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Brilliant days out to spark the kids’ imagination

Half term ideas that will make the whole family happy

By Kate Gilbert, 16 February 2016
Brilliant days out to spark the kids’ imagination

Half term is here and there’s plenty to keep your little ones entertained over the school break. From free live festivals to wildlife adventures, see our round-up of the best days out that the whole family will enjoy.

Imagine Children’s Festival

10th February – 21st February 

Kids tak eover the Southbank Centre with the wonderful Imagine Children’s Festival. Every day from 10.30am to 4pm, enjoy the best of children’s theatre, comedy, literature and music. The theme this year is Roald Dahl, so expect workshops, lots of free activities, chances to meet much loved authors and games aplenty.

For more information visit

(Pic: Facebook / Southbank Centre)


Celebrate the year of the monkey at Twycross Zoo


8th – 21st February

With 20 different species of monkey, where better to celebrate Chinese New Year and the year of the monkey than Twycross zoo in Warwickshire? Over half term, the zoo will be celebrating all things primate with Chinese paper folding workshops, special menus and discounts on monkey toys.

Children £12.95 (under 3s free). For more information and tickets visit

(Pic: Facebook / Twycross Zoo) 

Watch Winnie the Pooh on the big screen

18th February

The BFI are showing a screening of everyone’s most loved bear, Winnie the Pooh this half term. See this beautifully animated, hand-drawn film full of humour and honey.

1 adult with 1 child ticket, £10. For more information and tickets visit,

(Pic: BFI)

Become an expert den builder

Nationwide events throughout February

The Wildlife Trust has an impressive range of events on over February, from building dens for hedgehogs, to brushing up on your bushcraft skills, cook outs, wildplay and family bird nest building workshops.

For a full list of activities visit


(Pic: Facebook / Wildlife Trust) 

Hang out with the Victorians in Ironbridge

13th - 21st Feb

Head to Blists Hill Victorian Town in Telford and join in some old fashioned craft workshops, including printing your own Valentine’s card, candle dipping, making miniature roof tiles from air-drying clay and learning about the history of sweets.

Children £11.50. For more information and tickets visit


(Pic: Ironbridge Gorge Museums) 

Became the next Bear Grylls

Throughout February

The National Trust has a whole host of free events on across the country. Learn to be a Wildlife Detective in Bath, join a treasure hunt or guided Spring walk, or go on a bulb planting bonanza in North Yorkshire or head to Brancaster Estate in Norfolk where you can fly kites, skim stones and track a wild animal.

For the full list of events visit


(Pic: Facebook / National Trust) 

Enter a puddle jumping competition

Slimbridge Wetland Centre plays host this year to the Puddle Jumping Championships. Grab your wellies and get your practice in before the competition takes place daily at 2pm. When you’re done splashing around, go wildlife spotting and feed the birds.

Event is free to members or included in admission (adults £13.10, children £7.20). For more information visit

 (Pic: Slimbridge Wetland Centre)

Take the Harry Potter walking tour


Organise your own fun with this free Harry Potter walking tour. Take in the film locations and do the Harry Potter treasure hunt as you discover some incredible secret places around London. The guide is written by London Blue Badge Tourist Guide and author Richard Jones and easy-to-follow (and free. Did we mention free?)

Get the tour at


(Pic: Instagram)

Go to the cinema for cheap

Nationwide throughout the school holidays

Vue cinemas are offering discounted cinema tickets over the school holidays. For £1.99, you can see family films such as The Good Dinosaur, Pan, Snoopy and Home. Popcorn not included.

For tickets and screenings visit


(Pic: Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures)

Meet the new lambs

13th February – 10th April

Watch live lambing at Countryfile Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park. Meet the new arrivals and see lambs being born in the demonstration barn in Cheltenham.

For more information visit

(Pic: Facebook / Cotswolds Farm Park)