Saturday, 14 September 2019

Halloween & October Half Term Events 2019 in Northamptonshire

October half term will be here before you know it and Halloween with it.  I love Halloween and year on year more fabulous events are being released.  Pumpkin hunts, discos, pottery painting and farm trips.  This Halloween/October Half term guide contains lots of events to keep the kids happy.

1. Boost Halloween Spooktakular
Saturday 26th October 6pm to 8pm details to follow

2. Pumpkin Hunt - Castle Ashby
Saturday 26th October to Friday 1st November
10am to 2.39pm search for the pumpkins and receive a gift. £3 per child.  Normal garden admission applies. Online booking begins 16th September.

3. Riverside Hub
3 Halloween parties.  Saturday 19th and 26th and Thursday 31st.  Ticket prices and details to follow.

4. Hungry Horse - Lakeside
Spooky disco details to follow

5. Autumn Fair & Halloween Event - Delapre Abbey

Saturday 26th October to Sunday 3rd November
11am to 4pm Family activities and crafts
31st October & 1st November family friendly Halloween outdoor trail in the gardens of DelaprĂ© Abbey.  Trail tickets – £3.50 each or family ticket £10 (2 adults, 2 children or 1 adult, 3 children)

6. Mini Meadows Farm
Creepy crawly event 20th October with Zoolab
19th to 31st October Pumpkin Patch and carving.

7. Parklands Community Centre - Halloween Party
Friday 25th October 7 to 10pm £2 per person

8. Pumpkin Hunt - Bell Plantation, Towcester, NN12 6GW
28th October to Friday 1st November
Follow the trail around the garden centre and win a prize. FREE event.

9. Kids Halloween Disco - Sunnyside Generous George
Thursday 31st October 6pm to 9pm
£3 per child entry fun, games and costume competition

10. Wicksteed Park - Kettering
They have not 1, not 2 but 3 Halloween events this year.
26th October Wicky's Little Monster Ball £6.50 children and £2.50 adults under 12 months free 12 - 2pm disco and games
19th October to 3rd November the Haunted House new for 2019 are you brave enough to enter the haunted house?
19th October to 3rd November Pumpkin Hunt find the pumpkins around the park to earn a treat or trick!

11. Stanwick Lakes - Spooky Scarecrow Lantern Walk
Wednesday 30th October 2 time slots 4.30 to 6.30pm and 5.30 to 7.30pm
£5.50 per person or £20 for 4 people. Walk is approx. 2k free parking pre booking required. Bring a torch.

12. Evenley Wood Garden - NN13 5SH
26th to 31st October 10am to 4pm are normal openly times. Late night openly 31st October only.  £6 per adult entry children free. Cash only.

Pumpkin carving, Halloween trail, torchlight terrors, Crafts, Tricks and treats, Magic School and face painting.

13. Halloween Lights Pottery Painting - The Sugar Mouse Earls Barton
Tuesday 29th October from 11am
Paint your own pottery Halloween light! Squash and cookie included. 3 years + and all children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 hour workshop. £8 per child. Book in store.

14. West Lodge Farm Park - Desborough
12th October to 2nd November
Pumpkin carving, Spooky walkway, Witch’s house tours, Spooky Tractor rides, Panto style ghost stories plus all of the usual farm activities.
27th October only
Search the grounds of the farm to find all of the ghosts, prizes for the winners then join us back in the new adventure play area to meet the ghosts and dance at our spooky disco. 

15. Haunted Halloween Abington Park Museum
Saturday 26th October 11am to 4pm
£3 per child.  Drop in no booking required.  Craft activities and witches brew!

16. Billing Aquadrome - Hallloween Half Term
20th to 31st October details to follow.  £5 per parked car.

17. Trick or Treat Halloween - Gold Starz Dance School NN8 2QH
Saturday 26th October 4pm to 6pm 
£4 per ticket an afternoon of Halloween mayhem!

18. Pumpkin Patch MK - MK19 6DG
Open 10am to 4pm October 12th & 13th and 19th to 31st.
Bale maze, barrel rides, food and pumkins!

19. Pumpkin Patch - Overstone Grange Farm
Pick your own pumpkin. Details to follow as not been announced yet.

20. Canons Ashby - National Trust
1 October to 3 November for our Bat Trail.  Normal admission prices apply. On Halloween itself, 10.30-12 noon, join the children's creative writing workshop. Booking is necessary.

