Let us entertain your kids during the October half term with a wide variety of exciting events and activities, including many Halloween themed events. Many of the them are completely FREE.
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Blackwood Miners InstituteBMI presents a variety of arts and entertainment events including well-known household names from the world of music and light entertainment.
Fireside Tales with Granddad, Monday 28 October 2013 1.30pm - Cuddle up around the campfire as Granddad recalls a daring escape from a hungry shark. Tuck into a marshmallow or two as he attempts to make a new set of underpants for a giant, and listen to tales of greedy goblins, grumpy trolls, sneaky princes and a very unusual princess. Exquisite puppets, captivating storytelling and beautiful shadow puppetry combine to create an enchanting show guaranteed to spark the imagination. Age 4+. Tickets £7.00/ £6.00/ FAMILY £24.00.
Visit the BMI website for further details about forthcoming events
CountrysideIf you're looking for a place for a picnic, somewhere to kick a ball, space to fly a kite or safe paths to cycle along then look no further than one of the five country parks in Caerphilly county borough. Entry is free and provide the ideal place to enjoy time to yourself or with your family.
Visit the Countryside website for further details about these and other forthcoming events.
- Witch's Broomsticks, Saturday 26 October, 11am – 2pm, Parc Cwm Darran Visitor Centre
- Hogs in the Hedge, Tuesday 29 October, 1.30 - 4pm, The Education Centre, Aberbargoed Grasslands National Nature Reserve.
- Halloween event, Thursday 31 October, 6.30 and 7.30pm, Parc Cwm Darran Visitor Centre
Cwmcarn ForestCwmcarn Forest offers something for all the family. The visitor centre provides a place to stock up on refreshments and gifts as well as finding out about what you can do in the area.
Visit the Cwmcarn Forest website for further details about forthcoming events
- Spooky Jam Jar Lantern Workshops, Saturday 26 October, 10am to 3.30pm.
- Spooky Clay Pottery Workshops, Sunday 27 October, 10am to 4pm.
- Spooky Halloween Story Trail, Sunday 27 October, 5pm to 6pm and 6.30pm to 7.30pm.
- Hedgehog Hibernation, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 October, 12pm to 4pm.
- Golden Colours Trail, Saturday 2 November, 11am to 12.30pm.
Family Information ServiceAre you looking for a local holiday club or play scheme for your child to attend or do you need help with childcare? Are you looking for ideas for days out that you and your family can all enjoy together? The Family Information Service can advise you about settings/activities that are available near you this half term.
Visit the Family Information Service website for further details
Leisure CentresWhether you are looking for a place where your child can learn how to swim, make new friends, take a class or host a birthday party, you will find what you need, and more, at the county borough's leisure centres.
There are six swimming pools in the county borough where kids can swim for free during school holidays.
Visit the Leisure Lifestyle website for further details
LibrariesThere are 19 libraries situated throughout the county borough offering a wide range of services and activities for young people all year around.
Spooky Stories & Activities - Half Term stories, craft and activities, suitable for children aged 5 - 10. The book will be The Monster Machine by Nicola L Robinson. Please contact the library for further details.
What's on in a library near you
- Llanbradach Library, 28 October 2013, 2.30pm. Tel: 02920 861139
- Ystrad Mynach Library, 29 October 2013, 2.30pm. Tel: 01443 812988
- Bargoed Library & Bookworm Cafe, 29 October 2013, 2.30pm. Tel: 01443 875548
- Bedwas Library, 30 October 2013, 11am. Tel: 02920 852542
- Abertridwr Library, 31 October 2013, 2.30pm. Tel: 029 2083 0790
Library facilities for children and young people
Free computer and Internet access
Joining the library is FREE
Llancaiach Fawr ManorBuilt in the early sixteenth century, Llancaiach Fawr Manor is one of the finest examples of a semi-fortified manor house in Wales today. The Manor is open to the public and visitors are invited to step back in time and sample the sights, sounds and smells of 1645.
Call 01443 412248 for further details
- Witch Trails in the Manor, 29 October 2013 to 01 November 2013, 10am
- Halloween Ghost Week Teenage, 29, 30 and 31 October 2013, 7pm
- Halloween Activities for Children, 29, 30 and 31 October 2013, 10am
Visit the Llancaiach Fawr Manor website for further details about these and other forthcoming events
Loops and LinksThis innovative scheme allows people using the National Cycle Network to more easily access the facilities in our towns and villages. It also opens up the spectacular countryside and tourist attractions that lie along the path of the cycleway.
Visit the Loops and Links website for further details
ParksHave you visited your local park? There's something there for everyone including children's playgrounds, sports pitches, bowling greens, multi-use games areas and youth shelters, and it's all FREE.
If your interest is in less energetic pursuits the park is the perfect place for a relaxing stroll.
Visit the Parklife website for further details
Sports pitches and courtsWe operate and maintain 18 tennis courts and 25 cricket pitches at various locations around the county borough that are available to hire for a small fee.
For further information or to make a booking contact Parks Services on 01495 235459.
The Winding HouseThe Winding house offers a wide and varied events programme including walks, talks, family fun days, crafts and story telling. Our events range from seminars for special interest subjects to fun days out that all the family will enjoy. All our events are FREE but booking is always advised to avoid disappointment.
Half Term Horrible History, 29 October 2013 - 01 November 2013, 10am: Delve into the past this October half term and discover grisly crimes and punishments, ghastly goings-on, and spooky stories, in this week of family activities and crafts! Call 01443 822 666.
Visit The Winding House website for further details about these and other forthcoming events