Things To Do With Kids In London This October Half Term
City breaks in London are infamous for thrashing even the most frugally managed bank accounts, but instead of cutting back on family fun this October Half Term why not just stretch your money further? Below are five ideas that'll help you make the most of the coming holidays. While they're not necessarily budget options they are excellent value and bags of fun for all ages. Scoop up all of London's major attractions with the city's iVenture Card, take a day trip to Warwick Castle, and ride the new 60s music bus in Richmond- perfect compliment to the Rugby World Cup in Twickenham!
Give The London iVenture Card A Spin
The great thing about this handy attraction pass is that it comes in variety of flavours to suit any budget. Who's to judge whether your October Half Term city break will last 2, 5 or 7 days? Whatever the length of you and kid's stay the easiest way to enjoy fun activities without breaking the bank is to give one of the 'Flexi Passes' a whirl. They are available in four versions: 3, 5, 7 or 10. These numbers indicate the amount of optional activities you can add to the five standard offers, which range from a 5-Day London Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour to a Full English Day Trip. However many activities you add to your iVenture Card this October you'll have 1 month to do them all before they expire.
If you know for a fact that your October Half Term Break in London will last 5 days then you could also try the 'All Inclusive Daily Pass'. Once redeemed these have to used within 5 consecutive days but they unlock every offer available with iVenture London, from free meals at selected restaurants to theatre tickets and over a dozen popular activities.
Leap Back To The Swinging 60s In Richmond
If you know anyone who's an avid fan of rugby then you'll have felt the full vibes of this year's Rugby World Cup. While the top fixtures will be taking place at Twickenham Stadium they're not the only reason to be in Richmond this October. Earlier this year London Music Heritage launched their new Swinging 60s Bus Tour, a sightseeing service that explores the area's vast musical legacy. This blast from the past features passionate live guides, audio streams of 60 original rock tracks, and the occasional special guest conductor! Steve Hackett anyone?
The Swinging 60s Bus Tour will be running all through the month of October, and can be enjoyed as a single loop or a full day hop-on hop-off outing.
Enjoy Comedy Sightseeing Aboard The Ghost Bus Tour
London is a city that never sleeps, so why should its sightseeing tours? Grab the kids and jump aboard the capital's only 'fright bus' service. Together with the actor/guides you'll unearth the darkest chapters in London's 2000 year history while visiting famous highlights such as Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Ghost Bus Tours are conducted in an engaging comedy style and are great fun for young and old alike.
Sail The Thames And Include A Top London Attraction
With plenty of events taking place along the banks of the River Thames this October (see Merge Festival) why not treat the kids to a sightseeing voyage along its waters. The 'River Red Rover' hop-on hop-off boats by London City Cruises make daily departures between piers at Westminster, London Eye, Tower Bridge and Greenwich.
All journey's feature live guides and can be combined with a top London attraction of you and the kid's choosing. Pick between: London Eye, Sea Life London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Tower of london, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Madame Tussauds, or The View from the Shard.
Take The Kids To Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & The Cotswolds
While this one is available as part of the London iVenture Card we'd also highly recommend it as a standalone outing. England's best preserved medieval castle is hit with all ages, Stratford and Oxford are amazingly beautiful all year round, and the Cotswolds are simply unmissable during Autumn. Note that entry to Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's Birthplace is included in the tour price, giving the kids plenty to see and do. Book your trip here.