Some ideas to keep the kids entertained during half-term break

***Following the latest government advice, we ask that individuals check local guidelines on the NI Direct website before travelling to any attraction.***

**Please continue to check individual provider websites before you leave the house to confirm if they are open or closed and avoid any disappointment. Many providers have pre-booking systems new regulations in place to keep you safe, when you are out and about please follow public health guidance on the Public Health Agency website.***

Halloween Activities

Pickie Fun Park - limited tickets remaining,  pre-booking essential.

Event dates: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 and Monday 26 - Saturday 31 October

Entry times: 11am - 3pm

This Halloween we invite you to join us at Pickie Funpark to explore our pumpkin patch and jump onboard the Pickie Puffer Ghost Train with zombie conductor. After a ghostly train ride, make your way to our Halloween pumpkin patch! Once you have found your perfect pumpkin, you can take it to our designated carving area where our staff will be there to help you create your masterpiece.

Book tickets

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Mount Stewart - pre-booking essential.

Autumn 50 Things Trail
Leaves are falling and autumn is calling! Pick up your 50 things leaflet and see how many you can do. Take in the changing sights and sounds of the season.  Click here to download your 50 Things Autumn Trail Map before you visit.

Geocaching
Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family and Mount Stewart demesne is full of hidden digital treasure. All you need is a hand-held GPS or smartphone and a sense of adventure. See how many treasures you can sniff out with our unique self-led Geocaching experience.

Half Term Hunt
Pick up a map in our courtyard and see how many of the animals you can find.

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Drumawhey Junction Railway

Halloween Ghost Trains: Sunday 1 November. Build new memories with your family and enjoy a fun trip to Drumawhey Junction Railway, Ireland’s longest 7 1/4 inch railway, and experience the atmosphere of a full size traditional railway. This is a miniature railway operating steam, petrol and diesel hydraulic and electric locomotives.

This event is dependent on Covid 19 restrictions and the weather.  Please check Drumawhey Junction Railway’s Facebook page before setting out.  

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Castle Espie - pre-booking essential.

Get set for an autumn adventure and enjoy 60 acres of wetland paradise. See wildlife on the move as winter migration begins.

Website | Facebook | Tel: 028 9187 4146

Eden Pottery
Open on Saturday's only, 10am - 5pm for pottery decorating, retail shop and Eden at Home collection and drop off. (***Extension to hours for half-term: opening Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October 10am - 5pm***)

Eden at Home: Pottery decorating boxes are available for collection and return every Saturday.

- Call or pm then choose the pieces for your box there's lots to choose, from mugs to plates, bowls and more.
- Confirm what theme you would like your sponge packs to be.
- Call to Eden Pottery and pick up and take home and enjoy creative fun.

Minimum four items per box, collection and drop off only, box contents with exception of your pottery remain the property of Eden Pottery and are rented for one week from collection.

Website | Facebook | Tel: 028 9186 2300

October Outdoors

October Outdoors is an exciting adventure challenge, with a new challenge and new place to explore every week for the month of October. This is DIY orienteering - all you need is your phone, an orienteering map and a sense of adventure!

Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, no touch points and plenty of fresh air.

To get involved, simply go to Lagan Valley Orienteers website and email rdo@niorienteering.org.uk with your name and postcode, you will then be sent further details.

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If any provider has an event or activity that you would like to see featured here please email through to marketing@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

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