The half term holidays are rapidly approaching (meanwhile I am finding it hard to believe Lydia has been a school child over a month already!) and so I’ve put together this list of places to go and things to do in & around Birmingham this Autumn half term.
With Halloween coming up, a lot of Birmingham attractions are hosting spooky events and activities, and there are a couple of special events in the list too. So, without further ado….
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The botanical gardens has a Spooktober half term special event from 23rd to 27th October – and they are making entrance free for under 16s for the week! There are plenty of fun activities planned including an activity trail, face painting, story telling, pond-dipping, and arts & crafts. Not everything is on every day, so make sure you check their website if you want to join in with a particular activity.
Sea Life Centre
During the Spooky Seas event from 14th to 31st October at the Birmingham Sea Life Centre they will be “turning the spotlight on the spooky critters of the deep” during their Halloween themed event. As Sea Life Centre ambassadors we will be heading into town one day during half term to check it out, so keep an eye on the blog to find out what we think!
The UK’s biggest Lego Fan Convention BRICKLIVE is on at the Birmingham NEC from 26th to 29th October, and it is SO MUCH FUN for any Lego fans – big or small. We reviewed the Lego show last year and are delighted to be going back for more Lego fun this half term. Keeping with the Halloween theme, there is going to be a special Pumpkin brick pit filled with orange and green bricks for your to design your own Lego pumpkin. I’m looking forward to the new Bright Bricks Safari zone too.
Hatton Adventure World
The Pumpkin Week event from 21st to 29th October at Hatton Adventure World includes a pumpkin patch, “bewitching trailer ride” and “terrifying terror maze” – as well as a few Halloween themed shows. Hatton is always a fun day out and we actually reviewed their Pumpkin Week a few years ago which will give you an idea of the sort of things on offer there.
Disney on Ice
Disney on Ice presents Passport to Adventure is on at Arena Birmingham (formerly the Barclaycard Arena) from 18th to 29th October and the girls are really excited as we have been invited to come along to the opening night to review! The worlds of The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Peter Pan and Frozen will all be explored in this show, hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and a few of their friends. Don’t forget to come over a little early for the Fit to Dance pre-show party too!
For the half term break, Warwick Castle is becoming The Haunted Castle from 21st to 31st October, with “wondrous witches, Horrible Histories and the return of the spectacular fire joust” – it looks like there is loads on for all ages, with some truly creepy bits for the older kids and adults.
National Forest Adventure Farm
The Halloween Spook-tacular event from 20th to 29th October at the National Forest Adventure Farm, with a pumpkin patch, scare school, broomstick training, a mini maize maze… plus more. We’ve been invited along to review so will be posting our verdict on the day out sometime in the first weekend of the half term break.
The Birmingham science museum has a whole host of half term fun planned, with Family Activites from 21st to 29th October, the Science of Fright family show from 23rd to 27th October, and a special Spooky Science Night on 28th October. You can get creative with arts and crafts, or hunt for a witch’s house – and they’ll be mixing potions and all sorts of spooky fun in their family show. The family activities and show are both included in the standard admission price and during the day, but the Spooky Science Night is a special one-off evening event.
Everybodies favourite chocolate factory are running a Halloween Spooktacular event from 21st to 29th October, with spooky live entertainment show The Scream Factor and of course a selection of Halloween themed chocolates on sale in the Worlds Biggest Cadbury Shop.
West Midlands Safari Park
WMSP have a special Spooky Spectacular event from 30th September to 29th October, with a Trick or Treat Trail, a puppet show, Spooky Craft Club, Dino Quest, and even a Halloween themed Sea Lion show. There is also extended opening times during the school holiday, with late night rides (charged extra) in the fun fair area.
Over at Aston Hall there are a few Halloween themed events on offer with Family Friendly Spooky Tour and Craft from 24th to 26th October and Aston Hall’oween from 27th to 29th October. For the family event, visitors will spend half an hour taking part in the craft activity before a 45 min – 1 hour tour of the Hall while being told a few ghost stories – pre-booking is essential and costumes encouraged. For the Hall’oween event Aston Hall is transformed into a haunted mansion which families can explore, complete with a Ghost Hunter Trail – pre-booking is highly recommended.
What are you planning to do this half term? Ours is going to be quite busy, as the girls have five mornings of swimming lessons as well as some visits to these attractions planned!