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Events and activities in Coventry this autumn [October e-Newsletter]

Published: Wednesday, 21 October 2020

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As the nights draw in, it’s time for the ghostly ghouls and wicked witches to emerge for the creepy Halloween season.

And while getting out and about feels a little different to usual, here in Coventry we are excited to welcome you to rediscover all that we have to offer, to get back out and explore our city in a safe and enjoyable way.

Why not explore our city centre and discover our inflatable rooftop monsters? Or why not make a splash and rediscover our outstanding city centre water park, The Wave this half term? With spooky-themed activities planned, it's the perfect place to safely enjoy an exhilarating day out with all the family.

And don't forget FarGo Village, Coventry's creative hub, filled with talented and inspiring independent businesses, is hosting a 'spook-tacular' Halloween Maker's Market this weekend. There's so much choice here in the city!

For more details on venues, shops and attractions in the city, view our website. We will be providing suggestions and updates on what is available to do in Coventry over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on our social channels for inspiration: TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Monsters arrive in Coventry city centre

Monster Trail

This October, eight ginormous, mischievous monsters will be descending on Coventry and taking over rooftops throughout the city centre.

Taking place during Coventry half-term (24-31 October), this imaginative and colourful Monster Trail is completely free of charge, and families are encouraged to take on the role of 'Monster Detectives'. Their job, to search the city centre to see if they can find all of the playful brutes, give them names and, if the detectives are brave enough, even take photos with them! And why not make the trail even spookier by visiting the monsters at night?

Download your map to help you discover the monsters.

The Herbert: Festival of the Dead

Festival of the Dead

​Join The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum this October half-term to create thrilling Halloween crafts as part of their Festival of the Dead celebrations. The museum will be making Sugar Skull Luminaries and other ghostly decorations!

Each child will receive their own dedicated box full of creative resources, all of which will be sanitised beforehand, to ensure your health and safety during this playful experience. 

A member of the Learning Team will be on hand to help, give advice and encourage creative minds during this 90-minute workshop. All creations can be taken home with you to adorn your house during this memorable time of year.

To book your place, please visit the Herbert's website.

Haunting Halloween at The Wave

The Wave

Looking for a family day out this half-term? Then why not head to The Wave to celebrate the waterpark's first birthday with 25% off on Saturday 24 October for Coventry residents with a Go CV card! Use code 'GOCV25OFFER' at checkout. 

Wanting something a little spookier for little ones? The Wave is hosting Halloween themed waterpark sessions on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October. Witness the wicked Wave Pool, 'spooktacular' slides and scary splash zone! 

Please visit the website to make your booking.

GoApe sundown sessions at Coombe Abbey Park

Sundown Sessions at GoApe

Just in time for the spooky season, Go Ape Sundown Sessions are back!

Experience a shorter version of their Treetop Challenge courses with the added thrill of exploring the forest at night. Tackle high platforms in the darkness and feel the speed of a zip wire under a blanket of stars as you coast through the dark. With minimal lighting, these sense-deprived experiences add a new level of excitement to your autumn!

Coventry Cathedral scoops national award

Cathedral Award

Despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Group Leisure & Travel Awards ceremony went ahead earlier this month with a special online broadcast to recognise the UK's top attractions, tour operators and experiences as voted for by group travel organisers.

We are delighted to confirm that our very own Coventry Cathedral scooped the award for ‘Best Historic Attraction or Venue’, beating fierce competition that included Blenheim Palace, Bletchley Park and even Buckingham Palace!

The Cathedral’s Head of Tourism and Engagement, Carla Crawley said: 'Winning this award against such strong competition would always have been an amazing honour, but winning it at a time that is so unusual and tricky for the tourism industry as a whole makes it feel even more special.'

Well done Coventry Cathedral!

West Orchards virtual sleigh ride

Sleigh Ride West Orchards

It may only be October, but it's never too early to think about Christmas! Opening in November, West Orchards brings you a brand-new Magical Sleigh Ride VR experience.

Seating up to eight people, this exciting new virtual reality ride offers the perfect festive activity.

Climb aboard this unique sleigh ride and be seamlessly transported on an intrepid journey using HD VR headsets, along with an incredible range of motions and full surround sound to create a fully immersive experience for all the family. 

For more information on the Magical Sleigh Ride VR experience and how to book your space, please visit the West Orchards website.

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