Halloween Happenings here in Stoke-on-Trent

October 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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I’ve been looking into half term events in my surround area of Stoke-on-Trent and I’m delighted by the huge variety of things to do- all local, all offering something beneficial and all sound largely enjoyable for both myself and grandchildren.

Emma Bridgewater Factory-

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Famous for her polka dot designs and kitch finishes Emma Bridgewater creates her pottery master pieces right here in the city. Attracting visitors from all over the Emma Bridgewater factory is open to explore and this half term has a special Halloween theme.

pumpkin archBoasting lots of creative activities children are encouraged to get into the spirit of Halloween with fancy dress as those in costumes are welcomed to enjoy time in one of the Emma Bridgewater decorating studios free of charge.

Additionally, the Emma Bridgewater team have created a rather spectacular pumpkin arch –the perfect place to pose for a family photo- and are willing all guests to guess the weight of the pumpkins.

With face painting and mask making facilities this really is a creative day out for the children. If you’re interested in learning more about how the factory works then I’d recommend the factory tour– a wonderful half term afternoon here in Stoke-on-Trent.

trentham estateTrentham GardensA huge local attraction Trentham Gardens offers lots to its visitors. A walk around the beautiful lake in the crisp autumn is a particularly nice way to spend time with loved ones.

Right in time for Halloween Trentham Gardens’ are hosting a ‘Wild Weekend’ complete with scary street performers, pumpkins carving and Halloween treats at the Monkey Forest, which children will undoubtedly adore.

The Potteries MuseumFor most the local museum is a brilliant place to retreat to during school holidays and The Potteries Museum is no different. Located here in Stoke-on-Trent the museum is a local hub for arts and culture and is currently in the midst of British Ceramics Biennial 2011 exhibition.

For half term, and not forgetting Halloween the museum is hosting ‘Who’s Afraid of…’ which will see children’s favourite baddies from Captain Hook to Cruella De Ville roaming around the museum. Children can also get their faces painted and take part in Halloween craft workshops during half term.  

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In additionally this Saturday The Potteries Museum is taking part in The Big Draw, a campaign which gets people drawing, thinking and creating wonderful ideas which will be displayed on a Halloween inspired giant spider web at the museum.

I think all of these local events are brilliant ways to keep children entertained during half term. For me a visit to the local museum is a great way to keep heritage facilities in your local area alive. Admission is generally free so why not go alone and see what’s on.

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Half term Halloween happenings National Trust

October 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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National Trust square logoHalf terms offers the perfect chance to spend time with Grandchildren and this week there is plenty of fun activities to participate in as Halloween is just around the corner-sewing kit at the ready for those last minute costume alterations.

I’ve read lots of ideas ranging from expensive trips away to affordable activities closer to home. So this week I’ll be sharing a couple of my favourite Halloween happenings which you and your family can enjoy this half term.

My Halloween happenings suggestions- National Trust

For family days out I rely heavily upon the National Trust as their heritage centres really are wonderful places to explore from beautiful countryside to breath taking properties and gardens. The National Trust offers so much character and charm that it’s hard to resist visiting.

This Halloween the National Trust is celebrating in style with various events across the country all with a spooktacular theme. Activities are dependent upon which properties’ you choose to visit but they are all fantastic family fun.

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Ranging from fancy dress competitions, face painting, ghostly tails, scary storytelling, twilight tours, Halloween themed craft workshops and a pumpkin lantern parade the National Trust has plenty to offer. All which will be brilliantly authentic set in such statues properties and historic settings.

There is plenty of Halloween fun to explore within the National Trust; I would suggest researching events which are close to you. Most admissions fees are standard however, some do vary so it is always best to check beforehand. For more information visit National Trust website.

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