Whether you’re after Half-term Halloween scares or would rather escape to the country there is always something for everyone in our family friendly city. There’s loads of fun and inventive ways of keeping the kids entertained, here’s our round up of just a few of the best picks to help you enjoy your half-term whatever the weather!

Meerkat Discovery Trail - walking trail around central Brighton
1 October – 1 December

Promotional image for the Meerkat Discovery Trail around Brighton

Half-term can be an expensive week so why not throw in a free day that involves discovering the hiding place of nine mischievous meerkats? The trail is a chance for adults and children to have fun, enjoy being out and about together and learn something about the places where the Meerkats are hiding. The whole trail takes about 1½ hours, but you don't have to do the whole trail at once.

Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas Park
26 October - 3 November

Promotional image for Halloween Shriek Week at Drusillas near Brighton

For a whole day out that is guaranteed to burn off some energy join the frightful fun during Shriek Week at Drusillas Park this Halloween! They’ve mixed a potion and cast a spell to add some fang-tastically spooky surprises to the park which are sure to keep your little horrors happy! Alongside the fantastic rides, play area and of course animals this covers all bases.

Half-term fun at Wakehurst
26 October - 3 November

Photo of children playing at Wakehurst near Brighton

A day out at Wakehurst this October half-term is a 'must do' on every child's agenda. With more than 500 acres of botanic garden, woodlands and the Loder Valley Reserve to explore this will keep the kids entertained all day. The Millennium Seed bank will keep older children entertained whilst the Children's Heritage Garden is great for younger children who will love getting mucky in the Mud Kitchen and checking out the Potting Shed. There are loads of events on from cooking to carving a great day out for the family young and old.

A Spellbinding Halloween at Borde Hill Garden
26th October - 3rd November

Photo of children at Borde Hill Gardens near Brighton

Add some magic to your week together and join the Borde Hill Academy of Witches and Wizards to help Sapphire the Witch’s Cat regain her magical powers on a bewitching Garden trail full of spells, potions and mystery. Young visitors will receive a treat from the Magica de Spell, the Head Witch in her lair if they complete all the challenges to return Sapphire’s magical powers in time for the Borde Hill Crystal Ball. With events throughout the week this is a great family out in the countryside.

Brighton Science Festival – Hands on Half-term
27 October - 3 November

Promotional image for the Brighton Science Festival

Whether your kids are Minecraft addicts or have bubbles on the brain the Brighton Science festival has something for all tastes, Build rockets! Solve a murder with forensics! Program LEGO robots! Hug giant snakes! Hack Minecraft! Make food explode! With a bulging programme of events across the city, this festival just gets bigger and better each year.

Drag Queen Story Time
29 November

Photo of Drag Queen story time at Brighton Dome

Head to Brighton Dome to catch the hugely engaging Aida H Dee, the UK's finest Drag Queen with ADHD. With a burst of energy and a unique look, Aida has been delighting children across the country with her high energy, high fashion shows and her wonderful approach to reading your favourite stories.

Pumpkins on the Pod at British Airways i360 Viewing Tower
30 October - 3 November

Photos of pumpkins on the Britiah Airways i360 pod at Brighton

Get some pumpkin carving tips on the British Airways i360 which is being turned into a giant pumpkin over the Halloween weekend and see the spooktacular display of decorated pumpkins on-board. Carved by local school children and artists, these Jack o Lanterns will be sure to entertain and delight your little ones, and hopefully give you plenty of inspiration for some family fun carving at home!

Caroline

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