October Half Term Family Activities & Events in and around Aylesbury

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

I have compiled a list of the activities and events going on in and around Aylesbury during the October Half Term holiday.

Den Building by the Campfire
Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th October
Have a go at building your own den around a campfire with our Rangers in Black Park. Drinks and marshmallows are included.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 12pm
Cost: £16 per family, £3 per extra child

'Go Batty'
Tuesday 27th October
'Go Batty' at the Farmers' Market with face painting and free pottery painting for kids.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 9am - 2pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day).

Apple Feeders
Tuesday 27th October and Wednesday 28th October
Treat your garden birds to a delicious apple feeder during this chilly season. Suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Times: 30 minute workshops at 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 2.30pm and 3pm
Cost: £2

May Messy Church
Wednesday 28th October
Art, food crafts, bouncy castles, play, quizzes, story, singing, lunch and so much more...
Place: Southcourt Baptist Church, Aylesbury HP21 8HW
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Cost: £1 per person
To find out more about this session, take a look at my review of the Messy Church from April and Messy Church review from May.

Meet a Barn Owl
Wednesday 28th October
Meet George, the Barn Owl, along with members of the Bucks Owl and Raptor Group, as part of Bucks County Museum’s Nature Detectives exhibition. A fantastic opportunity to discover more about Buckinghamshire's owls and birds of prey. Just drop in.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Cost: Free

Film Walk
Wednesday 28th October
Black Park has played host to many major film, TV and music productions. Join the Rangers for a walk around Black Park to look at some of the locations.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 11.30am
Cost: £5 adult, £3 child, £14 family

#AylesburyThursdays Event
Thursday 29th October
Organised by Aylesbury Vale District Council, #AylesburyThursdays returns in half term with free bungee-bouncing brilliance and climbing wall capers.
Place: Aylesbury town centre
Time: 11am - 2pm
Cost: Free (charge for some activities on the day)

Halloween Fun 
Thursday 29th October
Organised by Aylesbury Town Council, enjoy an afternoon of free family Halloween fun and entertainment. There will be the very popular Panto-ween, chilling magic from local magician 'Simon Says', pumpkin (and other vegetable) carving demonstrations from local artist, Tim O’Sullivan, and the Spotlight Musical Theatre Group will be teaching and performing the classic Michael Jackson Thriller routine. There will also be Halloween themed crafts, games and activities to take part in, as well as a face painter. Prizes will be awarded for the best Halloween fancy dress costume and carved pumpkin.
Place: Market Square, Aylesbury
Time: 3pm - 6.30pm
Cost: Free
We went along to this event for some Spooktacular Halloween Fun last year.

Mini Beast Hunt
Thursday 29th October
Hunt for creepy crawlies in Black Park with the help of the Rangers using a mini beast kit. Book an hour slot and meet at the Visitor Information Point.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 1pm - 2pm or 3pm - 4pm
Cost: £5 per family

Pumpkin Carving at the Museum
Thursday 29th October
Crve a spooky pumpkin to take home for the Halloween weekend. Suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Times: 30-minute sessions at 5.30pm, 6pm and 6.30pm
Cost: £3 (advance booking required)

Halloween Treasure Hunt
Friday 30th October
Celebrate on the eve of Halloween by taking part in a spooky treasure hunt around the Temple Gardens in Langley Park. Bring your carved pumpkin along to be judged and you may win a prize.
Place: Langley Park, Iver SL0 0LS
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Cost: Treasure Hunt - £5 per child. Pumpkin Carving Competition - £2 per pumpkin

Museum by Torchlight 
Friday 30th October
Bring along your torch and set off on the trail for nocturnal creatures around the Museum. Fancy dress welcome. Suitable for ages 5+.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: 5pm - 8pm
Cost: Free

Halloween Spooktacular
Saturday 31st October
Toddle Bop - an afternoon of ghastly games, freaky fun & devilish dancing; ideal for children aged 1 years and over. Groovy Night Disco - fancy dress competition, games; bar open for adults; ideal for children aged 5 years and over but all ages welcome. Tickets for both parties are limited.
Place: Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL
Times: Toddle Bop: 3.15pm - 4.30pm. Groovy Night Disco: 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Cost: Toddle Bop - £5 (accompanying adults are free). Groovy Night Disco - £6.50 without food; £10 with food (toastie and nibbles).

