There’s so much to do this weekend, whether you’re young or old, with a massive doodle-fest in Bristol or a luminescent bike ride in Portsmouth. For a step back into the past, why not visit the Cotswolds for a steam train ride and yummy local fare suggests Danielle Jones.
If you ever wanted to try your hand at break dancing, or were interested in taking up a few circus skills, then Juice Festival is the place to be this weekend. With activities and workshops ranging from scientific experiments to full-blown hip-hop dance competitions, the city of Newcastle will be abuzz with things to keep the young (and not so young) occupied. Events are individually ticketed. (21-29 October)
This Halloween half term, step into the world of Roald Dahl’s book The Witches at Tatton Park. Here you can explore the Old Hall, Mansion and Gardens, create magical potions, hunt for witches, hear stories and take part in the conker challenge. Tickets are £11 for adults and £5 for children. (22-30 October)
If you head down to Chester Zoo this weekend you’ll probably find that things are little different; an evil sorcerer has cursed the animals to steal their nocturnal powers. As you follow the trail around the zoo you’ll not only meet some amazing creatures, but also see acrobats, musicians and other performers along the way. Tickets are included in your entry to the zoo - £20 and £16 for children. (22-30 October)
Southsea seafront will be aglow this weekend as riders of all ages and abilities take to the roads for a night ride with a difference. Adorn your bike with lights, hi-vis and glow in the dark accessories, and pedal along the traffic-free route with all the family for some night-time fun. It’s free to take part but you need to pre-register for the event. (22 October)
Bring back the glamour and pizzazz of the old time music hall this weekend at the Malt Cross Festival in central Nottingham. Under its great glass ceiling there will be a range of acts from across the country showcasing their talents. Check out the quirky Paddy Steer to the traditionally beautiful Inlay at this free, family friendly event. (21-23 October)
Throw caution (and any scripts) into the wind this weekend, as Birmingham becomes the hub for the great and good of theatre improv. With loads of events happening, including workshops, performances and talks across the city, you can learn about the art of quick thinking theatrics and pick up a few tips along the way. Events are individually ticketed, see site for details. (21-23 October)
As part of the Big Draw, the 22nd October is officially Doodle Day in Bristol. There will be workshops to get the kids drawing alongside some amazing local artists, as well as story-telling, a ginormous chalkboard and t-shirt designing. Tickets are £8 for the over 2s and grown ups go free. (22 October)
This weekend in Barnsley, you can take a step back to the past when the world was at war, with this interactive event at the museum. Try on costumes of the era and touch items from the time, and there’s also a whole host of arts and crafts activities available making this a really fun, interactive event to learn about the history of the Great War. Entrance is free. (22 October)
There is no place more quintessentially English than the Cotswolds, and it’s also well known for some amazing local food and drink. This weekend Toddington’s quaint steam railway station is home to stalls where you can try some of the local wares. Plus, when you’ve had your fill you can jump on a steam train to admire the beautiful scenery. Entrance is free, standard charge for train rides. (22-23 October)
Head to Brooklands this weekend to see a collection of amazing vehicles from yesteryear, including vintage taxis, police cars and ambulances. You can even take a ride on one of their heritage buses, some of which are powered by horses, or take part in fun children’s activities, visit the collectors market and much more. Entrance is £12.10 for adults and £6.60 for children. (23 October)
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