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What’s on in February half term 2024

What’s on in February half term 2024

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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 England. 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.

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Family activities across England in February

Here’s some events that you can find happening around England in February and the half term holidays:

Julia Donaldson adventure trails at Forestry England sites

Girl looks at information board in forest
Picture credit: Forestry England/Crown copyright

A brand new Gruffalo Trail has opened at 20 Forestry England sites across the country to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first Gruffalo book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Now is a great time to experience it.

The interactive trail boards are accompanied by activity sheets with a party theme. Can you help find the missing party essentials?

You can also buy an activity pack for £4 on site.

Find out more about the Gruffalo Party Trail and where to find it.

Brick Days at Legoland Windsor – selected dates from 10 February to 11 March 2024

Get set for a February half term of LEGO® fun with Brick Days at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort.

Meet your favourite LEGOLAND characters, take part in exclusive LEGO brick building activities and conquering awesome build challenges

Find out more about what’s on at Legoland Windsor this half term*.  

Things to do in February half term in Birmingham 

Here’s what’s on in and around Birmingham:

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, NEC

Camper vans at the Caravan Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC

Get ready for outdoor family adventures in 2024 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 13 to 18 February 2024. Find out more and buy tickets on the show website. Don’t forget that under 16s go FREE!

You might also like to check out my guides to caravanning with kids and camping with kids.

Half term in Bristol

Here’s some half term treats to check out in Bristol:

Bristol Light Festival

This year’s festival will have 10 installations lighting up city centre spaces from local and internationally renowned artists.

There are several trail routes from Cabot Circus to Park Street. The festival takes place from 2 to 11 February 2024 and is free to explore.

Find out more about Bristol Light Festival.

Half term in Buckinghamshire

Here’s some fun things to do in Buckinghamshire:

Bletchley Park

Family visiting Bletchley Park at February half term

The former top-secret home of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers has extra family activities this February half-term and under 12s can visit for free on selected dates.

It’s 80 years since the first Colossus code braking machine was built and to mark the occasion half term activities include activities on the language of computers, finding and creating patterns, and how to break codes.

These sessions take place from 13 to 15 February and 20 to 22 February, and are suitable for families with children aged seven to 14, accompanied by an adult.

Entrance to Bletchley Park is free for the under-12s. Find out more about half term at Bletchley Park.

Things to do in February half term in Cornwall

Here’s some of the top things to do in Cornwall this half term:

Kids go free at Eden Project

Domes at The Eden Project

Eden Project is offering free entry for all children aged 16 or under as part of our February half-term programme. Every adult visitor can bring one child for free!

This year’s school holiday theme is the weird and wonderful worlds of science and technology. Find out how they can help build a better future while experiencing explosive science shows, amazing experiments and genius inventions.

There’s also a final chance to take a spin around the Eden Project ice rink which is open until 18 February. Ice skating sessions cost extra and must be booked in advance.

Find out more about half term at the Eden Project.

Check out my guide to more things to do in Cornwall with kids.

Half term in Derbyshire

Here’s some of what’s on in Derbyshire this February and half term:

Chinese New Year at Heights of Abraham, Matlock

February half term not only marks the start of the season for The Heights of Abraham it also coincides
with the Lunar New Year on 10 February.

Visiting families are invited to join in a week of cultural appreciation as well as enjoying the outdoors and creating memories as the attraction celebrates the start of the Year of the Dragon.

The Rutland Cavern and Garden Pergola will be adorned with vibrant lantern displays, while intricate paper dragons will be suspended throughout the estate.

On 10 February see a traditional Chinese Dancing Lion performance, a spectacle of colour, music, and dance.

For more information and to buy tickets visit The Heights of Abraham website.

Fun days out during February half term in Devon

Here’s some of what’s on in Devon this February and half term:

Mars: War & Peace by Luke Jerram at Exeter Cathedral

Following Museum of the Moon and Gaia, Exeter Cathedral hosting Luke Jerram’s next artwork, Mars: War & Peace, throughout February 2024.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the artwork features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Martian surface. At an approximate scale of 1:1 million, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 10 kilometres of the surface of Mars.

