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October Half Term

YorkFIS logo carbed out in a pumpkin. A tealight is inside making the pumpkin glow. Lots of fabulous and spootakular things are happening in York this October half term.

To receive a tailored list of Ofsted Registered childcare during the October Half Term break please contact FIS directly 01904 554444 or or alternatively search using our online search directory, filter to Holiday Scheme

Arts, Drama, Theatre, Music

IMPs Sound Safari

blue and whiote logo with dancers wearing yellow and orange clothes playing instrumentsCome and join our African Sound Safari this October half term!

We'll have fun playing a wide range of percussion instruments - drums, bells, chimes, tubes, shakers, scrapers and sticks - as we explore the sounds, rhythms and beats of Africa.

All our IMPs holiday clubs are fully inclusive, and you don’t need to be a member of IMPs or have any experience in music or playing instruments to take part.  

Our face-to-face sessions are all Covid-secure (find out more about what we're doing to keep everyone safe). If you find social distancing tricky, or you need 1-1 support, we ask that you bring your own support. 

We're limiting numbers for these sessions, so we can keep to our Covid-secure guidelines, so we recommend early booking!

You can book your place using our online IMPs booking form

Ages: 8+

When: Tuesday 26 October

Time: 10am - 12pm

Where: New Earswick Folk Hall, Hawthorn Terrace, New Earswick, YO32 4AQ

Cost: £10 (subsidies and sibling discount available)


Please contact us if you have any questions about the sessions.  

Play at York Museum Gardens

grey York Museum Trust logoA FREE event held for children and families this half term. Join in workshops and explore and play. Giant marble runs, role play spaces and a variety of hands on craft activities.

Share your thoughts on what playing you would like t do in the gardens in the future. Some activities will be held under cover in case of bad weather.

Ages: ALL

Cost: FREE

Location: Pavilion lawn at the Museum Gardens

Dates: Wed 27 - Sat 30 October.

Times: 11am - 3pm

Booking information: No need to book, just turn up!

York Theatre Royal's Arts Award Discover in a day

orange York Theatre Royal logoArts Award Discover in a Day.

Join York Theatre Royal for a day of drama, creative making and learning about theatre.

Join us for a day working towards achieving an arts qualification called Arts Award Discover. There are three parts to the day:

  1. Discover: find out about different art forms and take part in two creative activities – drama and craft.
  2. Find out: interview a member of our creative theatre team to see what it takes to be a professional theatre-maker.
  3. Share: reflect on your day and what you have learnt and discovered with your peers.

On completing the day, you will sent an Arts Award Discover certificate.

Ages: 7-11yr olds

When: Wednesday 27 October

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: York Theatre Royal

Cost: £25

Booking Information: Book via our box office

York Theatre Royal's Princess and the Pea

Princess and the pea poster green background with a smiling princess with brown hair tied in a pony tail wearing a crown.NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED… FAKE PRINCESSES… OR THOSE WHO HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING AT NIGHT!

Set in the Museum of Forgotten Things, three musical curators, tell the amazing tale of the museums artefacts including the mystery of a little green pea and how it got there. This one hour of fun is packed with humour and memorable songs, including a romp through every type of princess you can imagine, with hilarious costumes to match.

The audience meet a demanding queen, an array of wannabe princesses, and our main characters, an unknown girl who is blown into the palace by a gust of wind, and an indecisive prince under pressure to find his real princess.

Will he ever find a real princess or his happy ever after?

For children aged 3+ and their families at York Theatre Royal from October 21-26. Book via our Box Office.

Halloween Themed Holiday Clubs, Parties and Events

Children's Halloween Food Decorating

decoated spider buns, eyeball buns, bugs bunsSpend an hour, having fun decorating sweet treats at Stimul8 Inclusive Cafe. Cupcakes, marshmallows and biscuits.

