Autumn Half Term at the Coast

Autumn’s nip is in the air, but there are plenty of activities to enjoy in Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate. Half-term happiness is just a seaside adventure away so wrap up warm and get your boots on. So refreshing, so fun. 

Looking for ways to fill the days with the children this half-term, here are some ideas

Saturday 21 and Wednesday 25 October
Sea Searcher Wildlife Trip from Ramsgate Royal Harbour 
Take a trip to an active seal colony inside a National Nature Reserve which also has the benefits of a wide range of birds including the rare ingret.

Sunday 22nd, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th and Sunday 29th October
Easy Workshops at Turner Contemporary, Margate
Throughout the current exhibition find your creative side

Wednesday 25-Friday 27 October
Children’s Holiday Workshops at Pick n Paint a Pot, Margate
Make your own piece of artwork getting creative working with clay and pottery painting

Thursday 26 October
Simple Simon’s Spooky Halloween Adventures at Margate Winter Gardens
Full of thrills and spills as Simon, his pet cat Tommy and Fairy Moonbeam battle Wicked Witch Wilhelma, her horrible henchman Grot and their ghosts and ghouls to save the day for children everywhere!

Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October
It’s Magic at The Micro Museum, Ramsgate
Visit for a Harry Potter themed weekend with gamed loaded on to classic consoles

Tuesday 24th – Friday 27th October
Victorian Optical Toys at Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington
As part of the Big Draw Festival, be inspired by early types of animation and have a go at creating two Victorian Toys

Halloween Events

Not only are there events, why not take a visit to one of our many attractions and activities

Bleak House: Charles Dickens’ favourite holiday home and where he wrote David Copperfield, plus Smuggling museum (Daily 11am-5pm)

Coastal Explores: family activity packs including lots of equipment, fun activity cards and trails to help you discover Thanet’s heritage and coastline

Crampton Tower Museum: local history and railway museum celebrating the life and achievement of Broadstairs man, Thomas Russell Crampton (Weekends only 2-5pm)

Dickens House Museum: explore Charles Dickens’ relationship with Broadstairs through his letters and personal items in the home that was the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. (Daily 1-4.30pm)

Dreamland: the UK’s original pleasure park that’ll give guests fun, food, thrills and good times. Enjoy renovated vintage rides including The Scenic Railway or if the weather isn’t being kind, head indoors to the roller disco and arcade machines (Open 21-29 October 11am – 5pm)  

Hornby Visitor Centre: features treasures from the Company’s archives dating back as far as the 1920s and fascinating displays about some of the nation’s best loved toys - Hornby, Scalextric, Airfix and Corgi. (Daily 10am-4pm)

Margate Museum: learn about Margate’s history of bathing machines, paddle steamers, shipwrecks and day-trippers in the Old Police Station in Margate Old town (Weekends 11am-5pm and Wednesday 11.30am-2.30pm)

The Micro Museum: discover the ideas, inventions and inventors of the digital world through a collection of vintage personal computers, games and microelectronics. (Open 21 & 22, 27-29 October 1-4pm)

Monkton Nature Reserve: a family day out in the countryside with trails, activities and a small museum, set within a 16 acre nature reserve – rare orchids, butterflies, bat cave and Thanet Observatory (Open daily 10am-5pm)

Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens: Naturalist, explorer and collector Major PHG Powell-Cotton established a museum in the gardens of Quex House to house his extensive world class collection consisting of 19th century natural history from Africa and Asia, oriental fine arts, antique furniture, ceramics, weaponry and local archaeology. Quex House, a Regency Mansion proudly displaying fascinating furniture, objet d’art and a beautiful library. (Tuesday – Sunday 10am-5pm, House 1-4pm) 

Also at Quex Park you can find Quex Craft Village, Jungle Jims and Quex Barn Farmers market and restaurant.

RAF Manston History Museum: based on the history of the airfield from 1916 to 2014, including artefacts from WWI to modern search and rescue operations and its move to Civil aviation (Daily 10am-4pm)

Ramsgate Tunnels: this complex of underground tunnels was home to over 1,000 people during the darkest period of WWII – come and experience how life underground was for them (Wednesday – Sunday 10am, 12pm and 2pm)

Shell Grotto: one big mystery – 70ft of winding underground passages, decorated with strange symbols mosaiced in millions of shells (Daily 10am-5pm)


Spitfire and Hurricane Museum: home to splendid examples of the two WWII fighter aircraft which served the RAF in many areas of battle, both at home and overseas, the Spitfire and Hurricane (Daily 10am-5pm)

Tudor House: thought to be one of the oldest buildings in Kent; it was built around 1525 and is believed to be the home of a wealthy yeoman farmer (Friday, Weekends and Wednesday 11.30am-2.30pm)