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What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special!

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In case it’s escaped your notice, it’s half term this week, which means it’s a bumper week for family-friendly activities in York. There’s loads to do, from free activities at the Castle Museum and Yorkshire Museum to the Piglets Pumpkin Festival and York Maze Halloween. That’s before adding in all the activities that are going on for Illuminating York. Whatever you do, enjoy!


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsMonday 28th October

Halloween By Day – York Maze – 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3pm) – £11.50 adults, £10.50 kids (under 16), under 3s go free

This has been CANCELLED for the day due to the weather forecast.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsPumpkin Festival – Piglets Adventure Farm Park – 10am to 5.30pm until 3rd November – Adults £5.75, children £6.75, family ticket £23 (pumpkins not included in the entry price)

As well as all the usual Piglets activities, there are some Halloween treats including 10,000 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween fancy dress parade (judged at 3pm every day), hook a pumpkin, fields of fright, trailer ride to the pumpkin patch, creepy cottage and much more.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsAutumn Apples – York Castle Museum – Activities from 10am to 4pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders free, and children under 16 always enter for free).

A feast of autumn activities to look forward, including discovering harvest time and making your own corn dolly (11am to 3pm), making autumnal pictures using apple printing and lots of other fruit-related fun (11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm).


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsVolcano Chaser – Yorkshire Museum – every half hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Meet Victorian adventurer Tempest Anderson to hear his stories of pioneering trips photographing active volcanoes over 100 years ago.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsScience Lab – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm– Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Get into the Science Lab and learn how volcanoes work before conducting experiments and making your own volcano to take home.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsTuesday 29th October

Halloween By Day – York Maze – 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3pm) – £11.50 adults, £10.50 kids (under 16), under 3s go free

As well as all the usual attractions (except the maze, which has fallen foul of the harvester) there’s loads of Halloween-themed stuff to do. There’ll be a ‘Phantomime’ (a spooky Halloween show), haunted maze treasure hunt, ghostmania ride and spooky trail, pumpkin parade and carving area (tools provided), fancy dress parade at 12pm each day, birds of prey and loads more. Kids get a free pumpkin, too. If all that’s not incentive enough, this should be: somewhere in the pumpkin patch is a golden ticket which the lucky winner can exchange for a golden pumpkin worth over £1000!


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsPumpkin Festival – Piglets Adventure Farm Park – 10am to 5.30pm until 3rd November – Adults £5.75, children £6.75, family ticket £23 (pumpkins not included in the entry price)

As well as all the usual Piglets activities, there are some Halloween treats including 10,000 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween fancy dress parade (judged at 3pm every day), hook a pumpkin, fields of fright, trailer ride to the pumpkin patch, creepy cottage and much more.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalf Term Activities – Beningbrough Hall – 11am to 5.30pm – From £6 for adults and £2.70 for children (free for National Trust members)

As well as the usual outdoor fun and indoor explorations, this week there’s a selection of half term activities that varies each day. Follow the pumpkin trail, write and tell spooky stories, make a mask or head to the basement to test your nerve. Guess the weight of the largest pumpkin to win it, and enjoy ghoulish treats in the restaurant.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsAutumn Apples – York Castle Museum – Activities from 10am to 4pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders free, and children under 16 always enter for free).

A feast of autumn activities to look forward, including discovering harvest time and making your own corn dolly (11am to 3pm), making autumnal pictures using apple printing and lots of other fruit-related fun (11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm).


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsVolcano Chaser – Yorkshire Museum – every half hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Meet Victorian adventurer Tempest Anderson to hear his stories of pioneering trips photographing active volcanoes over 100 years ago.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsScience Lab – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm– Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Get into the Science Lab and learn how volcanoes work before conducting experiments and making your own volcano to take home.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsWednesday 30th October

Big Scream (parents/carers and babies under one) – City Screen Picturehouse – 11am – normal admission prices apply

This week’s film is One Chance.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsAutumn Apples – York Castle Museum – Activities from 10am to 4pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders free, and children under 16 always enter for free).

A feast of autumn activities to look forward to, including discovering harvest time and making your own corn dolly (11am to 3pm), making autumnal pictures using apple printing and lots of other fruit-related fun (11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm).


