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October half Term 2016 – Whats on in Peterborough

October 19, 2016

My most popular posts seem to be these ‘what’s on guides’.I started doing them a year ago and  as much as they take me absolutely ages to put together, I really do enjoy sharing them with you. They get bookmarked, saved and shared an awful lot and it makes me smile when I see them doing the rounds. So, what exactly is there to do this October half term?
As usual, I’ve listed the dates as a header with all of the activities for that date underneath. Many activities are repeated on more than one day so they are listed more than once.  All you have to do is pick a day and see what’s on! (There is also a poster for the circus at the bottom of the post and I will be adding more events if I come across them.)

Saturday 22nd Oct

Trolls Weekend – Tesco, Serpentine Green, Hampton.
This weekend we will be celebrating the release of the upcoming TROLLS: The Movie by turning our store brightly coloured! As well as dressing up, there will be a treasure hunt and craft area for all the children to enjoy.

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages.

Rollers – Werrington Leisure Centre.
Our fun family skating sessions have all the latest music with our state of the art lighting, sound system and resident DJ taking your special requests. Our weekly sessions at Werrington Leisure Centre are perfect if you enjoy music and love to skate. Now running from 5pm to 8pm every Saturday. Don’t worry if you’re a little unstable on your feet, we’ve got friendly stewards on hand to help out. Skate hire is available in size junior 8 to adult 12 – £1.50 per pair. You can also bring your own. Every Saturday 5pm-8pm at Werrington Leisure Centre. £3.50 per person / £11 Family Ticket. (We also hold a Sunday session at Bushfield Leisure Centre on the 1st Sunday of every month, from 10am to 1pm.)

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session

Circle of Light – Cathedral Square.screen-shot-2016-10-19-at-11-06-07
As part of Peterborough’s Diwali celebrations, Phizzical Productions is creating a spectacular visual arts experience inspired by the stories in the Ramayana. Circle of Light is an explosion of light, music and dance which will be performed on stage in Cathedral Square on the evening of Saturday 22 October. With choreography by Subhash Viman, the production blends urban, contemporary and classical Indian dance performed by a cast of dancers and actors sourced from the local area by open auditions. Accompanied by live music, composed by Devesh Sodha, which fuses traditional Indian melodies from the tabla and sitar with the rhythms of western musical instruments. From 4.30pm

The Tinderbox – Key Theatre
Norwich Puppet Theatre breathes new life into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of magic, bravery and love with puppetry, animation and music. A roguish soldier acquires a magic tinderbox which gives him the power to summon three extraordinary dogs to do his bidding. Watch the soldier’s remarkable roller coaster adventure from rags to riches and back again! Will he survive and win the love of the beautiful princess? Tickets £8, Running time approx 50 mins

Sunday 23rd

Trolls Weekend – Tesco, Serpentine Green, Hampton.
This weekend we will be celebrating the release of the upcoming TROLLS: The Movie by turning our store brightly coloured! As well as dressing up, there will be a treasure hunt and craft area for all the children to enjoy.

Family Fun Inflatable Sessions – Regional fun and Fitness Centre.
Have some great fun splashing around on the inflatable floats, take a tumble in the one and two man zorbs or why not see who can go faster in the mini boats? This is one of our most popular sessions and offer great fun for the over 5’s and is available at the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre every Sunday from 2pm – 6pm. £6.00 per person (£3.00 for members) For more information call the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre on 01733 864 760. Please note that only groups consisting of both Adult and Children will be allowed access to Family Fun sessions.

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session.

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages

Monday 24th

Curse of the Egyptian mummy – Peterborough Museum.
A mysterious, Ancient Egyptian object has come to Peterborough Museum and – and someone’s ghastly ghost is not very happy! Will you be the one to brave the creepy corridors, decode hard-to-read hieroglyphics and use all the clues you can find to break the chaotic curse – or will the spooky spirit have you running for your Mummy? 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families.

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages.

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session.14457299_1104352232966771_4560304261831654524_n

Meet Staggie – Ferry Meadows
Children and adults are welcome to come and meet Staggie the Stag Beetle. Join in our quiz, make your own model Stag Beetle and find out facts about this seriously threatened species. In the Discovery Den – 1:30pm – 3:00pm. Suitable for all ages. Free event, Suggested donation £2.

Nature Tots – Ferry Meadows
A monthly outdoor parent and toddler group. Each session has a nature theme and will include a craft activity, outdoor session and story and songtime. Cost £2.50 – 10:00am-11.30am. Suitable for age 2+

Tuesday 25th

Spooky Stories and Scary Crafts – Peterborough Libraries.
Central Library –  10.30am
Themed library story times for ages 5 and under. Enjoy the wonderful humour of the much loved ‘Funnybones’ stories – these skeletons are friendly not scary! What can that be in ‘The Foggy, Foggy Forest’? Look through the trees and guess who’s hiding! Can you help the fish escape from ‘The Shark in the Dark’?  Bring your best shouty voice. Followed by a simple craft – make your own skeleton or have fun making creepy shapes. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult.

