October half term activities

It’s that time of year again; summer is quickly being replaced with autumn and the days are getting shorter by the week. Just as the kids are getting back into the swing of school, it’s time for the first half term break of the school year! Here’s our top picks for things to do and places to visit this upcoming half term:


Autumn Carnival Fun at RHS Wisley



RHS Wisley Gardens in Woking has a range of hands-on activities for children of all ages to enjoy this half term. The majority of the activities are included in the garden admission price; these include an Autumn Carnival garden trail, circus shows and family craft and planting workshops. The gardens are open from 10am to 4.30pm daily from 23 – 31 October, but activities and times vary so it’s important to check their website before visiting. All the information you need to plan your trip to the RHS Garden Wisley can be found here.


Little Amal – the giant puppet



Fancy checking out something truly unique this half term? An ambitious project by the Good Chance Theatre sees a giant puppet (3.5 metres tall), named Little Amal, walking 8,000km from the border of Turkey and Syria to Manchester. The purpose of Amal’s journey is to bring attention to the journeys made by child refugees in the hope of a better life. If you’re local to Reigate or live around Surrey, then your best bet for meeting Amal will be catching her as she passes through London from 22 – 25 October. She’s going to be part of music events, literature festivals, dance performances and more during her 4 days in the capital. Visit Timeout London’s website to see Little Amal’s full schedule for London.


The Making of Harry Potter – Halloween themed Warner Bros Studio Tour



Dark magic is brewing at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter! From 24 September – 7 November, the Harry Potter Studio Tour has been taken over with the Dark Arts feature – focusing on the symbol of Lord Voldemort and the Dark Mark. Eye-catching décor, wand combat choreography and spell binding sound and lighting effects are all part of the Halloween makeover at The Making of Harry Potter. All the extra Dark Arts features are included in the ticket price, but tickets must be booked in advance. For all the information you need, visit their website.


Surrey Artist of the Year Exhibition



Aiming to win the Surrey Artist of the Year Award for 2021 after being shortlisted, local abstract landscape painter Sarah Cox has her work displayed at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham this half term. Along with all the other finalists, her work is on display in the gallery, which covers a number of art disciplines such as painting, sculpting, textiles and more. The exhibition is free to enjoy, and the winner of the coveted award will be decided by votes from the public. Head down to the New Ashgate Gallery to view some beautiful art and cast your vote for the Artist of the Year award. The art is on display until Saturday 6 November – more information can be found here.


Ignite at Polesden Lacey



From 22 October – 7 November, the garden at Polesden Lacey is being illuminated by breath-taking fire, lights and lanterns once twilight falls. Continuing the tradition of surprising and delighting visitors, the discovery trail has been designed for everyone of all ages to enjoy, with lanterns, flames and illuminations all part of the experience. Booking is now available for tickets and car parking, so to avoid missing out on time slots which are quickly selling out, head over to their site now.


The Salt Box - Woodland Feast Over Fire



If you’re looking for a quirky, grown-ups only dining experience, then the Woodland Feast Over Fire by The Salt Box could be the ideal choice for you. On October 28, The Salt Box team invite you to dine beneath the canopy at the Woodland Supper Club for an evening of seasonal food cooked over fire. You can expect the best, locally sourced produce to enjoy while being warmed by the open fire. If you’re interested and would like more details, visit The Salt Box’s website.


There is plenty of activities and attractions for the everyone to enjoy here across half term and Halloween. These are just our top picks and are in no means the full list of the best things to do, so please do let us know if any of your favourite activities haven’t been featured. From the team at Kemp Marketing, we wish you a fun filled (and if possible relaxing) half term break!