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Things To Do In Harlow This October Half Term

Tuesday 16th October 2018

It’s that time again when the kids are off school and you need to find something for them to do. This year is going quick, isn’t it?

We know that it can be stressful trying to find the perfect activities to keep your kids entertained, so we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of great ideas for days out.

Halloween At The Harvey Centre

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To celebrate the scariest day of the year, The Harvey Centre is hosting their own range of Halloween events this year with a spooky theme.

The first event comes in the form of our Halloween Pirate Event,

Join us on Saturday 27th October from 11am till 4pm and join Wendy Walk-The-Plank and Penelope Pieces-Of-Eight for a day of swashbuckling, haunted pirate ship fun with treasure chest decorating workshops, sea shanty lingo classes, a real life treasure hunt and fantastic face painting.

Watch your pockets though, because everyone knows that pirates love gold.

We are also transforming The Harvey Centre into a spine chilling Haunted House over this half term, complete with its own spooky garden. Customers can venture inside and pose for scary selfies if they are feeling brave enough.

From 19th October until 4th November, we’ll have a range of different activities going on, including the Hall of Horrors, Knock The Pumpkin and Hoop The Hat. All of our Halloween events are completely FREE and guarantee a couple of scares and a lot of fun, so don’t miss out!

If that wasn’t enough you can also win 4 tickets to The Panic Rooms as part of The Harvey Centre’s Halloween event. Just upload your selfie from the scary selfie zone at the event to social media with the hashtag #Harloween to be in with a chance of winning.

Quasar Harlow

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If you’re looking for some fast paced action this half term, look no further than Quasar Harlow.

Quasar Harlow is the largest laser tag arena in the UK, and its located right here at The Harvey Centre. With the ability to play against up to 30 people, they have multiple intense game modes for you to try out. There’s even an “Unlimited Quasar” option for those who can’t get enough.

Choosing from Energise, Stun or Eliminator, there’s fun to be had for everyone. You can also enjoy some tasty snacks at The Cage Cafe, serving up a range of sandwiches and burgers.

Parndon Wood’s Halloween Spooky Night

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Get ready for a frightful night at Parndon Wood’s Halloween Spooky Night!

The event is being held at Parndon Wood Nature Reserve on Saturday 27th October and is set to be a great night. Billed as a “terrifying trail with goodie bags and games”, it sounds like it’s going to be a perfect Halloween treat for the whole family.

Tickets are priced at £3 per ticket and is being organised by the Ecco charity.

Harlow Leisure Zone

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If you fancy combining spooky with sporty, then Harlow Leisure Zone is the place to be this half term.

During the October half term, the Leisure Zone is hosting a kids activity programme for kids ages tot’s to 13 year olds. Some of the activities included in this programme include a Halloween Slime Workshop, Pumpkin Carving and Roller Skate Camp.

As well as organising this programme, they are also hosting multiple different activities and events throughout the half term week. For more information, visit their website.

Paradise Wildlife Park

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So this one isn’t technically in Harlow, but it’s definitely worth a visit.

Paradise Wildlife Park are hosting a special “Howl-O-Ween” event over the October half term and its set to be a hoot! (We apologise in advance for the terrible puns).

Offering up a range of activities such as spooktacular shows, animal pumpkin feeds and crazy creepy crawlies, it sounds like so much fun! Every kid will also receive a free wolf mask on arrival, and they will be holding free pumpkin carving sessions throughout.

The event is running from 20th October until 4th November, so you’ve got plenty of time to visit. You can even enjoy 10% off if you book online – who doesn’t love saving money?

Harlow Playhouse at The Harvey Centre

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Harlow Playhouse is relocating to The Harvey Centre for a one off unique experience. Performing The Ghost of Chesterton House, be ready for a spooky night full of chills and thrills.

The play is about a woman who seeks the company of a lodger to help her exorcise the ghostly vision that haunts her. However as night creeps in, everything starts to change and the village is not as deserted as you thought.

The UK’s first touring immersive experience, make sure you don’t miss out on this brilliant and spooky performance!


As you can tell, we’re getting quite excited for Halloween. If you’re looking for something scary to do over this October half term, be sure to drop by The Harvey Centre and share all of your spooky shots with us.


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