October Half Term Halloween

Almost half-term already… how did that happen?! If you’re looking for ways to entertain the kids, we’ve pulled together a listing of holiday camps and activities that are going on in the area. The listing is divided into half-term activities that you generally do together as a family, and drop-off camps and workshops which range from a couple of hours to a full day. We’re still in the process of adding things as and when we hear about them, so if you know of any more please do get in touch and let us know. You can also find the family activities in our Event Calendar, as well as links to cinema and theatre listings.

 

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Ham House

20th to 28th October, 10.00am-5.00pm: Halloween Hocus Pocus: Ghoulish Ghosts & Wicked Witches at Ham House. Halloween half term fun! Take part in a Witch Hunt throughout the house and garden. Unravel the mysteries of witchcraft in the 17th century and decide for yourself if Ham’s own Duchess was a witch. There’s spooky storytelling, pumpkin biscuit decorating and eerie art to enjoy. Normal admission charges apply. Terrible Tudor Tours also take place 22nd to 26th October, mainly 5.00-6.00pm. Discover spooky goings on with ghostly tours in the dark; find out about the resident ghost dog and visits from owners of the past (£15.00 per person).

Hampton Court Palace

20th to 28th October, 11.00am-4.00pm: Beast Quest at Hampton Court Palace in East Molesey. An exciting event for the whole family! The Dark Wizard Malvel has taken over Hampton Court Palace, bringing all of its resident Beasts to life (as well as some famous faces from history!). Now Tom and Elenna need your help to save the Hampton Court Beasts from his wicked spells. You’ll be guided by the resident Questers, and will need to work together as a team, solving puzzles, riddles and games, all while evil stalks the historic palace. See a cockentrice brought to life in the Tudor kitchens and scuffle with a dragon to secure its scale! Will you help defeat Malvel? Will you take up the mantle of Beast Quester? Included in normal admission.

Hounslow Urban Farm

20th to 28th October, 10.00am-5.00pm: Halloween fun at the The Hounslow Urban Farm, Faggs Road in Feltham. As well as all the regular attractions of the Farm, children can enjoy ghost train rides, fairground rides, spooky animal encounters, toasted marshmallows and biscuit making. Normal entry fees apply.

Kew Gardens

20th to 28th October, various times: Siyanda, Protector of Plants at Kew Gardens. Join enchanting Siyanda as she unearths the secrets of plants in the Africa zone of the newly-restored Temperate House. In a 30-minute performance, Siyanda will take you on a journey of discovery, learning about the plants in her care. She’ll reveal how she helps them to thrive and why protecting these plants is so vital. Click here for performance times. Normal admission charges apply.

London Museum Of Water And Steam

20th to 28th October, 10.00am-4.00pm: SpOOkfest at the London Museum Of Water & Steam, Green Dragon Lane in Brentford. Experience a truly hair-raising half-term with the Museum’s annual Halloween SpOOkfest. Children can follow the creepy creatures trail, take part in gruesome crafts, and brave the Museum’s ghost train which will be running every day. Learn all about the wonderful world of water in the Waterworks Gallery and Splash Zone, and find out about the Museum’s site and the people and engines who helped make London the city it is today. Make a day of it with a picnic in the garden, some terrifying treats in the cafe and some suitably spooky gifts from the shop. Normal entry fees apply. Plus KIDS GO FREE and adults only £10.00 with Richmond Mums! (See our membership page for details.) Children in Halloween costume also go FREE all week.

London Wetland Centre

6th October to 18th November, 9.30am-4.30pm: Giant Lego Brick Animal Trail at the London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk in Barnes. The amazing Giant LEGO® brick animals are back with three NEW friends – Sam the short-eared owl, Walter the water vole and Skye the stork. This autumn, come along to meet the new animals and book a place on one of our LEGO workshops – you’ll get to build your own miniature version of Sam the short-eared owl to take home! Normal admission charges apply. Lego workshops also take place at the weekends and every day over half-term. Take part in exciting challenges and build your very own miniature version of Sam the short-eared owl to take home (£10.50 per person) – booking essential. 

Museum Of Richmond

23rd to 26th October, 10.00am-12.00pm: The Ghosts of Richmond Palace Workshops at the Museum Of Richmond, Whittaker Avenue in Richmond. Learn about the tales of Richmond’s royal ghosts and design a Gothic Richmond Palace, full of hidden spooks and ghouls! For ages 5-11yrs. £5.50 per child (adults free). Booking essential and can be done online.

