What’s on in October half term in West Essex: 22 – 30 OCTOBER 2016

The mornings are chilly, the orange leaves are crunching underfoot  which means autumn is here and Halloween is just round the corner. So if you’re wondering what’s on, here’s some inspiration for activities and local things to do with the kids in Woodford, Wanstead, Ilford, Stratford and East London during half term.

SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER

PUMPKIN PLOD, HAVEN’S HOUSE WOODFORD

Children dressed as pumpkins for Haven House Pumpkin Plod Halloween

Photo via Haven House

A family sponsored 2k or 5k forest walk starting at Haven’s House Children’s Hospice. Children are encouraged to dress up as pumpkins and receive a pumpkin themed goody bag on arrival. During the warm up there’ll be face painting and refreshments for sale including Bailey’s hot chocolate for the adults. Then the forest walk sets off at 3pm with trick or treats in grunge tanks along the way with a BBQ at the hospice when the walk is completed. Children will receive a shiny medal and their very own pumpkin to take home.

Time: 2PM
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: Book in advance online at the Haven House website and start raising money. Child (under 16) £5, Adults (over 16) £8, Family (2 x adults, 2 children) £22 and under 2s are free.
Address: Haven House Children’s Hospice, The White House, Woodford Green, IG8 9LB
Further information: Haven House website

ALL WEEK: MONDAY 24 – SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

BOARD GAME FUN, V&A MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD BETHNAL GREEN

To celebrate their new exhibition Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered there’s a week of drop-in board game fun. There’s collage workshops, board game design workshops and a giant board game where you become one of the pieces. See the V&A website for details of individual activities

Time: 11AM – 4PM
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: prices vary according to activity, details on the website but most are drop-in so no need to book
Address: V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9PA
Further information: V&A Museum of Childhood website

ALL WEEK: MONDAY 24 – FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER

READY STEADY GO! THE DRIVING SCHOOL WITH A LINE ART, DISCOVER CENTRE STRATFORD

Visit the driving school, grab your toolkit, choose your car, colour and drive. An immersive theatre show for 3-9 year olds and their families.

Time: 11AM, 12.30PM & 2.30PM
Age: 3-9 years old
Tickets & booking info: Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover (£6.50 per person, £22 family of four). This event has limited capacity so pre-booking is essential.
Address: Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ
Further information: Discover Centre website

MONDAY 24 OCTOBER

SPOOKY SPIDERS, WEBS & MASKS, VALENTINE’S MANSION ILFORD

Get creative and make spooky spiders, webs and masks to get you ready for Halloween.

Time: 11.30AM – 12.30PM
Age: 4 years and over
Tickets & booking info: £5 per child, pre-booking essential via Valentine’s Box office
Address: Valentine’s Mansion and Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA
Further information: Valentine’s Mansion website

TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, VALENTINE’S MANSION ILFORD
Meet Vincent the Siberian Fox, Squirt the Skunk and their lovable friends at this fantastic event. You will learn all about the animals, have the chance to pet them all and make a mask of your favourite species to take home with you.

Time: 11.30AM – 1PM & 12.30PM – 2PM
Age: 3 years and over
Tickets & booking info: £10 per child, pre-booking essential via Valentine’s Box office
Address: Valentine’s Mansion and Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA
Further information: Valentine’s Mansion website

SAIL AWAY TO INDIA, REDBRIDGE MUSEUM

This event for the under 5s has storytelling, rhymes and crafts

Time: 10.30AM-MIDDAY
Age: 2-5 years
Tickets & booking info: £1.50 per child, free for parents and carers. Book in person at the Museum 2nd floor or http://www.thelittleboxoffice.com/vision. Or call 0208 708 2317
Address: Redbridge Museum, Gloucester Room, Clements Rd, Ilford IG1 1EA
Further information: Redbridge website

WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER

HAUNTED HAPPENINGS IN A MANSION, VALENTINE’S MANSION ILFORD
Three superbly written and performed stories especially developed for Valentines Mansion by John Kirk. performing at his most spookiest in Valentines Mansion. Come dressed up in your scariest outfits.

