Free Half-Term Activities 2023

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Half-Term is almost upon us (or for many, it’s already happening!). It’s a break for the kids, to refresh and rejuvenate after school. But maybe the parents are struggling with finding family-friendly activities to entertain the kids. We can help. Especially if you’re looking for FREE half-term activities – we’ve got the best ideas around!

FREE Half Term Events

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Free Easter Activities at IKEA

Did you know that IKEA has a whole host of FREE activities that you and the kids can get involved in?

From craft sessions, Easter wreath making, plant-pot painting, pie-tasting and much more!!

At some locations, they even have a free Easter egg hunt! Tiny tots can enjoy a music and move workshop with their parents or all the kids can get crafty with Easter dEGGorating!

From Teddy Bear picnics, dress up, sensory activities and upcycling workshops – the kids will be thoroughly entertained this Easter.

Did I mention that it’s FREE?!

Opening Times

All across the UK

Pricing

Free

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Family Trails at Nostell National Trust

If you have a membership with National Trust, you can enjoy FREE entry for over 500 National Trust locations across the UK!

Imagine all the gardens and castles, you can explore. At Nostell, you’ll find that their gardens are alive with the sound of majestic bird calls. From loud and noisy roosters to tiny robins. You’ll find many feathered friends here on the family-friendly trail that will you get you outdoors and exploring! Don’t forget to drop into the woodland play area for all sorts of super fun. From zooming slides and swings to a 30-metre zip wire!

You can have hours of fun here as you learn more about the birds and enjoy exploring the best nature has to offer, as you explore miles of winding trails.

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Doncaster Road,
Nostell,
Wragby,
Wakefield,
West Yorkshire,
WF4 1QE

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday
11:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Free (for members)
Adult £12.00 and Child £6.00 (non members)

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Oriental Museum, Durham

Ever wanted to find out how Easter is celebrated all over the world?!

Well, at the Oriental Museum, your kids can find all the world’s Easter celebrations and get stuck into some fun activities!

They can make their own bunny to take home and discover all the fascinating and amazing artefacts on display and take inspiration for your craft activities.

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Oriental Museum
Elvet Hill Rd
Durham
DH1 3TH

Opening Times

8th April 2023
13:00 - 15:00

Pricing

Free

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Double Bubble Dome at the Arndale, Manchester

Looking for that ‘pop’ of fun for your free family activity? We found exactly what you need. A free-half-term activity that involves CHOCOLATE!

At the Arndale, you can literally bite bubbles made out of chocolate… All you need to do is sign up to enter the Double Bubble Dome and wait for a choco-tastic volcano to explode! Then hundreds of edible bubbles will fall waiting for you to catch, or should we say bite as many as you can!

You’ll be in with a chance to win some fabulous and tasty goodie bags from brands like Hotel Chocolat, Lindt, Over the Rainbow and Candy Crunch!

Get popping!

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Exchange Court
Manchester Arndale
Manchester
M4 1AZ

Opening Times

7th - 8th April
12:00 - 17::00

Pricing

Free

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The Wild Escape, Manchester Museum

On the hunt for nature-themed activities? Head to Manchester Museum for free self-led art and craft activities!

An art project that encourages your kids to create a story about how their favourite animal escapes their habitat and the museum! It’s a chance for them to imagine how the animal would escape back to their natural habitat.

All the artwork will then be displayed as a collective work that imagines a better future for wildlife.

Creative activities are super fun to engage kids with, especially when it’s about their favourite animal!

Shape Location Get directions

Manchester Museum,
The University of Manchester,
Oxford Road,
Manchester
M13 9PL

Opening Times

4th - 23rd April
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Pricing

Free

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Giant Flower Trail, Battersea Power Station

Love all things pretty, bright and floral? Then we have something for you… A GIANT flower trail!!

At Battersea Power Station, you’ll find a Spring Festival, celebrating the start of Spring and all things naturistic. Who said you couldn’t combine fun and learning together?

Head out on this outdoor activity and discover fun facts about 10 various flowers, complete the online quiz to get your very own scratch card! You’ll find loads of prizes to win.

But that’s not all – the free half-term activities go on! Enjoy some face painting, lots of fun at the Illustrated Playground, meet Colin the Caterpillar AND lots of cute and friendly animals. From alpacas and sheep to goats and more furry friends!

It’s two weeks of jam-packed family fun with workshops, games, and outdoor activities!

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Circus Rd W,
Nine Elms,
London
SW11 8AL

Opening Times

1st - 16th April 2023

Pricing

Free

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Pedal Power Disco at Southbank Centre, London

For a totally unique but super fun activity, head to Southbank Centre for a free half-term activity that everyone can join in!

At the Pedal Power Disco, they need your help in powering their party! So, they need you to pedal to the metal and power up! As soon as you stop pedalling, the music stops – we can’t have that!

It’s definitely a creative way to keep your kids active, but it’s also fun! How long can you last for?

Shape Location Get directions

Riverside Terrace,
Level 2,
Southbank Centre,
London

Opening Times

8th April 2023
12:00 - 16:00

Pricing

Free

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lego dinosaurs

Dino Discovery Trail, St David's Cardiff

There are lots of free activities to enjoy across Wales during half-term 2023, like the BRICKLIVE tour!

