It's Half Term! 

I don't know about your mini mumblers but mine are ready for a week off... and after a fantastic Halloween Party earlier this week, I'm well and truly in the spooky spirit and looking forward to a great week with the kids. 

There is always so much choice for things to do at October Half Term and as always we've listed them all on the website for you as well as putting some of the highlights below in this e-mail. We also did a blog on all the places that you can pick your own pumpkin too. 

Lots of you are being really organised this year and booking to see Santa too so we've started listing all the fab places for Christmas here... 
If you still need to book some childcare then there are some brilliant half term workshops, out of school clubs and activities over October half term and you can see them all HERE on the website. 

Finally, it's not long until Bonfire night and once again we've listed all of the bonfire night and fireworks evenings HERE so you can find one at a time and location that works for you.  Have a wonderful half term and, as always, I love to hear from you so do let me know if you find this newsletter useful and drop me an e-mail HERE.

Have a really wonderful week 
Lots of love
🎃💜Emily 💜🎃
Events, Activities and Days Out in York

There is loads of Spooky fun happening at Beetle Bank Farm this Half Term.

They have a Pumpkin Patch where you can pick and then carve your own pumpkin, get some frightening face painting and play spooky games. 

They are also launching their Stick Man Trail tomorrow (Saturday 27th October) and you can find all the details for that on the Mumbler blog HERE. 

Below are some ideas for day trips this half term, all within an hours drive of York. 

Mother Shiptons Enchanted Forest

Journey through Mother Shipton’s Enchanted Forest to break the Witch’s curse. Come in your best Halloween costumes for the daily costume competition at 2pm.

Actors will be stationed as characters in the park to interact with children and help families complete a themed adventure trail.

Fun for all the family every day Saturday 27th October to Sunday 4th November. The Park opens 10am to 4.30pm (last admission 3.30pm).

Standard admission prices apply which can be found on our website.

See the famous Petrifying Well and Mother Shipton’s Cave. The park also has several scenic picnic areas alongside the popular River Nidd, an adventure playground and museum and gift shop.

Mother Shipton's Cave
Prophecy Lodge
High Bridge
North Yorkshire

T01423 864600


Castle Howard - A Creepy Halloween

Saturday 27th Oct – Sunday 4th Nov 2018

Join us at Castle Howard this October half term for a Halloween experience like no other.
The House and Grounds have been taken over by a gang of ghostly pirates and ghoulish zombies and they’re on the lookout for new recruits!

Hidden deep within Castle Howard’s burnt out wing lies the ancient cure to zombification, whilst somewhere amongst the twisting woodland paths is a hoard of lost Pirate treasure waiting to be unearthed. And there’s about to be an epic clash between the two camps of the living dead.
But which team will you join? #TeamPirate or #TeamZombie?

Families of all ages can enjoy a day of indoor and outdoor trails, solving clues along the way, taking part in craft activities and joining fun workshops to learn the ways of the zombies and the pirates, before a daily battle commences. Why not dress the part (think Captain Jack Sparrow, Swashbuckle right through to Dawn of the Dead).

Castle Howard, The Estate Office, Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T01653 648333


Whoosh! Come and join us this half term for a witchy adventure with Room on the Broom at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.  Follow a spooky trail around the garden and take part in creepy crafts and a variety of outdoor workshops and storytelling.

Garden Trail: Room on the Broom trail throughout the garden – 10 clues with a large mirror at the end, with a witches hat sticker on it, framed with a scene from the book so that they see themselves as the witch. (Daily)

Craft workshops: Making spider hats (Mon 29th, Weds 31st October, Fri 2nd November)

Garden Detectives: Entertaining story sessions themed around the book Room on the Broom (Tues 30th October)

Outdoor Workshops: Forest school style workshop making mini broomsticks to take home (Thurs 1st & Fri 2nd November)

Creepy Crawlies: Snakes, lizards, giant snails, large millipedes and cockroaches, tarantula and other mini beasts (Sundays)

Film Screenings: Room on the Broom screenings (Weds 31st October)

Normal garden admission.

No booking required. Suitable for toddlers.
Download your "Kids Go Free" voucher here. 
Find out more at

Tel 01423 565418
Crag Lane, Harrogate HG3 1QB.

Indoor Fun Fair £10 for all rides!

Join us this October Half Term for some wholesome family fun.

