Half-term Halloween event in South Tyneside will offer children ‘quiet space’

West Boldon Lodge staff prepare for the Halloween events.

West Boldon Lodge staff prepare for the Halloween events.

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A Halloween event with a difference is taking place in South Tyneside later this month.

The half-term event is designed for children who want to take part in Halloween games, but may not be comfortable taking part in mainstream activities.

We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe during the sessions

Tom Mower

It will take place at West Boldon Lodge, on Newcastle Road, with a ‘relaxed session’ in which a getaway ‘quiet space’ will be incoroporated into overall play.

Children will be able to take time out from a programme of creepy arts and crafts and outdoor play.

The event will take place between 10am and 12pm on Saturday, October 29 at the lodge, which is operated by communities’ charity Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle.

Tom Mower, education programme lead at Groundwork, said: “We are very pleased to be offering a specific ‘relaxed session’ at our upcoming Halloween family event. We’ll be more flexible with the pace of the activities, and there will be a quiet space for anyone who needs to take a break.

“Mums and dads can relax in the knowledge that our staff are well used to working with adults and children with a range of additional needs. We want everyone to feel comfortable and safe during the sessions. We’ll do all we can to help anyone who would like to arrange a pre-visit to our site, who wants more detail about the activities involved, or who has any other concerns or requests.”

Sessions open to the public take place at 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm on October 28, at 11am, 12pm and 1pm on October 29, and 4pm and 5pm on October 31. Tickets cost £8, and there is a booking fee. To book, visit www.westboldonlodge.co.uk