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Great things to do with the kids in Stoke-on-Trent during October Half Term!

So the school holidays are here and you're wondering what to do with the kids? Well, here are some great ideas of where to visit, and what to see and do in Stoke-on-Trent to stop the kids getting bored over the school holidays...

Let them go potty!

Get creative with the many hands-on opportunities available

Let your kids' creative juices flow over the holidays by creating their very own ceramic masterpiece with the many hands-on opportunities available at the World of Wedgwood, Emma Bridgewater, Royal Stafford and Gladstone Pottery Museum. From throwing a pot to hand painting your own dinner service there is something for all ages to enjoy.

Hey, hey, we are the Monkeys!

Monkey fun at Trentham Monkey Forest

Visit Trentham Monkey Forest and take bring your little monkeys to meet ours! Meet the playful Barbary macaques who are roaming free in 60 acres of beautiful English forest!


Trentham Monkey Forest have been thrilled to welcome 9 new arrivals this year - 6 boys and 3 girls! Come and see the little ones making mischief before the Monkey Forest closes for the winter period!


Find out more about Trentham Monkey Forest

Find the fairies!

Find the fairies at the Trenthsm Estate

Everyone knows that fairies live at the bottom of gardens and Trentham Gardens is no different. Keep your eyes peeled as you walk around the beautiful mile-long lake, and through the woodland, maze and gardens where the Fairies at Trentham live. Each fairy is different, some are bold and will want to shake your hand, others are shy and are harder to spot high up in the trees. Can you find them all?


Find out more about the Fairy Trail at the Trentham Estate.

High rope adventures at Aerial Extreme

High rope adventures at Aerial Extreme

Take on Aerial Extreme's High Ropes Adventure Course at the Trentham Estate with fun obstacles such as rope bridges, scramble nets, swinging logs and balance beams, plus many more!


Families get 25% discount over October half term too! See for details (Terms and conditions apply)


Explore our beautiful gardens

Spring gardens in Stoke-on-Trent

Autumn is here and it's a lovely time to enjoy the outdoors in our beautiful gardens as the colours are changing.


Whether you’re looking for a garden with peace and quiet, or fun and action you will find a great day out at Trentham Gardens. Discover the world in one garden at Biddulph Grange Garden and explore a beautiful winter garden at the 12 acre hillside Dorothy Clive Garden.

Climbing the walls?

Take to the indoor climbing walls at Kilnworx

Let them take to the walls at Kilnworx Climbing Centre! Set in a converted church it’s an amazing place to learn the basics or practice advanced techniques in a relaxed and friendly environment with super friendly and supportive staff! The perfect place to wear them out when the weather isn't so great!

Peak Wildlife Park

Get face to face with endangered animals at Peak Wildlife Park

Go face-to-face with endangered animals from across three continents in a truly unique and immersive animal experience. Whether you love lemurs, have a passion for penguins or want to wander with wallabies the park has something to offer you!


Discover more about Peak Wildlife Park

Make a splash at Dimensions Leisure Centre

Have fun in Dimension's splash poolWhether you want to make a splash under the water fountains, ride the rapids, shoot down the dragon slide or simply relax in a hot spa, the splash pool at Dimensions Leisure Centre is a great value-for-money place to ensure you and and your kids have fun!

Explore the City's Museums

Explore Stoke-on-Trent's fun museums

Discover the history and heritage of The Potteries at our award-winning museums and visitor centres. From the world's largest collection of Staffordshire ceramics at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery to the history of the toilet at Gladstone Pottery Museum! Find out what a saggar makers bottom knocker is, and discover over 250 years of British social, design and industrial history at the Wedgwood Museum. Experience Dudson's heritage from 1800 to the present day at the Dudson Museum and visit the last working Victorian pottery factory at Middleport Pottery.


Browse Stoke-on-Trent's brilliant museums

Discover the Hive at intu Potteries

intu Potteries now with a brand new leisure development  - the HiveThe Hive at intu Potteries opened in December 2015 and offers a brilliant new leisure development comprising seven scrumptious restaurants; Nando's, Chiquito, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Frankie & Benny's, Pizza Express, Bon Pan Asian, Coast to Coast and a nine screen Cineworld cinema. This complements intu Potteries fantastic retail offering and year-round event programme.
Half-term events

Wed 9 Nov 2016 - Thu 26 Jan 2017


Chinese Zodiac Trail

Fri 6 Jan - Tue 28 Feb 2017


Fabulous Ladies of Stoke-on-Trent

Sat 23 Jul 2016 - Wed 1 Apr 2020



Sun 15 Jan - Mon 6 Feb 2017


Masters of Art and Sport

Sat 29 Oct 2016 - Sun 12 Feb 2017


Saxon Pots and Potters

Sat 23 Apr 2016 - Wed 1 Apr 2020


Leek Street Scene
The Nicholson Art Collection at Nicholson Museum & Art Gallery

Sat 14 Jan - Sat 25 Feb 2017


The Snow Queen

Sat 19 Nov 2016 - Sat 28 Jan 2017


The Unknown Girl

Tue 17 Jan 2017


Jack Whitehall: At Large

Thu 19 - Fri 20 Jan 2017


United States of Love

Thu 19 Jan 2017



Fri 20 - Sat 21 Jan 2017



Fri 20 Jan 2017


Leek Fine Food Market

Sat 21 Jan 2017



Sat 21 Jan 2017


The Johnny Cash Roadshow

Sat 21 Jan 2017


The Wailing

Tue 24 Jan 2017