Half term activities to enjoy safely

With half term coming in just a couple of weeks and the weather turning autumnal parents will be looking for ideas for activities to keep children entertained and, importantly, safe.

At the time of writing Suffolk remains on the lowest tier of restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We have put together some ideas for you, together with any special arrangements required because of the pandemic.

For all things Sci-Fi the 12th annual Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition will be happening at Moyse’s Hall Museum, Market Place, Bury St Edmunds.

The exhibition this year will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars film, The Empire Strikes Back and is open from 10am to 5pm with last admission at 4pm.

But Dr Who also gets a look-in and there’s the opportunity to meet a real Dalek.

Saturday 24 October – Sunday 20 December 2020.

Museum opening: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) Sunday: 12pm-4pm (last entry 3pm)

There is no need to book in advance but visitors are asked to wear a face mask, use the hand sanitisers provided, give their details either using the NHS app or in writing and to follow the one-way system using the floor arrows.

There will be a “Where’s Wally” theme at Ipswich Museum this half term. Families will be able to join the search for Wally as part of the Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search, organised by Walker Books and Kids in Museums.

Admission is free and for your safety, the museum is asking visitors to book in advance for a timed entry to visit. just pick a time between 10am – 4.30pm (Tuesday – Saturday) and 11am – 4.30pm (Sundays). You can ask our team any questions or discuss special requirements when you phone. You can book your visit up to 7 days in advance.

You can book up to 6 people from the same household/bubble per timed entry and your contact information will be held on record for 21 days from the date of your visit to assist with Test and Trace if required.

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester CO3 0SL

‘Shriek Week’ returns to Colchester Zoo this October half term as the zoo has come up with some themed activities taking place from October 24– November 1st 2020 including the chance to see some dinosaurs.

Colchester Zoo is open until 5pm everyday throughout October half term

Tickets must be booked in advance on the zoo’s website, where there are also details of Covid safety measures which include wearing masks, admission in limited numbers, hand sanitisers and social distanced routes.

If you want less structured activities, there are always walks or cycle routes in Rendlesham Forest or a spooky trail around Framlingham Castle. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories. There’s a daily “scary outfit” fancy dress competition with a chance of winning a prize.

You now need to book your timed tickets in advance and there are limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. Remember to bring a face covering and use the hand sanitisers provided.

There are new social distancing barriers, particularly around toilets and admission areas and the castle is now legally required to record your contact details and the date of your visit.

This is just a small sample of some of the activities on offer during half term and if you want to travel to and from them in safety, just give us a ring for details or to book. All our cars are regularly sanitised and fitted with safety screens.