ghost-hunting adventure! As the nights grow darker, join their ghost-hunting storytellers on a family-friendly walk through the shadows of Walmer Castle’s Gardens. Listen to well-told tales full of spooky and strange goings-on, this Halloween walk is sure to get you into the spirit of the season. Outdoor early evening tour lasting 45mins, suitable for aged 5-12 year olds.

Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone, Trinity Theatre, Sun 31 Oct

Hogwarts fans listen up! Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells will be hosting the 20th Anniversary screening of Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone this Halloween. Yup this October marks 20 years since Emma Watson first told Rupert Grint “You’ve got dirt on your nose, did you know?”, Daniel Radcliffe first put on the iconic glasses and a who’s who of British acting assembled to tell the most successful story ever written. Relive Harry’s first year at Hogwarts on the big screen or bring the kids to see it for the first time. All tickets come with a bag of halloween sweets and the chance to win a limited edition print! Get your tickets now.

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