Osterley Park

20th to 28th October, 11.00am-4.00pm: Halloween Pumpkin Festival: Osterley’s Enchanted Pumpkins at Osterley Park & House, Jersey Road in Isleworth. Calling all witches and wizards! Osterley’s pumpkins have been enchanted and they need your help to save them. Follow the magical trail left around the gardens and House while completing spooky activities, from potions to broomstick flying. Break the spell and save the pumpkins, then carve your own pumpkin to take home. Normal admission charges apply plus trail costs £4.00 (includes a pumpkin).

 

DROP OFF CAMPS

Best Tennis

For children aged 3 to 14 years.

These camps take place at Old Deer Park Tennis Courts, Pools On The Park, Twickenham Road in Richmond, and at Hampton Sports Centre, Hampton High School, Hanworth Road in Hampton. They offer fun packed tennis camps with a combination of technical learning, matchplay and games. Older children can book the whole day, which will include tennis with netball. Player to coach ratios are always kept low.

The camps take place weekdays between 22nd October – 2nd November. Details vary depending on location: Richmond: 11.30am-12.15pm for 3-5yrs; 9.00-11.30am for 6-9yrs; or 12.30–3.00pm for 9-14yrs; Hampton: 10.00-10.45am for 3-5yrs; 11.00am-12.00pm for 6-9yrs. The camps cost £12.00 per day for 3-5yrs, or £12.00 per day for 6-9yrs (Hampton), or £25.00 per day for 6-14yrs (Richmond), with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book via their website.

Camp Beaumont

For children from 3 to 16 years old.

These camps take place at Christ’s School, Queen’s Road in Richmond. They offer the highest standards of care and peace of mind that children will have the time of their life, trying new activities and making new friends.

The camps take place weekdays between 22nd – 26th October. The daily cost is £43.00, with a discount available for booking three days or more. You can book via their website.

Code Kids

For children aged 11 to 13 years

This camp is held at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Sheen Park in Richmond. In this Lego Robotics and Engineering camp, children will learn about robotics and coding through the use of various robots, learning key programming and engineering concepts in a fun learning environment.

The camp takes place on 26th October, from 10.00am-3.00pm. The cost is £64.50. You can book online.

Dreamcatcher Film Camps

For children aged 8 to 18 years.

This five-day camp takes place at Falcons Prep School, Kew Foot Road in Richmond. Children will make their very own short film over five days and take a copy home on DVD. They will come up with their own idea for a film, then set about scripting, story boarding, shooting, directing and editing it under expert tuition from industry professionals. It’s all great fun but good learning too, and young wannabe filmmakers finish the course equipped to make their own movies.

The five-day camp takes place between 22nd – 26th October, from 9.00am-2.00pm. The cost for all five days is £275.00, with a sibling discount available. You can book online.

Excel Sports

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps take place at Kings House Sports Ground, Riverside Drive in Chiswick (just the other side of Chiswick Bridge). They offer wonderful, safe, action-packed multi-sports camps, with superb tuition delivered by professional sports coaches who are also great fun! Sports include tennis, football, rugby, cricket, rounders, athletics and more. Alternatively, children can opt for football-only camps if they prefer.

The camps take place between 22nd October – 2nd November, from 9.00am-3.00pm with half day options available from 9.00-11.30am or 12.30-3.00pm. The daily cost is £35.00 with a discount available for booking a whole week; half-days cost £18.00. You can book via their website, or they are happy for people to show up on the day as long as there is space.

Fit For Sport

For children aged 4 to 12 years.

These camps takes place at Barnes Primary School, Cross Street in Barnes, and Sheen Mount Primary School in West Temple Sheen. They are a great way for children to keep active, have fun, make new friends, try something new and take part in a whole range of activities and sports.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 9.30am-4.30pm with the option to extend from 8.30am-5.30pm (East Sheen) or 8.00am-6.00pm (Barnes), and with a half day option for younger children from 9.30am-1.00pm. The basic daily cost is £27.81-£32.96 (£20.86-£24.72 for a half-day), depending on location. You can book via their website.

KidsCoach

For children in Reception up to Year 8.

These camps take place at Marble Hill Park in Twickenham. They are the perfect way for children to get out into the fresh air for some football fun, and will take place whatever the weather (dress the kids accordingly!). The sessions are split according to age, with lots of match time and skill-based games and drills.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The daily cost is £15.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book by emailing sports@kidscoach.uk.net or by calling 07503 034720.

KOOSA Kids

For children aged 4 to 13 years.

These camps take place at Orleans Park School, Richmond Road in Twickenham; Teddington Sports Centre, Broom Road in Teddington; Whitton Sports Centre, Percy Road in Whitton; and Shene Sports Centre, Park Avenue in East Sheen. Children will enjoy five days of Spooktacular FUN, taking part in Whizzing Witches, Ghastly Drawing, Bats Nest’s Ball, Ghost Busters, Chilling Crossbows and much, much more.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 10.00am-4.00pm, with the option to extend from 8.15am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £21.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. If you have three children, the 3rd child goes absolutely free! You can book via their website or by calling 0845 094 2322.

The Little Gym Chiswick

For children aged 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Little Gym, Hartington Road in Chiswick (just off the A316). They include super quest camps for 3-8yrs, full of exciting creative missions that will exercise muscle, imaginations and cooperation skills; fun skill thrill camps for 5-12yrs that will take your child’s gymnastic skills to the next level; as well as dance camps (3-8yrs) and karate camps (4-10yrs).

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 9.30am-12.30pm or 1.30-4.30pm, with the option to extend to include lunch, or to stay for the whole day. The basic 3hr cost is £48.00 for non-members, or £42.00 for members. To book, call 020 8994 3729.

The Little Gym Hampton & Teddington

For children aged 3 to 12 years.

These camps take place at The Little Gym, High Street in Hampton Hill. They include super quest camps for 3-8yrs, full of exciting creative missions that will exercise muscle, imaginations and cooperation skills; and fun skill thrill camps for 5-12yrs that will take your child’s gymnastic skills to the next level.

The camps take place between 22nd – 25th October, from 9.30am-12.30pm (3-8yrs) and from 1.30-4.30pm (5-12yrs), with the option to extend to include lunch, or to stay for the whole day. The cost is £36.00 for non-members or £32.00 for members. To book, call 020 8977 0099.

Mother Nature Science

For children aged 5 to 12 years old.

These camps take place at The Queen’s School, Cumberland Road in Kew. Children will enjoy five days of spooky Halloween-themed activities, including a great mixture of exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, team games and fun quizzes across chemistry, biology and physics. Over the week your child will do 30+ science activities and demonstrations.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 9.00am-3.30pm, with the option to extend from 8.30am-4.00pm. The basic daily cost is £60.00, or £245.00 for the week (limited availability for daily places). You can book online or by calling 020 8863 8832.

NS Sports

For children aged 4 to 11 years.

These camps take place at East Sheen Primary School, Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen, and at Meadlands Primary School, Broughton Avenue in Ham. Children can choose form a multi-activity camp including two sports sessions, an outdoor events session, arts and crafts, indoor and a free choice play session; or a football-only camp.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 9.45am-4.15pm, with the option to extend from 8.00am-6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £24.00, with a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

Orleans House Gallery

For children aged 4 to 10 years.

These workshops take place at Orleans House Gallery, Riverside in Twickenham. They offer a number of full and half day workshops, working with different artists specialising in a variety of techniques and materials.

The workshops take place between 22nd – 25th October, with full day workshops from 10.00am-3.00pm and short workshops from 10.00am-12.00pm. The cost for a full day workshop is £32.00 and a short workshop is £14.00. You can book online.

Playball

For children aged 3 to 9 years.

These camps take place at Olympus Gym & Squash Club, Kew Foot Road in Richmond. They are filled with fantastic age-specific sports games, skills and drills, including wildly creative warm ups, sport skill sessions, team building activities and games.

The camps take place on the 22nd & 23rd October, from 10.00am-1.00pm. The daily cost is £25.00, with siblings discounts available. You can book via their website.

Rocks Lane Barnes

For children aged 3 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Rocks Lane Multi-Sport Centre in Barnes. Rocks Lane prides itself on its excellent coaching, all weather facilities, and a diverse range of sporting opportunities; and there are a range of tennis, football, netball and multi-sports camps on offer for all ages and abilities.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, at various times ranging from 2-5 hours long. Rocks Lane operates a ‘holiday credits’ scheme whereby you purchase credits up front then call to book onto a specific course. Credits range from £7.00 each (when buying 40) to £11.50 each (when buying 1), and camps range from 2 to 4 credits. For more information see their website, or to book call 020 8876 8330.

