October half term holiday activities and Halloween

Basildon Borough, Braintree District, Brentwood Borough, Castlepoint Borough, Chelmsford City, Colchester Borough, Epping Forest District, Harlow District, Maldon District, Rochford District, Tendring District, Uttlesford District

Find activities and events to keep the kids entertained and active this October half term in Essex. From cycling , squash, karate, swimming, bowling, multi-sport and Halloween craft activities, there’s something for everyone! 
Details may be subject to change. Always check with the organiser before attending. 

Activity camps

  • Essex Outdoors holiday activity days: an ideal way for young people aged 8-16 to try exciting new experiences in the outdoors! Book now for activities in Bradwell, Danbury, Harlow and Mersea.
  • Mega Camps offer a variety of activities to suit all different interests, with an option for a sporting or arts and crafts activity.
  • Fit for sport activity camps  Activity Camps are a great way for your child: To keep active; Have fun; Make new friends; Try something new; Take part in a whole range of activities and sports!
  • Barracudas multi-activity day camps
  • Kidz camp Essex
Useful links  
  • Essex Mums October half term activities
  • Essex Parks – Enjoy events, activities and family days out in a number of green and open spaces across Essex- from birdwatching to BBQs, Gruffalo trail and Stick Man play trail.
  • Days out with the kids– there are so many activities to keep the kids busy with soft play centres, bowling, karting, skateparks, crazy golfs etc…
  • Visit Essex– family days out such as Colchester Zoo, a number of railways RSPB wildlife sites
  • National Trust outdoor activities across Essex
Basildon Borough

HalloweenFest at Barleylands– Taking place from Saturday 20th until Friday 26th October, HalloweenFest will see youngsters enjoy lots of fiendish fun including Halloween crafts, story time with Wendy the Witch and a chance to face their fears with snakes, tarantulas and other creepy critters in the reptile house. Plus every paying child receives a FREE pumpkin to take home!

South Essex gymnastics Club fun sessions Fun sessions run every half term and end of term. Children have to be over the age of 5 to attend but children aged 4 and above are able to attend on a Friday between10am-12pm.

Braintree District

Spooky Fun at Cressing Temple Barns– from 22-26 October.

Sky Ropes Halloween Trail at Great Notley Country Park (open every day 20-28th October 10 to 3.30pm)-  Are you able to
help Cyril conquer his fears to get to the party on time?
Pick up your trail guide from the Country Park Reception at Great Notley Country Park.

Come rain or shine, Fusion has a range of indoor activities to stem the boredom in a fun, safe and social environment. Check out the timetables for each leisure centre:

Brentwood Borough

Try the high ropes and adventure Rope runners at the secret nuclear bunker in Kelvedon Hatch: they are adrenaline- filled activities on new courses for anyone over 6 years old.

Gruffalo trail at Thorndon Country Park–  Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail (around 45 min long) searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.

BIkeKlubz sessions
Kids love to ride bikes and BikeKlubz Saturday inclusive bike sessions offer a great opportunity for children and young people (4 to 24) to take part in a number of activities.

Castle Point

Active kids activities at Castle Point Leisure Centre.

Colchester Borough

Kids Camp-Monday 22 October – Friday 26 October, 9am-3pm or 8am-5.30pm
A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 1-6, which includes swimming as a core part of the day’s activities. Ideal for working parents.

Base Camp at Leisure World-Monday 22 October – Friday 26 October, 8am-5.30pm
A full day of action packed supervised activities for children in school years 7-11.  Deal for working parents. Activities include fun in the Leisure Pool, trips to Escape Room and Tenpin, multi sports, trampolining and inflatable obstacle course in the Fitness Pool.

Colchester museum events
– Knitzzz at the museum- For families looking for a special indoor camping experience, go to the Castle for a very different B&B!
– Dark tours -explore the keep after hours with expert guides as they tell tales of the darker side of Colchester Castle’s past. Suitable for age 12+ only-

If you’re batty about brooms, partial to pumpkin or have no fear meeting hidden Halloween characters on a spooky woodland trail, then you’ll certainly find something to excite you at High Woods Country Park this October half term.  To buy tickets, call 01206 282920 or visit Hollytrees Museum. Find out more about these and other great events on offer at High Woods Country Park this autumn.

Chelmsford City

Half day and full day city camps throughout the school holidays for children between aged between 4 and 12 at Riverside Leisure Centre, South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre and Dovedale Sports Centre.

Active Fun sessions during the school holidays, giving children the chance to learn new skills and get active in a fun environment.

Epping Forest

Multi Sports Days
Epping Forest Multi Sport Days will give young people ages 5-14 the chance to take part in fun packed days of exciting and engaging activities including football, dodgeball, tennis, mini olympics, games and competitions.

Play in the Park and in the Forest
Play in the Park and Play in the Forest sessions for children aged 5 to 11.

  • Play in the Park is free, there are turn up and play sessions across the district.
  • Play in the Forest sessions, simply turn up and pay on the day.
Harlow District

Harlow Town Park events such as orienteering to explore all areas of the Town Park, whilst getting some exercise and having plenty of fun.

  • School Scarecrow competition (all of half term)- please contact Pauline Neate 01279 422790- competition will be judged during half term by Pets Corner visitors.
  • Pond dipping in the Park- 23rd october -2-3pm Meet: Learning Centre entrance – Please book with Mike.Levett@harlow.gov.uk or ring 01279 435466
  • Room on the Broom- 24th October- 11.00am- 1:30pm. Pre-school activity open to all. At the Learning Centre & Park.
  • Your Country Needs You- 24th October-Quantum Theatre play marking the end of WW1. On the bandstand 2-3pm.
Maldon District

Take a trip down the Promenade Park– Smaller children will love the sandpit which is located at one end of the lake. The pit is adjacent to one of the many refreshment kiosks in the park so you can relax with a cup of tea and watch the kids enjoying themselves.

Premier Sport Holiday multi activity courses at Blackwater Leisure Centre  from 22nd to 26th October for ages 5-12.

Blackwater Leisure Centre Children’s holiday camps – 22nd to 26th October – multi-sports and arts & crafts. It is for children aged 5 to 11 years.

Rochford  District

Rayleigh Leisure Centre fun activities during the school holidays.

Tendring District

See all the school holiday activities at all the leisure centres and pools.

Uttlesford District

Fit for Sport activity camps at Lord Butler Leisure Centre
From multi-sports to messy arts & crafts, from outdoor adventures to themed activities, join Fit For Sport for lots of active fun at your local Activity Camp this holiday! For ages 5-12 years.

Felsted School swim school 
Felsted’s swimming courses (for children aged 4+ up to 9) provide the perfect opportunity for children to receive quality coaching in small groups, by qualified and experienced teachers. These are highly intensive courses that focus on building confidence and improving the ability of each swimmer in a short period of time. Each participant will receive a certificate for their efforts.


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