Some parents may think February half term is a cruel joke created by schools. The weather is still cold and wet and many people are still feeling the pinch from Christmas, but fear no more! Although Haven parks are not open until March we are still here to keep your little (and big!) ones entertained. We are your knights in shining armour as we have done the hard work for you and have been busy searching all of the regions for activities to do this half term, and best of all some of these activities are free!
Scotland and Northumberland
As we all know the weather in Britain can be very unpredictable, so it’s no surprise that Pirate Pete’s Entertainment centre is popular all year round. Not only is it located near Ayr beach it is the ultimate challenge for any wannabe pirate! Pirate Pete is Scotland’s biggest indoor play adventure with four decks of slopes, slides, climbs and tubes as well as a crazy Golf Course for the older ones. Prices can vary dependent on ages of children and times of travel.
This half term you can watch Ice Age come to life! The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh are having a huge Event from Monday 17 February until Sunday 23 February, taking you on a tour of the Ice Ages and giving you the chance to walk in the footsteps of the woolly mammoths. The exhibition itself is £25 for a family of 4, however the Museum are offering two free workshops that take place everyday – do get there early to avoid disappointment!
Join the Newcastle Discovery Museum for an aquatic adventure you’ll never forget! On Tuesday 18 February you are invited you to discover what lurks in the deepest depths of our ocean and the Museum need your help to bring their undercover mural to life! The workshop is 11am-3pm and is free.
Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
Let your little Vikings run free this half term and trick them into learning without realising! The Jorvik Centre in the middle of the historical city of York and has more activities than you can shake a sword at. You can help dig for Viking gold, hear the victorious stories from the Vikings themselves or even become a warrior with sword to sword combat. Some of the activities are free, however we’d advise visiting the official website or calling direct for more information.
North Yorkshire – Thornton-le-dale
If you’re missing the Rope Works or Aerial adventures that we have at nine of our Haven parks and cannot wait any long to feel the wind beneath your feet, you can find the monkey in you at Go Ape Forest Adventure Park. With many different tree-top adventures from zip-wires to a Tarzan swing, you can take in the breath-taking scenery from a different angel. With 29 Go Ape Adventures around the country, see if you can find one near you!
Natureland Seal Sanctuary is well known for the help it gives to the local seal pups that end up stranded on Lincolnshire beach, rescuing and rehabilitating the seals back into the wild. You can see the pups in the various stages of their rehabilitation and join them for their feeds. But don’t worry if seals don’t float your boat, Natureland has many more amazing animals for you and your family to meet. From humorous penguins, slimy reptiles, beautiful butterflies and hungry goats you can feed. The best thing about this trip out is that not only are you keeping the kids entertained but you are also helping preserve our wonderful wildlife. Family tickets start from £23.40 based on a family of four. If you’re a real fan of the sea remember you can hop on boat at our Quay West park in Wales and go dolphin spotting!
BeWILDerwood is just like entering a story-book. Filled with curious characters, storytelling, boat trips, marsh walks and lots of places to create your own stories with your family. This magical land encourages family’s of all ages to play and create together. Also during half term week join The Boggles for the Boggle Wish Bonfire and join the party around the warming fires. Also if you sign up to up to Twiggle Times you can take advantage of the Half Term 3 for 2 offer!
Get your skates on this half term at Retroskate in Great Yarmouth. Located on Great Yarmouths popular seafront Retroskate is easily accessible aswell as fun for everyone! As well as the main rink, facilities also include Roller Tots, under 5’s play area and lessons and classes from Qualified Coaches. During half term Retroskate is open everyday with prices starting from £12 a family. Great practice for the nine Haven parks that offer Roller Blading or Skating!
If you’re missing everyone’s favourite Bradley Bear why not get your teddy fix with the Teddy Bear Express? Starting at Aylsham Station, The Teddy Bear Express at the Bure Valley Railway returns for February half term! Help The Railway’s Resident Bear find all the other teddy bears along the route from Aylsham Station to Wroxham Station. And two children can go free with any paying adult! The Resident Bear also insists on bringing your own furry friend so he doesn’t get lonely.
Have a truly horrifying, horrible half term with Professor Nitrate and his Lab Rats at The Royal Gunpowder Mill in Waltham Abbey, Essex. Join the Professor and his team to create gruesome experiments, cause mess and mayhem and explore some disastrous diseases! A family ticket starts at £30.60.
Hastings is famous for many things, the beautiful scenery, the historic battle that once took place and its purpose built pier. Now on 22 February Hastings new Hub is giving you and your family the chance to learn the skills needed to create your own pier, out of pasta! This is the perfect opportunity to brush up on your creative skills, ready in time for all of the Easter fun happening at all of our parks!
The Puppet Festival returns this half term for its bi-annual event, hosted and produced by Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts. Using projections, lights, puppets, music and dance each show will throw you in to a world of imagination and vibrant stories. Be inspired from the puppets on show and create your own either at the festival or at home!
Be a culture vulture and make your way to Poole’s Museum, right in the heart of this ancient port town. With free access for everyone, this museum has four floors full of exciting history and stories. With a modern look and beautiful views over the Poole Harbour, this museum makes history cool again!
Devon, Cornwall and Somerset
This holiday show your community some love! Here at Haven we love everything clean and green and we’ve been doing a lot on our parks to enhance the environment around us, so much that each park has received a David Bellamy Award for conservation. So why not take a leaf out of our book and click on to the National Trust website and find some volunteering around you? Around the Devon area there are many different projects with the National Trust to help build the community and the surroundings they live in.
Cornwall is the perfect place to find some fishy friends in the rock pools along the many beautiful beaches! Treyarnon Bay is among the most popular and is recommended by most people to have a glimpse of the sea creatures. One of the best things about this beach is that your furry member of the family is welcome all year!
The Animal Adventure Park near Burham-on- Sea is a chance to get up-close with the variety of different wildlife found in Britain. You can hold rabbits, guinea pigs, chicks and pigs and if you’re extremely lucky you can join them for feeding time!
Narberth and Haverfordwest (South Wales)
Show everyone your inner artist at The Creative Cafe! You can chose from a range of different ways to express yourself, from mug painting, unique necklaces, signature plates and many more. A perfect way to always remember this half term!
Llangollen (North Wales)
Join Thomas the Tank engine and friends this half term when he pulls into Llangollen Railway Station. On 22 -23 February, bring your little ones down for a meet and greet with The Fat Controller, puppet shows, face painting and much more!
Blackpool and the Lakes
Lancashire, near Ormskirk
Show the young ones what playing was like in the olden days at Rufford Hold Hall. Permitting that the weather is nice, play giant chess and skittles in the beautiful grounds of this 16th century National Trust property. Normal admission charges apply, members can go for free.
There are lots to do at Greenlands Farm village this half term! You can scare yourself silly making life-sized scarecrows, why not make yourself or a family member? Also as it’s the start of spring, you can have the chance to bottle feed the baby lambs.
So there’s our round up of how to beat the boredom this half term, we hope it inspires you to make the most your week and gets you excited for your Haven Holiday and all the things that happen in and around our 35 parks!
Have you got any other suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!