The Yorkshire Event Centre will be transformed into an indoor funfair ensuring that whatever the weather it won’t ruin your plans or dampen your spirits!

The funfair runs every day from 27th October until 4th November, 11am – 6pm, during this time two sessions are available, 11am-2pm then 3pm-6pm.

Tickets are available to purchase for £10pp (under 3’s free) as well as non rider tickets for £2. As the ticket suggests – you can’t ride with a non-rider ticket.

To get yours head to the Harrogate Indoor Funfair Facebook Page.

You can also pay on the door on whichever day you choose to visit if you prefer.

Head to the Yorkshire Event Centre website for more details or to their Facebook page 

The funfair will run from Saturday October 27 to Sunday November 4, with free parking.

Food and drink is available from the Yorkshire Event Centre’s onsite café .

Tel: 01423 544 544
Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ.

Shows & Screenings
There are some fab shows coming to York in November and you can see them all on the website events calendar. Below are 2 not to miss... 
Our House - The Madness Musical
7-10 November 2018.

Enjoy a bit of madness in ‘Our House’ York Light Youth brings back memories of schooldays, first love and misspent youth in its production of ‘Our House’, the Madness Musical, at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre York.

A rare visitor to the York stage, this fun, uplifting and energetic musical features all your Madness favourites.

If you love the 80’s, why not come along dressed the part on Thursday 8th November when you could win a fabulous prize of 2 tickets to see York Light’s production of Grease at York Theatre Royal in February 2019.

So, Madness fans young and old, to save yourselves any “Embarrassment”, put on your “Baggy Trousers”, get “Driving In Your Car” and come down to the “House of Fun”!

Tickets from £13-£17.
Available from Joseph Rowntree Theatre Box Office
T: 01904 501935
Discover New Cinema at Aesthetica Film Festival 2018
BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica Film Festival (ASFF) returns to York, 7-11 November. The eighth edition takes place across 15 venues over 5 days, with 300 short and feature films, from Comedy and Drama to Animation and Family Friendly screenings, as well as VR and 360-degree immersive experiences. 
As part of a curated programme of 100 events, including Cinema Bambino – tailored films for parents and carers of babies from 0 months to two years old – and Guest Programmes from leading film festivals and organisations. Topics for 2018 include SyrianStories: Female Voicesand Imperial War Museum: 100 Years On, Representations of the Great War.

ASFF also welcomes speakers from leading organisations including Film 4, BBC, i-DVice,British Vogue and Aardman Animation, covering themes such as Documentary Filmmaking: Telling the Storyand Visual Effects: Achieving the Impossibleas well filmmakers and screenwriters. Alice Lowe (Sightseers), Matt Greenhalgh (Control and Nowhere Boy) and Mark Cousins (The Eyes of Orson Wells andStockholm, My Love) are all in attendance to discuss their expansive and award-winning careers.
Day Passes from £16. Single Screening tickets £5 and concessions available.
Follow ASFF for live updates on the lead-up to and during the festival: @ASFFest. 
Book ahead for Christmas... 
All of the Christmas Shows, Pantomimes and concerts are listed on the website HERE and you can look at the places to see Santa HERE. We're adding more all the time so keep watching out and get booked in to your favourite.
The Magic Hatter’s Christmas Cracker 2018 
York's Christmas magic show is back bigger and better than ever, and tickets selling FAST!  Join The Magic Hatter and special guests Frostbite the PenguinAunty Madge Hatter plus SANTA CLAUS HIMSELF! Festive fun for all the family, ages 3 to 103...'yule' love it. Shows sell out early, so early booking is strongly recommended

Dec 8thand 9th, 10.30-12 and 3.30-5pm
HIVE Studios, Manor CE Academy, York, YO26 6PA
Adults £9, Children £8, Family of Four £30

All tickets must be pre-booked, and can be booked online with PayPal or any major debit or credit card. To book, click the snowman at
Follow at for more details
"It's definitely the highlight of our Christmas each year for our kiddies!" A. Malone
"A superb alternative to a Christmas panto!” P. Martin
" has sort of has become part of our Christmas routine. My little girl’s eyes were so filled with wonder, I nearly cried.  Well done and thank you very much for everything including keeping it affordable." C. Thomas and family
"They were mesmerised. It's the longest time I've seen both children sit still and stay engaged! Excellent value for money." D. Wakefield
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