Half Term Hero: 10 things to do in February half term
The first school holidays of 2018 are just around the corner, and boy is February half term a welcome arrival! Christmas is a distant memory and we’ve all battled more than our fair share of snow, wind and rain, but things are starting to look up. We’ve beaten Blue Monday, got through the first month of the year, and spring is just around the corner – not to mention loads of fun half term events for the whole family.
We’ve done the hard work for you, with our guide to 10 things to do this half term, and if you’re asking yourself just when February half term is, we’ve got the answers for that too!
10 things to do in February half term:
Jorvik Viking Festival, YorkVikings will be invading York this February half term, as the annual Jorvik Viking Festival descends on the city. Recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe, expect to find living history camps, walks, talks and tours, plus some dramatic combat performances for the whole family to conquer in the city. For a little taste of Viking life, watch Harriet’s video review of Jorvik Viking Centre too!
Good to know: Takes place from 12th – 18th February 2018, with events taking place across the city. Don’t miss Jorvik Viking Centre for Norse-based adventures all year round.
Knight School, Tower of London, LondonAre your kids ready to defend the capital’s most famous fortress this February half term? If you're looking for great days out for history buffs, sign them straight up for Knight School at the iconic Tower of London, where they’ll be put through their paces to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks. From manners, etiquette and entertainment, to sword skills and more, knights in training can also try their hand at designing their own shields and helmets. Now, where’s that roundtable…
Good to know: Knight School takes place near the White Tower and is included in standard ticket price. The activity is suitable for kids aged 5-11 and is available from 10th-18th February.
Meet Fireman Sam, Adventure Wonderland, DorsetSay hello to the ultimate hero next door, as everyone’s favourite fireman heads to Adventure Wonderland this February half term. Swapping Pontypandy for Dorset on 14th February, kids will love the chance to meet one of their on-screen favourites. Plus, we hear Fireman Sam gets the royal seal of approval, as Prince George’s favourite cartoon - you’ll be playing with fire if you miss it!
Good to know: Fireman Sam will only be at the park on 14th February, but there’s plenty of other half term fun around the park, including Wild Bill’s Runaway Train and the Space Orbiter! There are also other character days throughout the year, including Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, PJ Masks and Bing and Flop!
Beyond the Petticoat, Black Country Living Museum, West MidlandsTime to visit one of the best museums in the UK! There’s some serious girl power at Black Country Living Museum this half term, as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of women getting their first voting rights. Expect loads of hands-on activities and lots of live characters, all helping to bring the history to life. It may be celebrating some fearless female history, but it’s a great day out for the whole family this February – it’ll be bostin’ bab.
Good to know: Don’t bring lunch, instead head to Hobbs’ for the famous traditionally 1930s cooked fish and chips! Plus pay for entry for the day, and you’ll be able to go back unlimited times in 12 months – how’s that for great value?
Half Term Fun, Samlesbury Hall, LancashireHead to Lancashire’s historic home this February half term, as Betsy Bumblebee returns to Samlesbury Hall. Kids will love joining in with Betsy’s unique storytelling style, with loads of interaction and laugh out loud moments (we hear the grown-ups will also get a giggle too!). With crafts, stories and treasure hunts galore, all suitable for kids aged 3-11, it’s perfect fun for families this half term.
Good to know: Entry to the hall is free, but the half term events cost £6 per child. Betsy is a popular lady, so booking in advance is recommended and the activities take place every day from 12th – 16th February.
Half term at Sundown Adventureland, NottinghamshireHalf term is all about adventure, and with lots of the big theme parks still closed for the winter season, a visit to Sundown Adventureland should definitely be on your list! Billed as the ultimate theme park for under 10s, there’s the runaway Rocky Mountain ride, a terrific Tractor Ride and even a whole area dedicated to Angry Birds, plus loads more. Action packed and all designed especially for your little adventurers, it reopens for 2018 on 10th February, just in time for February half term!
Good to know: If you’re looking for big thrills or a day out for older kids, this probably isn’t the place for you… but that’s because it’s so perfect for younger kids and toddlers! Don’t miss the big indoor soft play area too, it has a whopping four storeys!
Secret Lab, The Historic Dockyard Chatham, KentScience whizz kids and curious cats will love this interactive event at The Historic Dockyard Chatham throughout half term. Get into character by putting on a lab coat and some very fetching goggles, before entering the Secret Lab, home to lots of different zones all inspired by light. From bursting balloons with lasers, finding out how we all see colour differently (remember that blue/gold dress?!) and getting messy with some paint too, you’ll be left glowing (quite literally) as you leave this exciting exhibition.
Good to know: This experience lasts around 45 minutes, be sure to pick up your timed ticket before you enter the Main Square. Elsewhere, there’s a brand-new explorers programme to help your little sailors lead the way, four historic ships, three play areas and lots of opportunities to pretend to be captain – plenty to keep you all busy this half term!
Detective Trail, Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall, NeathForget tin man, it’s all about tin detectives this half term at Aberdulais Tinworks and Waterfall! Pick up your pack and start on your expedition, with a sensory trail bursting with hidden secrets to discover. The main event though is definitely the waterfall, so be sure to climb the steps to the top (or take the lift!) for spectacular views – it’s a real Welsh gem.
Good to know: You’ll only need a couple of hours here, but despite not being the biggest place, there’s plenty to see and do! Save some room for a visit to the Old School House tea-room too, it’s delicious.
Operation Earth at Dynamic Earth, EdinburghWhy should you visit Dynamic Earth this February half term? We’ll tell you why, and it’s all about Operation Earth! This half term, kids can become a trainee environmental scientist, trying their hand at a host of different activities. Pilot a drone, play food chain Jenga and investigate the microscopic world, all whilst learning about the world around you – we might just have some new eco-warriors on our hands.
Good to know: If you live locally, upgrade your ticket to an Annual Explorer Pass. Less than the cost of two visits, you’ll be able to visit as many times as you like for a year – perfect for special events or when there’s a new show in the 360° Showdome!
Early Men Quest at English Heritage sites, nationwideStep back in time this February half term, as English Heritage helps to celebrate the release of Early Man in cinemas! Search high and low following a series of clues, as you try to complete the themed adventure quest which takes place at loads of different sites across the UK. From Stonehenge, which features in the animated film, to Battle Abbey, Framlingham Castle and Beeston Castle, this fun stone age adventure is fun for the whole family.
Good to know: This extra activity does cost £1 per child, but successful adventurers will walk away with an Early Man Mini Model Making Kit, so it’s a no-brainer! Dates vary per site, depending on when half term falls, so make sure you check where your local Early Man English Heritage quest is before you set off.
Looking for other ideas for days out during the school holidays? We’re here to lead the way all year round, just click on our guides below: