If you’re forever trying to get your children to step away from a screen, try one of these fantastic family days out to put a smile on their face…
Meet the newborns on the farm, 16-24 Feb (closed 18 Feb), 10am-4pm
Baylham Farm, Mill Lane, Baylham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP6 8LG
Get up close and cuddle the newborn lambs at the farm. Some lucky visitors may even see a lamb be born! There’s also other hand-on experiences including pig and goat grooming and meeting the bunnies in the Bunny Barn.
Price: Free entry
Gruesome going-ons at Framlingham Castle, 18-22 Feb, 11am-3pm
Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP
Make history fun with tales of painful punishments and pop up activities. Children can re-write history and decide who are ‘Top of the Chops’ and discover an alphabet of grim and ghastly tortures and punishments throughout history.
Price: Adults £9.50, Child 5-17 years £5.70, English Heritage members free
Get your skates on in Cromer, 19-23 Feb
North Lodge Park, Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 0AH
If your little ones are fans of ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’, give them the chance to practice some moves of their own at North Lodge Park’s synthetic ice rink. Pre-booking is recommended but not essential.
Game Plan, until 3 March
St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3DH
Who doesn’t love a good board game? Originally displayed at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, this exhibition celebrates the most iconic games of our time and those from a time gone by. There are hands-on interactive experiences where you can learn what type of player you are and over 100 objects to browse.
Price: Adults £5, under 18s £2.50
Alive Lynnsport, 18-22 February
Greenpark Ave, King’s Lynn PE30 2NB
Visit Alive Lynnsport for breakfast and holiday clubs delivered by King’s Lynn Community Football from Monday 18 to Friday 22 February from 8am to 3pm (5- 14yrs). Activities include Nerf-Tag, football, tennis, handball and more. You can also book your child in for one or more of the hour long sessions of an activity ranging from roller skating, gladiator challenges, tumble teds, trampolining, and so much more.
Herd over on Safari at Woburn this half term
Crawley Rd, Woburn, Bedford MK17 9QN
A new species has recently joined Woburn Safari Park and for the first time Woburn is home to herd of friendly alpacas! The alpaca herd consists of 10 individuals, with one breeding male named Amoro, three more males and six females. The herd will be a little shy at first, but the keepers are introducing them to new people, to build up their confidence, so they will soon be happy hand-feeding from visitors.
They will move from temporary accommodation in the Road Safari paddock (on the left just after Giraffe Junction), to a new permanent home, which will be Woburn Safari Park’s newest animal attraction, Alpaca Outpost.
Opening this February half term, visitors will be able to take a ride on the Great Woburn Railway, then alight at Alpaca Outpost to meet the herd.
Fantasy February at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, 18-24 Feb, 9am-4pm
Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JE
Let your child’s imagination run wild as they get to dress up as their favourite fantasy character and learn about the beauty of nature with four workshops throughout the day. Every child in full fancy dress (no cheating with wings and a mask!) will gain 50 percent off entry.
Price: Usual entry cost applies, workshops priced £1
Sutton Hoo Half Term Fun, Wednesday 20th February Drop-in 11am-3pm
The Stella Peskett Millennium Hall, Mights Road, Southwold
As work gets underway to transform the world-famous National Trust site, Sutton Hoo is taking to the road. Visit the free roadshow to view Sutton Hoo replicas and displays along with children’s activities such as Anglo-Saxon dress-up, making paper shields and wax crayon rubbings.
To find out more about which libraries Sutton Hoo will be visiting, check out the Suffolk Libraries website at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/news/sutton-hoo/
Magic and Mayhem, 22 Feb, 7.30pm
St George’s Theatre, King Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG
Let award-winning TV magician Chris North and ventriloquist and magician Paul Henri entertain the whole family with a spellbinding evening of magic.
Price: Adults £9, Children (under 16) £6
Awesome Archaeology, 11-15 February, 11am-3pm
Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR
A chance for children to get their hands dirty as they become a daring archaeologist on a mini dig for the day. Re-create ancient faces by layering on plasticine onto their bones, and try out the GeoPhys kit to scan what lies under the ground. Discover hidden treasures and fantastic finds as you excavate the secrets of Wrest Park.
Price: Adults: £10.90, Children (5-15): £6.50, English Heritage members free
Make a masterpiece, until 24 March
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD
Let your children get creative with art and science workshops inspired by the gallery’s ‘We are Five’ exhibition. Workshops start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm and last one hour. The activities are aimed at 5 to 13 years old. Tickets must be purchased in advance at The Higgin’s reception.
February Half Term Trail, 18-24 Feb, 10am-3pm
Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum, Marks Hall, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG
Discover the trees and pretty flowers that come to life at this time of year. Visitors can follow the fun snowdrop trail and learn something new while discovering the trail boards. Children aged 3 to 13 years can complete the trail leaflet and win a prize!
Price: Normal Admission Applies. Trail cost: £1.50
Twilight at the Museums, 20 Feb, 5-7.30pm
Kettles Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ
See the city’s museums in a new light! Step into the unknown and explore local museums and collections after dark where visitors can view works from a different perspective and discover a luminous trail and new exhibitions. Complete your adventure by visiting the Clore Learning Studio and take part in creative activities using light, image projections, grids and lines. Don’t forget your torch!