The misty mornings are a reminder that October half-term is around the corner. And, if you are organising a staycation, base yourself at Wivenhoe House hotel to explore Colchester where there is plenty planned for all the family.
Of course there is a plethora of pumpkin-themed activity as we approach Halloween. Don your wellies and head to Foxes Farm Produce which has its own Pumpkin Patch open from 10am until 4pm. It’s free to visit, just pay for your pumpkin. There’s also a Pumpkin Hunt around the lovely Beth Chatto gardens.
As if there isn’t enough to see at East Anglian Railway Museum, they are also hosting an arts and crafts event Monday 22 October until Thursday 25 October where you can carve a pumpkin or have a go at gingerbread decorating, all happening in the vintage railway carriage café.
If you enjoy all things spooky, Marks Hall has a Halloween Trail, taking in the scary sights, including its very own Screaming Oak.
Back by popular demand is the Rotten Romans, Naughty Normans and Victorious Victorians family guided walk led by Aggie, the rather gruesome Colchester Castle gaoler’s wife.
And to top off the perfect stay the Mercury Theatre is staging Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Stick Man Live between Monday 22 October and Wednesday 24 October.
For more details of all these activities and more head to visitcolchester.com.