Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Thanet families looking for fun during the autumn half-term week have a range of exciting activities to choose from.
And with the half-term coinciding with Halloween, it’s no surprise that there’s a distinctly spooky flavour to some of the entertainment.
On Friday 26 October, the Lido car park, Cliftonville, will host a ‘Horror drive-in Movie’ from 8pm to 11pm, and the programme will feature the hilarious horror comedy feature film, ‘Zombieland’. On Wednesday 31 October, Cliftonville’s Tom Thumb Theatre will be hosting a free event of ‘Ghoulish Ghost Stories’, suitable for all the family (doors open 4pm).
On Sunday 28 October from 1pm to 3.30pm there will be a Secret Garden Pumpkin Day at the Quex Park Estate’s Secret Garden, Birchington. Also on 28 October there will be a Children’s Halloween Disco at the Pavilion, in Harbour Street, Broadstairs from 4pm to 7pm. Tickets cost £3 per head  for adults and children.
On Tuesday 30 October and Wednesday 31 October, a Halloween Party is taking place at the Helter Skelter Play Centre, Broadstairs. The event is happening from 4pm to 6pm and is suitable for children of all ages. It offers arts and crafts, face-painting, party food and trick or treat bags.
From Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November, ‘Make ‘n’ Paint Activity Days’ are taking place at the Hornby Visitor Centre from 10am to 4pm. Access is included in the admission price.
But for those who would like a less ghoulish half-term, there is also plenty on offer. The half-term also runs alongside Kent Coastal Week 2012, which is happening from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 4 November, with a ‘Historic Coast’ package of events.
The ‘Historic Coast at Ramsgate’ will be explored on Sunday 28 October from 10am to 4pm outside the Customs House next to Ramsgate Royal Harbour.
This promises to be a great venue for launching coastal week, and there will be many activities taking place there and around the town throughout the day. This event will be delivered with the support of Ramsgate Town Council and London Array.
And as part of the celebrations the Thanet Coast Project will be holding a storytelling Treasure Trail on Sunday 28 October at 1.30pm on Ramsgate Main Sands. Comprising a ‘wacky’ coastal adventure and intriguing treasure trail for all to unravel, the activity is led Scandalmongers storytellers, lasts for one-and-a-half hours and is suitable for family groups.
On Tuesday 30 October, Geology Rocks offers hands-on exploration from 2pm. Lasting one hour, it is suitable for those aged 4-11years and takes place on Margate Main Sands. And at Pegwell Bay a Rock Doc Walk takes place on Sunday 4 November from 11am-12.30pm. The walk will last for one to two hours and is suitable for those aged 14 or more.
Thanet District Council’s Director of Community Services, Madeline Homer said: “People living in Thanet will have plenty to do over the half-term week, and it should be a particularly exciting time for children.
“As you’d expect, there will be a definite Halloween feel, but there are plenty of other things on offer. Kent’s Coastal Week and the Thanet Coastal Project offer a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the local marine heritage, and the events offer something for people of all ages.”
Anyone wishing to find out more information about the events and activities taking place over the half-term week can visit

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