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February and half-term events

Keep busy this half-term with our pick of great events




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North

Tutankhamun: His Tomb And His Treasures

Until March 26
Visit the Tutankhamun: His Tomb And His Treasures exhibition in Manchester and discover the riches of this famous pharaoh.

Showzam!
February 18–27
For lots of laughs, visit Blackpool’s circus extravaganza, Showzam!. Catch whacky shows like Soap, starring seven colourful bathtubs, and peek inside the intriguing Insect Circus Museum.

Pirate Fun
February 19–27
Track down the hidden treasure with pirate trails at East Riddlesden Hall, Keighley.

Viking Family Fun Trail
February 10–27
Tiny models of Viking gods and goddesses are hidden with in the grounds of Clifford’s Tower, York – successful finders will be rewarded with a prize.

Fairy Houses
February 23
Build a magical forest home for an elf or a fairy at Cragside, Northumberland.


Midlands

Dress to impress
November 23–May 15
Children’s clothes crafted from paper are on display as part of the quirky Paper Memories at the Snibston art gallery in Coalville, Leicestershire.

Boggles Wish Bonfire
February 19–27

Make a wish at magical bonfire at BeWilderwood, Norfolk, and follow fun woodland trails.

Norman Knights Family Fun Trail
February 19–27
Search the ruins of Peveril Castle, Castleton, to find hidden letters and spell out a secret word.

Wild Events
February 21–25
Go back to nature at Brandon Marsh Nature Centre, Coventry. Children can make dens, learn about hibernating hedgehogs and winter birds and make wildlife art.

Learn to survive
February 24
Join the Bushcraft Bonzana, part of this year’s Darwin Festival at Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Abbey Foregate’s visitor centre. Learn how to make a woodland shelter and watch how to make fire by rubbing two sticks together.


South East

Make A Mini Beach Hut
February 19
Create a des res beach hut from paper and card to add to the exhibition at Herne Bay Museum And Gallery.

Secret Agent Trail
February 19–27
Get a taste of the world of espionage at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire. Follow the Secret Agent Trail and crack the code for a chance to win a ride in a Second World War jeep.

Have fun with food
February 26
Learn all about healthy eating and nutrition and get creative with the Play With Your Food event, part of the Brighton Science Festival.

Horrid Half-term Histories
February 23–27
Discover frightful facts with this horrid history trail at Scotney Castle, Kent.

South West

Valentine’s Fun
February 12
Make Valentine cards and masks and decorate the Valentine tree with messages for loved ones at the Stourhead Learning Centre.

Animated Exeter
February 18–26
Learn the tricks of the trade from top animators, catch animated movies and take part in hands-on workshops as part of creative extravaganza Animated Exeter.

Perfect a pancake
February 19–27
Create crazy, colourful (and inedible!) pancakes to celebrate Pancake Day, with toppings like worms and custard or old socks and jam. The event takes place at the Circle Restaurant in Avebury, Wiltshire.

Make A Scarecrow
February 23
Head to the Parke Estate in Dartmoor and create a characterful scarecrow. Winning scarecrows will be given pride of place in the walled garden.

Dog Show
February 27
Westonbirt Arboretum, Glouscestershire, is hosting its annual dog show with beauty contests and doggy Olympics.


London

Cinderella
February 24–28
Take part in free drop-in art activities and catch a contemporary retelling of Cinderella at the Barbican.

Imagine
February 12–27
The colourful children’s festival returns to the Southbank, with this year’s line-up including Jeremy Strong, Anthony Browne and Polly Dunbar. Plus, catch a preview of new 3D film The Flying Machine.

Grub’s Up!

February 21–25
Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is the inspiration behind this week of storytelling, trails and arts and crafts at the V&A Museum Of Childhood.

Bird Activity Days
February 22, 24
Take a look at some birds’ nests and eggs and craft a fabulous, feathery bird mask at Battersea Park Children’s Zoo.

Wild ’n’ Windy!
February 24
Explore the power of wind and create some wind-powered crafts at Morden Hall Park.

Rainforest Roadshow
February 24, 25
Explore the wilds of the rainforest and meet live animals at the Horniman Museum.

Scotland
Snowdrops by Starlight
February 11–27
The Cambo Estate in Fife is hosting the magical Snowdrops by Starlight with snowdrop-covered woodlands spectacularly illuminated.

Transport Detectives
February 19
Follow an interactive trail to discover amazing stories behind the transport exibits at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

Lighthouse DIY
February 17–18
BYOB for this lighthouse DIY workshop, inspired by the Shining Lights exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.

Wales

Tudor Times
February 21–24
Discover Tudor life with fun activities and a quiz at Tudor Merchant’s House, Tenby.

Wake Up To Wildlife
February 21–23

Learn about all the animals coming to life in the great outdoors with this family day at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Puppet Making
February 23
Be inspired by the artwork at the Oriel Ynys Môn gallery and make a puppet.

Northern Ireland

Get into the groove
February 26
The Market Place in Armagh City is hosting a Little People Big Noise musical workshop. Toddlers can discover new rhythms and song and make a musical instrument to take home.

Inventors’ Workshop
February 12–20
Create some Wallace & Gromit inspired contraptions at the W5 in Belfast.

Family Fun Day
February 26
Storytelling, guided musical walks and willow weaving are among the activities taking place for this family fun day at Bashfordsland Wood, Carrickfergus.


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