Family fun this October half term

Are you in need of recharging?

Our canals and rivers offer spaces on your doorstep to relax and reconnect when we need them the most.

Need some fresh, fun ideas for October half term? We’ve collected top events and activities to entertain and amuse the whole family, including fireworks and a simple, fun way to get involved with your local canal and make a difference.

Family visiting the Stourbridge Canal Family visiting the Stourbridge Canal

October can be grey, damp and dismal or it can be crisp, clear and cosy. No matter what the weather forecast is, getting outside and spending time by the water can make you and your kids feel happier and healthier.

Half term events

Half Term Halloween at the National Waterways Museum 27 October - 1 November 

Things are going to get spooky at the National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, with pumpkin carving, family ghost tours and a chance to make your own Halloween bat out of LEGO (Thursday 31 October).

Please note: booking is essential for several activities, including LEGO bat, ghost tours, Young Engineer’s Day, Lock Keeper for the Day, and Young Curator Day.

Anderton Firework Spectacular 26 October 

Time once again for the Anderton Boat Lift’s annual firework display, set off from pontoons floating in the River Weaver. There will also be fairground rides, food and live music.

Puppet Theatre Barge - The Insect Circus 19 - 27 October 

The Puppet Theatre Barge is a unique theatre experience. Step aboard the barge and down into a proper indoor theatre that seats over 50 people. The Insect Circus will delight children from the age of three and up.

The Big Draw Festival 30 October 

This free event invites everyone who loves to draw to join the world’s biggest drawing festival. This year’s theme is ‘drawn to life’.

Family walking on canal towpath Family walking on canal towpath


Being active by the water is good for health and wellbeing, so we’re encouraging you to get out onto canal towpaths for a group stroll or a family bike ride. 

Before you set out on your adventure, take a look at our Spotter’s guide to waterway wildlife and Six things you didn't know you could feed ducks for better alternatives to white bread for duck food.

Get Involved

Make a difference during your waterway stroll by taking part in our #PlasticChallenge – do a two-minute (or more) litter pick and share your pickings with us on social media. If everyone picked up just one piece of plastic or litter every time they visited a canal or river, within a year there’d be no plastic left.

Last date edited: 21 October 2019