For parents and children alike, the autumn school term has been one full of uncertainties. How will the little ones, and not so little ones react to returning to a school setting when so much has changed? How will the new measures be put into place, and received? What will happen if and when cases of Covid-19 begin to affect classes, schools, whole areas of the region?

So many of those questions have had to be dealt with as ‘reaction’. With all the planning in the world, all of us are going at the situations this pandemic has thrown up totally blind. All we can all do is keep on doing our best, as hard as that may seem at times. With no light at the end of the tunnel, restrictions changing seemingly constantly, new measures such as the Tier system being introduced and still so many unanswered questions, it is hard to know what to do at times.

Of course, amid all of these changes’ life does go on. Weeks fly off the calendar and now we find ourselves at half-term. With so many potentially still working at home, half-term lockdown will-there, won’t-there whispers circling and different regions of the UK being put into different tiers potentially limiting travel, you may be struggling to find half-term activities and outings to fill the coming days.

We’ve had a bit of a scout around on your behalf – and found some fab local activities, events and days out to help fill up your week.

Grimsby’s Community Shop – Healthy Holidays – Following on for its immensely popular Summer Healthy Holiday Programme, Community Shop along many of its fantastic partner organisations is once again running Healthy Holidays over half-term. Community Hub health and wellbeing sessions and Community Kitchen live cooking session – with free cookware and utensils are just two of the activities going on. Please pop in store or email [email protected] to find out what is on offer this time round for children and families and book your place. There will also be a special guest and sessions from across the country for more holiday fun! https://www.companyshopgroup.co.uk/

Halloween and pumpkin patches

Thornton Abbey – Opposite the farm’s Maize Maze, a field of pumpkins has been growing. Open every day during half-term, from October 24th to November 1st, 10am until 5pm. Entry is free, just head along and pick your pumpkins! From £1 to £7, depending on the size, you can even get carving at the tables! For more details visit

Lincolnshire’s pumpkin patches – There’s big ones, small ones, warty ones, orange, green, black and white ones – pumpkin season is here again. The tradition of picking pumpkins has become increasingly popular, resulting in thousands of pumpkins springing up across the county. So, whether you’re after one to carve into a ghoulish scene or to turn into soup – or some other delicious autumnal recipe – there’s plenty of places to enjoy some family fun in the fresh air. The set-up will be different this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions and you must book in advance at some of the locations. From Uncle Henry’s, Doddington Hall and Rand Farm Park to Bell’s Gardening Outlet and Pink Pig Farm – plus many more – you can find all the details on Lincolnshire Live’s handy guide to all the best pumpkin patches.

Foodie finds

Healing Manor Hotel – Throughout October, the Healing manor house hotel has a number of offers available including its Early Bird Offer. Book a table to dine at the on-site pub – The Pig & Whistle –between 4pm and 5:30pm and you will receive 25% off of your whole bill. The A La Carte, Bar and Children’s menus are all included, all you need to do is pre-book and vacate your table by 6:30pm. Covid-19 safety measures are well-established at the hotel, with the staff going above and beyond to make you welcome and comfortable.

Village Hotel, Hull – The venue is running Eat Out to Help Out throughout October. The Pub & Grill inside The Village Hotel Hull on Priory Park has extended its ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ offer until the end of October, which applies Monday to Friday 12noon to 4pm. It’s a great place to take the kids for lunch over October half-term. To book visit

Cook Stars Workshops – Halloween Cooking Party – Cookery workshops for children in the school holidays, running this October half-term are taking place at Victoria Dock Hull and online, both on Saturday, October 31. Make, Bake and decorate a spooky selection of biscuits. Join in with some fun craft activities, make your own scary mask and toy, personalise your own bag to take your biscuits home in. Get a FREE goody bag to take home. Join the fun by dressing up (there will be prizes!). The session at Victoria Dock Village Hall, Hull is taking place from 10:30am until 12:30pm, while the live interactive online session will be taking place from 3:30om until 5pm. For more information and to book please call Sarah on 07555 575605 or email [email protected]

Trails

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum search at Lincoln Castle – From 10am-4pm join the search for Wally with your family at Lincoln Castle & The Collection Museum this half-term. We’re part of the national Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books, to celebrate the release of the new Where’s Wally? book, Spooky Spotlight Search. Can you find Wally in our collections? Pick up an activity sheet and get a spooky bookmark if you do! 01522 554559

The Burghley Halloween Trail – During October why not join the Burghley Halloween Trail around the Sculpture Garden? Dress up in your scariest Halloween costume and tread through the crispy Autumn leaves to find the hidden ghosts! Book your time slot reservation and admittance to the Burghley Halloween Trail is free of charge with a House & Gardens or Gardens Only Annual Pass. Please download a trail map in advance. All visitors are asked to bring their own pen for the Halloween Trail.