Sheen Parks Tennis

For children aged 3 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Palewell Common and Sheen Common in East Sheen; and at Cambridge Gardens, Clevedon Road in East Twickenham. These fun packed holiday camps are for children of all abilities to help develop essential tennis skills.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, with half hour sessions for tots (3/4yrs), and 2hr sessions for minis (5-8yrs), and 3hr or whole-day sessions for minis/juniors (5-16yrs). Tots camps cost £9.25 per day, 2hr camps cost £22.00 per day, 3hr camps cost £33.00 per day, and a whole day costs £66.00. There is a discount available for booking the whole week. You can book online.

Spin Into Tennis

For children from 3 to 18 years.

These camps take place at Sheen Tennis Club, Fife Road in East Sheen. Children will be able to develop their tennis skills, whether they play for fun, fitness or want to compete at a higher level.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 9.00am-12.00pm or from 9.00am-2.00pm. The daily cost for non-members is £30.00 per half-day or £45.00 per day, with a discount available for booking a whole week. You can book online.

Springboard Swimmers

For children aged 3 to 7 years.

These intensive courses take place at Stanley School, Strathmore Road in Teddington; and at St Richard’s School, Woodville Road in Richmond. They are aimed at non-swimmers and beginners; children needing stroke improvement. If you haven’t done a holiday intensive course before, you will be amazed at how much progress is made in one week!

The intensive courses take place between 22nd – 26th October, with a half-hour slot at the same time each day, with the same tutor and the same group of three children. The cost is £60.00 per child for the week. To book, download an application form and email it to admin@springboardswimmers.com to arrange the most appropriate time and group.

Thames Young Mariners Adventure Zone

For children from 6 to 16 years.

These camps take place at Thames Young Mariners, Riverside Drive in Ham. There are Young Explorers camps for 6/7yrs focussing on different team challenges through the week, and Multi-Activity camps for 8-16yrs (split into juniors and seniors), with activities such as archery, climbing, team tasks and woodland skills. Sailing and paddlesports courses are also available.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 9.30am-4.30pm. The Young Explorers camps are £45.00 per day; the Multi-Activity camps are £90.00 for two days or £135 for three days. You can book online.

Tree House Learning

For children aged 3 to 7+ years.

These camps take place at Ham Common Woods. Children will enjoy forest school fun, including activities such as building forts, dens, scavenger hunts, stories, woodland craft, bug hunting, rope swings, tools and group games.

The camps take place between 22nd – 26th October, from 10.00am-3.00pm. The daily cost is £35.00. You can book online.

White Rabbit Drama Club

For children aged 5 to 9 years.

This three-day club takes place at St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Street in Twickenham. Children will join a world of witches & sorcerers, kings & queens, mysterious helpers, brave children, talking animals and fairy godmothers as they enter the woods with a band of merry rabbits! Inspired by the stories and characters of the Brothers Grimm, they will set off on an adventure of mystery, magic, daring deeds and edible accommodation.

The three-day camp takes place between 22nd –24th October, from 9.30am-12.30pm. The cost is £75.00 for all three days. To book, please email whiterabbitdramaclub@gmail.com.

Wild Learning

For children aged 5 to 11 years.

These camps takes place on Sheen Common in East Sheen. Find your way through the woods to the base camp, maybe stopping on the way to play hide and seek in the oak clearing, or Ninja Frisbee on the meadow before den building, rope swinging or crafts at main camp.

The camps take place between 22nd – 24th October, from 10.00am-4.00pm. The daily cost is £45.00. You can book online.

YMCA Hawker Wild Play Days

For children aged 4 to 11 years.

These play days takes place at YMCA Hawker, Lower Ham Road (junction with Richmond Road) in Kingston. Younger children 4-7yrs will build shelters, discover nature, create woodland art and breathe Mother Nature’s good stuff, whilst being based out of the YMCA’s new teepee. Older children 7-11yrs will visit a different location each day to explore woods, and enjoy the freedom of outdoor play.

The play days take place between 22nd – 25th October, from 8.30am-4.30pm with the option to extend to 6.00pm. The basic daily cost is £30.00, with Wednesday (trip day) costing £40.00. You can book online.

York House Gardens Tennis

For children aged 3 to 14 years.

This five-day camp takes place at York House Gardens, Sion Road in Twickenham. Children will take part in various games and training to improve their agility, balance and coordination. Older age groups begin to focus more on shots, technique and tactics using game play and competition (suitable for all abilities).

The five-day camp takes place between 22nd – 26th October with different time slots for different age groups: 3-4yrs 9.30-10.00am; 5-8yrs 10.00am-12.00pm; 9-14yrs 1.00-3.00pm. The cost is £42.50 for the tots camp and £120.00 for other camps for all five days. You can book online.

 

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