Fun half term activities

These suggestions will I'm afraid be London centric, but as I'm based in London and have been looking for some fun things to do with Matilda next week without travelling too far, this is what I've found:

Family fun dragon

At the National Gallery there'll be crafty workshops and activities running all week for all ages.

In Finchley next Wednesday you and the children can brush up on your Indian dancing in a 2 hour workshop run by Shared city, a company that promises to whisk you away to far off lands without having to leave London.

Whilst over in West London at the Bush Theatre there are some fabulous workshop with children's writers promising all kinds of magic and fairy tales. Little Bird have an offer on at the moment for £3 tickets!


Next up is one event that intrigues me, Dulwich Park will transformed into a knitted Wonderland from Monday to Wednesday. Knit your own pumpkin or if you can't knit they'll teach you! Remains to be seen I've never picked up any knitting needles, my Mother was great with crochet so that's what I learnt as a little girl. Quite excited about this one as I'm desperate to learn.

Now if you're brave enough to face the M25 then do head off to the magical Groombridge Place. This looks particularly gorgeous with a range of spooky activities to choose from and an enchanted forest to discover.

No need to offer up ideas for Halloween, just get that green make up, get baking spooky biscuits, stock up on the chocolates, and get out there with the children trick or treating.

Martha Stewart has some fabulous ideas for Halloween baking on her very useful website, I particularly liked the look of these Cat brownies.


And finally if the weather prevents you from leaving the home here are some great Autumnal crafting ideas from the inspirational Emily Quinton.