Spooky goings on this half term across Luton

The Culture Trust (previously Luton Culture) have a host of spooky activities in store for you to keep little ones busy this half term.  The schedule of events and includes both paid and free, ticketed events and theres something suitable for all ages including puppet shows, a horrid house tour, family friendly theatre performances and workshops running across their different venues in Luton.

As well as their Halloween inspired events, they have a selection of others too – if thats not your thing :).

The Culture Trust has always run good events so I’m sure this half term will be no different! obviously the half terms are different across the 3 counties and these events run from 21st – 27th October so theres bits on over the weekend too and I know a few schools have teacher training in that week so if its not your half term week it could still be a good way to kick start your time off. If you aren’t able to get as much time off as you would like (as I know many of you can’t), make sure you take a look at the weekend activities.

Here are a few details about their activates. Click on the links to find out more.


Spooky Samhaim 
21st October
A day of spooky activities at Stockwood Park Discovery Centre. Suitable for age 2+.

The Horrid House Tour 
22nd and 23rd October

Just for kids! (drop them off then enjoy a coffee onsite by yourself! amazing!) A fun, interactive tour of Wardown House, Suitable for age 8-11.

22nd and 23rd October 

A magical and visual story involving puppets and tap dancing. Suitable for ages 4-8.

22nd and 23rd October

A fun and energetic show. Suitable for age 3+

Explore Learning Workshops 
Various dates

Free taster session to develop confidence while learning new skills. Based in libraries across Luton, suitable for age 4-11

Frankenstein for Kids 
24th and 25th October

A hilarious storytelling session with balloon puppetry. Suitable for age 4+.

Heart of Light 
Various dates

A beautiful performance with dance, projections and puppetry. Suitable for age 5+.

Egg on Legs
27th October

Dr Seuss inspired funny puppet show with music. Suitable for age 3-8.


Cloud 9 Leisure – Indoor Inflatable Park


We were lucky enough to be invited along to sample Cloud 9 Leisure, which is an indoor inflatable park based in Frances Coombe Academy’s sports hall in Watford (please excuse the quality of these pictures! I have no idea what was wrong with my phone – but I think you get the idea). When we arrived the kids first reaction when seeing it through the glass was “WOW!” so we were off to a good start. They had a variety of inflatables including a ninja warrior tunnel and a dash and grab (they mix up whats on offer so if you go on another week its different). My girls favourite was the ninja warrior which they went on loads!! the queues weren’t bad at all and there was always something they could have gone on in the meantime if they didn’t want to wait.

My girls were cracking up on some of the stations and it kept them busy for the full hour  (they got upset when we had to leave).  The atmosphere is really fun, with music so its like a little party and they managed to go on everything as many times as they wanted, which was good.  They were well and truly tired out but the end.  You have to wear socks and are advised to wear grip socks, which I would recommend as even the floor was slippy! There is a kiosk onsite selling hot drinks and snacks if you wanted to get some.  Its a really fun way to spend an hour and is perfect for using up energy!

You are advised to get there 20 mins before your session. This allows you time to park (there is a free park there onsite and other carparks around if you have problems getting into that one), sign your waiver (which you can do beforehand if you want to save time) and have safety briefing then you are free to enjoy your hour! As an adult if you wanted to go on the inflatables with your children then you would have to purchase a wristband but you are free to go in and watch them without buying one.

The sessions are now available on weekends and over the half term (from 29th October to 2nd November) and some of these are selling out. They also have dedicated SEN sessions which is always good to see but I imagine these will be popular.


The early sessions are £8 and other sessions are £10. Find out more.

Here’s that they say…..

Cloud 9 Leisure is the ultimate indoor inflatable experience.  An indoor inflatable park where you and the kids can come and enjoy a fantastic range of different inflatables – we’re not just for kids.

Located at Francis Combe Academy, we are open weekends and school holidays.

We have created an environment entirely out of inflatables, including a huge obstacle course, a giant slide, interactive bungee run, and everyone’s favourite Gladiator Duel and many more activities, as we regularly change the set-up!   Suitable for those over 1m, kids and adults alike.  We love to see the whole family take part and often the adults have more fun than the kids.

Looking for peace & quiet? We also host SEN sessions on the last Saturday of every month where kids can play the way they want to, PLUS carers go free.

We love a party at Cloud 9.  We host birthday parties with a range of different packages available.  Cloud 9 is also a great venue for other events including hen parties and team building events.

Check out our website for how to book and our full opening details.