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalf Term Activities – Beningbrough Hall – 11am to 5.30pm – From £6 for adults and £2.70 for children (free for National Trust members)

As well as the usual outdoor fun and indoor explorations, this week there’s a selection of half term activities that varies each day. Follow the pumpkin trail, write and tell spooky stories, make a mask or head to the basement to test your nerve. Guess the weight of the largest pumpkin to win it, and enjoy ghoulish treats in the restaurant.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsVolcano Chaser – Yorkshire Museum – every half hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Meet Victorian adventurer Tempest Anderson to hear his stories of pioneering trips photographing active volcanoes over 100 years ago.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsScience Lab – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm– Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Get into the Science Lab and learn how volcanoes work before conducting experiments and making your own volcano to take home.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalloween By Day – York Maze – 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3pm) – £11.50 adults, £10.50 kids (under 16), under 3s go free

As well as all the usual attractions (except the maze, which has fallen foul of the harvester) there’s loads of Halloween-themed stuff to do. There’ll be a ‘Phantomime’ (a spooky Halloween show), haunted maze treasure hunt, ghostmania ride and spooky trail, pumpkin parade and carving area (tools provided), fancy dress parade at 12pm each day, birds of prey and loads more. Kids get a free pumpkin, too. If all that’s not incentive enough, this should be: somewhere in the pumpkin patch is a golden ticket which the lucky winner can exchange for a golden pumpkin worth over £1000!


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsPumpkin Festival – Piglets Adventure Farm Park – 10am to 5.30pm until 3rd November – Adults £5.75, children £6.75, family ticket £23 (pumpkins not included in the entry price)

As well as all the usual Piglets activities, there are some Halloween treats including 10,000 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween fancy dress parade (judged at 3pm every day), hook a pumpkin, fields of fright, trailer ride to the pumpkin patch, creepy cottage and much more.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsDIG For a Quid – DIG – 30th October to 2nd November – 6.30pm to 9pm – £1 – No booking required

Part of Illuminating York. Hands-on archaeology experience DIG is one of our favourite attractions for kids. So we’re quite excited about the prospect of DIG for a Quid, which gives visitors the chance to meet Vikings face to face in their garden encampment, see bespoke animation and get digging in the interactive archaeological pits. Lots of fun and a bargain for just £1.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsJorvik Alive – Jorvik Viking Centre – 30th October to 2nd November – 6.30pm to 9pm – adult £9.75; child £6.75; family of four £27; family of five £29; 25% discount for Illuminating York ticket holders and York residents (with proof of residence).

Part of Illuminating York. Head to JORVIK Viking Centre between 6.30pm and 9pm to witness The Ice, the Land and the Sea (a story of a young girl who left her home across the North Sea and travelled to York 1000 years ago). If you want the full experience, you can then step back in time at the Viking Centre and see it as never before. The 10th Century will be brought back to life with warriors and citizens populating the streets of the city of Jorvik.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHaunted Hall – Barley Hall – 4.30pm to 7pm – adult £6, £4 child – Pre-booking essential due to popular demand last Halloween

If you’re looking for a treat this Halloween, look no further than Barley Hall. They’re hosting a spine-chilling evening that’s suitable for children. You’ll explore the Hall by candlelight in the company of a cast of creepy characters. With surprises in store and frights galore, this is an evening of fun for kids of (almost) all ages. Tours start every 30 minutes, and the admission price includes a hot chocolate for all and a gift bag for children.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsYork Minster Nights – York Minster – Entry from 6pm on 30th and 31st October and 7pm on 1st and 2nd November – adult £5, child £2.50

Part of Illuminating York. Discover the beauty of York Minster by night, as colour, shadow and light merge to mark the festivals of All Saints and All Souls. Light a candle in memory of a loved one and help create a stunning spiral of light. Wander freely in the awe-inspiring 276-foot nave, emptied for the first time this decade. Watch as ancient meets modern, when some of the country’s top urban artists create dramatic pieces inspired by the Minster’s historic graffiti and medieval stained-glass. A pop-up café, run jointly with the National Trust, will serve hot and cold drinks and snacks.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsBarley Hall by Candlelight – Barley Hall – 7pm to 9pm – Free entry (no need to book)

Part of Illuminating York. Located on the doorstep of York Minster, Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse and one of York’s hidden secrets. By day, it’s got a brilliant Horrible Histories exhibition that’s a huge hit with little fans of all things gory. During Illuminating York, see Barley Hall’s softer side as it’s bathed in candlelight. Watch Viking themed animation and warm up with a tipple or hot drink from the tavern.


York Museum Gardens – 5pm to 9pm – Free – No booking required but capacity is limited – Entry via the Marygate entrance only.