Curse of the Egyptian mummy – Peterborough Museum.
A mysterious, Ancient Egyptian object has come to Peterborough Museum and – and someone’s ghastly ghost is not very happy! Will you be the one to brave the creepy corridors, decode hard-to-read hieroglyphics and use all the clues you can find to break the chaotic curse – or will the spooky spirit have you running for your Mummy? 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon – Key Theatre.

My brother has a dragon and he keeps it secretly
Within a box beneath his socks. He’s hiding it from me…

Tom is a toddler with a cool older brother, a secret dragon… and a dribbling problem that just won’t stop! When Tom’s endless drooling threatens to tear the brothers’ friendship apart can their dragon’s amazing magic help them put it back together again or will it only end up making things worse? Based on the fabulous new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels, this spectacular musical adventure about growing up and the importance of family is the perfect feel good show for big hearted adults and loving little ones alike. Tickets for this performance are £10.50 full price, £9.50 children, £36 family (including fees) 2.30pm

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages

Kids Tree Climbing – Ferry Meadows
Kids can come and have a go at tree climbing using a rope and harness. Nene Park Trust Rangers will be on hand to supervise and give encouragement. The event is free but there is a suggested donation of £2. Times: 11:00am-3pm, Suitable for ages: 3+

Wednesday 26th

Spooky Stories and Scary Crafts – Peterborough Libraries.
Hampton Library – 3.30pm
Themed library story times for ages 5 and under. Enjoy the wonderful humour of the much loved ‘Funnybones’ stories – these skeletons are friendly not scary! What can that be in ‘The Foggy, Foggy Forest’? Look through the trees and guess who’s hiding! Can you help the fish escape from ‘The Shark in the Dark’?  Bring your best shouty voice. Followed by a simple craft – make your own skeleton or have fun making creepy shapes. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult.

Curse of the Egyptian mummy – Peterborough Museum.
A mysterious, Ancient Egyptian object has come to Peterborough Museum and – and someone’s ghastly ghost is not very happy! Will you be the one to brave the creepy corridors, decode hard-to-read hieroglyphics and use all the clues you can find to break the chaotic curse – or will the spooky spirit have you running for your Mummy? 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families.

Wild Wednesday – Ferry Meadows.
Children and adults are welcome to join in some seasonal and wild crafts. The event is free but there is a suggested donation of£2.
Times: 10am-2pm. Suitable for ages: All ages

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages.

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session

Thursday 27th

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages.

Curse of the Egyptian mummy – Peterborough Museum.
A mysterious, Ancient Egyptian object has come to Peterborough Museum and – and someone’s ghastly ghost is not very happy! Will you be the one to brave the creepy corridors, decode hard-to-read hieroglyphics and use all the clues you can find to break the chaotic curse – or will the spooky spirit have you running for your Mummy? 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families.

Spooky Stories and Scary Crafts – Peterborough Libraries.
Orton Library – 10am & Bretton Library – 11am
Themed library story times for ages 5 and under. Enjoy the wonderful humour of the much loved ‘Funnybones’ stories – these skeletons are friendly not scary! What can that be in ‘The Foggy, Foggy Forest’? Look through the trees and guess who’s hiding! Can you help the fish escape from ‘The Shark in the Dark’?  Bring your best shouty voice. Followed by a simple craft – make your own skeleton or have fun making creepy shapes. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult.

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session

Friday 28th

Mums and Tots Cycle Ride – Ferry Meadows – Rutland Cycle Store, Ham Lane
Rutland Cycling organise Mums and Tots rides from their Ham Lane store every other Friday. Meet at 9.45am for a 10am start. The rides at Ferry Meadows will be on traffic-free routes with a couple of possible options, one shorter route (4.5 miles) and a longer route (7.5 miles). There is a play area along the way, a perfect spot for a juice and biscuit stop! Phone 01733 236103 to book or for more information. We have children between the ages of 1 and 5 coming on the rides (with their older siblings often joining us on their own bikes during the holidays, which is great fun!). If you have more than one child you would like to bring along, there is an option to hire a buggy, which is suitable for two children. Rutland Cycling stores can provide bikes, helmets and equipment for hire at a discounted rate or you are welcome to bring your own. Cycle hire costs and more details available by clicking the event title.

Kids Halloween Party, Van Hague.
We are hosting a fabulous Children’s Halloween Party in our much loved children’s soft play zone, Friday 28th October 1:00pm till 3:00pm. This is a great opportunity for little ones to get dressed up as their favourite scariest character, play spooky games and decorate a biscuit treat. There will also be a prize for the best dressed and a small buffet available. We look forward to seeing your devilish ghouls, witches, zombies or pumpkins.

Curse of the Egyptian mummy – Peterborough Museum.
A mysterious, Ancient Egyptian object has come to Peterborough Museum and – and someone’s ghastly ghost is not very happy! Will you be the one to brave the creepy corridors, decode hard-to-read hieroglyphics and use all the clues you can find to break the chaotic curse – or will the spooky spirit have you running for your Mummy? 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) £3 children, £4 adults, £12 families.

