Things to do over the half term

Friday October 23, 2015

Finding things to do over the half term can be a real challenge, not to mention expensive and that’s before you even look at the weather forecast! The team at WST have come up with some fun ways that you can keep the kids amused all week long that won’t break the bank!


Educational Activities

Museums are the perfect wet-weather activity, there’s lots dotted up and down the country just waiting to be explored. Many have free access or a low cost entrance fee and host special events for children during the holidays.



If you’re heading to London, there’s plenty of children’s theatre to keep them entertained. Many theatres offer discounted matinee tickets or special children’s performances. If you head to the Little Angel Theatre to see The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me, you can get tickets for £5 each for the Friday performance at 5pm.

Whilst you’re in London why not visit the famous London Dungeons? Book an online saver ticket more than two weeks in advance and save up to 20%!

If theatre isn’t your child’s thing, why not take them to see the latest blockbuster at the local cinema? Vue cinemas host ‘Kids AM’ every morning during the holidays, with reduced price tickets for both adults and children from as little as £1.99.

Other cinema offers include ‘Odeon Kids’ and ‘Movies for Juniors’ with 3D viewing available for only £3.25.


Get Creative

Whether you’re a whizz with the craft box or a genius in the kitchen, get your kids creativity flowing with some fun at home.

Roll up your sleeves and get baking in the kitchen! There’s plenty of inspiration on the internet for all sorts of recipes that will pass the time. There couldn’t be a better time to have some fun with baking than creating a batch of Halloween themed cupcakes!


Go outdoors

Weather permitting, nothing beats a day in the outdoors and it’s something the whole family can enjoy together. From adventurous hikes and mountain bike rides, to a trip to the park, there’s plenty to do.

The National Trust has a number of cycle routes for families including bike rides for little legs so that the young ones don’t get too tired. Or why not head to one of their several historical houses located in beautiful green scenery, to see what it was like to live like a Tudor?

Each site will be hosting a number of half term events, simply type your postcode into the search bar on the National Trust site to see which events are close by. Make sure you find out how much it costs to visit the property or green space you are considering though as prices vary.


Free events

Councils across the UK will be offering free activities at local leisure centres, from free sports coaching to swimming programmes that they’ll love to get involved with with their friends. Simply type your postcode into your local council website to see what’s going on near you.

Make sure you check out eligibility and criteria as certain events will have age restrictions and may also incur costs. 

The team at WST wish your whole family a fun-filled half term!