The weather isn’t looking that warm for the start of the half term, although it makes things much more manageable when it’s cold but not raining, so we’ve found a selection of events and activities across Essex for both rainy and dry days to enjoy throughout this October half term with your children:
Indoor play: If you feel like making a trip out to Colchester you could visit Jungle Tumble – an indoor play area, a great place for the kids to play safely whilst you enjoy a relaxing coffee.
They have an interactive games projector where kids can pop balloons, piece together puzzles and much more. As well as having an obstacle course with tunnels to crawl through, climbing ropes, play ball pit and much more. There is even a specially designed play area for the under 3’s. Children will need to wear socks at all times. For more info please check out this link http://www.colchester-zoo.com/explore/to-do/jungle-tumble
Whilst there you could also treat your kids to the Shriek Week, late scary nights on the October 25th, 27th, 29th, 31st and November 1st. Last admissions at 8pm. Details: www.colchester-zoo.co.uk.<http://www.colchester-zoo.co.uk./>
If you and your family fancy a trip to the theatre these holidays, then why not check out Marty Macdonald’s Farm which is on the 1st November, 14.00pm at the Braintree Art’s Theatre. At the moment they have a special offer and a family of four can buy tickets for £30.40. To find out more information please visit this link http://www.essex-live.co.uk/tickets/d6681/marty-mcdonalds-farm/braintree-braintree-arts-theatre/
If you haven’t visited Saffron Walden museum with your kids, then this would be a good opportunity to go and visit their award winning family museum. Being one of the oldest museums in Britain, it holds something for all the family from stone axes to Samurai amour, Saxon riches to shields, spears and swords. They open from 14:30pm -16.30pm throughout the holiday. For more information please visit their website @www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org, and kids go free!
You and your kids can enjoy this spooky train tour through the grounds of Audley End, where you can stop and visit the witches in their Haunted House. You will have the chance to spot the mysterious characters along the way and each child will receive a gift.
Open on the 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, 30th & 31st October and the 1st November. For more information please visit their website http://www.audley-end-railway.co.uk/events/halloween-special
Ghost walk at Hedingham from the 29th -31st- October. The ghost trail starts each evening outside this haunted castle at 6pm, and winds its way around the lake and woods, followed by spooky tales told by candle-light. Not recommended for children under 12, and you will need to book in advance Details: (01787) 460261 or www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk