The best family things to do in the South East this October Half Term

You’ve just spent six weeks entertaining the children and you’ve used up all your best ideas, so what are you going to do over this half term?

Don’t worry! Encore Radio is here to help.

We’ve put together a list of amazing things for you and your family to do over half term. We’ve got shows, activities, circuses, safari parks… everything you need to keep the family entertained over October Half Term.

Here are 10 ideas for things to do with your kids this half term, click to find out more - 

          1. Big Fun Run London
          2. Chel-Ski, London
          3. Creative Orchestra at G Live, Guildford
          4. Dog Jog London
          5. Forest Holidays
          6. Mister Maker & The Shapes Live! at New Victoria Theatre, Woking
          7. Moscow State Circus
          8. Trick or Treat Run London
          9. Woburn Safari Park
          10. Zippos Circus

Big Fun Run London

Big Fun Run

Run for fitness, run for charity, run for fun!  Big Fun Run’s are 5k untimed runs strictly for FUN where it’s all about relaxed exercise.  No times, no pressure, no sweat, just easy moves and lots of laughs.  Suitable for all the family!  Under 5’s can take part for free!

Crystal Palace Park on Saturday 28 October (11am), Victoria Park on Sunday 29 October (11am). Standard entries from £12.99.

Chel-Ski, London

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Chel-Ski – where London meets the mountains!  London’s largest indoor ski centre offering the very best hi-tech slopes.  A fun, safe and controlled environment where you can learn to ski or snowboard as well as advance existing skills – the speed and angle of the slips are adjusted to match your ability.

£100 for the Half Term Kids Camp or £34.95 for a child group session

Creative Orchestra at G Live, Guildford

G Live - Creative Orchestra

For ages 7-14.  Create your own piece of classical music in this two day creative composition and performance workshop for all abilities.  Learn from professional conductor Patrick Bailey, musicians from Southern Pro Musica and Surrey Music Hub to develop instrumental and ensemble skills, creating a brand new piece of music!  

Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 October (10am - 4pm)

Dog Jog London

Dog Jog

Come and have a bark in the park at a Dog Jog 5k!  Get involved, get fit and have fun with your four-legged friend by your side.  Enjoy a relaxed, fun atmosphere with no times or pressure and meet like-minded dog owners in your local area.

Crystal Palace Park on Saturday 28 October (2pm), Victoria Park on Sunday 29 October (2pm). Standard entries from £12.99

Forest Holidays - October half term breaks

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Sneak in a final autumn trip to the forest with a break during October half term.  Get the kids out of the house and whisk them off to a luxury cabin in the forest and keep them entertained with our Forest Ranger adventures.

Visit for latest availability & prices.  Save 10% on all October and November breaks using code ENCORERADIO, book by 31 October.

Mister Maker & The Shapes Live! at New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Mister Maker Live

Join CBeebies’ Mister Maker in his hit live theatre tour!  With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic show encourages Mini Makers and grown ups to sing, dance and make some noise!  There’s a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of audience participation and….The Shapes!

Performances from Tuesday 24th to Wednesday 25th October

Moscow State Circus at Eel Brook Common, London

Moscow State Circus

The UK will play host to one of the most spectacular circus displays in the world when the Moscow State Circus returns.  Enjoy the circus’ latest & greatest production GOSTINITSA - a show that promises to have all the spectacle and nerve-tingling, edge of your seat thrills for the family.  

Performances from 18th to 29th October


Trick or Treat Run London, supporting Breast Cancer Care

Trick Or Treat Run

Do you dare take part in London’s biggest thrill run? Brave the paths of Southwark Park as its haunted horrors come to life on 28 October! Creep it real with friends and family as you run, jog or sneak around this 2.5km or 5km course – just 10 minutes from Waterloo!

Saturday 28th October - 2.5km adults £12, 2.5km children £6, 5km adults £22, 5km children £10 (price rise will occur on 18 October)

Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire

Woburn Safari ParkDiscover your safari with over 1,000 magnificent wild animals in beautiful Bedfordshire parkland. Explore the Road Safari by car and the Foot Safari with fascinating keeper talks and demonstrations. Just off junction 13 of the M1 in Bedfordshire and home to lions and tiger and bears (oh my), not forgetting the elephants and cheeky monkeys!  

Open daily to 6th November (10am to 5pm), discounted tickets online from £14.99

Zippos Circus at Brent Cross Shopping Centre, London

Zippos Circus

Zippo’s Circus presents a special Halloween half-term Spooktacular!  And kids in Hallowe’en costume go FREE!  The famous circus’s 2017 show includes the thrilling Khadikov Jigit Riders from Kazakhstan, nail-biting bikers in the Globe of Steel, hilarity from laugh-out-loud comic Emilion, and a host of marvellous and amazing acrobats and artists.  

Performances from 19th to 29th October, prices from £7.50 to £26

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