Bats, spooks and monsters are the themes for special children’s activities at Lydiard Park this half term holiday (Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October). With activities for families available every day, Lydiard Park has lots of ideas to keep your children active and creative this half term – take a tour round Lydiard House to discover more about bats and take part in a special craft session to make a spring bulb pot, a spooky decoration or a monster mask! There’s even a Haunted Swindon family activity for Hallowe’en (Sunday 31 October).
Get creative – there are drop in craft sessions for children every weekday afternoon during half term at Lydiard Park (Monday 25 to Friday 29 October). They kick off on Monday when you can come along to the Coach House & Stables next to Lydiard House, between 1 to 3pm to make a Spring Bulb Planter by decorating a plant pot sleeve and planting your pot with a spring flowering bulb to bloom next year. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the fun continues and you can make a spooky decoration to hang in your window for Hallowe’en. At the end of the week there’s a Monster theme, with craft sessions on Thursday and Friday to make a monster mask to wear out in time for trick or treating or Halloween parties! The cost for each of these craft sessions is £3 per child – children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking is necessary – drop-in between 12 to 3pm to take part.
Discover more about bats – a nocturnal mammal, rarely seen and frequently misunderstood – with our entertaining and interactive quiz available at Lydiard House. Find out more about the weird and wonderful bats that make their home in the house and park as you tour round the state rooms of Lydiard House and make a bat souvenir to take home. This free quiz trail is available at Lydiard House from Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 October, closed Monday 25 October – normal admission charge to the house applies. Lydiard House is open Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
On Saturday 23 & Saturday 30 October, The Wiltshire Wildlife Trust is putting on a free story “The Bat & The Cat” in the Coach House & Stables at Lydiard Park. This short play will be performed every hour from 12noon to 4pm – suitable for children, it will be both inspirational and educational, telling the story of a young bat and the problems he faces on a night roaming the city; a killer cat, finding his bat buddies, what to eat and a place to sleep.
On Sunday 31 October, Haunted Swindon, the team behind Swindon GhostFest 2010, will be holding a family friendly Hallowe’en afternoon at Lydiard Park. Families are invited to come along and pick up a free trail round the grounds to check out the spooky spots in the park and hear some of the tales of ghosts and spooky sightings. The trail is available to collect from Lydiard House between 12 to 4pm – for more information on this event and other events as part of Swindon GhostFest, check out their website www.HauntedSwindon.com.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Deputy Leader of Swindon Borough Council and the Cabinet Member responsible for arts 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 and the adults accompanying them. Half term holidays are an important time for families to do things together – 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 charge applies. 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.