21. Stowe - National Trust
From 26 October to 3 November, 10am-4pm join the mystery tour of four haunted hamlets now lost to time. Can you find the clues to solve our creepy challenge?  Normal admission applies, £2 per trail helping to restore the gardens at Stowe. Dress up your little ghouls for this fun creepy trail.

22. Lyvden - National Trust
26th October to 3rd November 11am to 4pm Search the garden landscape for pumpkins on our Hallowe'en trail or see what's happening in our 'spooky' Family Den. Free event.  Normal admission prices apply.

23. Waddesdon Manor - National Trust
26th October to 3rd November 10am to 3pm Halloween trail, spooky treats to tickle your taste buds, and crafty activities for everyone to get involved with. Normal admission prices apply. Some additional charges apply. £5 per pumpkin carve, £3 per child for the terrifying trail.

24. Not for kids....Dr Fright's Halloween Night - Earls Barton
10th year spectaular. 17th October to 2nd November closed 21st & 28th.
Prices range from £16.95 to £26.  New fast passes have been introduced and range from £27,95 to £33.95. Plus new no scare ticket. Enter the arena and bar but you do not enter the maze.


Thursday, 29 August 2019

Corby Parks & Playgrounds

To help you here is a list of all the parks and playgrounds in Northamptonshire I have visited or heard about. I've tried to give a little information about each and parking information if known. We are lucky to have a vast about of open spaces in Northampton and woodland walks. 

This guide is just for Corby parks & playgrounds only.  If you are looking for Northampton click HERE

Corby Parks & Playgrounds

Fineshade Wood, Corby, NN17 3BB
Large woodland with play areas. Parking £1.50 for an hour, £4 all day.  Often has the Gruffalo trail or similar.

Boating Lake Complex, Cottingham Road, Corby
Slides, spingers, rope climbing frames, no swings to my knowledge.
Café, walks, fishing, picnic areas, free car park

East Carlton Country Park, Market Harborough, LE16 8YF
Although this has a Market Harborough address it is on the border and managed by Corby Borough Council.  FREE parking makes this a winner! Cafe, play area, walks and some events held here throughout the year.

Weldon Woodland Park, Corby
40 acre area with adult fitness equipment, play areas, football pitches, skateboard unit, basketball pitch

West Glebe Park, Cottingham Road, NN17 1SZ.
Corby carnival is held here annually.  This year is Saturday 13th July 2019.

I am unfamiliar with large parts of Corby but found a list of over 20 parks that may help anyone local.

Abington Play Area Collingwood Avenue, Becks Green Seaford Walk, Berryfield Walk Cottingham, Breck Close Great Oakley, Burghley Drive, Butland Road, Cambridge Avenue, Cransley Gardens, Ennerdale Road, Exeter Neighbourhood Centre Counts Farm Road, Hazelwood Neighbourhood Centre Gainsborough Road, Holbein Walk, Kingsley Drive, Oakley Vale Butland Road, Ollerton Walk, Pascal Close, Rose Avenue, Shetland Way, Snatchill Merestone Road, Stavanger Close, Studfall Avenue, Talisman Motala Close, Wharfedale Road and Yardley Close. Coronation Park is a sensory garden.

Corby Borough Council parks & open spaces has the list and provides details and equipment at each site and a few images.  Most of the play areas listed above are in residential areas and parking would be on side streets.

Irthlingborough Parks & Playgrounds

This guide is for Irthlingborough parks & playgrounds only.

If you are looking for Northampton click HERE and if you looking for Wellingborough click HERE

I've tried to give a little information about each and parking information if known. We are lucky to have a vast about of open spaces in Northamptonshire and woodland walks and I hope this guide will help you discover somewhere new.

Irlingborough Parks & Playgrounds 

Central Recreation Ground, Irthlingborough, NN9 5TT Large play area in Irthlingborough. New equipment recently installed. Gym trail too. Park nearby Scarborough Street.

Home Close/Ryehill Close, Irthlingborough 
Small play area. Only a few pieces of equipment.

Les O'Dell Pocket Park, Irthlingborough 
Play area with swings and climbing apparatus. Park nearby. 

Randall Close Park, Irthlingborough Small play area off Randall Close. Park nearby.