Monmouthshire County Council has organised a range of great activities for children over the autumn half term.

On Thursday 2nd November Chepstow Community Hub will host a storytelling session from 11am to noon for five to eight year olds based on the book Room on the Broom by popular children’s author Julia Donaldson.  Afterwards, children can make crafts associated with the story.  Contact Sally Anne Powell – SallyAnnePowell@monmouthshire.gov.uk – 01291 635730 for details.

Usk Community Hub also offers Room on the Broom activities at 10am on Thursday 2nd November as well as yo-yo decorating during opening hours.  Usk Hub is open on Saturday (9am to 12.45pm), Monday to Wednesday (9am to 5pm) and Thursday (9am to 7pm).

The popular Monmouthshire Games will return to the county’s four leisure centres over the half term holidays for youngsters to learn new skills, develop confidence, meet new people and most importantly, have fun through sport!  Each day will be packed with a range of sporting activities for 5 to 12 year olds and activities include swimming, football, netball, basketball, kayaking, cricket, hockey, golf, badminton, Nerf Guns, tennis, running a daily mile, rounders and rugby.  The costs are £16 per day (9am to 3pm) or £19.50 (8am to 5pm).  For further details log onto: http://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/things-to-do/monleisure

Monmouthshire’s youth service has arranged a series of activities for young people.  On Monday 30th October – weather permitting – an inflatable dome and bouncy castle will be at the Owain Glyndŵr field in Usk from 11am to 4pm with music, Hallowe’en arts and crafts, face painting, hair braiding and sports activities.  A similar event takes place in the grounds at Tintern’s Old Station on Thursday 2nd November.  For further information contact YouthService@monmouthshire.gov.uk or call 07827 880055.

In Monmouth from noon to 5pm on Friday 3rd November, the town’s skate park will feature Hallowe’en themed activities including a skate and scoot competition and the youth service inflatable dome with music and face-painting.  Prizes will be given for best fancy dress.

Tuesday, 31st October sees a youth service trip to the Thorpe Park entertainment complex in Surrey.  Tickets at £25 each include transport and admission and are available from Caldicot and Chepstow’s leisure centres, Monmouth’s Attik Youth Club, King Henry VIII School and Abergavenny Youth Club.

Chepstow Museum offers its popular drop-in craft afternoons on Thursday 26th October and Thursday 2nd November from 2pm until 4pm at the Drill Hall in Lower Church Street.  With Hallowe’en on the horizon and Fireworks night there’ll be special things to make, including “spooky slime” and other ideas to spark creativity!  Suitable for children of all ages, all children must be accompanied by an adult – up to three children per adult – and they are welcome for the whole afternoon or just to pop in for a short time.  Donations towards the cost of materials and refreshments are always welcome – the museum suggests £2 per child.  Children can also take the special Hallowe’en trail at the museum to spot spooky goings on as well as participate in a number of activities.  The museum is open every day from 11am to 4pm.

Abergavenny Museum will be open every day over half term except Wednesday from 11am to 4pm. Children can engage in a ghost hunt, drawing, colouring sheets of various themes, jigsaws, games, coin rubbing, dressing in clothes from different eras and discovering the castle grounds and history with the help of Castle Explorer backpacks.

Monmouth Museum’s current special exhibition from the RNLI, “Hope in the Great War” celebrates the timeless courage of lifeboat crews all over Britain.  It’s full of family-friendly activities.  The museum is open from 11am to 4pm, except Wednesdays.

Many of these activities are free.  For further information, contact the council’s community hubs, museums and leisure centres or visit www.monmouthshire.gov.uk – the council’s website.