Free Things To Do In Half-Term 2024

family exploring the outdoors
Half-Term is approaching very quickly. While it’s a break for the kids, to refresh and rejuvenate after school, it can be super difficult for parents to find family-friendly activities to entertain the kids. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Especially if you’re looking for FREE half-term activitieswe’ve got the best ideas around!

FREE Half Term Events

Manchester City centre with bright floral display

Manchester Flower Festival

Did you know that you can celebrate the start of summer in Manchester?

Manchester is hosting a flower festival! From floral installations to outdoor dining, live music and entertainment! Take part in the flower festival floral trail as you wander round the city’s shopping streets to find the most beautiful and Instragrammable flowers and gardens! Pssttt…There are 10 displays to find and they are all themed around ‘Manchester Icons’.

You’ll even find loads of floral, garden and green displays around the city in windows, planters, doorways, shops and more. Get ready to start celebrating summer!

Oh, and did we mention that it’s FREE?!

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Manchester City Centre
7 Gould St, Manchester M4

Opening Times

Friday 24 – Monday 27 May 2024.



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little boy on zipwire at nostell

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,
West Yorkshire,

Opening Times

Monday to Sunday
11:00 - 17:00


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

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child playing surrounded by funky props and organza draping

Play Works at Orleans House Gallery

Get ready to celebrate the endless possibilities of play and imagination!

Play Works is an interactive exhibition that has transformed the Orleans House Gallery with vivid colour, inventive objects and peculiar props.

With organza, masks, ribbons, costumes, blocks, balls and buckets scattered throughout the house, just waiting for children to bring them to life.

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Orleans House Gallery
Orleans Rd

Opening Times

Tuesday - Sunday
10 am - 5 pm
Running Until 23rd June 2024.



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brain exhibition with lots of stalls

Hello Brain Exhibition

Ever wondered how your brain works? Well, wonder no longer!

Head over to the Hello Brain Exhibition in London to uncover everything that makes you… you; from hallucinations to lab-grown neurons and more! There’s so much to discover!

This new exhibition brings you inside the mysterious and marvellous world of your head! Step into this immersive exhibition and get ready to learn more about yourself. There’s even a bunch of brain-crafting activities in their cafe for the whole family to take part in!

We heard you can even see the size of a crocodile’s brain at the exhibition! How cool is that?! 

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The Francis Crick Institute
1 Midland Road
London NW1 1AT

Opening Times

2 March 2024 to 7 December 2024

10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00 (Last entry at 15:30)



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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.

a family baking together

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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a rabbit and lamb touching noses

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,
SE11 5HS

Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday
10:30 - 16:00



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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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corridor in gloucester cathedral

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!

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