Half term fun – things to do in and around Balsall Common this half term

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Bonfire  at the Lant on Thursday evening


Well a long eight weeks of school are over and it’s time for some half term fun. As Halloween falls during the week lots of the activities have a spooky theme.


The highlight is the Spooktacular Bonfire at the Lant (tennis and cricket club) on Thursday evening.


Hopefully the weather will be kind to us as there are lots of activities being organised in local parks and at nearby attractions.


Kenilworth Castle hosts creepy crafts, spooky activities and ghost hunting galore! http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/kenilworth-castle/


If you fancy pumpkin carving and a pumpkin hunt why not head along to Hatton Country World http://hattonworld.com/hatton-adventure-farm-park-west-midlands/calendar/


For indoor fun and learning there are some fantastic events and activities being put on by Coventry Museums, and many are free. Highlights include a Quinten Blake exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery and war time themed family activities at the Coventry Transport Museum. Full details here http://www.theherbert.org/sites/default/files/October%20Half%20Term%20at%20Coventry%20Museums.pdf


If your kids are arty, Balsall Common Library are doing spooky crafts on Tuesday 29th from 10am-12. Call in or phone 532590 to book a place.


On Tuesday 29th October and Wednesday 30th October from 11.15-2.15pm Positive Fitness are running a holiday club. There are limited places for the club which offers craft making, dance, games and fun. CRB and  DSB checked. The cost is £15 per child, second child half price. To book email positivefitnessuk@hotmail.co.uk


Our local cinemas do special priced kids screenings each school holiday. The Odeon at the Skydome in Coventry is showing Despicable Me 2 at 11am every day for £2.50 per ticket http://www.odeon.co.uk/kids/ If you can get up and about in time, Cineworld in Solihull does a £1 screening at 10am every day.


Local councils Solihull, Coventry and Warwick all have events running with details on their websites.



There is plenty to do in and around Balsall Common and these are just a few ideas to consider. Let us know if you’ve got other suggestions or if you attend any of these, please tell us what they are like.





Article by Clare Turner




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