October half term family fun in Lichfield – complete with spooky tours and a visit to middle-earth
With summer feeling like a very distant memory, the air getting cooler and the leaves turning brown and crisp, many parents’ thoughts now turn to planning for the October half term and finding seasonal activities and adventures to entertain the family.
Happily, you don’t need to look too far because Lichfield has an array of seasonal activities guaranteed to thrill (and maybe scare!), but most certainly entertain families, including Halloween themed attractions as well as a rather special free exhibition, ‘The Magic of Middle-Earth’ celebrating the incredible fantasy world of J.R.R. Tolkien.
Gruesome and Ghostly Tours
Lichfield’s famous and highly popular ghost walks are a must for families looking for some Halloween fun. The tours bring together the perfect mix of treats, tricks, ghouls and ghost stories, and dressing up is very much encouraged. These are a great way to learn more about the history of the city and will give you a whole host of stories to share with friends and family about the ghosts sighted at Dam Street, Cathedral Close and more city locations. Book your place today Visit Lichfield | Tours.
The Magic of Middle-Earth - free exhibition at The Hub at St Mary's
The Magic of Middle-Earth exhibition takes visitors on a journey beyond the books to explore the expansive artistic legacy of J.R.R.Tolkien. Discover jaw dropping dioramas, stunning paintings, incredible sculptures, even middle-earth themed Lego sets. With family fun and kids’ activities, this is an exciting exhibition for all ages. Whether you’re a little halfling or a wizened wizard you won’t want to miss this one! Weekend and half-term booking is highly recommended. The exhibition runs from 24th September – 11th December 2022 Visit Lichfield | The Magic of Middle-earth.
Commonwealth outdoor escape challenge at The National Memorial Arboretum
If some outdoor fun is what you’re after, why not try the Commonwealth outdoor escape challenge? Now in its third year, the popular outdoor escape challenge invites groups of families and friends to solve cryptic puzzles and discover the stories behind some of the memorials dedicated to communities from across the Commonwealth: Visit Lichfield | Commonwealth Outdoor Escape Challenge.
Museum of the Moon
For a truly ‘out of this world’ experience this half-term, visit Museum of the Moon - a stunning artwork of the moon, suspended in the Nave of Lichfield Cathedral. Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface https://www.visitlichfield.co.uk/blog/experience-the-moon-at-lichfield-cathedral.
Chasewater Halloween Trains
Come along to Chasewater Railway for a spooktacular train journey through the frightfully haunted Chasewater Country Park. When your train arrives back at Brownhills West, you can then take a walk through the haunted Heritage centre… if you dare! Halloween Night Trains at Chasewater Railway (Brownhills West event tickets from TicketSource.
Pumpkin picking at the Maize Mazes in Wall
The halloween trails at the Maize Mazes in Wall, are the perfect spooky and autumnal outdoor activity for all the family. Lose yourselves in the three miles of pathways as they twist and turn but watch out for the dead ends… eek! Afterwards, either choose a ready-picked pumpkin to take home, or for the more adventurous, grab a wheelbarrow and take a walk through the spooky sunflower field up to the hidden pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin – hundreds await of all shapes and sizes https://www.visitlichfield.co.uk/events/spooky-mazes-and-pumpkins.
Halloween thrills at Drayton Manor Resort
The highly popular theme park once again has an array of fang-tastic halloween fun on offer. During the daytime the park will be decorated with pumpkins. Then there is the Castle of Spooks – featuring spooky characters and activities, or you might be brave enough for a Night at the Manor. Find out more and book here: Visit Lichfield | Drayton Manor Theme Park
There is so much to see and do that one day is probably not going to be enough, so why not treat the family to an overnight stay in Lichfield? To plan your visit and find accommodation visit: Visit Lichfield | Homepage.