A FUN-packed programme of family entertainment is on offer at Severn Valley Railway over October half term - from crafts and fayres, to chances to be scared.

Activities at Severn Valley Railway are due to take place between October 21, and October 29.

Youngsters can pick up an I-spy sheet from booking offices and test their powers of observation as they travel along the line, stopping off at any of the six stations en-route.

It may be nearer to Halloween, but this year's half term fun kicks of with the Christmas Gift Fayre at the Engine House Visitor Centre on Saturday, October 21, and Sunday, October 22. There will be gifts galore with a festive twist, the perfect chance to pick up presents for family and friends from the range of stalls on offer.

Visitors can even make their own gifts during pottery painting workshops, led by the Melting Pot from Bewdley.

Between Monday, October 23, and Friday, October 27, families can get creative with a range of craft and colouring activities on offer, and from Tuesday, October 24, to Thursday, October 26, youngsters can get a colourful makeover from a face painter.

Expert entertainer Miss Picklelily will visit between October 24, and October 26, to perform her fast and funny blend of magic during Halloween-themed shows at 11.45am, 1pm and 2.30pm.

If a journey on a full-size steam train isn't enough, families can enjoy an extra ride on the Coalyard Miniature Railway, at Kidderminster, operating on selected dates, weather permitting.

The ever-popular Ghost Trains will be arriving on Thursday, October 26, and running until Saturday, October 28. These family-friendly Halloween spectaculars take passengers on a thrilling night-time steam train ride out into the countryside, passing through the SVR's haunted stations.

There will be ghosts and ghouls aplenty, as well as face painting, kids' disco and goody bags for all fare-paying children.

Pre-booking for this event is essential.

Clare Gibbard, marketing and communications manager at SVR, said: "There is lots to do and see this half term, from our hugely popular Ghost Trains to a range of fun activities at the Engine House, starting with our colourful Christmas Gift Fayre, packed with perfect present-buying opportunities."

For more information on how to book, visit svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900.