There is plenty to do in Bognor Regis this half-term that will keep the children busy. Here is our list of things to do this October half-term, if you’re looking for inspiration. The weather isn’t looking great for the week ahead, so we’ve listed a mixture of outdoor and indoor activities.
Remember to check organiser website and social media pages daily for new activities or last-minute changes due to weather!
Why not visit Bognor Regis’s busy, friendly library, within easy walking distance of the train station and town centre. As well as a vibrant children’s library, there are also a range of events and activities for children to enjoy this October half term, including Family board games, Rhyme Time, Story Time and Construction Club. Visit their “What’s On ” page for more details: https://arena.westsussex.gov.uk/events#/?location=Bognor%20Regis%20Library&targetAudience=Children
The area is blessed with gorgeous beaches which stretch along the West Sussex coastline (which is why Billy Butlin based his holiday resort here) and they make a great destination for a free day out with the kids.
Bognor Regis is a great London Clay location, which makes it excellent for fossil hunting, especially for certain types of insects, plant remains, brachiopods and bivalves. Some of the shells are huge, too. Look particularly around Bognor Rocks (while being careful), west of the pier and along to Aldwick Rocks for some of the best finds. More details on what to look out for can be found on the UK Fossils Network and remember to take a spade and a hammer. If finding fossils seems a bit daunting, start out by seeing who can find the best shells and stones.
As well as flumes and inflatable fun in the pool, Arun Leisure Centre are also running their October half term Holiday Club. The popular day camps are full of fun and include actvities such as sports, games, arts & crafts, competitions, swimming, and much more. This half term, activities include exciting Halloween themed sessions to add to the fun!
Located opposite the railway station, the Bognor Regis Picturedrome Cinema is a Grade II-listed find. Not only because of the masses of history that it’s steeped in, but because it is inexpensive. The cinema might be newly refurbished, but the prices are reassuringly old-fashioned and you will notice the difference when comparing tickets, drinks and snacks with the prices of the bigger cinemas in the area. So if the weather takes a turn for the worse, settle in with a good film in beautiful surroundings.
This half-term, the Picturedrome is showing family friendly films, Paw Patrol: The Might Movie, A Mystery on the Cattle Hill Express, and Trolls Band Together, with ticket prices starting at £3.50. To check times and book tickets, please visit: https://www.picturedromebognor.com
If you can brave the weather, the range of activities in Hotham Park makes it an ideal destination. The mini golf and miniature railway do charge, but the play park and massive green spaces are all free to use and perfect for keeping the kids entertained for a while. Take a football for a kick about or scooters and bikes to explore the many pathways.
Check the latest information at:
Hotham Park Railway: https://hothamparkrailway.co.uk
Join in the Pumpkin Trail Hunt this half-term at Wildforest Falls in Hotham Park. Children will enjoy solving clues to find the pumpkins and unlock the secret password, whilst walking through wild animal themed adventure golf course. Free* sweet treat to those who find and solve the clue! *while stocks last, site rules apply, site opens weather permitting. To find out more, visit: https://isslifestyle.co.uk/october-half-term-activities-2
Bognor Regis Museum will have 10 cheeky ghosts hidden among its displays from Tuesday 24th October until Saturday 28th October, (10am until 4pm) and want children to come and hunt for them! If your child can find ALL ten ghosts, and write their correct locations on the special entry forms, they will receive a FREE TRICK or TREAT. Visit their event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/292759263542874
A little further afield you’ll find various Halloween themed activities and events at the Aldingbourne Country Centre, such as Witching Hour in the Woodland Walk and their Halloween Spooktacular! To find out more, visit: https://www.aldingbournecountrycentre.org/events
Arena Sports Centre are running October Half Term Tots drop-in sessions between 9am-3pm Monday-Friday over October Half term (week beginning 23rd October). Tots sessions are for children aged 0-8 years old. £3.50 per child (free if they cannot walk yet). You’ll find more details at: https://www.arenasportscentre.co.uk/news