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October Half Term Guide

August 27th, 2019 | by Tom Harrow-Smith

October Half Term Guide

With half-term lasting just one week, it's hard to decide what to choose from to fill such a short space of time with. And South Bank won't make your decision of what to do any easier! With a whole host of family entertainment to choose between, from special one off events to iconic attractions, you'll be able take your pick with this handy Half-Term Guide...

  • Coral Kingdom

    Check out the newest feature of Sea Life London Aquarium this half-term as a spectacle of colour has arrived with the UK’s largest living coral reef being unveiled in the new Coral Kingdom.

    From the moment you step into the dazzling underwater oasis, you will journey through the leafy green shallows of the Mangroves as the Coral Kingdom transitions between day and night.

    Prepare to see regal tangs, cardinal fish, clownfish and many more swim through our 40ft long tank. Discover what it’s like for the creatures on the reef with their clown fish challenge as you weave, dive and shuffle your way through the reef just like their clownfish residents.

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    SEA LIFE London Aquarium
  • Kids Afternoon Tea

     OXO Tower Restaurant has created a special Kid’s Afternoon Tea to help keep holiday boredom at bay.

    Served every afternoon, this is a delicious alternative for under 12s. Starting with a banana milkshake shot and a selection of finger sandwiches on white farmhouse bread, our youngest guests can then enjoy our chef’s homemade pita and avocado trees and caramel and sea salt popcorn. To finish, there’s a selection of sweet treats from mini scones to fudge brownie squares.

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    OXO Tower Restaurant
  • Meet Miss Nightingale

    Florence Nightingale was as famous as Queen Victoria in her own lifetime and is still celebrated today. Come and meet her and she'll tell you how she became a nurse against her parents' wishes and how she became known as the 'Lady with the Lamp'. You'll even get to meet her pet owl!

    There's even the chance to join Miss nightingale for a storytelling session in the museums new Family Corner. Have your little ones dress up as a nurse and discover how Florence made hospitals better for patients and nurses and how she still inspires people today.

    Entry to both events are free with the purchase of an admission ticket.

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    Florence Nightingale Museum
  • Animals in Conflict

    Families can see the new Puffin/IWM publication Tales of Amazing Animal Heroes jump off the page, with interactive storytelling adventures around IWM London. Leading vet charity, PDSA, who run the world’s most distinguished and respected animal awards programme, will tell the stories of the incredible dogs, pigeons, horses and cat who have been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal, recognised internationally as the animals’ Victoria Cross.

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    IWM London
  • Fairy Tales of the Turntable: Family Dance Workshop

    Red shoes not required for a free dance and music workshop on all things fairy tale, led by ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company.

    Work with a dancer from the theatre company to learn some new moves, inspired by ZooNation's productions Into the HoodsThe Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Tales of the Turntable. After the workshop, there’s a chance to fill the floor and share your dancing with a live DJ and MC set.

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    Royal Festival Hall
  • Drama Schools at The Old Vic

    For any budding thespians out there, The Old Vic are inviting 11 - 14 year olds on an exciting drama course this half-term, with full week and two day courses to choose from. Your kids can follow in the footsteps of the likes of Judi Dench and Ian McKellen and who knows, could inspire them on their own theatrical career?

    Participants will devise an original piece of theatre drawing on a range of skills, from performance, to singing, beatboxing and poetry. Both courses will end with a special, celebratory performance for an invited audience of friends and family. Everyone is welcome and you don't need to have any theatre or musical experience to take part in either course. 

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    The Old Vic
  • Story Seekers

    This half term, families can learn together about the global impact of conflict from the First World War and Second World War to today, getting hands-on with real artefacts and exploring some of the most interesting and unusual stories in the museums collection.

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    IWM London
  • The Coca Cola London Eye

    This may hardly be a secret, but if you haven't taken the family up the London Eye before then what are you waiting for? There really is nothing like the London Eye, at 135m it is the world's largest cantilevered observation wheel, providing up to 40 km of panoramic views on a clear day. Plus, you can now buy combination tickets allowing you to also explore attractions such as SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Shrek's Adventure and the London Dungeon, you can have the perfect fun-filled family day out this Ocotber half-term in South Bank!

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    Coca-Cola London Eye
  • Little Mermaid Singalong

    Bring the little ones to BFI Southbank if they're fans of all things Ariel, Sebastien, Flounder and co.

