Bugs, spooks and monsters are the themes for special children’s activities at Lydiard Park during half-term.
A Spooky Decorations craft session will take place at the Swindon Borough Council-owned park on Tuesday 25 October where children can drop in between 12pm and 3pm to make a Halloween decoration.
The following day (Wednesday, 26 October) children can make a monster mask to wear in time for trick or treating or for Halloween parties. No booking is necessary for either session, just drop-in to the Stable Buildings by the tea room and close to Lydiard House and Walled Garden, between 12pm to 3pm to take part. Children must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is £3 per child.
Inside Lydiard House, there will be a new quiz trail about bugs during the half-term holiday. Families can hunt for pictures of the types of bugs that attack old buildings and find out what is done to protect Lydiard House from flies, beetles and moths.
The quiz trail is included in the cost of admission to the house, which is £3.50 for adults, £1.75 for children, £8.75 for a family ticket for two adults and two children, while under 5s go free. Lydiard House is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm, so will be closed on Monday (24 October).
Cllr Garry Perkins, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture, said: “These fun, family-friendly activities are part of a programme of events at Lydiard Park to inspire curiosity and learning in children.
“Half-term holidays are an important time for families to do things together and with a fantastic play area, beautiful grounds full of autumn colour as well as these crafts and quizzes, Lydiard Park offers a great day out for everyone.”
Lydiard House & Walled Garden is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am to 5pm, winter closing (November to February) at 4pm. Admission charges apply. Lydiard Park is open daily until dusk – parking and entry is free.
For the full listing of events at Lydiard Park, please go to the website www.lydiardpark.org.uk or call Lydiard House on 01793 770401.