I can’t believe just how fast this year has gone. Both children have settled well into their new school routines (GCSE prep for one and formal learning for the other) and it’s time for a break already. We’re so lucky that there are so many half term activities in Exeter this October to choose from – here’s our pick.
Half term activities in Exeter October 2017
Active half term events in Exeter
Outdoor activities Haven Banks
If your kids need to let off some steam or want to learn a new skill, Haven Banks activity sessions are perfect.
With full-day sessions for older kids and mornings for under 8s, you can choose from climbing, caving, bushcraft, archery, bell boating, canoeing, raft building and sailing.
They are OFSTED registered, accept childcare vouchers and are super friendly and welcoming. We’ve taken lots of their courses and have loved every one.
Tennis Exeter University Sports
It’s a shame they are a bit of a secret as they are great fun and good value. The University Sports department offer a range of day and week tennis courses, ideal for total beginners or those wanting to improve their skills.
Football Exeter City Community
Run by Exeter City Football Club in a variety of locations across Exeter and Devon, they are suitable for girls and boys from 5-14 years. They focus on fun and participation, skill development and there are lots of prizes to be won.
October half term drama and theatre in Exeter
The Star Seekers Bike Shed Theatre
The Wardrobe Ensemble are one of our favourite theatre companies and we’ve super delighted that they are back at the Bike Shed. The Star Seekers is described as an out of this world family show for 3-7-year-olds, inspired by a childlike wonder of the universe.
It’s on 23rd-28th October and shows generally sell out so book your tickets asap.
Exploring Stories workshop at Central Library
Using acting, puppets, craft and physical theatre, children will make and explore their very own adventure.
Run by Anthos Arts for children aged 5-11, it’s a pre-bookable event on Saturday 21st October only.
Your Toys Phoenix Exeter
Bring your own toy and make it the star of the show. Slot Machine Theatre is running this workshop on Thursday 26th October for 4-9-year-olds to join the epic adventure. Your toys will help save the world from a monstrous force – using live music, puppetry and quirky humour.
The Night Pirates Exeter Northcott
Join a band of girl pirates as they set sail to retrieve stolen treasure, with original songs and swashbuckling adventures along the way.
Adapted from the book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, the show is on Saturday and Sunday 28th and 29th October.
Cultural half term activities in Exeter
Half term activities at RAMM
As ever, the museum has organised an educational but fun programme for the holidays.
- A wild night in – film and night tour of the museum, Saturday 28th October
Watch Flight of the Butterflies munching on popcorn and listen to stories and use a green screen to take a family portrait with a difference.
- Ancient Egypt – tours and activities, various dates
Join a tour of the Egyptian tomb and take part in a workshop to learn about life and death in Egypt, including mummification and hieroglyphs.
There are also several craft sessions at RAMM this half term – see children’s craft activities in Exeter for half term below.
Half term activities at Exeter Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral is very keen to encourage local families to explore the wonders of this iconic building, the science and people who built it and its place in our city.
Half term workshops include:
- That’s Science – make flying machines, age 7+. Monday 23rd, 10am – 12noon. £7
- That’s the Tour – family-friendly tour with stories, age 4+.Tuesday 24th, 10.30am. £7
- That’s History – knights and wizards, ecto-slime and potions, age 6+. Wednesday 25th, 10am – 12noon. £7
Children’s craft activities in Exeter for half term
Bunyip Craft Fore Street
One of my most favourite shops in Exeter is offering crafting classes for children this half term.
- Super simple jewellery making – make an elasticated bracelet and a beaded necklace – 24th October
- Cross-stitch – learn to stitch your own design – 26th October
Classes are £5 a session, 10.30am – 12noon
That’s Crafting Exeter Cathedral, Friday 27th, 11am – 2pm
A drop in session, just pay for the crafts you choose to make, up to £2 per craft. Choose from magic mirrors, badges, belfry bats and bendy knights.
Craft Sessions at RAMM
- Mask making – creatures of the night, Thursday 26th Oct
Create a nocturnal creature mask in time for Halloween. 10.30am or 1.30pm. £2.50
- Arts Society teen workshop – curious collectors, Friday 27th and Saturday 28th £40
Suitable for ages 14-16, delve into the glass cases to imagine the collectors who brought these amazing objects to us.
Are you looking for some Halloween inspiration? Check out our Halloween Events for Families in Exeter
Or if you fancy a walk with a twist, try an autumn walk in Exeter University grounds
And if you are lucky enough to have a 2 week half term holiday, have a look at our 17 Autumn activities to share with your family for loads of seasonal fun.
Hope you have a great half term, whatever you and the kids get up to.