Kids activities in London this October half-term, 2023


Osterley Park and House: Looking for Monsters Hunt – self-led family trail

Date:14th- 29th Oct 2023, 10am – 5pm
Location: Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4RB (sat nav TW7 4RD)
Price: £2 (normal admission applies: gardens: adult : £8, child: £4.40, family: £20.00, 1 adult: £12, house & gardens: adult:£14, child:£7, family:£35, 1 adult:£21)
Follow the trail and discover the Tale of the Monster Hunter in this family trail. With 8 activities plus two game stations you can explore nature in the Gardens this Autumn. Why not enjoy Pumpkin Craving in the Stables Walled Garden to carve your own pumpkin. Bring the family together to make a seasonal decoration. Carving sessions run 27th, 28th & 29th October, 11am-3pm. £4 per pumpkin. Normal admission applies.



Halloween Half-term Eltham Palace

Date: 21st Oct – 29th Oct 2023, 10am – 5pm
Location: Eltham Palace & Gardens CourtYard, Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5NP
Price: Admission to the event is included in the standard admission ticket price. Price: adult:£18, child: £11, cons:£16, Family: £47. Family 1 adult (add up 3 child) + donation: £29.

Grab your broomsticks and get ready for a bewitchingly brilliant day out. Gather round for tales from our spooky storytellers and solve creepy clues in our Halloween Quest.
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Wetlands organisation : Drawn to Water this autumn

Date: until 1st Jan 2024
Location: WWT London, Queen Elizabeth Walk, Barnes, London, SW13 9WT
Price: adult:£15.40, junior (4-17 years):£10, concs:£13.90 family: £43.10, under 4’s: free.
Discover the magic of the wetlands this autumn with Quentin Blake’s illustrations as your guide. Quentin says “Visitors will be walking with me, and I like to think of myself walking with them. I shan’t mind if I get my feet wet.” Unlock your creativity and explore wetland nature through our range of art and illustration activities for all ages and abilities, inspired by Quentin Blake’s wonderfully distinctive drawings. Book here .



Jet and space Week at the Royal Air Force Museum
This October half term, experience Jet and Space Week

Date: 21st Oct – 29th Oct (11.00am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm)
Location: Learning Room 1 in Hangar 6, RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way,London, NW9 5LL
Price: free
A cosmic adventure with a variety of entertaining family activities and workshops. These include cosmic robot races, an out of this world planetarium, an extremely competitive paper jet designing contest and much, much more! Book entry here to guarantee a place.


London Museum of Water and Steam:Mini Monsters

Date: 21st Oct – 29thOct
Location: London Museum of Water & Steam, Green Dragon Lane,, Brentford, TW8 0EN
Price: adult day ticket: £11.50, Day Concession/ 60+/ Student Ticket: £9.50, child: free
Find out where our water comes from, check out the Soggy Science show which explains how London’s water is cleaned, with storytelling and crafts. Book here



Halloween at the Hampton Court Palace

Date: 21st-29th Oct 
Location: Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU
Price: entry included in palace admission. adult : age 18-64: £26.30, child under 5: free, children: 5-15: £13.10, concs & full time students: £21
Experience a hauntingly thrilling Halloween at Hampton Court this October half-term. There will be spooky projections and creepy sound effects as the palace is transformed by magical spells. As you tiptoe through the dark winding corridors and courtyards, you’ll feel the chilling presence of their infamous ghosts hiding around every corner. Witches and alchemists have taken over parts of the palace. Head to the Gallery of the Damned and see eerie portraits come to life, or stop by the Council Chamber to take part in a spine-tingling séance. Whose voice will echo from beyond the grave?



We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at Kew Gardens

Date:21st Oct – 29th Oct
Location:Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE
Price: price included in the admission. adults:£17, child: £5, young person (16 to 29) and students:£8.50, free for members,
Grab your wellies and embark on a bear hunt adventure at Kew Gardens. Explore the grass, mud, and rivers as you search for bears.Based on the award-winning animation We’re Going on a Bear Hunt and bestselling picture book, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, this is an adventure for all of the family to enjoy as you explore different landscapes and make muddy memories in Kew Gardens this autumn.



Halloween Trail at Tower of London

Date: 21st Oct – 29th Oct
Location: Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB
Price: members: Free, adult: £33.60, child age 5-15: £16.80 book tickets here
Follow the footsteps of infamous prisoners, pick up the halloween trail and keep track of ghosts you spot on the way. Download from the trail website.



Halloween Family Theatre – ‘The Ghost Detectives’Chelsea Physics Garden 

Date: 25th Oct– 31st Oct (excluding Saturday 28th Oct) at 5pm – 6pm (for dates 25, 26, 27, 29/10) and 4pm – 5pm (for dates 30, 31/10)
Location:66 Royal Hospital Rd, London SW3 4HS
Price: adult:£20, child:£15
Chelsea Physic Garden presents ‘The Ghost Detectives’ for Halloween, a family theatre experience featuring adventurous Ghost Detectives who can speak to animals. Travel back to 1947 and solve mysteries involving barking, squeaking, and roaring suspects. Join the quest to uncover the truth behind the missing Crown Jewels amidst silly ghosts, quirky hats, and a playful whale named Fifi. Suitable for all ages, with kids under 1 free. Halloween costumes are welcomed!



