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Thinking what to do with the kids half term in Bucks?

Half term is fast approaching and with Hallowe’en also round the corner there is plenty to keep your children, witches and wizards of all ages entertained this half term.

The award winning Chiltern Open Air Museum is hosting an Awesome Autumn activity day on Tuesday 23rd October. Adventurers are invited to come and take part in the scavenger hunt, make autumn inspired crafts, create their own ‘tussie mussie’ and chat to the RSPB about the local wildlifeAutumn scene with chestnut and mushroom plus many more activities.

Chiltern Open Air Museum’s Halloween Spectacular on Friday 26th October from 5-9pm promises to be an exhilarating evening with daring fire hoop and fire poi performances in addition to a LED spectacular. Guests can take a take a trip around the spooky walk… if they dare….and watch a spooky horse show whilst enjoying food and drink on the traditional village green.

Blue door with 5 different pumpkins and old pots stackedA Happy Halloween awaits at Odds Farm Park daily from 20th – 28th October. Join the ‘Oddsocks’ characters in spellbinding shows: ‘Things That Go OINK in the Night’ and ‘The Sock of Shock!’ The frightfully fun Crafty Trick or Treat Walk promises to have even more surprises for 2018 and you can also pick a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch Garden to Carve and take home.

Much spooky half term fun awaits at our local National Trust properties Cliveden, Waddesdon Manor and Hughenden Manor.

Cliveden is home to ten species of bats, and it’s time for you to join them! Night has fallen, so don Pumpkin with hat and straw bowtieyour wings and swarm around Cliveden, solving spooky challenges along the way. But remember to keep an eye on the clock, for you must return to your lair before the sun rises….There’s a choice of routes and different activities aimed at different age levels, meaning the trail is accessible to children aged 2-13 years.

Over at Waddesdon Manor there will be the ever-popular Halloween trail, spooky treats to tickle the taste buds, pumpkin carving and crafty activities for everyone. Over the weekend you are invited to join them for their ‘Fête Worse Than Death’, with party games, face painting and light-up candy floss. Hughenden Manor will be offering pumpkin carving too!

Deep underground in High Wycombe there is a whole host of Hallowe’en fun lined up at Hell Fire Caves. The Special Witches Workshops are not to be missed and include potion making, werewolf banishing, broomstick races and a tour of the Hell-Fire Caves by their friendly wizard. Booking is required. During the half term week the courtyard will also be host to lots of free Halloween fun such as spooky games, colouring and fancy dress competitions.
For older and braver children who venture out at night the witching hour awaits when the Hell-Fire Caves come alive and the Hell-Fire horrors take over.… be prepared to be scared silly. An experience not for the faint-hearted, (suitable for ages 10 and over, under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult).

If fresh air and beautiful scenery is your thing why not visit Wendover Woods. With over 800 acres Autumn avenue of trees with the leaves golden brownof woodland on the edge of the Chiltern escarpment there is so much to discover. Owned by the Forestry Commission there is a variety of different walks through scenic woodland including a fitness trail for those who are feeling energetic!

Wendover Woods is a perfect family destination as there are well maintained paths for walking and cycling and there is a creative woodland play area situated near the fantastic café to keep everyone happy. For younger walkers there is the ‘Superworm’ trail (from the creators of the Gruffalo) following the adventures of this famous worm!

Why Chiltern Relocation loves Wendover Woods. With so many activities on offer, stunning walks with great views and something to keep all the family happy, Wendover Woods is always a great day out.

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