As well as marvelling at the art, kids can craft their own rocket to fly to mars.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and children accompanying them go free.

Find out more and book tickets on the Cathedral website.

More things to do in Devon at half term

Did you know I also run the Devon with Kids website?

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.

Fun days out during February half term in Hampshire

Here’s some places to visit in Hampshire this February half term:

Zero Degrees at Winchester Science Centre

Step inside a wintry wonderland and find out all about what our animal friends do when they hibernate at Winchester Science Centre this half term.

Zero Degrees also includes live sciences demonstrations and hands on experiments all to do with the wintry world.

Here’s a taster of what you can expect to see and do from our visit to Winchester Science Centre on a rainy day.

Find out more and book 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

Here’s whats’ on in the Isle of Wight this February:

Isle of Wight Story Festival

IWStoryfestival is an three day celebration of books and drama for families including appearances by authors, illustrators and performers, as well as children’s activities.

The festival takes place between 15 and 17 February 2024. There is a small entrance fee for some sessions.

Find out more and book tickets for IWStoryFestival.

Take a look at what we got up to in the Isle of Wight in the Spring.

Things to do during half term in Kent

Here’s some fun places to visit in Kent this February:

Leeds Castle, Maidstone

Leeds Castle - fun days out February half term UK

There’s fun and games happening this half term with an interactive ‘butler school’ in the grounds and a fun trail inside the castle.

Book your places in Mr Borrett the Butler’s training programme to recruit staff to assist with a huge banquet. There will be a treasure hunt, games and a magic show finale.

The indoors trail will take you on an adventure to discover hidden objects.

Both activities are included in the admission price.

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.

What’s on in Lincoln this half term

Here’s where to entertain the kids this half term in Lincoln:

Spring Bulb Pageant at ​Doddington Hall 

Snowdrops - fun days out February half term
Snowdrops in bloom

See the gardens of Doddington Hall come alive with winter flowering plants this month.

Expect to see snowdrops and winter aconites, Cyclamen coum, and Crocus tommasinianus.

The gardens will be open for the Spring Bulb Pageant Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays only from 4 February to 28 April 2024.

Find out more about visiting Doddington Hall.

Lambing Live at Rand Park  

Tame livestock lambs come running towards the farmer in their grass field on a sunny day.

Rand Farm Park is hosting its living lambing sessions again this Spring.

During the half-term week, the team will be expecting their main flock of ewes from the farm to lamb. 

Visitors will also be able to bottle feed the lambs daily. Other activities available include tractor rides, indoor soft play and meeting the other animals on the farm.  

Lambing continues until 3 March 2024.

Find out more on the Rand Park website.

Things to do during half term in London

Wondering what’s on in London this half term? Here’s what I’ve spotted:

2 for 1 deals on big London attractions

Children and dragon at Shreks Adventure! London
Photo credit: Shreks Adventure! London

Merlin Entertainment have a 2 for 1 Valentines deal on visiting its big London attractions. Buy your adult tickets online between 9 and 14 February and you can use them over February half term.

The attractions included are:

Here’s the exciting terms and conditions:

Offer valid when buying one full-priced adult ticket between 9 and 14 February 2024, with tickets redeemable until 30 June 2024, subject to availability.

Excludes visits from 29 March to 13 April and 15 May to 2 June 2024.

Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre

Yolan Da's Band Jam performing on stage

Now in its 21st 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 100 events packed into the 11 day event and loads of the festival is completely free to attend.

This year the festival will see events from the likes of Michael Rosen (We’re Going on A Bear Hunt), Cbeebies’ YolanDa’s Band Jam, The David Gibb Big Band, and Rosie Jones. 

The Imagine Children’s Festival takes place from 7 to 17 February in 2024.

Find out more about the Imagine Children’s Festival.

Family events at Shakespeare’s Globe

Photo of Shakespeare’s Globe from above. An Elizabethan style round building with timbered walls and thatched roof
Picture credit: Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has full programme of family events over February half term including story telling for children aged five to 12 and workshops for the whole family on Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Find out more and book tickets on the Shakespeare’s Globe website.

