Looking for ways to keep the kids (and yourselves) entertained with things to do this October half term? It’s tricky isn’t it with the limits to what we can and can’t do and who we can meet with.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a break. I’m looking forward to having a few cheeky lie ins, grabbing my wellies and going for plenty of outdoor walks (hopefully in crunchy leaves), and enjoying lots of comfort food (like I need an excuse!)

Starting the festivities

For me, October half term feels like the beginnings of all things festive. Because there’s the clocks changing, then Halloween, bonfire night, remembrance Sunday and before we know it…it’s time to start opening advent calendars and having a piece of chocolate daily for breakfast!

So to kick start that festive vibe, I’ve done a little research and found some family activities to help you feel full of the Autumnal vibe. I hope the weather is kind, as most of them are outdoor ideas!

Pumpkin picking

Top 5 things to do this October half term

I never did this as a kid, perhaps it wasn’t a thing to do then (I’m feeling old, can you tell?), but plenty of farms offer this as a family activity now.

Great for pre-Halloween family fun, picking a pumpkin is becoming more popular each year. Imagine picking the perfect pumpkin in size, colour and shape then taking it home to carve it.

And making soup too!

The website Day Out With The Kids has pulled together the ultimate guide to pick your pumpkin – click here to find your nearest venue.

Tree Climbing

Top 5 things to do this October half term

If you’ve an adventurous streak in your family, then why not look to see if you can go tree climbing? I don’t just mean at the local park either. It’s becoming more popular to climb bigger trees – we tried it with Discover Tree Climbing a couple of weeks ago. I say we, but I actually mean our son. I don’t do heights!

He really enjoyed it and learnt loads at the same time. I know Discover Tree Climbing (who are based in the North West) have some activities planned over half term and Halloween, and am sure there are other activity centres that offer this too.

Forest Walks

Top 5 things to do this October half term

Find your nearest forest, pack a picnic and make a day of it doing a woodland walk. The kids could spot different leaves, learn about foraging and spot local wildlife.

To find your nearest spot, the Woodland Trust have a handy guide that you can search. They have lots of activity suggestions too. Click here to find out more.

Visit a waterfall

Top 5 things to do this October half term

The UK has plenty of spectacular waterfalls to explore. So grab the wellies and raincoats and get out there. They are picturesque and many can be stop-off points on walks.

The Camping & Caravanning Club have put together their top 20 Best Waterfalls in the UK. Click here to have a read.

Fun crafts

Top 5 things to do this October half term

If you and your kids are the sort that like to get messy and creative (and even if you’re not) then why not have a go at making something?

From bird feeders to stick men and painting with corks, I have stumbled across the muddy days blog that has 5 easy and fun craft activities. Click here for some inspiration.

Fun come rain or shine

I hope this blog has inspired you with some things to do this October half term.

Let us know what you get up to in the comments, I’d love to know!

And when half term is over and the kids head back to school, don’t forget to look after yourself. Why not treat yourself to something from our comfy online store? As a small business, I really do do a little dance every time someone orders!

Gill x