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 this February Half Term (check dates before going), 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: £8 Adult, £7 Concession, £4 Child, under 4’s go FREE – Family tickets available
Get hands on with history at Audley End House, 15-23 Feb, 11am-3pm
Off London Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF
Attention! Right you ‘orrible lot, it’s training time. Become a Home Front hero and a super spy as you are put through your paces at Audley End. Fall into step and polish your shoes or it’ll be basic rations for you. Discover Audley’s wartime past with this hands on experience of soldiers on the front line in our Train the Troops sessions this half term.
Price: Adults £20.40, Child 5-17 years £18.40, Concession £12.30, Family £53.10
Ready, Steady, Roll
Ivy Lodge, A6 Rushden Road, Sharnbrook, Beds, MK44 1ND
If you love board games, cake and coffee then this is the place for you this half term. Having been with family myself I can hand on heart say this is an affordable morning or afternoon out and you’ll spend the whole time laughing. The cafe also provides gluten free and vegan options so nobody need miss out. Must book in advance, hurry, this is a popular school holiday venue!
Price: Adults £4, Child under 18 years £3
Mad Science at the Museum! 15 Feb, 2-4pm
St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1 3DH
Come along and meet the roaming experts!
Enjoy an afternoon of surprises and pop up experiments with a scientist from Mad Science.
Alive Lynnsport, 17-21 February
Your spoiled for choice in west Norfolk across the Alive venues where this half term will see activities to include breakfast and holiday clubs, pre-scho gymnastics, roller skating, trampolining, swimming and more!
Price: varies – see website for more info.
Rainy grey day = Safari at Woburn this half term
Crawley Rd, Woburn, Bedford MK17 9QN
Don’t be put off by the cold and wet weather, as Woburn Safari Park is actually far more weatherproof than you might expect!
When the forecast looks less than fabulous, it’s good to know you can weatherproof YOUR day out at the park. Take an adventure through the African Savannah, Kingdom of Carnivores, African Forest and Giraffe Junction – all in the comfort of your own car!
Price: starts at £48.97 for a family of three (1 adult, 2 children)
Fantasy February at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, 17-23 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
Suffolk Libraries Half Term Fun
Various locations in Suffolk
A plethora of activities to keep the tiny and not so tiny ones occupied this half term; story times, meet the owl, Harry Potter activities, balloon modelling, Sutton Hoo roadshow. The list is endless!
For more information check out the Suffolk Libraries website at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk
Awesome Archaeology, 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: Children (5-16) £6, English Heritage members £4
Dreams and Nightmares Exhibition, until 22 March
The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD
Let your children get creative with dreams and nightmares workshops inspired by the gallery’s latest exhibition. Don’t worry, they’re child friendly, no nightmares to take away from the activities!
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.
Price: starts at £3
Twilight at the Museums, 19 Feb, 4.30-7.30pm
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!
An array of Nature Activities
Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB
Escape to privately owned, 25,000-acre Holkham Estate in north Norfolk with the whole family this February half term to enjoy some of the British countryside with a variety of nature experiences on the estate and within Holkham National Nature Reserve.