October Half-Term in London

October Half-Term in London

There is so much to do in London. If you’re planning a mini-break or a day visit this half-term, I have noted some fun family outings. For you Londoners, you could even visit all these places. I have sneakily added a Surrey attraction because if you live in south London, Surrey is a breeze to get to.

  1. Horniman Museum & Gardens – If you’ve never been to the Horniman, then you are missing out. It is a hidden treasure, located in Forest Hill (south London). And it’s free! This half-term, pop in during the week for crafts, fossils or live music. And until the 30 October, there is an exhibition about dinosaurs (£17.00 for a family ticket with under threes going for free).
  2. Sea Life London Aquarium – One place that never disappoints is the London Aquarium. I can’t count how many times we have been over the years. We last went at the end of May for the opening of Penguin Point. Those Gentoo penguins are ridiculously cute, and you get such a close-up view of them. Visit this half-term for Spooky Seas and check out spooky talks, a Spooky Witch Fish or maybe the spooky diver in the ocean display.
  3. Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave – We love a family show, be it a play or musical, and Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave is utterly charming. But then it is based on a Quentin Blake book, and that man knows how to captivate a child’s imagination. The play will be playing in London this week  at the Clapham Picturehouse, Ritzy Picturehouse and the Chelsea Curzon. It will also be playing at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans.
  4. Pumpkin Picking at Garsons Farm – Well, I AM American and we love Halloween. We can’t have Halloween without carving a pumpkin. And we love picking pumpkins rather than just buying one from the shop (top photo). Garsons in Esher is a PYO farm, so you can pick out your pumpkins as well as picking up some fruit and vegetables while you’re there. We paid about £5 for two pumpkins so they’re quite reasonably priced. Also, Garsons has a really good cafe where you can get a yummy hot meal or even afternoon tea.
  5. Shrek’s Adventure – Although my entire family love the Shrek films, my four-year old son is particularly obsessed. So he was thrilled when we all visited Shrek’s Adventure a few months ago. The website keeps the attraction a bit of a mystery. And that works better. It is an interactive fairytale tour that lasts 75 minutes of fun. That’s all I’m saying. Buy a combined ticket for Shrek’s Adventure and Sea Life London, which will save you money, and then while you’re on the Southbank, grab lunch at one of the number of family restaurants or the market. And if you’re taking the train to Waterloo, this is such a convenient, and fun, day out.

Hope you have a great half-term! xx


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