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Fun for the kids this October half term

Posted on Wednesday 12th October

It’s that time of the year again! The kids are off school and the adults begin to wonder how on earth they will keep them entertained for the week. Well look no further, The National Forest has got a selection of activities lined up for the weeks of Monday 17th – Sunday 30th October to ensure your little ones have an October half term to brag about once they return to school.


Spot Canadian Bison, Red Deer, Alpacas and more!

DimminsSnowdrops (L Hextall) (5)Hill Farm is providing a guided walk for the whole family to take part in this October. Anyone that took part in the Walking Festival last year will know that this route not only provides beautiful scenery, but also gives the opportunity to take in the local wildlife. Ensure you bring your camera – if you’re lucky enough, you might just spot a Canadian Bison, a Red Deer or Alpaca!

The walk begins at 10am on Wednesday 19th October at Hill Farm, Spring Lane, Packington, Leics, LE65 1WU, all participants are asked to meet opposite the toilets.

The 2 mile leisurely walk is expected to take around 2 hours, will finish with a trip to the local farm shop where you can shop for refreshments.


See the colours of Autumn

Take in the fresh air on Friday 21st October from 1-3pm by joining award-winning nursery man Robert Vernon as he takes you on a guided tour through the Bluebell Arboretum. Throughout the walk you will be intrigued by the fabulous array of autumnal colours presented to you amongst the rare and unusual trees and shrubs.

Light refreshments will be included, however we would recommend bringing your walking boots or wellies!

Please call 01530 413 700 for more info or to book your tickets.


Enjoy energy busting fun days

multisport-fundayIf your child has a lot of energy, then you’ve come to the right place! On Tuesday 25th October from 10am-4pm, Meadowside Leisure Centre will be providing a non-stop fun day for children aged 5-11.

The Meadowside team has created a whole range of activities to ensure a day packed with entertainment. The day includes a swimming session in the teaching pool, a sports hall free for all and a soft play session in the coral reef.

We are certain that you will be having a very restful evening after a day at the Meadowside Leisure Centre.


Go wildlife watching

DSC_4031On Tuesday 25th October from 2-3.30pm the classroom will open at The Rosliston Forestry Centre for all ages to come along and lend a hand to the team, helping our feathered friends prepare for Winter. The team in the classroom will be making bird feeders to keep the animals well fed and help them to survive the winter months.

Price: £2.50 per child. Please call: 01283 535039 for more information.


Get creative at the Brewhouse

animation-workshopThis is the perfect activity to help inspire the creative minds. The Brewhouse Arts Centre in Burton, will be playing host to an animation workshop for children aged 7 and over.  The day will be spent creating a stop motion film which will include props and characters created by each child. Furthermore, guests will be able to take home a copy of the final film to show off their skills to all family and friends.

The animation workshop is priced at £18 for one, or £30 for two children,  and will run from 10.30am-3pm on Wednesday 26th October.

For more information, please call: 01283 508 100


Test your aim with Archery

archeryRosliston Forestry Centre will be hosting Archery sessions for two days over October half term. Over the holidays, the team will be running 10 minute drop in sessions on Monday 24th and Friday 28th October from 2-4pm, to give you a chance at hitting the bullseye!

No pre-booking is required for this activity, simply purchase a ticket from the shop. The price per person to shoot 6 arrows is £2.50.

For more information please call: 01286 563 483


Explore the Victorian Pumping Station

On 29th and 30th October, pay a visit to The Claymills Victorian Pumping Station and get to grips with England’s industrial past.

Older children will be given the chance to have a go at starting a steam engine, whilst younger children can enter the 130 House to dress up as a Victorian and explore the construction bricks, before following the rat trail with the rest of the family.

Light refreshments will be available throughout the session, along with entry to a second hand bookshop and a bric a brac stall.

For further information, please email; or call 01283 509 929



There are lots of activities to take part in and locations to discover at The National forest – let us know about your half term adventures by using #forestlife.