Location: Stimul8 Inclusive Cafe, Rose Avenue, #4, York, YO26 6RR

When: Saturday 30 October

Times: 10:30am; 12:30pm; 2:30pm

Cost: £5 include unlimited juice

Booking Information:

Copmanthorpe Spooky Trail

silhouettes of trees and organe pumpkins with carved grinning facesEvent hosted by Friends of Copmanthorpe Primary School. Maps available to buy at Copmanthorpe Post Office and Copmanthorpe Library. Take a walk around the village and spot the decorated houses.

Ages: All ages

Location: Copmanthorpe Village

Times: 10am - 7pm

Dates: Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October

Cost: Maps cost £2 and are available to purchase at Copmanthorpe Post Office and Copmanthorpe Library

Door84 Halloween Event

smiling carved pumpkinCome and join in the spooky fun at our Communty Cafe Halloween Event. There will be halloween activities for all ages, drinks, food and don’t forget to take part in our best dressed fancy dress competition. A prize for the winner!

All ages welcome to come and socialise in our friendly and fun cafe.

Date: Friday 29th October

Times: 10.30am until 1pm.

Location: Door 84 Youth and Community Centre, 84 Lowther Street, York, YO31 7LX

For more information please call 01904 623177 or email  

Friends of Rowntree Park Spooky Saturday!

prange pimpkins with black cats peeking put of the tops. a moon in the background against a dark blue sky. Halloween-based fun for the family, all with a natural twist! There is a range of activities that you can move around at your own pace including:
Broomstick making (you can fly off home with it!)
Potion Creating
A haunted hunt (trail)
Tree Gargoyles (it involves clay!)
and further craft/story activities to entice and intrigue little witches and wizards!

Ages: Mostly suited to ages 2-11 - with each age range getting something different from it.

Location: Rowntree Park

When: Saturday 30 October

Times: 10:00am - 12:30pm

Cost: £5 per child

Booking Information:

Ghosts in the Garden - at the Museum Gardens

white mesh knight holding a swordThe York Museum gardens have ghosts! Take a walk and see if you can spot them!

Location: York Museum Gardens, York, Museum Street

Ages: All

Dates: Friday 22 Oct - Sunday 7 November

Times: 10:30AM - 6PM

Cost: FREE

Halloween Disco

2 orange pumpkins with wide grinning faced carved. Sppoly silhouettes of trees and glowing candles. Grab your friends and family and join Osbaldwick Sports club as they present their spooktacular kids Halloween disco! Lots of fun and dancing to be had! As well as fancy dress prizes up for grabs!

Location: Osbaldwick Sports Club, The Leyes, York, YO10 3PR

When: Saturday 30 October

Times: 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Cost £2 per child

Booking Information: Booked event only. Please contact the club to book your ticket. 01904 411065

Halloween Trick & Treat Walking Tour

Red writing and black background The York Dungeon logoLearn about the history of York whilst on this Halloween walking tour.

Location: Depart from outside the York Dungeon

Ages: All

When: Sat 23 - Sunday 31 October

Times: 12:00; 1:30PM; 3:00PM 4:30PM

Cost: Under 3s FREE. Children 3 - 15 years £7.75 and 16+years £9.75

Booking Information: Book tickets in advance online.

Contact Information:

Kool Kids Club Holiday Club

poster showing halloween themed frankenstein heads, witches, pimpkins and cupcakes with sprinkles on top.Calling all ghouls, goblins, witches and monsters! Come and join Kool Kids Club this October Half Term for a variety of spooky-themed activities provided by our fantastic team!

We have a whole host of fun activities planned for the week, including arts and crafts, baking, games and a Halloween party.

Ages: 3-11 yr olds

When: Monday 25th to Friday 29th October

Time: 7.30am - 6pm

Location: Based at Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School

Cost: £25

Booking Information: £27.50 per child per session- a price which includes both a morning and afternoon snack (children will need to bring a healthy packed lunch) and all listed activities!

