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10 exciting days out ideas for February half term

Section: Days out

Just because it’s February doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to do this half term. From learning how to be a knight and making a jet-powered car to going on a LEGO safari, there are loads of events going on for kids all across the country. 

Here is our round-up of the best things to do in Feb 2019 half term!

 

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The Great Brick Safari, RHS Wisley

Where: Surrey
When: Till 3rd March
Price: Admission to Wisley adults £15.95; children over 5 £8.

Inside the temperate and tropical zones of the Glasshouse this half term lurks elephants, gorillas and lions. They’re among 40 LEGO® brick sculptures specially created for RHS Wisley. As you’d expect from a garden, there are some plant LEGO® structures too – look out for the impressive Venus Fly Trap and Water Lilies – and afterwards, enjoy face painting, sow and grow activities, and a puppet show, all of which has been put on especially for half term week.

Pic Credit: RHS
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Northern Ireland Science Festival

Where: Belfast 
When: 14th-24th February
Price: Varies depending on event

This week-long festival brings science to life for both adults and kids. Child-friendly events range from The Science of Roald Dahl and a Lego Trail at HMS Caroline to Muppets From Space and an Alien Autopsy. Plus, there are special guests in the form of Cbeebies’ Maddie Moate, Horrible Science’s Nick Arnold and Blue Peter presenter Greg Foot.
 
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Knight School, The Tower Of London

Where: London
When: 16th-24th February
Price: Free with Tower admission adults £22.70; children over 5 £10.75

Teach them how to defend a castle this half term at the Tower of London. As a page to a squire, they’ll wear medieval clothes, learn the art of battle using replica armour, design their own shield and join the garrison to protect the tower from attack. But will they prove themselves worthy of the title ‘Sir’?
 
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50 Years of Children’s Books, The Lady Lever Art Gallery

Where: Liverpool
When: Till 3rd Mardh
Price: Free

While Quentin Blake is most closely associated with the books of Roald Dahl, he also has a long-standing partnership with children’s author John Yeoman. The pair celebrate their collaborative work in this unique exhibition which showcases over 40 of Blake’s works, including many used in Yeomans’ picture books and his adaptations of classic folk tales. The exhibition also features artwork from their recent venture, All The Year Round, and 10 of the pair’s future projects.
 
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Imagine Children’s Festival, London’s Southbank

Where: Southbank, London
When: 13th-24th February
Price: Depending on event

This year’s Imagine Children’s Festival is packing over 180 events into 12 days, with everything from Peppa Pig’s first concert with a full-size orchestra to an illustration and poetry workshop. There’s also a special screening of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt and a musical version of Julia Donaldson’s The Singing Mermaid. And you don’t need to break the bank to enjoy it as half of the events are completely free.
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Jorvik Viking Festival, The Jorvik Centre

Where: York
When: 20th-27th February
Price: Varies depending on event

Bring your little Vikings along to the largest festival of its kind in Europe. Following the ‘March To Coppergate’, there’s the Strongest Viking and Best Beard competitions, plus have-a-go sword activities and a replica Viking encampment. The highlight of the festival will be the Battle Spectacular at Folkvangr Fields, the thrilling battle re-enactment at the Eye of York.

 
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Half Term With The Victorians, St Fagan’s Museum

Where: Cardiff, Wales
When: 25th-28 February
Price: Free but £2 for peg doll making.

St Fagan’s Museum is going back in time – to the Victorians. They’ll see what life was like for children in the 19th century (clue: they have it much better), play with the traditional toys and even get the chance to make one themselves – a peg doll which you’ll be able to take home afterwards. 
 
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The Science of Power, British Motor Museum

Where: Birmingham 
When: 16th- 24th February
Price: Adults £14 children over 5 £9

The British Motor Museum is talking all things POWER this half term. Make a jet powered car using just a balloon (it can be done), find the fastest car in the museum and learn about jet, rocket and gas power during Professor Pickle and Doctor Pumpkin’s daily science shows. Loud bangs as standard. 

 
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A World Inside A Book – Gruffalos, Dragons and Other Creatures, Z-Arts

Where: Hulme, Manchester
When: Till February 2020
Price: From £6

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s iconic characters are brought to life at this brilliant 3D exhibition. Curl up in a chair with a boy called Charlie Cook, spot the Gruffalo, meet The Smartest Giant In Town, climb through The Highway Rat’s cave before going underwater with Tiddler and The Snail And The Whale. A must for fans of these amazing books. 


 
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Half Term Hunters, Leeds Castle

Where: Leeds
When: 16th-24th February
Price: £1

Let them challenge themselves this half term at the medieval Leeds Castle in Kent. The stunning grounds are ripe for exploring and there’s a maze to conquer, a birds of prey quiz to complete and giant puzzle boards to unravel. Sadly, you don’t win a kingdom at the end but there is a chocolate prize on offer.

 

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