Head down to St David’s to enjoy a discovery dino trail where prehistoric giant beasts will be hiding around this FREE trail.

Made up of half a million bricks, these T-errfic dinos will blow you away and will make for super enjoyable activities for families who love all things Jurassic! Discover a 7ft tall Parasaurolophus model or a 12ft Velociraptor made with an impressive 46,352 bricks!!

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Bridge Street
St David's Dewi Sant,
Cardiff,
CF10 2EF

Opening Times

3rd - 16th April 2023

Pricing

Free

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scene from his dark materials

His Dark Materials: World Building, Swansea

Have any fans of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials? You’ll be delighted to know you can get a step closer with behind the scenes magic that made the BBC adaptation.

Discover the award-winning TV series and its fabulous costumes, concept art, visual effects footage, props and even more! From all 3 seasons, you can dive deeper than you could before.

Feast your eyes on the creativity, attention to detail and level of artistry that goes into the show.

Shape Location Get directions

Glynn Vivian Art Gallery,
Alexandra Road,
Swansea,
SA1 5DZ

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday
10:00 – 17:00

Pricing

Free

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Free Half-Term Activities

Celebrate family fun this half term with hands-on activities, at-home craft sessions, exploring the outdoors or even an indoor adventure. You don’t have to head out to a family event, you can make your own fun programme and things to do as a family on your activity days.

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Family Bake-off

Nothing gets the family up and ready than a bit of baking, especially competitive baking. Split the family in half and go against each other in a family bake-off! Using ingredients you have in the house, challenge yourself to make something yummy and creative!

It’s an imaginative and messy (but in the best way) family activity to spend your afternoon doing, that will keep your kids busy and encourages them to start cooking too. Let’s see what you can bake!

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easter crafts

Arts & Crafts

At home doesn’t always have to be boring – not when you have pens, paper, paint and a lot of imagination!

Encourage your kids to get stuck into some crafty activities! Whether it’s making salt dough for ornaments, Easter crafts, keeping them busy with colouring pages or whatever they want!

The world is their oyster. Crafty activities can be found anywhere, whether they use garden materials like leaves and flowers for their pictures, or even sweet wrappers. Anything can be art!

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homemade bee hotel

Building Habitats

What do I mean by this? I mean, use all the natural materials in your garden to build habitats for all the creatures that live in there! Whether you make a bee hotel, birdhouse or a home for the hedgehogs!

You can find plenty of materials in the garden when building habitats for your garden pals. From sticks, leaves, moss and flowers to even soil, wood, and logs!

quaint waterfall in uk

Discover Waterfalls

Want to get outdoors but try doing something unique? Why not head to a waterfall? The UK is full of breathtaking and surreal waterfalls, tall and short! It’s high time you find what beauty the UK has in store for you.

Whether you’re looking for that rush of water with picturesque views, a tall powerful surge of water or a calming splash. Head to Tollymore Forest, Aber Falls or even the Three Shire Heads, for totally different, but amazing natural features.

Encourages physical activity, explores new environments and entices you to travel further afield than your city or town!

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Cave Exploring

Another activity that is super fun for children, especially teens! If they like cool features, full of history and mystery, then exploring a deep and dark cave. Or light, bright and big! Either way, it’s an adventure worth embarking on, especially when spectacular views are the goal.

How about exploring the City of Nottingham Caves? What might you find here…

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Head to a Farm

If you need to escape from the hustle and bustle of city centre life, a day on the farm just might do the trick. At Vauxhall City Farm you can enjoy meeting furry friends like rabbits, piggies and skunks to even alpacas!

You can even head to the cuddle corner for moo-re animal love! There’s enough to go around.

There are many farms around the UK that have free entry or entry is donation based. So, you can be sure that you’ll have a fab family day out.

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165 Tyers Street,
London
SE11 5HS

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday
10:30 - 16:00

Pricing

Free

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whale skeleton at natural history museum

Visit A Museum

Who says you can’t learn new things during the school holidays?

We know kids may not always find school a joy to go to, but if there’s one place that makes education interesting and fun, it’s museums!

There are so many that are free to enter, and you can spend a whole afternoon there or even longer! Whether you explore the huge variety of exhibits at the Natural History Museum, and head to the Horniman Museum to see your favourite dinos. Or visit Manchester Museum and Leeds City Museum where you can learn about ancient worlds and listen to your favourite myths and legends.

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Harry Potter Filming Location

If you have Harry Potter fans in the family, this will be an exciting adventure that can take you all over the UK! Explore the landmarks, magnificent buildings and treasured areas of the country that housed your favourite and iconic scenes from the beloved film franchise.

Whether it’s Gloucester Cathedral where the House common rooms were filmed or Leadenhall Market in London where you can find the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron!

Wherever you are, you can bet there’s a famous Harry Potter location near you – go check it out!

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So, whether you’re looking for inspiration for at-home fun or events to experience. We hope we’ve given you FREE half-term activities and ideas to keep you and the kids busy this half-term!

Looking for more inspiration on days out? Whether it’s craft workshops, crazy golf or enchanted trails to discover!

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