October half-term is almost upon us – here are some of the best places to visit with the kids!
October half-term is a magical time of year. Autumn is well and truly underway, meaning the leaves are golden and the skies are (hopefully) clear, and there’s a sense of excitement around the coming holiday season. It’s a great opportunity to get out and about with the kids, and luckily Bristol and its surrounding areas have plenty to offer both children and adults alike.
Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm
If you fancy visiting your furry friends this half-term, then make sure you pop over to Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. As well as their usual animal shows and exhibits, they’ve also got a couple of special things lined up – Pete Blake will be returning to present his famous Venomous Snake Show which shows off some of the world’s deadliest snakes including cobras, rattlesnakes, puff adders and more. As a nod to Halloween, Pete will also be bringing along some extra creepy crawlies such as scorpions and spiders to really get you in the spirit. And if that wasn’t enough, the Pumpkin Fest will also be running every day throughout half-term, offering visitors a chance to carve their own pumpkins, try out some Halloween treats at the Food Barn and even take part in pumpkin sports!
Without a doubt one of the best places to visit when there’s good weather, Westonbirt Arboretum has plenty of outdoor activities to keep the kids entertained. Take part in the autumn family trail and explore the sights and sounds of the forest. See all the beauty of the changing colours on the trees and even take part in some exciting autumn activities! Head over to the Welcome Building to discover how trees have shaped art and culture and have a go at creating your own tree-inspired creations. You can even find some friends here – venture into the woods and look out for the Gruffalo sculptures! You might even see some other characters from the book too…
For a slightly more hands-on experience, take the kids up to Aerospace Bristol. The museum will take children on an immersive journey through the history of aviation and provides plenty of opportunities to learn about aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and so much more. Visitors will have a chance to learn about the beginnings of the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in 1910 all the way through to the modern day, as well as the individuals who dreamed of supersonic travel that led to the creation of the iconic Concorde. A highly visual experience, there are hands-on games and interactive exhibits, as well as a fact-finding trail and the opportunity to step aboard the last Concorde ever to fly. And if the weather’s good, there’s even an outdoor play area for the kids to run around in!