Things to do in and around Newcastle this October half term 2023

The first school holiday of the year is approaching, and there are plenty of options to keep the kids entertained.
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This year’s October half term break coincides with Halloween across the city, meaning there is plenty to do during the one week break given to students and staff around Newcastle.

We are put together information on spooky goings on across the city ahead of the week off but there is still plenty more for families to get involved with.

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When is half term in Newcastle?

According to Newcastle City Council, half term will run from Monday, October 30 until Friday, November 3.

What is happening for families in and around Newcastle this October half term?

Starting in Segedunum to the east of the city, the site is inviting kids to make Halloween inspired pots and masks on the first day of the week. This will be a free activity between 11am and 3pm although standard admission costs remain.

The site is also getting ready for its traditional fireworks display, which will be returning on Tuesday, November 2. Free family craft activities are taking place from 4pm until 6pm before the fireworks begin from 6:30pm. Entry is free although a £2 donation has been suggested by the venue.

Back in the city centre, the Life Centre is offering Halloween slime making sessions throughout half term weeks. Kids can experiment with slime and take it home after the session with places subject to availability.

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The site is also teasing a new science show as part of its October highlights as well as a spooky trail throughout the site.

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Over in the Metrocentre, the huge Gateshead shopping centre is getting ready to host the Big Kid Circus throughout the half term break.

From Friday, October 27 until Sunday, November 5 the big top tent will be in the site’s coach car park with organisers promising a brand new show which will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. Tickets start from £12.99 for adults and £10.99 for children and can be bought online.

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Back in Newcastle, Ouseburn Farm is hosting regular animal petting sessions throughout the week including goat walking, reptile bathing and more. The site is also offering a Halloween crafts session on Tuesday, October 31.

Creepy craft sessions will also be taking place at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum on Monday, October 30 while a series of Halloween themed silent discos will be taking place throughout the day and evening of Halloween itself. Places for these can be booked online now.

Newcastle United are at home to close off the weekend when they host Arsenal at St James Park on Saturday, November 4 and, although tickets may be hard to come by, the club’s women side will be playing against Stourbridge Women the following day. Tickets can be bought online for the fixture at Kingston park Stadium.

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