October week outdoor fun!

October week is just around the corner and there is so much on in and around Glasgow, so much choice, so much exciting stuff to do, it’ll be hard to pick one activity over another!

So rather than by the day, today the listings for the week 13th – 20th October will be by location.

Finlaystone offers a Scarecrow craft activity on 16th October from 1-4pm. Bring along old clothes and reuse them making a scarecrow! Activity free but entry charge to Finlaystone applies (£4 adults, £3 children over 3 and concessions). From 18th to 21st October, you can take part in Autum Wild Days Out at the same location. Children up to the age of 10 can join the Rangers for 3 days of fun-filled activities: Tuesday: Bird Boxes & Feeders; Wednesday: Autumn Art; Thursday: Recycling (Please bring 330ml plastic bottle).

The National Museum of Rural Life offers Go Wild in Autumn days during the October Week: The Rangers at the National Museum of Rural Life will lead a week of country activities for kids. As well as going on guided walks, children can learn how to make dens, look at bugs and try out photography as well as taking a visit to the Garden Detectives Exhibition. Monday to Friday 11am-1pm and 2-4pm. No charge but admission to the museum applies (free with National Trust for Scotland membership): adults £6.50 (concessions £5.50), children £3.00 under 5s go free.

At Mugdock Country Park you can join the Rangers for some conservation activity. This activity is a good introduction to conservation for children and will ensure the future of the ancient woodland in Mugdock Country Park. Help the Ranger Service find some fallen acorns, then plant them in the woods. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet the Ranger at South Lodge car park at 1pm on 16th October.

Futher activities at Mugdock on 19th October: Come and Try Survival! 10am, 12pm and 2pm. This taster session on survival will be run for families by Wild by Nature. It will include building and finding shelter, tracking wildlife and food for free, amongst other things. Cost £4.50 per person (minimum age of 6). Just turn up and join in. Build a Bird Box, Kirkintilloch 1pm – 3pm. The Rangers will lead this nest box building activity. Leave your box to be put up at Merkland Local Nature Reserve (free) or take it home for your garden (£4 charge). Meet at the Reserve Car Park, off Merkland Drive, Kirkintilloch. Dress for the weather, and wear stout footwear.

And on 20th Oct: Bulb planting on 20th October 2-4pm (£2 per pot) Why not bring the children along to Mugdock Plantaria and let them plant their own bulbs. Garden Centre Staff will be on hand to guide you through the task and offer some great hints on how to care for your potted bulbs to ensure they explode into glorious colour in the spring. Cost £2 per pot, suitable for all ages. No need to book, just go straight to the garden centre. Craft Workshops – Silk Painting and Felt Beads 10am – 2pm Come and try some simple crafts under the expert guidance of the Mugdock Makkers. suitable for ages 5+ . Just turn up and join in, there might be a small charge for materials. Groups of over 6 people must call in advance to discuss. Mugdock Wood Adventures – No Parents Required! 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm  Adventurous activities for active kids. Explore a wild woodland with the Ranger Service. Children must be aged between 8 and 12.

Kelburn, 15-23rd October: This looks like it could be an amazing day out for the family, even more so if you like dressing up! (Theres a prize for the best dressed family.) For the entire October Week, Kelburn will be staging a Medieval Quest for budding knights and princesses where they can try their hand at courtly challenges to see if they can be become knights of Kelburn. So many things to do and try – magic potions, secret forests, archery, armor-making, (piggy back) jousting, heraldry, woo the maiden, frog princes and more… a classic fairy tale. Times: 10.00-6.00; 3.30 – Knighting ceremony
4.00 – Dragon Quest  Prices: Adult: £7.50, Child/OAP: £5.00, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children: £25.00 (free for National Trust of Scotland members)

Pollok Country Park, 15th – 23rd October: Autumn Crafts for Half Term at Pollok Country Park Visitors Centre. 11am and 3.30pm every day. Free.

I’ll leave it at that, although there are many more activities on a little bit further afield. Do share anything you know about in the comments or if you’d like any listings included, drop us a line.

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