How on earth is it half term already? It feels like only yesterday we were rinsing down the body boards and tidying up the buckets and spades. If half term has got you in a spin, don’t fret. We’re here to save the day (or in this case the week). Use our guide to make sure your October half term is fun-filled, exciting and doesn’t break the bank.

A leisurely walk around Hawarden

Hawarden at this time of year is beautiful. Blazing orange and red leaves, lots of winding paths to explore, an abandoned corn mill, stream, orchard and the odd cow and horse to meet along the way – what more could you want from a walk?

Make sure after all that fresh, healthy air you make your way to the Hawarden Farm Shop. Not only could you pick up some delicious foods for dinner from their deli and shop, they make heavenly cakes that are well worth trying.

You can find some routes here or just go for a wander. The paths are relatively well sign-posted. Being relatively flat for Wales, this is a nice one to do with kids or the more reluctant walker. But make sure you pack some wellies or suitable footwear as it can get muddy.

Big Bug Hunt, Erdigg

Not afraid of bugs? No? How about if the bugs are gigantic? Huge? Out-of-this-world ginormous? Still not scared? Okay, then the Big Bug Hunt at Erdigg, which is run by the National Trust, sounds perfect for you. A crafts person has created 10 big bugs and hidden them around the National Trust house. It’s your mission to find the bugs. This event is free, but normal admission prices still apply. If you’re keen to take part in this fun event, contact Susanne Gronnow: 01978 315160, susanne.gronnow@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Dylan’s Big Birthday Bash, Swansea

You’ve been invited to a special party – Dylan Thomas’ 101st birthday celebration. With the promise of birthday cake, poetry fun and even some fanciful face painting, this is one party you’ll defineitly want to add to your diary. The event takes place on Tuesday 27th October at Somerset Place and is set to run from 12pm to 4pm.

Peppa Pig Surprise Show, Cardiff

Okay. We know you may not feel too warmly about Peppa Pig having watched more than you ever thought it possible to watch of one cartoon pig, but you’ll probably make your kids week if you took them along to the Peppa Pig’s Surprise live show at Cardiff.

During the performance you and your little ones will meet Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig, George and of course Peppa. This activity isn’t as budget-friendly as the other activities on the list, but it might make the perfect treat if you have young children.

Welly Week and a Halloween Party, Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

Set within 55 acres Dyffryn Gardens boasts stunning lawns, a rose garden, elegant ponds, a glasshouse, a Pompeian garden and trees from around the world. If that wasn’t enough they’ve also got some fantastic events on for kids during October half term, such as Welly Week. If you take part in welly week you’ll be invited to go on a welly hunt around the gardens looking for hidden wellies. And remember to look out for the golden welly boot.

Also being held at Dyffryn Gardens is Apple Week and a Halloween disco. At the disco your children can show off their spooky Halloween costumes and their dance moves, as well as go on a walk and take part in the Halloween themed games and storytelling. Here’s more information about the events at Dyffryn Gardens.