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Fabulous February half-term outings

Our pick of the best family events in your area

Posted: 10 February 2012
by Georgina Cox


Charles Dickens Bicentenery Events
Feburary 11–19
Mark the month of Charles Dickens bicentenary with a series of half-term events at the Museum Of London. Children can take a stroll with the legendary author as he recounts the inspiration behind the plots, characters and the locations of his work.

Bird Bonanza Day
February 16
Learn how to care for feathered friends, make a bird feeder and take part in animal themed challenges and activities at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo.

Elbows Off The Table
February 15
Family members club Maggie & Rose and etiquette experts The English Manner offer this one-off children’s dining etiquette class where children will learn everything they need to know to become perfect dining companions as well as enjoying a three course meal.

Dear Lido
February 1518
A series of workshops themed around nautical dance performance, Dear Lido, at Construction Gallery. Nostalgic activities include making bunting and vintage-inspired swimming caps as well as a set design workshop.

It’s Carnival!
February 16
Children can create a mask inspired by Venice’s famous carnival and take part in a fancy-dress procession to show off their creation at Sir John Soane’s Museum.

The Midlands

Thomas Land At Drayton Manor
February 10–21
Specially re-opened for February Half Term, Thomas Land at Drayton Manor theme park is a treasure trove of Thomas treats. Meet the legendary blue engine and his friends, visit a reconstruction of Knapford Station and scramble around in Emily’s Indoor Playgound.

Darwin Festival, Shrewsbury
February 12–14
Celebrate pioneering scientist, Charles Darwin’s legacy by joining in a week of events in his home town. Highlights include fun science workshops, outdoor activities and a screening of an award-winning family-friendly film about insects.

Medieval Merriment in Warwick
February 1321
Boasting the title of Britain’s ultimate castle, Warwick castle will be providing a host of historic fun for families this half term. Help to wind up an ancient siege machine, the trebuchet, on the river island, pledge your allegiance to the Lancastrian King Henry, watch the Warwick Warriors put on an impressive display and see birds of prey soar from the castle ramparts.

February 13–20
Birmingham’s Comedy Festival for Kids is back for a week of blatant buffoonery and the very best in stand-up comedy at various venues throughout the city. Highlights this year include animation workshops, the wonderful Shoofly Theatre and favourite kids' comedians, James Campbell and Tiernan Douieb.

The South

Bugs Alive
February 11–19
A plethora of creepy-crawly activities will be taking over Oxford Castle this half term with hands-on encounters and a costume workshop. 

Fairy Gardens
February 13
An afternoon of ethereal antics in Wilderness Wood where children can make a garden for fairies and a magic wand, then try to discover one of the beautiful creatures in the glade.

Tiverton Museum Of Mid-Devon Life
February 13–14
Bring your family along to one of this series of crafty workshops at the Tiverton Museum Of Mid Devon Life where activities will have a springtime theme.

Here Be Dragons
February 13–19
2012 is the Year Of The Dragon, the mightiest sign in the Chinese Zodiac. To celebrate, pay a visit to the Royal Armouries Museum who will be offering  this Dragon Tales event, packed with fire-breathing fun for families.

The North

Wizard Week
February 11–19
Witness some magic during Wizard Week at York’s National Railway Museum where children can dress up, see owls and watch the Hogwarts Express steam in.

Half Term Activities
February 11–19
Seaton Delaval Hall in Tyne And Wear will be offering a variety of nature themed activities including wildflower planting, willow weaving, beehive and honey making demonstrations.

Wake Up Wallington
February 13–17
Celebrate the beginning of spring at Wallington with wildlife themed art and craft activities from leaf mask making, bird boxes and animal fun.

Water Wizards
February 14–19
Cragside in Northumberland are dedicating their Half-term activities to the wonder of water – take a walk around Tumbleton Lake to discover a shower of exciting water stations, each offering an interactive activity.


Fascinating Mummies
February 11–19
Go back in time to ancient Egypt and become an archaeologist for the day at the National Museum Of Scotland who have February Half Term wrapped up with a series of fascinating Egyptian inspired events. 

Caddie Capers
February 16–17
Discover the truth about Georgian Edinburgh at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery where a storyteller from Mac-A-Story will regale children with tales of the city’s colourful past.

Full Steam Ahead
February 18
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is the venue for this exciting workshop looking at how steam has been used through the ages in transport and technology then showing families how to build their own steam-powered putt-putt boat. 

Snowdrops by Moonlight 
February 18
Wrap up warmly and bring your lanterns along to Finlaystone Country Park where families can follow a candlelit trail to see the snowdrops by moonlight.

Northern Ireland

Children’s Story Time
February 18
The Linen Hall Library in Belfast will be hosting a storytelling event with classic and modern children’s tales read by the Library’s staff.

Box Animals
February 12–16
Create a crazy creature at W5 in Belfast; pop out your boxy beastie and stick it together for an easy-to-build collectible creation for you to take home.

Bird Box Day
February 19
Springhill inCounty Londonderry will be hosting this chirpy springtime event – help to rejuvenate the bird boxes, discover who has been living there and build a bird box to take home.

Snowdrop Walk
February 19, 20
Wrap up warmly and join the Estate Warden at  Downhill Demesne in Londonderry for a guided Snowdrop Stroll through the Bishop's Gate Glen, taking in the seasonal flora and fauna of the estate.


Wake Up To Wildlife 
February 1315
Head along to the Colby Woodland Garden in Pembrokeshire for one of these popular activity days. Run in partnership with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, there will be hourly outdoor activities as well as science and art and craft workshops.

Circus Hilarious
February 14
The award winning  circus troupe combine slapstick physical humour with live rock’roll music from resident band, Clownforce in this madcap show at The Swansea Grand Theatre.

Bubbles And Blasts  
Until February 19
Step inside the science theatre in Cardiff’s Tecnhiquest to discover why bubbles are round, make a square bubble, be part of a giant bubble and see bubbles on fire!

Pawprints In The Winter Sky
Until  February 26
Special celestial fun in the planetarium at Techniquest scence and discover centre, Cardiff where children can take a tour of the night sky and see the animals waiting to be discovered amongst the stars.

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