Lincoln Ghost Walk – Ghost stories and a little history, The Original Lincoln Ghost Walk runs all year round and every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and bank holidays at 7pm from the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Square. No need to book, just turn up 10 minutes before the start.
Adults £6, Children (under 12) £4.

Fairy and Dragon Trail at Bransby Horses – Solve all the clues to reveal the magic word and receive a prize (with each purchased trail)! Tickets are available for purchase in the gift shop, £3.50 per child (3-11years). Trail available during Visitor Centre opening hours, Wednesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm. Last entry to the trail is 3.15pm.

Indoor activities – at home and out and about

Pay and Play at Soccer Kings – Looking for somewhere indoors but spacious and airy to go during half term? Why not get a group of friends together and book a pitch at Soccer Kings, the soccer centre on Sutton Fields, Hull? The centre can take bookings of up to 15 children aged 0-16 years to hire a pitch to play football on (parents must stay in bubbles of 6 if watching and respect social distancing rules). You simply pay to play – £5 per person. Half-term, holiday soccer camps are also running.

The Week Junior Activity Hub – The Week Junior is an award-winning current affairs magazine loved by children aged 8-14. Every issue features a ‘How To’ section filled with fun crafts, recipes, games and more. Especially for half-term, they have compiled some of the best experiments and exciting activities from previous issues that you can do at home, to help keep your curious young minds exploring, learning and creating. Access the hub here.

Little Monkeys, Hull – Head over to the indoor playground for Covid safe indoor activities to keep your little monkeys entertained during October half term. It’s Beetle’s birthday, and he’ll be celebrating in style for the whole week – from October 26th to 30th. There’ll be everything you’d expect from a party; balloons, fun and on Wednesday 28th, his actual birthday, a FREE cupcake or ice-cream for each child. Limited to sessions – you must ring to book on 01482 447766. Sessions times are: 9.30-11.30am, 12 – 2pm and 2.30 – 4.30pm. Prices: £5.20 under 5s and £6.20 over 5s. Meal deals: £10 (includes entrance and a children’s meal) or £18 for two. On Saturday, October 31st you can join in with Beetle’s Halloween Spook-Tacular. It includes a dance session with Flex Dance and Beetle to learn the moves to Thriller, lots of play time, a spooky meal and an ice-cream. Session times are 12noon to 2pm, 2.30pm to 4.30pm, and 5pm to 7pm. Ring to book on 01482 447766, and refunds will be given if the event doesn’t go ahead. Price: £12 per child. For more info visit https://www.facebook.com/littlemonkeyshull

At home Pumpkin trail and colouring sheets – Halloween might look a little different this year, but you can still have lots of scary Halloween fun. Mumbler has put together some ideas for stay at home fun to fire your little skeletons’ imaginations. Visit https://hullandeastriding.mumbler.co.uk/ideas-for-hallowen-at-home-during-covid-19/
Or why not do a pumpkin trail around your neighbourhood? Colour in a pumpkin and pop it in your window to display, then see how many you can spot when you go for a walk. You can download the template below to colour yourself here.

Football holiday club at Lincoln City FC, Sincil Bank – Monday to Friday, children can be dropped off from 8:30am and need to be collected by 5pm and we can guarantee that your child will take part in a wide range of games to entertain and hopefully go home with a smile. £17.50 per day 4-11 years old.

Useful websites:
www.visitlincoln.co.uk
www.lincolnmums.com/2020/your-guide-to-october-half-term-and-halloween
www.visitlincolnshire.com
www.lovelincolnshirewolds.com/explore
www.visithull.org
www.hullandeastriding.mumbler.co.uk/kids/days-out/attractions
www.visitnorthlincolnshire.com

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