Outdoor activities to enjoy this October half term
From den building to paddle boarding, just a few of the fun and quirky outdoor activities to get them involved in across Leics and Rutland. Get booking now.
The kids missed out on a full summer of fun so make October half term count!
Kit the kids out in their woolly hats and wellies and let them go wild building dens in Brocks Hill Country Park, Oadby. Download a handy Den Building Guide which gives a step by step guide on how to construct dens, as well as mini fantasy den ideas to try out in the Country Park. Check out the info guide here or head further afield to Fineshade Wood. You can also head to the brilliant Mountsorrel Community Heritage Centre for free and do some den building in the woods there (pic above) there’s also plenty of nature trails and a spooky woods trail to follow too.
Paddle along the River Soar
If a little bit of water doesn’t scare you, grab the kids and explore some of Leicestershire’s pretty waterways along the River Soar. Experience how to navigate and travel along the river while exploring its natural beauty in a kayak with Let’s Get Lost Leicester. During October they’re running a special offer for a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 Children (over 5) two hour explorer for just £60- message via their Facebook to grab it. If the kids prefer to feel the wind in their hair, consider the Rutland Sailing Club and cruise along Britain’s largest man-made lake. Based in sheltered waters there’s plenty of family activities with regular fun events, some light-hearted boat handling training and organised races for juniors. You’ve also got the chance to canoe, paddle board or kayak here too.
Climb a castle
What began as as a manor house in the 12th century turned into a beautiful castle. Owned once by Lord Hastings, learn more about Ashby de la Zouch’s Castle and its colourful history. Climb the Hastings Tower to enjoy the views from the top and don’t miss the underground passage between the tower and the kitchen. For a more ‘fuller’ castle experience, join a castle tour at Rockingham or Belvoir Castle. See our feature on the best castles to visit here.
Ride a train
All aboard! Enjoy a train ride on a steam engine running on a heritage railway. Trains at the Great Central Railway are now running every weekend only and tickets must be booked in advance. Loughborough is the main station on the line and the Locomotive Shed is based there and pass via Rothley, Quorn and Leicester North. You can also ride an electric mini Thomas the Tank Engine train at the Mountsorrel Heritage Centre mentioned above.
Book a quirky pod for lunch
A popular spot for families but The Green Place, Sileby just got a whole lot better with these fun pods to book for lunch with the kids. Simply order food from the cafe and enjoy it in your own private pod. Choose from an Indian beach hut, a cutesy cottage pod, the bust stop, space pod and more. Deposit required.
190,00 pumpkins, squashes and gourds planted for the 2020 picking season over at Cattows Farm. You can also visit March House Farm in Melton where you can pick up a kit to carve it at home. Snarestone Pumpkin Farm, Swadlincote have opened their Pumpkin Grotto so pop down to choose your pumpkins also Wymeswold Fruit Farm have tractor rides and a small kids ferris wheel on at the weekends alongside pumpkin picking (that come with a goodie bag). And, lastly, big news for Rutland as Rutland Pumpkins, Oakham (at the Crossroads in Brooke LE15 8DF) has a brand-spanking new pumpkin patch – and as far as we know, the only one in the county – hurrah! Open from 17-18 & 22-31 Oct. Pre book time slot online.
Encounter a leopard
Get up close and personal with a collection of birds of prey inc owls, Owls, hawks, buzzards, falcons, eagles and even vultures – gulp! Located in 42 acres ancient woodland at The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre you’ll even have the chance to see leopards, pumas and servals ohh my!
Ride a bike
If your family like nothing more than feeling the wind in their hair as they cycle through the forest, book a sess at Hicks Lodge in Ashby. They cater for everyone from budding to confident cyclists. Set in beautiful young woodland at the heart of the National Forest, it has been designed with the whole family in mind with a variety of trails to explore inc a simple lodge trail, a family forest trail where you can stop halfway round and enjoy a picnic with fantastic views or there are more difficult twists and turns of the single track trails.