Before 12pm, Kids, Nature

34 events

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Creepy Crawlies

Creeping and crawling animals from the insect world are on display with plenty of handling sessions and crafts for youngsters.

Edinburgh Zoo

Mon 20 Oct

included in admission / 0131 334 9171

Tue 21 Oct

included in admission / 0131 334 9171

Wed 22 Oct

included in admission / 0131 334 9171

…and 4 more dates until 26 Oct

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾

Kid-oriented wildlife activities.

National Trust: Croft Castle, Leominster

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.10, child £4, family £19.50 / 01568 780246

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.10, child £4, family £19.50 / 01568 780246

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.10, child £4, family £19.50 / 01568 780246

…and 11 more dates until 2 Nov

National Trust: Erddig, Wrexham

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £10.30, child £5.15, family £25.75 / 01978 355314/315151

…and 129 more dates until 28 Feb 2015

National Trust: Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Thu 23 Oct

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

Fri 24 Oct

Free, plus admission £16.20, child £8.10 / 01296 653226/653211

…and 48 more dates until 31 Dec

Cairnie Mega Maze

See if you can find your way out of the giant maize maze and into the fun yard where go-karts, swings and a straw-bale fortress await. Also have fun fruit picking and enjoying the tea rooms. In celebration of the Ryder Cup, this year's theme is a golfer.

Cairnie Fruit Farm, by Cupar

Mon 20 Oct

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

Tue 21 Oct

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

Wed 22 Oct

£5.75 (£4.75; Children £6.75 OAPs and under-3s go free) / 01334 655610

…and 9 more dates until 31 Oct

Halloween Festival

Halloween themed activities for kids during the October break. There's a witches woodland trail with plenty of creepy crawlies along the way, spooky face painting and a chance to create your own wolf mask.

Wild Place Project, Bristol

Sat 25 Oct

Included in admission / 0117 980 7175

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Build a Den

Collect some of the fallen branches from the garden and build your very own secret hiding place.

National Trust: Ham House & Garden, Richmond

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £10, child £5, family £25 / 020 8940 1950

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £10, child £5, family £25 / 020 8940 1950

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £10, child £5, family £25 / 020 8940 1950

…and 11 more dates until 2 Nov

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 70 more dates until 31 Dec back to top

8th Scottish Conker Championships

Who will conquer all at this smashing day out? Conkers provided for age groups 7–11, 12–18 and 18+, plus Rogues, seven plus special – all you have to do is turn up and get cracking. Register at the marquee on the day before noon.

Tweed Green, Peebles

Sat 25 Oct

Free

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Catch a Falling Leaf

Try and catch leaves falling from trees in the garden and parkland.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 39 more dates until 30 Nov

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Climb a Tree

Follow the Ringwood Toll natural playtrail and climb up onto some of the trees along the route.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 70 more dates until 31 Dec

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Create Some Wild Art

Create a piece of wild art using natural materials found in the natural woodland playtrail or East Park.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 70 more dates until 31 Dec

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Find Your Way With a Map and Compass

Learn how to find your way around the parkland using a map and compass.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 70 more dates until 31 Dec back to top

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Make a Grass Trumpet

Create an instrument using the material.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 9 more dates until 31 Oct

50 Things To Do Before You're 11¾: Make a Trail With Sticks

Lay a stick trail down using materials from the natural woodland playtrail or East Park.

National Trust: Sheffield Park Garden, Uckfield

Mon 20 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Tue 21 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

Wed 22 Oct

Free, plus admission £8.50, child £4.25, family £21.25 / 01825 790231

…and 70 more dates until 31 Dec

Acorn Club

Monthly nature club for ages 7–11. Applications accepted from 1 Aug. Booking is essential.

Eglinton Country Park & Visitor Centre, Irvine

Sat 15 Nov

£6 / 01294 551776

  • 10:00 – 12:00 Acorn Club Eglinton Country Park & Visitor Centre, Irvine

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Deer Club

Discover more about deer by following the herd of Fallow Deer at Lyme. Don't forget to bring wellies!

