The leaves are changing and Autumn is well and truly here. We’ve got some great Autumn-inspired ideas to keep the kids entertained. From great local days out to craft or baking ideas to do at home with the kids when it’s wet and windy outside, we’ve got you covered.
Go to the Ripon Museum Halloween party for FREE! Enjoy Halloween family fun at the Workhouse 27th October at 6pm. Simply sign up to receive our newsletter for a chance to win two tickets to this popular event. Just scroll down our home page to find the Newsletter sign up.
Have fun outside with Twigs N’Stix Forest School. It is the perfect time of year to explore this ancient woodland in Nidderdale. With activities like den building, hide and seek, learning bush craft skills and collecting sticks for the fire to roast marshmallows to go with your hot chocolate. To find out how to get a FREE session with Twigs N’ Stix and to read more about our experience at one of the sessions click here.
Visit Hackfall, the beautiful woodlands, just outside Masham, with a water feature (gravity-fed fountain that spouts water about every 20 mins), ruined follies to play in and around, waterfalls, numerous footpaths and a small beach along the river it’s a beautiful place to exlore. For more information on Hackfall and other walks in the area click here.
Make Leaf Pictures. Collect fallen Autumn leaves on one of your walks and get creative when you get home. The Woodland Trust suggest making leaf animals and have some inspiration on their website where you can download their activity sheet.
Visit Fountains Abbey after dark to see it all lit up for half the usual entry price (applies after 5pm on select dates) and listen to a live performance from the choir as you enjoy the abbey aglow with light, join an evening guided tour to learn all about its rich history and try to catch a glimpse of the abbey’s mysterious roving monk. Warm up with a scrummy hot pulled pork, roast chicken sandwich or veggie burger, or pop into the tearoom for hot drinks and lighter bites. Last entry is at 8pm. Visit their website for details and dates.
Head over to the Ripon Walled Garden for their annual Apple Day on 14th October in their Victorian orchard. The event is free but if you want to call into the cafe they will be serving and apple-themed lunch as well as their usual delicious cakes. There will be the chance to have a go at pressing apples, talk to their expert gardeners and a variety of stalls will be selling local produce. Find more details on their Facebook page.
Stuck at home? Bake or make with these apple-themed ideas. Red Ted Art has lots of craft ideas to keep the kids entertained. Take a look at their website for some fun activities to do together at home. The BBC Good Food website also has lots of recipes including spiced toffee apple cake, toffee apple bread and butter pudding and (one for the grown-ups who have been stuck inside on a wet day) apple prosecco punch!
Follow the Halloween Trail at Brimham Rocks to search for the The Druid of Brimham and stop him terrorising the animals up there! Can you find him…? Follow the trail collecting the clues hidden in the rocks and craft the item to help you break the spell. £2 per trail sheet. £5 car parking fee for non-National Trust members.
While you’re in a Halloween mood… don’t forget the excellent Ripon Ghost Walk on 17th November with their special Museums at Night for Kids event. This is a shorter ghost walk than normal with a chance to go inside the museums to discover the gruesome past goings-on within the museum walls! Meet at the Cabman’s Shelter (next to the four red phone boxes on Ripon Market Place) at 7.30pm. Booking not required. Adults £3, Under 16s £1.
For some fun Halloween craft ideas including a safe way for little ones to ‘carve’ a pumpkin. It involves hitting biscuit cutters with a toy hammer so if you know any toddlers who might like that idea (every toddler I’ve ever met) visit the HGTV website here! They also have some ideas for older children too.