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Fun-filled Feb: 15 things to do in February 2018

Lisa O'Keeffe

03 February 2018

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but there’s still plenty of time to fit in lots of family fun. This month, we’re welcoming the year of the dog, trying on armour, seeing snowdrops and making a splash on one of the UK’s best indoor water slides. There’s also plenty of monkey business – just read on to see what we mean...

With half-term just around the corner too, we’ll be back soon with a special guide to some of the best days out for February half term – you won’t want to miss it!

  1. Chinese New Year celebrations, Manchester city centre

    Welcome in the year of the dog, as Chinese New Year celebrations arrive in Manchester. There’s a weekend of fun and fortune on 17th & 18th February, as red lanterns, lion dancing and red envelope giveaways are joined by the legendary dragon parade. The action can all be found in St Ann’s Square, but in the nearby Arndale Centre you’ll find a hive of creative workshops and craft activities for kids. Why not make a weekend of it, and check out some of Manchester’s top days out for kids too?

    Chinese New Year Dragon in Manchester city centre

  2. All-weather adventures at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre, Fife

    Come rain or shine, Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre is a Scottish gem that’s well worth a visit. The Hatchery is a must-visit, giving you the chance to handle chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits, whilst just outside, you can try your hand at milking a cow with the help of Clover. There’s also two indoor play barns filled with all the soft play fun your little ones can handle, several outdoor play areas and a mini-golf course – plenty to keep the whole family entertained all day!

    Indoor play area at Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre
     
  1. Bring on the Battle at Windsor Castle, Berkshire

    2018 is a big year for Windsor Castle thanks to a certain royal wedding, but you don’t have to wait until May for all the fun. Every Saturday in February, plus all of half-term too, Bring on the Battle gives you the chance to take part in art workshops and try on costumes and armour to help get into the spirit. Plus, it’s free with standard entry, just don’t forget your camera!

    A child dressing up in armour at Windsor Castle
    Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018, photographer Hayley Madden

  2. Medieval Misadventure at The Canterbury Tales, Kent

    Bringing Chaucer’s famous tales to life, The Canterbury Tales is a chance to step back in time and experience the sights, smells and sounds of medieval life. Costumed guides will lead the way through five tales of love, scheming and trickery, and with an audio guide too, you won’t miss any of the action. Plus, with the attraction tour taking around one hour, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the charming cathedral city of Canterbury!

    A live guide at The Canterbury Tales attraction

  3. Snowdrops at Chirk Castle, Wrexham

    Chirk Castle, a National Trust property in Wrexham, is rolling out the white carpet this February, as snowdrop season sees Pleasure Ground Wood covered in stunning snowdrops. Take a walk around the grounds, keep an eye out for rare species and practise your posing for the perfect family photo! As the snowdrops bloom, it’s a sure sign that spring is on its way (finally!)

    Snowdrops on the ground in February

  4. Enjoy a pirate’s life at Pirate’s Quest, Newquay

    Walk the plank all the way to Pirate’s Quest, which reopens for 2018 this month! With a live pirate to help guide you across the seven seas, don’t miss The Golden Age of Piracy, the brand-new adventure which opens this February. ‘X’ really does mark the spot, for a great family day out. Don’t believe us? Read Kate’s review of Pirate’s Quest to find out exactly why you should visit. 

    A live pirate guide telling kids a story at Pirate's Quest

  1. Special events at East Lancashire Railway, Bury

    It’s full steam ahead at East Lancashire Railway, as it starts 2018 with a range of exciting events. This February, there’s Wizard Academy (15th Feb) which is full of magical adventures, Princess Academy (22nd Feb) where you can help to rescue the stolen gems of Storybook Land and even more, all in addition to a charming steam train ride. Book online to make sure you don’t miss out.