Creepy Crafts by the Campfire
Saturday 31st October
Go along and make creepy crafts this Halloween. You'll make witch & wizard wands, play games and toast marshmallows on the campfire. Meet at Black Park Play Area. Marshmallows and hot drinks included.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: Hour sessions from 10am, 11.30am and 1.30pm
Cost: £16 per family, £4 per extra child

Halloween Half Term Fun at Waddesdon Manor
Saturday 24th - Saturday 31st October
Have a hoot this half term with an 'owlfully' good Halloween Trail, horrible Halloween games, pumpkin carving and undercover art and craft activities. Activities vary each day.
Place: National Trust - Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon HP18 0JH
Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Individual activity costs vary. Normal admission charges apply. Free admission for National Trust members.
We did the Halloween Hoot Trail this weekend. A really great activity for little ones - highly recommended.

The Big Draw at the Natural History Museum at Tring
Saturday 24th October - Sunday 1st November
The Big Draw is the world's biggest drawing festival. There will be some top tips for budding artists around the Museum. Explore the galleries to find clues on how to expertly draw the specimens. Free, suitable for all ages.
Place: Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring HP23 6AP
Time: Check website for museum opening times
Cost: Museum entry is free
We've visited the Museum a few times and it's always been a hit with Little Miss A. Take a look at this post: Meeting the Animals at Tring Museum

Halloween Inspired Musical Party Fun Sessions with Jacqu'in the Box
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Take a gentle journey of musical adventure through the magical Autumn Forest! Help conjure up a mystical spell of songs and rhyme to help find the Honey Pot Bear who has mysteriously vanished from his Honey Pot and been replaced by Bertie the Bat! Fancy Dress optional. Must pre-book and pay in advance - call 07948371615.
Place: Various venues - see Facebook event for details
Times: Vary
Cost: £8 per child. £12 for 2 siblings.

Halloween Trail
Monday 26th - Saturday 31st October
Start the Halloween Trail from Your Cafe in the Park. Follow the pumpkins, collecting the clues. When you reach the end, unscramble the clues to win your prize - will it be a trick or a treat?
Place: Cafe in the Park, Aston Clinton HP22 5HL
Times: Cafe opening times Mon - Fri 8.30am - 5pm; Sat 8.30am - 6pm
Cost: £3 per family (pay-on-the-day)

Dunstable Spooktacular
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Will you have the fright of your life? Join in a week of Halloween antics and creepy crafts. Take home your own witches hat, or perhaps a terrifying mask to scare your friends! There will be broomstick making on 30 October so you can obtain your broomstick license and take part in broomstick races. No need to book, just turn up and have fun!
Place: National Trust Dunstable Downs, Chiltern Gateway Centre, Whipsnade LU6 2GY
Time: 11am - 3pm
Cost: £2.50 per craft and £3.50 for broomstick activity.

Dinosaur Hunt
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Follow the map and clues to find all the dinosaur facts hidden in Black Park.
Place: Black Park, Wexham SL3 6DS
Time: 10am - 3pm
Cost: Self led trail, map £3

Creepy Creatures
Monday 26th - Friday 30th October
Family activities with a different creepy creature to make each day. No need to book.
Place: Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP
Times: Drop in between 10am - 12pm or 1pm - 3pm
Cost: £3 per child/participant.

National Trust
Throughout half term
It's worth checking the National Trust website for details of the school holiday activities going on at each of their properties.

I've compiled these events from various websites, Facebook etc. Please check with the actual organisers/venue for up-to-date information.

I'd love to know if there's any events not on this list. I'll try to add to this list with any additional ones I find out about over the next couple of weeks.

For more ideas, you might also be interested in the Family Days Out and Family Walks that we've been on.

Hope you and your family have a great October half term, whatever you're up to!

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4 Responses to “October Half Term Family Activities & Events in and around Aylesbury”

  1. What a comprehensive list! It's great

    1. Thanks Tracey! Hope you have a great half term!

  2. that is sooo helpful! thanks!

    1. Glad it's helpful Deets! Have a great half term!


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