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sat 15 Nov

Free (car parking £7) / 01663 762023

  • 11:30 – 12:30 Deer Club National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sat 22 Nov

Free (car parking £7) / 01663 762023

  • 11:30 – 12:30 Deer Club National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sat 29 Nov

Free (car parking £7) / 01663 762023

  • 11:30 – 12:30 Deer Club National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport
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Deer Me

Learn about the deer that roam in the glen with quizzes, craft activities and trails. There is also an illustrated talk by Val Gall on Sunday at 2pm.

Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Dunkeld

Sat 1 Nov

£3.50 (£2.50; Family £7; Children free) / 01350 727337

  • 11:00 – 15:00 Deer Me Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Dunkeld

Sun 2 Nov

£3.50 (£2.50; Family £7; Children free) / 01350 727337

  • 11:00 – 15:00 Deer Me Loch of the Lowes Visitor Centre, Dunkeld

Derwen Water Family Adventure Trail

Enjoy fresh air, wildlife and nature as you follow the lakeside trail.

National Trust: Borrowdale, Keswick

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 01768 774649

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 01768 774649

Mon 27 Oct

Free / 01768 774649

…and 6 more dates until 2 Nov

Dragons in Your Garden

A workshop from FrogLife designed to show you how to encourage wildlife into your garden. There will be the opportunity to find out about the benefits of wildlife and how to manage it, with a special emphasis on reptiles, amphibians and ponds.

Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee

Sat 1 Nov

Free Booking required / 07972 593603

Part of Dundee Science Festival.

Feed the Birds

Kids' crafts and learning activity, as they get to feed the birds, make a bird feeder and learn more about our feathered friends.

Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Mon 27 Oct

£2.50 / 01234 767037

  • 10:00 – 10:45 Feed the Birds Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford
  • 11:00 – 11:45 Feed the Birds Forest Centre & Millennium Country Park, Bedford

Fright Fest: Crow Wood Spooky Trail

Follow the spooky trail around Crow Wood – if you're brave enough – and see if you can spot anything scary.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sat 25 Oct

Free, plus admission £9.90, child £5, family £22.50 / 01663 762023

£7 for vehicle admission / 01663 762023

Sun 26 Oct

Free, plus admission £9.90, child £5, family £22.50 / 01663 762023

£7 for vehicle admission / 01663 762023

Mon 27 Oct

Free, plus admission £9.90, child £5, family £22.50 / 01663 762023

£7 for vehicle admission / 01663 762023

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Fright Fest: Jumping Jack-O'-Lanterns

Carve a lantern in the Timber Yard to scare the ghosts away.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Sun 26 Oct

£7 for vehicle admission / 01663 762023

Mon 27 Oct

£7 for vehicle admission / 01663 762023

Tue 28 Oct

£7 for vehicle admission / 01663 762023

Fright Fest: Terrfiying Tales In The Cage

Have knee knocking, spine chilling fun in the medieval cage, with tales told by a professional storyteller.

National Trust: Lyme Park, Stockport

Fri 31 Oct

£2 per child; vehicle admission £7 / 01663 762023

Half Term Forest School

Drop in activities to keep wee explorers entertained throughout the school holidays. You can build a den, make a shelter, hunt for bugs and sit round the campfire.

Compton Verney, Warwick

Sat 25 Oct

£8–£15 (£7.20–£13.50; Family £16–£30; Children £3; under fives ) / 01926 645500

Sun 26 Oct

£8–£15 (£7.20–£13.50; Family £16–£30; Children £3; under fives ) / 01926 645500

Hedgehog Crafts and Quiz

Enjoy self-led hedgehog crafts in the castle and a quiz to discover more about these prickly creatures.

Castle Fraser, Inverurie

Wed 22 Oct

Included in admission / 0844 493 2164

Thu 23 Oct

Included in admission / 0844 493 2164

Fri 24 Oct

Included in admission / 0844 493 2164

Lantern Making Workshops and Parade

Create your own lantern at the workshop, which runs 10.30am–2pm, then take part in the lantern parade at 4.30pm, which wends through New Lanark and then back to the visitor centre. Refreshments provided.

Falls of Clyde Wildlife Reserve – Scottish Wildlife Trust, New Lanark

Sun 9 Nov

£5 / 01555 665262

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