National Gallery Decoding Picture: (aged 5-13yrs)

Date: Tue, 24 Oct: Session times: 11 – 11.45 am/1 – 1.45 pm
Location: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Price: free, limited capacity
Decode paintings, discover hidden secrets, and learn interactive tips for viewing art. Explore, question, and discuss together.



Crafting Morning: Gathering Leaves: William Morris Gallery (6-12 years)

Date: 25th Oct, 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: William Morris Society, Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9TA
Price: £5 book here
This half-term workshop is inspired by John Henry Dearle’s designs. Explore William Morris and Dearle’s textiles, create Autumn collages with provided materials, and take your unique creations home. Limited spots, early booking advised. Held at the William Morris Society, children under 8 require adult supervision (accompanying adults attend free). Refreshments provided.



Horrible Halloween at Syon House

Date: 25th, 27th & 29th Oct, 11am – 1.30pm
Location:Syon House, Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex
TW8 8JF.
Prices: below where applicable
This Halloween, enjoy family-friendly frights with ‘Creepy Critters’ Experience Zoolab’s animal handling sessions with hairier and scarier creatures (age 3 and up), book here , and the ‘Gory Gravy, Ghastly Guts, and GUNPOWDER!’ trail, book here. Plus, there’s storytelling with Antonia’s Pumpkin, Fearsome Forest Fun, Sunday Funday: Creepy Crafts, Frightful Face Painting, and follow the Terrible Trails and Monstrous Mutts, petrifying pups and devilish doggos along for a spooktacular walk in the gardens (Entry £5 humans, £2 dogs)for a spooktacular time!



Make Your Own Dinosaur Bag: Horiman Museum and Gardens (aged 3yrs up)

Date: 23rd –27th Oct
Location: 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ
Price: adult : free, child: £12.50, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3pm
Children can create their own Dino bag. Choose their favourite colours for the spikes and tail and add their own face design to make it unique. The main part of the bag will be made from recycled and upcycled fabric scraps. Super cute and eco-friendly. Parents and carers,will need to stay, while children take part in the workshop, as they may need some assistance with hand sewing/ sharp needles and scissors. When on the sewing machine, children will press the foot pedal while the fabric will be guided by expert Make Mee teachers.



Covent Garden : Pumpkin Market

Date:  Half-term, actual dates TBC
Location: Westminster, London, WC2E 9DD
Price: free
More information to come soon, aspect it to be spook-tac-u-lar!!!



Southbank Centre: Jacqueline Wilson : The Best Sleepover in the World

Date: 26th Oct, 11am
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Price: £12 book here
Renowned children’s author Jacqueline Wilson, former Children’s Laureate and creator of over 100 books including Tracy Beaker and Hetty Feather, presents a long-awaited sequel to the 2001 bestseller Sleepovers at the London Literature Festival. Joined by illustrator Rachael Dean, Wilson introduces a heartwarming tale where Daisy, excluded from Chloe’s sleepover, endeavours to create a special sleepover for her non-verbal sister, Lily. Will she succeed in making it the most memorable sleepover ever?

Click here for more Half-term events at the Southbank Centre



Brent Lodge Park Millennium Maze

Date: open
Location: Brent Lodge, 204 Church Rd, London W7 3BP
Price: free
Consists of 2,000 trees, and has been around for more than 2 decades. In the midst of the bustling park’s heart, you’ll discover a vibrant scene. A children’s playground, an ice cream kiosk, and the entrance to the mini zoo are all nearby.



Shakespeare Globe – family events

Date:21st Oct- 28th Oct
Location: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT
Prices: as per below
The Globe has a whole host of events over the half term. Some highlights are Romeo & Juliet storytelling (5- 8 years : price £12) and Romeo & Juliet storytelling and worshops ( 9-12yrs: price: £10), here you can enjoy fab re-enactments of these star crossed lovers, and for the older sessions practical workshops as well. You can also catch Macbeth Workshop – aged 9-12, dates 21st – 24th Oct, price £10, at these sessions, children can learn about the history of Shakespeare’s London and the theatrical world he created, also visit one of the rehearsal rooms and  take part in an interactive workshop.


V&A: Family Friendly workshops

Date: 25th Oct- 28th Oct
Location: both V&A and The Young V&A sites
There is a brilliant choice of workshops, performances and special events happening over half term at both the V&A sites. Some of these are : the Drop-in Design: Diva Style workshop. Dates: 25th-27th Oct, price: free, here children can explore their diva style by dressing up and making fashion items, location: V&A South Kensington Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL. Take part in creating a Japanese scroll (age 8 yrs +)a Emakimono, the traditional Japanese form of visual storytelling, dates: 25th Oct-27th, price: £12, booking essential. Location: Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA. To accompany the ‘Japan: Myths to Manga’ exhibition, head to the Open Studio to contribute to a growing Origami Sculpture, or explore our Imagine Gallery (for all ages) create and dress up as a character, dates: 25th Oct- 27th Oct, price: free, location: Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA. To check out these and more click here .



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