    A train in the station at East Lancashire Railway

  2. Make a splash at The Time Capsule, Lanarkshire

    Thought water parks and pool slides were just for the summer? Think again, thanks to the indoor pool at The Time Capsule in Scotland. Home to the Tornado Tantrum, the only indoor water ride in the country where four people can travel together, a Tsunami wave pool and the lazy Riptide River, it’s got everything you need for a wet ‘n’ wild family day out. If water parks are your thing, then make sure you don't miss our guide to the best indoor water parks in the UK

    An indoor water park with slides at The Time Capsule in Scotland

  3. Monkey business at Trentham Monkey Forest, Staffordshire

    This is the perfect place for some monkeying-around, as you walk amongst 140 free roaming monkeys at Monkey Forest. Reopening on 17th February in time for half-term, you’ll get up close to Barbary Macaques in the monkey enclosure, which you can visit as many times as you like during your day out. With hourly feeding talks (quarter past the hour, every hour!), two play areas and a video room too, it’s a great day out for your own cheeky monkeys.

    A monkey holding its baby at Monkey Forest

  4. Take a leap at Go Ape Thetford, Suffolk

    2018 might not be a leap year, but at Go Ape Thetford your adrenaline will be pumping as you climb, swing and leap through the trees. Hidden in the UK’s largest man-made lowland forest, you’ll conquer treetop ladders, stirrup crossings and more, before zooming back to solid ground along a zip wire. There’s even a specially designed course for any little monkeys under 1m tall, so there’s no excuses! With 31 courses all over the UK, clip and climb your way to your nearest Go Ape now.

    A girl tackling the high ropes course at Go Ape

  1. Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens, Greater London

    Add some colour to February, with the Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens from 10th February to 11th Found in Greater London, the 23rd annual festival is a tropical paradise, with floral displays ornate arches and a bright Vanda tunnel. With the chance to learn about the role of orchids in Thai cuisine, medicine and culture and learn about how the scientists at Kew are involved in naming and helping to save the endangered plant species, don’t forget to explore the rest of the stunning gardens too.

    Orchid from the annual Orchids Festival at Kew Gardens
    © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew

  2. Farmyard Fun at Longdown Activity Farm, Hampshire

    Re-opening on 10th February, meet friendly animals including donkeys, alpacas and pygmy goats at Longdown Activity Farm. This great value day out has lots to keep your little ones entertained, from cute and cuddly animals to indoor and outdoor play areas. Don’t miss the brilliantly bumpy tractor and trailer ride too, and if you live nearby, the season ticket is great for unlimited visits between now and October!

    A piglet in straw at Longdown Activity Farm

  1. Zodiac Trails at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Tyne and Wear

    The Chinese New Year celebrations return, with a Chinese Zodiac Animals Trail at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. The 12 animals of the zodiac can be found hiding around the museum, giving kids the chance to find clues, answer questions and find all the animals, claiming a themed prize at the end! The trail is £2.50 per child and takes place from 3rd to 25th February, plus there’s a special celebration event on 17th February, to celebrate the new year.

    The exterior of Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

  2. National Science and Media Museum, Bradford

    Explore the science of image and sound at the National Science and Media Museum, where your whole family will be encouraged to see more, hear more, think more and do more – sound good? Enjoy exciting family shows in the impressive Wonderlab (you might want to book in advance, it’s free!), explore interesting exhibitions and let curiosity guide you through the world of science and media. Entry is free to the whole museum, so start planning your visit now.

    Kids hanging out in the Games Lounge at the National Science and Media Museum

  1. Perfect Parrots at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park, Lincolnshire

    Fancy a chat? Lincolnshire Wildlife Park is home to the UK’s largest collection of parrots, just don’t be surprised if some of them talk back! You’ll also find everything from Bengal Tigers and Lemurs to rainforest reptiles, making it a great day out for any animal lovers. Don’t miss the aptly named Zoovenir gift shop too!

    A girl with a parrot on her shoulder at Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

Do you want to see your suggestions in our next monthly roundup? Let us know the best events near you in a comment below, and yours could be featured on our site! Don’t forget you can enter your postcode for even more day out ideas and inspiration near you.

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Lisa O'Keeffe

03 February 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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