Although the evenings are getting darker and the days are getting colder, there is still plenty to do in Southampton this half October half term.
This year half term runs from Monday 28th to Sunday 3rd , with Halloween sitting right in the middle of the week. This means there is even more choice of activities in the city suitable for all ages, here are just a few ideas to get you started.
Fancy a walk on the wild side?
These Horrible History Halloween walks are perfect little historical tours around the city hosted by The Southampton Tourist Association. There are four different walks to choose from:
Gardez-loo: Not for the queezy! A tale of people pooping in pots and dumping the contents out of the window! Explore the bowers of Southampton scatological history!
20th October - Bargate
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: Guy Fawkes, the plot to murder a king, nineteen dismembered Lancastrians, spies and vanishing friars are just some of the murky tales of treason and plot! A walk with a bang!
3rd November - Bargate
Dastardly Deeds and Direful Deaths: Horrible diseases, death by drowning, victims crushed by carriages and the last man to be executed are just some of the terrible ends met by the townspeople of Southampton! Join us, if you dare! 27th October – Holyrood Church
Witches, Wizards and Ghosts: Yes there were once witches and wizards living in Southampton, along with ghosts of mobcap maids, disgruntled ladies of the night and spectral children. Let us cast a spell on you!
31st October – Bargate
Tickets £5.50 each: see here for more details
Take part in our Halloween Ghost Trail
A Ghost has escaped from Tudor House – can you find him and the treasure?
Follow the free family friendly Ghost Trail around the city discovering hidden Halloween themed letter clues which will reveal the final route location, where on arrival every child who takes part will receive a prize.
Maps will be delivered to local schools, and available for collection from the Westquay and The Marlands Information points as well as the central library. You can also download your map here.
Have a Fantasmagorical time at Beaulieu
Spend a day out at Beaulieu Museum during half term and explore the 50 years of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang exhibition in the National Motor Museum.
Take part in the family trail dedicated to the much loved film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. There is also storytelling and Palace House and arts and crafts based on the film!
To find out more and to book tickets click here.
Stay Fit and Have Fun
Want to get active this half term with the kids? Head to the Quays Swimming and Diving Complex for some splashing around or even try Donutting or Skiing at the Alpine Snowsports Centre on Thornhill Road.
Hollywood Bowl located in Westquay is a fun activity for all the family, why not catch a film at Showcase Cinema De Lux whilst you are there?
Boo at the Zoo!
Head to Marwell Zoo this half term and enjoy the Spooktacular displays and programme of events taking place – all included in the price of admission.
Children can meet the ghostly gang of Marwell, take part in interactive storytelling sessions and some creepy arts and crafts sessions.
Fancy dress is strongly encouraged with the chance to win spooky prizes! For more information and to book tickets head here
Theatre and Storytelling
Why not take the children for some half-term theatre fun Nuffield Theatre Campus?
Hey Diddle Diddle - 26th & 27th
Ever wondered how a cow jumped over the moon? Or why the dish ran away with the spoon?
With original music played live on stage using avariety of different instruments, brilliant puppetry and lots of laughter, this new show from Goblin Theatre is a wild and musical celebration about the importance of imagination. Tickets £7, Book Here
The Gruffalo - 29th Oct to 3rd Nov
A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood... Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo –is there?
Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+ and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world! Tickets £12, Book Here.