    Part of their 'Musicals!' season, this interactive singalong not only gives them the chance to join in with all their favourite hits from the film, but also gives free access to a special one off arts and crafts workshop, inspired by merfolk and sea creatures, as part of the event. 

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    BFI Southbank
  • Eoin Colfer: The Fowl Twins

    If you have children who are mad about the Artemis Fowl series, then why not take them along to this one off talk with the mastermind behind it all - author Eoin Colfer. In a London exclusive, the global bestselling author of sci-fi fantasy series Artemis Fowl introduces a blockbusting new spin-off series, The Fowl Twins.

    Hear from Colfer as he explores the very genesis of magic, the essence of criminality and the inherent hilarity of head lice. Marvel as he ponders age-old questions, such as: Are criminal masterminds born or made? Is it sometimes necessary to be bad to be good? How many fart jokes is too many fart jokes?

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    Southbank Centre
  • FUNharmonics: Zog

    Meet an eager young dragon in an animated film accompanied live by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    ‘Zog, the biggest dragon, was the keenest one by far. He tried his hardest every day to win a golden star.’ Zog is the latest animated film from Magic Light Pictures, based on the witty story book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Follow the adventures of the keen, but accident-prone young dragon, as the LPO performs René Aubry’s score to a big screen projection of this delightful film.

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    Royal Festival Hall
  • Shrek's Adventure!

    Get whisked on to a madcap adventure in the whacky and wonderful world of Shrek's Adventure at the London County Hall. Set off on a fantastical tour, combining ten laugh-out-loud live shows and iconic sets from the Shrek film franchise with captivating storytelling, an amazing 4D ride, dramatic special effects and extraordinary DreamWorks animation. 

    In addition you can now find your way through the portal to the island of Berk to a luminous dragon utopia, and the only place in the UK you can see the heroic characters from How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Make your way through mysterious cave where you’ll find the legendary Light Fury joined by everyone’s favourite dragon Toothless, as well as the Viking Chief of Berk, Hiccup.

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    Shrek’s Adventure! London
  • Witness for the Prosecution

    Fancy adding a bit of drama to the half-term break? Then step inside the magnificent surroundings of London County Hall for Witness for the Prosecution. Experience the intensity and drama of Agatha Christie’s gripping story of justice, passion and betrayal in a unique courtroom setting, with the theatre itself set in the old debating chamber of the Greater London Council.  

    This immersive courtroom drama is the ultimate 'Whodunnit' and you can even pump up the experience with special VIP Jury tickets, which give you the chance to give your own verdict at the end of the performance! With matinee and early evening performances throughout half-term, it's a wonderful alternative day out if you have older children to keep entertained.

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    Witness for the Prosecution
  • Park Plaza Hotels

    With so much to see and do, you might feel as if you need a lie down. If you are coming to South Bank for more than a day trip then Park Plaza offer four fantastic family friendly hotels; Westminster Bridge, County Hall, Waterloo and London Riverbank. With all four hotels having their own unique personality and each offering great family packages, you'll find that you're spoiled for choice in where to stay. 

    The family package includes...

    •  Accommodation for two adults and two children
    •  Children eat breakfast for free and parents' breakfast is included 
    •  A complimentary children's gift bag*
    •  Three Park Plaza children's vouchers per gift bag, which can be redeemed against selected food and beverage items in the hotel
    •  Children's menus available to purchase in hotel restaurant 
    •  Complimentary children's in-room movies
    Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

Find The Venues

  • 1 - SEA LIFE London Aquarium

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London
    SE1 7PB

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  • 2 - OXO Tower Restaurant

    8th Floor Oxo Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

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  • 3 - Florence Nightingale Museum

    St Thomas’ Hospital
    2 Lambeth Palace Road
    London
    SE1 7EW

     

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  • 4 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 5 - Royal Festival Hall

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  • 6 - The Old Vic

    The Old Vic
    The Cut
    London
    SE1 8NB 

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  • 7 - IWM London

    Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ 

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  • 8 - Coca-Cola London Eye

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London SE1 7PB 

     

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  • 9 - BFI Southbank

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XT 

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  • 10 - Southbank Centre

    Belvedere Road
    London
    SE1 8XX 

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  • 11 - Royal Festival Hall

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  • 12 - Shrek’s Adventure! London

    County Hall
    Riverside Building
    Westminster Bridge Road
    London
    SE1 7PB 

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  • 13 - Witness for the Prosecution

    London County Hall, Belvedere Road, SE1 7PB

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  • 14 - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London

    200 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7UT 

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