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.

Embark on a Roman quest, hunt for fairies in historic gardens or learn what it takes to be a butler in a Victorian household. There are lots of events to bring the family together in the school break.


Get out there and step into England's story with your family this February half term. Stargaze at the home of Charles Darwin, hunt for Roman clues on Hadrian's Wall, or get stuck in to some creative crafts at Kenwood. Take a look at a selection of our half term events below or search all of our events on our What's On page.

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Join our Early Man Quest

Early Man characters Dug and Hognob stand outside Stonehenge

Step back in time with Dug, Hognob and the gang from Aardman's new film, Early Man, in cinemas 26 January. Starring Eddie Redmayne,Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams and featuring Stonehenge, Early Man is the latest stop-motion animation adventure comedy from director Nick Park.

To celebrate the release of the film, we're hosting a series of special events at our historic places across the country. Follow the clues and complete our Early Man adventure quest this February half term.

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Family Guides

Inspiration and top tips for visiting

  • Aerial view of the keep

    Pendennis Castle

    Discover the wartime tunnels and climb to the top of the mighty Tudor keep at Pendennis Castle. The recreated gun deck brings the noise and drama of a castle under attack to life.

  • Looking down on the medieval castle on the island at Tintagel

    Tintagel Castle

    Tintagel is where history meets legend, and a great choice for a family day out. Explore the sheltered beach, beautiful rockpools and Merlin's cave, and an immersive new exhibition centre.

  • The garden front of Down House today, with a recreation of one of Darwin’s experiments in the lawn

    Down House: Home of Charles Darwin

    Step back into Victorian family life at Charles Darwin's family home. Explore the garden where Darwin conducted his most famous experiments and learn about his greatest discoveries.

  • Boy in medieval chainmail and helmet

    1066 Battle of Hastings, Abbey and Battlefield

    With a family exhibition and play area, as well as a new viewing platform on the rooftop of the gatehouse, explore the battlefield of a major turning point in England's story.

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