Pumpkin Picking at Crockford Bridge Farm

Dare we say it, but we are heading towards half term at great speed. Here's our round-up of this week's events but please head to our what's on calendar for more information or to our Half term Halloween article if you want to plan ahead.

The weekend starts here ...

Crockford Bridge Farm is open for pumpkin picking this weekend. Choose your pumpkin straight from the field and then enjoy the rest of the venue, farm shop and tea shack. Spending a day picking fruit is a fun way to teach children where their food comes from.

Find out why spiders aren't so scary at National Trust property Morden Hall Park on Saturday. See some of the fascinating spiders that live at the venue and learn more with themed activities. 

Family theatre shows this weekend include Oi Frog & Friends at The Aldridge Theatre in Farnham on Saturday and Sunday and You've Got Dragons at Cranleigh Arts Centre on Saturday. If it carries on pouring with rain, this might make a nice treat to get you all out of the house! 

For transport enthusiasts, we have Autumn Motorsport Day at Brooklands Museum and Land Rover Day at the Rural Life Centre. Both of these take place on Sunday and include displays of vehicles and other attractions. There is also the Autumn Steam Gala at Mizens Railway, with train rides, fairground rides, stalls and more to enjoy.

The Make Space is open at Watts Gallery on Sunday - this is an arts and crafts session for families. Or you can Try Geocaching at Shalford Mill - collecting clues to find a hidden cache at the mill.

All week

A Taste of Autumn begins at RHS Wisley on Wednesday and runs until October 20. This will include exhibitiors and a chance to try and buy lots of food and drink.

The rest of the week

On Tuesday there is a lovely opportunity to introduce your little one to some classical music with Mozart and Muffins sessions at Guildford Guildhall. These are short, interactive concerts aimed at engaging with and enthusing little ones and are always very popular.

It's Toddler Time again at Rydes Hill Prep in Guildford on Wednesday morning. This takes place every week and provides a friendly and stimulating environment for little ones over 18 months and their parents or carers. You should book your place in advance.

There's a bit of an outdoor theme on Thursday so let's hope the weather isn't too brutal. Wharf Weenies at Dapdune Wharf is an outdoor session with stories and crafts and Wild Tots at Nower Wood has different activities every week based on the woodland surroundings. Or, head to Witley Common for a Welly Walk organised by the NCT, where you can collect some leaves and other treasures to make a beautiful leaf wreath at the end.

We don't want to worry you, but it is time to start thinking about Christmas! Squire's garden centres are unveiling their Christmas shop on Thursday evening with a FREE Prepare for Christmas event. Visitors will be given a drink and have access to some exclusive discounts. This takes place between 5pm and 8pm and children are welcome. 

Museum Monkeys at Chertsey Museum on Friday is a session for the under-fives with the museum's mascot Charlie the Chimp. There will be singing, stories and crafts. This must be booked in advance. Another great activity for the under-fives is Watts Tots at Watts Gallery. Here your little ones can explore textures, patterns and shapes through printing with leaves, feathers and bubble wrap. Again, you need to book in advance.

Fancy Footwork at Haslemere Museum on Friday sounds like some seriously messy fun. Take along some old wellies or shoes for your little one and they can add paint to see how their footprint compares to other animals. Sounds like a great idea! There is no need to book this, just turn up.

The weather forecast is mixed at the moment, with a showery weekend expected and hopefully drying up a bit as the week gets underway. Have a lovely time.