Half term is nearly here and this autumn there will be a host of family fun to enjoy up and down Monmouthshire.

From swimming to crafts, football to something spooktacular, there will be something for the whole family to enjoy over the week of autumn half term from October 30 to November 5.

MonLife are laying on an array of activities to keep your little ones occupied during half term.

There will be swimming, football and the return of the Monmouthshire Games.

South Wales Argus: The Monmouthshire Games are back this half termThe Monmouthshire Games are back this half term (Image: Monmouthshire County Council)During half term, MonLife will also hold free Active Play sessions at the Abergavenny, Chepstow, Caldicot and Monmouth leisure centres.

The ‘Play’ programme is one hour and 55 minutes, where children between five and 11 can be left with our highly trained and experienced playworkers and choose from a range of activities, including physical play, arts and crafts, archery or wherever their imagination takes them. 

South Wales Argus: A football fun day is one of the many activities availableA football fun day is one of the many activities available (Image: Monmouthshire County Council)MonLife will also be holding free Stay and Play sessions during half term, where children and families can freely choose from many activities including physical play, arts and crafts or den building.

At Caldicot Castle, visitors can enjoy some Halloween fun with a series of family-friendly one-hour sessions.

Halloween crafts and games will be in the banquet hall, followed by a scary scarecrow pumpkin trail through our courtyard and towers.

Tintern Old Station will be offering more scary fare, where children can enjoy a spooky pumpkin trail, Halloween mask-making, and craft activities.

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Welsh Museums Festival is back this month, with a whole week of special events and activities for all ages at museums across our sites.

Abergavenny, Chepstow, and Shire Hall museums are also getting into the spirit of things with Halloween craft events – no booking required.

Make time for some arts and crafts with family and friends at the craft afternoon for kids led by the creative MonLife Heritage Museum volunteers, on Thursday, 2 November between 2-4pm at the The Drill Hall, Lower Church Street Chepstow.

Bring your kids to The Zone, Caldicot or The Cabin, Abergavenny youth clubs for a Halloween Party between 4-9pm on Tuesday, October 31.

 These are an open for all young people to attend with Halloween themed activities for ages 11+.

South Wales Argus: There's plenty to do this half term in MonmouthshireThere's plenty to do this half term in Monmouthshire (Image: Monmouthshire County Council)

If theatre is more your bag, take in a brand-new family show from M6 Theatre at The Borough Theatre this half term.

Filled with clowning, original song and beautiful shadow play, this highly physical show uses minimal language to tell a tale about taking care, discovering what’s important and learning how to fly.

If your appetite for all things spooktacular has not yet been sated, the libraries in Abergavenny, Monmouth, Chepstow, Caldicot and Usk are all laying on themed events too.

In Chepstow, search for the Golden Ticket, hidden each day in the library’s children’s area.  

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which will be a ticket hidden every day in the library throughout half-term in the children’s area. Speak to a member of staff to claim your prize.

Cabinet member for equalities and engagement, Cllr. Angela Sandles said: “Half term in Monmouthshire this autumn is sure to be enjoyed by children and their parents across the county.
“There is so much to do and I cannot wait to hear about all the fun being had at the various spooky events.”

To find out more about all the events and activities across Monmouthshire this autumn half term, visit the MonLife website.