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Half Term: Activities, events & things to do near you

Lisa O'Keeffe

04 October 2018

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Is it just us, or does half term always seem to creep up on you? It barely feels like 5 minutes since the back to school chaos, but now it’s time for the first school holidays of the academic year: October half term. whether you’re looking after the pre-Christmas pennies, or looking to make the most of a whole week off, we’re here to help.

Get set for all sorts of fun as we’ve been on the hunt for the best of the best: pumpkins, crunching leaves and Halloween... all wrapped up in fun family events and activities to enjoy this half term. So what are you waiting for? Here’s our guide to some of the best half term activities and things to do across the UK.

Kids with arms up to celebrate end of term

When is half term?

Looking to find out when the next half term is? Here's the key dates you need:

October half term 2018: 22nd - 26th October 2018

February half term 2019: 18th - 22nd February 2019

May half term 2019: 27th May - 31st May 2018

Looking for more school holiday dates near you? Check out our complete guide, including dates for half term, Easter holidays, Christmas holiday dates and more. Dates may vary by individual school and area, so it’s always best to check with your local council.

A kid in fancy dress holding a pumpkin bucket for trick or treating

5 things to do this October half term

  1. Go pumpkin picking
    October is the perfect month to go pumpkin picking, and as half term rolls around, there should still be plenty to choose from the patch. Find the best places to pick pumpkins near you now.

  2. Find a Halloween event near you
    Halloween may be just one day of the year, but there are loads of events running for weeks at some of your favourite attractions. Spooky family fun, fancy dress, creepy crafts and loads more are all on the bill, but has your favourite made our list? Check out our guide to 20 Halloween events for kids.

  3. 35 autumn activities
    Summer is long gone, but there’s no time to be sad about it - not when there are so many autumn adventures to find! Crunching leaves, welly walks, conker collecting and rockpooling are just some of the things you’ll find in our ultimate list of autumn activities for kids.

  4. Escape on a short family break
    Feel like you’re in need of a holiday? October half term is the perfect time of year for a staycation, from a cosy cottage to a thrilling theme park break, we’ve got loads of ideas for families of all ages. Find the best family short break deals now.

  5. Find great days out near you
    We’re here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you find great days out near you. From farm parks and swimming pools, to trampoline parks, safari parks and everything in between, enter your postcode on our homepage to start your search now.


Check out the UK school holiday dates and see when your next half term is!



Lisa O'Keeffe

04 October 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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