Fun days out in February half term around the UK
Looking for fun days out with the kids this February half term? With some regional attractions still closed for the winter this can be a challenge. But fear not. I’ve got some half term holiday activities for you from around the UK. Whether you are looking for fresh air or things to do on rainy days hopefully there’s some thing here for you.
All of these events and activities happen throughout half term unless otherwise stated in the listing. Half term holiday dates vary in some parts of the UK.
If you are looking for family getaways over half term check out my suggestions on where to go on holiday in February. And if you are looking for more half term holiday fun, take a look at what’s happening in the UK in May and events during the Christmas school holidays.
Things to do in February half term in Birmingham
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, NEC
Get ready for outdoor family adventures in 2019 by visiting the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show. This huge exhibition bringing together dozens of holiday companies is also a fun day out with kids, who get in for free!
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show takes place from 18 to 23 February 2020. Find out more and buy tickets on the show website. Don’t forget that under 16s go FREE!
Half term in Buckinghamshire
The former top-secret home of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers has a packed calendar this February half-term.
The week-long holiday sees the popular return of codebreaking games, challenges and craft sessions for children, in the very place where some of the most secret codes and cyphers of WW2 were broken. The theme is ‘Ones and Zeros’ exploring how the Codebreakers used a number system known as binary to their advantage.
Talks and tours are also available to discover more about the people behind the machines that helped break the Enigma cipher at Bletchley Park.
Entrance to Bletchley Park is free for the under-12s. Find out more about half term at Bletchley Park.
Fun days out in February half term in Cardiff
St Fagans National Museum of History
Find out what life was like for children in Victorian Wales with special activities and tours at St Fagans. Activities will be happening in and around the ancient buildings of this recreated town.
Play with Victorian toys, make peg dolls and take a tour with costumed characters. Find out more about St Fagans by reading about my visit.
More information about half term activities at St Fagans National Museum of History. Entry to the living museum is free but there is a small charge for some activities.
Things to do in February half term in Cornwall
The Eden Project, St Austell
Visitors to the Eden Project can can take part in creative activities related to colour, including craft, art and science workshops during half term.
February is also the last chance to take a spin round Eden’s ice rink this winter. Ice skating tickets must be bought in addition to entry to the Eden Project.
Find out more about half term at the Eden Project.
Join the crew at Pirates Quest, Newquay
Newquay’s piratical walk-through attraction has a new storyline from February half term. The crew of live pirate performers will take you on a journey back 400 years to the sailing of the Mayflower.
We visited Pirates Quest a few years ago and think it’s a really fun adventure for pirate fans and perfect for rainy days.
Find out more about this interactive pirate experience.
Check out my guide to more things to do in Cornwall with kids.
Fun days out during February half term in Devon
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth
Head to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and find out which donkey has the loudest bray, the longest ears, or who is the most playful in the Adoption Donkey Top Trumps Trail.
Each adoption donkey has been scored against nine different donkey stats with the aim of the game to find out who trumps whom in each head-to-head round. Follow the trail to find the giant Top Trumps cards located around the sanctuary and reveal which adoption donkey comes out on top in each round.
Each trail costs £3.50 and includes a prize and certificate on completion.
Find out more about February half term at the Donkey Sanctuary.
National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth
Find out about the amazing marine life local to the South West and the organisations who strive to look after it. Join scientists, conservationists and animal experts to take part in family activities, games and adventures throughout half term.
During the school holidays, the National Marine Aquarium invites the public for a very special sleepover with sharks. Visitors will be able to explore the Aquarium by twilight , enjoy fun and games around the building and a midnight movie in front of its giant Eddystone Reef. Booking is essential.
All day tickets come with a free return ticket to go back as much as you like for 12 months. For more details visit the website.
More things to do in Devon at half term
Take a look at my post dedicated to things to do in Devon in February half term including the best beaches, walks, places to ride trains and theme parks.
Check out my guide to more things to do in Devon with kids.
Fun days out during February half term in Hampshire
Winchester Science Centre, Winchester
Discover the science behind magic during live science shows every day during half term at Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium. There will be an exciting space-themed show, as well as plenty of hands-on experiments for visitors. Here’s a taster of what else you can expect to see and do from our visit to Winchester Science Centre on a rainy day.
Find out more on the Winchester Science Centre & Planetarium website.
There will also be plenty of things to do in Portsmouth with kids.
Things to do during half term in the Isle of Wight
Explore Dinosaur Island
Become a fossil hunter on the Isle of Wight and join the likes of children as young as six who have made significant fossil discoveries on the island. Red Funnel Ferries and GO Outdoors have published a Guide to Fossil Hunting on the Isle of Wight.
