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February Half Term Specials

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February Half Term at Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm: Piggy Week


Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm, Fiddlers Green, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Call 01423 779759

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February Half Term At Fountains Abbey

16th February -3rd March 2019

Saturday 16 February (until 3 March)

Wild & Woolly Decorations

Bring friends and family to the workshop at Swanley Grange to get creative. Drop in to enjoy this family activity making wintery decorations and sculptures out of sticks and wool.

Saturday 16 February (until 3 March)

Clay Man Trail 10am-4pm

Find faces in the trees, build dens and make your very own wood staff!

Tuesday 19 February (also 26th February)

Den Building Competition

Drop by the play area to use the sticks and tarpaulins to build a shelter. Challenge friends and family to see who can build the best one! We’ll test it using a watering can…

Make A Staff

Come along to Swanley Grange to make your own staff. Our volunteers will be on hand to help you cut off any extra branches and smooth it down. 

Saturday 23 February (also 2 March)

Make A Clay Face 11am-3pm

Get creative and make a clay face and decorate with nature on trees around the estate. Drop in.

Saturday 23 February(also 9 March)

Spot The Birdy


Drop by Studley Lakeside to take a peek through a telescope to see the water-loving birds dipping and diving. Our Wildlife Team will be there to help you spot them and to tell you more about your feathered finds.


Sunday 24 February

Dying Gladiator Day


Take part in an interactive gladiator inspired games and chat to our conservation experts to learn all about what it takes to look after Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, specifically how we’re working on replacing a statue that’s been missing from the garden for over 100 years…

Photos by Chris Lacey


Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden  North Yorkshire

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February Half Term at Hesketh Farm Park


Hesketh Farm Park in Bolton Abbey will be opening its gates for the first time this year during the North Yorkshire February Half Term (25th Feb – 2nd March) and will then be open each weekend in March which is new for 2019.

Farmer Chris, his wife Sue and their team on the farm have been busy over the winter making sure that all of your favourite activities are ready for Spring. The go kart track has been renovated, there’s a brand new Big Green Tractor for budding farmers to ride, the playground has been spruced up and the indoor maze has a fresh layer of straw.

A brand-new Sand Pit has been built, with 3 interactive play zones including tunnels, shoots, levers and excavators. If you wrap up warm and the sand pit is perfect for cooler days this Spring. Grab a cuppa from our café to keep your hands warm while your little ones play. Don’t forget you can bring your own picnic. We’ve got a large indoor and outdoor picnic zone.

During Half Term and on each weekend we’re open we will be offering lamb and calf feeding, egg collecting, pig brushing, guinea pig petting and tractor rides.


Contact Details:

Phone: 01756 710444

Address: Hesketh Farm Park, Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6HA

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February Half Term Fun at RHS Harlow Carr

Children can enjoy a range of fun all-weather activities during February half term at RHS Garden Harlow Carr Harrogate

Bolton Abbey: February Half Term

The Airedale Woodman – Traditional Horse Logging

February 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 1st March 2019
10.30 am – 3.00 pm

Peter the Airedale Woodman and his horse Galum will be working in Strid Wood. This is a fantastic opportunity for children and families to watch Peter fell trees and pull them out of the wood with his horse.

Traditional horse logging removes timber without using any mechanical equipment. It is, therefore, an environmentally friendly way to remove felled timber from woodland and to support the natural regeneration of an area.

Please note that the horse will require rest throughout the day which means we are unable to know exactly what time the horse will be working.

Due to the nature of this type of work, it is weather dependent.

This is a free event.

The estate’s usual admission will apply.

Bolton Abbey, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6EX

Bradford Libraries: Fun-packed & Inspiring Creative Writing Workshops for Children during February Half-Term

Bradford Libraries will be hosting four free Explore Learning creative writing workshops for children during February half-term.  The workshops have been designed to engage children to be fearless learners via a fun and inspiring hour-long creative-writing session within the library environment. The workshops will be as follows: –

Wednesday 20th February

12noon – 1pm @ City Library T: 01274 433600

City Library will host the workshop called “Put A Spring In Your Step”. It is designed to help unlock children’s creativity and imagination and focuses on predicting what happens next.

