What on earth can we do with the kids over half term? I'll tell you what! There is loads going on in and around Shepton Mallet for a start. We've got Halloween covered for starters. Hullabaloo Soft play centre are holding a disco on Friday 26th October, from 5.30 – 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 per child, and this includes a free buffet for both kids and adults.
There will be glitter tattoos, face painting, disco music , a fancy dress contest- and a bar for adults! Tickets must be booked in advance call 01749 344433. On Saturday 27th October , there is another Children's Halloween party up at Shepton Mallet Scout hall from 6.30 till 8.30pm. Cakes, drinks and treats will be on sale, entry is only £2 per child with under 2's going free.'
Adults wont miss out either. How about grabbing a group of mates and getting chased around a haunted prison, by escaped zombies? Check out 'Somerset' Ultimate scare attraction at Shepton Mallet Jail House ( the prison!) From Thursday 25th till Saturday 27th - slots starting from 7pm- you can take part in scare mazes, zombie archery and other scary pursuits. Then catch your breath in the licensed bar.
Buy your tickets for just £10 from Shepton Tourist Information Centre- and while you're there. Book yourself a place on the spooky Halloween Ghost Walk, taking in the haunted dwelling places of our creepy market town. The Undertaker will meet you at 7pm outside St.Peter & St.Paul's Church, on Friday 26th ( provided you have a ticket - £10) you'll be led round some genuinely haunted locations, and there will be a few surprises to really freak you out! My husband and I did this tour last year, and it was absolutely brilliant. You'll be laughing, learning and screaming in equal measure. The perfect 'date night' activity- for paranormal, or history buffs, or anyone who likes a good scare!
Later on during half term, there is a Halloween themed 'sensory club' aimed at children with special need or autism, run by Becky Watson from Step4ward-in2growth it runs on Thursday 1st from 10- 2pm call -07737 331174 .There is plenty going on at Bishop's Pallace in Wells too, check out Groupon, for cheaper family tickets.
On Saturday 3rd November, Octagon Theatre Yeovil, Ballet Theatre UK put on a magical performance of classic tale, Beauty and The Beast. Suitable for 3 years and over, tickets from £18.50 – matinee showing at 2.30pm, evening performance at 7.30pm.
Finally, why not end the half term hols with a 'Family Roller Disco” at Shepton Mallet Leisure Centre – starting at 2.15pm on Sunday 4th November. With skates to hire and entry from just £3, it's bound to be fun for all. Told you we've got it half term sorted !
Looking ahead to next month – Shepton will be going poppy mad for Armistice 100. Get your limited edition carrier bags for just 20p donation up at Tescos, now!
Autumn has definitely arrived. Despite the odd freak sunny day, the morning frosts and falling leaves are a give away. I've started to get the odd shiver and sniffle, but I'm determined not to catch the kids' back to school' lurgy or even a cold. Not now, I'm too busy! I'm waging a war on illness. Mental & physical. Winter is coming and I'm ready for it. First thing on my list was to get rid of my backache. Thanks to Ben Gait, from Mendip Chiropractic – it's much less painful, and I have learnt some really important strategies to stop it from getting any worse. Ben can perform 'quick fixes' but the real magic happens , when you book a number of sessions over a longer period of time. I've been going twice a week since June. Recovery was a bit of a rollercoaster, as my issues were complex- but now I am much better. I'm also mindful about how I sit, bend over and pick things up! Now my back's working, I can start walking, running and yoga again. The other main things on my 'beat the winter blues' list. Aromatherapy is powerfully healing for me. Lavender, relaxes. Rosemary, revives. Paul Mercer, at Intentions Aromatherapy in Shepton Mallet, gave me a 'root chakra' oil to dab on my wrists before my comedy performances. I have terrible stage fright, and this helps to ground me. The kids also use it if they have nightmares. Other weapons in my arsenel include ; Bach flower remedies, Berrocca and vitamin C tablets, Echinachea and probiotic yoghurt drink 'Kefir' which has more active good bacteria than some expensive tablets. Polish brand 'Mlekovita' is in Tesco for just £1.50 a bottle. Healthy gut, healthy body they say.
My mum swears by good old fashioned cod liver oil tablets and high potency Manuka honey, which she she gets in the Holland & Barrett penny sale. Nothing is guaranteed to fend off winter viruses, but aiming for a healthy body and mind can only be positive. The other thing I must try to do, is not burn out. 'Radio Shepton' is launching soon, thanks to the generosity of the public – via Tesco Bags of help- and a grant from the Town Council. We'd really love people to volunteer - visit fb.me/radioshepton. I've got some more comedy gigs lined up, and will be involved with the huge Armistice 100 and Poppy appeal collections by Shepton Mallet Royal British Legion.
Along with the usual stresses and strains of parenthood, I might get exhausted, then no matter how much yoga I do or how much 'kefir' I drink- I will definitely crash and burn! Note to self. It's ok to say 'No'. Unless it's to chocolate.
I'm a 43 year old, mum of two little boys- currently living in Shepton Mallet in Somerset. I'm the Founder and Creative Director of Radio Shepton, a Stand up and comedian and spoken word performer, and write a regular column for The Wells and Shepton Mallet Journal. Which is the basis for my blog usually. I lived in Swedish Lapland for 7 years until 2014 where my boys were born. My partner and I ran a husky dog sledding business. Before that I was a poet, radio presenter, media lecturer, writer, TV producer, actress and burlesque performer ! I never want my life to be boring :)