Part of Illuminating York. This is a magical opportunity to learn more about the night life in York Museum Gardens, from owls and bats to telescopes and stars. Hear about the plans for hedgehog mapping, listen to nocturnal stories in the enchanted, fairy-lit glade and marvel at a fantastic fire show. A memorable evening for all.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsChills and Thrills – Castle Howard – Gates open 4.30pm and it will go on until approximately 8.30pm- £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and under 5s go free – booking essential

For the first time ever, Castle Howard is hosting a Halloween event. The sweeping grounds will be unrecognisable, having been transformed into a wickedly wonderful wonderland. This family-friendly ‘Chills and Thrills’ spectacular takes place on Wednesday 30th October and promises to get hearts beating.  Walk the flare-lit path while watching out for the headless horsemen and his guards, then take a trip to the South East wing where you’ll be met by spine-chilling story tellers, terror face painters and magic mirrors. The ‘horses of Halloween’ grand finale will see Yorkshire-based Atkinson Action Horses (as seen in War Horse, The King’s Speech and more) perform death-defying stunts and breathtaking displays with fire and explosions. There will be prizes for the best carved pumpkin, and the most ghoulish costume too. Better start hunting out that Dracula outfit.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsThursday 31st October

Volcano Chaser – Yorkshire Museum – every half hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Meet Victorian adventurer Tempest Anderson to hear his stories of pioneering trips photographing active volcanoes over 100 years ago.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsScience Lab – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm– Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Get into the Science Lab and learn how volcanoes work before conducting experiments and making your own volcano to take home.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsAutumn Apples – York Castle Museum – Activities from 10am to 4pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders free, and children under 16 always enter for free).

A feast of autumn activities to look forward to, including discovering harvest time and making your own corn dolly (11am to 3pm), making autumnal pictures using apple printing and lots of other fruit-related fun (11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm).


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalf Term Activities – Beningbrough Hall – 11am to 5.30pm – From £6 for adults and £2.70 for children (free for National Trust members)

As well as the usual outdoor fun and indoor explorations, this week there’s a selection of half term activities that varies each day. Follow the pumpkin trail, write and tell spooky stories, make a mask or head to the basement to test your nerve. Guess the weight of the largest pumpkin to win it, and enjoy ghoulish treats in the restaurant.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalloween By Day – York Maze – 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3pm) – £11.50 adults, £10.50 kids (under 16), under 3s go free

As well as all the usual attractions (except the maze, which has fallen foul of the harvester) there’s loads of Halloween-themed stuff to do. There’ll be a ‘Phantomime’ (a spooky Halloween show), haunted maze treasure hunt, ghostmania ride and spooky trail, pumpkin parade and carving area (tools provided), fancy dress parade at 12pm each day, birds of prey and loads more. Kids get a free pumpkin, too. If all that’s not incentive enough, this should be: somewhere in the pumpkin patch is a golden ticket which the lucky winner can exchange for a golden pumpkin worth over £1000!


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsPumpkin Festival – Piglets Adventure Farm Park – 10am to 5.30pm until 3rd November – Adults £5.75, children £6.75, family ticket £23 (pumpkins not included in the entry price)

As well as all the usual Piglets activities, there are some Halloween treats including 10,000 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween fancy dress parade (judged at 3pm every day), hook a pumpkin, fields of fright, trailer ride to the pumpkin patch, creepy cottage and much more.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsJorvik Alive – Jorvik Viking Centre – 30th October to 2nd November – 6.30pm to 9pm – adult £9.75; child £6.75; family of four £27; family of five £29; 25% discount for Illuminating York ticket holders and York Residents (with proof of residence).

Part of Illuminating York. Head to JORVIK Viking Centre between 6.30pm and 9pm to witness The Ice, the Land and the Sea (a story of a young girl who left her home across the North Sea and travelled to York 1000 years ago). If you want the full experience, you can then step back in time at the Viking Centre and see it as never before. The 10th Century will be brought back to life with warriors and citizens populating the streets of the city of Jorvik.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsDIG For a Quid – DIG – 6.30pm to 9pm – £1 – No booking required

Part of Illuminating York. Hands-on archaeology experience DIG is one of our favourite attractions for kids. So we’re quite excited about the prospect of DIG for a Quid, which gives visitors the chance to meet Vikings face to face in their garden encampment, see bespoke animation and get digging in the interactive archaeological pits. Lots of fun and a bargain for just £1.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHaunted Hall – Barley Hall – 30th October and 31st October – 4.30pm to 7pm – adult £6, £4 child – Pre-booking essential due to popular demand last Halloween

