With half-term on the horizon, we’ve been scouring the local press, internet and facebook to bring together 10 top activities to keep the children entertained, whatever the weather, there’s hopefully something for everyone…

Boo at the Zoo

21st – 29th October, Marwell Zoo

Celebrate Halloween at Marwell Zoo. Dress up in your best Halloween costume and take part in Marwell’s spooky activities at Boo at the Zoo. With creepy crawlies and creepy stories, broomstick flying sessions and a pumpkin patch where you can carve your own, plus the chance to design and make your own magical wand. For more details, click here.



Spooky Halloween Trail

23/25/27 October 10am – 2pm, 50p entry

The Therapy Garden, Manor Fruit Farm, Glaziers Lane, Normandy, GU3 2DT

The Therapy Garden in Normandy is running a spooky Halloween trail. You can also guess the weight of the pumpkin, play garden games, colour in and pick your own vegetables. Click here for more details.


Spooky science at Winchester Science Centre

20th – 30th October

Visit the Winchester Science Centre this Halloween for a terrifyingly good science show, revealing the science behind the spooky tricks of stage, screen and Halloween. Along with the live show, there is the usual exhibits, tricks and treats, along with the immersive show in the planetarium. Click here for more details.



Half term fun at Miller’s Ark Farm

22/23/25/26/27/29 October

Manor Farm, Blackstocks Lane, Hook, RG27 9PH

Miller’s Ark Farm is all set for half-term fun, with the chance to carve pumpkins, create crafts or join in on the farm. There will be donkey grooming, rabbit cuddles, goats, piglets and a chance to feed the animals. 22nd, 23rd and 25th will offer pumpkin carving, whilst on 26th and 27th there will be crafts and wellie painting. On Sunday 29th there’ll be scarecrow making. Click here for details.


Go back in time at The Vyne

Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, RG24 9HL

The National Trust is currently rescuing this former Tudor Palace, once visited by Henry VIII. Visit during half-term to personalise a tile with a message or drawing that will be placed on The Vyne’s new roof. There is also a children’s Tudor animal trail where you may be able to spot some of the animals that played an important part in Tudor life. For details on The Vyne, click here.



Construction club

23rd October, 2.30pm – 4pm at Fleet library

Fleet library hosts a construction club every Saturday but is hosting on Monday during the half-term and the two following weeks. It’s a free session with no need to book in advance, however parents are required to stay. It offers the chance to build anything your imagination can conjure up. Click here for more details.


Run wild at Alice Holt

Alice Holt Forest is a great place for all the family. This autumn they have an activity trail, click here to download. Half-term is also the last chance to be a Gruffalo spotter using the interactive trail, found here. Along with the play trails and existing Gruffalo sculpture, mouse, fox, owl, snake and squirrel have just been added to the Gruffalo collection. It’s definitely the perfect time to pay your first, or next visit. Click here for full info on Alice Holt.


Storyteller Storyteller

26th October, 2.30pm-3.25pm at Farnham Maltings

What happens when two children’s storytellers arrive at the same place at the same time to tell their stories? And what happens if both of them think they are THE Storyteller? A head to head that leads to a feast of clowning, physical silliness and some magical non-verbal storytelling, that’s what! Family fun from the winners of the Primary Times Children’s Choice Award, 2014 and the Three Weeks Editors’ Choice Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2015. For tickets, click here.


Bloomin’ Kids’ Workshops

26th October, 10am – 4pm, Farnham Town Council’s greenhouses on West Street

Join in with Farnham Town Council’s free Bloomin’ Kids’ Gardening Workshops, this half-term for lots of green fingered fun from bulb planting and crafts, to mini beast hunting! There will be two sessions held on the day from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm with a 20 minute break during each session. The workshops are completely free and are most suited to those aged 6 years of age and above. Aspiring gardeners will have the chance to take part in a number of seasonal activities whilst learning exciting facts and practical skills.

Booking is required, click here for details.


Hopefully these ideas may inspire you to stay local this half-term, there’s certainly plenty of activities and beautiful spaces to enjoy, click here for some Halloween arts and crafts for those wet weather days!