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October half term is just around the corner (28 October to 1 November), so if you’re looking for some exciting activities to do with the kids, look no further. This is our bumper guide to some of the best family fun in and around Bristol this October, so even if (when!) it rains, you and the little ones won’t be stuck for something to do.

Walk in the park

One of the best things about autumn is seeing all the leaves turn red and gold, so a walk in the park is a must over half term. Bristol is packed with tree-filled parks that put on a magnificent autumn display – closer to home there’s the Downs, St George Park and Brandon Hill (where you can climb up Cabot Tower to get a spectacular view over the city). Or, if you don’t mind hopping in the car, you can take a trip to Ashton Court Estate, Tyntesfield or Westonbirt Arboretum to really stretch your legs.

Take in a show

If you’d rather just sit back and relax, there are plenty of awesome shows to see in Bristol this autumn. Tickets for the musical spectacular The Lion King at the Hippodrome start at £20 (but book now because there are only a few seats left!). Contemporary circus troupe Circus City has a variety of shows for kids and adults, including matinees for under 5s during half term. Finally, for budding stargazers, the planetarium at We The Curious is putting on eye-opening 3D shows about the solar system and the night’s sky, for children of all ages!

october half term bristol autumnHave a day out

Looking for somewhere that will keep the kids entertained for a whole day? Here are a few activity-packed places you can try. Have fun in the forest at Arnos Vale, which is running two guided sessions on October 30th, where the little ones can learn forest survival skills, play with clay and plant a garden. Alternatively, head over to Longleat for a fun-filled day of pumpkin carving, tractor rides and owl-watching – all topped off with a fireworks display!

Get spooky for Halloween

October means Halloween, and half term is the perfect time to get in the mood for some spookiness! SS Great Britain is putting on a ghoulish display for kids, including a crew of Ragged Victorians, and gruesome wound and injury make-up by special effects make-up artists. Meanwhile, over at Bristol Aquarium, you can go on an evening Torchlit Tour to find out about everything that creeps and squirms under the sea!

There’s always something fun to do in Bristol. If you’re looking to rent here, or you’re a landlord with a property to let, contact Gough Quarters today to find out how we can help you.

Image sources:
Girl with leaf photo by Gabby Orcutt on Unsplash
Pumpkin photo by Bekir Dönmez on Unsplash

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