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Make ‘broom’ for exciting half-term activities

Wednesday, 18 October 2023

Families will be spoilt for choice with the events and activities that are on offer across Nottinghamshire this October half-term. Nottinghamshire County Council has taken the stress out of planning days out by rounding up some of the fun to help keep the kids entertained.

There’s lots on offer, from meeting Mickey and Minnie to trick or treat trails, or how about an adventure holiday club, a day in life of an astronaut or enjoying the light extravaganza that is the Spectacle of Light? All ages are catered for and won’t cost ‘an arm and a leg’. 

Why not #BusIt around the county for only £2 fare, which has now been extended until 2024. There’s no better way to #ExploreNotts, so make the ‘ghost’ of it!

Why not discover the autumnal scenic routes Nottinghamshire has on offer on foot, bike or horse.

Councillor John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Communities at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Over the half-term school holidays Nottinghamshire has plenty of exciting events on offer for families to enjoy.

“Whether you are visiting one of our libraries, country parks, holiday clubs or the countryside, there’s something for everyone. 

“Share your adventures with us on social media by using the hashtag #ExploreNotts. We can’t wait to see what fun you have this half-term.”

To find out more about events happening across Nottinghamshire visit our What’s On page!


Featured events for the October half-term include:

A Day in the Life of an Astronaut with Mike Barfield

Worksop Library – 24 October, 10.30am

Mansfield Central Library – 24 October, 2pm

£3 children, accompanying adults FREE

Join award-winning author Mike Barfield for a fun and fact-filled journey from the edges of the solar system, back past all eight planets, and on towards our very own superstar, the sun. 

Haunted Halloween Trail

Sherwood Forest

Various dates throughout October and November

11:00am - 3:00pm


Starting at the visitor centre our trail leads you through the ancient forest to find the creepy things that dwell there. Gather the letters to find a clue and come and claim your reward!

Spectacle of Light

Rufford Abbey Country Park

October 20 to 5 November

Various times

Prices from £19.80 per adult, £9.90 under 16, £51.30 for a family of four.

Discover some of the amazing characters from the wonderful Wizard of Oz. Follow Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion as they travel to the Emerald City! Let the little ones scale the Abbey walls and enjoy the night time wonder of the Adventure Play Area

Adventure Holiday Club

Holme Pierrepont Country Park

Various dates throughout October and November

Child drop-off: 08:30-09:00, Collection: 17:00-17:30

Packed lunch provided

Suitable for ages 8-14

£45 per child, per day - 10% off for bookings of multiple children.

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