October half-term is soon approaching, which can only mean a week full of fun and games for the children, and a week of dreaded entertainment for the parents.
But not to worry, as StaffsLive have put together a list of exciting things to get stuck into this half term – now all that’s left for you to do is to have some family fun!
Where: The Regent Theatre
When: October 24-28
Price: £16.90 – £44.40
‘Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours,’ X Factor winner Joe McElderry stars as Joseph in this magical musical. ‘Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s ‘Amazing’ production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country.’
What: Halloween Play With Clay
Where: Middleport Pottery
When: October 24-25
Explore your creativity and imagination with artist led drop in activities. Between 21-29 October there is also a Spooky Trick or Treat Trail around Middleport Pottery at just 50p per person. Emma Bridgewater is holding a similar event where you can decorate a plate (£8).
What: Pumpkin Picking
Where: Brookfields Farm, Stone Road, Blackbrook
When: Every Day, half-term is the perfect time!
Price: Just pay for your selected pumpkins
Not only does the farm have a range of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes to choose and buy, there are various other local produce on sale such as eggs, fruit and vegetables, and jam. This is a lovely autumnal day out and it’s fun for the kids to choose their own pumpkin to carve in time for Halloween.
Where: Lyme Valley Parkway
When: Sunday 25 October
‘Families can enjoy fireworks and fairground rides while raising money for worthwhile causes.’ The Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme has chosen to raise money for the charities Approach, DEAFvibe and the Apedale Heritage Centre with this event.
What: Alton Towers Scarefest
Where: Alton Towers
When: October 20-31
Price: Prices start at £32
Alton Towers think that it is their ‘most spine-tingling Scarefest yet.’ With the Theme Park open until 9pm it means you can ride the rollercoasters in the dark or scare yourself silly in the scare mazes, including a brand new feature this year ‘The Welcoming: Be Chosen’.
Are you brave enough?
Where: Trentham Monkey Forest
When: October 21-22
Price: Included in Monkey Forest Admission Price £6.50-£8.50
‘Learn about protecting and conserving the UK bat species at Trentham Monkey Forest, take part in some fun crafts and see live displays too.’ There will be live bats for you nature lovers to admire!
Where: Biddulph Grange Gardens
When: 27-29 October
‘Collect a sparkler on your way in, have your face painted, enjoy a walk around the candle lit garden, wander to the tennis lawn to try the BBQ; then it’s time to light your sparklers, enjoy the bonfire and watch the fireworks.’ There will also be a fancy dress competition, so get on your best scary outfit!
What: Dogwarts Halloween Party
Where: Hounds, Fogg St. Newcastle-under-Lyme
When: Saturday 28 October, 6pm
Don’t let the kids have all the fun! This time of year can be very stressful for pets, so why not let them have a bit of festive fun and get your four-legged friend to Hounds. On Saturday 28 October the pet shop is holding a Halloween Photo Shoot (£6) as well as a Harry Potter themed ‘Dogwarts’ party (£6).
Where: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery
When: Saturday 28 October
‘This family friendly show reveals the story behind the classic tale of Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly. Set in a thunderstorm high in the mountains the atmosphere is chilled as she happily tells her story but she is soon joined by the creature himself.’
There’s something for everyone to do this half-term the run-up to Halloween!