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Try a spooky Halloween trail or glow in the dark sports
Children in the Lichfield area of Staffordshire can look forward to a 'festival of fear' as a series of Halloween-themed fun activities have been laid on during the forthcoming autumn half-term holidays. With events and attractions ranging from a spooky trail to a Halloween fancy dress themed ultra violet sports activity, there is lots on offer for children and teenagers this half term. Lichfield District Council has launched its autumn holiday programme, packed with Halloween-themed treats a well as plenty of active sessions, in order to keep boredom at bay while schools are closed between October 28 and November 4. The council's Getin2it sessions for young people aged from 7 to 25 will run over the half term week and include dodgeball, dance, boxing, multi-sports, tennis and trampolining sessions. Most activities cost just £1 and do not need to be booked in advance.
Have a spookily fun time on the Beacon Park Halloween trail
A major highlight of the half-term week promises to be the Halloween fancy dress themed UV sport and Glow Active sessions at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Tuesday 29 October. Costing £2 a session, it includes a wide range of sports all of which take place in spectacular glow in the dark surroundings and with the participants wearing spooky costumes! The first session, from 2pm to 3.30pm, is for 7 to 11 year olds and the second session, from 3.30pm to 5pm, is for 12 to 16 year olds. Over at Beacon Park in Lichfield city centre, the Halloween-themed fun starts a little earlier with families able to follow a Halloween puzzle trail every day from Saturday 19 October to Sunday 3 November. There are two sets of clues, one for little ones and slightly harder clues for older children. The trails are available from the Ranger Station in Beacon Park between 10am and 3pm at a cost of £1 each. In the lead up to half term, Beacon Park is also running a Mini Mummy workshop on October 19 where children aged 5 can make a posable mini mummy out of pipe cleaners for £1 per mummy. This drop-in workshop is taking place in the park's Discovery Hub, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
Councillor Liz Little, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Recycling & Leisure, said: "We've got plenty of treats on offer for children and young people this autumn half term. It can be difficult to get young people away from their screens, so having a go at our Getin2it sessions in Lichfield and Burntwood, or trying out Beacon Park's Halloween trail, is a good way to get them out of the house and engaged in positive activities." For the full programme of half-term activities, please visit www.activelichfield.co.uk/holidayfun