Part of Illuminating York. If you’re looking for a treat this Halloween, look no further than Barley Hall. They’re hosting a spine-chilling evening that’s suitable for children. You’ll explore the Hall by candlelight in the company of a cast of creepy characters. With surprises in store and frights galore, this is an evening of fun for kids of (almost) all ages. Tours start every 30 minutes, and the admission price includes a hot chocolate for all and a gift bag for children.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsYork Minster Nights – York Minster – 30th October to 2nd November – Entry from 6pm on 30 and 31 October and 7pm on 1 and 2 November – adult £5, child £2.50

Part of Illuminating York. Discover the beauty of York Minster by night, as colour, shadow and light merge to mark the festivals of All Saints and All Souls. Light a candle in memory of a loved one and help create a stunning spiral of light. Wander freely in the awe-inspiring 276-foot nave, emptied for the first time this decade. Watch as ancient meets modern, when some of the country’s top urban artists create dramatic pieces inspired by the Minster’s historic graffiti and medieval stained-glass. A pop-up café, run jointly with the National Trust, will serve hot and cold drinks and snacks.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsBarley Hall by Candlelight – Barley Hall – 30 October to 2 November – 7pm to 9pm – Free entry (no need to book)

Part of Illuminating York. Located on the doorstep of York Minster, Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse and one of York’s hidden secrets. By day, it’s got a brilliant Horrible Histories exhibition that’s a huge hit with little fans of all things gory. During Illuminating York, see Barley Hall’s softer side as it’s bathed in candlelight. Watch Viking themed animation and warm up with a tipple or hot drink from the tavern.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsFriday 1st November

Volcano Chaser – Yorkshire Museum – every half hour from 11.30am to 3.30pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Meet Victorian adventurer Tempest Anderson to hear his stories of pioneering trips photographing active volcanoes over 100 years ago.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsScience Lab – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm– Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Get into the Science Lab and learn how volcanoes work before conducting experiments and making your own volcano to take home.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsAutumn Apples – York Castle Museum – Activities from 10am to 4pm – Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders free, and children under 16 always enter for free).

A feast of autumn activities to look forward to, including discovering harvest time and making your own corn dolly (11am to 3pm), making autumnal pictures using apple printing and lots of other fruit-related fun (11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm).


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalf Term Activities – Beningbrough Hall – 11am to 5.30pm – From £6 for adults and £2.70 for children (free for National Trust members)

As well as the usual outdoor fun and indoor explorations, this week there’s a selection of half term activities that varies each day. Follow the pumpkin trail, write and tell spooky stories, make a mask or head to the basement to test your nerve. Guess the weight of the largest pumpkin to win it, and enjoy ghoulish treats in the restaurant.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalloween By Day – York Maze – Saturday 26th October to Saturday 2nd November 2013 – 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3pm) – £11.50 adults, £10.50 kids (under 16), under 3s go free

As well as all the usual attractions (except the maze, which has fallen foul of the harvester) there’s loads of Halloween-themed stuff to do. There’ll be a ‘Phantomime’ (a spooky Halloween show), haunted maze treasure hunt, ghostmania ride and spooky trail, pumpkin parade and carving area (tools provided), fancy dress parade at 12pm each day, birds of prey and loads more. Kids get a free pumpkin, too. If all that’s not incentive enough, this should be: somewhere in the pumpkin patch is a golden ticket which the lucky winner can exchange for a golden pumpkin worth over £1000!


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsPumpkin Festival – Piglets Adventure Farm Park – 10am to 5.30pm until 3rd November – Adults £5.75, children £6.75, family ticket £23 (pumpkins not included in the entry price)

As well as all the usual Piglets activities, there are some Halloween treats including 10,000 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween fancy dress parade (judged at 3pm every day), hook a pumpkin, fields of fright, trailer ride to the pumpkin patch, creepy cottage and much more.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsJorvik Alive – Jorvik Viking Centre – 6.30pm to 9pm – adult £9.75; child £6.75; family of four £27; family of five £29; 25% discount for Illuminating York ticket holders and York Residents (with proof of residence).

