What’s On In Medway & Gravesham October Half Term 2021

It can be difficult to know how to occupy children in the school holidays. October is often such a rainy month, which makes it a bit harder still. They just end up bouncing off the walls when they’re inside for too long! To help you out, I’ve compiled a list of things going on in Medway and Gravesham over October 2021’s half term. At the time of writing, there are still spaces on all of these to my knowledge! I had to omit lots of activities, as they were already full. Therefore, if you’re interested in any of these I recommend getting in there quickly! 🙂

Medway

Pumpkin Picking

From small to extra extra large you can hunt for your perfect Halloween pumpkin in the field where they grew. We’ve been going here every year since 2015 and we love it! There is also a burger van and small gift shop.

Where: PYO Pumpkins, Beluncle Farm, outskirts of Hoo

When: All week (see booking form for available dates and times)

Cost: £7 for a vehicle with 7 seats or under, £8 for a vehicle with 8 seats or more. Pumpkins are an additional cost, with pricing clearly displayed around the farm.

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://www.trybooking.com/uk/book/sessions?eid=21320

Riverside Ghost Trail

Spot the ghosts to collect a prize and be in for the chance to win a £50 Smyths Toys voucher. On 31st October, there’s a party with spooky face painting, balloon artists and prizes for the best costume!

Where: Countryside Properties, Parkside Quarter, Rochester

When: 25th – 31st October (10am-5pm)

Cost: Free

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://fb.me/e/2Ae2Cv5aP

Halloween Play Session

Halloween themed lunch box, unlimited squash, spooky temporary tattoos, arts and crafts and Halloween fun and games!

Where: KidZone, Rochester

When: 31st October, various times available

Cost: £9.99 per child. £2 for under 1s (no lunch box), £2 for adults.

Ages: Up to 10 years

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://fb.me/e/1nUyyBZpz

Monkey Bizz Halloween Disco

Fancy dress disco, food, games and soft play fun.

Where: Monkey Bizz, Strood

When: Sunday 31st October

Cost: £12.50 per child, siblings under 11 months free (but no lunch box)

Ages: Pre-schoolers and primary school children

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: bit.ly/3lqaAAa

Palmerston Halloween Party

Fun and games, disco and buffet

Where: Palmerston Working Mans Club, Chatham

When: Sunday 31st October, 4.30-7.30

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://fb.me/e/12hPgMEtd

Walderslade Halloween Party

Dancing, games, sweets and fun.  Prizes for best dressed adult, child and table.

Where: Walderslade Working Mans Club

When: Saturday 30th October, 7.30pm-11pm

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: fb.me/e/1mvYXZdLk

FlipOut Pumpkin Party

2 hour session in the arena, especially transformed for Halloween. Free goody bag for those who come in fancy dress and a prize for the best dressed per session. Games, competitions and giveaways will take place throughout the day. Bring in your decorated pumpkins for the chance to win a birthday party for up to 10 guests.

Where: FlipOut, Chatham Dockside

When: Saturday 30th October, sessions at 10am, 12pm and 2pm

Cost: £18.50 per person, family deals available (see link)

Ages: Pre-schoolers and school children

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: bit.ly/3lNRfcc

Swimming Crash Course

30 minute sessions between 4 and 6pm, all ages and abilities from 3 years plus. Small class sizes and friendly qualified instructors.

Where: Hilltop Primary School, Frindsbury

When: Monday 25th – Thursday 28th October

Cost: ?

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: Email eastkent@angelasswimschool.co.uk

Bub Club Halloween Sessions

Monster messy play, taste safe tricks and treats, spooky sensory and creepy crafts. £3 Halloween painting decoration can be added when booking.

Where: Rochester Community Hub

When: Monday 25th and Wednesday 27th October, 9.30 or 10.45am sessions

Cost: £7 child & adult (discount for siblings – this is for ages 0-7)

Ages: 0-7

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: www.bubclub.uk

Halloween Fun Day

Pumpkin carving, best dresses competition, activity sheets and free goodie bags for all.

Where: The Rising Sun, Rochester

When: Sunday 31st October, 12pm-4pm

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://www.facebook.com/600687923640027/photos/a.600710680304418/1478569029185241/

Spooky Treasure Hunt

Free entry to Eastgate House for up to three children with a paying adult and there is a spooky treasure hunt to take part in.

