Half Term What's On Guide

There's lots to see and do this half term in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond

Whether you're visiting for a holiday or live nearby, entertaining the kids this half term holiday is easy in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond...

Discover Bury St Edmunds Terrible Tales at Moyse's Hall Museum

Medieval Moyse’s Hall Museum’s ground floor makeover not only features six Terrible Tales by Terry Deary, best-selling author and creator of the hugely popular Horrible Histories books, but also some grisly and gruesome interactive displays for children and adults. 

Step inside a gibbet cage (made for the museum by blacksmiths Kingdom Forge), try on a ball and chain for size, experience the smells of history including the wretched tanner’s pits, handle thumbscrews and try on manacles, and pick up a Norman sword. 

You can even trace the artefacts in The Red Barn Murder including the murder weapon and the disease box where visitors can smell a pus ridden hand is likely to be a museum favourite!

Usual admission fees apply, tickets can be bought on the door. For more information visit

Thrills at Red Lodge Karting

If you’re looking for the most exhilarating karting experience look no further!  Red Lodge Karting's fleet of karts are powered by mighty Honda engines, so you're in for a thrilling, chilling ride this half term! Children from age 8 can start their karting adventure in one of the sturdy Cadet karts, enjoying speeds of up to 35mph whilst older children (over 147cm tall) can ride in a GX200s with speeds of up to 40mph. For older children (14+) and adults, the ultimate speed freak experience is to be found with the powerful GX270 karts - Capable of speeds up to 60mph.

Book your track experience at

Go for a spin at CurveMotion

There's so much to do at CurveMotion, with something to suit all ages and interests. The roller skating rink is popular amongst families, CurveMotion is also home to East Anglia's largest play-frame in their soft play area; with tunnels, obstacles, slides and a 6ft vertical drop slide for thrill seeking youngsters! 

Whilst there, you can also treat kids to lunch or dinner in the Curve Bistro. Serving a range of homemade meals and snacks smoothies, milkshakes and Paddy & Scotts coffee for the grown ups!

Sessions must be booked online at

Get the highest score at Planet Laser

Planet Laser boasts one of the UK’s biggest multi level laser tag arenas featuring a 30 player Helios Pro Laser Gun System! You can spend a whole day here as there is so much to see and do for the whole family; with 4 mini bowling alleys, Teddy Mountain bear building workshop plus an amusement arcade featuring 2p pushers, prize machines, a selection of the latest games and a few old favourites, arcade racing, shooting games, air hockey and a pool table. 

You can enjoy lunch or dinner at Cafe Lunar, which serves a fantastic range of hot and cold food and drinks.

Book your session at

Meet the Horses at the National Horseracing Museum - until 31st December 

Meet the majestic racehorses at the home of horseracing; the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. Visitors can meet and greet the horses, and learn about how to retrain a racehorse in their behind the scenes tours at 11am and 2:30pm.

The horses are always on regular rotation as they stay with the museum for a few months before moving onto new homes after their racing careers or even go back to their owners. 

Booking online is essential at https://www.horseracingmuseum....

Discovery Detectives Trail at St Edmundsbury Cathedral - until 31st December 

Visit St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds and follow their brand new Discovery Detectives Trail. Aimed at families with children aged 6-10, the trail can be downloaded before you visit. 

 The trail takes you through the parts of the Cathedral which are open and then around the outside of the building looking for clues. On completion of the trail, pop into the Cathedral Shop to collect a badge. Don’t forget to bring a pen and notebook and maybe a magnifying glass or binoculars.

Bury St Edmunds Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition - 24th October - 20th December

The 12th Annual Sci-Fi and Action Exhibition takes place at Moyse’s Hall Museum with an intergalactic exhibition for all ages.

The exhibition celebrates two special Sci-Fi anniversaries as well as cult-classics from the small and big screens with screen used props, artwork, studio replicas and the opportunity to meet an iconic 80s puppet-baddie - a real screen used Gremlin - No water allowed within the gallery nor food on the premises after 11.59pm each night!

The exhibition opens on Saturday 24th October, with opening times for both the 24th, 25th, 31st October and 1st November10am-5pm (last entry 4pm). All other days the museum is open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) and on Sundays from 12pm-4pm (last entry 3pm)

Day tickets are available on the door, for more information visit

Spooky Saxons - 24th October - 1st November

Enjoy  fun family activities in the Anglo-Saxon Village and Museum at West Stow this half term. There will be quizzes and stories to keep you entertained, and a fabulously spooky are you brave enough to find the last rune by entering the Witchy Workshop - are you brave enough to find the last rune?

Open 10am - 5pm, tickets are available on the door. For more information visit

Halloweenies at Kentwell Hall - 24th October - 1st November

Kentwell's School for Sorcery is back for a week of spooky, safe half-term fun. Families will love exploring the magical Halloween world with spooky zones around Kentwell's Gardens and Grounds, challenges and activities aimed at children from 3 to 14 years of age. 