Part of Illuminating York. Head to JORVIK Viking Centre between 6.30pm and 9pm to witness The Ice, the Land and the Sea (a story of a young girl who left her home across the North Sea and travelled to York 1000 years ago). If you want the full experience, you can then step back in time at the Viking Centre and see it as never before. The 10th Century will be brought back to life with warriors and citizens populating the streets of the city of Jorvik.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsDIG For a Quid – DIG – 30th October to 2nd November – 6.30pm to 9pm – £1 – No booking required

Part of Illuminating York. Hands-on archaeology experience DIG is one of our favourite attractions for kids. So we’re quite excited about the prospect of DIG for a Quid, which gives visitors the chance to meet Vikings face to face in their garden encampment, see bespoke animation and get digging in the interactive archaeological pits. Lots of fun and a bargain for just £1.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsYork Minster Nights – York Minster – 30th October to 2nd November – Entry from 6pm on 30 and 31 October and 7pm on 1 and 2 November – adult £5, child £2.50

Part of Illuminating York. Discover the beauty of York Minster by night, as colour, shadow and light merge to mark the festivals of All Saints and All Souls. Light a candle in memory of a loved one and help create a stunning spiral of light. Wander freely in the awe-inspiring 276-foot nave, emptied for the first time this decade. Watch as ancient meets modern, when some of the country’s top urban artists create dramatic pieces inspired by the Minster’s historic graffiti and medieval stained-glass. A pop-up café, run jointly with the National Trust, will serve hot and cold drinks and snacks.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsBarley Hall by Candlelight – Barley Hall – 30 October to 2 November – 7pm to 9pm – Free entry (no need to book)

Part of Illuminating York. Located on the doorstep of York Minster, Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse and one of York’s hidden secrets. By day, it’s got a brilliant Horrible Histories exhibition that’s a huge hit with little fans of all things gory. During Illuminating York, see Barley Hall’s softer side as it’s bathed in candlelight. Watch Viking themed animation and warm up with a tipple or hot drink from the tavern.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsSaturday 2nd November

Kids Club – City Screen Picturehouse – 10.45am (activities), 11.15am (film) – £3 non-members/£1 members. Membership is £4.

This week’s film is Hotel Translyvania.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalloween By Day – York Maze – Saturday 26th October to Saturday 2nd November 2013 – 10am to 4.30pm (last entry 3pm) – £11.50 adults, £10.50 kids (under 16), under 3s go free

As well as all the usual attractions (except the maze, which has fallen foul of the harvester) there’s loads of Halloween-themed stuff to do. There’ll be a ‘Phantomime’ (a spooky Halloween show), haunted maze treasure hunt, ghostmania ride and spooky trail, pumpkin parade and carving area (tools provided), fancy dress parade at 12pm each day, birds of prey and loads more. Kids get a free pumpkin, too. If all that’s not incentive enough, this should be: somewhere in the pumpkin patch is a golden ticket which the lucky winner can exchange for a golden pumpkin worth over £1000!


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsPumpkin Festival – Piglets Adventure Farm Park – 10am to 5.30pm until 3rd November – Adults £5.75, children £6.75, family ticket £23 (pumpkins not included in the entry price)

As well as all the usual Piglets activities, there are some Halloween treats including 10,000 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween fancy dress parade (judged at 3pm every day), hook a pumpkin, fields of fright, trailer ride to the pumpkin patch, creepy cottage and much more.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsHalf Term Activities – Beningbrough Hall – 11am to 5.30pm – From £6 for adults and £2.70 for children (free for National Trust members)

As well as the usual outdoor fun and indoor explorations, this week there’s a selection of half term activities that varies each day. Follow the pumpkin trail, write and tell spooky stories, make a mask or head to the basement to test your nerve. Guess the weight of the largest pumpkin to win it, and enjoy ghoulish treats in the restaurant.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsJorvik Alive – Jorvik Viking Centre – 6.30pm to 9pm – adult £9.75; child £6.75; family of four £27; family of five £29; 25% discount for Illuminating York ticket holders and York Residents (with proof of residence).

