Want an exciting, fun packed October Half Term break for the family, before the winter blues kick in? Why not spend October Half Term in London, the UK's fun and thrilling capital, full of exciting activities to entertain you and your children...
FOR THE ANIMAL LOVERS:
Take a trip to London's very own ZSL Zoo and visit the newly renovated Tiger Territory, home to the Zoo's two critically-endangered Sumatran tigers. Visitors to Tiger Territory will embark on a journey through an Indonesian habitat, coming face-to-face with beautiful tigers through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows, a truly thrilling experience for all the family!
London's ZSL Zoo also offers the opportunity to become a Zoo keeper for the day! Budding keepers can try their hand at tasks such as feeding the giraffes, mucking out rhino, meeting the elephants, cleaning the penguin pool and going behind the scenes at the big cats, all of which makes a day to remember for any animal lover! With so much to see and do, a visit to ZSL London Zoo is the perfect day out for people of all ages.
FOR THE FICTION FANATICS:
Journey into Space at the Discover Children's Story Centre, an interactive, fun, learning experience for all the family to enjoy. Open every day during October Half Term, this attraction is London's only children's museum, where children and their families can enjoy playing, learning and making up stories together.
Another idea is to head to the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire and experience your children's favourite stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Twits and the BFG. Learn about Dahl's life and what inspired him to write these famous childhood tales.
Or perhaps you want to become a wizard for the day and experience the long awaited Warner Bros. Studios. This truly unforgettable experience gives fans the chance to go behind-the-scenes and see many things the camera never showed in the Harry Potter films. From breathtakingly detailed sets to stunning costumes, props and animatronics, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a unique showcase of the extraordinary British artistry, technology and talent that went into making the most successful film series of all time.
FOR THE BUDDING SOLDIERS AND SAILORS:
Spend the day visiting London's many military sights including a visit to the Household Cavalry Museum which offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into the ceremonial and operational role of the Household Cavalry Regiment. Alternatively you could visit the National Army Museum, a real insight into the history of the British Army. Follow this by visiting Buckingham Palace to witness the changing of the guard, or go and explore the HMS Belfast to discover the stories of life on board this warship during the Second World War and beyond.
FOR AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL AND ARTISTIC BREAK:
Head south of London to the historic area of Dulwich, home to the stunning Horniman Museum and gardens and the Dulwich Picture Gallery, England's first ever public art gallery. Following this, take a stroll into the village of Dulwich, an area full of eateries providing yummy, homemade treats!
FOR THE FIRST TIME VISITORS:
For first time visitors to our beloved capital, London's main attractions are a must! Museums such as the Museum of London and the British Museum are full of interactive learning activities and are fabulous starting points to fill a whole day in London. Families can also have a walk around Covent Garden, a cobbled area with numerous shops and restaurants, as well as free street entertainers on every corner.
No first time trip to London is complete without sampling delicious tea and beautiful cakes at a traditional afternoon tea. The Sanderson Hotel in London offers a fun twist with their Matter Hatters Afternoon Tea party, a real treat for all the family.