It’s half term and you’ll no doubt be looking for things to do with the kids (or maybe make the most of some time off), so we’ve put together a quick run down of some of the best things to do during the week. Now of course it’s a busy time of year, with Halloween and Diwali on the way, so there’s loads of great stuff to get involved with.

Medieval Playtime at the King Richard III Visitor Centre

From 16-24 October there are medieval games galore and you can discover how children played during the time of King Richard III. Try your hand at medieval board games, ‘Cup and Ball’ or ‘Hoop and Stick’. If you’re feeling competitive, then race with a hobby horse or try the more modern game of King Richard III Top Trumps.

Black History Month

There are still loads of Back History Month events going with, with the Afromanifesto exhibition at the Chapel Galley near the Town Hall and Black Lives Matter Too at the Y, plus comedy at the Y and Big Difference venues!

Diwali

And how could we forget the perfect way to round off the week? On Sundy 24 October it’s the Diwali Lights Switch on. The fun kicks off on Cossington Recreation Ground at 3pm with a Diwali village featuring food, stalls and funfair rides plus a fire garden. Then from 5.30-8.30pm three giant screens along Melton Road will be showing dance, music and religious ceremony as the lights along Melton Road are turned on. Find out more here

Leicester Restaurant Week

Are you ready to take your taste buds for a spin? The inaugural Leicester Restaurant Week is nearly here and gives you the chance to sample dishes from 27 restaurants around the city for some amazing prices.

Journeys International Festival

Journeys Festival International is an arts festival which explores the refugee experience and global cultures. Leicester is a City of Sanctuary, and this festival showcases our rich and diverse communities. Running from 15-24 October, you can expect art, exhibitions, talks, films and an incredible light installation at the Cathedral.

Halloween Fun

Take a look at our Spooky Season article for a run down of the best Halloween activities, including a ghostly trail at Belvoir Castle, a real-life ghost hunt at Beaumanor Hall, Pumpkin picking, a true house of horror and Halloween activities at Loughborough Bellfoundry!

Fun at the Guildhall

There’ loads happening at the Guildhall, on Thursday 21 October take the little ones along for a day of Halloween and Day of the Dead themed fun! Then on the Friday and Saturday evening, there’s a display of cruelty free taxidermy and oddities, definitely adults only! And on Sunday, the regular guided tours are on again.

Indoor fun

If the weather looks a little wet, then no worries, there’s some great indoor activities going on. Treetop Golf are opening at 10am every day with their Early Bird offer is available throughout the weekend the family of 4 saver ticket is available too. Lane7 are getting into the Halloween spirit with Slime & Bowl. Kids can enjoy family bowling accompanied by a slime workshop at Lane7, plus meet and greets with favourite Marvel and Disney characters.

And from Thursday through to Sunday, the tiger is coming to tea at the Curve. This adaptation of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s story will enrapture audiences of all ages. Book now!

Something a bit different

Throughout half term, Charnwood Forest Alpacas are open for Alpaca walks, Cria watching, horse treks, donkey walks and donkey grooming. Their café is also open for you to refuel! Stonehurst Farm is open Tuesday to Sunday and if you book online then you’ll get a free bag of feed for the animals.

Why not also take a trip out to Desford to Tropical Birdland, which is home to more than 250 feathered friends. you can feed them, hold the free roaming parrots and meet their baby goats.

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