2pm – 3pm @ Manningham Library T: 01274 435353

Manningham Library will host the workshop called “Fun with Phonics” exploring the world of rhyming words.

Thursday 21st February

12 noon – 1pm @ Heaton Hub Community Library T: 07582 102546

Heaton Hub Community Library will host the workshop called “Journey To The King’s Throne”. All knights go through many quests and this journey to the king’s throne is no different. Children travel back to medieval times and joust their way through many grammar tournaments.

2pm – 3pm @ Café West Allerton Library T: 01274 488499

Café West Allerton Library will host “Winter Wonderland”. Children journey through the woodland in winter time, meeting some very opinionated animals in the form of a hedgehog and a reindeer. Can they stop any arguments forming by helping them understand the difference between facts and someone’s opinion?

Explore Learning operate tuition centres and educational workshops throughout the country. They have been offering quality tuition and workshops since 2001, inspiring over 200 000 children to excel academically. In recent years they have had support for their National Young Writers’ Awards from David Walliams, Steve Backshall and Lauren Child.

All creative-writing workshops are free but may require booking in advance as places are limited.

Please contact the relevant library directly or for more information contact Christinea Donnelly Development Officer for Children and Young People


Fab Feb Family Fun! at Lightwater Valley Theme Park

21st – 26th February 2019

Aimed at Under 8s, Fab Feb Family Fun features a host of fantastic indoor & outdoor events & activities throughout the holiday. More than a dozen different attractions to explore including

  • UV puppet show performances in the new show barn.
  • Visit the Riggmoor Mobile Farm with lots of cute and cuddly animals for you to pet and feed.
  • Enjoy 18 holes of fun packed Jurassic Golf *Additional charge applies.
  • Indoor Soft Play & Cafe
  • 12 Child-friendly rides

Tickets must be pre-booked online, payment on the day is not available. Tickets £7.95 pp.

The full theme park is not open.

Lightwater Valley Theme ParkNorth Stainley, HG4 3HT Ripon, North Yorkshire

February Family Festival: Art, Dance, Movement and Music at The Tetley

Daily, 18th – 23rd February 2019 

The Tetley, Hunslet Road, LS10 1JQ Leeds

Keep warm in the cold February half term with a week of FREE family fun, including making, music, dance and craft all inspired by our New North-South Partnership – a three-year programme of activity across eleven arts organisations from the North of England and South Asia.

Activities will include experimenting with Bollywood dance moves, keep to the beat of Bhangra drumming, while also learning traditional art techniques, such as making Rangoli tiles inspired by South Asian patterns!

More details of the full programme of activities to follow alongside bookable workshops.

Supported by Leeds Inspired.

February Half Term at Eureka! Half Term Hullabaloo!

16th – 24th February 2019

Early 9.30 am opening: Monday 18th – Friday 22nd

Noisy Toys are taking over and they’re bringing their ACOUSATRON with them! The fab folks from Noisy Toys will be here all week with the Acousatron – a complex, ever-changing soundspace that you can control.

The Acousatron amplifies acoustic sounds from everyday objects & salvaged instrument form the core of this monstrous mechanical-electromagnetic-acoustic noise-engine.

Watch out for the Squirrels! The Nutkins – These larger-than-life, cute critters will be out and about meeting visitors from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd February, so hang on to your packed lunches!

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Discovery Road, Halifax HX1 2NE

February Half Term at Royal Armouries: War Games

February half term events
13th February – 24th February – 10 am – 5 pm

This half term we’re going to be fighting some pretty big battles. Come and have a go at strategic war games old and new and discover how the museum’s collections have influenced video game design.

There’ll be hi-tech on-screen games and more traditional board games to play, as well as a packed programme of combat demonstrations, talks, have-a-go sessions and dramatic performances.

