What to do with the kids this October half term ...

Whats going on in your October half term?

Ely & Cambridge half term 19th-27th October

So you just got into a routine and felt like maybe that massive mountain of clean laundry would actually get put away, toys from the summer would be organised and family photos from your phone backed up and printed .. and suddenly half term descends!

How is it even October? And am I the only person who doesn’t have a plan? I too am thinking these thoughts fellow parents. So the only reasonable course of action seems to be to write a list of the ultimate ways to fill those half term days. And when I say ultimate I mean the best choices that the kids will love, won’t cost the earth and are also likely to allow you to drink coffee and eat cake… read on…

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Get outdoors in the autumn sunshine and go apple picking. Very reasonable for the budget, keeps the kids totally entertained, plus they will inevitably actually eat fruit ( unlike at home ) and wear themselves out with a few laps if you’re lucky too. Local to Ely we have the lovely Millfield Orchard in Haddenham. Their normal opening days are Saturday and Sunday.


And if you find you’re utterly mad for apples, Ely are hosting an Apple Festival on the 19th October on Palace Green with activities and stalls selling delicious food and drink made from the humble apple. 


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Halloween is just around the corner and South Angle Farm in Soham ( my kids just LOVE it here) is running it’s Halloween Spooktacular all half term week. Tickets can be bought in advance slightly cheaper, or on the day. The fun includes a trick or treat trail and the theme this year is Witches and Wizards. Fantastic fun and even if your little ones aren’t really into dressing up or Halloween, the staff here are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the animals they look after it’s enough to make any 3 year old demand a green tree snake for Christmas. Well, you win some you lose some...


Anglesey Abbey is turning into a Bat Haven this half term with an adventure trail to follow, bat themed crafts and also nature activities to keep the kids entertained. What’s more all this is included in the normal entrance fee so it’s a pretty big bonus especially if you’re a National Trust member. 


Waterstones bookshop in Cambridge are running a few October half term events this year that are FREE and look pretty awesome to boot. They have a Spooky story time planned, Haunted house junk modelling for the crafty amongst us and a Messy slime playtime too. Also if your kids love the train or the bus like mine do then the travelling is basically part of the excitement too. Win and win. Follow this link for more details: https://www.waterstones.com/events/search/shop/cambridge-sidney-str

And my final pick if you’re looking for something more adventurous is to head to the Norfolk Broads and soak up the autumn colours whilst discovering the fantastic wildlife on a boat trip. Kids go free with a paying adult, which is totally righteous and also means the coffee and cake budget remains intact. Find more details here: 


Last few spaces for our popular Autumn Mini Session

Last few spaces for our popular Autumn Mini Session

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