Things to do this week in October, from free family swimming to visiting the “dinosaurs”

October week has started for many Scottish pupils.

Parents will be looking for ways to look after themselves and their children during the annual vacation, which runs until Oct. 15 in most municipal areas.

Children and adults alike can enjoy over 50 animatronic dinosaurs at Cuningar Loop in Glasgow

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Children and adults alike can enjoy over 50 animatronic dinosaurs at Cuningar Loop in GlasgowCredit: Rex
Families can go pumpkin picking at several sites in Scotland

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Families can go pumpkin picking at several sites in ScotlandCredit: PA

Here are several fun ways to keep kids entertained during the week of October.

Visit ‘dinosaurs’ at Cuningar Loop, Glasgow

Children and adults alike can enjoy fascinating life-size reenactments of dinosaurs at Cuningar Loop, at the east end of Glasgow.

There are over 50 animatronic prehistoric creatures on display, including an 18-meter-tall Tyrannosaurus rex, as well as a Howling Pterosaur and a 16-meter tall Diplodocus.

The Jurassic Encounter: Where Dinosaurs Come To Life UK Tour 2021 started on October 2 and will run until Sunday.

The park is also home to an adventure playground, forest trails, picnic meadow, and relaxing walks along the banks of the River Clyde.

Advance booking for dinosaurs is recommended and ticket prices start from £ 9.50 – find out more here.

Go pick pumpkins

October 31st is one of the most popular dates on the calendar as Halloween takes place.

Despite the fall after the October holidays, families can still get into the Halloween spirit.

There are many great sites for pumpkin picking in Scotland, including Arnprior Farm in Stirling, Balgone Estate in North Berwick, and East Yonderton Farm in Renfrewshire.


Here are all of the best pumpkin patch near Glasgow and Edinburgh for Halloween lovers.


Visitors are recommended to book in advance for most pumpkin picking sites due to demand.

Book a free family swim in Glasgow

Free swimming sessions will be available in Glasgow for families during the October holidays.

Slots will be available at Bellahouston, Castlemilk, Drumchapel, Easterhouse, Gorbals, Maryhill, North Woodside, Springburn, Tollcross and Whitehill pools.

There is no limit to the number of sessions that can be booked and free sessions will be available until Sunday.

Families are recommended to call or come to pool parties to book sessions in advance – to find out more, click here.

Visit the Cairnie Fruit Farm, Cupar

Cairnie Fruit Farm in Cupar, Fife, is open to visitors during the October holidays.

The site is perfect for families, with plenty of attractions and activities including pumpkin picking, a fun backyard, mega maze, and flower picking.

There is also an on-farm shop and indoor and outdoor cafe for visitors to enjoy.

Visitors are recommended to pre-book their tickets here.

Learn about the witches in Livingston

Secrets of Witches Wood is perfect for families looking for spooky delicacies during the October holidays.

The event will be held at Almond Valley in Livingston until October 31 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors can expect scares galore, including ghastly sights and spooky sounds, as winding paths lead to the Lost Witches Land of Calder.

Visitors share the recommendation to book tickets in advance on the Almond Valley website.

Enjoy a thrilling day at Silverburn’s Halloween Spooktacular, Glasgow

The Spooktacular Halloween Festival has arrived in Glasgow, with an array of thrilling rides and attractions.

The extravagance will be held at Silverburn Shopping Center in the south of the city until October 31.

The 25-day event offers a host of thrills for all ages with 17 fun rides, including roller coasters, a spooky maze, a Ferris wheel, a ghost train and a circus.

There is a 33m high Ferris wheel which offers visitors a breathtaking view of Glasgow, while the Gandey Circus will provide plenty of entertainment under the marquees.

Traditional rides are also offered, such as the iconic Waltzers and the funfair classic, the Dodgems.

All participants must purchase tickets, which will be allocated based on size, due to restrictions on some rides.

Spooktacular Halloween festival is held at Silverburn Shopping Center in Glasgow

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Spooktacular Halloween festival is held at Silverburn Shopping Center in Glasgow
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