The October half-term holiday is almost upon us, and as it includes Halloween, there are lots of spooky treats planned locally, as well as other activities in the great outdoors to make the most of the Autumnal treasures to be found. Here is our round-up of what’s on – and where. So don your witches hat, grab your broomstick, and get planning some half-term holiday high-jinks!
24/10/15 – 01/11/15 Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas Venture through the creepy, cobwebbed corridors of Haunted Heights, and play hide and shriek with the witchy sisters Hocus and Pocus. Try to track down the missing mummy in the twisted terror maze. The Discovery Centre will be offering creepy crawly encounters for the brave and bold. Find out more here. There will also be ‘Meet and Greet opportunities with Scooby Doo. Price details here.
24/10/15 – 01/11/15 Haunted Abbey – 1066 Battle of Hastings , Abbey and Battlefield Have a go at creating creepy crafts and see if you can scare the resident ghouls enough to win a prize for the best children’s Halloween costume. More information .
24/10/15 7.30pm Northiam Bonfire Society Procession and Fireworks The Procession will leave the Bonfire Field (on the A28, south of the village) at 7.30pm, processing into village, and returning for the lighting of the Bonfire at 8.30pm, followed by the fireworks. Bar, food & amusements will be available on the field from 6pm. Entry to the field is £1, you are advised to bring a torch. More details.
24/10/15 – 25/09/15 World Crazy Gold Championships Hastings Adventure and Crazy Golf. Now in its 5th year, the competition will take place across 7 rounds with preliminary rounds being played on Saturday and the final on Sunday amongst the top 18 players in the world. The winner takes the top cash prize. More information.
24/10/2015 – 01/11/2015 ‘Forest of Fear’ Groombridge Place, near Tunbridge Wells, 10.00 – 17.00 Families can witness the spooky adventures of Hansel and Gretel, as they escape the clutches of the Evil Witch, only to stumble into another monstrous nightmare – the Monster Mash Halloween Party. Other activities include creepy crafts, gruesome games, fearsome face painting, devilish dancing and much more. More information.
25/10/15 Billy’s Band, Battle Memorial Halls, 10.30 & 12.45 Billy is the finest conductor that ever lived. Come and join him and his band in a series of musical adventures. Designed to entertain and inspire children to pick up a musical instrument and have a go. More information.
25/10/15 The Big Draw with New Road Artists, Rye Creative Centre TN31 7LS, Free drawing workshops as part of the world’s biggest drawing festival. Aimed at varying age groups. More information.
26/10/2015 & 27/10/2015 Medieval Mop Fair at Bodiam Castle, 11.00 – 16.00 Come along to our annual hiring fair and discover some of the medieval jobs that were on offer to those who wanted to work in the castle. Would you make the grade to become a castle cook, servant or gong scourer? The castle cooks will also be busy in the kitchen area preparing some medieval dishes, as they would have done for Sir Edward and his guests. More information.
26/10/15 – 30/10/15 Unearth Ghostly Facts at Battle Museum of Local History Unearth ghostly facts about the iconic and historic and town of Battle. There is also free entry to the museum from September 28th to 31st October. More information.
27/10/2015 – 31/10/2015 Kent and East Sussex Railway , Tenterden Take a spooky train ride, meet Mr Mystery and enjoy spooktacular entertainment at Tenterden station with themed ‘make and take’ activities. Enjoy designing and carving a pumpkin to take home with you – included in the price of your train ticket. More information.
28/10/2015 Explore the Shore Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Family fun on the beach with a scavenger hunt, games, crafts, and hot chocolate to keep you warm. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. Booking Essential, £3 per child. More information.
28/10/2015 Scooby Doo at Drusillas Crime-solving duo Scooby Doo and Shaggy will be meeting budding detectives at various intervals throughout the day. More information.
28/10/2015 Moscow Ballet La Classique Nutcracker , De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, 19.30 A beautiful, Christmas-themed ballet, which has all the spectacle of the festive season. More information.
29/10/2015 Billy’s Band, Battle Memorial Halls, 10.30 &12.45.. Billy is the finest conductor that ever lived. Come and join him and his band in a series of musical adventures. Designed to entertain and inspire children to pick up a musical instrument and have a go. More information.
29/10/2015 Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, search in the muddy saltmarsh for crabs, sea skaters and sandhoppers – wellies and old clothes advisable! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at Lime Kiln Cottage Information Centre. 14.30 – 16.00 Booking essential, £3 per child. More information.
30/10/2015 Halloween Fun Day and Fright Night Disco , Treasure Island, Eastbourne, 10.00 – 16.00 & 18.00 – 20.00 Fancy Dress Prizes, Halloween films and snacks, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, games, disco dancing games, glow sticks & more. More information.
30/10/2015 Wild Woodland Holiday Club A whole day of spooktacular fun for Halloween at Swallowtail Hill, with pumpkins, besom brooms, twig skeletons & campfire cooking. Bring a packed lunch. Suitable for ages 6 – 11. Parents do not accompany children. 10.00 – 15.00 Booking essential. £20 per child More information.
30/10/2015 & 31/10/2015 Fright Night Express KESR, 18.30, Dare you ride the Fright Night Express in Tenterden to celebrate Halloween in style? More information.
31/10/15 Wild Woodland Weekend Club Monthly adventures in the woods for Wild Things aged 6 – 11; parents not allowed! Build dens, cook on a campfire, play in the mud, learn woodcrafts and play games. 10.00 – 15.00. Booking essential £10 per child. More information.
31/10/2015 Hello Kitty at Drusillas Visit Hello Kitty in her beautiful themed house, and have a souvenir photo taken with the cutest girl herself. Also, no trip would be complete without a pampering in the Hello Kitty Beauty Parlour, and a thrilling time on the Hello Kitty Secret Garden rides. More information.
31/10/2015 Addams Family screening , with Little Flicks in association with St.Mary’s Nursery, Battle Memorial Halls, 10.15 Watch the classic spooky film. Children will receive a free spooky goodie bag on arrival, and fresh popcorn will be available to purchase on the day. Fancy dress is welcome and there will be a prize for the best costume – applies to adults too! More information.