Here’s my guide to visiting London for a weekend

Things to do in Manchester during February half term

Here’s some fun things to do in Manchester this half term:

Manchester Science and Industry Museum

Find lots of free STEM fun and discovery atManchester Science and Industry Museum this February.

Pick up a play passport and get hands on with experiments around the museum. You can also book a ticket to the Operation Ouch! Food, Poo and You show and go on a special mission to find out what happens to food when we eat. 

Find out more on the Science and Industry Museum’s website.

Check out my guide to more things to do and Manchester attractions.

Half term events in Somerset

Here’s a half term event not to be missed in Somerset:

STEM days at Fleet Air Arm Museum

Get involved in STEM this February half-term at the Fleet Air Arm Museum where science shows are taking place three times a day from 12 to 16 February. 

These demonstrations, while fun and suitable for all the family, will help younger visitors get to grips with important scientific principles, even if they’re not to be tried at home.

The museum is also home to a groundbreaking aircraft reconstruction project and Europe’s largest collection of naval aircraft. All tickets to the Fleet Air Arm Museum last for an entire year.

Find out more about what’s on at Fleet Air Arm Museum.

February fun in Staffordshire

The Pirate Takeover at Alton Towers – 10 to 25 February 2024

Ahoy swashbucklers! Discover buried treasure when you set sail to the Pirate Takeover at Alton Towers Resort this half term.

Prepare to walk the plank, ​live out your own pirate story and meet the infamous pirates of Mutiny Bay as they take over the Resort!  

Find out more about what’s on at Alton Towers this half term*.

Fun day out during half term in Warwickshire

Here’s what’s on in Warwickshire:

Falconry Festival at Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle - fund days out during February half term

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.

There will be exhilarating performances and spectacular shows throughout your visit.

Find out more about what’s happening at Warwick Castle during February half term*.

Twitchers adventureat Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall

The Twitchers Museum Adventure promotion poster

Swooping into Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon this February half term is a bird watching adventure and a bird crafting activity. Both will take place from Saturday 10 February to Sunday 25 February.

The Twitchers Museum Adventure is organised by Kids in Museums and Walker Books to celebrate the release of Feather, the latest book in the Twitchers Series from bestselling children’s author M. G. Leonard. 

The story’s setting is a museum which is why Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is one of 50 museums across the UK that is helping to bring the themes of the book to life for visiting families.

Find out more about visiting Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall this half term.

Fun days out during half term in Wiltshire

Here’s a great day out in Wiltshire this half term:

Creative Clay workshops at Stonehenge, Amesbury

Stonehenge - legendary places to visit in England with kids

Step back in time to the Neolithic period and find out what life was like at Stonehenge through fun, hands on games. Practice your skills in spear throwing, make your own slingshot to try out on our targets and decide if you could face a Neolithic dinner.

It’s recommended to book your visit to Stonehenge in advance.

Stonehenge was one of the fascinating places we visited during an 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

Have plenty of family fun at these Yorkshire attractions and events this February:

February Dark Skies Festival

Night time walk during Dark Skies Festival at Aysgarth Forest School
Photo credit: Stephen Garnett

February’s Dark Skies Festival in the International Dark Sky Reserves of the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks is a series of one events enabling you to pause the button on everyday life and let the night sky soothe your soul.

From 9 February to 25 February 2024 there will be night runs, canoeing and night navigation, astrophotography workshops, stargazing safaris, children’s daytime trails, art workshops and mindful experiences.

Find out more about what’s on during February’s Dark Skies Festival

Live science at Eureka!, Halifax

Eureka Museum Halifax - short break in Yorkshire

Visit Eureka! The National Children’s Museum for live shows and interactive experiments during half term. We visited during one 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.

This half term the science carnival will include shows about fireworks, noise, balloons and the circus.

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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Yazmin Collister

Monday 17th of January 2022

In Cheshire, Gordale Garden Centre are doing a different crafty activity each day from 21-25th Feb for the kids x


Monday 14th of January 2019

We are going to be in Yorkshire so going to check out eureka

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