Things to do during October half-term in London

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Take the kids to London’s top family-friendly attractions this half-term, and enjoy special interactive activities during the October school break. Read More


Keep the kids entertained this October half-term with our pick of London’s best family events over the school holidays.

Plan your October half-term holidays with our guide to fun exhibitions, family events, Halloween-themed activities and exciting children’s shows. Book a room at a family-friendly hotel in one of these strategic London areas, and find out more about friendly restaurants your children will love.

October half-term activities in London

  • Go ice skating in beautiful surroundings on the Natural History Museum’s open-air ice rink. 26 Oct-7 Jan
  • Discover the origins of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world with Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library. 20 Oct-28 Feb
  • Watch some of the world’s best cyclists race around the Lee Valley VeloPark, along with top musical entertainment and appearances from special guests at Six Day London. 24-29 Oct
  • Meet favourite children’s TV and book characters including Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam and Sylvanian Families with live shows and special activities at Kidtropolis at ExCel London. 23-26 Oct
  • Send the kids on a Paddington-inspired treasure hunt and spot some of the iconic London landmarks which feature in the new film from The View from The Shard. During half-term week, two children go free with every adult ticket sold. 21-29 Oct 
  • Create your own storybook inspired by the Poster Girls exhibition at the London Transport Museum, or join in fun storytelling sessions for all ages. 21-29 Oct
  • Look out for other school holiday activities at London’s children's museums and attractions during the half-term break.

Family-friendly Halloween activities

Free half-term family activities in London

The Cast of School of Rock. Image: Tristram Kenton

October children's theatre shows

  • Follow the adventures of Annie in 1930s New York with this family-favourite at Piccadilly Theatre.
  • Treat the children to a smash-hit West End musical, from The Lion King to Wicked and the irresistible School of Rock.
  • Experience the drama of London’s former Roman Amphitheatre with a free performance of Blood Rite, an atmospheric fusion of urban dance, hip-hop and digital animation at Guildhall Yard. 20-21 Oct
  • Find more kids' shows in London.

For more October half-term ideas, take a look at what else is on in London, from Halloween events to the best things to do in London with the kids.

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