Happy Half term everyone, if you’ve run out of ideas already we’re here to help. Here is a list of half-term activities for you and the kids to enjoy. We’ve tried to be helpful and organised them by the areas surrounding each of the Dining Circle restaurants so do feel free to stop in for a delicious meal!
Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells
Groombridge Place is open everyday during October half-term with amazing attractions including baby animals, canal boat rides award-winning gardens and an enchanted forest with its giant swings, zip wires and Crusoe’s World. Plus, daily interactive performances from the The Human Zoo Theatre Company with their halloween spectacular.
Penhurst Place and Gardens,Tonbridge
Penhurst Place and Gardens are presenting an incredible insight into the world of film and television special effects for a Halloween make-up workshop. On Thursday, October 30th Kate Griffiths an award winning make-up artist will be using everyday household materials to transform any halloween costume into a gory halloween display.
There will also be Pumpkin trails and scary tales throughout half-term until Sunday 2nd November. For the little ones Penhurst are showing Not Too Scary Storytelling on Friday at 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm.
Hop Farm-Paddock wood
Hop farm is catering for halloween fans of all ages this year with a great array of daytime activities including Ghoulish Face Painting, Crazy Animals Show, 4D Cinema, Creepy Story Telling, Magic Show, Ghostly Disco amongst other fantastic attractions. For the more fearless, hop farm are resurrecting Freak Week offering five fright night attractions.
Half-Term Fun ends-2nd November
Freak Week-ends 31st October.
Notcutts, Tunbridge Wells & Maidstone
The garden centre chain Notcutts is presenting spooky selection of in-store activities in Maidstone and Tunbridge wells this year. Embark on witch hunts, sand art, hat and mask making workshops and of course whilst you are there you can browse the various quality of garden products.
Rare Breeds, Ashford
The Rare Breeds centre in Ashford is providing a unique experience this half term with ScareGlow, UV fun for all the family. Vunderbar the Wizard will be telling his scary tales and singing spooky songs in the Discovery Room, broomstick making, face painting, the ‘Spooky Quiz Trail’ and the sensational Hog Racing which is returning just for the halloween period!
Tickets cost £9.95 for adults, £8.50 for children, £28 for a family pass and £99 for an annual family pass.
Rare Breeds or call 01233 861493.
Kent Life, Maidstone
Sitting on the site of Sanding Farm near maidstone and dating back to 1555, Kent Life is said to be one of the most haunted museums in the county. However, focussing on the little ones, they are presenting lighthearted activities in the creepy cuddle corner, where the kids can see if they are brave enough to get close to the snakes, spiders and scorpions. With tractor rides, trick or treat in the farmhouse, pumpkin carving and ghost stories in the house.
Tickets cost £9.25 for adults, £7.25 for children over three.
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
A great day out for younger and older age groups, Leeds Castle are entertaining with a Spooky Quest and Haunted Halloween Hunt. Make sure you dress up as there is a fancy dress competition which takes place daily at 2pm near the maze. Raggedy Jack will be telling stories in the playground. Leeds castle is a great place to be all year round and is just down the road from the Windmill so if you fancy some delicious lunch or dinner, pop by! we have amazing kids meals also.
Ends Friday, October 31.
Day tickets cost £19 for adults and £11 for children, or annual passes cost £24 for adults and £16 for children.
Visit Leeds Castle or call 01622 765400.
And don’t forget the halloween party at The Windmill on friday to reward yourself for such an exhausting week! With Live music from Cultured pearl and a a crazy bunch of halloween cocktails!
The Canterbury Tales, Canterbury
This trip is great if you have older kids (12 and over). The Canterbury tales is just off the main high street and is where Chaucer’s classic stories take a sinister turn with live horror performances in none other than a church graveyard. The Terrible Tales, have been updated with new twists and turns, will be performed by drama students from the University of Kent. Performances will be followed by a guided tour through the attraction, where nasty surprises await as you walk the diseased streets of medieval England.
Performances are at 7pm every evening ending Friday, October 31. The really brave can join the late-night 9pm tour on Friday, October 31.
Admission: £10 per person. Not suitable for under-12s. Visit
Canterbury Tales or call 01227 454888.
The Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury
The Gulbenkian theatre are showing Dusk. This is a great show that combines film and live performance and looks into the meaning of family, home, change and reunion. Best for ages 4-7-year-olds. Tails are provided.
Wednesday, October 29 until Saturday, November 1 at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Tickets £8. Visit
The Gulbenkian or call 01227 769075
Druidstone, Blean, Canterbury
The park is open everyday during the holidays with an outdoor theatre experience “the men of blean” on Saturday the 1st November. The Park is a great day out; animals, play areas and enchanted woodland trail. Theres plenty to do and the park is a beautiful place to be.
Pearson’s is also throwing a halloween party for the lucky residents of whitstable and the surrounding areas with Live music from Under the Wood and some fantastic halloween cocktails!
If you are looking to travel a little further afield Medway has loads of great activities to offer you!
Fort Amhurst, Chatham
For a truly scary experience Fort Amhurst will ensure you are terrified to the core! With three experiences for different age-groups. You can tailor the experience to you. Experts at Scare Tour UK have described the experience as ‘not for the faint of heart’ and as being ‘like something straight out of a horror film!’. This is a truly thrilling experience so if you’re brave enough it worth going for!
The Historic Dockyard,Chatham
The Historic Dockyard,Chatham is holding a factual fun Spider Trail around the dockyard. Megan the witch will be storytelling, pumpkin carving and the big draw! The Dockyards are really great place to be and hold so much history. There’s so much to do and now there’s even more!
Ending Sunday. November 2.
Full details and prices at
Kings Theatre, Chatham
If your are a fan of magical and mysterious characters this is for you! Obi-Wan Kenobi from Star Wars, Elsa from Frozen and Harry, and Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter are among the magical and mysterious characters coming together for you to meet at Kings Theatre stage workshop. They are running a variety of interactive events and spectacles to amuse and entertain children 5-12.
Ends Friday, October 31. There’s also the stage productions of Puss In Boots and Oz and the Space Pirates to get involved in and enjoy.
Prices and times vary. For full details visit Spotiles
Hempstead Valley, GIllingham
Hempstead valley are putting on some great halloween activities for free! These include spooky treasure hunts, face painting and balloon, art and craft workshops. These activities will run everyday from11am-1pm and 2pm to 4pm until Sunday 2nd November.
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