Where: Eastgate House, Rochester

When: Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st October, 10am to 5pm. Last admission 4.15pm.

Cost: 80p

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://www.visitmedway.org/attractions/eastgate-house-1805/

Pirate Stew Discovery Trail & Storytelling

Come and join Long John McRon, Ship’s Cook, on a new discovery trail around The Historic Dockyard Chatham this October. Can you find his missing pirate crew? Pick up your special recipe booklet and treasure map on arrival, search for the motley pirate crew hidden around our 400-year-old site and complete the Pirate Stew ingredients list. If you can unscramble the anagram and work out what’s for dinner, you’ll receive a special prize. Join our Dockyard pirate onboard HMS Gannet and hear the irresistible, swashbuckling Pirate Stew rhyme come to life (select days throughout October, but daily from Saturday 23rd-Sunday 31st October).

Where: Historic Dockyard Chatham

When: Saturday 9th October – Sunday 31st October, the Historic Dockyard Chatham is open from 10am-5pm daily

Cost: Free with admission to the dockyard

Ages: all

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://thedockyard.co.uk/whats-on/pirate-stew-discovery-trail/

Halloween Mile

Spooky stories and strange happenings lie ahead! Grab your broomsticks and join us at Capstone Park for a one-off, FREE, and frightfully fun Halloween Mile this half-term! We want to see some gruesomely good costumes so don’t forget to come in fancy dress!

Where: Capstone Country Park

When: Meeting at the Orchard car park, Monday 25th October at 12:30pm

Cost: Free

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1000496633849923

Spooky Halloween Crafts

Children’s craft event! It’s that time of year again, let your imagination run wild and create a spooky craft with one of our rangers to add to your Halloween decorations at home!

Where: Riverside Country Park

When: Thursday 28th October, sessions at 10am-12pm or 1pm – 3pm

Cost: £4 per child

Ages: 5+

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: Book on 01634 337432, https://www.facebook.com/events/431285634833866

Pumpkin Picking

Explore the pumpkin fields and choose some pumpkins to take home!

Where: Pumpkin Moon, Rainham

When: Sessions available all week

Cost: From £1.50to £2 per person, plus the cost of pumpkins. Under 2s go free.

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://mazemoon.digitickets.co.uk/category/34211?navItem=273049

Petrifying Potions

Run by a DBS checked qualified teacher, your child will make their own Halloween slime, create dancing ghosts, puking pumpkins and much more.

Where: Borstal Village Hall

When: Monday 25th October, 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Cost: £16

Ages: 4-11

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://www.evctutoring.com/book-online-1

Spooky Halloween Party

We will be featuring The Recall, a popular band who play all sort of 60’s music, with doors opening at 7pm for the music to start at 8pm-10pm. We will be serving food from 7pm-10pm with the bar open all evening! This event is free, so no ticket is required but fancy dress is encouraged but not optional! All kids welcome.

Where: Fenn Bell

When: Saturday 30th October, 7pm-10pm

Cost: Free

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://www.facebook.com/TheFennBellInn/photos/4627430517326758

Spooky Safari

Come to the zoo, take a ride on our spooky safari or see what our animals maybe getting up too…. you never know, they may be getting into the Halloween spirit too!!!

Where: Fenn Bell

When: Monday 25th October until ? Usual zoo opening hours (10am-5pm)

Cost: Adults £7, Children £6, Under 2s Free, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £23

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://www.fbcukproject.co.uk/product/fbcuk-zoo-ticket/ 

Gravesham

Not So Scary Halloween Adventure

Go on a not so spooky Halloween walk, visit the cyclo maze, go on a ghost hunt and see creatures such as tarantulas, millipedes, snakes, frogs and lizards. Fancy dress encouraged!

Where: Cyclopark, Gravesend

When: 25th – 31st October, 4-7pm

Cost: £3 per child (adults free)

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/d/united-kingdom–london/cyclopark/

Halloween Pottery Painting

Choose from painting a cobweb treat bowl, a hanging witch decoration, Frankenstein tealight, spider tealight or skull tealight. All pottery will be glazed and fired and available for collection before Halloween.

Where: Legend Sports Bar, Cascades, Gravesend

When: Saturday 23rd October, 12.30-1.30pm or 2pm-3pm

Cost: £9 per item

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info:  https://fb.me/e/1kJG8NIWZ

Gruffalo Trail

Follow the Gruffalo Spotters trail at Jeskyns, spot the signs and see what creatures you can find! With the amazing new Gruffalo Spotter 2 app, fun trail activity pack, you’ll get to interact with all your favourite characters as you go in search of the Gruffalo in the deep dark wood.

