Exciting things to do in the Midlands with kids

Jump into three million bricks at the UK’s biggest Lego event. Discover Halloween terror in the creepiest place or under the sea. Dip into den building. Go medieval for the weekend with Robin Hood. Or have a quiet afternoon at the theatre – not. There are so many things to do in the Midlands this October, that half term is shaping up to be thrilling this year. Better start making plans now.

Robin hood festival

1/7 Make merry at Nottingham’s Robin Hood Pageant

Living up to its name as the ‘UK’s Festival City’, Nottingham takes kids back in time for the annual Robin Hood Pageant – handily held over half-term weekend this year. If no holiday is complete without some jousting, a spot of archery try-out and some medieval hand-to-hand combat, you’re in luck. Kids of a more gentle persuasion can attempt to turn lead into gold at the Alchemist’s Lab or give weaving, woodcarving and fletching a go in the 12th century workshop. Expect plenty of colourful costume, ridiculously passionate reenactors, Robin Hood himself, more than a few Merry Men, endless entertainment from falconry displays to wandering minstrels and ye olde feasting, of course.

When: 29 and 30 October

Where: Nottingham Castle. The castle’s 10 minutes’ walk from Nottingham Station or 7 minutes by bus.

Price: from £6.00 (tickets should be booked in advance)

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