We’ll also be joined by specialist companies and clubs from the world of gaming.

Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 February
War gaming demonstrations by Leeds Wargames Club.

Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Take part in a Minecraft cyber mission specially designed for the Royal Armouries by Krash Labs.

Monday 18 – Friday 22 February
Try out some exciting board games with Cards or Die.

Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February
Explore the world of historical and sci-fi scale model gaming with Warlord Games and Paper Soldiers (Sat only).



February Half Term at Stockeld Park

There’s plenty to keep the whole family busy this half term: Outdoor Covered Ice Skating Rink, Enchanted Forest, Adventure Playgrounds, the Maze & Electric Scooter trail*.

Rainy days are covered with a jumping pillow in the indoor play area. Plus indoor Special Events – with The Stockeld Rangers!

*additional charges apply

TEL: 01937 586333
Stockeld Park, off the A661 Wetherby Road, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN

FREE Pyjama Drama Sessions for Half Term at Bradford Libraries

Wondering what to do this half term?

Libraries are offering free Pyjama Drama activity sessions for families with children aged 2-6 years. Pyjama Drama will deliver an interactive magical adventure involving both parents and children.


Booking is essential – contact the library to make a booking.

The following libraries are taking part:

Monday 18th February
Eccleshill Library 10am
City Library 1pm
Clayton Library 3pm

Tuesday 19th February
Bingley Library 10am
Manningham Library 11.45am
Shipley Library 2pm

Friday 22nd February
Ilkley Library 10am
Baildon Library 1pm
Keighley Library 3pm

Here Be Dragons at Temple Newsam

16th-24th February 2019, 10am-5pm

Join in some beastly activities at Temple Newsam this February half term.   All activities will be themed around the new Fantastical Beasts exhibition coming in March.

Follow the Dragon spotting trail, make your own spinning spiral dragon, dressing up and the chance to enjoy the regular Wednesday afternoon storytime.  In the Farm make a ‘fire-breathing’ farm animal and plant a snapdragon to take home (daily 10am-4pm).

Normal admission charges apply.

No booking required.

Temple Newsam Road, Off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE. Tel: 0113 336 7460

Junior Surgeon at Thackray Medical Museum

February 12th – 23rd

Thackray Museum, Beckett Street, LS9 7LN Leeds

0113 244 4343

Have you got the skills to be a surgeon? Find out by dissecting a kidney and then using stitching techniques to put it back together again!

WORKSHOPS: Heart Dissection – Half Term

Feb 18 – Feb 23

What does the heart do, how does it do it and why is it one of the most important organs in the body?

These totally unique workshops are perfect for children who love to get hands-on. With the help of experts from St. James’s Hospital, you will be given an animal heart and guided through a dissection to understand how it functions and the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.

Workshop times: 11am, 1pm and 3pm between Monday 18 and Friday 22 February and at 11am and 1pm on Saturday 23 February.

Cost: Normal museum admission charges apply and there is an additional charge of £3 per heart payable on arrival.

How to reserve: Please call 0113 244 4343 to reserve your place

Important information: Not all workshop spaces have been released for pre-booking. Once advance reservations are fully booked, the remaining places will be available to sign up to on arrival at the museum, on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Due to space restrictions, when booking your place, we would ask that you only book one heart per group rather than one heart per child. Please note that children must be supervised by an adult. Adults may supervise up to 3 children, but we will only issue one scalpel per adult. Places cannot be held and if you have not arrived 5 minutes prior to the workshop start time, your place will be reallocated.


Lambing Festival at Cannon Hall Farm

16th – 24th February 2019

Join us for lambing season – one of the most exciting times in the farming calendar.

* Daily Shepard talks

* Lamb bottle-feeding demonstrations

* Tractor trailer rides, sheep and ferret racing, milking demos, Shire horse talks and meerkat feeding sessions.