Where: Jeskyns Country Park

When: Daily

Cost: £3.50

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://www.forestryengland.uk/jeskyns-community-woodland/gruffalo-spotters-trail

Halloween Spooky Creatures

Meet and handle reptiles and rodents including Lizards, Tortoise and Cornsnakes, as well as learning about their origin and habitats.

Where: Shorne Woods Country Park

Dates: 25th and 26th October, 10.45 – 11.45am

Cost: £8

Ages: 4+

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: bookings.kentcountryparks.co.uk/events.html

Halloween Party

Disco, dancing, games, snacks, juice and cake. There is also a prize for best fancy dress!

Where: The Viewpoint, Gravesend

Dates: 30th October

Cost: £4 for non-member’s children

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://fb.me/e/2erYlm3Ct

Potion Making

Let your children unleash their imagination this Halloween at ‘Spellbound Academy, our immersive potion making workshop. Our Professors of the Dark Arts and Herbology will help the apprentices follow ancient spells and solve clues to unlock the secrets of potion making. Although not everything in potion making is easy to collect, student will need to be brave while’s collecting fluid and eggs from some of our weird and wonderful magical creatures. Only the most patient and skilled witches and wizards will succeed in graduating from this spell class and will be rewarded with a photograph in our Hall of Fame. All this is set in the mystical old library in Nurstead Court, Meopham, Kent

Where: Nurstead Court, Meopham

When: 30th October, 10am-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm

Cost: £23

Ages: 7-13

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spellbound-academy-hogwarts-style-halloween-potion-making-tickets-59018704534

Forest School

Forest fun, plus a late session with a spooky Halloween camp fire in the dark available on Thursday!

Where: Nurstead Woods, Meopham

When: Tuesday 26th (1am-1pm/1pm-4pm) and Thursday 28th October (12pm-3pm/3pm-6pm))

Cost: £15 per child, or £25 per child for both sessions

Ages: 4-12

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://www.facebook.com/WildatHeartLearningKent/photos/a.103053588209380/385269356654467/

Swimming Crash Course

30 minute sessions between 9.30 and 11am, all ages and abilities from 3 years plus. Small class sizes and friendly qualified instructors.

Where: Cobham Hall, Cobham

When: Monday 25th – Thursday 28th October

Cost: ?

Ages: 3 years+

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: Email eastkent@angelasswimschool.co.uk

Halloween Ballet Fun

Activities include Halloween themed dance, games, arts, crafts and cake decorating – depending on what session you choose (age dependent)

Where: The Gerald Miskin Memorial Hall, Gravesend

When: Friday 29th October

Cost: £9/£15

Ages: 18 months – 7 years, depending on session

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: www.tinytoesballet.co.uk/gravesend/classes (under tasters and special events)

Soccer School

Two day soccer school.

Where: St. George’s School, Gravesend

When: 25th and 26th October, 9am – 3pm

Cost: £20 per day

Ages: 5-11

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://form.jotform.com/FCAcademy/october-soccer-school

Football Camp

Football camp with football tournament, penalty shootout and more. FA qualified, DBS checked coaches, trophies/rewards and prizes to be won and a football presentation on the last day of the course.

Where: Holy Trinity Primary School, Gravesend

When: 25th – 28th October

Cost: £60, sibling discount available

Ages: 5-11

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://www.facebook.com/lcrsports/photos/a.1900175756912556/2950336405229814/

Half Term Trail

Self led trail, available to buy/collect from the visitor centre. Collect a pencil and follow the hour long trail around the park. A prize can be collected from the visitor centre upon completion!

Where: Shorne Woods Country Park

When: Saturday 23rd October – Sunday 7th November

Cost: £3

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://bookings.kentcountryparks.co.uk/events.html

Hansel and Gretel Show

Join us down in the woods for our Halloween spooktacular! Kouyou theatre return with “Hansel & Gretel” a spooky show for younger audiences. Will the twins ever escape the forest?