Scary & Spooky-Safe Trick-or-Treating – Serpentine Green Shopping Centre
Keep the little horrors entertained this Halloween with a whole host of spooky events at Serpentine Green. Join us on Friday 28 October from 12pm – 4pm for a free Halloween hunt with special surprises. Pick up a guide in the centre and visit our stores to whisper the secret word and bag yourself a sweet treat! If the little monsters aren’t scary enough already, don’t let them leave without transforming them into a spooky creature with the free face painting on offer. You’ll have a terrifyingly awesome time!

Spooky Stories and Scary Crafts – Peterborough Libraries.

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Halloween party at Big Sky

Werrington Library – 10am
Themed library story times for ages 5 and under. Enjoy the wonderful humour of the much loved ‘Funnybones’ stories – these skeletons are friendly not scary! What can that be in ‘The Foggy, Foggy Forest’? Look through the trees and guess who’s hiding! Can you help the fish escape from ‘The Shark in the Dark’?  Bring your best shouty voice. Followed by a simple craft – make your own skeleton or have fun making creepy shapes. For ages 5 and under, accompanied by an adult.

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session

Falconry Talk and Display – Ferry Meadows. 
A variety of birds will be on display with the chance to feed them, hold them and watch them fly. Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display brings the ancient art of Falconry to the modern age, with a comprehensive and thrilling display, that is guaranteed to thrill audiences of all ages. £5 per person. Advance booking essential, limited spaces available. Please telephone 01733 234193 to book a place. 10.30am-12pm and 1pm – 2.30pm. Suitable for all ages

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages

Saturday 29th

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages.

Stories in the dark – Central Libraryscreen-shot-2016-10-19-at-11-48-49

Visit the magical story tent and find out who stole the darkness, or why the sun and the moon are high and dry in the sky. Marion’s tent, full of twinkly lights and colours, is the setting for a storytelling adventure for the youngest children where they can join in and be part of the fun, as we explore the magic of the dark in a safe place, through creation stories from around the world that feature darkness and light. You will never have heard stories told like this – give your children an unforgettable experience. The tent is probably one of the smallest theatres in the world!  It only takes 15 people at a time, including adults, so young children have a real chance to join in with the story, to talk and play.  The show lasts 30 minutes, and there is workshop session after the show for children to explore the resources and make their own dark story. Sessions available are 10am, 11am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm (£1.50 – no workshop at this session) Spaces in the story tent are very limited. Book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be booked at any library.

Rollers – Werrington Leisure Centre.
Our fun family skating sessions have all the latest music with our state of the art lighting, sound system and resident DJ taking your special requests. Our weekly sessions at Werrington Leisure Centre are perfect if you enjoy music and love to skate. Now running from 5pm to 8pm every Saturday. Don’t worry if you’re a little unstable on your feet, we’ve got friendly stewards on hand to help out. Skate hire is available in size junior 8 to adult 12 – £1.50 per pair. You can also bring your own. Every Saturday 5pm-8pm at Werrington Leisure Centre. £3.50 per person / £11 Family Ticket.(We also hold a Sunday session at Bushfield Leisure Centre on the 1st Sunday of every month, from 10am to 1pm.)

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session

Sunday 30th

Autumn trail – Ferry Meadows
An autumn trail sheet will be available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre. They can then hunt for clues whilst they walk around Ferry Meadows and then return to the Visitor Centre to claim a prize. Charge of 50p per person. 10:00am-3:30pm
Suitable for all ages.

Halloween at the Zoo – Hamerton Zoo Park.
This October half-term, join us for some creepy crawly fun! Two mini-beasts workshops will be running each day in the Explorers Cabin – 11am and 3pm. This is a live animal encounter featuring some of our invertebrates which are housed off show in our education centre. Each session costs £2 per person and tickets can be purchased from the Gift-Shop on the day of your visit. They will last approximately 30 minutes for a maximum of 30 people per session.

Family Fun Inflatable Sessions – Regional fun and Fitness Centre.
Have some great fun splashing around on the inflatable floats, take a tumble in the one and two man zorbs or why not see who can go faster in the mini boats? This is one of our most popular sessions and offer great fun for the over 5’s and is available at the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre every Sunday from 2pm – 6pm. £6.00 per person (£3.00 for members) For more information call the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre on 01733 864 760. Please note that only groups consisting of both Adult and Children will be allowed access to Family Fun sessions.img_1648

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4 Comments

  • Reply Neesha October 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Love this post. So helpful!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 22, 2016 at 10:54 pm

      Glad you like it. I hope to do a fireworks one soon too and of course a couple of Christmassy ones. Do come back 🙂

  • Reply Anastasia Lorimer October 25, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Thank you for all the info. Saves time trying to think up or look up ideas to keep children entertained 🙂 Look forward to the Christmas one…I do a ‘Count Down to Christmas’ activities/events advent calendar, with each drawer holding something fun to do or make…so ideas are always appreciated 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 25, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      Oh we do that too! Its so much more fun than the regular chocolate ones! Can’t wait to get the christmas one written. 🙂

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