Halloween Party – Sunday 28 October, Queens Park, Swindon
The Community Council for Queens Park are excited about hosting their annual Halloween Party at Queens Park this coming Sunday to highlight the beauty of the park itself whilst raising funds for the Swindon based charity, Swindon Carers Centre. The café and entertainment space is run by local residents of the park whom have formed a Community Council to keep the soul of this beautiful park alive.
The day kicks off from 2pm with lots of fun for the all the family with BBQ, Candy Floss, a pumpkin competition and a children’s fancy dress parade!! The Costello’s, a reggae/ska band from Swindon who will be adding their own flavour to the mix to make sure the day goes off with a bang.
Come along and join in all the fun and support your local park and charity in the process!
Spooky crafts and gruesome quiz trail at Lydiard Park during half-term
Disgusting diseases and monster masks feature among the children’s activities at Lydiard Park during October half-term.
The Swindon Borough Council-owned park and stately home will host practical craft activities on Monday (29 October) and Wednesday (31 October) afternoons.
And every day, excluding Mondays, a fun quiz trail will be available in Lydiard House that will fascinate children with tales of the strange remedies that were used to treat common ailments an d diseases over 500 years ago.
Children are invited to decorate a witch or wizard hat on Monday 29 October or a monster mask on Wednesday 31 October – just in time to wear out for trick or treating or Hallowe’en par ties. No booking is necessary, and anyone who wants to take part can just drop in to the Stable Buildings by the tea room and close to Lydiard House and Walled Garden, between 12pm and 3pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult and the cost is £3 per child.
Inside Lydiard House, a new quiz trail about Disgusting Diseases and Potty Potions is available during the half term holiday and is included in the cost of admission to the house, which is £3.50 for adults, £1.75 for children and £8.75 for a family ticket of two adults and two children. Under 5s go free. As part of the Fun Family Fortnight, families can visit both Lydiard House and the Walled Garden for just £10.
Families can learn more about Lady Johanna St John’s book of medicines from the 17th Century and the weird remedies that were suggested at the time as cures for diseases. Lydiard House is open Tuesday to Sunday between 11am and 5pm. The house will close at 4pm from 1 November.
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.
Halloween at the Museum
Wednesday 31st October, 6pm- 8pm Prepare for a scare this Halloween as Swindon Museum & Art Gallery stays open late to celebrate all things that go bump in the night!
Bring the whole family for Halloween at the Museum and hear spooky tales inspired by objects from our collection. Venture into the mummy’s lair and learn about mummification by getting hands on with our interactive mummy doll.
Finish off the evening by making your own Halloween lantern to take home.
Creative Clay – Saturday 3 November, from 1pm- 4pm
Finish off the kids’ half term with a great workshop at Swindon Museum & Art Gallery.
Artist Mirka Golden-Hann leads a ceramic workshop. Mirka is a professional ceramicist and artist in residence at Salisbury Arts Centre, where she teaches sessions for both adults and children. Join her for the opportunity to explore the Museum’s collection of 20th Century Studio Ceramics and then create your own beautiful pieces.
Leave your work to be kiln fired and then come back to see them on display in the Museum & Art Gallery before taking them home to be treasured forever!
Drop-in session, £3 per child.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.