As October half term kicks off, it's time to enjoy some fantastic family activities to make the most of your break. Nestled in the heart of it all, Waterfront Southport Hotel is your perfect base for exploring the town and its surroundings.
Here are ten exciting activities happening in Southport during this special time of year:
1. Victorian Weekend at Wayfarers Shopping Arcade
Celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Wayfarers Shopping Arcade on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October 2023. This historic Grade II listed landmark promises a delightful experience filled with music hall performances, Victorian costumes, plays and more. While you're there, explore the local stores and indulge in some delicious treats at the arcade's cafes. Don't miss this unique journey to the 19th century!
2. El Kiddo Halloween Family Event
Experience the 'El Kiddo' Halloween event on Sunday 29th October, brought to you by 17-year-old music innovator DJ Harrison McDonald (also known as Harry MC). This family-friendly extravaganza will be hosted at The Waterfront Southport Hotel and feature talented tribute acts paying homage to pop music legends like Katy Perry and Taylor Swift, alongside Harry MC's fantastic tunes. Get your tickets for this unforgettable party here.
3. Southport Market's Halloween Monster Ball Bash!
Head over to Southport Market on the 26th and 27th October for a spooktacular Halloween Bash. This event offers a spooky disco, fancy dress competitions, ghoulish games, and a treat-filled goody bag for children. Hosted by the amazing Baz Todd, it's a boo-rilliant way to celebrate Halloween with your family.
Don't forget to dress to impress for the best Halloween costume prize!
4. Silcock’s Carousel and Funland
Experience a wave of nostalgia on the iconic Silcock’s Carousel on the Promenade. This historic ride, dating back to 1901, is a cherished favourite among families. Rides are just £2 per person and nearby you can visit Silcock’s Funland for even more amusement. You can also enjoy classic fish and chips at Silcock’s Pier Family Restaurant with a view of King’s Gardens and the Marine Lake.
5. Spooky Unite Halloween Party in Southport
On Saturday, 28th October, Unite Southport is hosting a Spooky Unite Halloween Party for children aged 3-7 years. The event includes a best-dressed competition, inflatables, games, and more. Dress up in your spookiest attire and enjoy a day filled with fun and games. Get all the details right here.
6. The Little Mermaid
Join Ariel, King Triton, Ursula and a host of other beloved characters for an underwater adventure in this brand-new adaptation of "The Little Mermaid" at The Atkinson on 24th and 25th October. This family-friendly show promises singing, dancing and an opportunity to meet the characters up close after the performance. It's the perfect family outing!
7. The Bear and the Reindeer Story Writing Competition
Let your child's creativity shine by participating in the Southport BID's story writing competition. Children aged 10 and under can write a short story for a chance to win an iPad and £100 in vouchers to spend in a Southport town centre venue. The winning story will also be proudly displayed in Southport Library during the festive season.
8. Spooky Make it! Craft Workshop at The Atkinson
Don't miss The Atkinson's free family craft workshop on 26th October with a spooky Halloween theme. Drop in any time between 11am-3pm to craft some wonderfully creepy Halloween creations. Afterward, explore The Atkinson Museum and its impressive collection of social history exhibits.
9. Churchtown Village Halloween Hunt
Get into the Halloween spirit and put on your witches hat as you embark on a Halloween hunt through Churchtown Village. Solve spooky clues as you wander through the charming village for a chance to win £150 in vouchers to spend locally. It's a fun day out for the whole family and a great way to support local Southport businesses.
10. Autumn Flower Show at Marble Place
Don't miss the Southport Chrysanthemum and Gardening Society's Harvest Festival Autumn Show at Marble Place on Chapel Street. Explore the exhibits, purchase spring bulbs, participate in a raffle and try your hand at guessing the name of the Elf. Admission is free, and it's the perfect way to embrace the season.
Southport is brimming with exciting activities for families during the October half term, and The Waterfront Southport Hotel eagerly awaits your arrival with comfortable accommodations delicious dining and friendly service this October Half Term. Come and enjoy your family holiday in this picturesque coastal town!
Credit: Andrew Brown – Stand Up for Southport