The Little Book’s Top 5 


Half term will shortly be upon us and if you are not yet prepared don’t panic! There are some brilliant events around, and we have focused on those that will give this break from school a purpose, making it enjoyable but a great way to hone some skills and boost confidence.


22nd – 23rd Oct 

If you have a child in Years 5 – 11 then you could consider the “Debate like a World Champion’ two day course at Latymer School in West London run by Intelligence Squared. The art of debate involves mastering essential skills: the confidence to speak in public and make sense; the construction of a logical argument and the ability to read an audience’s reactions. These are all great skills for our kids to pick up and perhaps most importantly, the willingness to hear others’ arguments and to respond to them.



24th October 10.30

Tucked away beside the Thames, The Chelsea Physic Garden is the ultimate ‘Secret Garden’ with a living collection of over 5,000 edible, useful and medicinal plants that have changed the world. This half term, the beautiful venue is the setting for ‘Lotions and ‘Magic’ Potions.’ Children over 8 will explore a brief history of medicine and find out about the folklore of plants and ‘witchcraft’, learning how the power of plants can heal and soothe.They will be shown how to make some of their own natural and low-cost healing potions and plant a mini medicinal garden to take home.


31st October from 10.30am

The River & Rowing Museum in Henley-On-Thames is always a half term favorite as it has so much going on and is a real social hub for the kiddies and mums alike. This half term gets a little spooky as your kiddies can discover the nocturnal creatures of the Wild Wood for Halloween and find out how they adapt to the dark. Along with creating an autumn picture with things that appear only at night, making a shadow puppet and getting crafty designing spooky spiders, hair-raising hedgehogs and eerie owls, will they have enough energy left to follow the wildwood trail with a home-made lantern to collect a tasty treat?


If you have a budding video producer, or simply a child who is fascinated by visual arts and the media then they will love you for sending them a course run by Sparks. This half tern they are running spooky film themed courses for children in three age groups 5-7, 7-11 and 11-14. All the activities are designed to help boost imagination, creativity and confidence. For example chilfdren in the 7-11 age group on the Spellbound course will work as a film crew, under guidance from the team of filmmaking workshop leaders. They’ll explore how to produce a movie from scratch, developing skills as directors, photographers, actors and more. Alongside lots of visual effects, they will also learn how to craft a dramatic and thrilling horror movie. The end result will be a spellbinding movie production to share with family and friends. 

2 to 5 day courses offered, based in the home counties and London. Check website for details.



Another of our favorites is the Roald Dahl Centre that never fails to delight the young and old. This half term they have all sorts of activities on offer from storytelling, Magic Mirrors crafts, workshops and the Bits of Witch Trail where you need to get ready to go on the hunt for all the bits of the witch’s accessories! Great for kids to get stuck in and explore the galleries whilst learning more about Roald Dahl’s The Witches.  

Check the website for event details