To register your child and get a booking form, get in touch with us today at

Mini Cosmic Coven - Halloween Sparks

a tony jar cota8ining an orange dust, topped with a cork and laying on a green cloth with pink shooting starsAre you ready to share some special 'Samhain Halloween' empowerment? Chill, lay back and listen to the magical deep sounds from Kat's healing crystal bowls, koshi chimes and drum.

Make some enchanted spell jars with Anna & her wishing spell. Set some awesome goals to make you feel ace, connect with each others and make new friends and learn all about the power of tarot ( mini version tarot suitable for kids).

Ages: 8 - 12 years

Location: SPARK CIC, 17 - 23 Piccadilly, York, YO1 9PB

When: Thursday 28 October

Times: 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Cost:  £30 general admission (1 adult and 1 child, additional child charged at £15.)

Booking Information:

NorthWood Fairy Trail

dark green background and gold N and Northwood Trail in a arch above the letter N.Evening Fairy walks and storytelling from Professor Howland's fairy histories and mythologies.

Location: Ages: Suitable for all ages

When: From Saturday 23 - Sunday 31 October

Times: 4pm; 5:30pm and 7pm

Cost: under 3s FREE. Please visit website for further details

Booking online tickets at

Poppleton Road Out of School Club

Poppleton Road OOSC logo large red poppy with beed flying awayWe have a week of Halloween fun between including craft activities, Halloween games, spooky stories and baking.

Ages: 4 - 14 years

When: Friday 22nd October and Friday 29th October

Time: 7.30am - 6pm

Location: Based at Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School

Cost: £25.50 per day for a full day session for the first child, sibling rate of £23.50. 

Booking Information: email

York Chocolate Story Trick or Treat Trek

logo York's Chocolate Story. The O in York is a heartFamily friendly event. Walk the street of York, but make sure not to stray too far from the path whilst Count Fectionery uncovers terrifying tales within the city walls.

Look the part as there will be a prize in store for the best dressed.

Ages: All the family

Location: Meet at York Chocolate Story, Kings Square, York, YO1 7LD

When: Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 October

Times: 12:30pm - 1:30pm or 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Cost: Children £12.50; adults £8.00

Booking information: Book online

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Families Get Active!

image showing hands lighting paper in a camp fire with orange flames and grey rocks.FREE! Halloween Bushcraft

Ages: Families with children aged 4 - 12 years (but we are open to older siblings)

Dates: Monday 25 October 2021

Times: 1:15pm - 4pm

Location: New Earswick Nature Reserve

Booking Information: All places are very limited so people need to sign up via an email to myself or tel: 07833127786



Happy Healthy Holidays - York City Football Club

Images of children playing football on green grassYork City FC Foundation are pleased to announce we have yet another fantastic offer for York School pupils who are eligible for FREE SCHOOL MEALS. Please don't let miss out.

Over the summer we were able to offer spaces through the Government funding however that does not cover half terms, We though have been able to secure funding through the National League Trust to make this offer available over the upcoming holiday. Spaces are LIMITED and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

We really want to ensure that those families who need the additional support with holiday provision are able to access this service where we will also provide snacks and lunch each day.

 York City Football Club Foundation Holiday Courses are run for ages 5 - 13 years old and are packed full of fun, enjoyment and excitement.

The course day starts with small-sided games, team challenges and individual games; the afternoon will involve our famous football manager game as well as further exciting and fun games that allow all children to enjoy the Holiday Course Experience.

Players should wear suitable comfortable clothing and footwear for all activities, taking into account the nature of the venue. Rainwear, suncream and sun hat may be required and should be worn/provided for the young player.