Where: Trosley Country Park, Trottiscliffe/Vigo

When: Friday 29th and Saturday 30th October, 11am-12pm or 1.30pm-2.30pm

Cost: Adults £10.50, Children £8.50 or £34 for a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children)

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://bookings.kentcountryparks.co.uk/events.html

Halloween Festive Fun

Face painting, craft stalls, apple bobbing, biscuit/cupcake decorating and pumpkin painting. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and freaky milkshakes available at No 3 Coffee Company

Where: Shorne Village Hall

When: Friday 29th October, 3.30pm-6pm

Cost: £5 per child (includes biscuit/cupcake decorating), adults free

Ages: All

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10165226037560018&set=gm.10158925905007659

Halloween Party

Plenty of activities, a disco and a fancy dress competition award! Food and a drink is included within the price and a set menu is provided!

Where: The Goose, Gravesend

When: Sunday 31st October, 5pm onwards

Cost: £5 per person

Ages: All

Booking required: Yes (buy a ticket from the bar in advance)

Booking/more info: https://www.facebook.com/page/283284645087931/search/?q=halloween

Spooky Crafting Sessions

Come and take part in one of our spooky craft sessions, all materials provided.

Where: The Snug, Gravesend Borough Market

When: Tuesday 26th October – 10-11am, 12-1pm or 2-3pm

Cost: £2 per booking

Booking required: Yes

Ages: 5+

Booking/more info: Booking essential – phone 01474 337 600 (Tue-Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/gravesendboroughmarket.Kent/photos/pcb.4169100509885378/4169100423218720

Chocolate Workshop with Costal Chocolate

Love chocolate? Learn all about where chocolate comes from, then make your own chocolate to take home.

Where: The Snug, Gravesend Borough Market

When: Wednesday 27th October – 10am, 1pm or 3pm

Cost: £2 per booking

Booking required: Yes

Ages: 6+

Booking/more info: Booking essential – phone 01474 337 600 (Tue-Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/gravesendboroughmarket.Kent/photos/pcb.4169100509885378/4169100423218720

Creepy Claws

Meet our friendly reptiles, insects and tarantulas. Come and speak to the team at creepy claws and learn all about them.

Where: The Snug, Gravesend Borough Market

When: Thursday 28th October, 10am-3pm

Cost: Free?

Ages: None stated – probably 4 or 5 years old upwards

Booking required: No – drop in session, no need to book

Booking/more info: Booking essential – phone 01474 337 600 (Tue-Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/gravesendboroughmarket.Kent/photos/pcb.4169100509885378/4169100423218720

Face Painting

Where: In front of the Queen Victoria statue in Gravesend Borough Market

When: Thursday 28th October, 11am-2pm

Cost: ?

Ages: 3+

Booking required: No

Booking/more info: Booking essential – phone 01474 337 600 (Tue-Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/gravesendboroughmarket.Kent/photos/pcb.4169100509885378/4169100423218720

Spooky Balloon School

Come and learn how to make a spooky balloon creation.

Where: In front of the Queen Victoria statue in Gravesend Borough Market

When: Thursday 28th October, 10.30am-11.30am/12pm-1pm

Cost: £2 per booking

Ages: 7+

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: Booking essential – phone 01474 337 600 (Tue-Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/gravesendboroughmarket.Kent/photos/pcb.4169100509885378/4169100423218720

Fizz Pop Science Halloween Workshop

Spooky slime and more…

Where: The Snug, Gravesend Borough Market

When: Friday 29th Octonber, 10-11am

Cost: £2 per booking

Ages: ?

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: Booking essential – phone 01474 337 600 (Tue-Sun)

https://www.facebook.com/gravesendboroughmarket.Kent/photos/pcb.4169100509885378/4169100423218720

Halloween Tots Play & Photos

Yelp with fright during our Yoga session, learn some spooky sign language, take part in some scary sensory play and do a magic massage on your little monster. Dress your little one up and come along for some Halloween fun!
We will also be joined by Adrianne Louise Photography who will be offering mini Halloween photo shoots for your little one (Please book your photo slot online when you book your class)

Where: Ruckland House, Gravesend

When: Saturday 23rd October at 9.30am, 10.45am, 12pm and 1.15pm

Cost: £9 (plus £30 if you want a mini photo shoot)

Ages: 8 weeks – 2.5 years

Booking required: Yes

Booking/more info: https://tots-play-gravesend.class4kids.co.uk/

Photo by Paige Cody on Unsplash

 

What are you looking forward to this half term? Do you know of anything else going on? Let me know!

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