Climbing to the top of a castle

February Half Term

Looking for things to do this February half term? Fire up your family's imagination by delving into England's history, whatever the weather.

Whether you want to scale the ramparts of vast castles, discover woodland trails or explore underground wartime tunnels, we've got plenty of activities to inspire children and keep them entertained.

Things to Do

  • Events

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    Scroll down to see what's on this half term or click here to search all of our events.

  • Visiting Stonehenge

    Find a Place to Visit

    With over 400 incredible historic places to explore, the hardest part is choosing one to visit first.

  • Looking out from the castle.

    Days Out Under £20

    Here are our top picks for inspiring family days out that won't break the bank.

  • Crayons by Laura Gilmore: https://www.flickr.com/photos/genbug/

    Crafts and Activities

    Looking for indoor activities for rainy days, or fun arts and craft projects to do with the kids?

WWI Bi-Plane

Chocks Away!

This February half term the whole family can get up close to a replica WW1 bi-plane which is coming to Stonehenge.

Discover if you've got what it takes to be a fighter pilot with our dapper Edwardian Chaps, and don't miss the opportunity to take a seat inside the plane.

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Events in the North

  • 19th Century Mini Archaeologists at Chesters Roman Fort during February half-term 2017.

    19TH CENTURY MINI ARCHAEOLOGISTS

    Sat 18 - Sun 26 Feb 2017 11am - 3pm

    Join us at Chesters Roman Fort as your mini archaeologists get the chance to meet two Victorian characters who will unearth secrets about Chesters' past.

  • A man dressed as a Victorian butler

    Butler School

    Sat 18 - Sun 26 Feb 2017 11am - 4pm

    Step back in time at Belsay Hall this half term and learn what it takes to be a Victorian butler in a country house, with hands-on activities.

  • A girl in camouflage netting

    Nature Craft

    Mon 20 - Fri 24 Feb 2017 10:30am - 3:30pm

    Join us for family fun at Beeston Castle this half term with hands-on craft activities and the chance to build your very own den from amongst the vast woodland park.

  • A woman in Whitby Abbey

    Half Term Fun

    Sat 18 - Sun 26 Feb 2017 11am - 4pm

    Join us at the Abbey this half term for family fun this half term, as we return Whitby Abbey to its medieval origin. Under the instruction of brother John, children can dress in robes and discover the life of novices, monks and nuns.

  • Image of boy stepping through the fern dell

    Victorian Butler School

    Sat 18 - Sun 26 Feb 2017 11am - 4pm

    Step back in time this half term and learn what it takes to be a Victorian butler in a country house, with hands-on activities.

Events in the Midlands

  • A boy dressed as a medieval soldier

    Medieval Mayhem

    Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 11am - 3pm

    Step back in time and have medieval fun this half term!

  • A man in period costume talking to a boy

    Awesome Archaeology

    Mon 20 - Fri 24 Feb 2017 10:30am - 3:30pm

    Meet our intrepid adventurers at Kenilworth Castle and see artefacts gathered from their digs around the world.

  • A girl in Elizabethan costume laughing

    Half Term Fun

    Mon 20 - Fri 24 Feb 2017 10:30am - 3:30pm

    Join us for hands-on kids’ activities this half term at Stokesay Castle.

Events in London & The East

  • Three men in various period costume

    Globe Trotting Safari

    Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 11am - 3pm

    Explore Eltham Palace and search for the exotic animals (and pets!) that the Courtaulds loved

  • A man in period costume with some bug specimins

    Discover with Darwin

    Tue 14 - Sat 18 Feb 2017 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 2.30pm

    Join Charles & Emma Darwin and explore evolution at its birthplace as you delve daringly into the mysteries of science at Down House.

  • A girl drawing

    Winter Quest and Craft

    Tue 14 & Wed 15 February 2017 12pm - 3.30pm

    Come and work together with us to discover more about the stories of Kenwood’s collection.

  • A girl being dressed in period costume

    Knights and Princesses

    Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 11am - 3pm

    Polish your armour and dust off your tiara as you become a knight or princess for the day at Framlingham Castle.

  • A man in period costume looking through a pair of binoculars

    Spy School

    Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 11am - 4pm

    Calling all super slueths! We need you to crack the codes and solve the clues this half term at Audley End House.

  • A man dressed as a Victorian butler

    Butler School

    Mon 13- Sun 19 Feb 2017 11am - 3pm

    Step back in time this half term at Wrest Park and learn what it takes to be a butler in a country house, with hands-on activities.

Events in The South

  • WW1 Bi-Plane comes to Stonehenge

    WW1 BI-PLANE AT STONEHENGE

    Sat 11 - Sun 19 Feb 2017 10 to 4

    February half-term sees an exact 1917 WW1 bi-plane replica come to Stonehenge.

  • The Fairytale Castle

    Fairytale Castle

    Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 10am - 3pm

    Open the book on the characters from England’s story and explore the tales of Dover castle. Step into the castle’s real fairytales with storytelling brought to life in spellbinding adventures.

  • Knights and Princesses

    Knights and Princesses

    Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 10am - 3pm

    Join our academy with hands on medieval fun and tips on everything from curtsies to combat.

  • Two girls crafting

    Victorian Fun and Games

    Mon 20 - Fri 24 Feb 2017 11am - 3pm

    Experience a range of fun games and pastimes played by children in Victorian England. Learn how the royal children would have lived and played at Osborne.

  • Three children with sticks

    Terrific Tudors

    Mon 13 - Fri 17 Feb 2017 10.30am - 3.30pm

    Step back in time over 400 years and imagine life in the Tudor fort of Pendennis Castle.

  • Ancient technology demonstrations at Stonehenge

    Ancient Technology

    Sat 12 & Sun 13 Nov 2016, Sat 10 & Sun 11 Dec 2016, Sat 14 & Sun 15 Jan 2017, Sat 11 & Sun 12 Feb 2017, Sat 11 & Sun 12 Mar 2017 10 to 4

    Disover the skills of our ancestors with weekend ancient technology demonstrations at Stonehenge.

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