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6 Fantastic Family Day Out Suggestions For October Half-Term

Matt Crisp October 3, 2023

It’s almost half term and it is a favourite time for trips out with the family as the weather is still mild and the Christmas rush has yet to begin in earnest. There is so much choice for fun or educational places to visit here in the UK. Here are a few suggestions for interesting days out with the kids or even for a coach hire party.

 

The School of Magic, Dunster Castle, Somerset

Dunster School of Magic is set in the ancient Dunster Castle near Minehead in Somerset. It has existed in some form on its hillside location since the Norman era and it is a classic fairytale turreted castle.

It’s a popular destination for school trips, with outdoor trails and guided tours that offer an insight into the 1000 years of history. This half term, the School of Magic returns with another mystery to be solved. Children can follow a fun fact finding adventure as they discover what happened to the student Dean Clusstters.

 

Horrible Histories Terrible Thames Tour, London

The popular Horrible Histories brand presents Thames Tours with the stories of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Julius Caesar, Queen Boudicca, and more. This is the unvarnished truth about our grisly ancestors, all presented in a fun and accessible way for kids as they take a boat trip along the famous river and take in the sights and sounds of London.

 

Wonderland Sculpture Trail, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset

The Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens are situated in a sheltered woodland valley on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. It contains a special collection of rare plants from all over the world and there are also stunning views of the Dorset coast. The gardens host events throughout the year.

Children and adults alike will love the charming new sculpture trail, which contains a collection of well-known literary themed characters inspired by the creations of Lewis Carrol, Beatrix Potter, Norman Thelwell, and more. There is also a shop where you can purchase your very own Alice in Wonderland, White Rabbit, and many more. 

 

Halloween Disco, Whistlestop Valley, Huddersfield

The Whistlestop Valley at the Kirklees Light Railway in Park Mill Way in Clayton West are putting on spook-tacular daytime Halloween discos full of music, party games, and fancy dress. 

 

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

The famous Redwings Horse sanctuary near Norwich provides shelter and rehabilitation to abandoned or neglected horses, ponies, and donkeys. It is open to the public on weekends from 10am for a chance to meet and find out the stories of over 2,000 rescued equines. 

 

Rush Trampoline and Adventure Parks

If the weather is wet, then an indoor trampoline adventure is the perfect way to get out and about and burn off some energy. There are centres in Birmingham and High Wycombe, and everyone from the age of four upwards is welcome.

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