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10 fantastic half-term activities for children to enjoy

Where: Museum in the Park, Stroud; Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud; The Pulse, Dursley

When: Saturday, October 20, to Sunday, October 28

Half-term is next week in Gloucestershire and for parents and children looking for something to do, Stroud District Council attractions have lined up a wide range of activities.

From a ninja wipeout assault course to go-karting to a comic book workshop, there is plenty being laid on, and more.

Here Is Punchline's countdown of Top 10 things to do in the district:


1. Half Term Bat Trail

Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 October, free-of-charge. Bats have always lived in the mansion house which is now the Museum, sometimes even flying through the corridors at night. See if you can spot all the bats hidden around the rooms, then claim your special sticker reward.

2. Big Draw Day at the Museum

Sunday, October 21, 11am - 4pm, free-of-charge. Plant the seed of an idea and grow yourself a drawing! The Museum in the Park is full of wonders, each with a story to tell, each with an illustration waiting to happen. This year for the Big Draw, joined by artist and illustrator Imogen Harvey-Lewis, we invite you to explore the storylines of some of the Museum's special collection. Use your imagination and from one small seed of an idea, Imogen will help inspire you to grow yourself a drawing. This free event is open to all - all materials provided, just drop in for as little or as long as you like.

3. The Big Draw. Drop-in Family Workshop: Make a Mini-Book

Tuesday 23 - Thursday 25 October, 10.30am to 3.30pm, £1. Help us get ready for Stroud Book Festival! Have fun making your very own mini zig zag book, complete with a colourful cover. Then decide what you'll put inside - jokes, dreams, stories or secrets? A family drop in workshop for families with children aged 5 and above.

4. Comic Book Workshop with Hannah Shaw

Friday 26 October, 10.30am to 3.30pm, £25 (siblings get £5 off)

Come along and make a comic book in a day with Stroud's super-talented, professional illustrator, Hannah Shaw. Create a comic character, then develop a story and make a mini comic to take home. A fantastic opportunity for children aged 8 to 12, all materials provided but please bring a packed lunch. Booking necessary.


5. Wet and wild inflatable fun in the pool

Monday to Friday, 1pm to 2pm. Saturdays 1.15pm to 2.15pm, Sundays 3pm to 4pm.

6. Halloween Roller Skating Disco

Saturday, October 27, 7pm to 9pm, £4 per person.


7. Fun and games day

Tuesday, October 23, 9am to 4pm, £20 for children aged five to 12. A fun-filled day involving a variety of sports, team games, and relays. A water session is included, so please bring swimming kit.

8. Multi-sports day

Wednesday, October 24, 9am to 4pm, £20 for children aged five to 12. Football, netball, table tennis, kurling (curling not on ice), benchball and pool activities.

9. Pulse wipeout

Thursday, October 25, 9am to 4pm, £20 for children aged five to 12. A high octane day for all those mini ninja warriors. There will be obstacle courses, challenges and a swim session with the Pulse Twin Track.

10. Halloween Dance Workshop

Thursday, October 25, 2pm to 4pm, £6 for children aged five to 12. A spooktacular dance workshop perfect for little monsters! Street dance, musical theatre and jazz routines will be covered by an instructor who will teach two dance routines which will be performed to parents at the end.

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