Half-term ideas for Gloucester


A few suggestions for a Halloween-themed Half Term in Gloucester including arts and crafts, spooky shows and more….

Download a PDF with the full list of events.

Gloucester Folk Museum

The annual Apple Day celebrations (20 Oct) are back when the traditional horse drawn cider mill will once again be in action with the help of Fergus the horse turning the mill and crushing apples! There will be lots of local ciders for sale in the garden, apple crushing and oeeling opportunities for kids, an apple-themed caligraphy workshop, plus many apple flavoured delights in the tearooms!

Gloucester Waterways Museum

Witches, mysterious creatures, robbers and drunken fairies will all be found at Gloucester Waterways Museum when John Bassett, from Spaniel In The Works Theatre Company, presents a 30 minute solo version of the company’s popular comic show Dark Tales of Gloucestershire on October 24.

Dark Tales of Gloucestershire is suitable for children over five years old and takes traditional folk tales from across the county and retells them in a lively, funny and exciting way using rhyme, music, and dance. The performances will form part of the Museum’s Wicked Wednesday series and are scheduled to start at 12 noon, 1pm and 2pm on Wednesday October 24. The performance is included in the normal admission price to the Museum.

On Saturday October 27 come dressed up as a ghoul, ghost or witch and take part in the museums Halloween trail to win a prize.

Plus the 45-minute boat cruises will be running throughout half-term leaving at 12 noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm

Gloucester Quays

Bring your little horrors to Gloucester Quays Monster Mash and enjoy half term activities including pumpkin carving, magic shows and craft workshops. Be careful you don’t bump into our creepy characters roaming the malls and have a hoot watching the wise owls.

Harry Potter Day – FREE

Monday 22 Oct, 11am – 3pm

(magic illusion shows at 11am and 2pm)

Creepy Crafts and Spooky Snaps – FREE

Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 Oct, 11am-3pm

Petrifying Pumpkins! – FREE

Thursday 25 & Friday 26 Oct, 11am – 3pm

Gloucester Cathedral

The Big Draw

Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 Oct

Collect your clipboard, paper and pencil and then start drawing. Be inspired by the building and draw your favourite part.

Nature In Art

British Wildlife Photography Awards

The 90 winning and shortlisted photographs from the 2012 competition recently launched in mid September in London. World class images celebrating the diversity of British fauna and flora and their environments.

More Halloween Half Term events:

Last chance to visit Painswick Rococo Garden (closes on 31 October)

Frightmare at Over Farm (20-31 October)

Getting your costume ready for the Gloucester Zombie Walk (Saturday 27 October)

Download a PDF with the full list of events.

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