Things to do at October half-term in Lincolnshire
October generally signals crisper, colder days and spook-filled nights.
For those planning half term school holiday fun that means plenty of opportunities to plan activities indoors as well as out before the really cold weather arrives.
We take a look at a few of the events you could be enjoying whether you are looking for workshops, eerie thrills, action-packed days or a trip to the theatre...
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Eerie goings-on down the farm
Night time will take on an eerie feel at White Post Farm this month.
The Farnsfield venue will be offering spooky family fun during their Eerie Evenings on October 25-26 (5.30pm-9.30pm. Tickets £9) and then upping the ante for Extreme Eerie Evenings on October 31 and November 1 (6pm-10pm. Tickets: £13).
Renaming the venue Fright Post Farm for the events, both nights will feature a bar, food and disco.
Age guide: 12+ and under 16s will not be admitted without an adult.
Booking essential, call 01623 882977. For more information visit www.whitepostfarm.co.uk
Have you a champion pumpkin?
Visitors to the first Harvest Weekend being held at Doddington Farm Shop are being invited to enter their carved pumpkins and home-grown produce for judging and vote for their favourite beer this Saturday and Sunday.
“We would love to see the things people have been growing at home,” say the hall’s owner Claire Birch. “We also want to display everyone’s carved pumpkins as we do each year.”
Classes include biggest marrow, funniest shaped vegetable, best carved pumpkin and best selection of home grown apples. There are classes for adults and under 17s. There will be place cards for first, second and third as well as prizes. Judges will be Doddington’s head gardener David Logan and gardener Dan Cook. Entries must be in by 11am on Sunday, October 20 (and can also be brought in on the Saturday). Judging will take place at 1pm on the Sunday.
If weather permits, there will be apple bobbing in the farm shop courtyard too.
Included in the weekend will be guided tours of the kitchen garden, and on the Sunday there will be a battle of the beers competition in the farm shop (11am to 3pm).
“We are inviting people to come and taste 20 of the beers we have on offer and meet the four breweries attending – Pheasantry, Oldershaws, Tom Woods and Welbeck. We want people to vote for their favourite,” adds Claire.
Visit www.doddingtonhall.com or call 01522 688581.
Anarchic sock the star of The Suitcase Circus's family show
Young audiences can meet Wobulous Discombobulous, the anarchic sock, when a heart-warming and interactive family-friendly show arrives at the Terry O’Toole theatre in North Hykeham on Saturday, October 19.
Folder Feather presents The Suitcase Circus where Wobulous Discombobulous will present a line up of extraordinarily talented performing objects – including the world’s only acrobatic potato sack, an incredible dancing milkshake straw and the hypnotic tie snake Windsor Knot – all with their own individual and often captivating stories to tell.
Age guide: 4 years plus.
Show time: 3pm. Tickets: £6 (Family, four seats, £20). Box office: 01522 883311. Find out more at www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk
A famous fable brought to life
Winter is coming and in the falling snow, wolf footprints can be seen padded into the hard ground.
Standing on the hilltop a boy with a vivid imagination is watching his sheep.
Inspired by the famous Aesop fable, Tutti Frutti Productions and York Theatre Royal present The Boy Who Cried Wolf, written by Mike Kenny, at the Louth Riverhead Theatre on Sunday, October 20.
A story for children aged three and above and their families to share, the boy tasked to keep his community safe begins to make up stories as his desire for attention gets the better of him.
He is the boy who, unthinkingly, cried wolf.
@Show time: 11am & 2.30pm. Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road. Tickets: £6 (U14, £4). Box office: 01507 600350, www.louthplaygoers.com
Puppets and chocs bring stories to life
Chocolate caterpillars, witch hats and puppets will feed young artistic minds during half-term spent with Storybook Days.
The Nettleham-based company, which aims to bring favourite tales to life through storytelling, music, drama and crafts, has a packed programme for the school holidays.
If you are looking for a way to introduce your small ones to ruby slippers, Munchkins and the famous yellow brick road, the Wizard of Oz day will give children the chance to bake over the rainbow cupcakes and get stuck in to lion-themed crafts.
Roald Dahl fans can look forward to a day centred around George’s Marvellous Medicine, getting involved with spells, science and animal madness, as well as being given the chance to make medicine concoctions. Room on the Broom will also be brought vividly to life with puppets and music at another event where there will be cauldrons, spider sweets and lanterns.
The Wizard of Oz, October 21 at Nocton Village Hall, and October 22 at Nettleham’s scout hut (10am-3pm). Ages 7-11. Room on a Broom, October 21 at Nettleham’s Scout Hut (10am-3pm). Ages 4-8. George’s Marvellous Medicine, October 25 at Nocton Village Hall (9am-noon). Ages 4-11. All events £22. Visit www.storybookdays.co.uk
Kids - it's free and it's extreme
Adventurous kids should head to Witham St Hughs on Friday, October 18 to join in the high-octane fun being provided by NK Outreach.
The ExtremeNK on Tour team will be bringing an exciting range of equipment to the car park at the Witham St Hughs village hall.
Kids can scale the dizzying heights of the towering climbing wall, or test their skills on the mobile skate park before exploring the Pod, which contains lots to enjoy including a plasma TV and blu-ray player, four computers and plenty of console games.
With sports, outdoor games and activities, and an assortment of arts and crafts to try, there is something to keep every child interested this half term.
The event is free. Children aged 8 or below must be accompanied by an adult. Those 9 years old or over can self-register and attend on their own.
@Call 01522 870252 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Half term's for guys and dolls
Families heading to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life will be able to have a go at a variety of crafts on the theme of Guys and Dolls during a family fun day to celebrate half term on Thursday, October 24.
Theresa Workman, collections access officer, says: “This will be something the whole family can get involved with. You can come along and make simple, non-sew rag dolls, or a pop-up Guy Fawkes puppet, or perhaps you’d prefer to create a giant Halloween figure. There’s something here for everyone. You’ll also be able to make the most of our new play area, which has proved extremely popular during the summer months.”
10am and 3.30pm. Entry to the museum is free, there is a £1 charge for the crafts. Find out more at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/