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Rangoli Workshops, Leicester, Mon 16 Oct

Rangoli art contains intricate, bright, colourful, symmetrical designs, traditionally created outside on doorsteps at Diwali time using authentic techniques and traditional materials. Taking place from 10-12 and 1-3pm.

Visit Leicester

Charlie and Lola Party, Loughborough Town Hall, Wed 18 Oct

How many raindrops can fit in a jar and how many leaves in a tree? Come and help Ditzy Devon learn how to count with the help of her friends Charlie and Lola and Lauren Child’s book One Thing.  Also get an early sneak peak of the just published Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears. What happens when Charlie and Lola what to get a dog? You can also join author, Lauren Child and learn the stories behind the stories. The multi-award-winning author and artist will discuss her influences and creative process and some of her best-loved characters from 11am-12 noon. This is a ticketed event.

Alice in Wonderland Chocolate party, Chocolate Alchemy, Loughborough, Wed 18 Oct – Sun 22 Oct.

The Mad Hatter is hosting a Chocolate Afternoon Tea Party and has invited you to join him. Join Alice and her friends in a chic fest you won’t forget. Taste some of our chocolates from around the world and enjoy a chocolate afternoon tea whilst learning all about Wonderland. £9 for this event which takes place at either 3pm or 3.30pm.

Chocolate Alchemy, Loughborough, 5 Churchgate Mews, Loughborough, Leicestershire,LE11 1UA

Loogabarooga Festival, Loughborough, Wed 18 Oct – Tues 24 Oct

Loughborough will be buzzing this October half-term as the much-loved book literature festival returns to the town, The festival will take place at various venues throughout the town and will include new book trails, storytelling sessions, and advice on how to write and illustrate your own book. There will also be appearances from some local authors and illustrators such as Dave Shelton, Andrew Everett-Stewart and Gemma Denham.

Loogabarooga Festival

Diwali, Leicester, Thur 19 Oct

The Golden Mile will be bathed in light throughout the festive period until Diwali Day, when the celebrations continue at Cossington Street Recreation Ground with entertainment, children’s funfair, food and craft stalls. Event and performances kick off from 3pm followed by an impressive fireworks display in the evening. The event is free.

Visit Leicester

Little Howard’s Big Show for Little Kids, Loughboroug, Fri 20 Oct

Although life is tough in showbiz; Little Howard’s big new act keeps going wrong, Roger the Pigeon has spent all their money on cookie cutters and his comedy counterpart Big Howard has been diagnosed with being clinically unfunny. Yet it’s all about to get worse as a sinister figure arrives and Big Howard and Little Howard have to put on the best show of their lives to keep themselves out of jail. With interactive stand-up, live animation on stage and lots of jokes and songs this really is a show that all the family can enjoy. 11012 noon. £10 adults, £8 children suitable for ages 5+

Loughborough Town Hall Market Place, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3EB

Badge Making, Pumpkin Patch, Loughborough, Wed 18 Oct

Let your creative juices flow and draw your favourite character from a book, film or play and turn your picture into a badge.  A great quick make and take workshop suitable for ages 5+. £3 per person, per 30 mins session. Children must bring a grown-up.

Purple Pumpkin Patch, 102 Ashby Rd, Loughborough LE11 3AF

Robots! Loughborough Library, Sat 21 Oct

Design and draw a robot that we will bring to life using the coding and animation programme ‘Scratch.’ In the second session you will create a 3D version of your robot using the magic of ‘Makey-Makey’ to control your digital creation. £6.50 per person, all day. Booking essential, suitable for children aged between 10 and 14 years.

Loughborough Library, Granby Street, LE11 3DZ

Twycross Zoo, Wed 18 Oct – Wed 25 Oct

Get up close with a T-Rex and baby dinosaurs or become a Mad Scientist. Tywcross Zoo has got a great range of exciting family fun events taking place this half term, all of which are free as part of your admission ticket to the zoo.  Grab your mini scientists and join us in the Mad Science Lab, where you will be able to get involved with loads of wacky, hands-on science experiments from chemical reactions to bubbling potions. The zoo will be playing host to Rex, an 8-foot-tall and 17-foot-long animatronic T-Rex accompanied by some newly hatched dino babies. There will be T-Rex Shows and baby dinos ‘meet and greet’ opportunities taking place at different times throughout the day.

Spooky Space, National Space Centre, Leicester Fri 14 Oct – Sun 29 Oct 

During the half term holidays the Spooky Science team have taken over the Space Centre. Join the team every day to discover The School of Science and Magic, make your very own slime to take home, take a seat and create your very own stained glass rocket to take home and drop in for various sessions that will have you spinning.

National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS

Rutland Food & Drink Week, Sat 21 Oct – Sun 29 Oct

Highlighting a variety of events around the county, this event will include cookery demonstrations, food markets, workshops, themed menus and lots more. Kicking off with Uppingham Beer Festival 20-22nd and Oakham Farmers Market on Saturday 21st October, where you can stock up on local ingredients. Expect events at Hambleton Bakery, The Olive Branch, Barnsdale Lodge, The Falcon and other brilliant local venues. See the website for a full list of events and promotions.

Discover Rutland

Hairspray, Curve, Leicester Mon 16 Oct – Sat 21 Oct 

The smash hit musical comedy Hairspray is returning to Leicester for a week during half term at Curve and we’ve already got our tickets. Featuring the hit songs Welcome To The 60s, You Can’t Stop The Beat, The Nicest Kids in Town and many more. Don’t miss this feel-good show that is guaranteed to have you dancing the night away.

Curve, Rutland Street, LE1 

Planet Circus, Leicester, Tues 12 – Sun 22 Oct 

I don’t remember the last time I went to a circus but I do remember loving it which is why I’m excited that this family-run circus has rolled into town ready to entertain your mudlets. Experience a traditional circus with a few modern twists, spectacular stunts and more. This is sure to be an adrenalin-packed thrilling show. Kids under 2 go free. 5pm show but on Sunday the show starts at 3.30pm

Leicester Lions Speedway, 1 The Lions, Beaumont Leys,, Beaumont Way, Leicester LE4 1DS

King Arthur, The Y Theatre, Leicester, Fri 20 Oct 

One of my favourite stories but this has been slightly toned down for the kids. Story Pocket Theatre have bought this thrilling tale of magic, heroism, love and betrayal to life. Adapted from the novel Arthur: High King of Britain, by Michael Morpurgo, the author who also write War Horse and Private Peaceful. The story goes a little something like this; a drowning boy is rescued by a mysterious figure claiming to be Arthur Pendragon. As the old man tells his stories, he is transported back to the heady days of Camelot, the Round Table, Merlin, Excalibur, Lancelot and Guinevere. Ticket Price: £8 – Family of 4 £28 Shows at 11:30 & 14:30. Suitable for 7 yrs +

Half-term haunting at Tamworth Castle, Mon 23 -Fri27 Oct

Get down with the ghostly goings-on as you tour the castle during your visit. You’ll encounter a series of spooky characters and activities and challenged set by the horrible hags. Have you got what it takes to make it to the end? The event runs from 11.30 – 4pm. Meanwhile, on Sat 28 Oct, the castle will be hosting it’s Children’s Halloween Evening where the mudlets can come in fancy dress and enjoy the fun planned for the evening. Book tickets to avoid disappointment.

Tamworth Castle, Holloway, Ladybank, Tamworth B79 7NA

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