Time: 2PM – 3PM
Age: 4 years and over
Tickets & booking info: £5 per child, pre-booking essential via Valentine’s Box office
Address: Valentine’s Mansion and Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA
Further information: Valentine’s Mansion website

IN THE GHOSTLY GARDENS, VALENTINE’S MANSION ILFORD
Join storyteller John Kirk for a performance of haunting tales of ghostly happenings in the gardens! Please note this is outdoor, suitable attire is recommended to compliment weather conditions at the time. In extreme weather conditions, the performance will be inside the Mansion. Come dressed up in your scariest outfits!

Time: 4.30PM – 5.30PM
Age: 4 years and over
Tickets & booking info: £5 per child, pre-booking essential via Valentine’s Box office
Address: Valentine’s Mansion and Gardens, Emerson Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 4XA
Further information: Valentine’s Mansion website

HEALTHY HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, WANSTEAD COMMUNITY ALLOTMENTS

A day of activities for all the family including Halloween healthy eating tips and tricks,  pumpkin snack making, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, spooky allotment plant workshop and change for life 10 min shake up special!

Time: 1.30PM – 4PM
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: Free
Address: Wanstead Community Allotments, Nutter Lane, Wanstead E11 2JA
Further information: Contact Healthy Eating Team on 020 8822 4142 or email nem-tr.eatwell@nhs.net or visit the Redbridge website 

FRIDAY 28 OCTOBER

PUMPKIN CARVING, THE VIEW EPPING FOREST CHINGFORD

A day of pumpkin carvings from Jack-o-lanterns to spooky faces at The View centre on the edge of Epping Forest. There will be hot and cold drinks will be available to buy.

Time: 12PM – 2PM or 2PM – 4PM
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: £5 includes pumpkin and tea light, £2 non-carver for accompanying adults, you can book in person or via the Eventbrite website
Address: The View Courtyard, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford E4 7QH
Further information: Call The View reception on 020 7332 1911 or visit the website

PUMPKIN & HALLOWEEN FUN DAY, ASHLYN’S FARM

Spooky fun at the farm with pumpkin carving, witch hunt, tractor rooms & BBQ (weather permitting).

Time: 10AM- 4PM
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: No need to book, normal farm park admission fees apply which includes tractor ride and witch hunt. Farm park fees £3 children, £4 adults – find more detailed price list online.
Address: Ashlyn’s Farm, Epping Road, Epping, Essex CM16 6RZ
Further information: Ashlyn’s Farm website

SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER

HAINAULT FOREST SPOOKY LANTERN FESTIVAL

One of the Woodland Trust’s most popular events! There is a blood trail to follow, spooky stories, monsters and a zombie zone… all whilst the sun hides in fear behind the ancient trees before silently slipping below the horizon.

Fancy dress is encouraged but wear suitable clothing for the weather conditions for late October!

Time: 6PM-7PM & 8PM-9PM (You can arrive and follow the trail at any time within your booked ticket time slot.)
Age: All ages (If you have young children, please be aware that the walks are aimed to be scary but fun. The earlier time slot will be less scary than the later one.)
Tickets & booking info: £3 per person,  booking essential and payment will be taken on arrival at the event. To book visit the Woodland Trust event page
Address: Hainault Forest Country Park, Lambourne Rd, Chigwell, IG7 6EZ
Further information: Visit the Woodland Trust event page or contact centralevents@woodlandtrust.org.uk or 0330 333 5302

SATURDAY 29 & SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

A HORRID HENRY HALLOWEEN, DISCOVER STORY CENTRE STRATFORD

Meet Horrid Henry for an extra-spooky Halloween, and see if you can impress him (and our Story Builders) with your scariest jokes.

Time: 12.30PM & 2.30PM
Age: All ages
Tickets & booking info: Included in the price of your Day Pass to Discover (£6.50 per person, £22 family of four). This event has limited capacity so pre-booking is essential.
Address: Discover Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London E15 4QZ
Further information: Discover Centre website

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