Part of Illuminating York. Head to JORVIK Viking Centre between 6.30pm and 9pm to witness The Ice, the Land and the Sea (a story of a young girl who left her home across the North Sea and travelled to York 1000 years ago). If you want the full experience, you can then step back in time at the Viking Centre and see it as never before. The 10th Century will be brought back to life with warriors and citizens populating the streets of the city of Jorvik.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsYork Minster Nights – York Minster – 30th October to 2nd November – Entry from 6pm on 30 and 31 October and 7pm on 1 and 2 November – adult £5, child £2.50

Part of Illuminating York. Discover the beauty of York Minster by night, as colour, shadow and light merge to mark the festivals of All Saints and All Souls. Light a candle in memory of a loved one and help create a stunning spiral of light. Wander freely in the awe-inspiring 276-foot nave, emptied for the first time this decade. Watch as ancient meets modern, when some of the country’s top urban artists create dramatic pieces inspired by the Minster’s historic graffiti and medieval stained-glass. A pop-up café, run jointly with the National Trust, will serve hot and cold drinks and snacks.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsDIG For a Quid – DIG – 30th October to 2nd November – 6.30pm to 9pm – £1 – No booking required

Part of Illuminating York. Hands-on archaeology experience DIG is one of our favourite attractions for kids. So we’re quite excited about the prospect of DIG for a Quid, which gives visitors the chance to meet Vikings face to face in their garden encampment, see bespoke animation and get digging in the interactive archaeological pits. Lots of fun and a bargain for just £1.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsBarley Hall by Candlelight – Barley Hall – 30 October to 2 November – 7pm to 9pm – Free entry (no need to book)

Part of Illuminating York. Located on the doorstep of York Minster, Barley Hall is a stunning medieval townhouse and one of York’s hidden secrets. By day, it’s got a brilliant Horrible Histories exhibition that’s a huge hit with little fans of all things gory. During Illuminating York, see Barley Hall’s softer side as it’s bathed in candlelight. Watch Viking themed animation and warm up with a tipple or hot drink from the tavern.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsDunnington Bonfire and Fireworks – 5pm to 7pm – Farmer’s Field (off Eastfield Lane YO19 5ND) – £7 in advance, £8.50 on the gate and £1 to park (proceeds of parking to charity)

You can’t beat a good village firework and bonfire night, and Dunnington’s looks like a family-friendly cracker. There’s a family disco from 5pm, bonfire from 6.30pm and live music from 7.15pm. The fireworks start at 7.45pm, followed by music from The Mojo’s.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsSunday 3rd November

Half Term Activities – Beningbrough Hall – 11am to 5.30pm – From £6 for adults and £2.70 for children (free for National Trust members)

As well as the usual outdoor fun and indoor explorations, this week there’s a selection of half term activities that varies each day. Follow the pumpkin trail, write and tell spooky stories, make a mask or head to the basement to test your nerve. Guess the weight of the largest pumpkin to win it, and enjoy ghoulish treats in the restaurant.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsScience Lab – Yorkshire Museum – 11am to 1pm and 2pm to 4pm– Normal admission charges apply (York Card holders get free admission, and children under 16 are always free).

Get into the Science Lab and learn how volcanoes work before conducting experiments and making your own volcano to take home.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsPumpkin Festival – Piglets Adventure Farm Park – 10am to 5.30pm – Adults £5.75, children £6.75, family ticket £23 (pumpkins not included in the entry price)

As well as all the usual Piglets activities, there are some Halloween treats including 10,000 pumpkins and gourds to choose from, spooky story-telling, pumpkin carving, Halloween fancy dress parade (judged at 3pm every day), hook a pumpkin, fields of fright, trailer ride to the pumpkin patch, creepy cottage and much more.


What's On This Week (28th October): Bumper Half Term Special! Little VikingsKaboom Firework Party – Rawcliffe Country Park, Shipton Road, York, YO30 5XZ – Gates open 5pm – Junior firework display 6.30pm – Main firework display 7.30pm – Tickets from £12.50 (adults) and £9.50 (children over three; children under three are free) to be purchased in advance from the Kaboom website or from the Visit York Information Centre.

As fireworks displays go, Kaboom is going to be huge, and it’s family-friendly too. This year’s fully choreographed displays of fireworks, lasers and lighting will be synchronised to a specially commissioned soundtrack which you’ll watch through 3D glasses. The theme is sci-fi and superheroes, inspired by the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. How times have changed since the days of the soggy sparkler and dodgy Catherine wheels that refuse to spin! Firework events can be hit-and-miss for parents; for every enthusiastic little viking, there’s another who’s too cold, overwhelmed or tired or doesn’t like the noise. Kaboom is trying to address this by having a junior display kicking off at 6.30pm (the full display follows at 7.30pm) and a dedicated Sparkler Park where children can enjoy sparklers in safety. There will also be a separate programme of entertainment including magicians, jugglers and balloon modellers.


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