It features the best fossil beaches on the island along with preparation tips, information about legalities, a list of guided fossil walks, and an illustrated overview of the types of dinosaurs that used to walk the Island.
Take a look at what we got up to in the Isle of Wight in the Spring last year.
Things to do during half term in Kent
Leeds Castle, Maidstone
Become a first-class junior explorer this half term on the grounds of Leeds Castle in Kent. Pick up an activity book and hunt for the special clues and hints in order to complete the challenge. Those who complete the adventure will be rewarded with a chocolate prize at the end.
Don’t forget to visit the Falconry Centre and let off some steam in the yew-tree maze and grotto.
Admission tickets provide unlimited access for 12 months from the date of purchase. More information is available on the Leeds Castle website.
Kent Life Heritage Farm Park
There’s a fun-packed week planned at the heritage farm full of activities and trails as the farm enters lambing season and prepares for the arrival of some new born lambs.
Find out more about half term at Kent Life Heritage Farm Park.
Things to do during half term in London
Imagine Children’s Festival, South Bank Centre
Now in its 19th year, the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival brings together the best in children’s theatre, comedy, hands-on activities, music, and immersive experiences. There are more than 180 events packed into the 12 day event and 50 percent of the festival is completely free to attend.
Find out more about the Imagine Children’s Festival.
Horniman Museum, Forest Hill
Explore fearsome sabre-toothed predators, giant insects and bizarre looking sharks from 252 million years ago in a new and fascinating, family-friendly exhibition at the Horniman Museum: Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs.
Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs is open from Saturday 16 February 2020. For more information and to book tickets see the Horniman Museum website.
Bang Bang Oriental, Edgeware Road
Tuck into amazing cuisine and enjoy free family activities at London’s largest Asian foodhall, Bang Bang Oriental over half term. There will be free face painting between 1pm and 5pm on Friday 21 February 2020.
The foodhall is open Monday to Thursday from midday until 9.30pm, Friday and Saturday from 11.30am until 10.00pm and Sunday from 11.30am until 9.30pm. Three hours of free parking is available.
Find out more on the Ban Bang Oriental website.
Things to do in Manchester during February half term
Manchester Science and Industry Museum
Find out how three terrific teams changed the way we travel in the Museum’s interactive science show, get the goods from Liverpool to Manchester with the help of some magnificent DIY machines, and make your own fantastic mode of transport to whisk you away.
Find out more on the Science and Industry Museum’s website. Free admission, charges may apply to some activities.
Here’s my guide to visiting London with babies or toddlers.
Fun days out during February half term in Norfolk
Half term is all about wishes at the fantastical outdoor experience that is BeWILDerwood. Not only can you play in the tree houses, there will also be a Boggle Wish Bonfire where you can share your deepest desires with the Twiggles. Wondering what on earth I’m on about? Have a read about our visit to Be WILDerwood a few summers ago and all will become clear!
More information about days out at BeWILDerwood during half term.
Here’s some more ideas for things to do in Norfolk with kids.
Fun day out during half term in Warwickshire
Encounter the centuries-old art of archery like never before at the UK’s only Medieval Festival of Archery at Warwick Castle this half term and marvel at the incredible skill and agility of the birds of prey in the Winter Birds of Prey display.
Find out more about what’s happening at Warwick Castle during February half term.
Fun days out during half term in Wiltshire
Dig at Stonehenge, Amesbury
Young visitors can get hands-on in forensic facial reconstruction workshops throughout the half-term week. Learn how to use archaeological evidence to uncover what people might have looked like thousands of years ago, and even have a go at a reconstruction yourself!
Stonehenge was one of the fascinating places we visited during our October half term break in Wiltshire.
Find out more about what’s happening at Stonehenge during February half term.
Here’s some more ideas for things to do in Wiltshire with kids.
Things to do during half term in Yorkshire
Live science at Eureka!, Halifax
Visit Eureka! The National Children’s Museum for live shows and interactive experiments during half term. We visited during October half term and loved the hands-on science demonstrations. The museum is incredible for children with role play areas, kid-friendly exhibits and plenty of educational play.
Make sure you put aside a whole day for your visit. But don’t worry if you do run out of time to do everything as you can turn your ticket into an annual pass.
More details about what’s on at Eureka!
Check out more ideas for fun days out with kids in West Yorkshire.
What’s on near you during February half term? I’d love to hear more recommenced fun days out with kids.
Fancy a half term holiday? Check out my suggestions on where to go on holiday in February.
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