5 things to do in York this half term

Dreading half term because you’ve no idea how to entertain the kids? Don’t you worry yourselves our lovely readers. We’ve got you covered. Here are five events that’ll keep your little monsters busy:

  1. SPOOKY WOODLAND TRAIL & AUTUMN FESTIVAL – BURTON AGNES HALL – 27TH OCTOBER-4TH NOVEMBER

Ordinarily, this grand building and its gardens are beautiful and peaceful – but this half term, the team at Burton Agnes Hall will be transforming the grounds into a spooky woodland for Halloween. Children will be able search for clues amongst the dramatic and eerie scenes, and solve the puzzle in order to receive a treat in the gift shop. If you want something a little less creepy, the 27th and 28th October will see the Hall become home to its Michaelmas fair – featuring local produce, unique gifts, live music, and fairground rides. Click here for more information.

  1. PIRATES VS ZOMBIES – CASTLE HOWARD – 27TH OCTOBER-4TH NOVEMBER

Your little ones have a big decision on their hands at Castle Howard this half term: do they want to be on Team Pirate, or Team Zombie? Whatever they choose, they can take part in workshops to learn how to be one or the other, and there’s even a daily battle. They can even come in fancy dress and really get into character! Click here for more information, and to book.

  1. MOTHER SHIPTON’S ENCHANTED FOREST – MOTHER SHIPTON’S CAVE – 27TH OCTOBER-4TH NOVEMBER

Can you break the Witch’s curse? The team at Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest sure hope so! Interact with actors who will be on hand to guide you through the themed adventure trail, and come in your best fancy dress for the daily costume competition at 2pm. You can also experience the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave while you’re there – while enjoying the museum and gift shop. Click here for more information.

  1. WORLD WARS WEEK – LEEDS ROYAL ARMOURIES – 27TH OCTOBER-4TH NOVEMBER

Want to enjoy half term but don’t fancy sharing it with ghosts? This non-Halloween event showcases stories and memorabilia from both World Wars, including a full-size Spitfire plane and real-life combat demonstrations. What’s more, the museum is completely free – so you’ll have plenty of pennies to spend on a souvenir in the gift shop! Click here for more information.

  1. HORRIBLE HISTORIES – GRAND OPERA HOUSE YORK – 30TH OCTOBER-3RD NOVEMBER

History has never been so horrible – but it’s also never been so fun! Featuring actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these brilliant shows will captivate children and adults alike and bring the events of the past to life. Choose between the Terrible Tudors and the Awful Egyptians – or watch both! Click here to find tickets.

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