Aged: 5 - 13 years old

When: Monday 25th - Thursday 28th October

Where: Huntington Secondary School, (All weather pitch), Huntington, York, YO32 9WT

Time: 10am - 3pm

Cost: FREE (for families eligible for free school meals living in York)

Booking information: Email please include Happy Healthy Holiday in the subject line or call 01904 559508

Ignite Sports Coaching

Ignote sports coaching poster showing children smiling at the camera sat on grass.Run by experienced primary PE teachers! Packed full of exciting sports, games and activities such as dodge ball, go karts, scooters, hide and seek, football, Nerf wars, archery and capture the flag plus much more!

Ages: 5 - 12years

When: Friday 22 October - Friday 29 October

Time: 08:30am - 4:30pm

Location: Acomb Primary School, York, YO24 4ES

Cost: £24 (Childcare vouchers welcome! )

Booking Information:

Contact: / 07834 415 943



United Adventure Camps

United Adventure camps black logo with grey half ciricle and a pink half circlePrices start at £40 per day for our core hours 8.30 am till 5.30 pm. Wrap-around care can be offered at an additional cost. We offer single-day booking options so there isn't a maximum or minimum of dates that need to be booked. Meals are not included and we ask that all children are brought with a packed lunch, snacks, and a water bottle. 

Ages:3 - 14 years

When: Monday 25 October - Friday 29 October

Time: 08:30am - 5:30pm

Location:The Mount School, York

Cost: £40 per day

Bookings can all be placed online via our website 

York City Junior Knights Holiday Club

Junior Knights Holiday Club

Join us as we deliver a series of skills and drills with our expert Rugby League community coaches.  Our day camp will look to break down elements of our sport with a series on mini workshops focusing on skills such as passing, catching, decision making and tackling. Boys and girls are both welcome.

COST: £12 per child

Ages: Ages 5-11 years

Location: Heworth Rugby League Club, Elmpark Way, Heworth, York YO31 1DX

WHEN: Thursday 28th October

TIME: 10-3pm

To Book via online link: To register on our Junior Knights summer programme please visit our Junior Knights Holiday Club page.

If you have any questions, please email or call the Knights office on 01904 670 880.

York City Future Knights Holiday Club

6 FREE Future Knights Holiday sessions with inflatable arena at each venue during October half term.

All for ages 5 +.  Please see individual venue information for further information.

No Booking required just turn up and play!

Future Knights Holiday Session 1


Ages: Free Fun for 5 years+

Location: Park Grove Primary School Field, YO31 8LG Please note access via to field via Lowther Street

When: Monday 25th October

Time: 9:30 – 11:00am


Future Knights Holiday Session 2


Ages: Free Fun for 5 years+

Location: Fishergate Primary School field, YO10 4AP.

When: Monday 25th October,

Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm


Future Knights Holiday Session 3


Ages: Free Fun for 5 years+

Location: Haxby Road Primary Academy school field, YO31 8JN

When: Monday 25th October

Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm



Future Knights Holiday Session 4


Ages: Free Fun for 5 years+

Location: St George’s RC Primary School Field, YO10 4BT.

When: Tuesday 26th October

Time: 9:30 – 11:00am



Future Knights Holiday Session 5


Ages: Free Fun for 5 – 11 years

Location:The Birch, 19B Derwent Way, YO31 0RJ

When: Tuesday 26th October

Time: 12:30 – 1:45pm


Future Knights Holiday Session 6


Ages: Free Fun for 12- 16 years.

Location: The Birch, 19B Derwent Way, YO31 0RJ

When:Tuesday 26th October

Times 2:00 – 3:15pm




Families Get Active are delivering FREE intergenerational workshops this October Half Term.

FREE Intergenerational Smart phone Confidence workshop!

Aimed at grandparents and their grandchildren helping each other during October Half Term.

Dates: 25 October 2021

Time: 10am - 12:£0pm

Location: New Earswick Folk Hall

Booking contact:

FREE Intergenerational photography workshop!

Aimed at grandparents and their grandchildren helping each other during October Half Term.

When: 25 October 2021

Times:10am - 12:30pm

Location: New Earswick Folk Hall

For further information contact Rebecca