Dress up in your favourite Halloween or School for Sorcery outfits, for double the fun!  But make sure you are wrapped up warmly underneath as the event is outdoors. 

Booking is required and you are advised to arrive in good time so that little witches and wizards to get the most out of their visit. Please note: access is acceptable, but some areas may be challenging in wet weather.

Tickets are priced at £14.95 for aged 6 and over, children 3-6 years £12.95, children under 3 free. Book online at

Real Middle Earth Tour - 25th October

Ideal for older children (aged 10+) discover the Anglo-Saxon origins of The Lord of the Rings story in a fascinating tour of West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. 

Led by a member of the Tolkien Society and a Middle-Earth enthusiast, the guided tour will uncover the links between Tolkien and the Saxons and explore the Anglo-Saxon Village which was used as a set for ‘Born of Hope’ fan film which prequels The Lord of the Rings. The tour, which lasts a little over an hour, concludes with a ‘riddle battle’ like that in The Hobbit.

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for children. Booking is essential and can be made online at or by calling 01284 758000.

Halloween Trail at Arc Shopping Centre - 26th - 31st October

Join arc shopping centre for spooktastic Halloween fun between 11am - 3pm daily, this half term! From Monday 26th October to Saturday 31st October, follow their spooky trail around the shopping centre to find 8 clues which will be hidden within the windows of restaurants and shops. 

Once you have found all the clues and cracked the code, head to Charter Square where your completed trail sheet will be exchanged for a yummy Halloween treat! It’s free to take part!

Family Fright Nights - 28th - 30th October

Families and children welcomed to Palace House this Halloween; once the horseracing home of King Charles II during his visits to Newmarket, today, it is home to paintings and many other works of art.

Dress up and take a tour by torchlight to watch history come alive. Hunt for the 5 hidden bats for your chance to win a goody bag and pick up a craft kit to enjoy at home.

For teenagers and adults looking for a scarier experience, Fright Nights are being run at the Museum on Friday 30th & Saturday 31st October, 6pm – 9pm. 

Paint a Pumpkin Workshop - 30th October

An afternoon of spooky Halloween fun at The Apex, children will love getting creative and painting their own pumpkin to take home. Due to limited capacity, adults are unable to accompany children but can drop the children off and enjoy shopping or a peaceful coffee in one of the many nearby cafes. 

Old clothes or Halloween fancy dress is encouraged as children will be using paint. Tickets are £15 per child, which includes a juice and biscuit. 

Booking is required at https://www.whatsonwestsuffolk...

Moreton Hall Pumpkin Trail - 30th & 31st October

A fun alternative to trick or treating, follow the trail of pumpkins each day between 10am - 4pm, carved with ghoulish faces throughout the Moreton Hall estate. 

Vote for the scariest, funniest and most original pumpkins and the winners will win a prize! You download and print the trail map from the Moreton Hall Facebook page:

Halloween Trail in the Abbey Gardens - 31st October

There are scary prizes up for grabs this Halloween in the Abbey Gardens. Pop into the new gardens shop (by the aviary) to get a quiz sheet. 3pm is when the you need to stop - be quick to get a prize or be square!

Claim your prize in the gardens shop after completing the quiz. First come first served rules apply for prizes. You will need to wear suitable clothing as this is an outdoor trail. Kids of all ages are welcome, including grown up ones. Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Find out more at 

'Paranorman' On Screen at Abbeygate Cinema - 31st October

Head to Abbeygate Cinema on 31st October for a spooky screening of the family film 'Paranorman'. The story follows Norman Babcock, a boy who can speak to the dead and his struggle to save the town of Blithe Hollow from an ancient curse.

Showing at 10am, tickets are just £2.50 and can be booked online at

Crafty Foxes Spooky Halloween Workshop - 31st October 

Get creative with The Crafty Foxes and enjoy an afternoon of spooky Halloween fun at The Apex. Children will enjoy making a Halloween bat, ghostly treats and a monster lantern - Halloween fancy dress is welcomed!

Aimed at children aged 7 and under, adults must accompany there children but due to capacity only 1 adult per child. 

Tickets cost £15 per child which includes a juice and biscuit, accompanying adults free of charge but please ensure you book a space at https://www.whatsonwestsuffolk...

Halloween Spooktacular at Dobbies - 31st October & 1st November

Enjoy Halloween as a family, with the return of this popular event for another year at Dobbies. 

Kids can get stuck into terrifying treats before getting creative with a creepy craft activity and ghoulish games. Each event will hold a fancy-dress competition, so make sure your little ones wear their most Spooktacular fancy dress costume to be in with a chance of winning a prize. 

Tickets are £8.50 per child and includes a spooktacular meal, adults £5.99 which includes tea or coffee and a slice of cake or traditional afternoon tea. 

Book your place at

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