Tickets available on the door: all-day admission
£8.95 pp
£34 for a family of four

Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT Barnsley

Lambing Live at Birchfield Ice Cream Farm

Opening Friday 1st February 2019 10.30 am – 4 pm
Open Tuesday – Sunday ( Closed Mondays) except bank holidays and school holidays
£2.50 per person (under 2’s free)

All the expectant ewes are in our lambing shed, ready to give birth. If you are lucky enough you might even see a lamb being born. The farmers will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Lamb feeding at 11 am & 2 pm daily

Visit the other Birchfield animals & our woodland walk will also be open.

Birchfield Family Dairies, Oakmount House, Birchfield Farm, Summerbridge, Harrogate, HG3 4JS

Love The Rainforest at Tropical World Leeds

18th – 24th February 2019 

Rainforests only cover about two per cent of Earth’s surface, yet are home to over half its plants and animals!

This February half term, explore our tropical habitats & the animals that live in them. Learn how you can help the rainforest with fun & educational activities for children of all ages.

Usual entry prices apply.

Tropical World Leeds, LS8 2ER

Modelmania at Bradford Industrial Museum

SAT 15 DEC 2018 – SUN 10 NOV 2019

A family-friendly exhibition exploring modelling and why models are created. The exhibition will look at a variety of models such as engineering models, apprentice models, children’s educational and instructional toys, salesmen’s models, planes, trains and automobiles.

Models are made and used for many reasons; for work and as a hobby or for social development.  A model is a representation of an idea or an object. Building models helps people understand how things work; they can be used to educate, to develop skills or to show how skilled you are.

Entry to the museum is free. Donation boxes can be found around the site and donations are always very gratefully received.

Operation Ouch! Half Term Family Activities at The National Science & Media Museum

16th – 24th February 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM

National Science and Media MuseumLittle Horton Lane, BD1 1NQ City of Bradford

This February half term, enjoy action-packed activities, awesome experiments and much more as we join forces with the hit CBBC show Operation Ouch!

We’re teaming up with Operation Ouch! to explore the wonderful world of medicine. With activities and experiments, behind-the-scenes footage and challenges for all the family, it’s science with the gross bits left in!

Entry to the museum is FREE. Small charges may apply for some activities.

Snowdrop Trail at Thorp Perrow Arboretum Wildlife Park

26th January – 28th February 2019
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Collect a map as you arrive and follow Curator Faith’s snowdrop trail through the Arboretum to see some interesting varieties and learn more about these stunning flowers. We have 37 varieties of snowdrop at Thorp Perrow – how many can you spot?
(Free of Charge, standard entry charges apply)

Thorp Perrow Arboretum Wildlife ParkThorp Perrow Arboretum, Thorp Perrow, DL8 2PS Bedale, North Yorkshire

Half Term Offer: Feb 16 – Mar 3

Keep the kids entertained this half-term with a fun family day out at Thorp Perrow. We’ve got a great offer running from 23rd Feb to 3rd March where KIDS EAT FREE!

For every adult lunch from the menu, we’ll give you a kids lunchbox meal, absolutely free*

So that’s lunch sorted, what else is there to do? We’ve got something for everyone:
There are 100 acres of Arboretum to explore; fascinating flying displays in the Bird of Prey Centre; wallabies to stroke; meerkats to feed; Snowdrop trail to follow; and the adventure playground to swing, clamber and slide round. Wrap up warm, pull on the wellies and come and run off some energy!

The Danger Zone at Abbey House Museum

Danger Zone runs at Abbey House Museum from January 26th until December 31st 2019

Explosive sweets, radioactive ornaments and poisonous hats are all among an extraordinary collection of historic hazards revealed in a new exhibition in Leeds.

Danger Zone, which opens at Kirkstall’s Abbey House Museum explores some of the surprising everyday threats that were hiding in plain sight in homes and workplaces over the past 150 years.

Looking at the potentially deadly risks people unwittingly took through exposure to seemingly innocuous items like medicines, food and even the clothes they wore, the exhibition will also chart how the evolution of health and safety has helped us be more aware of the potential perils we continue to discover today.