10 inspiring October half term activities and fab days out

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half termYou may have only just finished sewing name tags in the new school uniform and you’re probably still finding summer holiday sand in the car, but half term is on the horizon, already! To inspire you with your family diary planning we’ve picked out ten great ideas for fun October half term activities from around the country.

Half term activities: North

storytellingThere are several free and great value family events billed during the Scottish International Storytelling Festival, celebrating folktales from across Europe. The festival runs from 19-28 October, with most events based in Edinburgh and Glasgow (0131 556 9579).

There are plenty of family-friendly walks around the stunning landscapes of the Northern Ireland counties, listed as part of the Walk NI initiative. Advice, downloadable routes, walks for all abilities and more (028 9030 3930).

scooby dooThe National Media Museum in Bradford is offering a free Scooby Doo Extravaganza from 25 October–4 November. Also enjoy the interactive exhibits on television, photography, animation and more. If you want to learn more about photography, then check out these stock photos. Open daily from 9.30am during half term (0844 856 3797).

Catch up on 800 years of history at the Woodhorn, Museum and Northumberland Archives in Ashington, where you can also watch birds of prey demonstrations on 31 October at 12 noon and 2pm. Free to enter and all day parking is £3 (01670 624455).

family fun IWM NorthThe Imperial War Museum North in Manchester is offering a series of free family fun activities from 27 October 2012 – 4 November. Learn about life on the front line as a doctor or nurse during wartime, with the chance to dress up, play and create your own souvenirs. Plus be a part of interactive storytelling sessions and live science demonstrations. Open daily from 10am – 5pm, free to enter (0161 836 4000).

Half term activities: Central

cowbridge food and drink festivalThe Cowbridge Food and Drink Festival is on 27-28 October. While you enjoy new tastes in this Glamorgan market town, the kids can feast on the street entertainment, traditional games and all the fun on offer in the Entertainment Zone. Adults only £4, children under 12 are free (07875 290428).

What happens in Air Traffic Control? What is the role of the Firefighters? Find out by attending the activity sessions in the Aerozone at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire, planned on 23 & 25 October and 1 November (01332 852801).

Coast 2012, the Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival in Norfolk, offers plenty for families from 27 October–4 November, including exhibitions, craft and music workshops and readings. Many are free or request a small donation (01263 519454).

Half term activities: South

Follow the Gruesome Nature Trail at East Dartmoor’s National Nature Reserve based at Bovey Tracey and try to solve the ghoulish mystery. The event runs from 27 October–4 November from 10am-3pm and is free (01626 832330).

sheepVisit the animals at the 32-acre Mudchute Park and Farm in London’s Isle of Dogs. Fur and feathers, rare breeds, horses and ponies, plus a petting zoo and a duck pond. Open daily 9am-5pm. Please note: no on-site parking (020 7515 5901).

Visit The Victoria and Albert Museum in London from Saturday 27 – Sunday 4 November for a Hollywood Costume themed event. Sundays also offer a Drop-in-Design workshop that lets families pick a design challenge and explore the museum for ideas; they can then use materials to make their design. From fashion accessories to architecture inspired magical doorways there’s plenty to create. Takes place 10.30am – 5pm for free. (020 7942 2000).

Find a spot in Preston Park or Madeira Drive in Brighton and welcome in around 500 vintage cars as they complete the 60-mile route of the 2012 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on 4 November. Cars are expected to start arriving just after 10am (01483 524 433).

Do check all details ahead of your visit. What great events are going on in your area? Please share any details by adding your comments below.